The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThe Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
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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): 10.20%

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:
#1,406
Reviews:
840
Ratings:
2,934
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
794
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,934 |  Reviews: 840
Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a chalice style glass on 30Oct2015. Pours a see through brown with amber hues when held to the light...with a 1 finger head that dissipated in 60 seconds leaving a thin film on top. This is a beer best after warming up closer to room temp to really bring out the clove and anise smell and the malty backend that mellows out the high ABV. If storing I would keep it closer to 50F and then letting warm up in your hand as you drink it. Fairly delicate flavors play off each other and the smell helps round it out...so drink from a chalice or snifter style glass.

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Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into smaller chalice: color is amber, a little dense, head is lighter tan, presenting at least 1/2 inch thick and lingering until dissipating to a ring with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet, estery, light pepper and banana and clove; some toffee and phenol and raisin - a brew that changes aroma greatly with temperature.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a great blend of sweet malt and complex malt derivatives such as raisins, prunes, caramel and apples; yeast off flavors are broad as well with blend of pepper, lighter banana, some clove and light spice.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp on the tongue at first, softening as it warms but still a strong presence on the tongue.

Overall a big beer that has flavor to back it up - big, deep, complex - a great brew from Boulevard.

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Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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 Kahlerbock
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours brown with a slight maroon hint. The head disappears after just 10 seconds but the beer continues to look fairly carbonated even after that. The aroma is fruity, with notes of Christmas fruit cake, rum and some caramel coming toward the end. Slight bitterness toward the end.

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Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of heysuz
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Intro: 750ml in a tulip glass

Appearance: Abundant (Phenomenal) light tan head that lasts with a reddish nutmeg colored body and good carbonation.

Smell: Sour fruity aroma like citrus, not as rich or layered as some quads, more simple.

Taste: Burnt citrus flavor with a slight aftertaste that lingers. Some sharpness and almost bitter notes on the front end, but better flavor on the back side of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Strong alcohol in the mouth along with a citrus burn.

Overall: Some of the sharp citrus mellows as it warms, but begins to taste rather flat. Really good appearance but lacking in the taste department.

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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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Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
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 bb-magic
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WynnO
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer but it is a bit too hoppy for a quad.

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Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,934 ratings
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