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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, 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
bu11zeye (13215) - 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
maxwelldeux (4433) - 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
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2014
[email protected] 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
TBone (18223) - 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
rlgk (18844) - 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.

2.3
omhper (25740) - 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
BOLTZ7555 (3127) - 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
Elwood (3347) - 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
RickTStiles (827) - 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.


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