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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a muddy dark brown with some mild red highlights and a small (1 finger or less) tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing down to a thin film and small collar, which did create excellent sheeting of lace that totally engulfed the entire glass. The aroma was of a toasted sweet caramel malt and a chewy doughy yeast with notes of milk chocolate, molasses, honey, banana and dark fruit (figs, raisons and plums). The taste was extremely malty with a very nice caramel sweetness, and had hints of molasses and slight fruity ester early on. Then a strong dose of dark fruit took hold along with a touch of honey, with the ending having a serious chocolate and a mild alcohol presence. Flavor lasted a average amount of time with a lingering taste of chocolate hanging on a bit longer. Mouthfeel was medium in body and quite creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall this was a scrumptious tasting brew, which did not allow for any one flavor to overtake another. Also the creamy chocolate finish did an awesome job of concealing the high ABV, this is one that you really need to watch yourself with...


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerseyjohn71 (266) - corsicana, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
as a HOME BREWER and a BEE-KEEPER,,,,,, SOLID 5. 8%+.AVB,,, caramel, bread, hay, nuts, roasty, resin, floral, citrus, dough, basement aromas, alcohol, banana, butterscotch, clove, raisin, vanilla, woody, red, brown, clear, frothy, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium body, full body, creamy, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, dark bite,,,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerm719 (134) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Medium bodied. Plums, figs, spice with mild honey. Dark fruits, vanilla. Not too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
George999 (244) - Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2015
From the bottle the poor is clear and dark brown to red, the aroma is yeasty with a wisp of spice and a little honey, the taste malty with bits of honey and a little corn in the finish. The mouthfeel is full medium.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swesson (308) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2015
On tap at Mellow Mushroom. Pours out a dark brown and makes a thin tan head with a bit of lacing. Perhaps a bit too much of a cola taste for me, but is sweet and malty with very little aroma. For this expense and build up, I expected much more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1351) - California, USA - APR 4, 2015
A decent fruit quad, tasty but not too interesting. Pours a beautiful deep red with a thin tan head. Smells of cherries and caramel. Lots of Apple and cherry in the taste, with some caramel in the finish. Had in the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2015
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, nuts, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor of raisins, plum, caramel, dates, nuts, brown sugar, and dough.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4171) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark reddish brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose initially comes through with some caramel notes, but mellows out to some dark fruits. Taste is a bit sweet and definitely has that dark fruity element to it. Heavy and substantive, yet smooth mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22983) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottled@SBWF2014. Deep rubyish colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet raisins, some yeast, mild spices as well as some ripe fruits and alcohol. Flavour is fruity, spicy, wooden, raisins, some plum, yeast and mild toffeeish notes.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (14267) - 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 (14386) - Göteborg, 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.


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