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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 82
Gots: 91 | FT: 4
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-26-2004)
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

12-04-2012 04:15:41 | More by chippo33
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, seems I'm in the minority here.

Beautiful caged bomber, the label of which read "Four hops, four malts, fermented four times." To which I ask the question, where the heck did all those ingredients go? I can't taste any hops & barely any malts.

Four is startling average; no nose AT ALL, verified by my marvelous wife who shared the bomber with me. Taste is shallow & twofold: sweet candied sugar followed by a mortar round of alcohol. Nothing else.

I'm a fan of the style & this one left me heartily underwhelmed. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 04:02:20 | More by maximum12
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harrymel

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Batch #21

A: Pours a hazy burnt toffee ale with a single finger of peanut head which dissipates quickly to leave a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. when agitated, a full finger of fluff sticks around for a few minutes.

S: Initially, floral and metallic. Followed up by sweet belgian sugar, malts and earthy yeast. Some hints of green apple skins. Afraid this would not really benefit from more time in the bottle (and I'm unsure of the age on this).

T: Sweet, yeasty, see above. At the back end, the alcohol sharpens and even stabs! Haven't had anything this alcoholic in some time. Afraid this would not really benefit from more time in the bottle (and I'm unsure of the age on this).

M: Medium-lo body with seltzer carbonation. The beer is a bit light on the palate for my preference in a quad. Leaves slick in the mouth.

O: A far cry from the quality I've come to expect from Allagash. The beer is poorly balanced and overly alcoholic. With a mouthfeel inconsistent with the style's big dogs, this beer nearly disappoints. Last time I will buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 15:35:06 | More by harrymel
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deebo

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lover of quads, excited to try Allagash's take on the style.

A-Bottle from Batch #25 shared with friends this beer is clear amber with a bubbly white head with no staying power.

S-Not a lot going on here, aromas of sweet malt (caramel) are dominant; weak in those characteristic Belgian yeast esters.

T-Quite non-descript, malt upfront, with a fair punch of alcohol with just a hint of yeasty esters and a quick pop of spicy hops.

M-Alcohol is a bit hot, likely because the malty mouthfeel is low and doesn't carry the heft of a 10% brew well. The fairly high carbonation does not work here very well either.

O-I had hopes that this would be my first excellent quad as Allagash has proven they can knock out a Belgian style (see Allagash White and Tripel) but like other US Brewers miss the complexity deliciousness exemplified by St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Westy XII. This beer needs work. Average compared to US versions I've tried, below average compared to Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 14:12:43 | More by deebo
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Pahn

New York

2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Stag's Head in NYC. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: 1/3 foamy white head left by the bartender dissipates quickly into a small froth around the surface of the glass. Color is a hazy reddish amber. Leaves lots of lacing everywhere.

Smell: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, a little raisin and plum. As it warms, some boozy and phenolic notes become dominant. Pretty boring for a quad.

Taste: Belgian yeast, a surprisingly large, offputting witbier flavor, banana, orange, and a hint of some of the expected dark fruit flavors. Mild welcome funk. It's a little sugary and hot. Some nice smoky flavors in the finish.

This beer is a weird mess. It almost starts to make sense every so often, and none of the flavors are really unpleasant (though they don't go together at all), but all in all it's a head scratcher. At first I thought it was just too cold, but I nursed the beer for about 45 minutes and it never stopped being a weird mix of clashing esters, bad watery mouthfeel, and only the mildest suggestion of deep quad flavors.

Mouthfeel: Too watery and thin. Somehow manages to be chalky and sticky while still being way too watery.

Drinkability: Wasted $9 on this. Would only have this on tap again if someone I trusted assured me it was good.

It seems I always have bad luck with big beers that develop depth in the bottle when I have them on tap. What I had today at the bar was awful, which particularly disappointed me because I've had Allagash Four before, and it's good in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 05:48:11 | More by Pahn
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Zorro

California

2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove after a shattered bottle and a reship.

A cloudy brown colored ale with very little head formation.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a faint sourness.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a faint sour flavor, Maybe this bottle is spoiled? Doesn't taste much like a Quadrupel, tastes like a substandard Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well I have had better and I seriously doubt that I will bother trying to sample this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 04:09:33 | More by Zorro
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CampusCrew

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: hazy copper, and little head for a belgian.

smell: fruity, dark fruits, IE raisins, plum...

taste: bad alcohol bite, again some fruity aspect. an uncomfortable medicine bite

mouthfeel: light carbonation, had a elixir feel

drinkability: not a good belgian at all, it's hard to mess them up too.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 20:17:10 | More by CampusCrew
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misinformed

California

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Batch 21, poured into a snifter. Reviewed 11/27.

A- Poured with a nice 1 1/2" light tan, foamy head that settled down to a dusting eventually. The beer is dark, burnt orange and semi-opaque.

S- Mostly dominated by yeast. Some fruit and a touch of malt. Alcohol at times, especially after it warmed up a bit.

T- More going on than the smell indicates. Some grassy, floral notes upfront followed by toasted malt, caramel, and candy sugar. Finishes strong on spicy yeast. Alcohol is often detectable as well. The combination of spice and alcohol was very medicinal to me. Really harsh/jumbled flavor profile that doesn't seem balanced at all.

M- Lighter side of medium. Very smooth, no carbonation that I noticed. Lightly dry finish.

D- The spicy yeast flavors overshadowed everything in this one for me from the getgo, so I didn't particularly enjoy it. Flavorwise this reminds me of a Belgian strong pale. Some hops are present upfront, but the maltiness is lacking here. The different flavors just never jived for me enough to really enjoy this. Unfortunately not worth the high price tag.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 08:08:45 | More by misinformed
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a small surface skim head with a little bit of spotty lacing here and there. Body was a brown garnet.

Smell - esters, phenols, chalky yeast, dark bready malt, dark dried fruits like dates and raisins, overripe apples and pears, bananas.

Taste - similiar to smell. Esters and phenols with bananas, date, raisins, overripe apples, overripe pears. Dark bread and caramel. Chalky yeast sometimes, also adds some spiciness. Not a hint at all of 10% abv, not one; no warmth, no burn. Aftertaste of caramel.

Mouthfeel - thin to moderate, low carbonation, slight hop oil slickness.

Drinkablity - this is a decent, but not great beer. Also high abv of 10 % limits this to one 750 in any given session.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 21:20:05 | More by ultralarry2006
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I havent had a Quad in a wile. It poured a real dirty brown cloudy hue. Very little if any noticeable head
The initial nose had lots of malt in it.. I also detected alittle pear on the nose
The first taste was very big, a bit dull but big and full. Lots of malt and a good amount of alcohol in it
The second and third taste was the same.

Not a lingering aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:19:16 | More by rdilauro
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Nathan50

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.3%

03-23-2014 18:39:02 | More by Nathan50
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Mbpike

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-27-2014 22:48:49 | More by Mbpike
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sweemzander

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks to chris for sharing! Batch#21.

(A)- Pours an orange colored amber. Some tan froth.

(S)- A ripe cider-like yeasty banana and very mild clove.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A big ester-like yeast. Bits of cider and banana.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, though seems thin, yet heavy on the yeast and a pretty potent warmth the longer it sits.

(D)- Not what I was expecting. Seems either past its prime or just disjointed and heavy. Became very sweet the longer it sat in the glass too.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 18:01:08 | More by sweemzander
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%

09-12-2013 18:33:03 | More by CityofBals
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-17-2012 01:44:35 | More by gafferjohn
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-11-2011 06:34:39 | More by jophish17
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-24-2012 02:08:23 | More by kscaldef
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TerrapinWakenBake

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-18-2012 19:55:58 | More by TerrapinWakenBake
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Soumya

Oregon

3/5  rDev -26.3%

09-19-2013 19:15:59 | More by Soumya
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Batch #20

A clover-honey color with amber hues, solid haze and a rather lovely khaki colored 2" head and dissipates rapidly.

Dankly sweet fruity nose, wild strawberries, sour red grapes, sugar coated dates, pineapple with some heat tingle...zesty, sour candies and some citric acid.

A brew fermented four times should have some serious depth, and it does. It's very complex but the malt(S) simple goes over the edge, I simple do not care for the darker malt used which gives a smokey, buttery, heavy Old Ale-like feel and flavor that is just not right here. It's a shame becuase the rest of this brew is pretty nice, resinous fruits, sweet and tangy all-over with a balance of dry, herbal yeast and hops that brings out a strange but deep flavor spectrum. The feel is jazzy and crisp which is fine, but the malt proves to be to heavy and slick, cloying in fact. A bitter, medicinal and herbal yeast with vodka-esque heat runs a bit wild, the wood and brown sugar malt comes back with a sour-edge that i really don't care for in this style. The yeast cannot reach it's true potential with the dominating maltiness. Some slight metallic-sour yeastiness comes out later on adding to it's medicinal kick.

Complexity is high and if you like a big malty quad this will be to our likking, but it's off balance and rather strange to me. Sip, slow share with friends and maybe your closest enemy.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 20:02:42 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass chalice

Pours hazy orageish-caramel colored with a few fizzles that leaves a small patch. Very little lacing is left.

The smell is of sour apples, caramel, some alcohol. The smell of green apples leads me to think that something went wrong here...

The taste is of Belgian-ish spices (clove, predominantly) that were not in the aroma. The taste of green apples gives it something cidery, although it faded to the background as the drink progressed. A dollop of caramel almost covers it, but not quite. Alcohol gives it a booziness that sticks around. There is a citric tone in the back, but it's virtually lost. Although there is some spiciness in the finish, it is not quite as dry as I would expect.

It has something of a creaminess about it, though the alcohol lingers longer than the flavors.

This one was a disappointment for me. Maybe this one was infected or something, as the green apple character just didn't sit well. Too caramelish for style, esp. as there are three other malts in the mix...It might need to age more, also, as the alcohol was just a bit too masking.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 02:20:34 | More by jwc215
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a brownish orange color with a tan foamy head. The smell of the beer had a mix of sweet and sour aromas. The taste was pretty much just like the nose but was mostly on the sour side. The mouthfeel was decent. I thought this beer sounded pretty awesome but after having it I wasn't all that impressed with it. I was pretty bummed out actually I thought would have been better.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:09:37 | More by Knapp85
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A let down for me. Perhaps they tried a little toooo hard to make a unique beer???

Pours a golden copper color with a nice amount of head.

Smell is sweet, fruity a bit, and of course sugary. Sense of alcohol smell is also prevalent.

Taste is very malty and sweet. A little too much for me.

Overall, disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 17:42:10 | More by devinoconnor
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beertunes

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch #18. Poured into tulip. Poured a slightly reddish brown with barely any head, just a thin ring around the outside edge, but that little head managed to have decent retention and very low lacing.

The aroma was fruity and yeasty, as expected for the style, but much more subdued than I look for. The flavor also was spicy, yeasty and fruity, but again, not as bold as I look for in this style.

The body was very thin for the style, and for me the fullness is one of the things I like best about this style. Drinkability was very good, the beer is smooth and easy to quaff.

Overall, this is an OK brew. I really like the other brews I've had from this brewery and this is among my favorite styles, so maybe my expectations were too high. Certainly worth trying, but not in the same class as Chimay Blue or Ommegang 3 Philosophers.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:12:30 | More by beertunes
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Arbitrator

California

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a murky mahogany color with dark copper tones when held to the light. Starts with an inch of head that lapses into a collar around the brew. No lacing down the sides.

S: Toffee, brown sugar, plums, cherries, raisins, and coriander.

T: Lots of dark malt, brown sugar, and lastly toffee on the initial taste. It broadens into a dark fruit base in plum, cherry, and raisin tones as I sample the swig some more. Some currant and apple too. A nice coriander and pepper bite right at the dry finish, letting it end cleanly with no aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation. It sits well on the tongue without being too syrupy or too foamy, which is a fantastic balance. A dry finish with spicy bite. No alcohol burn.

D: This is a good quad, but it reminds me of Three Philosophers, which is half the cost and pretty much twice the value. I really don't see myself paying $17 to grab this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 06:45:03 | More by Arbitrator
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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.