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Apis IV | Elevation Beer Co.

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Apis IVApis IV

Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 05-22-2012

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Photo of GilGarp
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #6656, Summer 2012.

Served chilled into a goblet, Apis IV is a redish brown amber odor with great clarity. The head is creamy but short-lived and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and complex with dark fruits, brown sugar, and a nice Belgian yeast. Molasses or honey is in there too.

Flavor is big and full of depth. It has a nice sweetness from the big malt bill and the addition of honey. It's slightly balanced out with hops, partially with toasted malt. The alcohol is very well integrated to the point that it really doesnt show it's strength. The yeast is able to shine better since the flavors in the beer aren't too strong. The same could be said for the honey, which is nice since the beer seems to be a homage to the bees that helped to make it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated in the bottle. Sweet but balanced and very drinkable despite the high ABV.

Overall a really impressive quad and easily one of the best domestic ones I've had.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my this is fabulous. Served on tap in a half-pint tulip. Smooth, rich, molasses and dark fruit, but not cloyingly sweet. Read someone else's post for the details, I don't have the palate but I know I loved this. Full bodied, drink slowly. Not for dinner, not for throwing back in a hurry. Elegant.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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 beergoot
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great dark, ruby red color with a long-lasting one-finger thick and creamy off-white head. Smell consists of smoky, burnt sugar and caramel concoction; lightly charred toast; some toffee. Creamy, rich, syrupy mouthfeel, medium body. Lightly burnt sugar combines with sweet chocolate for the taste; caramel flavor reinforced; subtle alcohol warmth.

I didn't come across any strong phenolic flavors, and the alcohol wasn't very pronounced (as per the BA style description). It did have a very strong, very tasty malt character. Smooth, balanced, and easy drinking for a big beer. I think the honey adds a distinguishing note to this beer. Definitely worth seeking out...

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into tulip glass
Pours an amber in color with an off white creamy head with good lacing. Wonderful typical quad aromas and taste but with the hint of honey. I'm gal I was able to try this beer while out in Colorado.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 01244 from 2012

Appearance: I often complain that domestic craft examples of Belgian styles fail the "looks" test but this one has it down, at least at the outset; pours a cola color and is capped by an impressive three finger head; the stickage is not up to snuff nor is the lacing, but the failure is not significant

Smell: Plum, fig, caramel and honey tones abound, with hints of chocolate and molasses

Taste: The honey permeates the flavor and underpins a complex blend - plum, fig, date, caramel and, to a lesser extent, chocolate and molasses

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; close to but not quite at the exquisite Belgian level

Overall: Quite impressed by this beer and, after three years, it is drinking gracefully

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy deep amber. Head is virtually nonexistent. A few creamy bubbles on top is all.

Aroma is sweet honey, caramel malt, toffee and molasses. Raisin, dates, figs and plums.

Caramel and honey on the tongue. Heavy, sweet malt presence. Fresh bread. Some dark fruits including ripe cherry, plums, figs and black raisins. Mild alcohol on the back end.

Medium-thick body. No carbonation to speak of. Syrupy consistency leaving the tongue coated.

This is an excellent beer with rich sweetness. Might like to have a bit of mild carbonation rather than the total lack thereof. Easy drinking and smooth. Alcohol is well hidden for 10.7%

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10-19-15 - On tap at the Terminal Bar in the Denver Union Train Station. Had a few of these late night as we closed down the bar. Very dark in color with little head.
3-5-16 - Back in Denver. On tap again at Terminal Bar. Picked one up to assist as I unpacked for a couple of days here in Denver. Great quad that I can't get back east. Dark brown, little head and just So tasty and smooth.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage 750 ml bottle poured into pint glass

A- 1" tan head, pours a very dark red (looks like it is brown).

S- Sweet malts, a bit of vanilla. Like beer candy.

T- Like the smell, sweet malts dominate. The honey lingers for a bit, coming through at the end in perfect form- not too much- not too little. A bit hot at end, almost tastes as if it were barrel aged.

M- light, bubbly, and smooth.

O- A fantastic beer, and maybe the one that turned me on to Quads. I always liked them, but damn, I didn't know they could be this good. The honey adds a lot.

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Photo of denver10
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark chestnut with a thumb and a half width foamy khaki colored head. A very nice aroma and matching flavor of caramel, honey, yeast, cherries, pomegranate, and apples. A slight hint of banana in the finish as it warms up. No alcohol noticeable in the flavor but there is a touch in the aroma. High activity to this from the carbonation, medium bodied. Overall, I was in the mood for a quad and this one definitely delivered. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the honey a lot; it cut the bold sweetness of the caramel and fruit and introduced a much more subdued and gentle sweetness to the beer. Highly enjoyable and dangerously drinkable at this abv.

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Photo of puck1225
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Hex92
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second beer from elevation and I think I have found my new favorite brewery. Unfortunately my nose is stoppedup tonight, so i can't taste or smell as well as I would like.

From what I can tell this is a great beer. Smells great and tastes great. The honey comes through nicely in both the smell and taste. Very smooth flavor, nice mouth feel. This is an excellent beer. I will have to update my review when I open the next bottle..

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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 LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark red-orange amber with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipated to patches and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, fresh and dried dark stone fruit with plums and dates dominating, light suggestions of molasses and honey. Flavor is caramel and bready malt, brown bread, brown sugar, dark stone fruit, honey. Finishes somewhat drier with residual dark dried fruit and brown bread, light Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice domestic take on a quadrupel with good honey flavor to supplement the traditional flavors. Nicely balanced and with a perfect sweetness level. ABV is remarkably covered, barely detectable. Warming but no hint of booziness. Very nicely done. I'm debating whether to get another bottle for ageing, the flavor are not overly intense and the ale is already nicely balanced. Could be interesting in a few years.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Bottle #05987. 5,987 BEES! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, raisin, light molasses, light maple syrup, clove, pumpernickel, dark fruits, a pinch of brown sugar, and a light dip in a vat of chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate and spices leading the charge and the fruits coming through a bit muted in comparison with the smell. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one littered with nuance and character in every Thomas-brand nook and cranny (it matters to those who know...). Good times.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

A beer with more subtle nuances will win a weathered beer drinkers more than a palate wrecker, Apis IV is the later and peels back a new layer with each sip. Still trying to really notice the 10.7% abv, we still took our time with so it could tell the whole story. The biggest part of the story is that it lives up to being a Quad. An amazing brew.

STYLE: Quadrupel
ABV: 10.7%

LOOK: Flush burgundy hue, showy tan lacing

SMELL: Sweet, caramel, creamy, alcohol, raw honey, dried cherries, brown bread, faint green apple, wild flowers, toasty

TASTE: Milky smooth, full-ish body, kiss of alcohol, juicy, fig paste, buckwheat honey, subtle herbal hop, caramel, bread crust, a little grassy, sorghum syrup, ripe plums, slightly peppery, molasses cookies, semi-dry finish

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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 848: This poured out as a hazy brown color. The head is tan in color with a solid retention and sticky lacing. The smell is sweet, plenty of honey and malt. The taste gives off lots of malt as well as more honey. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, the bottle actually foamed out over the after removing the cork. It's medium bodied with a good drinkability. Overall it's an interesting Quad, it's more of a a Braggot in my opinion, which I love both style so this is pretty good in my opinion. Really nice brew here.

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked & Caged 750mL Bottle #07460

A - Pours dark brown, with some crimson hues appearing at the edges. Thick, khaki colored head builds quickly and easily before settling to a thin cap. Shows some good retention though, as sheets of lacing are left after every drink.

S - Slightly "inspired" by bottle description as to what I'm getting in the nose. However, I feel aspects of this one all come out fairly easy and quite identifiable. I didn't expect the honey and molosses to be so pronounced, but they lend a nice sweetness along with caramel malt, plum, and raisin. There's an underlying floral hops presence that really gives this a nice balance.

T/M - Honey and bready malt dominate at first before mingling with dark fruits and the definite twang of Belgian yeast. Very mild sense of hops in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with some prickly carbonation. I would prefer a little less carbonation, but that doesn't detract from this brew at all.

O - Definitely a loose interpretation of the Quad label, but I found this beer to be one of my favorites this year. I think there is a great group of people behind the brewery and I'm excited to see what else they come up with.

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 05035, bottled summer 2012

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Good sized fluffy and fizzy tan head. Head fades slowly and sticks around nicely - great retention. Fluffy slashes of lacing everywhere.

S: Very fruity. Lots of grapes and cherries and raisins in fact. Honey is distinct and noticeable and combines nicely with some caramel. Maybe a touch of brown sugar?

T: Again, dark fruits up front as mentioned in the aroma. Honey comes up in the middle and is quite distinct. Combines with some earthiness in the middle. Decent bit of caramel with some toffee and toast into the finish. Fairly drying in the finish and aftertaste; hints of earth and dried fruits with just a touch of honey. Get just a touch alcohol in between sips; the only thing betraying its ABV.

M: Honestly, not nearly as thick or heavy as you'd expect for a 10.7% beer. Nice and smooth, drying in the finish.

O: A nice example of the style. Honey adds a nice layer of complexity. Typical belgian yeast earthiness with dark fruits layering over everything. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of champ103
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazed garnet red color. A two finger beige head rises with excellent retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: A big malty aroma with the right amount of sugar and caramel sweetness and a nice fruity character. Some banana like fruity esters, and some darker fruits like cherries and plums. A phenolic spice in the finish as well. Very nice.
T: Again, very nice and enjoyable. Sugar and caramel sweetness, fruity esters of bananas. That Belgiany phenolic spice in the finish brings everything together.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp carbonation, but smooth at the same time. Just the right amount of warming alcohol that makes this an enjoyable sipper.

The best of the bunch that I had at D&T. So far, the one that I would purchase again. Something that I would recommend.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Very dark red, almost brown body. Minimal head, no visible carbonation.

Smell: Dark fruit, earth, honey, and notes of pear.

Taste: Dark fruit, earth, notes of honey, cloves, and chocolate.

Feel: Low carbonation, thick and syrupy body. Slight alcohol presence.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice deep mahogany brown with touches of red. Just a whisp of head that leaves a nice ring around the glass.

Tons of dark fruits, currants, raspberries, some nice caramel sweetness and a bit of lightness that I would attribute to the honey. Just a touch of lightly toasted malts.

Relatively light for a quad, but it sounds like the brewer wasn't exactly brewing to style, but brewing for maximum flavor. The taste follows the nose and is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall this is a solid first offering from a new brewery and look forward to trying this one again with a bit of age on it, I think some nice sherry notes could do wonders.

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Photo of tomordonez
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours into a medium head. Very dark but not black. Under the light it looks a dark brown with red. Smells like chocolate, caramel, wood, cigar a little banana. It has a smoky taste, medium body, high carbonation. Wood taste, although not sure if this is matured in wood. Drink slowly.

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Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a whole lot of US brewers making quads these days...and even fewer making good or authentic ones.
Pours medium to dark brown with reddish cherrywood highlights. Foamy, but not overly so.
The nose is definitely sweet. Bready, with dried fruits, caramel, and honey. A little fire, but still within what you'd expect from a "real" Belgian quad.
Tastes legitimate, too. Sweet up-front, with notes of fig, dates, raisins, and a little cocoa. The honey leaves the finish slightly drier than many, but still a little on the sweet side. Not too hot and fiery, and the yeasts give it just a tiny hint of tropical character. For a first major beer release from a new brewer, this is quite good! I'd actually like to do a side by side with some famous Belgians as it's pretty authentic based upon memory.
I'm curious what else elevation has up their sleeve.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, slightly hazed crimson red with a modest tannish cap

S: The nose is overcome with sweet honey notes and dark fruits

T: The taste buds are met with an initial wallop of dark fruits in the way of purple grapes, figs, raisins and dates. The honey plays second fiddle as it should and masked just underneath dark fruits. A bit of Earthiness on this beer with a subtle booze sting is noted. The finish is dry, some heat and a tad sweet

M: Medium body, well carbonated

O: Good. No major flaws found

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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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