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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Deep chestnut. Off-tan foam exhibits good retention. Complex but uninteresting nose of candied apple, cola, banana bread and honeyed biscuits. Obtrusive paintlike and vanilla taffy yeastiness. Fizzy, sparse and flimsy carbonation. Dull and slippery initially with a clingy burnt honey astringency. Aside from the easily executed usual suspects like raisin and plum which are in abundance here, the core is curiously hollow and strikingly devoid of depth and detail, and virtually no malt texture to fill in the gaps. Hops are pleasingly delicate, juicy, and brightly floral, though things remain generally dull and inelegant. A flabbiness and gummy candy slickness continue, only to be compounded by the twang of unripe fruit. No vibrancy, whatsoever. Closes with an ongoing hollowness with a prevalent burnt honey astringency. This is an odd one. Aside from the burnt honey, there aren’t necessarily any flaws to it. As much as I appreciate straightforward beers sans bells and whistles, this suffers from being too straightforward. It’s just a very characterless, run-of-the mill rendition.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle at SBWF2014. Dark brown color, small off-white head. Grassy, woody even harsh aroma. Medium-bodied. Sweet chocolate and caramel. Very sweet and grassy. Not my beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Caramel aroma, citrus, fruity, grapes, banana notes, toffee, some vinous notes. Flavor is about the same. Decent but sligtly dull.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19638) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2014
Keg at SBWF. Almost clear mahogany colour, minimal head. Vinous and caramelly. Sweet with full body. Saccharine marzipan. Dough, sweetener, yeast. Mildly warming finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Chestnut pour with a tightly packed oatmeal head. Honey-baked biscuit, caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. A little thinner and less complex that its more established counterparts. The price is a bit steep for what’s in the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3300) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Serving: 750 ml. bottle. It pours a dark tea like color with lots of ruby highlights. Sweet nose with notes of spice bread, raisin, date, fig, and caramel. Dried fruit notes on the tongue with a little yeasty bread, caramel, and brown sugar. Medium bodied but it feels lighter thanks to abundant carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finish. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (773) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2014
pours dark purple with a thin off-white head and no lacing. aroma is lavender, plums and figs. taste has notes of leather, plum, cherry and fig. finish is rich a sweet. damn good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1475) - Fischer, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Raisin bread dominates from the first sniff, giving way to hints of honey, plums and molasses. A thick off-white ring rests on a dark translucent brown pour which produces spotty lacing. The pallet is rich and complex. Dark fruit, molasses, honey, bread, earthiness, florals and pepper. Full body with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a rewarding beer with many flavors managing to come together in a harmonious whole.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2229) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a slightly muddy brown with small oily head. Molasses, honey, some floral notes in the aroma. Taste is sweet, some wood, brown sugar. Sweet and gritty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maley1 (784) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
On tap. Clear dark brown pour with small quickly fading tan head. Aroma of fruits, yeast, spice, caramel and slightly floral. Taste of plums, raisins, honey, molasses, caramel, Belgian yeast, bready, spices. Medium bodied, slightly lower carbonation, creamy soft mouthfeel, perfectly balanced. Absolutely delicious beer!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1148) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle 05647, bottled 11.05.13. Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights and a high, lacy, sticky light tan head. Nose is plums, dark candy sugar, port wine, light rye bread, nutmeg, dates, and mace. Sweet up front, with an earthy, almost mushroomy note; opens up into dark stone fruit, figs, molasses, and a dark rum richness. Wide, round, velvety mouthfeel. Wears its ABV astonishingly well, and is deadly smooth. Very, very good, and ninja-like in its subtlety.


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