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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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Photo of rowingbrewer


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:53:23 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of francisweizen


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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..

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 19:06:51 | More by francisweizen
Photo of thecheapies


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 21:09:42 | More by thecheapies
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 02:05:35 | More by oakbluff
Photo of wheatman106

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 03:09:20 | More by wheatman106
Photo of Stigs


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:50:42 | More by Stigs
Photo of akorsak


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2007 01:47:20 | More by akorsak
Photo of BeerSox


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 23:29:11 | More by BeerSox
Photo of scottyshades


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 18:02:11 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Phatz


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 02:51:33 | More by Phatz
Photo of hopdog


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 19:15:46 | More by hopdog
Photo of 4000qtrap


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 04:29:42 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of ToasterChef


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 23:48:12 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of putnam


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 00:24:17 | More by putnam
Photo of kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 20:16:58 | More by kaszeta
Photo of SheepNutz


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a murky brownish red color with four fingers of head (coincidence with this beer?). There is a bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is very rich and sweet. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruit aromas present. Nice and complex. The taste is fairly sweet. Super malty with lots of plums and dates. It finishes slightly dry though, with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is decently thick and strong, and the drinkability is surprising for 10%. A decent take at a quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 03:45:39 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of jwinship83


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into my chimay goblet. bottle reads batch 18.

A- this one pours a murky reddish color with a small khaki colored head that lasts a while and leaves solid rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- very sweet. very fruity. lots of raisin and plum. fig also. somewhat spicy belgian yeast.

T- once again, very sweet. alot more spice than i could smell. slight alcohol burn. lots of the fruit i could smell. raisin, plum, and fig dominate.

M- light bodied with alot of carbonation. exactly what i was expecting.

D- easy to get to the bottom of this bottle but its a little strong to consider another. glad i tried this. allagash never lets me down.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 03:23:18 | More by jwinship83
Photo of allengarvin


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-year-old bottle, served in Chimay glass. Pours out a very lovely rosy-ruby tinted color, though the head forms and fades very quickly. Very nice aroma: sweet, very lightly cocoa malt; resinous hop smells; and a fruity, woody vanilla. Very sweet start, with lots of residual sugars, overlaying a toasty, caramel malt flavor. Bitterness is relatively low for the strength. Lots of fruitiness. Malty finish. Body reasonably light despite the sweetness.

A good late-night beer, just before bed (as I'm having right now).

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 06:11:57 | More by allengarvin
Photo of nriech


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep rust color with about 1/2 inch head. Good retention. Very little lacing.

S: Very bready aroma is quite strong with a lot of nutty yeast character with a small hint of dark sugars in the back.

T: Big, sweet fruit up front, like sugared raisins and plums. Warming sweatness running over. The flavor almost turns roasty right before you get hit with a smack in the throat from the alcohol again as a not so subtle warming.

D: Chewy & creamy body. Alcohol is not too big and it doesn't dry up too much. Carbonation is balanced very nicely as well. Taste is raisiny and slightly bitter on the finish

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 20:29:18 | More by nriech
Photo of clayrock81


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a seethru red-tinged copper with bubbly head that died quick and left no lace. The first I notice in the aroma is the yeast...it definitely comes out. There's also that candy, sugary aroma (though mild) as well as that faint citric hop aroma. Thicker and fuller-bodied, chewey even, the beer is greatly balanced. Also prickly with great carbonation, the sticky heaviness of the beer is countered and not murkey. I pick up sweet malts like candy sugar and some bready malts as well. Also picking up some tartness like cherry and a hint of citric hop flavoring. Fines nice and smooth and plush, ABV minimized, so it feels like I'm drinking a great fruit and sweet ale that is heavy and crisp and real easy to drink. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:15:49 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Fins Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Poured a deep, garnet colored amber with a two-finger head of frothy tan foam which left curtains of sticky lace.

S: Smells quite fruity, with a deep, sweet malt aroma, a bit of cocoa powder and churned butter. Hops border on bowl of citrus fruits and a field of cut grass and herbs.

T: Tastes quite complex, like a Belgian strong ale should. Loads of sweet and roasted malt flavors with hints of banana, clove, blackberry and light honey sweetness. Hops are demure yet bol enough, lending a spicy, herbal flavor to the sugary sweetened malts.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly dry, yet slightly sweet as well.

D: One to share a bottle of or sip on after dinner. WOuld probably go well with a plate of gouda cheese and rye crackers. I had one oyster with it and it didn't compliment as well as I'd hoped. Oh well, still fine crating and a good version of the style. Dare I say better than Ommegang?

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 23:29:17 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couple of years on this bottle probably helped

Appearance: Reddish-orange-copper-caramel pour, decent head and lacing, although a bit off by allagash standards

Smell: Typical Quad, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, figs, dates, and other dark fruits. No alcohol.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, dates, figs, blood orange, dark rum, a bit boozy after it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, silky, but not perfect

Drinkability: Incredible for a 10% quad

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:34:40 | More by craytonic
Photo of deereless


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color of a murky iced tea, lots of sediment, creamy head - 4.25, S: Yeasty aroma of the Belgian style (surprise - it's Allagash), some dry sour dough bread, tinge of citrus which I can only assume is the hops - 4.50, T: Almost puckering, lots of alcohol, a little on the side of sour cherry, heavy on the malt, dry - 4.00, M: 4.00, D: A solid beer, quadrupels are often not up my alley but this one is an example of the style that I can appreciate - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:39:27 | More by deereless
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 8/9/13, cheers Eagleray for the bottle, batch 28

A crystal clear light copper liquid with a few tiny bubbles feeding a large three finger foam that hangs around for a few sips leaving just a patch of lace

S green apple, cherry, plum, dried banana chips, brown sugar covered raisins, faint cinnamon and booze, I get a little yeast as it warms

T some sweet malts, honey, and spice I can't quite place are added to the mix, still has a fair amount of fruit and a hint of booze with lots of brown sugar

M medium bodied, soft carbonation, a little heat, slightly sticky with spiced fruit lingering on the finish

O solid brew and a good example of the style, smell and taste are a highlight and it has some complexity working for it but has a little ways to go compared to the classics

I should have sat on this one for a while but that being said its still drinking well today, something I'd look for in the future and I could see it aging gracefully

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:01:00 | More by wordemupg
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2006 Vintage bottle I have had this one sitting in the cellar for two years, and decided last night to go diving in there, this is what I came up with. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, the cork and caged 750ml bottle was consumed on 05/29/2009.

The pour was wonderful,dark brown, nearly opaque color here with a rich looking off white head that rose up to a height of around three inches at first before settling down with a gentle cushion and dropping tons of thick lace along the way. Rich malty aroma, hints of lots of bready notes here, touches of caramel and rich herbal notes. Strong toffee notes as it warms, really fantastic presentation so far. Smooth, mellow, well blended taste with the high ABV well masked within. Creamy, rich, sweet flavor with a definite candy like flavor in the finish and light touches of dried fruits mixed in throughout.

Overall very, very solid and definitley a fine example of the style. I would have no issues at all with having this one every day. And to be honest it looks as though the age has mellowed it quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 14:59:01 | More by mikesgroove
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.