Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I picked up bottle of Samuel Adams Tetravis from their Barrel Room Collection last month for $9.49 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I saw the episode of Beer Geeks where they did the blending for this beer and I'm pretty interested to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged odd looking bottle into a snifter.
A- The bottle looks nice, it's very similar to the other beers in the collection and it has a nice classy look to it and the odd shaped bottle makes it stand out a little. The cork was very hard to remove, I had to use a wine bottle opener to get it out. It poured a nice ruby amber color that took on more of crimson color when held to the light with over three fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking Quad, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that had a light molases like flavor that's followed by a fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice dark fruit like aroma with figs, raisins and prunes showing up nicely and it's followed by the malts that impart a sweet malt, caramel, toffee and slight toasted malt like aroma. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which shows up a good deal and it imparts some spices and banana like aromas with the banana sticking out a little more than the spices and there's a really slight alcohol like aroma at the end. This beer had a pretty good aroma that was pretty true to style.
T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that still retains that molasses like aspect to it and it's followed by the dark fruits still being the first to show up and they impart the same nice dark fruit aspects that it did in the aroma, with neither fruit seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same nice malty aspects that they did in the aroma and they are just the right level. Up next comes the yeast which is pretty similar to the aroma, but this time it's seems to be more balanced with a little more spices coming through in the taste. On the finish there's no bitterness with just a slight hint of alcohol that's hardly noticeable and it had a sweet, dark fruit and Belgian yeast like aftertaste.
M- Pretty smooth, fairly clean, not too crisp, rich, a little chewy, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.
Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good example of a American made Quad and it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style with some nice balance that kept some of the aspects from being too overpowering. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, fairly clean, rich. not too crisp, a little chewy, a little sticky, a little filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, but I'm pretty sure I could drink a whole bottle without getting tired of it. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, I find that to be the biggest problem with these American made Quads, but this one had the balance right where it needed to be. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't a single thing that I disliked or would change about this beer, it's good just the way it is. I would buy this beer again, I wouldn't mind seeing how it does with a some age and I would recommend it to just about anyone who likes Quads. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I'm a little leery on some of these American made Quads, but this one proved to be pretty good with no fancy bells and whistles, it was just a straight up good Quad. When I saw them blend this beer on tv they used some of their funky beer, Cosmick mother funk and I really didn't pick up any of that in this beer. This is one of the better Samuel Adams beers I've had and it's one of the better American made Quads that I have had. Good job guys, this one was a pretty tasty Quad, keep up the good work, I'll have to try more beers from their Barrel Room Collection.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 03:46:50 | More by StoutHunter
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a ruby brown color with a big fluffy/airy khaki colored head. The head settled fairly quick and rested into a solid ring.
The aroma is sweet and spicy. Big dark fruit aromas. Raisin, prune and a hint of carob. Some musty port notes. Subtle brown sugar notes. Big clove presence from the yeast.
Quite sweet on the palate but not cloying. Lots of sugary notes mix in with raisin and other dark fruit sweet flavors. A decent amount of clove but nothing aggressive. There is an earthiness to the beer, provides some needed bitterness. There is also a slight fusel alcohol presence which is a tad unpleasant. Where is the oak barrel presence? Perhaps it peeks through in the finish but I am not sure. Could use some more depth to be really good.
The feel is moderate; lighter than expected. Big airy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a slight sticky finish. The ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming. Could use more of the oak.
A decent BSDA. Not off flavors but it does lack some needed depth.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 04:00:47 | More by Gmann
4.36/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Dark, slightly hazy, ruby brown with a thin, fizzy head that settles quickly. Lacing appears but sluggishly slides back down the glass.
Aroma: Spicy, grainy aroma of wheat, overripe banana and holiday spices.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Flavor on the tongue is spicy, with earthy clove, and bitter cinnamon bark. Sweet notes of red raisin, overripe banana, and molasses mingle with the woody spice, and blend well with the smooth texture. The finish sees the malt flavors appearing with a biscuity, toasted character, and a bit of bite makes the alcohol presence known.
Final Word: Very rich, complex, and satisfying! The earthy spices, sweet, dark fruit, and buttery, bready malts all sit in great balance with each other, and present an experience similar to eating a refined, spice cake dessert. My only complaint with this brew is that the alcohol comes through a bit too much, and makes the finish a little boozy. This isn’t completely unexpected, as it is a Quad with 10.2% ABV, but masking that flavor would have made for a near perfect brew! Only avoid this one if you just absolutely can’t stand a strong boozy character; everyone else should snatch it up, especially if you love banana bread or holiday fruit cake.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 17:11:57 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Presentation: It was poured from an odd shaped brown 1pt. 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The lable lists the abv at 10.2%.
Appearance: The body has a dark orange amber color with good clarity and visible carbonation. This is topped off with a tall light tan head. It’s head fades slowly to just a thin creamy film covering. Lacing coats the glass as I tip the beer to my lips then slowly slides down the sides of the glass.
Smell: The aroma has loads of dark fruit, holiday fruitcake and sweet maltiness.
Taste / Palate: There are nice sweet malt notes throughout. It has notes of dates, raisins, black currants and sweet bready/fruitcake like goodness. It’s hops add a touch of spice and herbal bitterness on the back end. The solid 10.2% abv adds a mild boozy warming feel. This all comes on nice medium to full feeling body with smooth carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 00:18:29 | More by generallee
4.76/5 rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.
10.2% ABV, "Enjoy this ale now or age it to further develop unique flavors."
A - Dark plum purple-ish in color, Tetravis has mahogany highlights underneath it's steady canvas-colored head that leaves little lacing on the glass.
S - Classic Belgian yeast imparts immediate authenticity into Tetravis as this rich and malty beer starts with a complex blend of moist banana bread, prune and figs, and earthy clay and wet rocks. Robust bready maltiness has a borderline toasted characteristic to it that works nicely with suggestions of molasses and the oak barrel it's aged in.
T - Tetravis is a deep brew, unfolding layers of complexity as it warms up while mirroring the aroma quite nicely. Sweet dribbles of molasses cover chunks of dark rock sugar while dark fruitiness pulls forth fig newton, prune pit, and sticky raisin. Hops are absent but the classic Belgian yeast spiciness balances the flavor well with an exclamation of white pepper, clay, and clove.
M - Despite being a darker, malty brew, Tetravis has a lively carbonation feel that keeps the stomach-warming brew from becoming a chore to drink. It's richness washes down wonderfully with balance making it disturbingly drinkable for it's alcohol content.
O - For a long time a particular Belgian quad was hailed as one of the world's greatest beers. It could have been partly due to it's limited availability but I'd contest that this style is one of the hardest to replicate for American brewers because of it's deep complexity and inherent yeast characteristics. Having said that, Samuel Adam's nails the quad style with Tetravis so well, it could have come straight from Belgium. Rich maltiness provides a sturdy base while dark fruit and spice notes co-mingle with absolutely certainty; a completely brilliant beer!
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 00:42:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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