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RATINGS: 91   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - 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...


3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - 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 (628) - 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 (2220) - 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 (4064) - 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 (1880) - - 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 (1867) - 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 (2198) - 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 (5217) - 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.

2.8
wombat23 (1425) - 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.


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