Apis IV | Elevation Beer Co.

Apis IVApis IV
BA SCORE
4.11/5
161 Ratings
Apis IVApis IV
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States
elevationbeerco.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mebuzzard on 05-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,953
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
161
pDev:
9%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
40
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Such cool 750ML bottles. Even though my first two encounters with Elevation were blah & sub-par, I bought another one. That's graduate class level marketing. Split with my wife on the shores of Angle Lake in Washington on a beautiful night.

The pour is dark red. The nose brings honey, plums, & sugar.

Apis IV is sweet & odd. Sun-scored raisins & honey vie for the upper hand, with the accompanying sweetness & weird slain grapes clashing weirdly. Hard candied sweetness, root beer, pine sap, sucrose, slight vanilla tang. Creamy, full, & easy to drink.

This beer could easily be used as a sugar supplement, & I can feel my cavities throwing a rave in celebration. Sweet, full, & flipping the style the bird, this is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma wrapped in several layers of sugar. Good beer, but if you don't like applying cane sugar to open wounds, avoid.

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Photo of darktronica
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A quad with honey, served on draft. Tastes of cherry cobbler and roasted plums with Belgian spices added into the mix. Moderately thin body but quite smooth.

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

Aroma has strong honey, spice, red wine. Taste is dry for the style, with wood and plums, leather and rye. Non traditionally, but a powerful and unique take on the style.

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Photo of superfriend
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raising the bar for the trappist style dark strong ale, the Elevation brewers make no substitutes or shortcuts when delivering a malty, dry, fruity and spicy taste in true monastic fashion.

Apis IV pours a rusty plum color with garnet highlights and a tall off white column of creamy foam. Lacing to a tee, the juicy and spicy perfume wafts over the senses with a boost of dark fruit, pepper, wine and spice cake. Sweet on the tongue, a flavor of hard candy, grape and dark fruit splashes the tastebuds with pulled candy and saltwater taffy.

As the sweetness subsides, the complex balance between fruit and spice soon steals the show. Plum, date, fig, blackberry, blackcurrant all show an off raisin, off prune depth and darkness on the middle palate. A follow up of fresh cracked peppercorn, clove, hops and allspice offset the fruit impressions and lead into a robust taste of red wine and toasted spice cake once more.

Full on the palate, the beer shows tremendous brightness and malty dryness despite being a sweet and fruity beer. Bold effervescence bounces the malt off the tongue and ushers in a fast finish of arid wine and peppery spice that extend into a medium length afterglow.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - great looking beer. Dark thick with a good lasting tannish white head and sticky lacing
Smell - sweet honey dark plum Belgium scent
Taste - sweet dark plum but don't get to much honey
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - fantastic!

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Photo of Lebowskied
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deereless
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of constantine_272
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark murkey brown with low head. Nothing to see here folks. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, rich leather and dark honey. The taste starts off sweet and chocolate syropy with some tangy cocoa nibs bittering through the middle. A deep woody musty aroma builds in the mouth reminiscent of forgotten library books and the dried fruityness of white grape raisins. A light bitterness at the end turns sharper that nicely combats the sweetness. A long building bitterness builds to the end reminding me of the leaves in the backyard that don't get picked up in winter. Needless to say, very deep and well developed earthy flavors. And the balance is spot on save for a touch too much sweetness at the end. Overall, I really like this beer. It doesn't scream Belgian, but it does so in all the right ways. It doesn't have to necessarily taste traditional belgian because this beer stands on its own as a modern new interpretation of the style. Well done guys.

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Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle to a chalice. Reviewed from notes dated March 30, 2016.

A-The beer is dark amber and very murky. Almost opaque. A short tan-grey head sits on top and hangs around for a little while, but retention is nowhere near the best of the style. Some carbonation is visible in the glass.

S-The aroma is a sweet and pleasant mixture of raw honey, figs, macerated cherries and dark, earthy, bready malt flavors. It is not the same as the Belgian classics, but it smells better than many New World quads.

T-The taste is also quite sweet with suggestions of honey, caramel, figs, and a little zing of tart cherry on the finish. For some reason, the malts suggest rye bread to me. Not as complex as the examples of the style, but quite good nonetheless.

M-The feel is a little light for a quad with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O-This is a nice take on the style. You can really taste the honey, which is different than traditional quads or BSDAs, but I enjoyed it. I could use a little more body, but this is a nice option in 355 ml bottles.

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Photo of daem3384
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjwellman
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Barnchaser
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the honey. Well balanced. Good American version of the style. Local ingredients.

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Photo of puck1225
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color with a good head and nice lacing. Sweet smell with some cinnamon. The cinnamon caries over to the taste. Also flavors of dark fruit and caramel. There is also the taste and feel of a cola. It is a nice beer.

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Photo of mynewbeers
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Booze forward. Smooth maltiness.

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Photo of ControlVolume
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is a somewhat clear cola brown with very little head.

S: Sweet dark malts, spiced dark fruits like black cherry and plum, honey, and some booziness.

T: Followed the nose, but it was sweeter than I expected.

F: High carbonation, smooth, and a bit sticky.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep amber, brown, and garnet, with a light tan head that quickly dissipates. Smells of rich but restrained figs, raisin, molasses, and malt, giving a sophisticated and inviting aroma., though perhaps too heavy on the fruit.

The carbonation is a bit too lively, to me, for a quad, but creaminess does come in fairly soon. The sophistication seems to get lost on the taste, with mostly a sweet, candied molasses and honey profile. Nice, but needs more bitterness (and the fruit promised by the smell), belying the noted 41 IBUs on the label.

Body could be heavier and less fizzy; not unpleasant, but ultimately too distracting. If sweet beers are your sweet spot, this is a solid recommendation, but seems too much for the style.

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Photo of JarMills
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly muddy brown with small oily head. Molasses, honey, some floral notes in the aroma. Taste is sweet, some wood, brown sugar. Sweet and gritty finish.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 161 ratings
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