The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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

Another respectable offering from the Smokestack series. Hard to imagine fine Belgian style beers in the Heartland, but alas they are there.

Pours a dark caramel, after a crowbar popped the cork. Off-white/tan head, some lacing and legs.

Aroma is sweet, malty, spicy, floral and juicy. A tad medicinal at first, but maybe I imagined it as I didn't get that as it warmed. Fruity and spice most of all

Like the Dark Truth, this beer tends to be more fruity than anything else. And while the fruit doesn't dominate, it does attract the most attention. Red plum, figs, and red apple. Spice comes in the form of clove and mild coriander. Caramel and bread provide a base. I'd compare this to Westy 12 only in the aspect that it's not as dark looking or tasting as some quads. This ain't bad, though.
This is a nice beer

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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 Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy and murky amber color with a short wispy head that lasts a while on the surface.

Smell: sugary sweetness is first to hit you followed by a mild fruitiness.

Taste: big caramel sweetness with candied sugars, ripe golden apples, pears, some mild bitterness, and a bit of alcohol rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied beer. Light crispness to start, very smooth and velvety at the finish.

Overall: a nice slow sipping quad to share with friends.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here comes the quad, all dressed to nod. Dun dun dun-dun dun...There's 12 ounces of quadruppel without any twists or barrels. On to the beer:

A soapy inch thick of head forms on top this light brown/orange hued ale. Within a minute the head's thickness halves and a few splashes cling to the glass. A pleasant aroma, succulent without being overpowering. The smells of toasted sugar, plums, figs, fennel, balanced with just a pinch of alcohol noted. Good things are sure to come.

I've come to terms that American-made quadruppels are not going to taste as well as their Belgian counterparts. The Sixth Glass is a counterargument to that statement. Sure, it's not one the same level as the ones made by St. Bernardus, Rochefort, and Westvleteren, but those shouldn't be the standard. Within the tasting journey is plum, a fume of warming alcohol, hint of grape, toasted malt, a drop of bitterness, and a note of fennel. The beer is full bodied and registers on the smooth side with its mouthfeel, and finishes slightly dry with a bittersweet aftertaste.

One of the better American-made quadruppels that I've tasted. With the few samples which I've tasted from Boulevard, it appears that they can pull off Belgian styles too.

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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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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium brown with a khaki head. The aroma is dark fruit with some candi sugar, yeast and brown sugar. The aroma has something that reminds me of red wine. The flavor is brown sugar and dark fruits with some alcohol. The alcohol is a little boozy and also very warming. There is some light spicing in the flavor and once again something that reminds me of a dark, big bold red wine. Low carbonation and medium body. An excellent American quadrupel.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with an aggressive light brown head and nice lacing. Hops and malt right up front with a slap of booze. Light malt and fruit middle with a sharp edge from the carbonation. Boozy, hop finish. Underlying taste is nice, but he alcohol is not well integrated. Light bodied. This was absolutley delicious with a chocolate chip cookie.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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