Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by jrallen34:
3.53/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I had this on tap, into a tulip at The Map Room.
The beer pours a very untypical color for a quad forcing me to ask the bartender if I was given the right drink. It is a super light brown with tons of amber highlights. Its almost totally redish in the light. The head is light tan, super foamy with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is pretty light, you get mostly bourbon on the front, sweet closes (no yummy malts), and an on oaky finish. It smells ok, just weird for a quad.
The taste keeps up the weirdness. When I think quad I want dark fig malts etc. All you get is oak and alcohol.
The feel is way to warm and has a weird aftertaste.
Overall, not impressed here. First of all, this may be made like a quad, but its no quad. Even if I can get past the improrper making of a great style, its just not a great tasting beer anyway.
Serving type: on-tap
04-11-2010 13:33:49 | More by jrallen34
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4.26/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle is just about six months old, picked up at the brewery in September 2013.
A- Poured to the large Allagash chalice with a slightly hazed deep amber light brown body. A foamy cap forms on the beer to about three fingers high, appears thick. Head retention is good and never quite dies out, remains as a thick pillow. Thick lace deposits at the top of the glass with a continuation to what is some of the most impressive lace I have seen, a true blanket.
S- Malt and yeast complexity in a strong aroma but it lacks any alcohol like many other Quads can have at the same ABV, smooth and inviting. Yeast is predominant with notes of raisin, white pepper/Belgian yeast spice, figs, clove and light banana. Malts present some sweetness, medium candi sugar and toasted slightly nutty hints.
T- The balance and smoothness struck here is one of the best qualities of this beer. It doesn't destroy the palate with spicy, fruity flavors yet they are still strong enough to satisfy the style. Yeasty notes of dried dark fruits, figs, plums, orange zest, banana, clove, spices and herbs. Malts provide a nice base for this with caramel, brown sugar, medium candi sugar, toast and some nuttiness. Hops are certainly used here but meld in with the spicy yeast feel.
MF- Moderate to full bodied with a creamy and silky overall texture. Carbonation is at a high level and foamy but does not bite the palate at all, smooth. Finishes with just a touch of warmth.
Great interplay between four malts, four hops (albeit not as noticeable) and four yeasts. The complexity is high and the numerous flavors just seem balance out into a great final package. Way to drinkable for a 10% BSDA.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 03:03:41 | More by cbutova
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
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