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

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

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very good

276 Ratings

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Beer4Mike, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

OriolesFan1008, Jul 05, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from an odd shaped brown 1pt. 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The lable lists the abv at 10.2%.

Appearance: The body has a dark orange amber color with good clarity and visible carbonation. This is topped off with a tall light tan head. It’s head fades slowly to just a thin creamy film covering. Lacing coats the glass as I tip the beer to my lips then slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads of dark fruit, holiday fruitcake and sweet maltiness.

Taste / Palate: There are nice sweet malt notes throughout. It has notes of dates, raisins, black currants and sweet bready/fruitcake like goodness. It’s hops add a touch of spice and herbal bitterness on the back end. The solid 10.2% abv adds a mild boozy warming feel. This all comes on nice medium to full feeling body with smooth carbonation.

generallee, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dtivp, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DruC4, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

PassMeAZima, Jun 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

TubaDan, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

WuBByG999, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

rmargeson, Jun 25, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +23.3%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dennqis, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jonny1138, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sbanacho, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SLewis, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ahommell, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

krh, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Scepter, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

rstenson, Jun 15, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Sandridge, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

98green, Jun 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

shadyside, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

RyanCFriedrich, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

carteravebrew, Jun 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

crobinso, Jun 08, 2014
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.