Boulevard Brewing Company hit my favorite local beer seller (The Jolly Farmer). At that time I reviewed Tell-Tale Tart (review #103) and Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (review #104). Both beers were very solid, and that is what lead me to pick up a couple bottles of The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale this afternoon.
”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..." -Source
I recently began teaching myself to shoot short companion videos to go with my beer reviews (watch them here). When I popped open a bottle of The Sixth Glass to begin filming episode 8 of "The Pour" I was greeted by an unstoppable deluge of foam erupting out of the narrow necked bottle, so have a glass in your hand when you crack open your own bottle. When you watch the video for this review (see below) you'll notice that the beer comes up a little short in the pint glass, and the carbonation situation is to blame. (Update: chilling the beer a little longer seems to take care of the foam issue)
The Sixth Glass is American made, but the beer is all Belgian. This hefty Quad weighs in at 10.5%ABV while pouring dark amber (red,brown), with the aforementioned unstoppable head.
The aroma is fruity - with banana, plum and raisin taking center stage, just as you would expect in a strong Belgian ale. The presence of clove spices things up and keeps the high malt beer from becoming cloying.
So far in my beer adventures I have found Belgian Ales (Dubbel, Trippel, Quadrupel) to be a style where the taste usually follows suit with the aroma, and The Sixth Glass is no exception. Trappist Monks perfected the style over centuries. Others have apparently imitated. Some day I hope to try the genuine article. But for the time being, this is an enjoyable beer. Expect also an aftertaste on the back of your throat somewhat like tobacco.
I bought a four pack and decided to drink all four today. Later on in the session ginger has revealed itself, as well as black cherry. The complexity of this beer continues to surprise me...