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

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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)

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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 438
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 24.55%
Wants: 35
Gots: 111 | FT: 4
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.86/5  rDev +24.3%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
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 ronniebruner
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

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Photo of RickS95
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 generallee
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of utfiero
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Jmc181
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought this in a Sam Adams barrel room collection 3 Pack at my local costco. This was far and away the best of the 3. It's a milky amber color, very little head while being super crisp and carbonated in the mouth. Tastes better than it smells and it smells pretty good. I'd buy this as a stand alone but wouldn't buy the 3 pack again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cream, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and Belgian yeast nose, and flavor is sweet dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me.

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Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 kylehay2004
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

large three finger frothy head with good lacing on a very nice clear amber with maroon hues body. The beer actually looks very impressive. Aroma of plum, sour cherries, banana bread, caramel, spices (cinnamon), Belgian yeast. Flavor is a little disappointing after the aroma but still nice although the fruitness covers up some of the Belgian character. Flavor notes include, plum, raisin, currant, caramel, red wine. This one is fairly sweet too. Thin for the style, moderate carbonation. I felt the look and aroma couldnt be lived up to by the flavor. One of the better ones of this series for sure though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a yeasty and slightly spicy aroma with lots of coriander and a little bit of clove. Some other aromas of dark fruits (being mainly of raisins and figs) as well as some caramel and molasses are there as well. A little bit of banana, a light pepper, and some alcohol are there as well rounding out the aroma and producing a somewhat fruited, but not overly sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins quite a bit sweeter then I would have expected from the nose, with tons of darker fruits of raisin and fig as well as a very strong showing of a caramel and candied sugar taste. While the fruit is sweeter than the caramel upfront, the sweet profile later switches with the caramel and candied sugars getting more potent and the fruit less so. All the while there is a yeasty taste as well as some lighter spice upfront that get stronger toward then end. The spice never gets really strong and is largely dominated by the sweet, but does give a nice accent to the taste. Along with the lighter spice, some banana and a little bit of a warming alcohol comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving one with a quite sweet and pleasantly warm and flavorful quad flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side for a brew of 10.3 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thinner body did a wonderful job for the sweet darker flavors of the brew all while keeping a nice drinking feel without being too weak to support all the rich flavor.

Overall – A really rather nice Quad overall. This is a quite nice and approachable brew overall that I can see most people rather enjoying.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Bright with a ruby red colour. Good carbonation, two finger beige head. Soptty lace and a finger of retenion.

S - Dark fruit, grapes, raisins. Nice and deep.

T - Dark fruit, a little yeast, a little spice, grapes, raisins, a touch of sourness.

M - Good mild carbonation with a full body and a nice sweetness that goes dry. Very nice feel.

O/D - No real alcohol evident. Started out a bit tame but became quite enjoyable and drinkable. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of stallion_air21
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2013 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, toast, brown bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Plum colored with a one finger tan head that sits and sits. thick lacing.

S: Plums, dates, raisins, clove, Belgian yeast, molasses.

T: Follows nose with smooth, sweet Belgian yeast leading the way. Currants provide a rich backdrop. Molasses slides in. Just terrific. Alcohol isn't really noticed or felt...until later. Flavors improve as it warms.

M: Medium to heavy with thick, chewy and frothy carbonation.

O: Excellent. Tetravis is a fine example of why I love quads. Recommended.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with lots of fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and earthy pumpernickel, with some spicy Belgian yeast and dry clove and oak.
T: It tasted like sweet nutty malt and roasted barley, with some spicy Belgian yeast and candi sugar and earthy pumpernickel. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a surprisingly good beer. The scent and taste were fairly complex and enjoyable. The body was great, and the finish was really smooth, so it was easy to drink. Would probably age well, but doesn't need it. Solid brew, although I wish it had a little more barrel character.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.