Thursday, May 10, 2012

Boulevard Sixth Glass Quadrupel

Type: Quadrupel
Origin: Kansas City, MO
Price: $11.99/4-pack
ABV: 10.5%
NSP: 12.43

I've sampled three other Boulevard beers for this blog, and so far, the only one I've been impressed with was the Tank 7.  The Double Wide was passable, and the Long Strange Tripel was pretty bad.  So I'm not really sure what to make of them, because their reputation surpasses my own experience thus far.  But I thought I'd give them another shot.  They make it easy by offering a lot of their premium stuff in 12-ouncers, which are a hell of a lot easier to pack in a suitcase than a 750.

I love me a good quad, so I have high hopes for this one.  The nose is really excellent- the usual alcohol-soaked raisins are there, but what really stands out to me is the root beer scent.  And not shitty white trash root beer, I'm talking the really good sarsaparilla type stuff, with all sorts of licorice/anise, brown sugar, and vanilla running around.  And then a delicious fruity Belgian yeast thing to top it off.

Damn.  I'd hoped the flavor would bring the same richness as the nose, but it doesn't keep pace.  Most of the same hallmarks are there, but they aren't nearly as potent as they smell.  I'm disappointed that the root beer thing tapered off so much because I'd absolutely love a root-beery quad (maybe I'll just mix some Sioux City with bourbon later).  I still get a fair amount of vanilla, though, so that's good.  There's also a fair bit of pepperiness that wasn't obvious when I smelled it.  The carbonation's a bit too strong, and the alcohol is noticeable at the end, though the latter is no surprise.

Well, shit.  This one started off so well, the nose was really top-notch.  But that means it ended up that much more disappointing because the flavor fell behind.  I guess I'm not really any further along in forming a strong opinion about Boulevard.  Oh well, at least I got a bit of a buzz, so not all is lost.

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