Apis IV - Elevation Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-22-2012

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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 33
Photo of sd123
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared for 1.5 years and excellent, very smooth

Photo of KLHBB
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my this is fabulous. Served on tap in a half-pint tulip. Smooth, rich, molasses and dark fruit, but not cloyingly sweet. Read someone else's post for the details, I don't have the palate but I know I loved this. Full bodied, drink slowly. Not for dinner, not for throwing back in a hurry. Elegant.

Photo of ThomasC
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just what I expected out of a quadruple. Biscuit, malty, figs, honey, a slight bit of coriander after warming; however, there is a slight "canny" taste in the background. Who know? Maybe it was this batch, or my sinus, but there is an odd taste in the background that I cannot put my finger on. Maybe I'll give it a whirl again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Hip-Hop
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of Colorado's absolute greats!

Photo of SanRaphael
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Great color and feel. Taste is light and nutty and molasses--like, but with a strange aftertaste of barf--but not in a bad way....

Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy deep amber. Head is virtually nonexistent. A few creamy bubbles on top is all.

Aroma is sweet honey, caramel malt, toffee and molasses. Raisin, dates, figs and plums.

Caramel and honey on the tongue. Heavy, sweet malt presence. Fresh bread. Some dark fruits including ripe cherry, plums, figs and black raisins. Mild alcohol on the back end.

Medium-thick body. No carbonation to speak of. Syrupy consistency leaving the tongue coated.

This is an excellent beer with rich sweetness. Might like to have a bit of mild carbonation rather than the total lack thereof. Easy drinking and smooth. Alcohol is well hidden for 10.7%

Photo of Photchkiss
4.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top notch brew. Elevation made a great quad.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Very smooth for its 10.7 ABV. The honey is prevalent, there is a hint of sweet dark cherry like the dark cherries used in cherries jubilee.

Photo of tomordonez
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours into a medium head. Very dark but not black. Under the light it looks a dark brown with red. Smells like chocolate, caramel, wood, cigar a little banana. It has a smoky taste, medium body, high carbonation. Wood taste, although not sure if this is matured in wood. Drink slowly.

Photo of champ103
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazed garnet red color. A two finger beige head rises with excellent retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: A big malty aroma with the right amount of sugar and caramel sweetness and a nice fruity character. Some banana like fruity esters, and some darker fruits like cherries and plums. A phenolic spice in the finish as well. Very nice.
T: Again, very nice and enjoyable. Sugar and caramel sweetness, fruity esters of bananas. That Belgiany phenolic spice in the finish brings everything together.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp carbonation, but smooth at the same time. Just the right amount of warming alcohol that makes this an enjoyable sipper.

The best of the bunch that I had at D&T. So far, the one that I would purchase again. Something that I would recommend.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Confused this with the Cab barrel version, so reentering the correct rating.

On tap at Belmont Station

A: Dark brown without any head. Great legs, though. Looks better than the cab version.

N: Oak, prune, toffee, olives, and soy sauce. Fairly flawed still, but it starts to smell like the ’real’ thing.

T: Malty and bready. There’s a lot of dimension to this, and it’s reserved in its sweetness.

M: Round and full. Sticky and mealy.

O: A fairly decent representation of the style. It’s another American version that doesn’t hit all the right notes, but it’s a good approximation.

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 848: This poured out as a hazy brown color. The head is tan in color with a solid retention and sticky lacing. The smell is sweet, plenty of honey and malt. The taste gives off lots of malt as well as more honey. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, the bottle actually foamed out over the after removing the cork. It's medium bodied with a good drinkability. Overall it's an interesting Quad, it's more of a a Braggot in my opinion, which I love both style so this is pretty good in my opinion. Really nice brew here.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Bottle #05987. 5,987 BEES! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, raisin, light molasses, light maple syrup, clove, pumpernickel, dark fruits, a pinch of brown sugar, and a light dip in a vat of chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate and spices leading the charge and the fruits coming through a bit muted in comparison with the smell. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one littered with nuance and character in every Thomas-brand nook and cranny (it matters to those who know...). Good times.

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 05035, bottled summer 2012

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Good sized fluffy and fizzy tan head. Head fades slowly and sticks around nicely - great retention. Fluffy slashes of lacing everywhere.

S: Very fruity. Lots of grapes and cherries and raisins in fact. Honey is distinct and noticeable and combines nicely with some caramel. Maybe a touch of brown sugar?

T: Again, dark fruits up front as mentioned in the aroma. Honey comes up in the middle and is quite distinct. Combines with some earthiness in the middle. Decent bit of caramel with some toffee and toast into the finish. Fairly drying in the finish and aftertaste; hints of earth and dried fruits with just a touch of honey. Get just a touch alcohol in between sips; the only thing betraying its ABV.

M: Honestly, not nearly as thick or heavy as you'd expect for a 10.7% beer. Nice and smooth, drying in the finish.

O: A nice example of the style. Honey adds a nice layer of complexity. Typical belgian yeast earthiness with dark fruits layering over everything. Tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of Hex92
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second beer from elevation and I think I have found my new favorite brewery. Unfortunately my nose is stoppedup tonight, so i can't taste or smell as well as I would like.

From what I can tell this is a great beer. Smells great and tastes great. The honey comes through nicely in both the smell and taste. Very smooth flavor, nice mouth feel. This is an excellent beer. I will have to update my review when I open the next bottle..

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, slightly hazed crimson red with a modest tannish cap

S: The nose is overcome with sweet honey notes and dark fruits

T: The taste buds are met with an initial wallop of dark fruits in the way of purple grapes, figs, raisins and dates. The honey plays second fiddle as it should and masked just underneath dark fruits. A bit of Earthiness on this beer with a subtle booze sting is noted. The finish is dry, some heat and a tad sweet

M: Medium body, well carbonated

O: Good. No major flaws found

Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a golden glint in the squat CIney snifter. Plenty of foam on pouring. Fruity and honey aromas along with a hint of sourness.

Rich and dark flavors with that interesting zing of honey flavor. Dried figs along with the dark roasted malt. Something dank and earthy to go with the sweetness and the caramel. The Belgian yeasty flavors emerge out of the darkness to provide the trademark dry finish. Still that honey tang at the very end. Label says there are Northern Brewer and Tettnang hops. They are not very forward, but maybe that's what keeps the sweet honey flavor from cloying.

To me this tastes like a Dubbel amped up to something stronger and Quad-like. An interesting and sippable beer, but you have to like honey. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Photo of bigaltemple
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked & Caged 750mL Bottle #07460

A - Pours dark brown, with some crimson hues appearing at the edges. Thick, khaki colored head builds quickly and easily before settling to a thin cap. Shows some good retention though, as sheets of lacing are left after every drink.

S - Slightly "inspired" by bottle description as to what I'm getting in the nose. However, I feel aspects of this one all come out fairly easy and quite identifiable. I didn't expect the honey and molosses to be so pronounced, but they lend a nice sweetness along with caramel malt, plum, and raisin. There's an underlying floral hops presence that really gives this a nice balance.

T/M - Honey and bready malt dominate at first before mingling with dark fruits and the definite twang of Belgian yeast. Very mild sense of hops in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with some prickly carbonation. I would prefer a little less carbonation, but that doesn't detract from this brew at all.

O - Definitely a loose interpretation of the Quad label, but I found this beer to be one of my favorites this year. I think there is a great group of people behind the brewery and I'm excited to see what else they come up with.

Photo of axeman9182
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, an extra from skycracksopen. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Breweryl tulip.

Apis IV pours a very dark mahogany, with scattered cherry highlights. There's about two fingers of khaki colored foam left sitting atop the beer, albeit briefly. Neither head retention nor lacing impress at all. The nose is straightforward, but nice. Lots of dark fruit aromas and just a little bit of honey present as well. The flavor profile is a little bit more varied. Honey drizzled plums form the basis for everything, but a subtle, yet distinct rumminess is present as well. A light phenolic clove flourish joins the proceedings for the finish. The body is solidly light for a beer that tops 10% alcohol, but the carbonation disappointingly dull. It leaves the mouthfeel just a little too ponderous and chewy. I've been perfectly content to pass this evening with Apis IV in my glass, though it does lack the depth and complexity of the truly world class quads.

Photo of KajII
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of GilGarp
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of beergoot
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great dark, ruby red color with a long-lasting one-finger thick and creamy off-white head. Smell consists of smoky, burnt sugar and caramel concoction; lightly charred toast; some toffee. Creamy, rich, syrupy mouthfeel, medium body. Lightly burnt sugar combines with sweet chocolate for the taste; caramel flavor reinforced; subtle alcohol warmth.

I didn't come across any strong phenolic flavors, and the alcohol wasn't very pronounced (as per the BA style description). It did have a very strong, very tasty malt character. Smooth, balanced, and easy drinking for a big beer. I think the honey adds a distinguishing note to this beer. Definitely worth seeking out...

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a much less wintery quad than most, and actually pretty seasonally appropriate for late summmer. pours an enticing mahogany color, more red than brown, with a mellow caramel colored head of big frothy bubbles. smells like caramel malts, candy sugar, wood, and wildflower honey. the malt profile is big and sweet, but not thick in feel. there is a honey flavor thats really ncie in this beer, and it brings out some elements that might otherwise be less noticable. i picked up cherry and apple notes in this too. the feel is good, not thick and sticky like some quads can be, but rather thinner in body and quite drinkable, despite the high abv. the alcohol in this comes out as it warms up, but its never too much, just another layer. i will buy this one again as it has all kinds of culinary potential for fall.

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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.