RATINGS: 1125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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...

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3.5
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle post GBBF, Day 2, August 2009. Copper/brown colour. Clean, clear and lively. Big and fruity on the nose. More of the same in the flavour. Lots of plums. Rather sweet. A bit sticky but not to an off-putting extent. Fat mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable, warming but not too burning. A decent, tasty beer, although I would have preferred a little less sweetness.

3
GTAEgeek (2217) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle, thanks to John. Pours dark brown. The aroma is malty, nutty, some spruce and citrus. The flavor is sweet, and more bitter than most quadrupels. The palate is medium to heavy, carbonated, and sticky with a light bitter finish. Overall, an interesting beer, but not the best quad I’ve had.

3.4
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2011
(bottle, 4/27/10). Dark copper color with light cloudiness and particles in suspension. Medium off white head, which is mostly diminishing. Moderate dark fruit aroma, with moderate alcohol. Flavor of the same. Long duration. Dry finish with moderate alcohol. Slick/alcoholic texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.

3.7
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2011
bottle into trappist glass. Pours beautiful auburn color, with fluffy, soft yellow / off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, nutmeg, grape jelly, plum, candied raisin, belgian spices. Full bodied mouth feel, but not thick in the sense of being chewy, oily. Light carbonation, tingly. Classic flavor profile of sugared raisin, sweet fig, plum, with spices lingering on the finish. Overall quite nice, although I think I liked the triple a bit better. This is a solid, full flavored, easy drinking quad, although it lacks the complexity of some of the greats. As it warms certain flavors become more pronounced, with some new ones surfacing - caramel, biscuit, an almost wine like and very subtle vinegar aspect on the nose, some apple on the finish, but it lacks the "cascade" of different flavor tones that some of the better quads have. Overall a very pleasurable brew nonetheless, and something I wouldn’t mind revisiting.

3.9
mcberko (17809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
750mL bottle, pours brownish copper / amber with a big beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast and biscuit. Flavour of complex dried dark fruits, toffee, yeast, and toasted malts. Beautifully done.

1
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Sampled at the Black Hills Beer Fest. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. This has to be the worst Boulevard Beer I’ve ever had. This was close to the most putrid, sour swill tasted at the entire beer fest. Horrible...just plain horrible.

3.9
cubs (10634) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark cherry brown appearance with a fairly carbonated tan head. Medium maltiness in the nose with yeast and heavy candy sugar that’s quite strong. Medium bodied Belgian ale with dark candy sugar and hints of molasses and dark fruits. Finish and after taste are mostly dominated by candy sugar. Some alcohol also on the finish.

3.8
SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 28, 2011
bottle. hazy light brown with a large foamy tan head. caramel and dark fruit aroma with a heavy brown sugar note. flavor has lots of brown sugar and nuts. medium body. sweet. fruityness is low in flavor and nuts/b sugar are more dominating. i like it, but not very traditional.

3.5
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle: Pours a dark burgundy color with a nice light head. The nose is spicy and sweet with tons of dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is muddy with malts and yeast with a floral peppery finish. Lighter carbonation and sweeter than I hoped for. Good, but still obviously not a belgian.

3.8
rwilcox42 (17) - Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
We have been enjoying the Boulevard Smokestack Series all week long. Tonight we pour The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale. It pours dark brown with a hint of amber glint and leaves little head that quickly dissipates to nothingness. Dark brown in the glass this brew lights up to a dark amber with red tones under a light. Little to no lacing is left on the Trappist glass as I swirl the dark inviting fluid around. Hints of raisins, fruit, and spice fill my nose as I take in the aroma which is strong, not over powered, and refined. I also detect Carmel and banana as i delve deeper into the aromatic atmosphere. The first sip fills my mouth full bodied, smooth, and invigorating. There is a certain rough playfullness at the end of the swallow where you are reminded that it was there and the glass has more to come. Each brew in the Smokestack Series has impressed and The Sixth Glass is no different. The Sixth glass is a great example of what craft beers should taste and feel like. Even though this brew has 10.5% alcohol by volume you would not guess as the booziness is hidden very well. Again I say there is a certain playfulness in its roughness, yet is not harsh on the tongue. Enjoy this brew by itself by the pint in a Trappist glass. I would pair this with a sharp cheese or something else salty rather than a sweet. Savor the smell and take in the auburn sight of the brew in front of you. The bottle says that the brew is for the mature connoisseur and I would agree, but as the mature connoisseur please introduce this to a friend. All in all: This particular brew does allot to impress as have all of the other Smokestack Series that I have had the pleasure to partake in. The smell brings you in and draws you back for more. Actually, I have no real issues with this brew, it is not technically as perfect as some others, but it is something you will remember. Pour, Share, enjoy...


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