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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Quadruple.

Added by Todd on 03-12-2013

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 463
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured into a chalice a pretty nice cloudy red grapey color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some grapes, figs, raisins, plums, cloves. The taste is pretty nice as well, malty, yeasty, lots of dark stuff, some spiceyness, some oakyness. Full body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of Vixie
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a couple inches of a tan head. One of the best looking beers i have ever seen.

Smell is a but subdued, but that may be me, my sense of smell is not the best. Mainly fruit, like dried fruit, with some caramel and brown sugar.

Quite a sweet beer, but more a fruity sweetness than a candy one. Raisin, caramel, and toffee seem to dominate. The finish is a bit spicy, likely from the cloves.

Feel seems a bit thin for the style, I expect a bit more of a thick smooth feel.

Overall a pretty good beer Not the best quad I have ever had, but one of the better US made ones. Pretty easy to drink, it hides the abv very well. One of the better beers I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter. I noticed from a few of the reviews that people had trouble with the corks- as did I. I had to work it pretty good and was afraid I might break it off in the bottle. A moderate pour yields a frothy head of about an inch. The beer is a slightly hazy amber color. When first poured, it effervesces almost like a sparkling wine.

The aroma is fruity with a slight medicinal note (hinting at the alcohol). The flavor is also fruity, with notes of plums, raisins, grape skins, and perhaps a little apple. A note of cloves around the edges becomes more apparent as it warms. The aftertaste lingers with a boozy fruitiness that wafts through the nostrils . A mild earthy funk works with the spice to balance the fruity flavors.

This beer is a treat and a worthy example of its style. A great offering by Sam Adams.

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Photo of otzhorse
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown a little sediment floating
S: wonderful fruit smell
T: Taste of apricot and raisins no alcohol taste at all
M: Full body, nice carbonation,
O: This is a wonderful beer. I've never had a quad but this was outstanding. I would certainly love to drink it again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark-amber pour with lasting top of beige foam. Kinda looks like a Belgian. Aroma is malty-sweet, with some ripe, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is a little fruit-forward, with dark cherry dominating. This overwhelms the malt and any attempt at spice or hops to balance. Finish is sweet cherry syrup. Better than expected, but not in league with other quads of renown.

Good thing there's not a usability score - this is the most difficult cork, on any bottle, I've ever encountered.

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Photo of iamaaronmartin
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer but a bit expensive for the quality. Perks up the warmer it gets, with some nice barrel sweetness. Clove comes on a bit stronger than I'd like on the nose but I found it faded after a good breathing. Medium head on a slow pour.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Darker golden brown with red hues along the edges. Quite frothy off white head with a touch of lacing. Aroma of fruits like raisins and prunes. Tastes of dark fruits, sugars, cider, and cloves. Spicy heat on the palate with a bite and a sipper for sure. Abv very well hidden and rather drinkable too. As the years go by this impy stout lover is quite enjoying quads more and more. Well done in my book!

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Photo of JayQue
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This isn't St Bernadus, but it is pretty good. One of the better American Quads. Poured into my Chimay goblet, a murky brown color with a small, foamy light tan head. Head retention is not bad for a beer of this strength, Didn't notice much lacing on the glass. Aroma is there, but pretty mild. Mostly dark fruit raisins, plums and a little cherry. I didn't get any of the "barrel aged" oak or woody flavor. It is a little sweet, either candi sugar or molasses sweet but not as much as some Quads.A bit lacking in spices and Belgian yeast too. Still pretty tasaty though. Mouthfeel is rich enough, not as complex as some. The alcohol is VERY well hidden. Quite enjoyable. This seems to be a tough style for many American brewers. Sam Adams did a good job on this one.

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Photo of bnes09
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Smells like a mildly spiced apple cider mixed with raisins. Flavor of dark fruits and faint yeast. Sweetness is overpowering. Dense, syrupy feel and very sticky. Not a huge fan.

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Photo of NCMonte
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big Quad drinker, but had some thanks to the Sam Adams rep at a local beer store. After tasting I purchased my first Sam Adams beer in 4-5 years. Couldn't taste the 10% ABV, smooth, delicious, bit of a spicy note, one heck of a beer.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured an opaque brown color with a bit of red around the edges. Above average foam but little to no lacing. Definitely a slow drinking sharer. Think of it as more of a wine as its 10.2% ABV. I've found wine drinkers tend to like the barrel room collection from Sam Adams because the KMF base brings in some tart dry notes that many red wine drinkers love.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with light dry fruits and dry cereal notes. Taste is a mix of residual brown sugar notes with some dry fruits and lightly grainy cereal notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but seems to lack some cohesion between the different flavors.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy brown but not opaque. Crowned by a tan, finely bubbled foam collar that quickly dissipates to a thick film
S: fragrant, fruity, prune, raisins, faint clove, some vanilla.
T: Maltloaf, dark sugars, raisins, figs, some faint prune, clove, with pepper on the end.
F: Very creamy, medium body, medium high carbonation
O: A big, complex, well made Quad.

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Photo of FFreak
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from Costco in a mixed pack of SA barrel-aged beers about 6 months back. This is the last one I tried, poured into tulips and shared with friends around the fire pit.

Pours a slightly translucent dark-brown with two fingers of off-white head that stays around a while and leaves a ton of lace.

Aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, Belgian spice, and a hint of roast.

Taste is nice, with currants, raisins, dried cherry, Belgian yeast, spice and brown sugar. As with the other SA BA beers in the box, I detected a metallic taste in the finish, which detracts slightly, especially as the beer warms.

Mouth is medium bodied, with persistent carbonation. Goes down really easy for a 10+% ABV beer.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable BA quad and a surprise to find from Sam Adams.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into snifters.
Nice one finger of head that holds on for a while. Pours a light golden amber color.
Aromas are classic belgian yeast, good malt presence.
Flavor is nice, blegian yeast, bread and raisins. Could be a bit more alcohol present. Could use more depth here.
Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for my taste given the style.
Overall, my [email protected] said it best, "you know for a Sam Adams beer it's pretty good."

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Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Pours amber with tall, creamy, long-lasting, off-white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, some hops, caramel malt and plums. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of plums, brown sugar, caramel, spicy hops and alcohol. Finish is long and worming. Very nice brew.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams's Tetravis, from their Barrel Room Collection. 10.2 % ABV.

Man, that cork was a pain in the ass!

A: Two full fingers of khaki head. Slightly fluffy. Steady dissolve. Lacing just slides right off. Practically no sheeting. Deep red in the glass; yellow in the dimple.Slightly yellow meniscus.

S: Dates/prunes. Earthy tree sap/molasses. Yeah, primarily those two. Faint tartness.

T/MF: More of the same dates and molasses notes. Slightly more carbonated than I typically find quads to be.

I'll let it warm a bit more, but this one seems far less complex than the red and stout in the series were.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Special B, Carafa 1, and Munich malts, Kosmic Mother Funk, brewing sugar. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh. Fermented with Belgian-style ale yeast, bottle conditioned with champagne yeast
10.2%ABV , 18 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy medium brown, forming a large mousse like yellow head with very good retention and lacing in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~4.0 carbs or so. The nose is dominated with brown bananas and not much else. The mouthfeel is prickly due to the carbonation, which becomes slightly cloying as the gas dissipates. The taste reminds me much of an iced weizen bock due to the dominant bananas. There isn't much else there and lacks the complexity that belgian quads have. The bitterness is very mild and there is a peculiar metallic off taste throughout the finish. Warming and a touch boozy. I don't think they used candi syrup and just used sugar instead as there is none of the melanoidin one gets from candi syrup. Very cola like and sweet in the finish and aftertaste.

This just doesn't do too much for me. It's a decent brew but it lacks the complexity that I want and get in belgian quads. I woudn't turn it down, but can't really recommend it for quad loving friends.

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Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the larger, barrel-room shaped bottle, this brew is corked and pours a deep brown color...some transparency when held to the light. The head has a short life, but the smell is great. Sugar, toffee, fruit (berries, grapes), and a little booze. The taste is sweet, with lots of up front sweetness, spice in the mid-taste, and a huge warmth. Multi-layered and engaging.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a thick semi-opaque ruddy amber, with a fairly large head yet no lace.

Aroma: Big and malty, with notes of leather, caramel, dried fruitcake, and a whiskey-like character.

Taste: I get more dried fruit, caramel, spice, yeast, and a warming finish that remains subtle for the heavy 10.2% ABV content. A solid and enjoyable sipper, tailor-made for a cool Fall or Winter evening.

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Photo of MissFargo
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't blow my hair back, lacking complexity.....I had high hopes, but overall disappointed, a respectable attempt at a quad, but I feel the brewers played it a little too safe with the flavors. Ho Hum.....

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 4.75 - Poured a rich, dark ruby color with tinges of cognac and caramel. Poured about a finger of medium tan colored, super soapy head. Bubbles were huge and popped almost immediately, reducing the beer down to a film in a matter of seconds. Low head potential and retention, but to be expected from the style and the high ABV. Spotty lacing.
S - 5 - Plums, very malty, figs, raisins, currants, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and black cherry wine alcohol. Low to nonexistent hop profile.
T - 4.75 - Warm, sweet raisin and plum upfront with a light vanilla background. Fades into an ever so slightly bitter, yet still very much sweet, malty finish. Notes of wine and dark Belgian candies. Delicious.
F - 4.75 - Nice, medium/full creamy and oily mouthfeel. Medium/full bodied brew.
O - 5 - An outstanding representation of the Belgian quad style. Samuel Adam's may not hit the nail on the head every time, but sometimes they brew up some real magic, and this is no exception. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the style as well as it is recommended to be purchased in multiples and left in the cellar for a special occasion!

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a clear amber caramel color with a fingers worth of khaki head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-caramel malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, and yeast

T-caramel backbone, dark fruits of cherries, raisins, currants, bit of chocolate

M-medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation

Overall one of the more interesting options from SA, an above average quad

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Photo of constantine_272
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a whitish head. Smells of charred oak, prunes, dates and a touch of pine resin. Wow, taste is surprisingly complex. Lots of cedar and chocolate starts off with a rich prune and port wine. A tangy bitterness of pine and grapefruit rind and blood orange tingle your tongue. A long sweetness of dried raisin lingers long with a wheat bread and yeast note in the back of the tongue. Having been to Belgium I have to say this brew (from Sam Adams of all brewers) is quite delicious. Though for nomenclature, this is more comparable to a dubble in flavor but with the body of a quad.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a typical quad. Very low esters and high on the dried fruit/fig/raisin flavors. Barrel age comes through up front. For Sam Adams this is a good beer but not what I was thinking it was going to be based on the bottle and description. Well made to be sure, but not my favorite quad.

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