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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%

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 tdm168

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - orangish amber with a big, thick, white head; decent retention

S - apples, pear, yeast, Belgian funk

T - apple, yeast, clove, pear, some pepper

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a plush, fruity, estery, juicy beer. There are some spices that lend balance and offer depth. The ABV is really well hidden making this a dangerously drinkable beer. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 00:26:37 | More by tdm168
Photo of RussBecker1

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap during an allagash event at Kudu coffee house Charleston, SC

A-Pours a nice ruby red that hints at the fruits hidden inside. Much lighter than other quads I have had, and frankly I prefer a darker, thicker appearance as this was almost indistinguishable from their dubbel.

S- Painfully underwhelming. Given the nature of a quad I expected deep lavish notes, but got hardly any of that as the nose was rather bland.

T- Not bad, but when compared to other quads, or even other allagash products, I was left disappointed. It hits on a couple subtle notes of fruits and malt, but in comparison to the similarly styled dubbel, the latter is far superior.

M-To its credit, FOUR possesses one of the better feels I have had in recent memory. A surprisingly impressive balance of carbonation that settles on the palate, which actually proves to be very very smooth.

O-Very disappointing to have just an average brew from a great brewery and a great style. I will choose either dubbel, curieux or white over this in a heartbeat, but it was nice to try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 13:38:46 | More by RussBecker1
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at alewife, baltimore into tulip. Pours a deep amber haze with a bit of head. Nice belgian malt aromas, banana and clove dominate. Taste is very similar; belgian banana, clove, booze, maybe a sweet sugary honey or molasses and dried fruit. Super easy drinker here...I could chug this 10%abv all day. Its got a great flavour but really is basic in a way. Nonetheless...great brew, and I'd have again. Wonder how it would age???

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 00:54:17 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times. Guess it's high time I reviewed it. At Max's todday.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The is also impresssive, as I pick up considerable brown sugar, vanilla, light rootbeer and considerable underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's more of the spice and rootbeer then I was expecting. There's also some noticeable bitterness on the finish, which helps to balance the modest sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a fairly spicey finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and the 10% abv. is deceiving. I would have guessed an abv. considerably less, so one needs to be a bit careful with this beer.

A nice enough beer, but can't really call it a standout in the Allagash portfolio.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 18:14:09 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a light tan color with a little head. The mouth feel was highly carbonated. The finish is excellent: magnificent apricot coupled with heavy alcohol. After warming, there was a multi fruit taste to the finish.

This is an excellent beer which I will drink again in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 00:39:01 | More by brureview
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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
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap at Delaney's. Amber-red color with a tan head; almost looked like a sour based on the color I'm used to. Spicy aroma, a little bitter. Malty taste, a little bit sweet, but certainly not as cloying and raisin-like as I've tasted in some other quad's I've tried. Drank quite easily; not as heavy as many in the style. Very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 06:23:08 | More by medic25
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA in Allagash goblet.

A: Pours a rich reddish-amber with about a finger of creamy head. Doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

S: Lots of caramel right out the gate, spicy apple, brown sugar, then a little kick of the hops. Very nice.

T: Thick, very sweet and fruity right up in your face. Molasses notes come through midpalate, almost syrupy but not cloying. Alcohol is evident towards the finish, though it's more of a reminder rather than an unpleasant burn as some higher-ABV brews can have.

M: Slippery, medium-bodied, not overly carbonated. It's not as heavy as I might have expected in a quad. Leaves an almost slick feel in the mouth. I can't say I was crazy about the feel at first, but it grew on me a bit.

O: A nice quad, though very sweet. Definitely one you'd want to sip, not gulp. That said, Allagash has some better offerings. It's pricey, too, so it's a once-in-a-while for when you want something a bit different.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 00:38:30 | More by quinoarex
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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 09:21:23 | More by russwbeck
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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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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
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 18:11:34 | More by Bung
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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed February 19th, 2011 at Bier Academy, Santa Clarita, CA.

Beer is a deep caramel/golden/amber brown (hard to pin down, exactly) with good clarity. Very little head as served; what is there is just a fine off-white skin providing almost negligible sheeting.

Aroma has a peppery spice to it with sweet floral notes (honeysuckle?).

Flavor has a touch of melonoidin; fresh dark bread, soft powdery yeast, powdered sugar, some fruitiness (apricot?), low but still present bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel, slight carbonation tingle, slight dryness on finish.

Excellent camouflage of the ABV. Well-balanced and somewhat flavorful, but not really a shining example of a quad. Still, the beer went down quickly and easily, so points for that.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 18:56:00 | More by charlzm
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a murky dark orange with a thin khaki head that slowly diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet dried fruits with a hint of leather and very mild spice. The taste is loads of smooth dried fruit with a nice touch of caramel malts and Belgian spice. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth carbonation. This is a great draft Belgian style beer, one I would certainly have on-tap again if I get the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 00:23:19 | More by atsprings
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the high street grill, poured into a small goblet. The pour is amber/ orange with a slight white head. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit, hint of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with dates, maybe some citrus and it finishes with a very light alcohol. Four is full in body, and well carbonated for the style. A very enjoyable quad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 14:24:56 | More by bonkers
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at gingerman. Out of the gate beauty. Builds in the glass like a guiness. Deep amber that fades in shades from darker to light top to bottom. Hardly any detectable nose at all. Subtle fruit in the cherry grape vein. The flavor is different for a quad. Much softer. Much thinner buts leaves a nice refreshing tingle in my mouth. Taste is very fruitpunch with spices. Unique and the alchohol is pretty nicely blended but there for sure. Happy with this offering from allagash, not what i typically look for in a quad but very tasty none-the-less

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 00:23:40 | More by cosmicevan
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off white foam with a tinge of beige that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass. The body is a hazy, amber-brown color.

S - Bready yeast and malt dominates the aroma at first, but a swirl of the glass reveals deeper notes of plum and red apple with complex sugar characteristics. Toffee, caramel, and rummy raisins.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with some peppery yeast and dark bread. The caramel intensifies in the middle with more spicy yeast character and an earthy hop bitterness. The malt character becomes more molasses oriented in the finish with moderate hop bitterness and a bit of red apple fruitiness from the yeast. Lingering notes of apple, brown sugar, caramel, and warm alcohol.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This beer is hard to judge, it is not as dark in malt character as some other examples of the style and seems to lose some of its potential complexity as a result, but it is very well balanced and there is a smoothness to the flavor and to the yeast character in particular that speaks of careful bottle conditioning. The malt character is mostly layers of caramel with a hint of brown sugar and molasses and the yeast is mostly spicy notes rather than the dark fruit I expected. This works fairly well and does not become medicinally phenolic the way spicy yeast character often does in dark Belgian beer styles. In a way, it seems more like a very strong dubbel than a quad/dark strong. It is not the most interesting Quad that I have ever had, but it has a balance and poise that I would normally only expect from a beer made by a Belgian brewery and have almost never seen in an American brewed example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 06:32:59 | More by nickfl
Photo of 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Dark brown color, not much head.

Smells super sweet (almost candy sweet) and malty. Taste the same. The heat of the alcohol is clearly there.

Full bodied, highly drinkable. A solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 18:29:09 | More by bceagles39
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
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3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap, into a tulip at The Map Room.

The beer pours a very untypical color for a quad forcing me to ask the bartender if I was given the right drink. It is a super light brown with tons of amber highlights. Its almost totally redish in the light. The head is light tan, super foamy with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty light, you get mostly bourbon on the front, sweet closes (no yummy malts), and an on oaky finish. It smells ok, just weird for a quad.

The taste keeps up the weirdness. When I think quad I want dark fig malts etc. All you get is oak and alcohol.

The feel is way to warm and has a weird aftertaste.

Overall, not impressed here. First of all, this may be made like a quad, but its no quad. Even if I can get past the improrper making of a great style, its just not a great tasting beer anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 13:33:49 | More by jrallen34
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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-translucent honey golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale yellow-cream head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and slightly sweet. Richly fruity flavor has hints of yeast, malt and honey - quite tasty. Lively, tingly, fizzy, sassy texture leaves a nice honey-sweet but not cloying finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 01:10:01 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Sunset Tap & Grill into a tulip.

A: Opaque reddish-brown body; small, quickly-dissipating head of white foam; moderate lacing. Nothing too exciting on this front.

S: Subdued aromas of yeast, candi sugar, and dark fruits (plums and raisins). Nice, but not as intense as I'd like for a quad.

T: Now this is where this beer delivers - huge flavors caress the tongue, from the big fruity malts up front through the delicately spicy yeast to the rich malty finish and smooth, slightly boozy aftertaste. Awesome.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

D: Unsurpassed for the strength. Hardly shows the ample ABV at all.

Notes: Amazing all-around beer. Yet another winner from Allagash. Amazing to find it on tap.


Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 01:34:00 | More by woosterbill
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4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Great Lost Bear. Its actually fairly hazy in the glass, a big turn on for me. This beer actually blew my mind. It is absolutely one of the best I have ever had the privilege of drinking. Fairly sweet, but with a cutting edge that managed to quickly dispel any and all other flavors. Smooth, yet not overpowering, the alcohol is really well masked here. Definitely a beer worth buying again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 20:47:37 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 07:34:59 | More by bret27
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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.