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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)

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Todd on 03-12-2013

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Ratings: 507 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of mac31
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Cycle69
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 RAFH
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwalter
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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 kingmaker
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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 WickedBeer
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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 bluehende
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of Samlover55
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Jgolian
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No Belgian lacing at all. A bit odd for my taste.Would rather spend my money on true Belgian beer at this price point.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Tuckerster
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Biggiekrock627
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 507 ratings
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