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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 29
Gots: 98 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-12-2013

Barrel aged Quadruple.
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Ratings: 392 | Reviews: 82
Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ronniebruner
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! That pretty much sums up what I think about this beer. As usual, SA has exceeded expectations for me and this beer is outstanding! I was expecting a good brew, not an epic one! Very rarely will I buy multiple $10 bottles of beer, but I immediately went back to the store the next day and bought the last 7 they had. A beautiful pour of berries and oak hit you with a tasty aroma as soon as you uncork this masterpiece. It pours a beautiful dark ebony color, has the perfect amount of carbonation and lace without overpowering the tongue. Very smooth and not too overly sweet for being over 10% ABV and overall this is easily the best new brew I have tried in many months. Don't let the price tag scare you away, this is a world class and very beautiful beer. I would love to shake the brewer's hand who came up with this gem!

Photo of generallee
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, tan in color, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: raisin, fig, oak, dark bread

Taste: brown sugar, raisin, fig, Belgian spices, pumpernickel bread, and dates

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, heavy body, sweet start with bitter middle, sweeter end

Overall: Nice and fruity quad. Complex. I would get this one again. It may be my favorite in the barrel room collection.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown with a thick beige head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruity, cloves, wheat, malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste of rich fruity flavors, malts, grassy notes and alcohol.

Overall: Ok beer, well crafted. But not my first choice for a beer personally.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color and nearly impenetrable to light. A quarter inch of beige head slowly diminishes to the point that it is only a trace and partially covers the top of the beer. In the aroma notes of raisins,plums, and a hint of clove are present. The flavor is much more intense than the aroma. Strong notes of Merlot,raisin,and alcohol are prominent. The alcoholic aftertaste is initially strong,but it mellows out as it warms. The mouth is fairly carbonated and sticky. I think this could have used cellaring.

Photo of stallion_air21
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is amazing. A beautiful amber color and my favorite is the head that stays for some time. Even the color of head is a great cream color.

The smell you first get is almost a wine smell from the raisins. Second comes a strong clove and molasses that really fills your nostrils. With a few more trying of aroma the dark fruits come in and compliments with a sweeter smell.

The flavors with the initial mouth full is powerful. Tons of flavors rush into the mouth and almost to much (for me). With a strong tingle in the front of the tongue it smooths over the rest and eases to the rest. With flavors the even tho the raisins are the first you smell they are the last you taste. First is the molasses and the dark fruits and both combined create an amazing taste.

Overall it's a great beer. From the amazing smell and an overall great taste it's a good beer to start the night or finish an amazing night with.

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of RickS95
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's ideal for the style. An inviting, rich looking, warm brown pour. Not overly dark, just the way it's supposed to be. The head is a finger and a half thick, with a dirty yellow color. It retains well and never goes away. Each swirl breathes life into the thick, lasting head. Almost no lacing to speak of, its only drawback.

Again, almost perfection. As the bottle suggests, dark ripe fruits like raisins and figs. But also some pear and green apple. Just a bit of alcohol along with spices from the Belgian strain of yeast.

Same goes for the taste. Dark ripe fruits, spices, pear and green apple. Molasses. Fruit cake in a glass.

The sweetness hits immediately and lasts throughout the sip until the finish where the spices and alcohol temper it a bit. The pear and green apple provide tartness so the beer isn't one-dimensional. Full bodied with some warmth in the finish. Slight prickling finish. Very easy sipper despite the high ABV.

Like most of the beers from the Barrel Room Collection, this is a home run. I wish all Sam Adams beers were this good. I typicall find their selections overrated, but not the Barrel Room beers. This very well resembles the more expensive and exotic Belgians. Where the Belgians are 1A, this is 1B.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Always happy to try Sammy's Barrel aged stuff, sometimes they even live up to my expectations...

Opens with a resounding pop, pours an effervescent orange/copper with a pinky of cream colored head. Average lacing

S: Dark fruit & woody hops, some cinnamon & vanilla, plus banana & pears

T: Dark fruit, a touch of boozeyness & juicy fruit gum up front. Figs, black currants, raisins & rubber bans as this warms, plus a little more leafy hops, plus a modicum of oakyness/dryness. plus some golden raisin & pears. Finishes with jammyness, a little banana peel, oakyness, plus a bit of raisin

MF: Medium bodied, dry, boozey with near zero carbonation

A nice Quad, not much barrel age aspects here, but not completely MIA. I would possibly buy this again, seems like it would age great; like the complexity on display already. Drinks easy for the heft & style

Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 26 fl. oz. corked, caged bottle. Sampled on August 16, 2013. The cork took some tugging to remove. Served at about 50 degrees.

The pour is a very handsome looking mahogany brown with ruby red highlights and a moderate tan head that settles down after a few moments.

The aroma gives off plenty of Quad vibes such as dark malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and raisin.

Bold body with some astringency.

The taste is sweet malt forward with a quick eruption of pepper and hops finishing it off. The alcohol could have been a little more subdued but it reminds me to take it easy. I found it to be a nice offering from Samuel Adams.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a DFH signature glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with almost a couple inch creamy light tan head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins), cloves, molasses and some sweet spiciness. It tastes like dark fruit (plum, figs, raisins), cloves, red grapes, caramel, molasses, oak and some brown sugar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. The carbonation is soft, which helps make it easy to drink. I thought this was a good overall brew, it's worth picking up if you've never had it before!

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark amber, pours with thick off white head and de effervesces to thin, nice amount of carbonation

S: raisin, fig, plum, old leather, brown sugar, a hint of bread

T: fruit forward, plummy, raisin with a bit of a metallic twang and bit cloying aftertaste - but not unpleasant

M: sweet maltiness offset by the astringent carbonation and that odd metallic taste, medium body

O: quite good overall, and excellent price point. I would purchase again

Photo of TruePerception
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy bronze. Slight but messy off white head and lacing.
Smell: fairly rich, yeasty, dark fruit with a hint of aromatic spice.
Taste: much like the nose. A bit deeper and complex than the nose.
Overall: not a home run, but a nice tasty take on the style.

Photo of SHODriver
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a tulip to a deep brown with some ruby highlights. The beer is topped by a two finger light tan head with good retention and some lacing
S: smells of cloves, spicy yeast, plums, raisins and candi sugar
T: taste is some sweet dark fruits, raisins, sugary sweetness, spice from the yeast, clove but not really getting any barrel flavors. swallow brings a huge crash of dark fruits, caramel sweetness and clove.
M: it's honestly kind of light on the mouth with soft carbonation. I thought it would drink a bit bigger but it feels to be on the thin side.
O: This beer is kind of a trickster. It's very smooth and mild on the palate and then it has a huge smack of flavor on the swallow. Overall, not a bad beer but I think there are better representatives of the style.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a surprisingly controlled light purplish tan head that takes a while to dissipate but does not leave much lacing. The beer itself is a dark purple but is clearly filtered. The beer color also has some light ruby notes. The beer smell is pretty standard and nothing special. Dark fruits and brown sugar. The smell also has strong yeast notes. The taste is the same but a bit more distinct with dark fruits such as plums and sugar with a slight sweet boozy taste. The bready yeast is also noticeable and works better in the taste than the smell. The beer is heavy-bodied and thick and very little carbonation. Overall, a decent quad but there are better ones out there.

Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark mahogany with a creamy dense, off white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, prunes, grapes, light cocoa, over-ripe dates, vanilla, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas. Lots of raisins pulling through with brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, viscous, with plenty of heat stabbing the palate.

Photo of mntlover
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown/copper mixture with a big light tan head that falls rather quickly. No real lace on this one some splotches are about it.

Aroma is loads of dark fruit, very vinous, some light tartness. Plenty of spice, cloves light pepper fruits are plums raisins sugar coated figs. Maybe light hints of alcohol.

Taste is like the nose lots of dark fruit, on a lightly brown sugar mingled malt bready base. Maybe like a fruit cake but way better then that. Lots of dark fruit notes moving to lingering sweet malts, finishes with lots of clove and very light pepper. Some hints of alcohol in the finish to warm the body and do not detract. Simple well done brew not overly complex but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice only right side of medium but the carbonation level is very good, not over done as some Belgians tend to be.

Overall very enjoyable reasonably priced Quad, must say I am impressed by Sam Adams on this one.

Photo of MissFargo
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
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.....

Photo of utfiero
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color- dark murky reddish brown amber. Full, thick head.

Aroma- complex sweet and hoppy aroma with hints of spice (clove).

Taste- A heavy but mellow brew. Starts with subtle notes of candied pear then transitions into a caramel middle (similar to a Rochfort 8) with hints of vanilla, finishing with raisin, clove, and mild hop notes. A complex and beautiful brew by Sam Adam's. Don't serve cold, serve cool.

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1/25/14

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a tulip glass:

Pours rustic brown with a creamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of raisins/currants, spiced bread, clove, figs and dates.

In the taste, spices balance the molasses-like sweetness. Spiced bread, dark fruit and oak that gives a hint of vanilla come together well to make it rich and complex. Alcohol warmth adds a touch of black pepper that is well-integrated.

Effervescent carbonation and a firm malt backbone give it a smooth, silky body.

A dark fruity, sweet-leaning, enjoyable strong Belgian-style brew! Well-worth the purchase!

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up this Samuel Adams, well, hate to admit it, because of the interesting bottle. Not a bad price so figured it was worth a try. Excellent looking beer with a good, but not strong smell. Excellent taste and with the over 10% ABV gives it bonus points. Decent value due to cost also helps. Overall a very good beer that I will buy again without hesitation.

Checked my review when having the beer again and it is dead on. Excellent beer that I am glad that I picked up quite a few of to stick in my basement.

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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.