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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

241 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
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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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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dkw0063

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

02-03-2014 17:35:50 | More by dkw0063
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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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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

5/5  rDev +29.5%

02-01-2014 19:45:04 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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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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crytion

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-29-2014 12:30:06 | More by crytion
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pdxbeerdrinker

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-29-2014 02:35:45 | More by pdxbeerdrinker
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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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krome

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-27-2014 16:50:15 | More by krome
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Prager62

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-27-2014 13:37:15 | More by Prager62
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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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jgunther71

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-26-2014 23:46:07 | More by jgunther71
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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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DOCRW

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-25-2014 03:43:15 | More by DOCRW
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Alex5

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-24-2014 17:51:10 | More by Alex5
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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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bzach

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

01-23-2014 12:06:50 | More by bzach
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2GOOFY

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-21-2014 02:26:33 | More by 2GOOFY
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-21-2014 00:37:07 | More by PGVG
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mattreitz49

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-20-2014 04:11:27 | More by mattreitz49
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osant37

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-19-2014 19:35:45 | More by osant37
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.