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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Quadruple.

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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 482
Photo of mac31
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 Tetravis

Big, concord grape upfront. Vinous, dark fruits-plum, raisin, craisin. Damp. Aged. Tawny. Brown sugar, slight caramel along with classic Belgian malts. Big, boozy, and thin bodied. Clove, pepper, with a very dry, faint floral, spicy finish. There is this funkiness that appears just shy of the finish and carries in to the finish and past, lingering on the palate for a bit. The alcohol is very un-Belgian like. It's present from start to finish. It's not overly hot. Instead of mellow to sweet aged alcohol notes, it's more of an astringent backbone (for lack of a better term) that runs the length of the beer. It's an interesting brew. I don't have a point of reference for this beer since I've never had it "fresh". In terms of Belgian Quads this is a good beer. Sure, there are others that are better. But this is a mighty fine beer that I really enjoyed. With the age on it, the complexity kept this one even more interesting.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Megan!

Mahogany body with copious tan head. Highly carbonated, with effervescence throughout the entire vessel. Aromas of ripe fig, raisin, Belgian yeast. Sweet and malty with a mild alcohol warmth. Medium bodied. This large format bottle is good for sharing a few ways.

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Photo of cwalter
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep amber color. Presents with a fluffy off white head that dissapates fairly quickly. The aroma is tons of currants with notes of red grapes and a peppery spicyness from the belgian yeast. Upfront there is a wave of sweet currants and raisins. Following this comes a mellow sweetness reminiscient of molasses/maple syrup. Towards the back end you get an oak character as well as the pepper/spicy quality from the belgian yeast comes shining through. This beer has a medium mouthfeel and leaves the tongue somewhat dry, beckoning for another sip. The alcohol is also very well hidden with this beer. Pretty interesting belgian quad from Sam Adams. Will definitely be getting this again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish-copper body with minimal head and no lace. Slightly boozy and yeast like aromas with hints of dark fruits and raisins. Slightly hot and medicinal, the booze aspect is strong, dark fruits like raisins and plums with possible toffee/caramel malt and yeast adds a touch of smoothness as well. Beer is OK and worth trying but a little tame except the alcohol which bleeds through.

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Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark red color with a small off-white head. The aroma is very similar to red wine. The taste has a mild flavor that is heavily red wine flavored. A very good beer, the high ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From The Cellar.
750 ml into tulip
no date code
L- dark auburn, with a quickly dissipating white bubbly head
S- prunes, dates, sweet belgian sugar, with an oak-y aroma as well
T- similar to the nose dark fruit spicy finish with overtones of oak
F- full bodied, a real sipper, yet highly carbonated (possibly because of bottle conditioning)
O- Oak-y, Spicy, Dark Fruits.
The oak is very prominent in this beer providing an interesting contrast to the dark fruit notes of this Belgian Quad. It also adds some wine characteristics as well. All together a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar Temps in a tulip glass

Appearance: I seriously love the Samuel Adams barrel room collection bottles. It's such a unique design for a bottle of beer and it deserves to be noted. The beer poured out a beautifully clear ruby red the very small Whitehead that sank to nothing. That's to be expected from the barrel aging. There's no sediment noted it all.

Nose: raisins, currents, dark fruit, Sherry, Madeira wine, port, no alcohol at all, no Barrel character at all, exactly what an aged quadrupel ale should be

Taste: follows the nose very well, decent carbonation, medium I'd say. Same dark fruits, raisins, prunes, cherry, vinious character, no Barrel or oak character.

Overall: this is the third Sam Adams Barrel Room collection beer I've had and have yet to get any Barrel character or oak from them. That's a bit disappointing and is the reason this beer isn't in the elite category. Boston Beer Co can afford fresh spirit or wine barrels to drive that character, DO IT. This beer is begging for some Bourbon or port or Cabernet wine character. Bump that up and the score will go up as well. Also, I can't seem to fund a bottling date on this bottle. It would help and should be required for a beer that is designed to be aged.

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Photo of Uscjojo
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look is good, nice hazy amber color with a good size head that dissipates to nothing.
The smell is of sweet raisins, dates, figs, plums, yeast and oaks.
The taste is a nice sweet raisins with a grape wine type of taste. the back end is spicy, but very faint.
The feel is kind of thin and and a sweet clinging raisin taste.
Overall, this is a pretty good Quad that kind of reminds me of Lost Abbey's Judgement Day.
I will definitely buy more, especially at 9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured into a chalice a pretty nice cloudy red grapey color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some grapes, figs, raisins, plums, cloves. The taste is pretty nice as well, malty, yeasty, lots of dark stuff, some spiceyness, some oakyness. Full body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of Vixie
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a couple inches of a tan head. One of the best looking beers i have ever seen.

Smell is a but subdued, but that may be me, my sense of smell is not the best. Mainly fruit, like dried fruit, with some caramel and brown sugar.

Quite a sweet beer, but more a fruity sweetness than a candy one. Raisin, caramel, and toffee seem to dominate. The finish is a bit spicy, likely from the cloves.

Feel seems a bit thin for the style, I expect a bit more of a thick smooth feel.

Overall a pretty good beer Not the best quad I have ever had, but one of the better US made ones. Pretty easy to drink, it hides the abv very well. One of the better beers I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter. I noticed from a few of the reviews that people had trouble with the corks- as did I. I had to work it pretty good and was afraid I might break it off in the bottle. A moderate pour yields a frothy head of about an inch. The beer is a slightly hazy amber color. When first poured, it effervesces almost like a sparkling wine.

The aroma is fruity with a slight medicinal note (hinting at the alcohol). The flavor is also fruity, with notes of plums, raisins, grape skins, and perhaps a little apple. A note of cloves around the edges becomes more apparent as it warms. The aftertaste lingers with a boozy fruitiness that wafts through the nostrils . A mild earthy funk works with the spice to balance the fruity flavors.

This beer is a treat and a worthy example of its style. A great offering by Sam Adams.

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Photo of otzhorse
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown a little sediment floating
S: wonderful fruit smell
T: Taste of apricot and raisins no alcohol taste at all
M: Full body, nice carbonation,
O: This is a wonderful beer. I've never had a quad but this was outstanding. I would certainly love to drink it again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark-amber pour with lasting top of beige foam. Kinda looks like a Belgian. Aroma is malty-sweet, with some ripe, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is a little fruit-forward, with dark cherry dominating. This overwhelms the malt and any attempt at spice or hops to balance. Finish is sweet cherry syrup. Better than expected, but not in league with other quads of renown.

Good thing there's not a usability score - this is the most difficult cork, on any bottle, I've ever encountered.

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Photo of iamaaronmartin
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer but a bit expensive for the quality. Perks up the warmer it gets, with some nice barrel sweetness. Clove comes on a bit stronger than I'd like on the nose but I found it faded after a good breathing. Medium head on a slow pour.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Darker golden brown with red hues along the edges. Quite frothy off white head with a touch of lacing. Aroma of fruits like raisins and prunes. Tastes of dark fruits, sugars, cider, and cloves. Spicy heat on the palate with a bite and a sipper for sure. Abv very well hidden and rather drinkable too. As the years go by this impy stout lover is quite enjoying quads more and more. Well done in my book!

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Photo of JayQue
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This isn't St Bernadus, but it is pretty good. One of the better American Quads. Poured into my Chimay goblet, a murky brown color with a small, foamy light tan head. Head retention is not bad for a beer of this strength, Didn't notice much lacing on the glass. Aroma is there, but pretty mild. Mostly dark fruit raisins, plums and a little cherry. I didn't get any of the "barrel aged" oak or woody flavor. It is a little sweet, either candi sugar or molasses sweet but not as much as some Quads.A bit lacking in spices and Belgian yeast too. Still pretty tasaty though. Mouthfeel is rich enough, not as complex as some. The alcohol is VERY well hidden. Quite enjoyable. This seems to be a tough style for many American brewers. Sam Adams did a good job on this one.

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Photo of bnes09
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Smells like a mildly spiced apple cider mixed with raisins. Flavor of dark fruits and faint yeast. Sweetness is overpowering. Dense, syrupy feel and very sticky. Not a huge fan.

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Photo of NCMonte
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big Quad drinker, but had some thanks to the Sam Adams rep at a local beer store. After tasting I purchased my first Sam Adams beer in 4-5 years. Couldn't taste the 10% ABV, smooth, delicious, bit of a spicy note, one heck of a beer.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured an opaque brown color with a bit of red around the edges. Above average foam but little to no lacing. Definitely a slow drinking sharer. Think of it as more of a wine as its 10.2% ABV. I've found wine drinkers tend to like the barrel room collection from Sam Adams because the KMF base brings in some tart dry notes that many red wine drinkers love.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with light dry fruits and dry cereal notes. Taste is a mix of residual brown sugar notes with some dry fruits and lightly grainy cereal notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but seems to lack some cohesion between the different flavors.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy brown but not opaque. Crowned by a tan, finely bubbled foam collar that quickly dissipates to a thick film
S: fragrant, fruity, prune, raisins, faint clove, some vanilla.
T: Maltloaf, dark sugars, raisins, figs, some faint prune, clove, with pepper on the end.
F: Very creamy, medium body, medium high carbonation
O: A big, complex, well made Quad.

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Photo of FFreak
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from Costco in a mixed pack of SA barrel-aged beers about 6 months back. This is the last one I tried, poured into tulips and shared with friends around the fire pit.

Pours a slightly translucent dark-brown with two fingers of off-white head that stays around a while and leaves a ton of lace.

Aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, Belgian spice, and a hint of roast.

Taste is nice, with currants, raisins, dried cherry, Belgian yeast, spice and brown sugar. As with the other SA BA beers in the box, I detected a metallic taste in the finish, which detracts slightly, especially as the beer warms.

Mouth is medium bodied, with persistent carbonation. Goes down really easy for a 10+% ABV beer.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable BA quad and a surprise to find from Sam Adams.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into snifters.
Nice one finger of head that holds on for a while. Pours a light golden amber color.
Aromas are classic belgian yeast, good malt presence.
Flavor is nice, blegian yeast, bread and raisins. Could be a bit more alcohol present. Could use more depth here.
Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for my taste given the style.
Overall, my [email protected] said it best, "you know for a Sam Adams beer it's pretty good."

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Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Pours amber with tall, creamy, long-lasting, off-white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, some hops, caramel malt and plums. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of plums, brown sugar, caramel, spicy hops and alcohol. Finish is long and worming. Very nice brew.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams's Tetravis, from their Barrel Room Collection. 10.2 % ABV.

Man, that cork was a pain in the ass!

A: Two full fingers of khaki head. Slightly fluffy. Steady dissolve. Lacing just slides right off. Practically no sheeting. Deep red in the glass; yellow in the dimple.Slightly yellow meniscus.

S: Dates/prunes. Earthy tree sap/molasses. Yeah, primarily those two. Faint tartness.

T/MF: More of the same dates and molasses notes. Slightly more carbonated than I typically find quads to be.

I'll let it warm a bit more, but this one seems far less complex than the red and stout in the series were.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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