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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 453
Hads: 965
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 111
Gots: 137 | FT: 6
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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 jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #28

Beer is a medium-hued brown/amber with a good-sized off-white head. Decent retention.

Smell consists of Belgian yeast and fruit. Raisin, grape. Vinous. Bready malt.

Beer is surprisingly thin. Bready malt, dark fruits (grape and raisin), yeast. Fairly sweet, a bit of a candy flavour.

Medium bodied, moderate carbontation. Surprisingly thin. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, disappointing. I am an Allagash fan and a Quad fan, but this one doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4+ year vintage bottle.  Not sure of the exact date.  Served at cellar temperature.  Poured from 750mL bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice.  Beer was a clear, reddish-amber color, with a very thin, faint head.  Light lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma was sweet rum, raisins, dates and grapes.  Lots of sugar.  Smells great. 

Taste was caramel, raisins, bourbon, oak and dates.  Not bad, but a tad thin.  Probably aged a little too long. 

Good drinkability and very enjoyable.  I had this one down in the cellar and just forgot about it.  I was digging around looking for some treats to enjoy the week before GABF and found this little treasure.  Ages well and is a great interpretation on the style. 

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a real looker this. Clear dark honey. Nice big head on the pour that recedes to a slight rim.
Smell: sweet, malty with a hint of pepper.
Taste: As expected from the nose. Alcohol well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full with lots of carbonation.
Overall: nice quad.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- After the soft pop of the cork there is a dense amber-brown body. The thin film of bubbles is supported by a tiny slow carbonation but fades to a thin ring of head.

S- The sweet light sugary note with a hint of honey is followed by a cidery smell. The smell of light cream and apple butter comes through stronger as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a sweet caramel malt and brown sugar flavor with a pineapple flavor. There is a light woody flavor with a watery taste to it and finishes with a light bitter hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full texture that is a bit slippery. There is a soft alcohol heat that comes through more as it warms.

D- This beer is sweet with a fruity quality to the malt which is nice and the alcohol helps to support the malt nicely. This makes a nice desert beer, but I can’t say I could pick out the 4 malts, and 4 yeast qualities. It didn’t have that much depth for all the 4s.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good quad. It's lighter than my ideal quad, but still has a nice, complex flavor that invites you to sip slowly and think about what you're tasting.

Very good head and I admittedly sipped before smelling so I can't say much about the aroma, except that there was nothing off-putting about it. The color is an opaque red-brown. The bottle style and alcohol level suggests that this beer may be even better aged, though I drank it only a 5 months after the batch date printed on the label.

Definitely try it. :D

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A lighter color than I expected. Brownish amber with a slight reddish hue. No lacing at all.

S: Heavy citrus aromas are evident. Almost straight orange, so its more than just citrusy hops. There is a definite malt character in the nose. Slightly yeasty as well with some dark fruits.

T: Taste is mainly of various malts. Caramel, bready, and dry malts all dominate the front end with hops coming though and taking over the aftertaste. While the finish is hop-filled, it is also very malty. I've never tasted a beer with this complex and aftertaste before. Warming alcohol is quite evident, especially in the finish. Much drier overall than I ever expected for a quad.

M/D: Medium carbonation and texture. Alcohol is a bit too evident in the flavor for you to have a couple of these. All said and done though, the flavor and texture of this beer one that you could enjoy for one or two.

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Photo of cbl2
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours from the 750 mL bottle embossed with gold lettering with an intense amount of carbonation that leads to a healthy 2 inch head of foam atop a hazy brown liquid of orange hue.


Sweet belgian candied malts strike the nose, along with a whiff of alcohol. This was brewed with 4 hops (and 4 malts), but none of them make their presence known in the aroma.


Huge warming alcohol presence in this one. The first sensation to hit you is a grape-like quality, followed immediately by the alcohol. There are flavors of sweetness throughout, but predominate presence is that of the alcohol.

Has a bit of a chewy quality to it as well, due to slight viscosity which is rather pleasing. I searched high and low for this beer, finally tracking it down at the Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca. Not sure if it's worth $9.49

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #15 Purchased in January 09 and cellared since.

Poured into my wide mouth wine glass as the label instructed. Some scant foam formed but faded quickly. The beer itself is a gorgeous ruby color that is very deep and has excellent clarity. Around the edges there are some single strands of carbonation.

Aroma is fairly light and of some nice malts and deep dark fruits. Not too much spice in the nose.

Dark cherries, plum and other dark fruits dominate the flavor. Lots of yeast notes and a touch of spice. The malt flavors are deep and rich. I don't mean this in a bad way, but almost had a cherry cough medicine quality. Slight warming from the abv. I did have to re-read the label to confirm this was not aged on oak or other wood. There is a slight wood/oak tone to this.

Almost syrup like. Big mouth feel. Warms you a bit as you drink it.

I think this a pretty good quad, but does not rise to the depth and complexity of others.

Glad I had the chance to try this, not sure I'll seek it out again..

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Moderate sized head with weak retention and light lacing. Nice orange pinkish colored beer with a light haze. Very nice color.

S- Very sweet and earthy aroma with hints of cherries, raspberries and caramel.

T- Large Caramel and earthy spice, fruity berries floral hops and dry bitter finish.

M- Full bodied somewhat oily and crisp with a very nice dry finish.

Overall this is a very good beer I would not mind drinking another one of these.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark tea color with a finger of head that falls to cover the beer. The nose is not as malty as I would expect from a quad. The malts are dominant, but still not strong and fig-like. I would call this one a belgian strong dark. The flavor is also not as what I expect from the style. This is a good beer, but for a quad, not so much. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it fits the rest of the beer well. Drinkability is better than the parts would lead me to. This is very smooth for a high ABV beer. I like it, but its just not right for style.

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Photo of nick76
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma benefits from all the malts and hops. It's complex and enhanced by strong yeasts. There is toffee, caramel, butter, toasted malt, wood, and herbal hops. The appearance is brown/amber with a smaller sized head. The flavor is just like the aroma with a bourbon element. The palate is nice and chewy. This is a good beer but the finish is just to acidic for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Batch 23.

Appearance - Light brown with some reddish tints. Pours with a big khaki head. Light wisps on the surface. Medium collar.

Smell - Not sold on the smell. Fusel alcohol. Fruity. Slight sherry.

Taste - Vast improvement. Plums, raisins, great fruit flavor. Darker caramel malts. Less alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Slick, slightly harsh. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's really a good beer, but it has its faults.

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Photo of carln26
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a deep copper to brown color. It had a medium haze, a nice thick rich tan head and a gentle lace on the glass. I smell sweet candy, sugar from the malt. No hop presence on the nose. The malt is up front on the 1st taste too. Then I detect a bite from the alcohol, and finally a bit of a nip from the malt. It’s not overly sweet which is pleasantly surprising. With the extra fermentation I was expecting it to be thicker. It has a fairly heavy mouth feel, and for me I could have 1 or 2, but this is definitely not a session beer. This should be taken seriously as a fine example for this Belgian style.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Westmalle chalice at fridge temperature.

A: Poured a tight head of only around one centimeter, although the head stayed with the beer all the way to the end. Good lacing. The beer is a murky light mahogany, and at cooler temperatures carbonation clings to the side of the glass.

S: Smell is predominately of candied fruit with a very mild hint of spiciness.

T: As with the nose, the dominant flavor is candied fruit, almost like a fruit bread, with some spiciness. There is a note of cherry and tropical fruit. The finish is alcoholic, even a bit hot.

M: Medium bodied, with carbonation providing some balance and structure.

D: The 750 ml bottle went down easy, but that was plenty.

Overall: I enjoyed this American interpretation of a quad and will not hesitate to buy it again. It is a bit coarse and unrefined when compared to some of its Belgian counterparts, but it is a very nice beer that I look forward to enjoying whenever I can. It is hard to find in Ohio; I got mine during a visit to Chicago. A better head and a little more complexity in the flavor profile would make this a world class beer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A tower of nice, fluffy, fine-bubbled, cream-colored head leaves thick rings of lacing at the sip lines of this slightly hazy brown-amber brew.

Smell is fruity and sweet; hints of dates, cloves, a whiff of alcohol;

Taste is complex; both darkly sweet and citrus-tangy, with unsulphured molasses, brown sugar, Karo Syrup, raisins, orange, grapefruit; a vague piney hop presence, coriander, followed by some banana thing going on, and significant alcohol warming lurking beyond the aftertaste...

Drinking this beer is easy; defining its flavor profile is most certainly not; I'm leaving stuff out of the flavor description just so you won't wind up thinking I'm either tripping or making this shit up. Too sweet.

Creamy in the mouth with a nice drying finish.

FOUR is interesting, and even considering the exceptional/excessive sweetness and 10% ABV, drinking this one bomber's no struggle, but I wouldn't really want a second.

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Photo of champ103
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark and cloudy red. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt and dark fruits up front. Dry wood aromas. Some spicy and peppery aromas. Dank yeast as well. A little alcohol burn lingers on.
T: Sweet malt, dark fruits, and spicy flavors again. Lots of dry wood. A little alcohol as well.
M/D: A full body and well carbonated. Again, very dry in the mouth. The alcohol shows, but very easy to sip on.

This is a really good beer. It pretty much follows what a Quad should be. Like most beers of this style though, a bit to dry for my tastes. Still something I would recommend, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of phisig137
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Secret Santa IntriqKen for this one....

A- Pours a brilliantly clear bright copper amber color with a two finger head. Nice retention, and quite a bit of delicate lace.

S- Light caramel and biscuity malts prevail in the nose along with a bit of lighter fruit, notably poached pears with vanilla. Alcohol is apparent.

F- Quite sweet up front, with loads of malt and light fruit flavors. Almost tastes like a slightly undercooked fruitcake. pear and strawberry fruits hit up front along with some other fruity esters, and are backed by a smooth sweet malt presence. Not cloying at all, and finishes only semi sweet. Alcohol is warming after a few sips.

M- slick, smooth, and velvety. nice low carbonation.

D- Pretty good, but the ETOH is a quite noticeable after a glass.

Overall, quite a tasty beer, but definitely not what I think of when I think of a Belgian quad. I'd definitely buy it, and it is well worth trying, but don't expect the deep dark fruits and layers of caramelization found in other quads. If the alcohol was a bit more hidden, and the darker side of the beer was bumped up, I probably would have rated it higher. Either way, give it a shot, it's a solid beer from a great brewery. Thanks again Ken.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap at Churchkey. Reddish brown pour without much head. Malty smell, not boozy and not a lot of dark fruits on this one, light and malty. The dark fruits and booze come thru more on the taste. Which is pretty dry. Light body with sort of a weird aftertaste. Carbonated well. A bit off-putting overall. Not a great quad. Too malty, too strange tasting.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown color with maybe a hint of orange or red. Lots and lots of sediment, both in big chunks and in fine dust. Moderately hazy and almost opaque. Medium light tan / orange head.

S: Belgian yeast scent is first. Candied fruits second. Orange zest and lemon third.

T: Yeast and sugary malt rush to the front. However, they are accompanied by a bit of sour as well. Some citrus elements are evident throughout.

M: Relatively tame for a quad - not nearly as much carbonation as you'd expect. Also not quite as thick or syrupy. Actually seems more balanced in texture than its peers, although I'm not sure if that's a good thing.

D: Not too bad. The sediment is a big barrier to some, but the balanced texture and the relatively well-hidden 10% ABV help. Sour flavor hurts a bit, but as it warmed, the sweetness came out more.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl corked and caged bottle. Cork popped with some force behind it. Pours hazy copper with a big, fluffy tan head, lacing is minimal. Subtle caramel, candi sugar and malt, faint caramel apple and fusel alcohols, suggesting a complete fermentation, and lightly herbal hops all round out a pretty subdued nose. Some scorchy malt flavors show up in the taste, spiciness and warming alcohol heats the esophagus. Hops are indiscernable, other than a slight twang undercurrented in the whole flavor. Grape, fig and pear-like fruit esters blend together with a very smooth malt profile than has a touch of wheat and has a higher carbonation level. Overall, a strong quad that hides its alcohol well by utilizing the process of multiple fermentations. Not bad, but I'll betcha it'll be better in another year when I try it again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/4/08. Bottle 2008. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a very small head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, melon rind, light sweetness. Flavor of lots of melon rind and light apple and pear fruits. Not as sweet and sugary as I remember. This is more like a Belgian Strong Ale. Good, drinkable, tasty beer.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of bret27
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the red in a super fat brandy snifter, which is appropriate for this fat quad.

App: Dark brown, ruby hues. Minimal white head. 2 little chunks floating in bottom.

Smell: belgian fruity berryish esters, earthiness, little citrusy hoppiness hiding in back.

Taste: Same as smells w/addition of sweet candy sugar, bready maltiness.

Mouth: Smooth and full. Little alcohol burn, but not really a burn. Just the belgian warming sensation.

Overall: A good quad, but not amazing. Good but not as good as the real thing from those delightful trappists IMO.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Four, lets dive right in. Color sort of reminds me of raspberry in its pinkish dark complexion, minimal heading. Smell is fruity and syrupy, strawberries, cherries, dates and figs come to mind. Very vinous in the flavor, with definite stone fruit aspects, and bits of candied sugar. Feel is light for the style, probably medium in general. Carbonation is pleasant and not overwhelming. Good drinking here, I had no problem drinking two full glasses despite a mild boozyness. Pretty good beer from the brewers at Allagash. An approachable, yet still complex Quad. Cheers, and keep up the good work.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer last night with dinner. I don't think I paired it very well, would have been better on its own. At any rate, it poured a nice caramel color with a head that quickly disappeared. The smell was sweet.. of sugar, honey, grapefruit, peach, and maybe cinnamon. Taste was much like Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde.. almost an exact match! It was highly drinkable.. taste was of honey/sugar, caramel, raisin, clove, and had some "Belgain" spice to it. It changed somewhat as it warmed. It was good, I'd have it again.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

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.

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.