The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
BA SCORE
4.16/5
2,914 Ratings
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): 10.20%

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
Ranking:
#1,352
Reviews:
837
Ratings:
2,914
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
781
Trade:
6
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,914 |  Reviews: 837
Photo of ONUMello
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 11/19/16 poured into a tulip
A: Slightly hazy mahogany with a one-finger head that lingers for a long while
S: Cherries, sweet malt, bananas, raisins and a bit of molasses
T: Largely matches the nose, particularly the cherries, banana and raisin. Mostly dried fruit along with some bitter burnt sugar
M: Full-bodied, fairly sweet but not cloying/boozy
O: A well-made, tasty American-made quad, definitely worth a try

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Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lackenhauser
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, deep orange color with a huge fluffy white head that goes on and on. Moderate spicy/sulfury aroma. Very earthy. Great big boozy, Belgian taste to it. Traces of caramel and spices. Really has a nice sweet, sugary taste. Yeasty flavors with a minimum of spice. Dried fruit? Lingering bite. Good mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer for sure. Only my 2nd try at Boulevard Brewing but a very solid effort.

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Photo of stephens101
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last of the Smokestack Series for me, and I can't imagine I would be any less impressed with this one than the previous three, but I better make sure. Pours a dark copper with some almost indiscernible streaks of red into a snifter. Has a huge foamy tan head that recedes in a dilatory fashion leaving little lacing behind. Has a robust and complex smell of raisins, figs and other dark fruits with some alcohol right behind mixed in with some big malts, caramel and toffee. Tastes is just as complex as the smell with some big malty creaminess, light chocolates, caramel, sweet bread, some grains, dark fruits, hops and some big alcohol heat bringing up the rear. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and smooth, but the big alcohol heat might be a turn off for some, although is welcomed to me. There is plenty of brisk carbonation to keep things exciting. All I can say is hell yeah!

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Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mahogany brown with almost no head, but what little is there leaves behind some nice lacing. The smell is typical of a quad, dark fruits, candi and yeasts. The flavor though falls a little flat. There are nice elements of the quad present, the candi and the dark fruits, but then the beer fades quickly and there is nothing left to taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a quad and the carbonation was medium. A bit of a disappointment for me, but as they say 'your mileage may vary'

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleased to find this and many other Boulevard beers locally today...bought a 4-pack of this, I will probably age the others. 12 oz bottle to goblet, best by date is 4/27/13.

Pours a dark amber with orange highlights, slight haze to it. Off-white head retains great as a half-finger the whole time, a few strands of lace.

Nose delivers a plethora of fruits though it seems a bit faint. Red grapes, green apples, raisin, and musty caramel sweetness come to mind.

Taste is similar, kinda tart-ish with grapes and apples, dark fruit, big yeast, some caramel, good amount of sweetness but finishes dry. Big, foamy mouthfeel fits well, not a hint of the 10.5% abv, drinks very easily for a quad.

Doesn't come close to matching the Belgian greats of the style, but good for an American interpretation. Certainly one of the easier drinking quads I've had and at less than $3/12 oz it's a good deal.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Massively carbonated as four fingers of honey comb tan head reaches the top of the glass and fades crackling to a half an inch in minutes. Body is a deep burgundy brownish amber, very beautiful. Nose is zesty and spice filled with tones of fresh cut wood, vanilla, pepper, soap and carmel. Enters the mouth with a pillow like soft creamy feel that rides a zesty carpet of even spicyness. Vanilla is big and sweet up front on the palate. Spice feel is a bit peppery but really very smooth. Toasty phelonic feel is so soft and consistant. Mouthfeel thickens on the back of the tongue as you continue to drink. This is a hugely drinkable beer at 10.5% alchol, which is superbly well hidden. This is a sleeper of a brew.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of morebeergood
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle for $8.99 at the QFC in Bothell, then enjoyed at the in-laws place in Seattle on the 4th of July during fireworks. Served in stubby wine goblets. A bit lighter in color than I was expecting, as it was a lighter shade of chestnut than other quads I have tried. Decent sized head forms with the pour. Smell was very boozy, and full of ripe plum notes. Taste was very good and true to the quad style. Lots of raisin notes, with some black licorice, and a sugary aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth enough to enjoy. Drinkability was above average as it's a flavorful beer, but it's very hot with alcohol. Some aging might mellow this beer down a bit and do it some good. A nice example of a quad from a brewery that I was curious to try, as you can't find Boulevard in MA just yet.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a decent head. No true lace.

Big juicy fruit and browned bread crust, some yeast and candied spices in the nose.

Big, sugary, boozy, spicy, fruitiness up front. Some hop bitterness to help balance things out. Candied sugar, yeast, toasted malt, and alcohol all meld wonderfully.

Full bodied and chewy. A mouth coater. Wonderful to drink, but the alcohol will bite you. A great version of the style.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 750mL bottle into a glass. It's never a good idea to tackle these on my own, but then, it wasn't a good idea to go to graduate school, either.

A generous extra from Sideswipe. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a dark reddish brown body, nearly opaque, but revealing a small glow around the edges. It's capped with two fingers of light beige foam. Great retention, and throughout the drink there is a perennial cap on the brew. It leaves wonderful lace during sips, though nothing that sticks.

S: Immediately when I cracked this, I smelled green apples or guavas. In the glass, I pick up cherries, raisins, caramel, brown sugar. A strong scent of cloves that nearly disguises the booziness that radiates off the beer.

T: Green apple, not guava, is what I settled on after tasting the beer. Cherries, plums, and apricots are noticeable. Brown sugar and caramel are also found. I expected to find some candi sugar here, but I don't taste it. Maybe it's all fermented out? No truly dark fruits, either (raisins, figs, dates). I pick up the clove I detected in the aroma, but it's weaker in the taste.

M: Medium-bodied. It is relatively dry, but the high carbonation becomes a drawback then; it disguises the flavor and prevents it from expressing itself. I can swirl it out, but I shouldn't have to. There's a small booziness in the finish that I don't care for, though it's not a major complaint.

D: I put down the 750mL myself. A good beer, but against the true Belgians, this falls a bit short.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Sixth Glass pours a pretty impressive tawny amber color that moves from orange at the bottom to brown at the top. The foam is expansive and chirpy - it sounds like those commercials for Rice Krispies: Snap, crackle, pop, indeed.

This head is so goddamn impressive and spot-on, I'm giving the 4.5 despite finding the color to be very light on the Quad spectrum. A foamy sea of beery goodness..

The aroma is also quite nice, with very correct notes of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Spicy, with notes of ginger and a tart, dry pepper. Solid potency. Reminiscent of the better Belgian examples with a tart twist.

The flavor is a little less of what I want - it's not as complex and mysterious as the best of the style. Still, there is a large amount of fig paste and raisin sweetness complementing the phenolic clove and banana yeast flavors. It's not a bad take on the style, but it doesn't hold a candle to the best.

With warmth, flavors of cherry, sour apple, and a mild tartness can be coaxed out of the initially one-dimensional sweet flavor. The ginger (that I can't imagine the provenance of) comes through as well, and helps define the Sweet and Spiced natures of the brew.

The mouthfeel is pretty minimal - uncharacteristically thin, and basically not providing the chewiness that this style requires to deliver so much flavor. The carbonation is expansive, but overall a little too much of a good thing. The malt content is lacking - even if not by much, it needs to be fixed.

Booze is noticeable; not problematic at first but really quite overbearing afterall. The finish is quite dry, which accentuates the alcohol late in the glass. Boulevard did a lot of things right here, but there are definitely some points of contention. I like the Sixth Glass and I'm definitely reminded of the Belgian masters here, which is a very good sign!

If you're in the Midwest and see a 750 style bottle of this for reasonable prices (7-9 dollars), don't hesitate for a second if you're in the mood for a dark Belgian style ale.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,914 ratings
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