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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 170
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Quadruple.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-12-2013)
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 01:52:49 | More by weeare138
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SHODriver

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 05:19:00 | More by SHODriver
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 18:43:48 | More by brewskifan55
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a slightly hazy amber mahogany w/ a khaki 1-finger head.

Aroma is sweet dates and figs, brown sugar, subtle spice. Bready dark malt and Belgian yeast.

Taste is bready and sweet; dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, spice. 10% ABV is well hidden. Pretty much a standard quad here.

Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated, fairly light on the palate. Drinkable.

Overall a good, straightforward, no-nonsense quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:44:37 | More by draheim
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Virgin review here, so lets go. This was my first of the Sam Adams Barrelroom collection.

Appearance: First the big bottle, cork and cage was to cool. It had a small head with a cool bronze color. I used to drink stuff right from the bottle now I take the time to pour it into a glass all civilized an shit.

Smell: It smells of a fruit soaked alcoholic treat, not a bad thing at all, pleasant and strong to the nose.

Taste: I thought it was thick, smooth and flavorful. This was the first I realized that I like Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Again it was thick but smooth, you knew you had something special you were sipping. I dont really prefer bitter thin beers and this didnt disappoint.

Overall: This is a winner I highly reccommend, one warning be careful I shared this with a friend and we were kicked in the backside before the night started.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:09:58 | More by bleedsblu
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark amber colored body with medium bubbles to the body with slight haziness to it. Head is off-white with a light orange tint to it.

Smell: Hard baked raisin scent. Sounds nuts but I am thinking oatmeal raisin cookie mixed with yeast and a light hint of wine.

Taste: Very good raisin feel, might come off a tad sweet. I wouldn't be sprised if honey and nutmeg played a role in the brewing process. You feel the mellow sweetness and a light spiciness to it, no complaints at all.

Mouth: Strong bd after-taste, sinks in pretty well but lacks the stickiness of it's belgian and some of it's American counterparts. Crisp finish not bad at all.

Overall: Very good beer but can think of a few others I would rather have around this price range that are also a quad. It does give you a little bit of everything just lacks that potency you are hoping for after first gulp.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 06:35:46 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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ThaneMcC

Kansas

3.86/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:01:54 | More by ThaneMcC
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a chalice.

A: dark red close to brown colored body with a thin cap of a white foamy head that dies at a nice pace into the body; lacing is sporadic and tries to cling, but doesn't and slides at a decent pace

S: raisin, fig, plum, pear, spiced apple combine through a toasty sort of molasses and some Belgian candied sugariness, also a decent earthy spiciness comes into play as well

T: sweet and somewhat spicy through the previously mentioned flavors; a nice Belgian yeasty/earthy/spicy yet sweet aftertaste takes hold and guides to a dry finish

M: she sits about a medium to heavy on the body, not sessionable - more of a sipper, carbonation is somewhat smooth for the style and is pretty good to me, alcohol is extremely well hidden

O: this is a good Quad that I would have again, and I could see this one being picked up for my Easter dinner this year

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 06:12:59 | More by BeerKangaroo
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mattkoon

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this beer pours a really great auburn color. nice lace on the glass. the smell is rich with dark fruit- there is also a tinge of tartness. i get different flavors with each sip- fruits, a little smokiness, a little tart. there is also a slight dry alcohol burn- but in a good way. there is a bold warmness about this beer that i like. over all a complex and interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:21:00 | More by mattkoon
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:16:21 | More by JamieDuncan
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:08:04 | More by superspak
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a half finger off-white head. The head is very fluffy but thick and hangs around for a long time providing decent lacing.

Aroma has a very strong cherry note along with a touch of strawberry and grape. I can detect just a touch of darker fruit in the way of figs but it is pretty light. There is a slight bit of a metallic off note but it is so faint that it is almost not worth mentioning.

Lots of cherries up front in the taste mixed with a touch of brandy. Citrus is dominant in the flavor and there is a noticable lack of depth in the way of darker fruits, molasses, caramel, etc. Sweetness is there but it remains restrained with just a slight sticyness on the finish.

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations coming from Sam Adams. It definitely lacks the depth and refinement of some Trappist beers but honestly for the price, it is really hard to beat this.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:18:23 | More by rangerred
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:37:48 | More by jdhilt
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed light brown color. Aroma of sweet malts, fruit and Belian yeast. In the taste, bready, doughy malts, brown sugar, raisin. A light bitterness rounds out the brew. Given the strength, the alcohol is not noticeable. Has a powdery, estery yeast character. Medium bodied, well carbonated. Overall, a decent strong ale but lacking punch and depth. The oak dries it out just enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:33:55 | More by Stinkypuss
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ccrida

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark with a medium sized off-white head leaving light but nice lace.

Smell is strong, clove, caramel and toffee.

Taste is rich, heavy on over-carmelized sugar (attributed as prune). Some spicy and fruity estery notes provide depth. A little ethanol.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy stylistically, somewhat thick. Fully carbonated and soft though.

Drinkability is ok. Rich flavor with well hidden ABV. But so rich, and not particularly elegant.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:44:54 | More by ccrida
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 19:44:42 | More by tbeckett
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There's two types of Quads: those that you have to pour slowly on a steep angle so as not to generate too much head, and those you can pour entirely upright and not generate any head. Tetravis is closer to the latter; it produces a thin yet respectable froth but it took a pretty stiff pour to do so. Its colour meanwhile is a dark, murky rum cake tone.

While we're dissecting it, there's another telltale way of deviating Quads: those that smell remarkably like some kind of raisin, plum, dried cherry, and fig compote, and those that just have a purely superficial semblance of one. In this regard Tertravis is more like the former, closer to the authentic Belgian classics than most modern, new-world wannabes.

Drinkers won't know it, but this beer was blended with the Brett-inoculated sour beer Kosmic Mother Funk. I don't get any sourness; there's far too much dried fruit and molasses-like sweetness to detect even a remote tartness. Likewise, the beer's rather flat, borderline syrupy mouthfeel doesn't let on that this is actually fermented with a strain of Champagne yeast.

Sam Adams does a great job of hiding the alcohol (10.2%) from everything except the brain; all that potency goes to your head but completely bypasses the palate. There's so much summer plum and sweet malt that the booze doesn't register. There are also hints of mace, anise and clove which help distract (though they're admittedly subtle). The oak isn't really all that evident.

Tetravis has many unconventional elements for a Quad (being barrel-aged, blended with a sour ale, fermented with champagne yeast) but it actually compares quite favorably with the style's best and most time-honoured examples. I mean, between this and, say, Rochefort or St Bernardus there's no contest, but, credit where credit is due, this fares better than most American brands.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:40:25 | More by biegaman
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ikantspel

California

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber into a duvel tulip

Dark brown pours into a creamy 1 finger head which leaves some lacing as it dries

Currents right away, then sweet banana bread and malts

Taste definitly is dark fruit, then spicy cloves, finished by malt and caramel

The fruit almost stands out too much. But as I keep sipping I'm liking it more and more

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:40:22 | More by ikantspel
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utfiero

Texas

4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:46:45 | More by utfiero
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, banana, spice, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toast, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a really nice smell but the flavors are a bit too boozy in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:42:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy orange amber color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. The aroma is huge on the tart current with hints of clove and raisin. Moderate amount of dark sugary malt as well as a far to present hit of papery oxidation. The flavor is heavy on the clove and pepper with a moderate amount of sugary sweetness. Tart currant as well as bits of lemon and orange and like the aroma a bit too much oxidation. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Meh, another letdown from the Sam Adams barrel room. Oxidized and a bit spicy for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:49:10 | More by johnnnniee
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Pencible

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:37:42 | More by Pencible
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a Prairie teku.

A - Pours a tawny brown with red highlights. A firm tan head holds well and clings the glass.

S - Brown sugar, dates, figs, apples, banana liqueur, old candy, fruit cake,

T - Sugary malt, lots of fruit, apples, prunes, but raisins and dates are very prominent. Vanilla and woody tannins along with some noticable hops that give the candy sweet malt base some balance. Finishes fruity with some tannin/woody like bitterness.

M - Medium full body, foamy carbonation, finishes crisp with a rounded woody bitterness. The alcohol becomes sharp when allowed to warm up.

Excellent aroma. The wood doesn't stand out but is layered underneath the fruit and malt. There's noticeable bitterness that almost clashes with the alcohol. It would get in the way if it were any stronger but really helps with the sweetness. Pretty good for an American made Quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 20:08:20 | More by StaveHooks
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stella77artois

New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brown-amber with a fair amount of carbonation. A thick head formed, which dissipated at a normal rate. Just a few bubbles rising. Overall fairly clear, but had just a slight haze.

S - Belgian yeast is huge up front. Lot's of dark fruit. Noticed grape, fig, and raisin most heavily. Also slight hints of cinnamon, peach and tobacco leaf. Not much malt noticed, and no hop aroma noticed. Slight hint of alcohol.

T - Very, very Belgian-y. Dark fruits are immediately noted. Mostly grape and fig, as with the aroma. I did note some toasted and slightly sweet malts, which I didn't detect in the aroma. Beer finished very well, with a slight alcohol warmth, and a heavy punch of plum and prune.

F - Lot's of carbonation. Not sticky or too thick, but can burn slightly. Certainly drinkable.

O - Not quite as good as their New World Tripel, but another Belgian well executed by Sam Adams. Complex taste, extremely drinkable. I've had better Belgian's, but I've also had worse Belgian's that cost a lot more. So in other words, excellent brew, and worth the $.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 14:22:25 | More by stella77artois
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz black glass bottle with fantastic smokestack-style design, classy intricate label art, and branded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local Colorado bottle shop and served into a large size Westvleteren stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've really enjoyed a couple barrel room series beers and quadrupel is me favourite style. Reviewed as a quadrupel because the label identifies it as such. 10.2% ABV confirmed. "Ale aged in oak barrels."

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

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of gorgeous creamy complexion and beige-khaki colour head. Smooth consistency. Soft and fluffy. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is good for the high ABV - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is an elegant red of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated. Translucent and quasitransparent.

Overall, it's looking pretty good for a quadrupel, but isn't unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm really looking forward to it.

Sm: Rich refined berry and currant notes. Evocative raisin, fig, plum, dates, prunes, and grape. Candi sugar. Caramelized sugars. Very timid burnt character. The dark fruit is fantastic. The oak is extremely subtle; I barely get any at all, but it does lend the aroma some additional depth. I can't stress enough how great and evocative the dark fruit is; fig is right there. It does have some finite biscuity yeast character.

An alive, inviting aroma of moderate to high strength.

No alcohol or hop character is detectable.

T: The dark fruit isn't quite as smashing here as it was in the aroma. I get fig, prunes, dates, and some limited plum, but the only true evocative note is the grape - which isn't exactly a great flavour in a quadrupel. Caramelized sugars. Cream. Raisin. Belgian biscuit malt, Belgian dark malts, and candied sugars. Biscuity yeast character. Faint oak, but no real toastiness or refined wood. Pumpernickel. Faint vague spice. Light molasses. A biteen too sweet. Certainly sipid.

The balance doesn't come together quite as well as I'd like. It's fairly cohesive, but not at all gestalt. The grape is too strong. It lacks the delicate fragility of the very best quadrupels.

Decent complexity. Okay subtlety. Lacks intricacy, but you could argue it's nuanced. I'm shocked by the lack of depth to the oak. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

Mf: Some limited creaminess. Smooth and wet. Decent thickness and body. Fair presence on the palate. Not an ideal mouthfeel by any means. Overcarbonated.

Not delicate, fleetingly light, or fragile like the best quadrupels. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, scratchy, rough, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: Certainly downable. It started off really nice on the appearance and aroma, but fell apart afterwards. I really had high hopes for this one, but it just didn't come together quite like it needed to. An interesting and inspired attempt at a quadrupel from an American brewery, but ultimately it falls short. It's certainly worth trying, and I think the brewers really went for it - but it's by no means a great beer in the style and isn't worth the price (at least not more than once). While I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners, it's one of Sam Adams' more complex worthwhile beers. I'm glad I got to try it. Easily above average.

Perhaps worth aging.

C+

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 05:09:38 | More by kojevergas
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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.