Apis IV | Elevation Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States | website

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

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Reviews:
38
Ratings:
152
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updates:
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 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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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.
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