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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (3113) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Reddish-brown and cloudy with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, sugar, honey, breaded malts, caramel and light alcohol. Similar flavor, heavy sweetness with a touch of floral bitterness. Medium to full body with a smooth creamy feel. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
Draft @ Lucky Pie Pizza and Tap House, Denver, CO. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy weak yeasty caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1220) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Confused this with the Cab barrel version, so reentering the correct rating. On tap at Belmont Station A: Dark brown without any head. Great legs, though. Looks better than the cab version. N: Oak, prune, toffee, olives, and soy sauce. Fairly flawed still, but it starts to smell like the ’real’ thing. T: Malty and bready. There’s a lot of dimension to this, and it’s reserved in its sweetness. M: Round and full. Sticky and mealy. O: A fairly decent representation of the style. It’s another American version that doesn’t hit all the right notes, but it’s a good approximation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5499) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Bottle # 05153. Bottled Summer 2012. Dark copper ruby pour with a short, foamy tan head. Strong honey notes in the aroma along with malt, dark bread, soft caramel, toffee and hints of dark fruit. Taste is sweet with a bold honey taste, more dark bread notes, toasted malt, toffee, hints of dark fruit and soft alcohol. Body comes up a bit lacking. Kind of thin on the palate with sparse carbonation. Ends with more honey, soft alcohol, dark bread, toasted grains, malt notes, caramel, chewy toffee and faint fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
DLD 2012: Deep purplish brown hue with an okay head, not much lace. The beer has notes of prune and fig, Special B malts for sure along with rye bread and crystal malts, hint of tobacco and chocolate, biscuity and roast as well with a bit of flowery hop too. The mouth feel is sticky and smooth but I also found this a tad boozy. Overall I nice quad and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8389) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
Shared bottle. Pours turbid ruddy Carolina muddy brown with minimal head. Nose was figgy fruit, yeasty spicy malt, honey. Tasted yeasty malty, on the sweet side, with notes of honey, figgy and cherry dusty yeasty fruit, and some funk in the finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a short tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel. Sweet finish and extremely balanced. awesome brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6387) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2013
750 ml to snifter (thanks Thuggins). Looks good; dark with foamy beige lacing. Smells and tastes solid; dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Good on the palate too. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4861) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Great American Beer Festival 2012. Dark brown color with some carbonation. Sweet malts and some dried fruit but also alcohol in the flavor and the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38081) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2013


Clear dark red brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, dried fruit, raisin, plum, prune, wood, sweet something - maybe honey !! light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, dark dried fruit, wood. minerals, fruit - honey, light alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20121128]

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