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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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in me friend's gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. I believe this is me first beer from this brewery. Black Diamond series.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonaton issues are anticipated.

Not paired with any food.

A: Pours a three finger khaki head of good cream, good thickness, and great retention for the 10.70% ABV. Lacing is decent. Colour is an extremely dark nontransparent ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy honey, yeast, dark fruits way in the back (very buried), clean malts, and some raisin. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some dark fruit (fig is most notable, but I guess I get plum when I look for it). Caramelized malt. Cream. Light stale raisin. The honey works against the dark fruit, negatively impacting the balance. It's a decent little quad. The balance is off but it's built alright. No real complexity or subtlety. I do like the dark fruit, but it needs to be more prominent.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. Somewhat thick. Carbonation is passable. Moderate on the palate.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. It's a drinkable little quad, but it's far from fantastic. I wouldn't get it again, but I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Quad fans can safely skip over it, but it's not bad. A bit pricey for the quality.


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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Confused this with the Cab barrel version, so reentering the correct rating.

On tap at Belmont Station

A: Dark brown without any head. Great legs, though. Looks better than the cab version.

N: Oak, prune, toffee, olives, and soy sauce. Fairly flawed still, but it starts to smell like the ’real’ thing.

T: Malty and bready. There’s a lot of dimension to this, and it’s reserved in its sweetness.

M: Round and full. Sticky and mealy.

O: A fairly decent representation of the style. It’s another American version that doesn’t hit all the right notes, but it’s a good approximation.

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3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a golden glint in the squat CIney snifter. Plenty of foam on pouring. Fruity and honey aromas along with a hint of sourness.

Rich and dark flavors with that interesting zing of honey flavor. Dried figs along with the dark roasted malt. Something dank and earthy to go with the sweetness and the caramel. The Belgian yeasty flavors emerge out of the darkness to provide the trademark dry finish. Still that honey tang at the very end. Label says there are Northern Brewer and Tettnang hops. They are not very forward, but maybe that's what keeps the sweet honey flavor from cloying.

To me this tastes like a Dubbel amped up to something stronger and Quad-like. An interesting and sippable beer, but you have to like honey. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a "Belgian Independence Day" tulip at high altitude near Denver, CO. Never heard of this brewery, so I'm excited to give it a try.

A: Pours a dark ruby red with a very light brown three-finger head of good retention. Nice lacing here as well.

S: Honey is by far the most prevalent scent here, with dark fruits in the background and some yeast quality.

T: Opens with dark fruit notes, followed by honey sweetness that contrasts with the fruit notes to some extent and finishes with yeast flavors. Has the key elements of a quad, but I'm not sure if adding honey was the right choice.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Suits the flavors and the style well.

O: Overall, a passable quad. Nothing to write home about or seek out, but it's pretty good.

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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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3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, an extra from skycracksopen. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Breweryl tulip.

Apis IV pours a very dark mahogany, with scattered cherry highlights. There's about two fingers of khaki colored foam left sitting atop the beer, albeit briefly. Neither head retention nor lacing impress at all. The nose is straightforward, but nice. Lots of dark fruit aromas and just a little bit of honey present as well. The flavor profile is a little bit more varied. Honey drizzled plums form the basis for everything, but a subtle, yet distinct rumminess is present as well. A light phenolic clove flourish joins the proceedings for the finish. The body is solidly light for a beer that tops 10% alcohol, but the carbonation disappointingly dull. It leaves the mouthfeel just a little too ponderous and chewy. I've been perfectly content to pass this evening with Apis IV in my glass, though it does lack the depth and complexity of the truly world class quads.

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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark, dark brown; almost black unless held to the light. Off-white head with a good amount of lacing. Looks somewhat thin and dark for a quad, but not an awful looking beer.

S- Earthy woodchips, slight toffee and spice, and a slight hop edge. Not a whole lot of flavor, but it definitely presents itself in the nose. Not really any booze here.

T- Nice flavor of rich malt and light, herbal hops. Somewhat too much roastyness for the style, but not too off-putting. A little bit of floral honey in there if you look for it. No booze, which is nice.

M- Really solid, crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe a little too light for the style. I prefer my Quad a little more syrupy, but this is nice.

O- A solid first offering from Elevation. After this beer which shows more roasty and toffy-like malt, herbal hops, and slight smoke than a traditional Quad, i expect their beers to sort of bend the style barriers, which im all for. Maybe could have used a little more of that belgian yeast and farmy flavor, but overall not bad. Oh, and the alcohol (10.4%) is damn near undetectable.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
Beer rating: 91.3% out of 100 with 161 ratings
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