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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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Apis IV pours dark brown with hues of orange and red, a thick creamy off-white head, and traditional Belgian lacing. The beer has notes of bread, dark plums, figs, molasses, and honey, balanced by light earthy and floral hop aromas. The beer starts out on the pallet with caramel, honey, dark fruits and a rounded floral bitterness, with spice notes from the Belgian yeast strain we use in this beer brewed in the Trappist Belgian Dark Strong Ale tradition. Look for a medium to heavy mouthfeel with high carbonation and slight alcohol warming. This beer is perfect for cellaring and its complex flavors will mellow out and blend overtime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1040) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
August 23rd, 2012 - I don’t know when Elevation Brewing Co. appeared, or where they come from. I don’t even know where Poncha Springs is...and I’m a native to the state of Colorado. But I after having this beer, I want to hurriedly pack my bags, get in my car, and brave the high cost of gasoline to get there. The Apis IV is a truly remarkable beer, bringing back fond memories of bygone days where I spent more money on Belgian brews, and eschewed the hop dominated drinks that choke the city of San Diego’s draft lines. From the deep, brown body comes a heavy, gripping smell of charcoal, juniper, sweet cream and a touch of pine, drawing me back to fond memories hiking up and down and in and around evergreen forests. I linger a little bit on the bouquet, but am eager to see if the palate can match the nose. It does, and even exceeds it. The palate is smooth, soft and velvety, and delivers flavors of fresh, unpasteurized cream, the darker and huskier sweetness of candied figs, and the more acidic, perky sugars of a Bordeaux grape. The sweeter notes never take over, leaving the sugars to be a nice decorative touch, not a terrifying wave of fructose rampaging across my palate. The Apis IV is remarkable, and worth the cellar treatment to see what other subtle dimensions can be teased out over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2014
From a corked bottle into a Corsendonk chalice. Pours brown with modest head and lace. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, light anise. Moderate carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet malts, molasses, caramel, milk chocolate, prunes. Overall flavorful and tasty with the alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown color with a light tan fizzy head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is great of banannas, dark fruits, honey and possibly some spice with a nice balanced hopiness. Flavor is very very well balanced. I note a good amout of dark fruits and esters. The flavor has a nice bitterness with a nice level of sweet dark fruits that linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth bitterness and carbonation is a little below average. Overall this is a phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (3674) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Black with an off-white head. Soapy texture. The aroma is dark wood and fruit. The taste is chocolate covered cherry with cream and some yeast. Alcohol is hidden well. Good desert beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1691) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours clear mahogany with an inch of creamy head. Taste is quite sweet and not all that complex. A relatively disappointing quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2007) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Clear brown. Beige head. Aroma of plum, honey, toast, and wood. Tastes like sugar, honey, and dark fruits. Medium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5844) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
this was a fantastic quad, had on draft .. . brown plum .. solid foam levels .. . rich flavours, from plum to burnt sugar .. . mild mouth .. . just a nice drink .. . . In South Africa, the series was broadcast by KTV, a daily children’s programme, on M-Net.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5549) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
(Draught) clear deep copper/plum, cream head. Nose of plum, Belgian yeast, raisin, cream. Taste of old plum, raisin, plastic, finish is a bit sweet, could use a bit more dryness and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
A very nice quad, though not quite on the level of the best belgian varieties. Nice dark fruit qualities. Tried at the Mayor of Old Town with the parents in 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrettTaylor (491) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Poured from tap, cream head, mahogany in the glass. Sweet caramel, bit tart on palate, super tasty.

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