Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This bottle was aged - either the 1st (2004) or second (2005?) brewing of this unique Ale.
Ok, so I probably shouldnt have opened this bottle - but I did. Like so many things in life, this cannot be undone. Ya see, I chilled it down yesterday to take to a 4th of Hooray! party, but that didnt happen, the reasons for which are frankly none of anybodies business but my own.... but thats not why we are here.
Why I didnt save this to share with a buddy is my only real regret. But I figured if I visit and share it, I'd still end up drinking 1/2 of a 10%er after a couple or more warm up Double IPA's or something and I know from drinking this Allagash 4 stuff fresh, I dont want to mix this beer and a 30 mile drive home. So here I am, drinking alone, watching my Red Sox (for now) losing to those damn Yankmees and enjoying an absolutely fantastic american made, Belgian style Quad.
Chill hazed, rusty amber color with a firm and dense, light tan head. No carbonation visable, but indicated by the ring and film of foam that persisted till the beer was all gone. Specks of lace clung to the glass and refused to droop. Thats sticky baby!
The aromas reminds me very much of a Scaldis Bush - without the blast of alcohol. Very fruity with a rush of concentrated pear juice and carmelized sugar with distinct notes of sour apple and cherry. Some musty barnyard and alcohol mix in as well with an overall heady, brandy-like impression. Less hop aromas than a fresh bottle - more " Belgian".
Flavors of stewed fruit - more pears and apples with tart citrus and cherry/berry notes carried accross the tongue in a syrupy yet fluid river of toffee/caramel sweetness that warms the roof and back of the mouth with a pleasant singe of alcohol. Grain sweetness, fruity ester character and subdued alcohol all mesh completely in a blend of complex flavors that command appreciation without intimidation. A very well integrated, complex beer that retains a firm hop presence providing a long, mellow hop burn and tangy aftertaste. Reminds me of a De Ranke XX Bitter. ( High praise from me btw)
I was right. As drinkable as this is, 25oz kicked my butt. Sadly, I dont care now that I didnt share this with a friend, but I'm bummin because I know I'm not going anywhere, and I dont have another of these to drink.
** Cellaring note - (12 month temp range : 57 - 66 deg F) : If you have an Allagash 4 from 2004 - 2005 - try it NOW is my advice - especiallay if you have more than one. Some sour notes were noted on the fringes so 3-5 years may be peak or close to it. I remember 1 year didnt change it much.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2008 22:01:02 | More by Shiredave
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