overall
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67
style
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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Summer 2012 bottle number 01383. Pours with a hazy deep brown hued body with a retentive tan head and good lace. Aromas are toasty, bready, nutty, munich like, light floral honey nose. Nice malt character, raisins, special b, medium low yeast esters. Alcohol, jammy, cereal, brown sugar and a light citrusy zest to it. Flavors are distinctly malt forward, brown sugar, grainy, light bitterness that balances. More balance provide by the alcohol. Raisiny, lower esters than expected but still plenty of plums and dark fruits. Medium carbonation, not quite full bodied. Warmth decently hidden. Overall better than I was expecting. A well made beer.


3.5
solidfunk (9224) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2017
Light florals and some citrus. Musky basement resin vibe. Dead yeast like mushroom stir fry. Light tangy finish. Tap at 14 in Denver.

3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8748) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2017
12oz bottle pours with a clear amber colored body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up plums and figs and dates with some molasses and malts in the background. The taste delivers similar notes with spicy sweet earthy dates, plums, raisins and figs with brown sugar and candi sugar filling in the gaps. Pretty nice but it lacks the depth, richness and softness I enjoy in the style.

3.7
jsnicholas (653) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle (12oz About 10 months old). Brown with off white head. Bobble as expected. I do not remember the aroma, so must not have been strong. Taste mostly camel and sugar. Pretty good.

4
GTAEgeek (2297) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2016
12 oz. bottle, about 2 months since bottling. Pours a beautiful, dark, ruby color, with a medium, off-white, bubbly head. The nose is raisins, caramelized sugar, anise, plums, bittersweet chocolate, and some light hickory smoke and pine sap. Sweet and sugary flavor, with a light bitterness that leads to a dry finish. Medium to heavy body, somehow effervescent but not fizzy, velvety, and a little acidic and harsh. This is a lovely, aromatic, complex, and aggressive beer. Very sharp and rough in its youth; I could see some age smoothing off the edges.

3.1
BillKismet (4090) - 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.

3.5
lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, 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.

4.3
zoucrew102 (1994) - - 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!

3.6
nealblind (1946) - 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

3.7
Arayaga2 (2207) - 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

3.7
hayduke (5581) - 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.


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