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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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867 Ratings
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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 92
Gots: 102 | FT: 6
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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good yeast and some cherry, pink grapefuit, grainy and grapefruit texture and medium mouthfeel. Carbonation. Understated in sweetness and fruit flavour.
My drinking buddy liked this a lot more than I did. Smooth but not very tasty nor complex. A good beer, but not the best quad I have had.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 25 per the label.

Pours a hazy honey-gold color with a 1/2 inch beige head that settles to a film. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a spicy flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crip but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid quad with lots of nice aromas and flavors.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a reddish character. Single finger of white head and a touch of lacing. The nose brings a bit of caramel as well as a light bit of dark fruit. A bit of yeast character comes through as well.

The flavor is slightly sweet along with some mild dark fruits and a bit of light caramel taste. A slight amount of bread crust. Mouthfeel is a bit light with low-ish levels of carbonation. Interesting and nothing wrong, but doesn't quite hit the mark.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2%

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

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a prodigious head that descends very quickly but leaves behind a lot of lacing

Smell: The date and burnt caramel and nut elements burst out along with vague fruity smells of pears and apricots

Taste: Starts out with a sweet caramel and bubble gum character that is joined by rum-soaked coffee cake, clove and woody dry flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, there are layers of sweet and dry flavors along with a touch of molasses on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high degree of carbonation; very Belgian in its mouthfeel

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer from Allagash which shows their proficiency with the Belgian style

Thanks, BeerBeing

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been sittin' in my beer fridge for way too long. But, what a beer to wait for. This brew is much better than many other Quads I have tried. Heavy sweet malts, blended well and matured into a fruitcake-sweet brew with hints of nuts and rum. A mild plastic aroma that shows early disipated quickly into a unique Belgian fermented note. Tastes confirm all the fruits and yeast, while adding a confectionate sugar sweetness along with Belgian spiciness. The beer continues with a warming and numbing effect, but never getting fusal or harsh. Lots of sweet alcohols nearly hurt the teeth (kinda Samichlaus-like). Finishes with a continuing warmth, mild grain / sugar bite, and lingering sweetness. A sip here will go a long way. Nice brew.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a huge beige foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of sweet malt, cookie dough with some alcohol hint is pretty interesting but I could have done without the alcohol hint. Taste is a bit sweeter then expected with lots of cookie dough and some dry raisins. I would have loved for this beer to have more attenuated sugars and a fruitier aroma à la Rocherfort 10 (I can’t really have an ABT without comparing it to the best). Body is above average but could have been more full and alcohol could be more hidden. Very interesting beer from Allagash but cannot honestly say that it compared to the world bests.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pristine reddish orange after the initial pour, moderately murky tawny after the second pour and muddy caramel after the final pour. While it isn't worthy of being compared to the heads on the world's best Belgians, the orange-tinted ecru crown qualifies as eye candy. No more than a smattering of lace decorates the glass; not surprising given the ABV.

The nose is classically quadrupel-like. Thanks to the four Belgian yeast strains, I would have said that Four hailed from that country if I didn't know better. The nose calls to mind English toffee, brown sugar, dates and dried fruit. Amazingly enough, almost no alcohol is evident.

Four contains four malts, four hops, four sugars, four Belgian yeast strains and is fermented four times. Whether because of that or in spite of that, this is a wonderfully complex ale that is one of the most gentle, drinkable quads you'll ever run across. I'm sure that an estimated two years in the bottle has contributed to its easygoing nature.

The four sugars include date sugar, light candi sugar, dark candi sugar and light golden molasses. Dates are a prominent member of the flavor profile, but then I taste dates in all sorts of styles, from quads to old ales to BSDAs. The rest of the flavor profile mirrors the nose, with the addition of buttered dark rum, cherry pipe tobacco and sweetened orange peel. This is dee-licious beer!

I poured two glasses at once because I had a feeling that the first glass would get shorted on all of the good stuff that always falls to the bottom in a beer stored upright. In addition to being murkier, the second glass is also bolder and more complex. It's also being drained much faster than the first glass.

The mouthfeel is the only minor disappointment... that ceases to be a disappointment as this fine ale approaches room temperature. To be perfect, it would either have to be full-bodied and heavily silky smooth or as lush and as perfectly carbonated as Belgium's finest. It's neither, but it's still a pleasure to roll around the mouth.

Four may not be the stunningly beautiful beer that most of Allagash's lineup is, but it's damn close. It's also a wonderful version of a style that I love more each time I drink it. Even though these Allagash 750s can be expensive, I won't hesitate to grab another bottle the next time I see it. Highly recommended.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky, reddish-amber body with a light tan-colored head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty aroma of toffee and light brown sugar with a full fruity plum and apricot bent to it. Some faint spicy hop notes can be detected beyond the haze of malt and fruit.

Taste: FOUR is a substantially malty brew, with flavors of toasted toffee and caramel expanded upon with notes of cinnamon, grass, figs, and brandy. Semi-dry finish with some alcohol showing at the tail end. Even with the purported use of four varieties of hops, I didn't really ascertain any bitterness (not that I mind).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a slight stickiness to the texture. Mild carbonation. Some alcohol warmth throughout.

Drinkability: At any rate, it's another pleasant, likeable release from Allagash that should be drank accordingly.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with some reddish tint with a nice two finger slightly off white head that leaves a generous amount of lace as it settles.Aromas of cherry and brown sugar are dominant and fresh with a light iron character to it as well.Taste is spicey and clovey with some cherry and more brown sugar and maybe a little allspice?Wow a nice rich ale spicey and complex a real joy to down a bomber after work.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy amber with a slight haze, lighter in color than any other quad I've seen. The head starts off strong but doesn't retain very well.

Smell: Lots of fruity esters; dried fruit and preserves come to mind. Brown sugar and raisins. Sweeter than I like a quad to be.

Taste & mouthfeel: Esters again; the taste is close to the nose with big flavors of preserved fruit, bananas, raisins and figs. Medium-bodied and highly effervescent. Dries up a bit in the finish, lending a bit of balance to an otherwise sweet profile.

Notes: Decent stuff, but clearly not the best quad around.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay chalice.

"I've got a Nikkon camera; I love to take photographs..." That's right, I'm jammin' to some Paul Simon as I'm enjoyin' this quad. Though this brew may not have the greens of summer, it has an indescribable amount of shades of brown and red, earth tones galore; Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away, 'cause I wanna take a pic o' this lovely collection o' hues. Above the colors floats a scent mostly composed of sweetness: straight granulated sugars, some brown sugar, maybe even some candy sugar. A bit o' yeastiness makes itself known as well. All's I know is that this smell is as sweet as the punch (like the Association's narrator's empty cup...look it up...). It's not all sweet, though, as along comes Mary...in the form of miscellaneous grains (there was a hint in there for the prior reference...too subtle?). My tongue also finds some sweetness, but it is toned down a great degree compared to the nose. The grains lead you along now, not unlike Crispian St. Peters (you can always tell when my iTunes is on shuffle whilst I review). Only this pipe leads to a varied taste sensation that hides hints of banana, clove (ah, Belgium...), vanilla, and some o' that sugar that was so omnipresent in the nose. Though "four" was the theme during brewing, more than four flavors play together, riding down the highway that is life (damn you, Tom Cochrane, for making me force that reference!). Admittedly, I expected a more syrupy brew when I sniffed the surface. What I get instead is a nice, fairly effervescent, medium-bodied Belgian stew. And I mean that in as good a way as possible. I want more of this, but I'm sure this bomber will be more than enough after I've driven it all night long (once again, I ahake my fist at the aforementioned Mr. Chochrane...).

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.