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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 959
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 107
Gots: 138 | FT: 7
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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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  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. (481 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (639 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  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 (707 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  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. (2,361 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a thick, off-white, long-lasting head of foam. It left thick, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled fruity and floral. It smelled of biscuity malt and raisin.

T - It tasted of spicy yeast, sweet malty caramel, touches of raisin and dried fruits - like apple and pear.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium to full-bodied ale.

D - This is a really great quad. Great flavors and aromas. (451 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,717 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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...). (1,794 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: The bottle that I'm basing this review on is quite different from the sweeter bottles I've sampled in the past. However, I've only recently purchased this and have no idea of how it was stored, or for how long. But, based on my past experiences, this beer needs to be aged a bit (6 months?) to bring it to complete attenuation and proper carbonation level.

A hazy, crimson-accented chestnut robe is capped by a creamy, dark ivory head that holds well (given its strength) before dropping to a wide collar, and leaves rings of craggy lace about the goblet. The nose is typically Belgian in nature with it's yeasty phenols, fruit and spice dominating over its lightly sugar-ish, delicately caramelish, and somewhat nutty maltiness. Alcohol can also be found, but it's not obtrusive. The body is medium-light; and it's zesty on the palate initially with a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. However, it becomes a bit more airy as it warms (as is common). In the flavor, the alcohol is a little bit more apparent; there's a touch of bubblegum to the phenols; and the maltiness has more of a brown sugar character to it - but it's basically what the nose suggests it should be. The yeastiness is very much like Chimay, and to be honest, this is very much like a more attenuated version of their Grande Reserve. It finishes dry with a slap of spicy alcohol and yeasty phenols, but not much more. A bit more residual malt might be nice; but I understand that's a hard beast to control when it comes to bottle-conditioned beers! Try it and see what you think! (1,566 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer quite a few times, not sure how a review escaped me. Anyways, this was thanks to sharing from Rudzud.

Huge fluffy 2 finger head, messy lacing, hazy murky reddish orange brown color.

Nose sweet reddish malts, fruity, stone fruits, very light earthy hops, caramel and candy flavors, light booze, nice Belgian malts, long Belgian yeast additions and esters, hint of fruity spicy rye or is that additions from the various yeast strains?

Taste sweet Belgian flavors, lots of belgian malts, fruity esters, light stone fruits, Belgian yeast additions, some warming and slight tingly booze, earthy bready flavors, hint syrupy and light sweetness with caramel, candi sugar, and molasses. Finish is a semi sweet, sticky malts and slightly syrupy, light lingering booze and belgian malts.

Mouth is fuller bodied, some warming and tingly booze, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts and sweet flavors, belgian flavors, but not as great as I remember, bit boozy too. (973 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork purchased at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California for $19.99 plus tax and served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I've been very impressed with so far - and the style - which is one of my favourites. Batch #25. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Gives a rather powerful satisfying pop when the cork comes out. I got the cork out quickly with just my hands.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the 10% ABV. Colour is a dark copper orange. Not at all vibrant; a bit dull. Semitransparent. Non-opaque. No floating yeast particles are visible, but I'm judging from the top of a large bottle here. Pretty good lacing.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, cream, delightful malts, and well balanced hops. The yeasts are dominant and quite appealing. Hints of dried fruit. A nice aroma for a quad. Moderate in strength. Subtle. The notes don't ring distinct, but seem to work well together. Let's hope that carries over in the flavour.

T: Pleasant biscuity yeasts. The malts are a bit more troublesome, not quite providing the subtle foundation expected. Cream comes through. Some dried fruit - plums and fig - is far too restrained to sincerely impact the flavour profile. The hops are a bit too present considering the style. It's quite biscuity all around. The flavour just isn't bold and distinct enough to make it a great quad. Needs more fruit and more of a focus. The yeasts are nice but they still come off feeling restrained and underplayed, and even take a turn for the worse on the finish. Needs more complexity. It's subtle, but could and should be moreso. Good layering but the end result isn't ideal. I wish it were more bold and focused. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Entirely too thin. Not strong enough to support the flavours. Nicely smooth and wet, with some cream. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Quite overpriced for the quality, though not a bad quad by any means. Hides its ABV well. It's disappointing, but then I expected a lot of it. The third act bothers me and it's too hoppy for the style. A decent effort from Allagash, but not on par with their other offerings. Give it a go if you have the money, but don't expect too much from it. I might get it again aged at a good price. I wouldn't recommend it to friends though. Certainly drinkable.

Low B- (2,654 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark orange-amber. Small but long-lasting head with Pollock-like lace.

Buttery cream aromas up front. The yeast bite is secondary in the nose. There are also notes of orange zest and nutmeg.

Very smooth rich texture. Higher carbonation than expected but it isn't distracting. The flavor on the initial sip is largely a dry malt flavor that is quickly gives way to a rush of carbonation. The flavor comes out strongly on the swallow. There's a blend of orange, alcohol and a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste is astringent hop bitterness that was not noticable before.

This is a potent brew with tremendous amount of flavor and complexity. There are elements of dryness and sweetness, richness and carbonation--a very interesting beer. (757 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale orange he, nestled under a neat creamy white head, thin, but steady...aroma? nicely spicy and citric, intriquing and utterly lovely, ...let's go in once again...yeast is prominent, too, and I anticipate it's acitvity in the flavor, as well, so let's taste away...
Big, beautiful mouthfeel, huge presence in the palate, wondrously fresh and delicious and spilling over with fruity, spicy flavor...yum, yum...yeast is big, again, floats right on top, and delivers delciousness. Hey, I like this one, I like plenty! Full-bodied, long, persistent, ever-present finish, lush mouthfeel. Every new sip brings fresh zesty, buoyant taste.
I really can't recommend this highly enough...I've said "yum" already, what more you need to know?
Cheers to bennybrew for providing! (777 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a small local tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of fruity malt and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits,

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice quad. Very malty but enjoyable. Would try again. (273 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, batch 18(2008 bottling I think). Pours very hazy dark red color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, banana, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Nice aromas with big fruitiness. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, toasted malt, molasses, candi sugar, biscuit, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, toffee, dark fruit, and yeast spices on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 10%, with hardly any warming after the finish present. Very smooth and drinkable, but it is still a sipper. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian Quad with tons of great flavor and balance. I would definitely have this again. (886 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass chalice

Pours hazy orageish-caramel colored with a few fizzles that leaves a small patch. Very little lacing is left.

The smell is of sour apples, caramel, some alcohol. The smell of green apples leads me to think that something went wrong here...

The taste is of Belgian-ish spices (clove, predominantly) that were not in the aroma. The taste of green apples gives it something cidery, although it faded to the background as the drink progressed. A dollop of caramel almost covers it, but not quite. Alcohol gives it a booziness that sticks around. There is a citric tone in the back, but it's virtually lost. Although there is some spiciness in the finish, it is not quite as dry as I would expect.

It has something of a creaminess about it, though the alcohol lingers longer than the flavors.

This one was a disappointment for me. Maybe this one was infected or something, as the green apple character just didn't sit well. Too caramelish for style, esp. as there are three other malts in the mix...It might need to age more, also, as the alcohol was just a bit too masking. (1,102 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007

A: Pours a murky mahogany in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall soapy beige head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits, spices, and Belgian yeast. Lighter aromas of toffee malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toffee malt sweetness which lasts throughout the taste of the beer. That is combined with moderate to strong flavors of dark fruits (fig) and spices (cinnamon and clove). There is a light to moderate presence of Belgian yeast and just a hint of bitterness in the finish that fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer aged really well, it picked up some definite hints as if it had been barrel aged over the years and I think the sweetness has increased and it has mellowed overall. Very enjoyable, can't believe I let this one cellar so long before reviewing it. (1,143 characters)

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.