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The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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:
745
For Trade:
10
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Photo of Wasatch
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Revisted: 25 Mar 2015
Best By: 11/04/16

This brew is here now in UT, for quite awhile, but just bought it.

Poured into my Corsendonk glass a very nice cloudy light brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and a very mid-size island. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Overall a very tasty brew, glad to see it here in UT. Job well done Boulevard!

Again thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked
Batch 68058
Revisted: 28 Jul 10
Aged 2 Years

Again poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this one has aged very nicely, very tasty.

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked
Batch 68044

Poured into my Westy glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation (HUGE POP), very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with alot of nice creamy/sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast tones, figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice touch of dark fruit. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Tim and James. Cheers!

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

Batch Number: 68100; Sampled September 2008
A soft pour produces an initial four-finger thick head that fills my 25cl tulip glass and then proceeds to mushroom up two fingers past the rim of my glass and slightly overflow, but only just barely. The head is a light tan color with a densely packed head. The beer is an amber color that is on the light side from your average Quad and shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-orange stained, dark copper color when held up to the light. Spicy aromas of woody pepper and mature ginger are almost immediately joined by tart notes of tamarind, sour plum and a lactic like note. I expected a lot more concentrated, rich malt notes here, but instead this seems to have been replaced by this light, but substantial tartness.

Lightly sweet flavors are offset towards the finish by an herbal sage like note that is light but fairly distinct. The sweetness tastes of and accentuates flavors of plums, a filtered tamarind note and a light raisin note. The beer finishes with a warming alcohol note that at times can be overly hot with higher alcohols; these notes accentuate a spicy finish that has a peppery bite as well as a hint of plastic-like phenolics and a light tongue numbing clove note. Not nearly as tart as the aroma suggested, which is as I suspected for some reason, but it still does have a touch of tartness that is likely just contributed by the yeast strain used. This is actually quite dry for a Quad (this also likely accentuates the perceived tartness), with a medium body that is on the light side for a Quad.

A second pour easily produces just as much of a voluminous head. As the beer has warmed the aroma has picked up a finish that has a lot more toasted malt aromatics to it; biscuit like with a nice crushed grain character. This is a pretty good beer, the only real flaw is that it can get awfully hot in the finish, but this is only at times so doesn't kill the beer.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Pours a deep ruby color really quite stunning. Tightly beaded bubbles form a dense, almost champagne like foam, if champagne had retention that was worth a damn.

SMELL: The smell of fruits, malts, alcohol. Almost like a spiked Hawaiian punch. Yeast and thus alcohol driven esters and aromas are huge but nice.

TASTE: Complex flavor of fruit and malts, there's a spice I could attribute to the yeast strain or alcohol, it provides a good balance to the sweetness. Earthy, wood like elements from the hops which also dry and even out the finish. Cotton candy, bubblegum, pear upfront then neutralized with somewhat pungent herbal hop flavor and bitterness..

FEEL: Full bodied, lively, spicy at times. Evolves as it warms like a true Belgian style beer. Crisp and dry with a hop bite riding a wave of delicate toffee remnants.

OVERALL: An impressive take on the style, and very respectable. Dry yet almost creamy, and smooth as you'll get for the strength. Enjoyable and fun to drink, and from Boulevard, another feather in the cap so to speak.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New review 2/25/14

Darker amber brew appears a little hazy.... almost like a colloidal bubble suspension is breaking up the clarity... 2 finger tannish head dies but persists at about a 1/2" ... fantastic lacing.

Nose shows thick complex maltiness.... dark toast, caramel, golden raisins and boozy figs... some peppery phenols with a clove spike.

Flavor is punctuated by a abundant cherry ester quality... not as sweet as the nose hints, but nicely malty without ever becoming cloying. Body is a solid medium with abundant small bubble carbonation.

This is better than I remember... Well made domestic quad.

4.25/4/4/4.25/4

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750 received in from Bort11 in the "Fight Club BIF" ... I also have one in the cellar from jhammerly... huge thanks to Tim and Jimi. The bottle has been sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks.. tonight is the night.. enjoyed immensely from my Boulevard Goblet that is also courtesy of Bort11... here we go.

2 finger head takes forever to die back.. minutes later it is still a sand dune of foam... looks pretty for sure.. the brew is dark chestnut .. but perfectly clear ruby when held to my desk light.

Aroma is fruity and spicy.. missing some maltiness... a little bit of caramel and toasty qualities but missing something.. maybe a taste will change that... nope.. estery and fairly sharp.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with quite a bit more fruit.. cherry and plum come to mind immediately.. fusel alcohol is fairly present but a minor distraction. A little too sweet for my liking, but again, a minor flaw... rum raisins are a lingering finish spiked with a spicy phenolic nature. Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on and so is the smooth carbonation.

Overall, it could probably use some more time in the bottle. I like it, but don't love it. It is, however, a brew that if I had access to, I would buy a case or two of to see how it ages over the next year or two.. lord knows I buy lesser brews by the case solely on the hope that they are going to get better.

I probably trade for a few more of these while they are still available. Big props to Tim and Jimi.. Jimi is a fantastic trader, and Tim punched me square in the tongue with this one.

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged, thanks to Grub! Its name a reference to Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Watchman of the Tower' - a recommended tale for those who enjoy the drink.

An anemic terracotta shade and khaki head make for a brilliant colour scheme. These tones of clay ceramic and tapioca white, neither all that attractive on their own, pair together perfectly; they must have been made for each other. I'm quite curious to take a taste.

Boulevard phenomenally captured the Belgian styles of saison and tripel in this same 'Smokestack Series' release, and judging by the looks of things, they've done so as well with the quad. Although its colour may be a tad light, the head is right on for style: mildly creamy, responsive, everlasting, and giver of lacing.

The aroma contains a soft spiciness with gentle notes of ginger and caramelizing brown sugar. All notions of spice are most likely derived from the yeast and it would seem they've chosen an appropriate (and good) one. The smell indicates this is a beer you'll have to enjoy by taking your time with it.

The body is very malty with plenty of sticky sweet taste and a strong hit of something spicy and slightly boozy. It is lacking a little in the dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates) found in other quads. It still manages to taste pretty good and full of flavour to spite this.

Something in the taste imparted a slight port/sherry like character and tannic grape flavour. Perhaps it is the sweet sugar or perhaps the excessive heat; the alcohol is well stitched in to the makeup but nevertheless, at least fresh, this tipple is a warm and spicy one.

Although this seemed at times a strong dubbel, I'm again impressed that Boulevard has so successfully understood and conceived their Belgian ales true to style. This came on a little spicy and a little strong, making it a good candidate for aging, and definitely a beer that would pair wonderfully with a number of traditional Belgian dishes (Flemish stew, perhaps?)

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium soft fizzy white head. Solid Belgian-style head retention, no lace.

S: Dark fruit, dates and raisins, some toffee malt.

T: Sweet dark fruit, tons of date juice. The sugar is hampered from going haywire at the mid-palate by a swift hop attack. In the end the beer is dominated by a soft estery dark malt which is very reminiscent of Belgium more than America.

M: Soft easy carbonation, very elegant, gorgeous soft yet crispy carbonation. Very impressive from an American brewer, this is really well done.

O: Fans of Achel Bruin and St. Bernardus Prior 8, if you can find this you will love it. I know I'm blending categories, but I think I'm right on this one. Easily one of the best American-made quads I've had. Just a really good beer.

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

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells sweet and sour with a strong herbal scent. Scents of brown sugar and ginger with a little allspice.

Starts out little bit sweet with brown sugar as an after taste. Phenols give a faint bubblegum taste. Slight banana flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good but not world clase.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says best by 4/27/13.

Appearance: rich, coppery amber hue with tons of haze. It almost reminds me of a wee heavy. Head is one finger of pillowy light tan foam. Looks quite good to me.

Smell: aroma is surprisingly light with a good malt character and a little splash of apple and pear. I like it, but it's way too subtle, I think.

Taste: very rich and satisfying malt flavor. On the back end is a great selection of dark fruits; raisins, cherry, and even pear make an appearance. I like the dynamism of the flavor, how it starts with a simple but excellent malt flavor and then melts into a complex fruity arrangement. Very good stuff.

Mouthfeel: rich, silky-smooth body with a good level of carbonation. The overall effect is delightfully creamy and satisfying.

Overall: I find I am greatly enjoying this beer. I had some misgivings at first because of the aroma, but was pleasantly surprised thereafter. A good brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tap list at max's was a bit lacking today, so grabbed a bottle of this there.

The beer pours a toffee brown color with orange hilights. Head retention is pretty good, with the beer otherwise displaying light lacing. The beer is a bit cold initially, and I don't pick up a lot on the nose at first. As it warms, I get some milk chocolate, maraschino cherry, a hint of root beer and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, though there's just more of everything. The chocolate, vanilla and rootbeer really seem to dominate on the palate, though there's some underlying hoppy bitterness as well that helps to buoy and counter the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet, spicey finish.

Nothing exraordiary, but well made and undeniably tasty.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle marked Batch no. 613081-2-03-2015. Sampled on April 29, 2014 at about 50 degrees.

It is certainly a highly attractive beer to look at with its mahogany amber pour and short-loved off-white head. Good clarity and just a lovely color.

The roasted malts are evident on the nose before anything else. But they are quickly followed up by a cherry-tart fruity character and a surround-sound yeast element. A little boozy but not offensive.

Medium to full syrupy body. Some acidity. It grates the tongue a little.

Like the aroma the roasted malts kick things off with a return play by the cherry-based defensive receiver. There is this definite pungent tart bite that makes me wince briefly but I get used to it. Some dry afterbite for certain. A little booze but that's to be expected at 10.5%. I wonder how it would be at this time next year with proper cellaring

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Photo of dar482
2.71/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer comes in a rich amber red color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has bright fresh sugary fruit sweetness. Tart plums, some breadiness, caramel sweetness. Boozy cherries, figs, alcohol comes through.

The flavor attacks aggressively of alcohol throughout. From the top of the back to the back of the throat, there is alcohol burn. There’s a slight candied fruit note, almost a gummy candy flavor, but other than that, alcohol is all I can find.

Booze booze booze. The beer was absolutely dominated by alcohol. It gets even worse as it warms and I had to pour it out. I don’t know if it was infected as it nasted like nail polish and alcohol.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, not cloying. Nice quad. Warming, but higher ABV is hidden. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Best by Apr 27, 2013.

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Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, ruddy, almost garnet hue that is slightly crystal with a thick, creamy head that fades to leave light haloing.

S - Sweet carmel malts and dark fruits and belgian yeasts.

T - The same, a bit amped up. Lots and lots of sweet malts. Alot sweeter than most quads I'm used to. There are more dark fruits, with a slight metallic finish.

M - Qutie sticky sweet. Its not cloy, just sweet and relatively heavy.

O - I thought this was a good beer, unsure if I'd buy it again, but it is nice.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, dark chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Slight spicy aroma with some vinous fruit, dark malt and alcohol. There's a subtle syrupy/medicinal presence but it doesn't get in the way of the candy sugar, peppery spicy and estery yeast notes. Some caramel, toffee, cocoa and chestnut followed by vinous grape, raisin and fig. This beer smells okay but nothing really stands out.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a more interesting flavor profile than the aroma suggests. There's a very nice balance of peppery spice, sweet malt, vinous fruit and subtle alcohol without a trace of heat, making it deceptively drinkable. Some zesty clove and pepper up front followed by silky chocolate, caramel and toffee. The malt notes are countered by dark fruit sweetness giving off hints of plum, raisin, dark cherry and fig lingering into a slightly dry finish. Perfectly balanced and the 10.5% ABV is excellently masked. I enjoyed this beer very much and had to stop myself from guzzling down the whole 750ml to quickly.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red brown with one finger head that died quick. Has a slightly boozy aroma, dark fruits and figs (maybe raisins) are a tad noticeable and there are some sweet malts. Beer is medium bodied, smooth, real sweet for some reason, good amount of caramel, candi sugar and a touch of fruit sweetness. Good balance as I get some dark fruits as well and there is a hearty, heavy finish. Not a bad American quad at all and well worth the low pricepoint; not the tastiest or most complex quad but it got the job done.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L012915 1246E. Best by 01.28.17. Consumed 11.26.15.

A: Monstrous light tan head rests above an autumn orange body of generally good clarity revealing a very strong rate of carbonation. Lengthy head retention, sticks well with large patches of lace.

S: Caramel raisin, sweet dark fruit, sugary plums, lightly toasted straw and grains. Good sense of awareness that was fairly lasting.

T: Sweet toasty caramel body with sugary raisins, toasty grains and sweet dark fruit of plums. Sweet peache, with a sweet flavor that shows little signs of its 10.0 abv nature. Some rum with a toasted nuttiness.

M: Good vibe of carbonation, slick textured, slightly sticky, good fullness, gentle fade of dried fruit and alcohol glow on the swallow.

O: Some alcohol detection upon more warming, but generally accessible. Dark rum and fruit with a good rate of drinkability.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a glowing deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice whate cap with loads of bubbles

S: Grains, hints of booze, dark fruits with some candy sweetness

T: Very warm from the booze, dark fruits but not as much as I expected, sweet, slightly sticky, candy, caramel

M: Sweet, boozy, big body

O: Pretty good, no St Bernardus but tasty nonetheless

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Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF-GBBF 09 and coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged, this bottle bears Batch No. 58312 instead of freshness info.; served faintly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a brilliantly clear, dark reddish-brown colour even with purple-ish glows, coming with a 1.5cm-thick dark beige frothy head supported by healthy streams of microscopic bubbles in action - looking just gorgeous...
S: the nose is nice and complex, reminiscent of a Belgian Quadruple but minus candy sugar, but a bit like a cross b/w Old Ale and US hop-focused barley wine as well; featuring lots of tea-smoked prunes, raisins, overripe apples+pineapples, brown sugar, burned sugar cane, brown malts, aromatic grapes, sweet herbs, and sour-sweet notes of well-aged sherry.
T: a creamy swallow of dark fruits plus brown malts is seamlessly ensued by a caressing blanket of aromatic black sugar, high quality black prunes, roast nuts, and bitter toffee, while the hop influence soon catches up like an undercurrent full of bitter-sweet root herbs, leading towards a "dry"-ish finishing palate more like a mature Oloroso Sherry actually... The slightly chewy and herbal side of hoppiness as well as the lingering aromatic malts also stay deep down the tongue, rendering a truly inviting effect more in the fashion of complex but well-hopped old ale than an estery Quadruple.
M&D: the mouthfeel remains as creamy-smooth and healthily-carbonated as any quality bottled-conditioned beer must dream to achieve... The body never goes too heavy - in fact extremely balanced and approachable against its alc. strength. Also, the hoppiness balanced with the fruity-maltiness in the aftertaste prolongs the depth and complexity altogether. All in all, this Quadruple-style ale is slightly too expensive, but I've made my efforts to fully enjoy and memorise every single drop from this bottle~~ This is perhaps the best bottled beer I've tried for many months now, even outperforming Westvleteren 12 as far as my last bottle last month is concerned.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
from a 12 oz. bottle
best before 04/12/13
A- The dense hazy glowing brown body has a hint of cranberry brown hue at the base. There are microbubbles racing up the side of the glass to support a thick foam that fizzes and last as a rocky caramel color.

S- The caramel malt blends with a canned mixed fruit nose that is more estery than hoppy, and a very light permanent marker fusel hint that comes through as the beer warms. There is lots of subtle yeasty character the is fills the background.

T- The dry caramel flavor has a slight metallic quality about it and some wheat bread crust character follows. There is a finish that hints at canned mixed fruit in syrup and a caramel apple hint that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a prick of fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice fruit estery flavors with some good caramel character but there is a brassy wheatwine bite that just doesn't taste right. I'm hoping age will help this mellow as I think it is close to being a great beer but now I just think it is a bit odd.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 610050, dated 02/13. Poured into16oz goblet. Poured a barely translucent dark ruby color with a tall, thick, rocky head that had great retention but light lacing.

The aroma was pretty typical for one of my favorite styles. Rich fruits, some spice and earthy yeast all are present in the nose. All those aspects are also on the tongue, along with a sharp alcohol bite.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for this style. Drinkability was good, but again, this is one of my favorite styles, so I'm predisposed to like it. Overall, a pretyy good, but not great example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch S8312 in caged and corked 750ML bottle.

This pours a clear deep red with a 2w finger head of foam that starts to shrink quickly.

The smell is roasty and caramel malt sweet and has a fruity tartness to it. Maybe even a little Brett? Strange smell for the style but when I add up the components, it's pleasing my nosebuds. It actually smells more like a Saison to me.

The taste is a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and fruity tartness with a heaping helping of pepper and a light funkiness or maybe it's more of an earthy flavour. There's also a pronounced bitterness here that I feel is out of place for the style. This is also pretty "hot" as the alcohol is more than just noticeable; lots of warming during and after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is on the upper side of medium, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes with a tartness and spicy pepper kick that does slow me down. I think the pepper here is overdone...

Drinkability? Lots of goodness to this brew but...the alcohol and pepper overkill in the taste just doesn't make it all that drinkable. This will be a tough brew to rate, me thinks. I'm certainly glad I tried it though.

Btw, head retention is very good as is the lacing.

As a side note, what is up with the batch numbers???? I have no clue! I see most saying it starts off with a 6 but my bottle looks more like an S. BM me if you have any insight, please.

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

Thanks to hwwty4 for this bottle from the first release.

A: The quad is a ruddy brown color, one that matches the last few hold-out leaves on trees in central PA. The darkness leaves the ale opaque. A half a finger of tan head arises on pour but disappears quickly.

S: The nose has dark candi sugars, raisins and grapes running rampant. The aroma is very strong, belying a full ale. Plenty of spices and sweet yeasty notes.

T: Sweet and murky. The candi sugars hit all the right notes, dark and fruity from the outset. Darker raisins and lighter pears create a fleshy, pitted fruit flavor. Booziness mixes with the yeast, candi sugars and biscuity malts. Very flavorful, the quad is also strong. The flavors mesh well though, with dark fruits taking the lead. Only plum flavors linger in the mouth after a sip is gone though, strange.

M: The mouthfeel is lush, dark and fruity. The yeast and candi sugars have starring roles, driving a dark sweetness. A warming ale, you better sip this sucka.

D: Another whopper of a beer. The Sixth Glass is a think-piece about a mid-level beer struggling with its own limitations in the harsh face of stardom. Almost famous indeed.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Cost Plus World Market Palm Springs CA for $3.50

Appearance – Murky brown colour with an above average size fizzy dark beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts,caramel, and some yeast. There is also quite a bit of dark fruit flavour.. grapes/raisins and some plums. It ends with a fruity/anise aftertaste.

Overall – Really enjoyed this beer, it reminded me a bit of Rochefort but with a touch more vibrant fruitiness.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, red amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sweet bready crystal malt. Grapefruit and peppery spice.

T: Smooth and sweet crystal malt. Some mild phenolic flavors. Spices mingle with dark fruits, vanilla and cinnamon. Complex and delicioius. Even bitter finish ahead of alcohol warming.

M: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth then hot and dry.

D: Delightful; flavorful, complex, but fairly balanced. The ABV will catch up.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 29/10/15

A clear reddish amber when held to the light, large loose tan foam has decent retention slowly falling to a thin film but only leaves a few patches of lace

S lots of brewers candy, brown sugar, faint plum, lots of spice and a little boozy, faint clove and anise as it warms

T mimics the smell fairly well, a little sugar coated fig, its fairly young and a little rough around the edges but no major complaints

M has some body but the bubbles fluff it up and make it a bit airy, a little heat and fine grit on the palate, spicy finish lingers

O solid quad start to finish and I could see this improving a fair bit with some cellar time

Well rounded and easy enough to drink for a quad, a little pricey at nearly 20$ a bottle in these parts, I could flip a coin deciding to but one to age

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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