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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

364 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 22
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-12-2013

Barrel aged Quadruple.
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Photo of dkw0063
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jdhilt
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  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.

Photo of crytion
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of pdxbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tbeckett
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Prager62
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  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.

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ikantspel
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of utfiero
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Alex5
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  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.

Photo of bzach
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mattreitz49
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of osant37
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.