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Apis IV - Elevation Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Apis IVApis IV

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

33 Reviews

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 140
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-22-2012

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 140
Reviews by KajII:
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3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a muddy dark brown with some mild red highlights and a small (1 finger or less) tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing down to a thin film and small collar, which did create excellent sheeting of lace that totally engulfed the entire glass.

The aroma was of a toasted sweet caramel malt and a chewy doughy yeast with notes of milk chocolate, molasses, honey, banana and dark fruit (figs, raisons and plums).

The taste was extremely malty with a very nice caramel sweetness, and had hints of molasses and slight fruity ester early on. Then a strong dose of dark fruit took hold along with a touch of honey, with the ending having a serious chocolate and a mild alcohol presence. Flavor lasted a average amount of time with a lingering taste of chocolate hanging on a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and quite creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this was a scrumptious tasting brew, which did not allow for any one flavor to overtake another. Also the creamy chocolate finish did an awesome job of concealing the high ABV, this is one that you really need to watch yourself with...


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More User Reviews:
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4.1/5  rDev +2%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

A beer with more subtle nuances will win a weathered beer drinkers more than a palate wrecker, Apis IV is the later and peels back a new layer with each sip. Still trying to really notice the 10.7% abv, we still took our time with so it could tell the whole story. The biggest part of the story is that it lives up to being a Quad. An amazing brew.

STYLE: Quadrupel
ABV: 10.7%

LOOK: Flush burgundy hue, showy tan lacing

SMELL: Sweet, caramel, creamy, alcohol, raw honey, dried cherries, brown bread, faint green apple, wild flowers, toasty

TASTE: Milky smooth, full-ish body, kiss of alcohol, juicy, fig paste, buckwheat honey, subtle herbal hop, caramel, bread crust, a little grassy, sorghum syrup, ripe plums, slightly peppery, molasses cookies, semi-dry finish

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice deep mahogany brown with touches of red. Just a whisp of head that leaves a nice ring around the glass.

Tons of dark fruits, currants, raspberries, some nice caramel sweetness and a bit of lightness that I would attribute to the honey. Just a touch of lightly toasted malts.

Relatively light for a quad, but it sounds like the brewer wasn't exactly brewing to style, but brewing for maximum flavor. The taste follows the nose and is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall this is a solid first offering from a new brewery and look forward to trying this one again with a bit of age on it, I think some nice sherry notes could do wonders.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #6656, Summer 2012.

Served chilled into a goblet, Apis IV is a redish brown amber odor with great clarity. The head is creamy but short-lived and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and complex with dark fruits, brown sugar, and a nice Belgian yeast. Molasses or honey is in there too.

Flavor is big and full of depth. It has a nice sweetness from the big malt bill and the addition of honey. It's slightly balanced out with hops, partially with toasted malt. The alcohol is very well integrated to the point that it really doesnt show it's strength. The yeast is able to shine better since the flavors in the beer aren't too strong. The same could be said for the honey, which is nice since the beer seems to be a homage to the bees that helped to make it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated in the bottle. Sweet but balanced and very drinkable despite the high ABV.

Overall a really impressive quad and easily one of the best domestic ones I've had.

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4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10-19-15 - On tap at the Terminal Bar in the Denver Union Train Station. Had a few of these late night as we closed down the bar. Very dark in color with little head.

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4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark red-orange amber with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipated to patches and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, fresh and dried dark stone fruit with plums and dates dominating, light suggestions of molasses and honey. Flavor is caramel and bready malt, brown bread, brown sugar, dark stone fruit, honey. Finishes somewhat drier with residual dark dried fruit and brown bread, light Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice domestic take on a quadrupel with good honey flavor to supplement the traditional flavors. Nicely balanced and with a perfect sweetness level. ABV is remarkably covered, barely detectable. Warming but no hint of booziness. Very nicely done. I'm debating whether to get another bottle for ageing, the flavor are not overly intense and the ale is already nicely balanced. Could be interesting in a few years.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.