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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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818 Ratings
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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 83
Gots: 92 | FT: 4
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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deebo

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lover of quads, excited to try Allagash's take on the style.

A-Bottle from Batch #25 shared with friends this beer is clear amber with a bubbly white head with no staying power.

S-Not a lot going on here, aromas of sweet malt (caramel) are dominant; weak in those characteristic Belgian yeast esters.

T-Quite non-descript, malt upfront, with a fair punch of alcohol with just a hint of yeasty esters and a quick pop of spicy hops.

M-Alcohol is a bit hot, likely because the malty mouthfeel is low and doesn't carry the heft of a 10% brew well. The fairly high carbonation does not work here very well either.

O-I had hopes that this would be my first excellent quad as Allagash has proven they can knock out a Belgian style (see Allagash White and Tripel) but like other US Brewers miss the complexity deliciousness exemplified by St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Westy XII. This beer needs work. Average compared to US versions I've tried, below average compared to Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 14:12:43 | More by deebo
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 04:27:21 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-24-2011 22:47:57 | More by Bdel34
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Googs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-25-2012 15:04:59 | More by Googs
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour: amber/copper, crystal clear, under a cm of khaki foam.

Nose: apple/grape skins, drying booze and yeast

Taste: apple skins, dry booze, fiery spice, sweet malt, caramel, dry citrus yeast, bitter apple skin finish.

Feel: boozy thin and dry, medium carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: Liquid, boozy caramel apple. Tons of apple skin tannins. Not awful, but could use some malty balance as this comes of quite dry and alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 02:51:37 | More by Golden2wenty1
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet slightly cooked caramel nose. Burnt orange murky hazy look in the goblet. Fluffy thick darker beige lasting 1/2 inch head. Rich malty initially candi sugar sweetness. The brew then spices with warm hints of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and pine. A very thick rich full mouth with lively bubbles on the tongue. Quite rich and smooth. Very drinkable for the ABV... Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 23:37:27 | More by frank4sail
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TheDeuce

New York

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Allagash Four…..in a large 750ml bottle

Appearance-a light brown color with a tan three fingered head into the snifter glass. The head cracks and dances around before slowly disappearing.

Smell-a strong burn of alcohol at first, deeper smells reveal a wide range of flavors, fruit and dried grape aromas mixed with pepper sipce, light bread and a touch of hops. Very very pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Heavy mouthfeel of molasses and spice upfront, a little fruit and the crashing burn of heavy alcohol and sugar, smoothness is ok, not great. Peppery notes, a little syrupy. Finishes with a touch of fruit and more burn.

Overall-an ok beer, not that unique given the style and with the hype and the label I expected a little more.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:22:56 | More by TheDeuce
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mzwolinski

California

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

Mostly clear garnet in color, with a thin, wispy tan head. Rich, malty aroma with a character of nuts and dark fruit. Alcohol emerges as the beer warms. More nutty maltiness in the flavor, with a pleasantly alcoholic taste of cherry in the mid-palate. Finish is tingly and bitter, spicy and warming.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 02:51:35 | More by mzwolinski
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DruC4

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-18-2012 20:10:33 | More by DruC4
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-13-2012 06:38:40 | More by Devi0us
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-20-2012 13:32:50 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-31-2013 19:13:10 | More by BigJim5021
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-10-2013 00:37:30 | More by Benesi88
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
batch #16 bottled on 7-15-2008 (info from the brewery)
Poured into an Allagash glass

A: Amber color with ruby highlights in the light, fantastic clarity. Decent size two finger head with a bit of lacing as the head fades.

S: It has a sweet nose, but not sugary, more of a muted caramel brown sugar thing. Belgian yeast steps in and plums and apples linger on. There is a nutty bread aspect going on melding with everything, complex and delicious.

T: Slow the bus down, this is rich and dank beyond my expectations. Two plus years on this bottle has brought out some serious sherry/port notes. The caramel/bread flavors blend together magnificently with the fruit. I taste cherries, apples and plums then some subtle spice notes. All of the flavors are working in harmony.

M: Low carbonation which really suits the style. The beer is still quite full bodied and supple.

D: This is an exquisite take on the Quad from stateside. I have another batch 16 in the cellar which I look forward to opening in another year or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:20:52 | More by Neffbeer
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-11-2013 02:11:06 | More by Atomicskis5
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-04-2012 15:39:40 | More by EasyReader
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

A: Poured with a large, light tan, fizzy head that had good lasting power, finally settling down to 1-finger or so. Body is a deep amber color, and hazy.

S: Quite sweet; lots of dark fruit are the predominant scents. Hop aroma is low.

T: Slight hints of chocolate accompany the increasing flavor of dark fruits (plum, raisins). Slightly toasty. Quite sweet from the malt.

M: The alcohol is detectable, but it's not hot or solventy at all. Medium bodied, with high carbonation.

D: An excellent Belgian Strong Dark... doesn't taste muddled at all, which is surprising coming from such a complicated malt, hop, and yeast bill.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 19:02:35 | More by berley31
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-29-2013 03:03:40 | More by Ncpogs
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-06-2013 04:05:15 | More by bishopdc0
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-27-2014 22:49:04 | More by AlaskanYoung
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash are difficult to get ahold of out here in Oregon. Had a snifter of this at the Publick House in Boston, and boy was it good!

reddish brown with foamy soapy looking head.

Awesome compolex aroma of dried fruit, hard candy, and a peppery alcohol spice.

Rasins and dark dried fruits are mingled with a mega dose of earthy malt, spicy yeast, and rich warm alcohol. This one intensifies as it warms up. Lingering aftertaste is a bit odd however, can't put my finger on it. After my relatively small glass of it, i already was feeling the 10%. It's hidden fairly well. If I guessed the abv, i'd have put it around 8%.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2008 14:41:10 | More by SurlyDuff
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twelvsies

Maine

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

Another killer from Allagash. Really high end stuff from the guys up in Maine. Nice light brown color with ruby highlights and a pretty decent foamy head that lasts. Smell and taste are very complex. I like complex. Really fruity, really sweet. This is one of those beers where if you try to smell it, you will smell it. And taste it too. Basically choose your own adventure. What I mean by that is that if you're thinking of cherries you'll taste it in the beer. If you're thinking about pears you'll taste it in the beer. Etc... The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries for christ's sake!! Super smooth mouthfeel and despite the 10% this is a really drinkble quad. Bueno.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 00:32:06 | More by twelvsies
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch #22.

briefly engaged in a vicious battle with a cork - stubborn bastard! emerged victor but at a cost; right hand is now cramped and throbbing...

pours a regal, ruddy chestnut tone with a luminous deep red/orange relection when held to the light. solid finger-plus of a beige head demonstrates considerable retention and nice walls of lacing. a real beaut.

nose is headlined by belgian yeast, sweet maltiness, and a spicy, fruity type of character. shades of a particular belgian quad that i can't quite place... st bernardus, maybe, or koningshoeven.

flavor follows the nose with its sweet malts and belgian yeasts. pretty balanced, with a bit of a hoppy bitterness in the finish. some alcohol warmth. not quite what i was expecting after the nose, but close. a nicely built beer.

medium-plus bodied, creamy mouthfeel. probably not one you'd want to suck down all night, but drinkable enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:09:40 | More by perrymarcus
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at 50 degrees into a Chimay chalice. Batch #22.

A: It pours a clouded, dark red color with a finger of large-bubbled, dirty-white head that recedes quickly and forms a thin layer on top, while the lacing is decent at best.

S: Strong dark fruits, cloves, a little booze, and a hefty dose of candy sugar.

T: Sweet dark fruits, apple, banana, orange peel, candy sugar, mild yeasty spice, and a cereal-like aftertaste. The candy sugar is much more pronounced than in any beer I can think of.

M: The body is medium-thick with a mellow smoothness and a sticky finish. It does not have the strongest flavors but it makes up for it in silky texture.

D: This was good, but to justify $14.99, it ought to be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 17:33:40 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-28-2014 00:26:32 | More by Sspeer1
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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