It’s been a crazy summer this year, and I’m sure that doesn’t just apply to me. I’m in the process of changing careers, and in doing so I’m working a side job to gain some more experience in my newly desired field of work. The upside is I’ve been trying a lot of different beers, and chipping away at my 500 unique beers by the end of the year (a goal set thanks to Untappd, haha). Now before we get into this week’s beer review, I want to share that in the coming weeks we’ll be reviewing mostly Deschutes Brewery beers, because I’ve stumbled upon a couple different years of The Abyss, and some Dissident, Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXI, and Jubel Ale. Each week will be a different beer, except for the Black Butte XXI, I will be pairing that against this year’s XXIII. Also, because I’ve been traveling most weekends, middle of the week reviews will now become more of the norm. Alright, now with all of that out of the way, let’s take a look at Boulevard Brewing’s The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale.
Boulevard has this to say on their website about The Sixth Glass:
”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...
The Sixth Glass has an ABV of 10.5% and an expected low IBUs of 22. It pours a creamy light brown head that settles nicely, and has a dark amber color with red hues. There is noticeable carbonation coming from the bottom, and the clarity is good. Head – 7, Look – 13.5. The smell is pretty complex, but with some normal Belgium players. Cloves, banana, and raisin dominate much of the aromatic profile, but molasses sugar and alcohol create a greater boldness. The floral citrus notes of hops are very subtle, and come in behind all the dominating aromas. Smell – 23.5
This beer is very carbonated. It hits the tongue and explodes with bubbles, followed by fruity sweetness and caramelized sugar. The alcohol definitely packs a bite. The aftertaste is bittersweet with a light hop presence, and warming from the alcohol. Palate – 8, Aftertaste – 8. As I mentioned, the carbonation is hugely present in the beginning, but then the yeast expands in the mouth giving way too much of the dark fruit flavors. The cloves, banana, raisins, and a surprise of cherry are as present in the taste as they were in the aroma. Shortly behind the fruit and spice flavors comes the caramelized sugar, and to finish it all off is a dry lightly peppered bittersweet aftertaste. Flavor – 27.
There are a lot of different things going on in The Sixth Glass, and many of those flavor profiles shift as more is drunk, which is much of the fun in this beer. As I worked down the bottle, different sweet flavors would dominate at different times. I really enjoyed this quadrupel, and I recommend giving it a try. With an Overall Flavor of 43/50 the Beer Fusion gives Boulevard Brewing’s The Sixth Glass…