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If memory serves me correctly, it’s been a while since Boston Beer (aka, Samuel Adams) has released a barrel-aged beer to the masses.

Almost on cue they decided last month was as good as any to release a (oak) barrel-aged Belgian-style Quadrupel. Like driving a mint-condition Corvette to the rodeo, Samuel Adams Tetravis sounds like a beer that is too good for casual drinking.

Brewery description of Tetravis oak barrel-aged Belgian-style Quadrupel

The newest addition to the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection, Samuel Adams Tetravis is the brewer’s bold interpretation of a traditional Belgian Quadrupel. A style made by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, a Quadrupel (or “Quad” for short) is a strong Belgian style ale featuring more intense flavors than its Dubbel and Tripelsister styles.

A style known for its rich,malty character and deep garnet and dark brown hues, Samuel Adams Tetravis is rich and complex Belgian Quad with a molasses sweetness and notes of dark fruits, like raisins and figs. This brew has an undercurrent of tart spice and fruitiness from its distinctive Belgian yeast and from adding, Kosmic Mother Funk®, a special barrel aged‐ale, the brewers blend into this beer and all of our Barrel Room Collection brews.

Inspired by Belgian brewers approach to blending, aging and conditioning, each beer in the Barrel Room Collection is blended to varying degrees with Samuel Adams’ Kosmic Mother Funk® (known as KMF), an ale aged in Hungarian oak tuns for up to 12 months. KMF adds layers of complexity and flavor to this traditional Belgian Quad backbone including a spectrum of flavors from earthy and spicy to floral and sweet.
Aging the KMF in wood imparts a toasty oak note to this brew and allows a small amount of oxygen to slowly seep in creating smoothness.

image courtesy Boston Beer CompanyFor the curious Samuel Adams has some food pairing suggestions, for those wishing to pretend they are in Belgium.

For starters, Samuel Adams Tetravis’ spicy and clove notes from the Belgian yeast cuts through creamy cheeses like Camembert and pairs well with smoked meats like charcuterie. The bold molasses sweetness from the malt, complements rich dishes like roast beef and stews. The spicy Belgian yeast character complements warm notes in desserts like crème brulee and spiced cakes.

As with all of Boston Beer’s limited edition releases, you should expect to find this beer in specialty shops throughout the Northwest. Just make sure to let this 10.2% ABV, medium bodied, Belgian-style Quad.