The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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:
814
Ratings:
2,855
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
758
For Trade:
8
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of DaverCS
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky light brown color with a touch of amber highlights. 2 fingers of a long lasting, off-white head.

Aroma is absolutely gorgeous! Best smelling quad I have ever had. An absolute bouquet of dark fruits -- figs, raisins, and plums. A bit of lemon and tons of toffee. A nice Belgian yeast spice hidden initially, but as the beer warms, it comes out more. Near perfection!

Taste follows the aroma. Dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, and a nice malt sweetness. Highly carbonated, but it still retains its fullness. Some clove and a bit of banana. Alcohol warmth is present, but no taste. As it warms, the Belgian yeast character becomes more forward.

Overall, this is the best quad I have had. Really solid in all aspects! I see it pairing well with sticky toffee pudding. It gets a 97/100.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A=pours a deep ruby with ample off white head

S=nice smell of spice, bananas, and alcohol, some maltiness

T=very nice balance with malts up front and finishes with spicy aftertaste and alcohol

M=very tight carbonation that tickles, and warms

D=good, enjoyable beer alcohol hinders drinkability not because of taste.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark mahogany color. There is a foamy off-white head of maybe 2 fingers which fades to nothing moderately quickly.

S: The smell is warm and bready; Belgian yeast and alcohol. Fruit flavors are coming through, especially banana. There is a slight floral smell in the background.

T: Similar to the smell, very bready. The fruit scents are still tropical but darker, with raisin and plum coming through in addition to banana. There is a bit of hop bitterness with contributes a slight pine and orange peel flavor.

M: Moderately thick and creamy. The alcohol gives a warming sensation.

O: Bready and fruity with a big alcohol kick. Pretty good but would benefit from a year or two of cellaring.

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Photo of midaszero
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy amber with one finger of white head with not lacing

S - Strong boozy dark fruit (raisins) and sweet brown sugar

T - Boozy raisins and dark fruit. A little bit of banana

M - Medium body with high carbonation

D - Wish it was less boozy but enjoyable otherwise but rather grab other quads in the end

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Amber with a very unflitered appearance. Head starts out very fluffy with excellent retention.

Smell - Cloves, Figs, Bananas, Floral Hops, Yeasts, Sweet Toffee and Caramel. So many scents and yet it doesn't overpower the senses at all and comes together nicely. This smells excellent!

Taste - Cloves/Figs along with toffee, grape, and other fruity notes. The yeasty notes are also a bit stronger here than in the smell along with the floral hops. To back it all up, there is a very sweet malty backbone present as well. I feel myself getting flushed drinking this. My only complaint is that while the flavor is excellent and complex, nothing really jumped out and grabbed me

Mouthfeel - It feels very light and creamy! The carbonation is also very easy on the mouth, so not only is it smooth, but very easy to drink.

Overall - For a beer that is complex in taste, it manages to come together very well. To top it all off, it goes down very easy as well! I'd recommend this to any craft beer lover, or to any beer lover in general!

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Really nice deep red color, beautiful creamy head which had great retention

S: Really Aromatic, a lot of sweet spices as you might expect, like clove and nutmeg. I also get a lot of banana and biscuits.

T: The spices and banana come through quite a bit along with some vanilla and just has a beautiful sweetness which you would expect from the style. A lot of complexity between the flavors. Nice warmth from the alcohol

M: I would say perfect carbonation, nice body and very smooth

O: Awesome beer. Highly recommend. First time trying this from Boulevard and I would definitely buy again. I am very impressed.

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Photo of mocktm
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At cellar temperature into my Ovila chalice, best by date of 3/16/2014. I have another one hidden away as well; thanks for the bottles Ed!

Dark caramel brown color with a enormous, billowing, tan head. Mounds of lacing. Creamy, frothy, awesome!

Slightly sweet on the nose: brown sugar, dates, marshmallow and banana. Bit of booze as well to complement the dark fruit. Complex, but a bit soft, if that makes sense.

Figs, dates and dark Belgian malt up front. Brown sugar and cherry/plum galore. The booziness is very obvious and there's some serious sugar cane.

Medium to full bodied and extremely creamy. A sipper from the heat on the back end. Dead on for the style.

A noble crack at the Belgian Quad, but not spectacular. This one seems like it could use a bit more time to mellow out a bit. I'll revisit my other bottle in a year or so.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.95/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a wide-mouth snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-amber, and forms a thick orange head with good retention and lacing. I'm hesitant right away, because I've found orange in the color of a beer, particularly in the head, generally indicates significant hop presence.

Smell: Sweetness strikes right up front, all cotton-candi sugar, wreathed through with notes of plum and fig. There's something faintly floral in the aroma as well, but as it is faint, I'm keeping hope alive.

Taste: Right out of the gate, and through the entirety of the tasting process, my hop-sensitive tongue picks up a significant torrent of something floral and spicy, which dominates the entire flavor profile for me start to finish. By the end, I can pick out something resembling a caramel and candi sugar sweetness, and possibly some dark fruits, but for the most part I get only a mouthful of floral-spice hops that also have some citrus along.

Mouthfeel: Extremely sharp with carbonation.

Overall: I won't be picking this one back up. When I want a quad, I'm looking for yeast esters to shine against a backdrop of sweet malt. This doesn't accomplish that at all. It tastes like an attempt to hop up a quad. Back to Abt 12, Rochefort 10, Three Philosophers, Trois Pistoles, and so forth I go.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a massive tan head. Slightly cloudy amber in color.

S: Clovey phenols. A little roasty. Molasses. Dried bananas.

T: Flavor bomb! Hits right up front with deep caramel, banana, and slightly acidic flavors. Alcohol is high in the flavor profile. Light bitter finish balances the sweet.

M: Thick, full. Just like it should be.

D: Excellent. High ABV is the only downside (drinkability speaking).

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Photo of maedhros09
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Pours hazy amber with abundant tan head
Smell: Caramelly, belgian yeast,
Taste: Complex and beautifully blended. Fruity belgian yeast, caramelly barleywine-like maltiness, citrusy. Nice moderate herbal hoppy finish
Feel: Medium thick body and effervescent carbonation.

Overall: I'm no expert on quads but this is a really excellent beer. They got it right on all counts as far as I'm concerned. I look forward to picking up many more of these.

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

Poured into a tulip.

Copper and hazy. The head fades quickly and leaves a white lace. Some sediment.

There is a prevalent alcohol note. A dried fruit note as well as a yeasty spiciness.

There is a sugary sweetness to this one. The yeast gives this beer a spicy aftertaste. This beer doesn't hide its alcohol, but it doesn't really need to. The alcohol flavor lends to its spiciness.

Medium bodied and crisp.

This beer's pretty good. A netter head retention is the only thing it's missing, but that might not even be stylistically accurate.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,855 ratings.
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