The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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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799
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2,787
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
21.08%
 
 
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Photo of mocktm
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 -52.2%
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 LAp
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 john0721
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 sjccmd
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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 gcasher
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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 maedhros09
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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 +2.2%
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 -3.9%
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 +10.3%
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 seanthornton152
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Infamous7100
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
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 -18.9%
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 +6.1%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of ElCommodoro
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light colour for a quad. This is only my second or third quad, but I know the colour is supposed to be darker. It's sort of a yellowish red. The head was enormous for such a high-alcohol beer. I'm not sure how it was possible. I had trouble pouring it gently enough to get a decent amount of liquid in my glass without it foaming over. I'm fast becoming a fan of quads. Perfect for someone who likes the high alcohol and intense flavour of trippels, but dislikes coriander. This one is pretty good, but it is not as good as the last one I had, The Reverend. Sorry to get so personal in my reviews, but I like to give as useful a review as possible by giving my background in the style. This one is just a bit too bitter and dry for a quad. It tastes like it's been dry-hopped. From what I've read, I don't feel like this is the idea of a quad. The last quad I had was much better balanced. This one is quite good as well, but not at the same level. A really good quad doesn't need as much spicing as this one has, in my opinion, but then again my opinion is truly a humble one. I'm a total noob to the style. So, take that with a grain of salt.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
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 MistahBeah
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wine goblet

Appearance: Looks awesome. Hazy amber brown. Thick foamy cream colored head. A little more than a finger's worth with great retention. Lots of carbonation. Tons of lacing. I wish all beers looked like this

Smell: Dried dark fruits. Sweet raisins. Sugary caramel. Maybe some figs. Yeast and booze (and lots of it)

Taste: Follows the nose for the most part. Lots of Belgian yeast character. Slightly tart plums. Caramel malts. As it warms it gets notes of apples. Warming booziness

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and rich. Lots of character. Crisp carbonation

Overall: A nice quad for sure. Not an all the time beer or an all the time style but worth trying

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a schooner. I didn't get a chance to check if it had a best before date as it was a communal bottle shared among pals!

A - deep amber/red and cloudy. Small one finger head that stuck around for a while and left streaking lacing.

S - combination of bready malts and a hint of dark tangy fruit.

T - this one is definitely on the sweet, malty side but this is balanced both with a nice hop bitterness and a the same tangy fruit in the finish. Almost a raisin quality.

M - medium bodied with just the slightest hint of carbonation. A little alcohol warmth, but really less than there should be based on the alcohol percentage!

D - nice and smooth, though with a tasty, lingering tangy quality.

Brought to the beer club by a friend - definitely a tasty beer to have again!

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Photo of 2013beer101
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am afraid I set myself up for disappointment on this one. I was hoping to have an experience similar to a La trappe, but it wasnt there. The color is amazing, smell wasn't horrible either. My biggest dissappoinment was in the flavor and mouthfeel, they are almost inter-twined for me on this. It didn't have the smooth and rich feel I was expecting and that brought along a kind of harsh flavor for me. I am not sad I tried it but it will not make it into the regular line up.

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Photo of Erish
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: hazy dark cherry wood color, abundant, fizzy, yellowish cream colored head falls into a persistent cap, lacing is good.

S: molasses, fermented apples, nutmeg, clove, alcohol, cherries.

T: the clove, nutmeg, and apples hit up front, the sour cherries and molasses hit in the middle, and the finish features a long alcohol burn. The hops form a subtle floral backdrop that acts like a canvas for the other flavors..

M: medium-heavy weight, adequate carbonation, velvety mouthfeel.

D: Tastes like a liquid mincemeat pie! Very tasty.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hyde Park Market, 10.99.

A: Poured hazy orange with a nice fluffy off white head. Thin head stayed throughout, very nice.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, spicy, really quite nice. I was not expecting so much. Straight from the pop of the cork; a rush of aromas. Booze.

T: Sweet, candy sugar. Dark fruits and spice again in the flavor. Good maltiness as well.

M: Very smooth. From what I have read, I thought it was going to be more zesty, but it is pretty smooth drinking and going down. Medium body.

D: A very good quad. I can not find any faults really. One I will be going back to many times I am sure.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 5/18/14....so yeah, I'd say it's still good >_> Poured into chalice.

A: Perfect Quad color. Steeped black tea color (tawny, clear auburn) with a one-finger tan head. Retention and lacing is as expected.

S: Smell is quite enticing to say the lease. Loads of Belgian-style yeast, brown sugar, caramel, lots of fruity esters.

T: Sweet, dark fruits at the beginning, reminiscent of grape skin and black cherries. Bit of spice, pepper and yeast. Candy sugar and more fruity esters near the end.

M: Fizzy and medium-bodied. 10.5%? Doesn't taste anywhere near that. It's a sipper, but very easy to drink.

O: Honestly, the taste wasn't as assertive as I expect in a Quad. It definitely has plenty of good quad qualities, but it seems to be missing just a little something to put it on the same level as something like a Rochefort 10 or St. Bernardus.

Don't get me wrong, though, this is still one of the best American quads I've ever had. If you can't find the two I've mentioned or don't want to drop $8 or $13 (respectively) for a single bottle of the aforementioned, then go ahead and grab this.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice orange, brown, cider color. Decent white head that laces decently.

S - White fruits. Grapes, raisins, peach, some citrus. Hops and breadiness, and a nice light malt backbone of candied fruit.

T - Great taste. Light and airy, filled with light fruits, somewhat yeasty but counterbalanced really well by the candied fruit maltiness.

M - Medium bodied, pretty dry. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - Would get this again. One of the best Quads I've had in a long time. Very impressed.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.
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