The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
”Do you know what dwells in a glass?” asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen's The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...

22 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
813
Ratings:
2,854
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
758
For Trade:
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some notes of peppery yeast with light dry fruit. Taste is also a mix between some candi sugar and peppery spicy yeast with some subtle notes of dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made but lacking the candy and dry fruits component s that characterize that style of beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-26-08
Deep crimson orange, frothy creamy foam, visible micro bubbles. Soft fruity notes, nutty, with an earthy, bready, cookie sweetness. Dried fig, apricot, dried cherries, rich and cakey with some delicate almond in the background. Full bodied feel, mellow, dries out quicky, leaving a rich aftertaste. Slow sipper, but not heavy, cloying, or alcoholic at all.

12-26-2007
Shared this one with family for the holidays...

A curl of smoke exited the bottle once the cork popped. The body was a rusty orange-brown, with transparent clarity. Good amount of foam, it's color had a rust tinge to it as well.

Nutty aroma of almond, maybe dates also. Subdued and not overly sweet like some Belgian Quads. Malty flavors with strong estery notes from the yeast. More dried fruits and nuts, with a slowly dissipating warmth following the finish. It was sturdy, but not heavy or syrupy. Light enough to want to finish the whole bottle easily. Great choice for a winter night, with good cellar potential.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one sitting in my fridge for about 6 months.

A - Poured out rich burgandy color. It was semi-opaque with a small, long lasting, tan head that left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, like raisin or plums. There were spicy aroma and notes of malt, too.

T - Dried fruit and spice dominated the first few sips. The smooth malt and caramel tastes emerged more as it warmed up.

M - It was soft and had a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. I was really impressed with Boulevard's take on a big Belgian style.

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Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a few fingers of a creamy off white head. The head sticks around nicely throughout the pour. I had this next to a BBQ. I'm getting slight sweetness with some dark fruit. There is also a slight banana note. This has some age and it has smoothes things out. There is a slight cherry note to the beer. In the finish, I'm getting the dark fruit and cherry in the finish. I liked this more than the BBQ.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to welosiped. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a very light color for the style--light copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Single-finger off-white head starts it out. Eventually the head fades into a light collar with a few spots of lacing on the side of the glas. The nose has some faint dark fruits plus a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Perhaps a hint of caramel. Nothing too complex. A bit of booze there as well. The flavor has dark fruits, cherries, light alcohol, and a bit of sweet malt. Everything melds together quite well. Medium body with lowish carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 68319

Poured into Corsendonk Goblet.

Massive 2 finger head. Creamy beige in color. Good retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark hazy bark brown with hints of light chocolate. Good looking beer.

Aroma: Deep grape and plume aroma. A lot of dried fruits. Biscuits, fresh earthy hops, plums, alcohol, raisins. Wine-like aroma mixed with a lot of malts. Very complex.

Taste: Tons of malts mixed with alcohol and dried fruits. Plums, raisins, grapes. A big flavor. A lot of earthy hops are there to balance this beer.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, sweet, and creamy. Wow, this is like taking a shot. Full bodied, a fairly high amount of carbonation. Leaves a big boozy/dark fruit flavored aftertaste. One of the only parts of this beer that I didn't prefer.

Overall, I really liked this beer. A ton of of flavor, a tad boozy, but that was expected. Splitting the 750 is a great idea. Good beer from Blvd, but make sure you aren't drinking it alone.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Boulevard here in NC.Poured into a chalice a deep auburn (just like the bottle says) with a large but pretty quick to fade off white head atop.Dark fruits abound in the nose along brown sugar and sweet alcohol.Cakey flavors like that of christmas cake that has soaked in alcohol for awhile, toffee, and a faint shot of yeasty spiced notes as well.It's a little hot but it doesn't hinder the beer much.A solid quad it's not a big complex monster but it has all the components of a solid quad.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 3/2015. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, grape, toast, brown sugar, clove, herbal, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, candi sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style! All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Company "The Sixth Glass"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/19/16"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Beautiful appearance with excellent head retention and lacing. Some chunky sediment is visible both in suspension and lying on the bottom of the glass. Somewhere around 18 SRM, deep amber-orange in color beneath a creamy, yellowed-khaki head. Malty sweet aroma with a flicker of candy, caramel, and dark skinned fruits. That carries over into the flavor with some added mustiness, clove/spice, fig, grape, demerara, and alcohol. The alcohol cuts through the malt and leads to a dry finish with just a dusting of light spice and some grassy/wet leaves hoppiness left behind. Whoa! 10.5%? Even with the alcohol showing I wouldn't have guessed as it drinks so readily! Impressive. Tasted blind I'd assume this came out of a monastery in Belgium or the Netherlands.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a deep and murky orange-hued amber color in the glass, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with some fizzy edging around the edges of the glass, which dots the sides with creamy lacing. The aroma smells of spicy phenols, softer fruit, light chocolate, and a sweet sugary graininess in the nose.

The taste is fruit, (orange is sticking out), cocoa, doughy sugars and then more of a sweeter candied feel as well. There is a moderate amount of spiciness here that comes out fairly boldly in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and a bit thick up front, which then spreads out into a more sprightly carbonation that fills the mouth with an overall smoother feel. There is a little alcohol underneath here that helps pop that spice.

This was a pretty good take on a Belgian Quad from Boulevard, with a nice mix of fruit, spice and sugars that kept this flavorful in its profiles. That 10%+ ABV is deceptively hid as well. Watch out!

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like it's just tapped from a wood cask. Interesting mix of sweet and dry and spicy. Attractive dark amber in the tulip glass, modest lacing. Long, intense nose of fruity malt and sweet spice, along with a boozy rum aroma. Flavors of apple pie and raisins. A hoppy bitterness shows up as you sip.

Very woody. The sweetness is on the lips as you sip, but it tends toward a dry alcoholic intensity. The aroma is very beguiling-- caramel apples and brandy. More than a slight oxidized taste. Batch number 58312, so this must be from early 2010.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a clearish, mahogany-hued body sporting a ring of tiny, white bubbles.

Smell: Malty aroma crammed with dark caramel overlayed with alcohol-soaked plums and cherries and wrapped in a light, delicate yeastiness.

Taste: Full maltiness and a strong Juicy Fruit bubblegum taste and a little pinch of acidity. Some spiced bananas, a pinch of crushed rock candy. Slight yeast character. Hint of toast. Warming finish with a lasting taste of fruit-flavored bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent quad and pleasure to have tried it, but one is enough for me, thanks.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange + honey highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet light fruits (apples + peaches), dark fruits (figs + raisins), and caramel malts with a moderate to strong aroma of that distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet caramel malts with a touch of toffee sweetness as well. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of dark fruits (figs + raisins), light fruits (apples), and just a hint of banana. Moderate flavors of slightly spicy distinctive Belgian yeast. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fade quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Definitely a sipping beer - enjoyable with a nice amount of complexity to the flavor/aroma but definitely a big beer (even though the alcohol is well hidden).Very sweet.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"In the sixth glass sits the Devil himself. He is a little well-dressed man, most charming and pleasant. He understands everything you say. He even brings a lamp to light your way... not to your home, but to his."

--from The Watchman of the Tower, by Hans Christian Anderson

Caramel-covered pumpkin with blurry tangerine borders. The golden beige colored crown is ferociously fizzy and doesn't have terrific texture. Rockiness and stickiness are nowhere in sight. The score is still respectable because the liquid portion of the appearance looks good.

The nose isn't as malty or as rich as expected. It's sour fruity, with a moderate amount of yeasty spiciness. If nothing else, TSG should prove to be an interesting take on a Belgian quadrupel by a brewery who did a damn fine job with Long Strange Tripel.

Perhaps time and warming will improve things (note: they do), but the first few ounces tell me that The Sixth Glass isn't a world-class quad. It is pretty tasty though, and is becoming more so as the first glassful is almost gone. The biggest problem is a lack of body, which is almost always a complexity killer.

For a beer designed to hold up for at least five years, a mere 18 months in the bottle shouldn't have broken it down this much. Once some of the fizzier bubbles fade, the mouthfeel does firm up and become respectable in the end.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of a BSDA with medium-dark fruits rather than dark fruits. The cornucopia includes apricots, peaches and figs. Maybe even tangy plums, but nothing as dark as raisins. Steely caramel is as dark as the malt component gets. A solid smack of clove-like spiciness rounds things out in fine fashion. Looks like this is pretty tasty beer after all is said and done.

Boulevard The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale isn't as good as Long Strange Tripel, but I'm glad that it's readily available in my local grocery and I'm thrilled that it's only $7.99 per bottle. Even though I wouldn't sell my soul to Beelzebub for a bottle, this is a more than decent effort that deserves a look for anyone even remotely interested in the style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown color, lighter at the bottom and darker at the top. There is a small tan colored head on top, but it is gone rather quickly and leaves behind sparse lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits - raisins and grapes are the dominant aromas, as well as some Belgian yeast and spices. There is a bit of candy sweetness as well.

T: The candy/sugary aromas come out in the flavor right away. They are mixed with some deep, dark fruits - again mostly raisins and grapes, but also some fig and plum. Some dark caramel and slight toffee flavors come through on the back end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth with a bit of a creamy body.

O: A solid quad, very drinkable for the style, but it is certainly a beer you could open up and drink throughout the night as well.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 67299 poured chestnut with 1 finger of off white head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Chewy malt, a bit of chocolate, oaky with & some bourbon notes as this warmed up

T: Caramel & breadyness & booze up front. Bits of oaky dryness & boozey warmth come through as this warms. Finishes syrupy sweet with fruity notes

MF: Chewy, but a touch carbonated for my liking

Drank pretty good, probably needs to age a couple of years to smooth out some of the boozeyness. Went well with my Christmas dinner (goose)

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Photo of Slatetank
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to mughugger for sharing this -750ml in a 1/2 pint.

A - deep brown with decent clarity -translucent w/ light beige cap. The color of cola w/ lace that sticks well, retention is good and bead is avg size

S - The smell is of raw, dark honey with mild floral notes and slight caramel w/ a hint of spice and toffee

M - The feel while very effervescent is still sweet and has a moderate amount of phenolics w/ suble creamy and toasted texture. The sweetness is restrained in the grand scheme as is the alcohol, but very malty presence with spice balance

T - This quad tastes amost as good as it smells which is very good, both slight caramel and herbal qualities work together with slight honey and smooth molasses notes w/ a mild anise note and slight cinnamon w/ light toasted flavors. The sweet raw honey taste pervades with a raw, yet enticing quality that is lasting in the flavor into the finish

D - While a good example of the style, this is not something I consider to be drinkable to the point that I could have more than one. It has a candy-like element that keeps me from enjoying as more than a digestif. Very good -seek this out -great for sharing, thanks again Karen!

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Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Westvleteren chalice. It poured a caramel brown color with a half inch of frothy head covering the top of the beer. lots of carbonation bubbles are visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Great lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a rich, malty flavor to it with some notes of fig, raisin, caramel, candi sugar and a some earthy yeast spices. Very flavorful aroma to it with very nice range and balance to it.

The taste shows a little more of the yeast spices to it with a little bit of clove and nutmeg coming through. I get some more of the rich, maltiness to it with caramel and toffee coming out up front. In the finish I get a crisp fruitiness to it with some apple like flavors coming out. Nicely flavored and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a very good beer and probably one of the best American versions of the style that I've had. Very flavorful and well balanced beer. This is probably one of if not the best Boulevard beer I've had so far.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dome-like head is formed within seconds of the initial pour. Cloudy and amber in color. Starts with ring lace that slides down the glass wall.

A touch more earthy than the Tripel, but it has the classic Belgian Quad smell. Muted.

This comes across like a beer that has been blended with a aperitif, like a cognac. The swallow is of white pepper. Very high carbonation while the body is nearly oily. Alcohol is also strong, leaving warmth in the belly.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Been enjoying my trip through Boulevard's offerings (seeing as they're now all over the place here in the Chicago 'burbs), which means I'm lookin' forward to this one. It pours a clear garnet-ruby topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises fig, rye bread, red apple skin, light raspberry, black pepper, nutmeg, light cocoa powder, and toffee. The taste holds notes of caramel, rye bread, black pepper, fig, light plum, light strawberry, red grapes, and a light sprinkling of chocolate powder. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one that deftly balances the bready, sweet, and fruity characters very well.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a SAVOR snifter. Best by date of 01/17/13 on the bottle.

a - Pours a deep reddish amber color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, fruity malts, caramel malts, and bready malts. Pretty nice; really liking the dark fruits and how fruity in general it is.

t - Tastes of cherries, alcohol, dark fruits, bready malts, and light spices. Little alcohol but not too too bad, and a ton of cherries again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall an above average quad; I think with a few more months on it it could have been even better. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has brown sugar, molasses and booze soaked dried fruits like raisins and plums. Taste starts sweet with brown sugar flavor, a bit of bitterness too, seems a bit like burnt sugar. There are also dark fruits and yeast notes. Finish is quite bitter and earthy. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall it's a well made and complex tasting beer buy I think the flavors don't combine as well as expected.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a smallish tightly bubbled white head that shows moderate retention. Smells of brown sugar and candied dark fruits mostly with a hint of pepper and spicy yeast. Taste is sweet candied fruit and brown sugar mixed with a bit of pepper, yeast, and ethanol. Medium to thick body, spirited level of carbonation, sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I liked this a lot, it smells and tastes wonderful. That said, I would have like it a bit lighter on the carbonation.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with red tones. Tan head. Nose is perfume and dough. Flavor profile brings lots of caramel, a full plate of spices, a good amount of dough. Just a slight touch of alcohol there, but it's really balanced. Feel is smooth on all aspects. This is really nice to drink. Good complexities and a good American interpretation.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thick, big, off white, brownish head

S - baked apples, candy sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast

T - candy sugar, clove, allspice, caramel, yeast, baked apples

M - full bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This is a really solid beer. It's complex and delicious. The ABV is completely hidden and the crisp carbonation lightens the body making this very drinkable. I will definitely have this Quad again.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,854 ratings.
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