Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served on-tap at Fins Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach, Del.
A: Poured a deep, garnet colored amber with a two-finger head of frothy tan foam which left curtains of sticky lace.
S: Smells quite fruity, with a deep, sweet malt aroma, a bit of cocoa powder and churned butter. Hops border on bowl of citrus fruits and a field of cut grass and herbs.
T: Tastes quite complex, like a Belgian strong ale should. Loads of sweet and roasted malt flavors with hints of banana, clove, blackberry and light honey sweetness. Hops are demure yet bol enough, lending a spicy, herbal flavor to the sugary sweetened malts.
M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly dry, yet slightly sweet as well.
D: One to share a bottle of or sip on after dinner. WOuld probably go well with a plate of gouda cheese and rye crackers. I had one oyster with it and it didn't compliment as well as I'd hoped. Oh well, still fine crating and a good version of the style. Dare I say better than Ommegang?
Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2009 23:29:17 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.76/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
APPEARANCE : Much paler than expected for a Quad and no haze at all. Crisp deep golden reddish-brown. Not much of a head to speak of, though what's there is pale brown/mocha. Considering the style, the visual can't be this beer strong point.
SMELL : First nose is brow sugar, malts, very faint. Second nose opens up the herbal/hop profile and expands on the malty side with some roasted sugar notes. Third nose doesn't go much further. Kind of disappointed with this brew's nose - not that it's bad, it's just so discreet, almost weak, and considering the style, that shouldn't be.
TASTE : Barley sugar, some burnt nuts and mocha. Very thin taste for a Quad. I've had pale Quads before - Gulden Draak 2000, for example - and they weren't so shy in nose and taste. It's very good, simply not at all what I expected given that Allagash advertise this as a Quad.
MOUTHFEEL : Not nearly as thick and rich as I'd wish a Quad to be. Still good, but as far as I'm concerned, definitely not on the style as I understand it. Carbonation is fine.
OVERALL : I'll up the score on this because it's frankly a very good beer - it's just not at all what a Quad should be in my books. I'd have another one of these anyday.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 02:52:44 | More by FrostBlast
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.