Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beer Reviews: Samuel Adams Tetravis

Unbeknownst to the average beer fan Samuel Adams has an Oak Barrel Aging Program. With only one of them being Star-K Certified, I made an effort to track this one down.
Samuel Adams Tetravis is a Belgian Quad, a dark Belgian Ale with high alcohol content.
Here is a description culled from their Website 
"Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, a Quadrupel is a strong Belgian style ale with bolder flavor compared to its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles."
And here is my review:



The look is a dark auburn, with a quickly dissipating white bubbly head. I can detect prunes, dates, sweet Belgian sugar, with an oakiness on the nose. The taste is similar to the nose, with prominent dark fruit -like notes, and a spicy finish with overtones of oak. This beer is a full bodied sipper, yet highly carbonated (possibly because of bottle conditioning). Overall, I would say the oak is very prominent in this beer providing an interesting contrast to the dark fruit notes of this Belgian Quad. It also adds some wine characteristics as well. All together a pretty solid beer.


*Tetravis is under the supervision of the Star-K*