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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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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 buddy@FFreak 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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Photo of Mitchster
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Suds
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the larger, barrel-room shaped bottle, this brew is corked and pours a deep brown color...some transparency when held to the light. The head has a short life, but the smell is great. Sugar, toffee, fruit (berries, grapes), and a little booze. The taste is sweet, with lots of up front sweetness, spice in the mid-taste, and a huge warmth. Multi-layered and engaging.

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

Appearance: Pours a thick semi-opaque ruddy amber, with a fairly large head yet no lace.

Aroma: Big and malty, with notes of leather, caramel, dried fruitcake, and a whiskey-like character.

Taste: I get more dried fruit, caramel, spice, yeast, and a warming finish that remains subtle for the heavy 10.2% ABV content. A solid and enjoyable sipper, tailor-made for a cool Fall or Winter evening.

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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 Beer-Revelry
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 4.75 - Poured a rich, dark ruby color with tinges of cognac and caramel. Poured about a finger of medium tan colored, super soapy head. Bubbles were huge and popped almost immediately, reducing the beer down to a film in a matter of seconds. Low head potential and retention, but to be expected from the style and the high ABV. Spotty lacing.
S - 5 - Plums, very malty, figs, raisins, currants, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and black cherry wine alcohol. Low to nonexistent hop profile.
T - 4.75 - Warm, sweet raisin and plum upfront with a light vanilla background. Fades into an ever so slightly bitter, yet still very much sweet, malty finish. Notes of wine and dark Belgian candies. Delicious.
F - 4.75 - Nice, medium/full creamy and oily mouthfeel. Medium/full bodied brew.
O - 5 - An outstanding representation of the Belgian quad style. Samuel Adam's may not hit the nail on the head every time, but sometimes they brew up some real magic, and this is no exception. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the style as well as it is recommended to be purchased in multiples and left in the cellar for a special occasion!

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a clear amber caramel color with a fingers worth of khaki head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-caramel malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, and yeast

T-caramel backbone, dark fruits of cherries, raisins, currants, bit of chocolate

M-medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation

Overall one of the more interesting options from SA, an above average quad

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Photo of constantine_272
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a whitish head. Smells of charred oak, prunes, dates and a touch of pine resin. Wow, taste is surprisingly complex. Lots of cedar and chocolate starts off with a rich prune and port wine. A tangy bitterness of pine and grapefruit rind and blood orange tingle your tongue. A long sweetness of dried raisin lingers long with a wheat bread and yeast note in the back of the tongue. Having been to Belgium I have to say this brew (from Sam Adams of all brewers) is quite delicious. Though for nomenclature, this is more comparable to a dubble in flavor but with the body of a quad.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a typical quad. Very low esters and high on the dried fruit/fig/raisin flavors. Barrel age comes through up front. For Sam Adams this is a good beer but not what I was thinking it was going to be based on the bottle and description. Well made to be sure, but not my favorite quad.

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Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 ounce barrel shaped corked and caged bottle that I bought as a part of the Barrel Room Collection pack at Sam’s Club a few months ago into a clean, clear glass. No “best by” date observed by me on the bottle. The Barrel Room Collection has three such bottles in it. Look for my review of the others to follow. Note: It was exceedingly difficult to get the cork out of this bottle! I had to resort to a wine cork mechanical remover! Lastly, I believe each bottle in the Collection came out to be something close to $8.64 or so.

A Dark Caramel opaque body under a 2 inch very light shade of brown head that lingered for a few minutes. Good look. 4.0

S Dark fruit, dark roast malt and lots of sweetness to the nose. The smell can be a bit distant which is expected in the style. Good, solid smell. 4.0

T Big, sweet beer with the Currants, raisins and clove as mentioned on the label. This is reminiscent of other well established quads that I am familiar with such as Ommegang Three Philosophers. Nicely crafted beer. 4.0

M Big, syrupy bigness but surprisingly a high level of carbonation dances across my tongue as I sip. Other Quads tend to have a “flat” feel and little carbonation outside of the head. Ehh..not impressed with that quality. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is not that high since it is 10.2% alcohol and it is relatively expensive. Overall this is a solidly brewed beer. It may rank up there with some of my more favored beers from Samuel Adams!

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Photo of Jmc181
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought this in a Sam Adams barrel room collection 3 Pack at my local costco. This was far and away the best of the 3. It's a milky amber color, very little head while being super crisp and carbonated in the mouth. Tastes better than it smells and it smells pretty good. I'd buy this as a stand alone but wouldn't buy the 3 pack again.

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Photo of Tone
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, mustiness, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, earthiness, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, mustiness, hint of wood, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and earthiness. Overall, average appearance, body and aroma hurt by the musty/earthy quality that is unpleasant.

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Photo of HabaJohn
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's not a very good example of a true Belgian Quad. Label states: A Bold Belgian Quad with Rich notes of currants, raisins, and Clove, it's no wonder the taste is not of a Belgian Ale. But the taste isn't bad and the ABV is up there. I might look for this again.

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

Appearance: light chestnut; effervescent; medium sized tan head, pretty long lasting

Smell: dark fruits; peppery with cloves

Taste: very sweet with dried fruit notes throughout; no real lingering taste of hops; ends with a touch of molasses

Mouthfeel: creamy

Remarks: good, but a little too sweet; needs more hops to balance

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Red -brown, clear, with a thin finger of wheat-colored head that quickly faded without any lacing.

S: Nothing too powerful: sweet and tart fruit, floral hops.

T: Sweet caramelized sugar, rum, molasses, raisins. Honestly, the sweetness is a bit cloying.

M: Plenty crisp, with warming (probably over-stated) alcohol.

O: I suffered from unmet expectations on this one -- i.e. it wasn't bad, just not as good as I was hoping it would be.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a yeasty and slightly spicy aroma with lots of coriander and a little bit of clove. Some other aromas of dark fruits (being mainly of raisins and figs) as well as some caramel and molasses are there as well. A little bit of banana, a light pepper, and some alcohol are there as well rounding out the aroma and producing a somewhat fruited, but not overly sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins quite a bit sweeter then I would have expected from the nose, with tons of darker fruits of raisin and fig as well as a very strong showing of a caramel and candied sugar taste. While the fruit is sweeter than the caramel upfront, the sweet profile later switches with the caramel and candied sugars getting more potent and the fruit less so. All the while there is a yeasty taste as well as some lighter spice upfront that get stronger toward then end. The spice never gets really strong and is largely dominated by the sweet, but does give a nice accent to the taste. Along with the lighter spice, some banana and a little bit of a warming alcohol comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving one with a quite sweet and pleasantly warm and flavorful quad flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side for a brew of 10.3 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thinner body did a wonderful job for the sweet darker flavors of the brew all while keeping a nice drinking feel without being too weak to support all the rich flavor.

Overall – A really rather nice Quad overall. This is a quite nice and approachable brew overall that I can see most people rather enjoying.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a DFH signature glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with almost a couple inch creamy light tan head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins), cloves, molasses and some sweet spiciness. It tastes like dark fruit (plum, figs, raisins), cloves, red grapes, caramel, molasses, oak and some brown sugar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. The carbonation is soft, which helps make it easy to drink. I thought this was a good overall brew, it's worth picking up if you've never had it before!

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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 KingBeer
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours easily with great head which settles in 5 min or so. Dark brown amber color. Aroma of plum, raisin, sweet roasted malt. Feels med to med heavy on tongue, great carbonation and effervescence. Heavy malt flavor and slight fruit. Very sweet malty beer. Good alcohol warmth going down. At 10.2% ABV this is a slow sipping, sit down and enjoy beer. Overall a good example of a Belgium Quad although with longer aging the sweet malty flavors should mellow out a bit.

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Photo of mntlover
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown/copper mixture with a big light tan head that falls rather quickly. No real lace on this one some splotches are about it.

Aroma is loads of dark fruit, very vinous, some light tartness. Plenty of spice, cloves light pepper fruits are plums raisins sugar coated figs. Maybe light hints of alcohol.

Taste is like the nose lots of dark fruit, on a lightly brown sugar mingled malt bready base. Maybe like a fruit cake but way better then that. Lots of dark fruit notes moving to lingering sweet malts, finishes with lots of clove and very light pepper. Some hints of alcohol in the finish to warm the body and do not detract. Simple well done brew not overly complex but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice only right side of medium but the carbonation level is very good, not over done as some Belgians tend to be.

Overall very enjoyable reasonably priced Quad, must say I am impressed by Sam Adams on this one.

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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.92 out of 5 based on 495 ratings.
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