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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 99
Gots: 121 | FT: 7
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-26-2004

We brew this beer with four malts, four sugars, four hop varieties and we ferment it four times, using four different yeast strains. The complexity of the brewing process is matched by the complexity of this unique beer. Flavors of raisin, candied fruit and plum express themselves throughout.
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Photo of Shovelbum
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin white head over a reddish-orange body. Head recedes quickly. Strong aroma of vinous fruit over a more subtle malt background. Flavor has substantial pepper character and relatively elevated bitterness throughout. However the malt is substantial enough to at least make an attempt at balance with some sweetness and vinous fruit. Blegian yeast lingers throughout. A well carbonated medium body. Dry finish.

A fairly spicy and bitter quad that is definitely an outlier from its quad brethren and, I might add, in keeping with Belgian nose-thumbing at conformity to rigid style categories. There is great complexity here, and an almost Pale ale feel—although the high ABV and substantial bitterness quickly shatter that illusion and bring you back home to quadville.

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML corked and caged. Pours a mud puddle brown color with a disappointing light tan head that quickly faded into a light ring around the glass. The smell is of raisin, some red wine, and brown sugar/molasses. Starts off very sweet. A big dark fruit blast centering around the flavors of raisin and red wine grapes. There are hints of carob and perhaps fig. The feel is light but not watery with fizzy carbonation; finishes sweet. Definitely a brew with some big bold aromas and flavors. There seems to be something missing from this quad. Perhaps more of a malt presence. The beer looks and feels thin. A good quad but nothing too distinguishing.

Photo of Zekenyce
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light amber in color with some orange highlights and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of fruit, spices and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: Batch #23

Photo of villainchiwwin
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap from GLB, served in snifter
Appearance: glows dark amber with reddish brown; no real head when served. nice looking quadrupel.
Smell: mellow sweet bouquet (dark berries; sugary) clearly apparent that is singularly focused with minor hints of yeast.
Taste: generally soft bourbon with a moderate to light carbonation presence. sweet up front, slight spiciness on back of palate that is faint but appropriate. understated nutty and hoppy notes constitute a pleasant and lingering finish. tastes almost like a bite-less, wonderfully light, sparingly spiced bourbon whiskey would if it were beer... brown/stout-like quality could be garnered once palate adjusts. alcohol noticable though not overly so.
Mouthfeel: carbonation lively but not over the top - well balanced and soothing. medium body but still has soft quality of texture.

Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this has been sitting in my basement for awhile. not sure where i picked it up. wait...arrowine: arlington, va

first thing i think when it comes out of the bottle is dark dried fruit...raisin. the aroma and flavor are both fairly understated for a quad; neither are what i would consider bold. bold isn't what i was looking for, just what i expected

it has that great nuttiness that i love so much in rochefort. not to the same degree, but it's delicious. that raisin character comes in early, ahead of the aforementioned smooth nutty flavor. slight phenols sift through the aroma, though the alcohol hides well

though obviously strong, it's not a big beer. the finish is sweet, but not thick

i dig this. even at 10% it's easy to drink. for some reason i was expecting mediocrity here, but that expectation proved unreliable 'cause that's a good beer

Photo of midaszero
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark amber with two fingers of off white head and okay lacing

S - lots of malt and citrus. Some alcohol presence. Overall kind of faint

T - Lots of malt and citrus just like the nose. Good flavor with a strong warming alcohol taste/presence at the end

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty solid and enjoyable

Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, bubbly deep amber. A fistful of rich beige head erupts, then dwindles so, so slowly to a lingering layer of molded foam. Loops of sticky lacing lay plastered to the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a muscular malt sweetness is capably matched by notes of spice and rounded dark fruit tartness. Coriander and nutmeg come to mind along with plums as the elements meld at the finish.

On first sip, the toasted malt sweetness stands tall, with a spicy hops presence just in the shadows. Hints of succulent fruits, such as plums and pears, deliver a mild tartness, but that's soundly whipped in the middle by a powerful pulse of alcohol. A more gutsy and earthy berry note surfaces near the end, then the perfume of hops joins the show to provide a lingering dry bitterness at the finish. If you can see past the alcoholic fog, there are some subtle and nicely blended flavor elements in play.

Medium bodied, it virtually oils the palate, coating slickly and granting a pleasant glow to remember it by.

Each part of this beer is damned good, but man oh man, that alcohol does its level best to blur that goodness. The dense malt sweetness and earthiness are well mitigated by the spicy hops and bitterness, and those are big positives, but at times the alcohol masks much of the subtlety that exists. And yes, that ABV works a bit against drinking more, because it hits real hard, not only warming, but clouding things up as well. But overall, in spite of that, it's a tasty blended balance that delivers a saucy flavor, and that's a pretty fair bottom line.

Photo of Redwood21
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The head could be more frothy but it does last the whole beer and for 10% that's not bad. I really appreciate the amber color.

S: There is not a strong aroma coming from this beer, but there is a solid dark fruit aroma but nothing amazing in a category where it could have

T: this is where this beer shines, there is a nice solid creamy taste thats thin enough that its not liek drinking a stout but also covers up some of the burning in the 10% alcohol, you likely wont even notice it. there is aan earthyness to the plum and raisin taste with maybe a hint of apple as well that adds a sharpness to the finish making it more clean and powerful at the same time,

M/D: this is a surprising easy drinker and won't show its brash high abv side a very good beer all in all

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at Anam Cara into an Alagash glass, this golden brown beer had and ample head. The aroma was of a mix of spices, primarily cloves, and a little sweet. The flavors were subtle, with a lot of clove spiciness, sugar notes. The fruit flavors, reminiscent of banana and pear, were rather understated. The brew was light, but well bodied. It was enjoyable, and I look forward to comparing the draft to the bottled Four.

Photo of Fugazme
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A crank to get open... Cork took forever to pry out.

Pours a beautiful beer. Ruby, amber, dark but clarity is great. Lots of tiny bubbles make their way to the top. A decent white head. Lots of stick to the glass goodness when swirled. A very, very nice looking beer.

First whiff is floral and sweet. Malty and grassy. Not as much going on as I was expecting, but all in all very nice. Strawberry, rosemary, fig, raisin.

Palate is fairly creamy to start and bubbly on the back. Good alcohol burn on the throat.

Taste is raisiny and slightly bitter on the finish. Sweet scotch or rum up front.

Photo of Wrigfen
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color with a nice off white head. the smell is spicey slightly sweet and malty with a small alcohol tinge to it. the flavor follows the smell with the spice and malt in the front with a little alcohol in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. overal this beer is good would drink again but its a littel pricey.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch #22.

briefly engaged in a vicious battle with a cork - stubborn bastard! emerged victor but at a cost; right hand is now cramped and throbbing...

pours a regal, ruddy chestnut tone with a luminous deep red/orange relection when held to the light. solid finger-plus of a beige head demonstrates considerable retention and nice walls of lacing. a real beaut.

nose is headlined by belgian yeast, sweet maltiness, and a spicy, fruity type of character. shades of a particular belgian quad that i can't quite place... st bernardus, maybe, or koningshoeven.

flavor follows the nose with its sweet malts and belgian yeasts. pretty balanced, with a bit of a hoppy bitterness in the finish. some alcohol warmth. not quite what i was expecting after the nose, but close. a nicely built beer.

medium-plus bodied, creamy mouthfeel. probably not one you'd want to suck down all night, but drinkable enough.

Photo of francisweizen
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stab at the Belgian quadruple style. This brew was a dark, hazy orange/red colour that was golden crimson when held up to the light. The aromas were very fruity and a bit alcoholic. I smelled dark/dried fruits, alcohol, various spices (with the coriander and orange peel in the forefront) and more! The taste had a rum-like quality to it, with the spices and sweet fruit flavors blending together perfectly. The only negative thing about this brew, is that it is SO spicy, and SO fruity, it is almost like a fruit and spice overload! Perhaps if this is aged for a year or two it will become more blended, and less intense! The mouthfeel was medium-thick and the drinkability was very good for a 10% abv beer! A good one from Allagash..

Photo of wheatman106
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this with capra12. We finished the 2nd half of this 750 paired with Dutch Gouda from Trader Joe's.

A: Dark amber color, small head formation with poor retention.

S: Smelled like alcohol and cider with hints of fruit and what I could only explain as moss.

T: Opened carbonated and strongly flavored, more than the level of aroma indicated. You can taste the alcohol, but from the middle to finish this beer dissipates with a woody, grapey spice and earthy notes. Finish is long, alcoholic, and spicy.

M: Medium to full body.

D: I could enjoyably sip this beer, especially paired with the Gouda. I definitely needed help finishing the big bottle though.

Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The uncapping of the metal wire cage, and the pulling of the cork was followed by an resounding pop, that reassured me, that the seal had held well. The beer poured out quite lovely, with a clear reddish amber body, and an unevenly rocky, large, beige head. The aroma was very malty, with a muted spiciness. The mouth watering smell consisted of banana, orange peel, plum, saffron, coriander, and fresh cut hay. The scent was good, but not as prominent as typical for the great examples of the style.

The taste was generously malty, with a buttery mellowness, which I can proudly attribute to the year plus stay in my cellar. There was also a drying presence of faded hops and subtle spices to keep the sweetness in balance. The yeast imparted a bit of sourness as well. The interplay between these elements presented a harmonious complexity.

The body was a little delicate for the style, but the sticky mouthfeel was enough to allow the flavors to shine through. The maturity of the flavors concealed the sugar derived alcohols quite well. Made a perfect nightcap, especially when paired with a wedge of semi-soft Brie cheese. The only slight downside to the whole experience was the fact that the taste did not change very much during the consumption of the entire 750 ml. bomber. Despite that, a very pleasing beer.

Photo of SeanRCole
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I used a 12 oz brandy snifter for this one. Pours deep orange amber with a 1" head after a vigorous poor. This one just looks thick!

Aromas show beautiful earthy/woody components, honey, dried apricot, orange, cloves, and alcohol. Notes of yeasty bread, must, and pears come through as the beer warms.The dried apricot aromas start to shine as the beer approaches 60 degrees. Very complex aromas!!!

Flavors start up front with front with sweet alcohol and figs and dried fruit. Mid pallet brings out the earth, spice, and phenols. A nice long finish with medium bitterness.

A very nice beer! Unfortunately I opened up a Rochefort 8 right after I tasted this one and it kind of left the it in the dust. None the less.... some good stuff!

Photo of oakbluff
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle- pours an opaque caramel colour with a one finger off white head and fair lacing. Nose- toffee, fruit- very sweet smelling. Taste- raisins, brown sugar spice and other dark fruits. Very creamy texture and moderate carbonation. One of the more drinkable quads I've had. I think this bottle has a few years on it, so didn't notice the booze heat that others have remarked on. Quite smooth. Not the most complex quad out there, but still a solid drink.

Photo of Kinsman
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour results in a slightly hazy coppery red color with a thick and frothy, light tan colored head and it has plenty of staying power.

Aroma is notably sweet with hints of caramel and brown sugar and some bready malts linger in the background. Yeast profile seems to add just a hint of clove spice.

Taste has a strong bready and caramel like malt presence with hints of an apple like sweetness. Clove and cinnamon detected in a spice note and finishes with an ever so slight kiss of flowery hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but doesn't finish quite as dry as expected. Overall, a different take on the Quad but certainly one worth trying.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer was a cloudy medium brown color. There was a small head with slight retention.

S: The aroma was malty and sweet. Raisins, spices and Belgian candy were noted.

T: This beer was malty with raisin and molasses flavors noticeable. It is very well balanced.

M: The mouthfeel was full bodied and warming. There was a slight carbonation bite. It left a somewhat oily residue on the tongue.

D: This is a very nice big beer. It has a wide range of complex flavors.

Photo of impending
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is not a quad

750ml into a tulip. Pours an orange amber, minor dense bubble head subsided quickly, excellent lacing. The photo of this in a glass on Allagash's website does not match the brew in front of me.

Strong coriander folded into yeasty white bread seeded with other spices. Blindfolded you would never guess a quad, no dark fruits.

Taste is wholly unexpected, an explosion of flavors. The brewers intended a complex brew and they succeeded in spades. The taste evolves dramatically, almost too much perhaps. This brew may cause indigestion, all the sugars are obvious. The alcohol provides a tummy warming. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel.

four does not a quad make

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with some reddish tint with a nice two finger slightly off white head that leaves a generous amount of lace as it settles.Aromas of cherry and brown sugar are dominant and fresh with a light iron character to it as well.Taste is spicey and clovey with some cherry and more brown sugar and maybe a little allspice?Wow a nice rich ale spicey and complex a real joy to down a bomber after work.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky amber-medium brown, even with a fairly delicate pour. Light just dies in the middle of the Chimay goblet. Modest head winds up a wispy froth, mostly on the edges of the glass. Batch #16, says the bottle.

Quady notes of candi sugar, caramel, milk chocolate, butter-fried hot dogs and brown sugar baked beans are prodded forth by the various Belgian yeasts. Yum.

Clean feel with just the right amount of spicy hops and carbonation makes this not too heavy to enjoy. Herb, earth and mint also comes to mind with the hops, balancing a very dark sugar-forward flavor, with some tobacco notes. Booziness is perceived before tasted - it creeps in with warmth, as butterscotch and candied dates do on the nose. With the second pour, the sugar lets up a little and I notice more chocolate and earthy hop flavors, and it's a bit smoother on the palate.

This could almost be considered a dubbel; it's easier to handle and relatively drier than most quads I've had, certainly too dark for a tripel, but lacks the raisin and sourness most dubbels tend to have. Well-crafted, warming, gets you drunk. A joy!

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Macs Steel Creek.
Murky brown and gold mix. Whitish head, just a little amount of lacing.

Aroma, some malt, caramel. More fruitcake, banana, rumcake and the typical yeasty presence.

Taste is quite spicey. Nutmeg, clove. Caramel, light chocolate, raisin, green grapes. Light red fruits, banana. Quite interesting.

Lighter mid body with a soft carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking. Cost prevents me from drinking much Allagash, but this is good stuff.

Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.