Apis IV | Elevation Beer Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
40 Reviews
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
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
158
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

C+

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
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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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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 axeman9182
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of znichols
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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 stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ThomasC
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just what I expected out of a quadruple. Biscuit, malty, figs, honey, a slight bit of coriander after warming; however, there is a slight "canny" taste in the background. Who know? Maybe it was this batch, or my sinus, but there is an odd taste in the background that I cannot put my finger on. Maybe I'll give it a whirl again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new beer from a new brewery in Colorado
750ml corked and caged. Shared with co-worker who loves it.

A deep chestnut pour, ruby and amber hints. Nice fluffy, off-brown head. Looks great, lacing a bit thin

Aroma is weaker than the beer looks, but is still good. Lightly toasted biscuit and caramel. Some orchard fruit, apples. Semi sweet. No alcohol that I can detect

Which is what the flavor brings. The abv is well hidden in this one. The toasted biscuit and caramel do well together. Honey makes it sweet and smooth. Ripe apples. Some grassiness and spice throughout. Subtle banana.

Overall this is a solid beer. the feel is a bit thin with much carbonation. Very drinkable for the size and abv.
BA version due in July, methinks

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Photo of KajII
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a muddy dark brown with some mild red highlights and a small (1 finger or less) tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing down to a thin film and small collar, which did create excellent sheeting of lace that totally engulfed the entire glass.

The aroma was of a toasted sweet caramel malt and a chewy doughy yeast with notes of milk chocolate, molasses, honey, banana and dark fruit (figs, raisons and plums).

The taste was extremely malty with a very nice caramel sweetness, and had hints of molasses and slight fruity ester early on. Then a strong dose of dark fruit took hold along with a touch of honey, with the ending having a serious chocolate and a mild alcohol presence. Flavor lasted a average amount of time with a lingering taste of chocolate hanging on a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and quite creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this was a scrumptious tasting brew, which did not allow for any one flavor to overtake another. Also the creamy chocolate finish did an awesome job of concealing the high ABV, this is one that you really need to watch yourself with...

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Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a much less wintery quad than most, and actually pretty seasonally appropriate for late summmer. pours an enticing mahogany color, more red than brown, with a mellow caramel colored head of big frothy bubbles. smells like caramel malts, candy sugar, wood, and wildflower honey. the malt profile is big and sweet, but not thick in feel. there is a honey flavor thats really ncie in this beer, and it brings out some elements that might otherwise be less noticable. i picked up cherry and apple notes in this too. the feel is good, not thick and sticky like some quads can be, but rather thinner in body and quite drinkable, despite the high abv. the alcohol in this comes out as it warms up, but its never too much, just another layer. i will buy this one again as it has all kinds of culinary potential for fall.

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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 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 BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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 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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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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