The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
2,901
Reviews:
832
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
776
For Trade:
6
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Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found it on sale, looks good to me.

A: Big pop when the bottle opens, lots of fast fading carbonation. Big sticky head.

S: Sweet with caramel and tropical fruit.

T: Great work, Boulevard, this is the best beer I have tried from your brewery. True to the style, nothing off or cloying about it. Strong and sweet, the maltiness comes through perfect. As far as being true to the style, this gets high marks, I might have mistaken it for something made in Belgium.

D: Very nice, and a good deal for what I got it for. Give it a show for sure.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.64/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pry off bottle served up in a globe glass. Best by 11/14 stamped on the bottle. Opens with a fair pop of carbonation and pours a clear deep brown with some crimson highlights. Good retention and some soapy lace follow.

Aroma is largely yeast driven with just a hint of malt structure initially. Warms to offer well integrated raisin and fig notes though not all that complex.

Taste is less complex than the not overly complex aroma. Bit of caramel and some muddled fruits. Nothing negative to deter yet overly one sided. Perhaps too much science and not enough art. 'Clean' comes to mind. Feel is soft and creamy nonetheless, isn't overly sweet and yet still capable of masking the ABV to a large degree. Overall a pretty well executed though not so well designed brew that drinks like a lighter Dubbel. Needs more malt complexity to call itself a Quad.

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Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NateMac13
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a 3 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, phenols, grapes, and pears. Smells good, but not as expected.

The taste is just like the aroma. It has green apples, phenols, grapes, and pears. It is also a sweet tasting beer, and has a nice flavor, it just doesn't taste like I would expect a Quadrupel to taste. At least not entirely.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet, and smooth. I like much about this beer, but it does not seem like it is true to style. The 10.5 % abv is well hidden, which is a plus.

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Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GFD400
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Best By: 8/22/15

Active carbonation produces a finger high head even on an easy pour. The foam isn't the most appetizing with a soapy look and dirty beige in color. It fizzles out rather quickly to a thin ring and skim coat. The body is murky, brick red when backlit with some floating chunkies even after I poured carefully.

The nose is loaded with fruity esters, I can smell it from a few feet away. Prune, dates and fig are the first fruits that come to mind. It has a little of that dry, leathery quality. Raisin as well, I can't forget raisins. Caramel and one of those heavy, dense holiday fruit cakes make up the malt base but it surprisingly doesn't seem overly sweet, just that the spice and fruit is present.

Fruit cake again makes it's presence felt. There's better balance than the nose. Figs and raisins are most prominent. A touch of pear and apple float around the back adding a sense of sweetness. Leathery prunes and dates pop up here and there. Big caramel and a whiff of booze wrap it up. Fairly complex.

Boulevard has nailed the mouthfeel like they seem to do on every beer they release. The body is impossibly light for a beer of this strength. The carbonation is frothy and airy like dialed in Belgians. Alcohol heat is non existent and the carbonation adds a touch of prickliness to the tongue.

I don't drink Quads very often, they're not really a style I prefer but I do truly appreciate great versions like Rochefort's and St. Bernardus', with that said I'll have to pass on Sixth Glass. It's a good beer, worth a try, but I'll skip this guy in the future.

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Photo of scott2269
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Celtics76
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd try this while waiting for my cod to cook in the oven. I think the only other quad I've tried is Harpoon's.

This pours a dark amber with a quickly settling head. An impressive nose - plums and other dark fruits, accompanied by some caramel and toffee. As for taste, somewhat alcoholic , though at 10.5% I expected it. It does not overpower the core flavors though. In addition to the dark fruits, a strong fig newton presence is felt. I love fig newtons, so this is welcome.

This is delicious, a slow sipper for sure with complex flavors. I recommend drinking this without food accompaniment as there's a lot going on here.

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Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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 mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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 AlCaponeJunior
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the sixth glass quadrupel from smokestack. Originally had in 750mL, multiple re-reviews in 12oz bottles.

Tried this one first on vacation in TX at my mom's house. Surprised Boulevard makes it this far south... but then again, I'm not surprised, it's a great brewery. I was truly ecstatic tho when I saw they had a smokestack series at the local supermarket (although this was the only one).. and not only that, it was one of the ones I hadn't tried yet!

Life is good, that's why they make these beers... so you don't forget!

Absolutely beautiful brew, clear copper-amber, many rising bubbles, and a full, thick, lasting head with ample lacing that slides down the glass to rejoin the head accents this fantastic beer creation.

Raisins, dark fruits, plums, cherries, mild hops, yeast and sweet malts all shine through on this very spicy smelling, wonderful brew. At this ABV, there's no covering up a slight scent of alcohol, but it seems to only enhance in this case. FABULOUS.

Tastes much like the smell, fabulously delicious and complex as any beer I've ever had. All the dark fruits are hinted at, especially raisins, cherries and figs, with a touch of delicious apple. The spices stand out equally, and spicy it is. Pepper is definitely present, as are a whole bunch more sweet and spicy flavors. There's also a noticeable flavor of delicious yeastiness, a very mild alcohol flavor (faint for such a strong beer), and some sweet breaded malts and just a touch of hops, perfectly balanced. The sweet raisiny spiciness lingers oh so nicely with every sip.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and wonderful; nothing short of a work of art. A warm feeling of satisfaction permeates the gullet as this strong brew works its magic. The perfect fruity aftertaste finishes it off.

Note: Mouthfeel probably got a little better as it warmed, but overall this brew showed almost equal character and enjoyability over the full range of temperatures, which for me were from cold refrigeration temperature upon opening (pouring into a snifter) to the full on room temperature warmness upon finishing my last sip of the 750 mL bottle almost two hours later. This hasn't changed over multiple sessions of re-reviewing this beer.

Drinkability is absolutely perfect. Few beers meet such a high standard in any style, any country. America SHINES on this one. I challenge any foreign country to top this beer.

EDIT: upon re-review multiple times, I'm upping my rating on this one to a perfect FIVE. I've done enough reviews that I know that this one is as close to perfect as it's likely to get, and I have never, ever liked a beer more than this one. If something else winds up beating it, I'll change my review back to the original 4.85 it was on the first go-round. Even on my fifth or sixth re-visitation of this brew, I still absolutely love it every time. This is my favorite smokestack, favorite quad, and remains my highest rated beer for good reason.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a coworker who sent this up to me from MO.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep copper color with a three finger of foamy, sudsy, khaki head that recedes to a film. Minor wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is yeast, grape, raisin, and a nice hearty caramel malt presence.

T: Taste starts with light grape and caramel notes. Yeast comes through and punctuates the middle. Caramel presence then comes back in with a lot of raisin and date flavoring. Touch of dry bitterness in the final flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied, higher carbonation, nice, crisp, prickly body.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style. Not one of my favorite styles but this is a well balanced, and tasty beer that could have more than one of.

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The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,901 ratings.
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