The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
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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%
 
 
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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 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.

***Addendum***

Brief aging comparison. Consumed on 3/24/17:

Bottled on 11/10/15; A slight gush with opening

Aroma: pear and apple juice, lots of Belgian spice, booze
Taste: highly carbonated with floaters. Medium-to-light mouthfeel, boozy, earthy, some light malt notes. A little bit of subdued dark fruits.

Bottled on 05/24/16
Aroma: Dark fruits, cherries, malt, rum/ brandy notes, and maybe a bit of banana.
Taste: Much richer and thick in mouthfeel. A bit of bitterness is present alongside a bit of caramel and malt sweetness. Some apple and prune juice.

With blind tasting, it was easy to identify the older versus newer bottle. While I’m leaning towards liking the aged version better, fresh is actually best in my opinion; it retains so much more character. I feel that the ’16 version has lost a lot of character, yet it is not aged long enough to transition into anything interesting. Conversely, the ’15 bottle has had ample time to age, which has increased the effervescence and yeast complexity, but it has lost much of the dark fruit character. I loved this beer super fresh, and in this case, I do not recommend aging it.

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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 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 seanthornton152
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station. 750ml, poured into Douchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.

Bright amber body, off white fluffy head, head dissipates slowly leaving a nice lace.

Scent of sweet malts, peaches, rum, caramel, toffee.

Nice sweetness up front on first taste, then flavors of raisins plums and peaches, finishing with caramel and alcohol spice which is a bit to strong

Mouthfeel is thin, with high carbonation

A tasty quad, next experiment; see how aging a bottle will change the alcohol character

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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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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A: pours dark cherry wood with a big almond color head of mousse. has really good head retention

S: smells of dark fruits, baked cinnamon apples, nutmeg, breakfast pastries, and leather

T: begans with a tart and spicy fruitiness, then flavors of earth, clove, and leather, raisin nut bread toast, with a fruity, spicy, bitter, and boozy finish. almost too complex to list all that is going on.

M: medium mounthfeel with alot of carbonation, very dry and warm finish.

Overall, a very powerful drink full of sinful deliciousness. Be careful or this one could damn you.

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

Picked up a four-pack of Boulevard's The Sixth Glass quadruple, part of their "Smokestack Series" of high gravity ales. Served in a Saint Bernardus chalice, my go-to glass for Belgian-style beers like this one.

Appearance (4.5/5): The Sixth Glass pours a maroon-brown color and is topped by a creamy, light tan/beige head of foam that dissipates to a thin film. You can see small yeast particles in suspension when you hold the beer up to the light. This is a gorgeous beer to behold, and I don't think the fact that it is a notably lighter hue than other so-called "Quads" takes anything away from it. I'm just blown away by just how Belgian it looks.

Smell (4.5/5): Lots of dark fruit aromas escape the glass: fig, ripe plums, black cherries, especially. Also some spicy yeastiness, caramel, licorice, and of course–this being a Quad–some booze. Very nice, complex odors that are strong and sweet but not over-the-top.

Taste (4.5/5): The taste follows the nose–that is to say, it's very intense and complex, but at the same time, refined. Dark fruit flavors, particularly raisin and black cherry, carry the day. The yeast character to this beer is very nice. Not as boozy as some Quads (for example, Urthel Samaranth); I would say the alcohol flavor actually serve to accentuate and enhance the overall flavor of the beer. It is not overdone. For this alone, Boulevard should be admired. Excellent flavors.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Full-bodied without being viscous. Low carbonation that is true to style. Smooth and creamy going down. Long finish accentuated by the high ABV and yeast profile.

Overall (4.5/5): This is one masterfully engineered beer. A heady, heady brew that is beautiful to look at, packs a ton of flavor, and does a stellar job of honoring Belgian brewing traditions. Excellent in every way.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a fluffy two finger beige head. Aroma is classic belgian with sweet dark fruits of plum, raisin, and candied fruit with orange and peach being most prominent, along with yeast, spice, and belgian candi sugar. Taste follows with huge sweet candied fruits and candi sugar upfront, followed by dark fruits coming in the middle coupled with a slight pepper spice, and a wonderful yeasty flavor in the finish. Hugely complex in flavor. Mouthfeel is light, massively effervescent with prickly carbonation. Overall, this is a tremendous version of a belgian quad, while not as heavy leaning on the dark fruits as some, it showcases all the hallmarks to compete with the true belgian versions. Very good smokestack beer that would make a lovely accompaniment to Christmas and the winter/winter holidays.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful orange/amber with a billowing off white head. Decent lacing.
S: insane amounts of sweet malt, dark fruit and sugary sweetness. Outstanding.
T: complex as all hell and mighty tasty. Follows the nose quite well. Sweet up front with malts jumping out right away, the fruit comes next and brings some acidity, but balances nicely. A sweet finish that is both boozy and warm.
M: decent carbonation with body that actually isnt too heavy and leaves you wanting more. Not creamy, yet not thin.
O: a fantastic quad that I can't recommend enough. The flavors, body and finish are impecible. It's complexity is enhanced by the fact that the booze don't overwhelm it. This stands up to 3Philosophers and the best of the Belgians.

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Photo of gregshead
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pour with a solid 3 fingers of head. Copper color. Light for a quad

S: lots of vinegar. Some good figs/grapes.

T: strong figs and some red grape taste. Stinger vinegar taste than I like. Not bad but doesn't blow me away.

M: the mouthfeel completely depends on the pour. Can be overly carbonation or too sryupy. Overall the mouthfeel can be done

D: overall not the greatest example of the quad. Still an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - burnt umber/tawny hue with a huge rocky head cream colored head that has great retention and measures about 4 fingers. nice lacing to boot.

S - brandy, candied dark fruits, bananas, cherries, grapes, slight honey and some spicy hops accent this brew well. the aroma reminds me of a sweet dessert wine.

T - equal parts spice and sweet. while this brew hides the alcohol content well and displays a well rounded flavor, it could benefit from some aging. I could use a bit more fruit sweetness.

MF - ultra high carbonation on this full bodied sipper.

D - In a blind test, i would guess this was crafted in Belgium not in Missouri. This is
an excellent example of the style now if I can get my hands on the Bourbon Barrel version we'll be in business.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 2012 Boulevard sampler pack. A cool little bottle with the best by date rubbed off. Poured straight down the middle into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting the beer warm up a bit.

Appearance: Poured a huge and expansive two and a half fingers of khaki colored head. It’s a very creamy, sturdy looking head with a few big bubbles in the center that stick around for awhile. A light cherry mahogany body that is slightly cloudy. Nice frothy lacing coats the glass.

Smell: Old cherries, sticky dates, cinnamon, bit of ginger, bubblegum, sweet alcohol, rum and spice cake. It’s a big warming aroma that draws you in but invites caution.

Taste: A beer with plenty going on. Sweet cherries, spicy esters, cinnamon and ginger followed by plenty of sweet dates, prunes, and raisins. Fragrant and perfume like alcohol rounded out by some sweet bubblegum. The beer finishes with a moist, nutty breadiness.

Mouthfeel: A very warming beer. Not boozy, but warming. While the carbonation is about in the middle and the feel is certainly creamy I expected something a little denser. Finishes dry which really brings out the spice notes.

Overall: A perfect beer to warm up with while it’s14 degrees outside. Easy to see why as it’s very sweet with a huge spice presence and fragrant alcohol. The prominent alcohol in the nose left an odd presence but I really enjoyed it in the taste. I would also like to stress that this is one of those beer that you should just drink at cellar temp or if anything chilled. In only got better as it warmed. Overall, while it’s not up there with the world class quads I still highly recommend it.

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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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