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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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 (2597) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3739) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2016
Woody amber mahogany body, with an ok head. Not much aroma, but the body is sugary and characterized by watered down esters accompanied by candi malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lownote (462) - USA - DEC 1, 2015
Honey aroma with some caramel background. Not as strong as I was expecting. Pours brown with a puffy white head that fades moderately slow. Taste is malty. Good Belgian yeast flavor, little honey flavor. The malt is caramel a bit but mostly just a candy sugarness. Light bit of bitter, tiny bit cloying. Good thick Body. Was hoping for more malt complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (1203) - - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle. Dark fruit aroma with notes of Candi sugar, Belgian yeast and honey. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin tan head with no retention and minimal lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit flavors with Candi sugar. Finishes smooth with some spicy Belgian yeast and just a touch of honey. Excellent quad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1602) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2015
red brown pour moderate tan head. Aroma of tannins honey, grains. Tastes big barley slick honey. Honey is central to slick mouthfeel, flavors. bready

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2062) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Still, even toned brown black, with a skim of dense tan head. Aroma is light candi sugar, and taste is same, with grape and cola soda notes, but it's not overly sweet at all. $3.79/12 oz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4459) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass dark brown with a tan head. Nose of dark ripe fruit and molasses. Medium to full body. Creamy mouth feel. Flavor is rich caramel malts and raisins and other dark fruit. Finishes sweet. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wombat23 (382) - Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2015 Shared 750 ml. bottle. Reddish brown color, small beige head with very short retention and almost no lacing. Aroma has a bit of malt, bread, caramel, and honey. Tastes a bit sweet; the honey is quite noticeable. Some malt and alcohol as well, but not enough to balance the sweetness of the honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
darbeer75 (317) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2015
Aroma: dominated by honey; Appearance: chocolate brown with full head and good lacing; Taste: one dimension, which is honey. Very sweet, no complexity. Honey also had a slight twang; Palate: medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Finish was a honey aftertaste, not great; Overall: disappointing. Will not get again due to cloying honey flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle:   Ruby, thin spritzy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Sweet honey and malty breadiness on the nose.   Bready up front, malty, fairly sweet but not cloying.   Very light for a Quad at 8.7%, and not all that musty or barnish.   No real dark pitted fruit either.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finishes very basic, sweet breadines, a little honey sweetness, and thats about it.   Not complex at all, and certainly smaller than most other Quads.   Despite nothing being off, its pretty boring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
Excellent Belgian Quad with a twist. The honey was great, not overwhelming, didn’t make it too sweet. Reminded me of fresh honeycomb. Belgian yeast character was spot on for the style. Will definitely drink again.

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