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The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
807 Reviews
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:
807
Ratings:
2,820
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
227
Gots:
744
For Trade:
9
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jwc215
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000:
750 ml cork-caged bottle - Batch 69365 - Best by 12/12 - poured into a wide-mouth glass, as suggested:

Pours auburn with ruby highlights and a thick, fluffy, though somewhat fizzy, off-white head.

The smell is fruity, especially black cherries, with caramel/toffee and grassy/herbal notes.

The taste is sweet upfront - caramelish - and fruity with grassy/floral/herbal notes that lend bitterness. Some booze shows in a semi-drying finish.

It has a creamy-ish smooth medium-to-full body with some effervescence.

A nice take on a Belgian quad... Sweet, fruity and caramelish, but balanced with a dry touch in the finish. Drinks well despite the boozy character.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Westvleteren Chalice glass. Oh come on now lets get decadent you know it!

A quite interesting orange body. Slightly opaque with a bit of a glow to it also, real nice edges of red. Head is creamy light mocha brown, not much staying power, but solid. Pretty nice looking beer in this chalice.

A real nice bouquet. Solid malts with a sweetness just like grape. Hints of dark bread, and airy whispy grain. Slightly brown sugary and a controlled dose of heat. A pretty solid smelling quad and one that seems on point so far.

Palate hits with a real mix and balanced flavor. Sweet malts, and Belgian like sucrose sensations. Controlled heat, and booze but not overpowering. A slight hint of tonic quinine like character but very subtle on the finish. Body comes in fairly solid, but minor depth and a little carbonated. Malt action comes in nicely and makes some bread and fruitcake character also. A little peppery on the finish too, interesting.

Overall though this is a solid quad and worth trying if this is your style. Doesn't come off too boozy either, but quite right to fit.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Boulevard Quad? So nice. Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for providing the bottle.

Off comes the wire cage, pop out the cork, and it goes into a Westmalle glass, seems fitting.

Impenetrable appearance, a hazy burgundy hue, with a slight, yet attractive creamy head.

Enticing aroma....bewitching, sweetness and spice. Dark fruits and funky yeast. Lovely stuff!

Taste: sharp, phenolic, alcoholic, but still beautiful. Cherries, and sherry, a bit of port, but moreover musty yeast at play. Wish it were smoother, and not so brash on the tongue, little quibbel, there, but it is tasty, and reminds of my favorite Belgian quads, for sure.

And they came up with a very unique way to reference the Devil, from, of all places, a Hans Christian Andersen story, that goes on about indulging in alcohol. What's in the "Sixth Glass"? Why, let me tell you...
"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 the way, not to your home, but his." It goes on and becomes more moralistic, gory, and damning. Sorry, Hans, I've got more living to do, before I get melted, and that includes drinking six glasses sometimes!

Yummy. Alcohol is too prevalent, ...10.5%!...I'd rather feel more flavor, but this is a nice acheivement as it is.
Several stretches short of greatness, but an enjoyable glass or two, or six...

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

12 ounce bottle, "Best by 1/17/13" etched onto the mid section of the bottle.

Pours dark glowing almond, near clear, oatmeal head, on the thick and high side. Crumbles slowly to a thicker film and leaves a high frothy collar, slippery low sheeting and moderate tongues of thicker lacing.

Nose of fruit juices, candied fruits and some peppery alcohol.

Lots of cloves, peppery alcohol spice, tart apples, grape juice, some dark ripe fruits like figs and raisins come to mind. Tasty and enjoyable large brew.

Well worth a try if you are lucky enough to be in an area Boulevard distributes its fine beers to.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a trade from thirdeye11. Poured from a corked bottle into a Delirium Tulip. Beer is brown and cloudy, forms a tight head with tiny bubbles and steady carbonation. Head is light brown.

Aroma is complex. At first it smells like sweet alcohol, then at second smell I can pick up some malt, the third, a slight roast. Very complex.

Flavor is warm. Obviously a lot of alcohol, some bitterness on the backend due to roasting. Lots of sweetness up front. There is some sour character in the beer as well. Beer is relatively thick in the mouth which is good. Drinkability suffers slightly due to high alcohol flavor. Overall a great quad.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red with small head, aroma of dark wood and malts. Lots of earthiness in this one. Alcohol not readily apparent, but does creep up on you. Taste is malt, wood, clove. and some alcohol burn. Short finish. A bit milder than some if its Belgian cousins, but highly drinkable.

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

A: poured amber brown in color with yellow highlights and nice fluffy thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice dark fruit aroma upfront in the nose such as raisin, dates, and plums with belgian yeast sweetness and hints of brown sugar.

T: the belgian yeast character was more prominent on the taste alongside raisins, plums, brown sugar accents, lots of malty sweetness, slight booze and a touch of pear fruit.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, yeasty, malty, and sticky finish.

O: really was digging this beer and was a good interpretation of an abbey quad.

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

Pours a hazy dark brown color and a lighter copper color along the edges of the glass. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, some subdued tart malt, slight alcohol, and some fruity aromas. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is very smooth and slightly chewy. There is an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, fruit, then sweet malt, there is noticeable alcohol throughout but not too over-powering, and finishes with some tartness. There isn't any dryness, which I really enjoyed and the higher ABV is deceptively hidden by the overall smoothness. Pretty good beer, but of the Smokestack I still pick the Double Wide IPA as the best.

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Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. Man, this is my favorite quad that I've had in a while, and I had a Pannepot the same day. At first it smelled of spiced rum, but as it warmed sweet dates and black cherries came out with a tinge of cinnamon and ginger. Clove phenols grow, but never overpower as the beer approaches room temperature. Very drinkable and rich in flavor. Something a bit different from your normal caramel-malt driven quad. I'd call this must-try for quad-lovers.

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Photo of Duff27
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- inch tally tan head atop a murky amber. Nice alcohol legs. Good head retention and lacing.

S- dark fruits.

T- more dark fruits, spice. Complex like any quad should be.

M- fizzy carbonation on the tongue, I like. Creamy.

D/O- good, middle of the road quad. Widely available pushes this over the edge with me. Thank you boulevard for the Smokestack Series.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,820 ratings.
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