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

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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
Ratings:
505
Reviews:
108
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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37
Gots:
135
For Trade:
2
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1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of grich18
1.63/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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2/5  rDev -49%

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2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Reverend_Ken
2.36/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This "bold Belgian Quad with hints of currant, raisins and clove" can't decide whether it's a wine or a beer. As a Quad, it lacks body or the richness I have come to expect from Belgian Quads. It does have nice color, but a quickly diminishing head. If it were a wine, it would be flavorful, but as a beer, it tends to be a bit cloying. Not a big fan. Way too sweet, and not the right kind of sweet. It's like they poured a raisin wine into my beer and ruined it.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of jgido759
2.77/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very disappointed. If I didn't see the bottle, I would have thought someone poured me a glass of wine, rather than a Sam Adams beer.

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Photo of BrutisDestructus
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Johnct
2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of Genghis59
2.92/5  rDev -25.5%

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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.12/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.12/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz black glass bottle with fantastic smokestack-style design, classy intricate label art, and branded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local Colorado bottle shop and served into a large size Westvleteren stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've really enjoyed a couple barrel room series beers and quadrupel is me favourite style. Reviewed as a quadrupel because the label identifies it as such. 10.2% ABV confirmed. "Ale aged in oak barrels."

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of gorgeous creamy complexion and beige-khaki colour head. Smooth consistency. Soft and fluffy. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is good for the high ABV - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is an elegant red of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated. Translucent and quasitransparent.

Overall, it's looking pretty good for a quadrupel, but isn't unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm really looking forward to it.

Sm: Rich refined berry and currant notes. Evocative raisin, fig, plum, dates, prunes, and grape. Candi sugar. Caramelized sugars. Very timid burnt character. The dark fruit is fantastic. The oak is extremely subtle; I barely get any at all, but it does lend the aroma some additional depth. I can't stress enough how great and evocative the dark fruit is; fig is right there. It does have some finite biscuity yeast character.

An alive, inviting aroma of moderate to high strength.

No alcohol or hop character is detectable.

T: The dark fruit isn't quite as smashing here as it was in the aroma. I get fig, prunes, dates, and some limited plum, but the only true evocative note is the grape - which isn't exactly a great flavour in a quadrupel. Caramelized sugars. Cream. Raisin. Belgian biscuit malt, Belgian dark malts, and candied sugars. Biscuity yeast character. Faint oak, but no real toastiness or refined wood. Pumpernickel. Faint vague spice. Light molasses. A biteen too sweet. Certainly sipid.

The balance doesn't come together quite as well as I'd like. It's fairly cohesive, but not at all gestalt. The grape is too strong. It lacks the delicate fragility of the very best quadrupels.

Decent complexity. Okay subtlety. Lacks intricacy, but you could argue it's nuanced. I'm shocked by the lack of depth to the oak. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

Mf: Some limited creaminess. Smooth and wet. Decent thickness and body. Fair presence on the palate. Not an ideal mouthfeel by any means. Overcarbonated.

Not delicate, fleetingly light, or fragile like the best quadrupels. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, scratchy, rough, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: Certainly downable. It started off really nice on the appearance and aroma, but fell apart afterwards. I really had high hopes for this one, but it just didn't come together quite like it needed to. An interesting and inspired attempt at a quadrupel from an American brewery, but ultimately it falls short. It's certainly worth trying, and I think the brewers really went for it - but it's by no means a great beer in the style and isn't worth the price (at least not more than once). While I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners, it's one of Sam Adams' more complex worthwhile beers. I'm glad I got to try it. Easily above average.

Perhaps worth aging.

C+

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: After finally getting the cork out with a loud pop it poured a purplish-burgundy color if that makes any sense at all. An off white head appears with decent head retention provide moderate lacing

S: Black currants, some raisins, figs, nuts and candy. Pretty tame and straightforward. It's what I was expecting. I was disappointed in the lack of barrel influence on the nose.

T: Dark fruits and black currants with a little booze sting. The raisins and figs, black currants rein supreme on the palate. I'm really not receiving any of the barrel here...no wood, no vanilla, just a wee bit of Earthiness. The finish is stinging, moderately sweet and lightly sticky

M: Medium bodied, sweet and sticky, lower carvbonation which I find odd considering the pop of the cork

O: Meh

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy orange amber color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. The aroma is huge on the tart current with hints of clove and raisin. Moderate amount of dark sugary malt as well as a far to present hit of papery oxidation. The flavor is heavy on the clove and pepper with a moderate amount of sugary sweetness. Tart currant as well as bits of lemon and orange and like the aroma a bit too much oxidation. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Meh, another letdown from the Sam Adams barrel room. Oxidized and a bit spicy for my liking.

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Photo of MissFargo
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't blow my hair back, lacking complexity.....I had high hopes, but overall disappointed, a respectable attempt at a quad, but I feel the brewers played it a little too safe with the flavors. Ho Hum.....

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Photo of C_Wolfe45
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%

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