8.5% abv. 15 IBUs I cellared this one for about a year and a half! Best by date of 02-02-08. Quick fizz sound on popping the cork. Pours a rich copper color with a healthy white head. Very good carbonation and the head thins out, but lingers forever. Wild berries, cloves, pepper, and banana bread on the nose. You can taste the sour funk immediately but it is interestingly balanced by an earthy pumpkin flavor. This really is a unique melding of styles. 8.5% abv is completely masked by all of the complex flavors. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger added but the brettanomyces yeast dominates the flavor with sour candied lemons, cherries, and cloves. Fruity and spicy with each sip, but not overwhelming. Faint vegetative flavors like asparagus and tobacco. Flavors continue with grape husks and blue flowers and I am not even through half a glass. Thirst quenching yet it gets drier with each sip. This is a fascinating beer that I am enjoying thoroughly. Especially on this cold winter night. Boulevard never, ever disappoints.
About 16 years ago I started rating every beer I tried and added each of them to a database on my trusty old HandSpring Visor PDA. I am guessing that some of you younger folk are thinking that is some kind of gymnastics head gear sealed with a kiss. At one point I tasted close to 200 new beers each year…trust me, that was serious work…but I am getting to old for that now. As I type, I am rating beer number 2,200. I keep pretty good records. Beer #1,000 was Westmalle Tripel, it is pretty amazing to think that I tried 999 beers before basking in the glory of this classic. Beer 1,500 was Brooklyn One, a fabulous beer that was at the top of the industry at the time. Beer #2,000 was Alesmith Holiday Ale and I had it on my 40th birthday!
Tonight I marked 2,200 with an American version of one of my favorite styles, a quadrupel. Big number, big beer! I love the fact that Olive, our rescue blue tick coonhound, tried to get in on the action. You can see her nose on the left side of the pic above. Here is my review:
The Sixth Glass, Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO
10.5% abv. Pours a beautiful amber/ruby color with a thin white head. Cloves, banana bread, honey, citrus, and a touch of pepper on the nose. Well-balanced with caramel, banana, pepper, cardamom, cloves, toffee, and candy sugar flavors as well as a delicate and subtle floral hop tingle. Some alcohol burn on the back of the throat after a few sips. Dark fruit flavors get richer and richer with each sip, including figs, raisins, and prunes. Sneaky alcohol and this is a 25oz bomber so it is going to take me a while! Constant blend of sweet malt and light spice makes this interesting all the way through. A very solid offering and certainly one of the better American quads I have come across. You really can’t go wrong with anything from the good folks at Boulevard Brewing Company.