“Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive.” — Boulevard
The Sixth Glass is a part of the Smokestack Series by Boulevard. This entire series is full of bold, strong beers, and I’ve got a couple more we’ll review soon. The Sixth Glass is a Quadrupel Ale, and checks in at a very healthy 10.5% ABV. It was also pretty expensive, costing $11.99 for four-pack of 12oz bottles. This is more expensive than my favorite beers, so this had better be a good beer.
Pour, Color, & Aroma:
A Quadrupel Ale is a strong Belgian, and that’s exactly what you smell as soon as you open the bottle. The Belgian yeast is very strong, but there’s also a sweetness to it. The pour reveals a cloudy, dark beer with a creamy head. Just from pouring it into the glass, I can tell I’m going to like where this beer is taking me.
The taste is full and bold, full of malty/yeasty/caramely goodness. Yes, I feel that’s an accurate description, even if my high school English teacher just had an aneurysm reading that. The Sixth Glass finishes nice and smooth, a hint of sweet but not too much.
Finish and Body:
This is a full bodied beer, not for the faint of heart. It finishes with a lighter, crisper mouth feel than I expected.
WOW. This is a good beer. It’s not as floral or fruity as many Belgians, but rather it really owns this malty/caramely profile, without being too sweet. I’m definitely a fan. If you’re looking for a new beer to try and you dig big Belgians, give this a shot. But don’t plan to drive afterwards…I barely got through this review beforree I zzzzzzzz…..zmphhh