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Apis IV - Elevation Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-22-2012)
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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6%

02-23-2014 19:09:04 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-16-2013 03:11:56 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-17-2014 00:51:06 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

11-01-2013 20:18:38 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 04:12:11 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:29:15 | More by TMoney2591
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 17:44:27 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 05:21:52 | More by mactrail
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kojevergas

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in me friend's gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. I believe this is me first beer from this brewery. Black Diamond series.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonaton issues are anticipated.

Not paired with any food.

A: Pours a three finger khaki head of good cream, good thickness, and great retention for the 10.70% ABV. Lacing is decent. Colour is an extremely dark nontransparent ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy honey, yeast, dark fruits way in the back (very buried), clean malts, and some raisin. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some dark fruit (fig is most notable, but I guess I get plum when I look for it). Caramelized malt. Cream. Light stale raisin. The honey works against the dark fruit, negatively impacting the balance. It's a decent little quad. The balance is off but it's built alright. No real complexity or subtlety. I do like the dark fruit, but it needs to be more prominent.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. Somewhat thick. Carbonation is passable. Moderate on the palate.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. It's a drinkable little quad, but it's far from fantastic. I wouldn't get it again, but I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Quad fans can safely skip over it, but it's not bad. A bit pricey for the quality.

C+

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 03:21:54 | More by kojevergas
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-25-2012 05:44:23 | More by MarkyMOD
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 23:08:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-24-2012 05:01:23 | More by drewone
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new beer from a new brewery in Colorado
750ml corked and caged. Shared with co-worker who loves it.

A deep chestnut pour, ruby and amber hints. Nice fluffy, off-brown head. Looks great, lacing a bit thin

Aroma is weaker than the beer looks, but is still good. Lightly toasted biscuit and caramel. Some orchard fruit, apples. Semi sweet. No alcohol that I can detect

Which is what the flavor brings. The abv is well hidden in this one. The toasted biscuit and caramel do well together. Honey makes it sweet and smooth. Ripe apples. Some grassiness and spice throughout. Subtle banana.

Overall this is a solid beer. the feel is a bit thin with much carbonation. Very drinkable for the size and abv.
BA version due in July, methinks

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:52:54 | More by Mebuzzard
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-22-2014 20:48:00 | More by afsdan
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champ103

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 03:14:27 | More by champ103
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-06-2013 23:45:54 | More by Haybeerman
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-03-2014 20:31:09 | More by eawolff99
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-23-2014 20:29:03 | More by Gagnonsux
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 05:00:49 | More by Dope
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-02-2012 23:42:45 | More by crobinso
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-03-2013 00:52:58 | More by smithj4
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TX-Badger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-28-2014 16:44:36 | More by TX-Badger
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:02:57 | More by GilGarp
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JohnBender

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.8%

05-28-2014 04:55:53 | More by JohnBender
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beergoot

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 01:22:31 | More by beergoot
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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.