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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrettTaylor (637) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Poured from tap, cream head, mahogany in the glass. Sweet caramel, bit tart on palate, super tasty.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2012
The pour is a deep chestnut color with a beige, moderately full, pillowy, creamy head which settles to a thin foamy layer and leaves Belgian lace. The nose is pleasant with plenty of spicy alcohol warmth to match cinnamon spicing, toasty caramel, shaved chocolate, subtle earthy hops underneath, some honey, and fruit all over (fig, date, raspberry). The flavor is nice as well with less spice and more of the raspberry note, still shaved chocolate, some honey late in the progression, toasty caramel, dates, and hop notes seemingly more floral. The floral and honey notes seem to match up nicely, very complementary. The palate is nearly full, velvety, creamy, lightly chewy, round, and soft to lively. The finish is long and still sweet, drying honey notes, some balancing floral notes, shaved chocolate, and still some toasty notes and raspberry lingering. I thought this was great, more reminiscent of an abt than a quad with the appearance and palate. The honey was pleasant in this big beer, I usually think it dries the beer out but that was okay in this one. The fruit and malt depth was nice and the yeasty complexity was good for an American abt. A brewery I am unfamiliar with but so far, I am impressed. I’m not sure why this has not had better ratings?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (110) - - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maley1 (888) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a nose of dark fruit, bread and some floral notes. The taste is a little bitter, but has nice flavors of fruits, yeasty bread, some brown sugar and leaves a sweet honey on your lips. It did have a little bit of an alcohol bite, but I bet with time this would go away and the flavors would be spectacular. A great beer and can’t wait to crack another in a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Pours dark brown with plum color hue, nice dense and lacy head. Great nose with big belgian candy and dark rock fruits behind yeasty spice and earth esters. Taste is bold and flavorful, lots of delicious candy sweetness thats not overdone, with notes of cocoa, molasses. Full bodied with moderate to carbonation. In all, i really dug this beer, and as a quad it hits all the typical notes but with great emphasis and flavor. For whatever reason the flavors and aromas remind me of late fall - lots of spice and caramel character, as well as warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (866) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10068) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of notalush. Thanks Brandon! Reddish brown, fairly clear appearance with a tan head. Rich candy sugar, sugary caramel, a bit spicy honey, dark fruity, plum, sweet aroma. Well carbonated. Rich brown sugar, dark candy sugar, plum, dark fruity, honey, rich malty flavor. Rich flavor, not much hint of alcohol and overall pretty tasty. This is a pretty good beer and worth the $10-11 to me.

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