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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 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 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 LAp
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Man and the devil mixed with blood - that is the sixth glass". A little literature mixed with libation - Boulevard has found a well-chosen literary nod to give with the naming of their latest Belgian. The brewery never fails to impress - though some of their other styles are lackluster, they've got quite a solid bead on the Belgian style.

Had as a 12oz bottle poured into a snifter-shaped wine glass. Pours a deep, hazy gold, with a profuse khaki head. Nose is crisp, but sweet and yeasty - plenty of Belgian spice on the nose. The palate follows in classic Boulevard style - this feels like the big brother of their Tank 7 farmhouse: bready, yeasty, with prolific wheat, but not in the heavy, savory style of a Westy; rather, this beer blends that classic trappist breadiness with a sweeter, more North American take on the quad - there's a certain light sweetness here reminiscent of Unibroue or Ommegang. The mouthfeel is spot on, medium-bodied with the perfect blend of creamy texture and subdued carbonation (less than the head would lead one to believe). Ultimately, this beer straddles the Atlantic, blending the distinct Belgian and North American take on the style, without falling into the trap of overly sweet, overly light quads that so many American breweries seem to churn out. Overall, an outstanding entry in the style.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of acelin
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 julian
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown in color with highlights of orange. lots of visible carbonation rising quickly to the top sprouting a massive bubbly almond colored head that almost overflows out of the glass yet mysteriously manages to defy gravity and physics and stay within it's bounds.

S: deep fruity smell of green apples, raisins, purple grapes combined with a medium heavy brown sugar malting and a kick of alcohol on the nose near the end. This is going to be epic.

T: Taste is a massive explosion of sugary malt, dark fruity flavor with a slight acidity (green apple?) and a noticeable, but not overwhelming, alcoholic bite. Nice throat warming as it slides with ease down into your belly. This is on par with some of the best Belgian Quads I've had.

D: Pretty damn good and easy drinking. Great flavor, great aftertaste and even though the ABV is on the higher end it's almost barely noticeable...but will limit how much you can drink.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to the kind trader that gave this one away, I was initially tempted to trade for this one based off of the name and label. As time grew on, I grew more and more hesitant to pull this beer out of my cellar. I have fallen in love with aging beers, but the thing is that I hadn't had this one fresh (semi-fresh). I needed to try this one just to see it's roots, shared with treyrab.

Beautiful hazy ruby red with orange tones that lighten up this stunning appearance. Beautiful 2 finger light yellow 2 finger head that remains through out the duration of the beer. Very nice.

The smell is very quad-tacular. Really nice sweet white grqapes stick out the most. A sugar complex is also very noticeable, as is some sweet cherry and some light brown sugar and bannana as well as some pleasing dark red grapes.

Don't know about this one, not on my short list of favorite quads. Tons of rougher tastes that would be better with time. Some prevelant alcohol tastes which really overshadow the other sweeter tastes. Way to hot. I'm serious my mouth lit on fire. Each sips tastes like a St. Bernardus 12 with a shot and a half of cheap vodka. Maybe try and grab another and let it sit for at least three years out of fear.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a libby stout glass.
Look = 4.25 For some reason this bottled gushed big time when I opened it. Pours a cloudy amber with red highlights, 1.5 fingers of light brown head that fades to a ring. Medium lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, cherry, figs, boozy.
Taste = 4.0 Follows the nose for the most part, sweet caramel highlighted with cherry and fig notes. Booze comes out more and more as it warms.
Feel = 3.75 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, a little fizzy, clean finish.
Drinkability = 3.75 10.5% ABV comes out as boozy, detracts for drinkability a little.
Overall = 4.0375 Very tasty, complex and interesting Quad here.

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

12 oz bottle, Best by 1/17/13, poured into a chalice

Appearance- Pours a mahogany color with about a finger of off white head, fades to a nice looking film atop the beer, like most quads seem to look like, though a bit lighter in color. So far, so good.

Smell- Aromas of cherries, plum, and fig with some brown sugar. Caramel and raison, and slight alcohol.

Taste- Loads of dark fruit as the aroma would suggest. Raisons, fig and plum really are the main attractions here. Lots of caramel malt and some brown sugar flavors. Follows the nose very well. A peppery spice towards the finish, with a slight bitterness, perhaps orange peel and subtle banana quality from the yeast.

Mouthfeel- medium full body, a tad syrupy, but not medicinal. Fairly “hot”.

Overall- A very, very nice American crafted quad. I only expect this to smooth out with some age as it approaches its best by date, and should hold sturdy even beyond that. Have the other 3 bottles in the cellar and will probably pick up some more at some point. Solid beer and at a good price point all things considered, definitely would recommend this.

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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 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 tr4nc3d
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up which was corked, I hate opening corked bottles, this one foamed out all over me. Oh well

Pourd these into my goblet, it made a nice 2 inch head that went away pretty quickly. Did not notice any lacing at all.

It smelled citrusy, very fruity, like berries and banana bread, a hint of yeast.

First thing to hit my mouth was a nice sweet fruity taste, then a hint of nice spices.

Mouthfeel felt a little bitter with a noticable tatse of alcohol and carbonation

Drinkability was pretty high for this one. Would have it again.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a box from palmej1 awhile back. Thanks Jacob! Poured from a 750 into my Delerium tulip.

The pour yeilds a two inch head of small tight bubbles which recedes slowly. No lacing to speak of. The beer is a cloudy red mahogany color.

Smells of dark fruit and sweet bready malt. Pretty standard for a quad.

Taste starts out with notes of fig, banana and spice, nice. Strong alcohol asserts it's presence midway and really takes away from the sweet malty goodness that this beer could be.

Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture.

Drinkability takes a hit for the alcohol heat. This is a beast of a quad and there is no mistaking it based on the prevalence of the 10.5% ABV.

Not a bad beer, but has the potential to be so much better. Glad I got to try this one.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,812 ratings.
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