Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Hazy light mahogoney in color with a beautiful thick and somewhat fluffy off-white head on top. Dissapates very slowly and releases a nice bouquet of aroma. Only a hint of booze detected in the nose mingled with dried cherries and other darker fruits as well as a hint of vanilla. A bit floral also with a touch of banana. Not very spicy, just a lot of soft tones and lots of subtleties in the aroma, all pleasant and inviting but without an overbearing blast of intense aromatics. Very nice.
No one flavor jumps out and takes over the taste here, but several contribute to the overall picture in subtle, understated ways. As it warms up, more flavors make their way through, but what ends up happening is the alcohol feel seems to take more of the attention than the flavors. And yet the alcohol is pleasantly warming, but makes the body a little on the thin side and the flavors of the ingredients don't seem to be completely supported. That said, subtle flavors of dried fruits make their way through, almost fig- or possibly raisin-like as it doesn't have much tartness to it. Vanilla does peek through as well, just hinting at it. The hops have an even-keeled approach in the backside, adding a slight floral, even herbal bitterness. The malts don't do enough for the body to overcome the ABV, but they do have a nice, albeit weaker, grainy caramel maltiness. Only a touch of banana softness, and certainly wouldn't hurt from a bit more. The second half of the bottle tastes just about the same only with a little more carbonation to cleanse the palate.
Overall, not a bad beer really, but I think Allagash does some better beers. For the price point, Allagash Couriex is a better choice in my opinion. Just a lot of flavors that I seem to be missing judging by the label, and the body doesn't quite have enough mmmph to back it all up.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2012 05:09:32 | More by chodinheaven
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4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a small goblet.
A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/8 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.
S- It could be the incorporation of the four different yeast strains but this smells like it might be tart/sour. Slight booze fume.
T- Nevermind. No sourness, just some awesomely smooth Belgian candi sugar plus some vanilla and caramel notes. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Butter, burnt sugar, not very bitter. Also a bit of dark fruit.
M- Slightly zesty. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.
O- Haven't had this in so long and it's really a crime that I don't purchase it more often.
Edit: No, it was not intentional that I gave this beer a score of 4.4 but yes, it is awesome.
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2014 21:35:46 | More by Immortale25
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.