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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-12-2013 19:36:26 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aah, and here it comes- all that Belgo-inspired tastes that include the common dark fruit, red wine, and candied malt taste with peppery balances from a yeasty beasty of a beer that the Americans call "Belgian Dark Strong Ale" but the Belgian simply call "beer".

And that decadent taste begins as that malt sweetness is more like hard candy as its confectionary saccharin taste latches onto the tastebuds and are reluctant to release. With a fruity sideshow, everything from date, plum, blackcurrant and fig to raisin, prune, grape and apricot. This hazy rusty and mahogany ale testifies to its sweet tooth early and often.

As the ale creamies up considerably in the middle, it carries with it a bready taste and texture that weaves in allspice-type spice for a spice cake culmination. Yet, with all those dried, dark and pitted fruit, then fruitcake comes about as peps of faint chocolate, brown sugar and coffee murk about.

But the balance of fresh-cracked peppercorn, clove and dark rum provide a spicy-sweet finish. While the sweetness slowly fades, notions of merlot and "pop-rocks" effervescence add a malt-cutting acidity to usher in some semblance of Tetravis being a drinkable ale rather than being only a lightly syrupy one. But at its high gravity weight, sipping is still recommended.

The latest Samuel Adams "barrel room" beer comes out of the gate with all the hallmark flavors that are expected of the stronger, darker Belgian style. But as the palate searches for those distinctive intelligibles that turn good beer into great beer, Tetravis works only so hard to help the palate get there.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 05:06:17 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-16-2014 18:37:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-22-2013 02:03:16 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:01:57 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-18-2014 02:57:11 | More by Knapp85
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-26-2013 03:16:09 | More by nickfl
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:55:29 | More by russpowell
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mactrail

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big foamy pour in the tall Maredsous goblet. Dark auburn red-brown color with fine-grained off-white head. Quite zingy on the tongue. Tangy mouthfeel with an acidic touch like hard candy.

Big licorice flavor and aroma. The overall taste is candy. Dark roasted malt with some raisins. Burnt sugar and roasted chestnuts. Not much to relieve the sweetness, though the yeast dries out the flavors somewhat. This is more creamy than sticky in the mouth, which is my favorite feature.

A musty whiff along with the sweet vermouth and roasted malt. This seems more like an authentic Belgian brew, though it has a lot of those cranky peculiarities that make it less than drinkable. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 06:31:02 | More by mactrail
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: After finally getting the cork out with a loud pop it poured a purplish-burgundy color if that makes any sense at all. An off white head appears with decent head retention provide moderate lacing

S: Black currants, some raisins, figs, nuts and candy. Pretty tame and straightforward. It's what I was expecting. I was disappointed in the lack of barrel influence on the nose.

T: Dark fruits and black currants with a little booze sting. The raisins and figs, black currants rein supreme on the palate. I'm really not receiving any of the barrel here...no wood, no vanilla, just a wee bit of Earthiness. The finish is stinging, moderately sweet and lightly sticky

M: Medium bodied, sweet and sticky, lower carvbonation which I find odd considering the pop of the cork

O: Meh

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 14:06:29 | More by barleywinefiend
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-07-2013 01:29:45 | More by oriolesfan4
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -8.8%
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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-16-2014 05:02:51 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-10-2014 04:21:51 | More by rab53
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-21-2014 01:51:28 | More by THECPJ
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-07-2014 05:00:58 | More by scruffwhor
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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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ccrida

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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
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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.