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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 87
Gots: 99 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Photo of perrymarcus
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

perrymarcus, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged two years in the beer fridge.

Pours a deep mahagony. Slightly cloudy. Very thin head (from the aging).

Nose is very mature, with robust fruit and a slight sugary feel. Cherries dominate.

Very robust fruit in the initial taste. Faint, but nice, hop profile in a quite tart finish.

Mouthfeel is very thick and slightly syrupy. Extremely chewy.

For a 10%er, suprisingly easy to handle. Hides the % very well.

beer2day, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Affligem chalice. Been sitting on this one for a few months now.

Dark ruby/caramel in color. One finger off white head that eventually dies down to a thick layer of foam on top. Fairly clear for a quad. Specs of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smells of dark fruits mostly. Plumbs, raisins, and granny smith apples. A hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste has green apples, plumbs, and raisins to a lesser extent some caramel, brown sugar, and toast. There is a bit of leafy hops as well.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium. Very well carbonated. Pretty creamy. Somewhat smooth with a decent bite on the end.

Drinkability is pretty nice. Interesting quad all around.

billshmeinke, May 25, 2010
Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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

impending, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Shovelbum
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Shovelbum, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Gmann, Jan 27, 2008
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

metter98, Mar 12, 2011
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.

Foxman, May 12, 2004
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.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 26, 2004
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.

Fugazme, Jan 22, 2006
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.

rowingbrewer, Apr 15, 2011
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..

francisweizen, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light plum red pour with a film of head that stuck. Pretty color. 4.0

Very mild nose. Some faint red fruits. Plum, bing cherry, and watermelon. 3.0

Rich in flavor. Fruity and malt sweet. Cherry, rum raisin, and pomegranate. Malts are pretty pale, but big. The fruits really shine, that in the booze. 4.5

Smooth feel with decent carb for a quad. 3.5

Certainly a delicious spin on a quad. Two thumbs up. 4.5

thecheapies, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of oakbluff
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

oakbluff, Jun 02, 2009
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.

wheatman106, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage. Batch #18. Purchased this at least two years ago at a Total Wine. Split, served in chalices.

A - pours with just a thin amount of short lived light tan foam. settles to a thin film and ring. the beer is slightly cloudy, dirty brown in color.

S - dark fruits, mostly plums and raisins. dark candi sugar. lightly spicy yeast and some sweet phenols. rounded out with some apple, lightly oxidized hops, and some light toffee.

T - following suit from the nose begins somewhat sweet. good amount of raisin and mild red apples. turns a bit bready through the middle, with the addition of red grapes augmented by a hint of clove and banana from the yeast. hops have completely died out at this point, with a slightly cidery finish.

M - medium bodied, low amount yet slightly tingly carbonation. sticky from the sweetness. the 10% ABV is absolutely vanished at this point.

D - this might be slightly past its peak, but still held together quite well. scents and flavors are well meshed but get lost a bit. alcohol is completely gone, making this quite dangerous. a bit different for the style but still a well made brew.

Stigs, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is FOUR aged in strawberries (?!?), served on-tap at the Blind Tiger during their Allagash promo night.

A: The ale is a dark quad color, thick and brown like turbid creek water with little carbonation. There is no head to speak off.

S: The nose is thick and malty, strong to the point of tartness with strawberry undertones. The strawberry is kind of sweet but mostly it has taken on a tart flavor that could easily pass of framboise or kriek. Overall it is very inviting and intriguing.

T: The taste is a duel of fruit sweetness and malt depth; most times the malt wins. The maltiness is thick graininess, dry with a slightly tart grape finish. The strawberries, an choice that was either inspired or deranged, are sweet but not sugary sweet with a slight tartness that conjures up a solid fruit lambic.

M: The quad is a mouthful, alternating with grain strength and tart fruitiness. The use of strawberries (I keep repeating it because I am still getting used to it), is an interesting decision but it does impart a distinct flavor.

D: At 10%, this is not a quaffing beer. I had one glass and savored every sip, but doubt that I could handle a second.

akorsak, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Four - 750ml bottle into 25oz snifter.

When held up to the light the deep opaque mahogany turns into a glowing clowdy ruby hue. A stone khaki one finger head slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass.

Somewhat of a light aroma, with some earthy yeast aromas and a little bit of dark fruit. A slight spiciness is upfront. Not very sweet for a Quad, maybe something to do with the multiple fermenting stages.

Dark fruit flavors, maybe plum, along with some spicy phenols. The alcohol doesn't show up much considering its amount. A little bit of sweetness tails in the end.

Somewhat of a clean flavor for a Quad. I'm wondering if the fourth fermentation took out so much sugar that the beer is left a little thinner. Still, it's very enjoyable and smooth.

BeerSox, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Trappe Door in Greenville, SC

A: Pours a deep copper color into the Trappe Door tulip glass. Good head, good retention

S: Cherries, wood, lots of residual sugar, banana, and hints of Belgian yeast, raisin. Alcohol does come through in the nose, but does not mask the rest

T: Super malty, including notes of cherries, dark fruit, candied fruit, raisin, banana, and a little spearmint. Kind of sweet, but alcohol is not noticeable at all, despite its 10% ABV

MF/O: Thick body, velvety, creamy feel, finishes a little sweet with hints of candied dark fruit

scottyshades, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky bronze color with a ruby hue around the base of my snifter glass. the head fades in short order and lacing is minimal.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel and bourbon. fruity warm citrus, raisin and other dark fruits and vinous alcohol.

Taste: Very warm caramel lemon, orange dark fruits currants, cherry, licorice and a bit of cough syrup in the back end. Warm boozy wine like finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth silky feel with the warm alcohol, lots of smooth malts and dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is a big beer. A quad always is but this one shows off its bigness forcing you to sip with respect. Nice.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2004 Vintage.

Poured a deeper and slightly cloudy orangish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, candi sugar, some dark fruitiness, roast, yeast, and chocolate. Tastes of plums, raisins, candi sugar, lighter yeast, and I’m getting dried out orange peels. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 9/22/08

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source:/Serving: Draft

Smell: Intense spicy pear and fresh apple cider, honey, caramel. A n underlying floral/earthy character is captivating and mysterious.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts with intense fresh pear and some lemon acidity meet up with slightly bitter plum skin. Melds into honey whose sweetness is slightly offset by carbonated bitterness and some spice reminiscent of black pepper and nutmeg. Spices are well integrated into the foundation of the beer - not distinct but very complex. Some yeastiness as it warms, too - but there is an odd bubble gum note that comes up too which was slightly unpleasant. Finish is fairly crisp, bready malts, a hint of alcohol and general fruitiness. Definitely not one of those super sweet quads and no sign of the ABV.

4000qtrap, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into Gouden Carolus chalice. The bottle is marked Batch #21 and was purchased earlier today. The beer has a large foamy head colored off white. The liquid appears to be a few shades of brown mixed together; I'm tempted to call it tan, or deep copper, or burnt orange, but really it is none of these. There is a lot of carbonation rising within my glass. Lacing appears to be fairly even. The beer has a very interesting, robust aroma. The malts really get to me. There's a touch of sweet, a touch of spice and a touch of alcohol. It reminds me a lot of this beer's Belgian inspirations, but I also picture a pine cone as I inhale. It truly is a Maine Quad. The beer tastes a big spicier than I expected. The finish is especially peppery. The light and dark candi sugars add a subtle sweetness that is very good. The pepper and alcohol linger a bit and leave a warm coating. It is full bodied and feels thick. The carbonation can be readily felt. A mildly sweet and equally sticky film is left upon my lips. I'm enjoying this beverage, but will do so at a slow pace. Perhaps it is best suited split with three of your friends, but I'll be able to consume it all myself over the next couple of hours. It is a beer I would drink again, but there are other Allagashes and Quads that I prefer.

ToasterChef, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps this beer is a little overworked. It has an impresive, dry-yet-caramel flavored aroma and texture. But I was left seeking liveliness. No yeast-endowed sourness, ardent spices or zigzagging texture. Nevertheless, supple, creamy, caramel-creme and nutella textures introduce blonde flavors of nut, brie, vanilla and husk.
As a liqueur this is very nice. As a beer, I think there is a deadened quality that keeps it from acheiving the heights I have come to expect from this brewery.

putnam, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of kaszeta
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark amber body, and a thin, frothy white head with heavy lace. Very fruity smells, almost tropical. Taste is a bit milder than the smell, with light fruitiness, a bit of banana and lemon, and slight yeast and hops notes. Not much alchohol flavor for such a high ABV. Very soda-ish mouthfeel, with a lot of carbonation. A fairly pleasant beer.

kaszeta, Nov 07, 2004
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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