Apis IV - Red Wine Barrel-Aged
Elevation Beer Co.

Apis IV - Red Wine Barrel-AgedApis IV - Red Wine Barrel-Aged
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #118
Ranked #17,154
4.07 | pDev: 12.53%
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Apis IV - Red Wine Barrel-AgedApis IV - Red Wine Barrel-Aged
Notes: Quadrupel ale with honey aged in Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 14 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of stortore
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle into a goblet. Bottled 3/1/18, had 9/8/18.

Pours a dark ruby color, somewhat opaque, with a half inch foamy head and a flash of soapy lacing. Aromas of grapes, malt, oak, raisins, light honey. It’s surprisingly un- aromatic, really. Flavors of purple grapes, malt, candi sugar, dates, some oak, light honey, light raisins. Smooth, a good medium to full body, well carbonated.

Good flavor, but not overly expressive for what it is. The lack of aroma is odd, as is the lack of wine presence- only grapes. Looking at other reviews, maybe I had a subpar bottle. Not bad, but a little disappointing. Was expecting better.

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Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Kings Beer & Wine on 9-5-18 for $5.00. No bottling date visible. Elevation has pulled out of Arizona.

Beer poured reddish brown with a very nice off white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is dark fruit from the Belgian yeast strain and some fermented red wine from the barrels.

Taste is plums and prunes along with some red wine over a large euro malt base. Hopping is good as it is sweet without cloying qualities. Finishes with an ever so slight pucker.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and each sip is velvety smooth.

Overall this is quite a little bargain as this beer has aged beautifully!

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off-white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of honey and Cabernet Sauvignon are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there is a little more honey than red wine flavors, although the wine becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a 10% abv beer, this is quite drinkable as it does a good job at masking most of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mwilbur
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into Henrik ol & Vinstove AS snifter (gifted to me by the barkeep/owner there!).
A: Pours a dark garnet hue with 1 inch light tan head that slowly settles.
S: Spicy and earthy Belgian yeast, cabernet, warming spices (cinnamon, all spice, etc), cherry, caramel, and honey. Nicely layered!
T: The nice Belgian yeast again hits first with spicy and earthy notes, followed by the nice cabernet note from the barrel aging (this comes across surprisingly fresh), then comes a mix of cinnamon, cherry, caramel, and honey. Follows aroma quite well...again liking the nice layering. With warming, hints of oak, vanilla, and mint emerge.
M: Medium body (lighter than expected). Full and fruity a la cabernet. Warming spices. Lingers and matures nicely. Lacking a bit the typical quad feel.
D: Wow...really let this warm and open up (like a cab!). It starts with great balance and nice complex layers...and adds even a few more layers with warming. An interesting take on the style that really works! Well done, Elevation!

Same bottling, same glass...and same tasting. Holding up very well!

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Photo of Impetuous
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The colour is maybe a deep dark amber. Light off white head leaves no lacing.

Flavors are intense & complicated. The sweet malts combined with hops and alcohol eaters blend into the wine notes beautifully. This one really comes into its own after it warms up a bit. Carbonation is light initially lightly crisp then mellows out.

Exceptionally good.

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Photo of schroesd
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as wine-forward as one might expect of a quad aged in Cabernet barrels. Balances the sweeter, maltier side with the tarter, vinous side very well. Maybe it's the honey, although I can't say I specifically taste that.

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Apis IV - Red Wine Barrel-Aged from Elevation Beer Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 14 ratings