Monday, January 9, 2012

[A Beer a Day] Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale | Boulevard Brewing | Kansas City, MO

4 x the fun!

Quads are a special thing as they are a rare style, particularly for an American brewer.  Traditionally, dubels, tripels, and quadrupels were made only by Trappist brewers in West-Central Europe, and spilled over to some of the Abbeys of Germany and Holland.  Quads (and dubels, tripels, respectively) were not necessarily a style -- though, with the inventory of styles in current times,  they could best be compared to Strong Dark Ales -- but are said to be brewed with 4 times the ingredients of a typical ale (or double, or triple, you get the idea).

So, after centuries of perfecting these recipes, it was obvious to say that the Belgian monks pretty much nailed the quad.  But Sixth Glass is not Belgian -- and in fact, is from a midwest brewery so outstanding that I have to rank it somewhere near my top 5 in the country.  Boulevard has paid proper homage to this atypical style by overtly conjuring over-ripe fruits and heavy spices.  Its nice to drink a full-bodied beer that isn't a nut or coffee stout, particularly in this season of stouts and porters.  Not only is it a perfect winter beer, but its that unique touch that could be appropriately enjoyed in any season.  This is a perfect beer. 

ABV: 10.5%
Acquired: An Austin bottle store

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