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

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Ratings:
499
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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37
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

large three finger frothy head with good lacing on a very nice clear amber with maroon hues body. The beer actually looks very impressive. Aroma of plum, sour cherries, banana bread, caramel, spices (cinnamon), Belgian yeast. Flavor is a little disappointing after the aroma but still nice although the fruitness covers up some of the Belgian character. Flavor notes include, plum, raisin, currant, caramel, red wine. This one is fairly sweet too. Thin for the style, moderate carbonation. I felt the look and aroma couldnt be lived up to by the flavor. One of the better ones of this series for sure though.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spycow
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, banana, spice, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toast, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a really nice smell but the flavors are a bit too boozy in my opinion.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 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 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2013 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, toast, brown bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big foamy pour in the tall Maredsous goblet. Dark auburn red-brown color with fine-grained off-white head. Quite zingy on the tongue. Tangy mouthfeel with an acidic touch like hard candy.

Big licorice flavor and aroma. The overall taste is candy. Dark roasted malt with some raisins. Burnt sugar and roasted chestnuts. Not much to relieve the sweetness, though the yeast dries out the flavors somewhat. This is more creamy than sticky in the mouth, which is my favorite feature.

A musty whiff along with the sweet vermouth and roasted malt. This seems more like an authentic Belgian brew, though it has a lot of those cranky peculiarities that make it less than drinkable. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Always happy to try Sammy's Barrel aged stuff, sometimes they even live up to my expectations...

Opens with a resounding pop, pours an effervescent orange/copper with a pinky of cream colored head. Average lacing

S: Dark fruit & woody hops, some cinnamon & vanilla, plus banana & pears

T: Dark fruit, a touch of boozeyness & juicy fruit gum up front. Figs, black currants, raisins & rubber bans as this warms, plus a little more leafy hops, plus a modicum of oakyness/dryness. plus some golden raisin & pears. Finishes with jammyness, a little banana peel, oakyness, plus a bit of raisin

MF: Medium bodied, dry, boozey with near zero carbonation

A nice Quad, not much barrel age aspects here, but not completely MIA. I would possibly buy this again, seems like it would age great; like the complexity on display already. Drinks easy for the heft & style

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ZEB89
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.92 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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