The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
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:
819
Ratings:
2,863
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
763
For Trade:
8
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Reviews: 819 | Ratings: 2,863
Photo of orangemoustache
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish brown until back lit when is glows with a bright rich looking orangish amber with some haziness. This Quad looks so inviting that this mammoth head is hard to wait on,but it actually deflates in a timely manor leaving huge webs of lacing covering the entire Duval snifter it's served in. Smells like straight up maple syrup,dark fruits and alcohol. This is delicious,Quads are not at the top of my favorites list,but this one is winning me over! Tastes are dark fermented fruits(raisins) and alcohol with subtle yeasty character,syrup and honey sweetness finish off this boozy beast. Full bodied and warming to the tongue encourages sipping,not to mention a ABV that I would have guessed to be even higher than 10.5. This one is an stunner from start to finish,pure darkness at its best.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my uncle for sending this to me.

So far, this is the best of the Smokestack series.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a typical quad with a murky brown color, only slightly lighter with more of an amber tint.

Nose is a somewhat mellow, floral smell. I got some bananas with a little bit of prunes.

Taste is outstanding. A very warming brew but the alcohol is masked very well. Definitely packs a punch.

And outstanding quad. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper amber color. One finger tan head fades pretty quickly. Minimal lace.

S: Brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnammon. As the beer warms, more bread-like aromas take over.

T: Cinnamon and black pepper, dark fruits. Sweet biscuit and well-integrated but very present alcohol follow. Very little bitterness and long, lingering finish. Sweetness is apparent yet subdued. Maple flavor and soft minerals creep in after a while. Dark fruits and semi-sweet malts battling it out, who will win? The taster wins.

M: Full bodied, but the carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: A great beer-- one I will revisit often. Thank you, Boulevard, you have another winner.

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Photo of bosco7
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a looker. Beautiful mahogany color with mouse like tan head floating above. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Cherry, rum, toast, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of roastiness in the nose. Almost tart smelling.

Starts with those sweet candi sugar flavors that are rummy and little chocolaty. Cherry like fruitiness in the middle brings some tartness to the table and rounds out the sweetness a bit. Finishes bone dry with black pepper and nutmeg flavors.

Mouthfeel is wonderful because it dances on the line between extremely attenuated and full bodied. Another highly drinkable beer out of the smokestack series. I wish I could get these beers here in Central PA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of army01
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a nice head that quickly disappears quickly, turning into extremely light lacing with a ring around the edge of the glass.

Fruity smell (the figs and bananas) that is first to hit both your nose and your tongue. The banana flavor is powerful on taste. Remains sweet throughout the entire mouthful. A light bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a nice beverage.

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Photo of gcasher
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am not a Belgian or quad guy.
It appears copper with a generous head that dissipates quickly. The taste and aroma of rich fruit like plums, dated, and figs. The alcohol does not burn, but rather warms the belly. This is a tasty and relaxing brew.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a deep amber with a big head and very good retention laces sticky and thick down the glass

S-Subtle sweetness with notes of fruit (apricot or apple) also fig and alcohol

T&M-Sweetness come through in the front very strong and fades to a a spicy finish very smooth and complex comes off a little alcholoy without the bitterness to offset it. Med to heavy body and very smooth.

D-Not something i would want all the time but very good and i'll but it again, would like to see how it ages

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

Finally got around to drinking this-- it's been sitting in my basement for 7 months now.
Lovely color. Deep amber. Tannish yellow head; plentiful and tight.
Mostly malt flavors, a hint of the hops that builds upon further sipping.
Carbonation level is good-- not too active. Alcohol is well-disguised. Doesn't taste boozy.

Overall, a fine effort.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy amber with ruby highlights and a dense rocky, tan head that lasts a while.

S - Dark, dried fruit aroma with alcohol notes

T - Sweet malt, some raisin notes, with a warming alcohol flavor. Nice. A bit tart, too.

M - Full bodied and strong carbonation

D - I'm not going to be slamming this, but it's a very nice beer. Wish I could get more of it.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an initially hazy amber color. Not quite brown. A giant head forms on top, falls back and leaves very sticky lacing. It then clears up pretty well, staying a nice clear amber color throughout. A nice looking beer, a little lighter in color than I would expect, but nice looking. The smell is incredibly nutty and raisiny, sticky like syrup, and a tiny bit toasty. It almost gets rich and buttery in the smell a bit. There's even hints of some different grains, maybe some regular sugars (un-starch converted kind). The taste kind of sticks out as a spicy, caramel syrup flavor. I notice some cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, maybe some other floral aspects. There's also a slightly bready, toasty aspect to the flavor, with a bit of earthy nuts. Pretty good, I like the somewhat clean profile in some respects. It's pretty full a bit medium, but not quite syrupy and sweet. The carbonation just sort of rushes in pleasantly, without a bite. The alcohol is a bit powerful, though quite normal for the style. Enjoyable, fits within the style, nothing wrong with it, but nothing outstanding. Recommended for those seeking out new examples of the style.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with course #1 of the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner - steak tartare wrapped in leek.

Beautiful burgundy dives to the bottom of the glass, sloshing upwards gently. I pour but a bit, to share with the others who thirst.

There is caramel sweetness that will ooze out of my pores. There are dates and cherries, the oxidation slight and carefree. The booze lingers throughout the adventure, never overpowering, omnipresent. Each small sip a moment of divine pleasure. Subdued hops round out this beer beautifully. I announce the winner of round 1's pairings, and one of my favorite flavors of the day.

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Photo of stxSS07
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Light brown with a 1 finger pillowy khaki head. Nice lacing.

S- Huge. Figs, raisins, dark fruits, Belgian yeast spiciness, booze.

T- Big dark fruits, plums, raisins. Big spicy/bready yeast character and a big boozy finish. Really intense.

M- Feels realy thick and creamy. Good amount of carbonation to push the flavors forward.

O- Best American quad I've had yet. Really solid.

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Photo of Loki
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep cooper with a thick, no huge, foamy white head. The head settles down after a little while but pours almost like Duvel. (Which is appropriate, since I was pouring it into a Duvel glass). The head settles down put I had to pour back and forth between glasses to get the bottle poured. A little, white ring remains well after the head is gone and the beer is still being enjoyed.

Smell: Ripe fruit and sweet malt give a fantastic aroma with hints of biscuity malts. After notes of brandy and belgian candied sugar.

Taste: Malty fruit like a thick crusted fruit turnover. Raisins, malt, and caramel finish and linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: warm and silky smooth. Coating and thick without being cloying.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I wish I had brought three or four bottles of this back instead of one. DAMN YOU TSA and your liquid restrictions. Damn you US Air and your $15+ per checked bag! Damn you liquid and glass for weighing so much!

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber hue, some slight cloudyness and a humongous head bring this beer as a feast for the eyes. Smells of sweet yeats, spent grain, lemons and grapefruits hit the nose. A palate is built of belgian candy, belgian yeast, andblack spicy pepper. But unfortunately the spicy alcohol seems to dominate an otherwise fantastic quad. Medium body, very warm, and a heavily carbonated brew gives the mouth a lt to take are of. I like it, I would have it again, most likely split with a buddy.

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Photo of john0721
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Color: light brown. A little to sweet for me and lacking the complexity I look for in the style. Yet, still a good American version of the style.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (from a 4-pack) into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown color with amber tint. Tall off-white head with nice creamy peak that retained for quite a while before fading to a nice frothy cap. Also left good sticky lacing. A thing of beauty in a tulip glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy, scents of dates, figs, plums, clove and nutmeg. Some alcohol in the mix, too.

Taste: Much like it smells, dark fruits and yeast up front with flavors of figs and raisins, with sweet caramel malt afterwards and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very tasty Quad.

Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy, medium to full body and hearty. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Wow. Boulevard has done it again with their Smokestack series. I love thier Tank 7 Sasion, and I really love this Quad. An excellent American interpretation of the style, and pretty close to the Belgian Trappist versions of this style (and that's quite a compliment!). Will buy and drink this one again for sure!

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Never tried this brewery before, but this was the beer of theirs that the beer store guy suggested so I thought I’d give it a shot. This quad pours a coppery amber color with a substantial foamy yellowish head. The scent is malty with some perceptible fruit tones as well. The taste is strongly malty for a Belgian, even for a quad, which imparts a bready / caramel flavor. There are also flavors of date and fig like the bottle says, I maybe get a little apple too, but I’m not really getting much else. There’s a definite alcohol flavor, which is common to quads, but I tend to find more acceptable if there’s more going on with it than there is here. Not a bad beer by any means, but what I really look for in quads is a complex, dynamic flavor and I’m just not fully getting that here. I usually appreciate strong malts, but in this case I’m not sure it’s totally appropriate to the style and I feel like it may be covering up some of the other flavors. It is rated highly and others say it has a lot of little complexities, but maybe my palette just isn’t refined enough for this one.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color in a LaTrappe goblet. Unusual light color for a Quad.

Smell is very typical of a Quad. Rich ripe fruit smell (plums and banana) and some clove. As it warms up there is a slight citrus aroma that develops.

Taste follows the smell pretty well with the addition of some nice spice. Light bitter finish. Mild alcohol flavor despite its 10.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall this is a very nice example of the style.

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Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On trade from jwinship83. Poured into chalice.

A- rubbyish copper color. Medium sized slightly tan colored head that sticks around for a bit.

S- Fruity nose.. similar to apples/pineapple juice. Slight candied sugar and bubblegum.

T- Lots of malt. Bubblegum and banana, sweet candied sugar.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body. Slightly dry.

O- A good sipper overall, not a true Belgian quad but not a bad shot from a brewery out of Missouri.

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Photo of HosP
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into Westy 12 glass.

A- Pours clear, darker orange in color. Big one finger white head. Quickly down to a very thin cap.

S- Sweet smelling. A little hoppy smell to it. Dark fruits mostly though. Raisins are picked up. A little boozy too.

T- Follows the nose pretty close. Dark fruit flavors throughout, however not as dominant as you'd like. Get some hop flavors poking through to. Hotter than other quads I've had, especially as it warms.

M- Medium body, but closer to the lighter side. Moderate carbonation. Boozy in the mouth.

D- Compared to the few other quads I've had, this one fell way behind. The dark fruits weren't as strong and drank a little bitter. Doubt I'll have another one... unless they are giving them away. lol

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Huge head. Brown with loads of carbonation. Awesome retention and lacing.

S: There is a huge amount of fruity spices and sweetness.

T: Tons of strong flavours, the sweetness and alcohol are very prominent. The alcohol eventually fades and a sweet fruity taste comes through.

M: Thick and creamy.

D. somewhat.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 07/13

Pours murky amber/orange with a light tan head that recedes quickly. Decent lacing.

Aroma consists of dates and raisins. Brown sugar and some spices as well. Cinnamon, clove, and vanilla mainly. Maybe subtle spicy hops. Very nice.

Sweet caramel malts. Lots of dark fruit and molasses. Hop bitterness is low. Lots of alcohol as well, slightly fusel. Though it finishes relatively dry for the style, the amount of alcohol detracts from the drinkability. This might have been stored at too hot of temperatures for too long after bottling. However, there's enough going on that it's still a solid beer.

Medium carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Warm alcohol. Higher carbonation might be more to style, but I might also enjoy it a bit chewier.

Solid quad with some minor issues that may be related to storage rather than the brewing.

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

Pours a reddish brown hue, with thick sticky head. cloudy with large peices of yeast floating in it.

smells of figs and vine fruits, maltiness is sweet and stinging. fantascit smells of esters.

Tastes heavenly with a strong malty presence and alcohol finish. fruity and clean.

a little heavy on the tongue but enjoyable

definitely a sipper but I could enjoy this all night long

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a smaller smokestack 12 oz. bottle into a smokestack snifter.

Poured an opaque blood orange - burgundy color with a cream head that was rather large at first, shrinking to a finger width within minutes. Moderate lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aromas when pouring are largely cherry/sugar/dried fig based. Hardly any hop bitterness is present. Absolutely divine. Might be my favorite beer of all time. My, how my taste has changed over the last two years.

Mouth-feel is great - a little thick and sugary.

Drinkability is incredible for such a boozy beer. I could pound this back quite easily. So delicious.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard's Sixth Glass from is sweet, delicious, and very satisfying.

It poured a very dark dirty copper with a lot of bubbles and and a short bubbly tan head. It left nothing on the tulip glass. The aroma popped when the bottle was opened dominated by sweet bananas. The flavor also had a hint of banana but followed by sweet dark fruit with touches of plums and raisins. There was a very nice peppery finish. The feel was very satisfying--thick, bready, and full with a dry finish and only a touch of effervesence.

The flavor of Sixth glass is complex, layered, and good; the feel is "thick" and somehow complete, making it a fulfilling glass of ale.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,863 ratings.
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