The Sixth Glass
Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
This is not our first Sixth Glass. We are both loyal fans of Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Co.
Quadrupel Ale – a great example of Belgian Quadrupel ale. There are four classifications within Belgian ales; Quadrupels have four times the malt of a regular ale. Malt goes up, sugar goes up, so alcohol goes up. (Yay!) We learned that Boulevard’s Master Brewer, Steven Pauwels, is from Belgium and has a masters degree in brewing, which made us rethink grad school.
We were lucky enough to have Marc Bayes, our certified beer server at Euclid Hall, help navigate the complexities of Quadrupel-style ale. Marc also authors notyourdadsbeer.com, so do yourself a favor and go take a peek.
The Sixth Glass pours with a massive head, which quickly recedes (the head doesn’t linger for long, due to the high alcohol content in the beer). As the head recedes, a minor lacing is left clinging to the glass. And yes, do use the appropriate glassware, a tulip glass opens the flavor and allows the raisin notes to come through. While there are sweet and fruity notes, you should never taste alcohol in a quad. If you do, the beer is “off”.
Unapologetic “cool label” seekers, the story behind The Sixth Glass speaks to our mutual appreciation of literature. The Sixth Glass refers to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of Olé in “The Watchman of the Tower”.
There is an old legend about a saint who was to choose one of the seven mortal sins, and he chose, as he thought, the least-drunkenness; but in that state he perpetrated all the other six sins. The human nature and the devilish nature mingle. This is the sixth glass…
Every time we’ve tasted this beer it’s been the same: consistent, complex, and drinkable. Despite the increased malts, we’d never describe this beer as malty. It’s smooth, palatable, and definitely worth finding.
When you do find it, we urge you to appreciate the comingling of both human nature and devilish nature.