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RATINGS: 63   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2493) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (757) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1442) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2152) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maley1 (781) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1115) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (20) - - JUL 11, 2014
Cellared for 2 years. Poured into a Belgian tulip. Color is a dark brown with a nice creamy head that dissipates quickly. It's an elegant quad with a malty body and plenty of fig/molasses. Belgian yeast comes through, followed by a touch of honey on the finish. Simply marvelous

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2014
750ml bottle. Reddish Brown pour with hardly any head. Low carbonation. Mild malt aromas. Earthy and fruity flavors, with a not too sweet honey like mellowness. Smooth and gentle Belgian yeast. Nice but not outstanding. The Belgians still have us beat on this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Dark fruits, bread, sweetness, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1039) - 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.

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