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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3.9/5
Very Good
507 Ratings
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Quadruple.

Added by Todd on 03-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,416
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
507
pDev:
11.03%
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Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up bottle of Samuel Adams Tetravis from their Barrel Room Collection last month for $9.49 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I saw the episode of Beer Geeks where they did the blending for this beer and I'm pretty interested to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged odd looking bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's very similar to the other beers in the collection and it has a nice classy look to it and the odd shaped bottle makes it stand out a little. The cork was very hard to remove, I had to use a wine bottle opener to get it out. It poured a nice ruby amber color that took on more of crimson color when held to the light with over three fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking Quad, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that had a light molases like flavor that's followed by a fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice dark fruit like aroma with figs, raisins and prunes showing up nicely and it's followed by the malts that impart a sweet malt, caramel, toffee and slight toasted malt like aroma. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which shows up a good deal and it imparts some spices and banana like aromas with the banana sticking out a little more than the spices and there's a really slight alcohol like aroma at the end. This beer had a pretty good aroma that was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that still retains that molasses like aspect to it and it's followed by the dark fruits still being the first to show up and they impart the same nice dark fruit aspects that it did in the aroma, with neither fruit seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same nice malty aspects that they did in the aroma and they are just the right level. Up next comes the yeast which is pretty similar to the aroma, but this time it's seems to be more balanced with a little more spices coming through in the taste. On the finish there's no bitterness with just a slight hint of alcohol that's hardly noticeable and it had a sweet, dark fruit and Belgian yeast like aftertaste.

M- Pretty smooth, fairly clean, not too crisp, rich, a little chewy, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good example of a American made Quad and it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style with some nice balance that kept some of the aspects from being too overpowering. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, fairly clean, rich. not too crisp, a little chewy, a little sticky, a little filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, but I'm pretty sure I could drink a whole bottle without getting tired of it. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, I find that to be the biggest problem with these American made Quads, but this one had the balance right where it needed to be. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't a single thing that I disliked or would change about this beer, it's good just the way it is. I would buy this beer again, I wouldn't mind seeing how it does with a some age and I would recommend it to just about anyone who likes Quads. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I'm a little leery on some of these American made Quads, but this one proved to be pretty good with no fancy bells and whistles, it was just a straight up good Quad. When I saw them blend this beer on tv they used some of their funky beer, Cosmick mother funk and I really didn't pick up any of that in this beer. This is one of the better Samuel Adams beers I've had and it's one of the better American made Quads that I have had. Good job guys, this one was a pretty tasty Quad, keep up the good work, I'll have to try more beers from their Barrel Room Collection.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tekstr1der
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ronniebruner
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! That pretty much sums up what I think about this beer. As usual, SA has exceeded expectations for me and this beer is outstanding! I was expecting a good brew, not an epic one! Very rarely will I buy multiple $10 bottles of beer, but I immediately went back to the store the next day and bought the last 7 they had. A beautiful pour of berries and oak hit you with a tasty aroma as soon as you uncork this masterpiece. It pours a beautiful dark ebony color, has the perfect amount of carbonation and lace without overpowering the tongue. Very smooth and not too overly sweet for being over 10% ABV and overall this is easily the best new brew I have tried in many months. Don't let the price tag scare you away, this is a world class and very beautiful beer. I would love to shake the brewer's hand who came up with this gem!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aah, and here it comes- all that Belgo-inspired tastes that include the common dark fruit, red wine, and candied malt taste with peppery balances from a yeasty beasty of a beer that the Americans call "Belgian Dark Strong Ale" but the Belgian simply call "beer".

And that decadent taste begins as that malt sweetness is more like hard candy as its confectionary saccharin taste latches onto the tastebuds and are reluctant to release. With a fruity sideshow, everything from date, plum, blackcurrant and fig to raisin, prune, grape and apricot. This hazy rusty and mahogany ale testifies to its sweet tooth early and often.

As the ale creamies up considerably in the middle, it carries with it a bready taste and texture that weaves in allspice-type spice for a spice cake culmination. Yet, with all those dried, dark and pitted fruit, then fruitcake comes about as peps of faint chocolate, brown sugar and coffee murk about.

But the balance of fresh-cracked peppercorn, clove and dark rum provide a spicy-sweet finish. While the sweetness slowly fades, notions of merlot and "pop-rocks" effervescence add a malt-cutting acidity to usher in some semblance of Tetravis being a drinkable ale rather than being only a lightly syrupy one. But at its high gravity weight, sipping is still recommended.

The latest Samuel Adams "barrel room" beer comes out of the gate with all the hallmark flavors that are expected of the stronger, darker Belgian style. But as the palate searches for those distinctive intelligibles that turn good beer into great beer, Tetravis works only so hard to help the palate get there.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Special B, Carafa 1, and Munich malts, Kosmic Mother Funk, brewing sugar. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh. Fermented with Belgian-style ale yeast, bottle conditioned with champagne yeast
10.2%ABV , 18 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy medium brown, forming a large mousse like yellow head with very good retention and lacing in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~4.0 carbs or so. The nose is dominated with brown bananas and not much else. The mouthfeel is prickly due to the carbonation, which becomes slightly cloying as the gas dissipates. The taste reminds me much of an iced weizen bock due to the dominant bananas. There isn't much else there and lacks the complexity that belgian quads have. The bitterness is very mild and there is a peculiar metallic off taste throughout the finish. Warming and a touch boozy. I don't think they used candi syrup and just used sugar instead as there is none of the melanoidin one gets from candi syrup. Very cola like and sweet in the finish and aftertaste.

This just doesn't do too much for me. It's a decent brew but it lacks the complexity that I want and get in belgian quads. I woudn't turn it down, but can't really recommend it for quad loving friends.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of generallee
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from an odd shaped brown 1pt. 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The lable lists the abv at 10.2%.

Appearance: The body has a dark orange amber color with good clarity and visible carbonation. This is topped off with a tall light tan head. It’s head fades slowly to just a thin creamy film covering. Lacing coats the glass as I tip the beer to my lips then slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads of dark fruit, holiday fruitcake and sweet maltiness.

Taste / Palate: There are nice sweet malt notes throughout. It has notes of dates, raisins, black currants and sweet bready/fruitcake like goodness. It’s hops add a touch of spice and herbal bitterness on the back end. The solid 10.2% abv adds a mild boozy warming feel. This all comes on nice medium to full feeling body with smooth carbonation.

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Photo of Mindsculptor
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So much raisin and date. Sublime beer, really.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, tan in color, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: raisin, fig, oak, dark bread

Taste: brown sugar, raisin, fig, Belgian spices, pumpernickel bread, and dates

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, heavy body, sweet start with bitter middle, sweeter end

Overall: Nice and fruity quad. Complex. I would get this one again. It may be my favorite in the barrel room collection.

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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown with a thick beige head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruity, cloves, wheat, malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste of rich fruity flavors, malts, grassy notes and alcohol.

Overall: Ok beer, well crafted. But not my first choice for a beer personally.

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Photo of TheRamie
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color and nearly impenetrable to light. A quarter inch of beige head slowly diminishes to the point that it is only a trace and partially covers the top of the beer. In the aroma notes of raisins,plums, and a hint of clove are present. The flavor is much more intense than the aroma. Strong notes of Merlot,raisin,and alcohol are prominent. The alcoholic aftertaste is initially strong,but it mellows out as it warms. The mouth is fairly carbonated and sticky. I think this could have used cellaring.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Pundit_of_Potability
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow. I didn't see this coming... It starts with a brief hint of malts and caramel which is then quickly clobbered with the tartness of cran-raisony flavors and currants.... The tartness lingers. The carbonation is wonderful and sizzles. Not much lacing and the head dies off quickly, but well worth a try if you like things on the more tart side. As a quad, it isn't as rich and creamy as you might be looking for. It is almost like a currant champagne with a hint of caramel that dissipates quickly. I might get this again depending on my mood.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Codester
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of PUbeer
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

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