Apis IV | Elevation Beer Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
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
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
40
For Trade:
2
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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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3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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 brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Kurmaraja
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -17%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Mebuzzard
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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