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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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rmargeson

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-25-2014 23:32:38 | More by rmargeson
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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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Dennqis

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-23-2014 14:43:23 | More by Dennqis
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jonny1138

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-22-2014 02:13:56 | More by jonny1138
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sbanacho

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-18-2014 03:27:07 | More by sbanacho
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SLewis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-17-2014 21:39:41 | More by SLewis
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-17-2014 03:12:31 | More by ahommell
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krh

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-16-2014 03:02:02 | More by krh
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Scepter

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-16-2014 00:16:19 | More by Scepter
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rstenson

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-15-2014 22:30:01 | More by rstenson
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Sandridge

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance of this beer is as it should be for a Belgian style, somewhat hazy. It has a copper amber hue with a beige colored full head. I think it has almost too much head for my liking.
The smell is quite unique with scents of raisin, fig, hazelnut, clove, and even a faint hint of bananas and apple and tobacco. As it warms I pick up smokey as well.
The taste starts strong with fig and apple. On my first sip of this I thought the bubbles were "too big"(I left the 2nd half in the fridge overnight uncapped which cut down the carbonation level and brought out more robust fruit flavors). It finished with that Belgian yeast profile(Clove and dirty feet) you'd expect from it. The malt and mouthfeel are lacking in my opinion(I'd like to see some caramel malts and carapils to balance the body better)

Overall, I am quite intrigued by this beer. It really stands out to me as having some very unique flavors that I have yet to have combined into one beer. It's kind of like an American barley wine got with a Belgian yeast and got throw into a well used fruit dehydrator. I get very bored with the beers on the shelf and this one stands out to me as different.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 08:03:23 | More by Sandridge
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98green

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-13-2014 20:29:30 | More by 98green
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shadyside

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

06-12-2014 15:05:35 | More by shadyside
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RyanCFriedrich

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-09-2014 20:26:43 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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carteravebrew

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-08-2014 17:17:45 | More by carteravebrew
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crobinso

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-08-2014 12:55:20 | More by crobinso
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-07-2014 16:45:10 | More by Boone757
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trebbates

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-07-2014 02:24:30 | More by trebbates
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DamnYankeeHeadHunter

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-06-2014 03:37:15 | More by DamnYankeeHeadHunter
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zestd

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-02-2014 00:56:53 | More by zestd
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MickeyMonk

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-01-2014 04:34:34 | More by MickeyMonk
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Pens1967

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-31-2014 02:21:49 | More by Pens1967
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kdivers

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-30-2014 00:19:43 | More by kdivers
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camartin27

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-27-2014 01:46:46 | More by camartin27
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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
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.