Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-15-2014 08:03:23 | More by Sandridge
3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
05-26-2014 06:31:02 | More by mactrail
3.74/5 rDev -3.1%
A: Perfectly clear ruby/purple/brown, barely off-white head. No carbonation, although it was definitely audible, and hardly any lacing. Standard but still awesome Barrel Room Collection bottle.
S: Metallic, dark fruit; plums, grapes. It must be the yeast that is giving it a floral roundedness.
T: Grapes/raisins, some fragrant spices in the far background- must be the clove. Simple but powerful. I was just hoping for something extra for all the ado.
M: Medium bodied, kinda filmy. Carbonation present again.
O: Exactly as described: raisins, mild spice. It's good, but kind of a letdown.
05-22-2014 06:09:12 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
3.69/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
05-15-2014 05:06:17 | More by BEERchitect
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.