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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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838 Ratings
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 87
Gots: 99 | FT: 5
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 Googs
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Googs, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a nice two finger cocoa head. Good carbonation and lacing on my snifter. The head is very pillow-like in appearance, and sticks around for a long time. Nose is yeast, malt, hops, caramel, dark fruit, and spices. Really nice nose on this brew- it could easily pass for a Belgian Quad on the smell. Taste is good, but not quite up to the smell. This is definitely one of the smoothest, malty, drinkable Quads I've ever had. The hops are hidden, but you get some of them in the taste. The 10% ABV is there w/ a little bit of alcohol burn on the aftertaste- it's pretty mellow though. Feel is silky smooth and sweet, with the hop bitterness barely there. Overall, this is a very enjoyable Quad. Definitely in the top 3 or 4 American Quads I've had (off the top of my head). Definitely worth picking up. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- About a inch thick light tan head on a clear deep ruby body. Lacing stays around for a while covering the top of the beer.
S- Big cloves, spices, alcohol, esters, rich dark fruits, grassy hops, and one or two others that I can't pin point. The aroma reminds me of a St. Bernardus 12.
T- Alcohol storms through on tongue and then warms throat a lot. It's not very well covered at all. Big esters come through just as strong along with sweet caramel (light toffee) malts, hints of raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, spices come out pretty nicley. There are some grass hops in here that leave a medium bitterness on the tongue (though you don't get much of a hop flavor). Very big and nicely balanced brew.
M- Medium body with medium/low carbonation.
D- I think it is a great Quad. I think St. Bernys 12 is better though and especially for the price difference. Good beer but you can get better for a lot cheaper.

BlindPig, May 22, 2007
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -2%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Sspeer1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Sspeer1, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. Pours a almost raspberry lambic color. Red and cloudy. No real head. Not alot of lacing.

Smells to me like a lindmans framboise mixed with an Abt 12. Not a super strong smell but that's what it smells like.

Tastes awesome. No raspberry like the smell would suggest. Very much like a good quad. Tastes like sort of like a tripel is mixed in too though.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. No complaints.

Drinkability is high. This is the second time I had this brew and I bought it this time just to review it because I knew I liked it. Kind of expensive though.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -2%

Bdel34, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BigJim5021, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

nick76, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of dcguitar
4/5  rDev -2%

dcguitar, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev -2%

Benesi88, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of chcfan
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Orval chalice

Deep amber in color. Off-white head with good lacing.

Fruit and esters in the aroma, but it is really faint. You have to wait for it to warm up and really get your nose down in there to get the components of the smell.

Taste is right in line with most quads: raisins, not much hops, some sweetness, a little bit of heat.

Four is a pretty solid example of the style overall and not a terrible value comparatively for what is one of the more expensive beer styles.

chcfan, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 22
Rusty amber body with single finger of ecru-white head from a slow pour (as prescribed on the bottle). Laces nicely.

Some apple on the nose, and some Belgian tartness. I'm congested, so my opinion here is impaired.

Taste is impressive, far exceeds the nose: apple, black cherry, plenty of spice and some tartness to balance it out. Hops just present enough to balance it out and clean up the finish. There's an aftertaste, vegetal, and not objectionable.

Mouthfeel is great; super creamy and rich, to round out a spicy and tangy beer.

It's impressive, no doubt about that, but it's definitely a sipping beer. Food pairings (brie? possibly steak?) are possible, but this is a powerful standalone.

zaphodchak, May 07, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev -2%

EasyReader, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of hoppymeal
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper to amber, quite hazy, almost no head, just a faint covering of cream bubbles. Aroma is a nice sweet appleyness, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Dehydrated sweet apples and a hint of pruniness as well. Taste is a nice apple flavor, mixing with some dry oakiness, not quite tart but not sweet. There are hints of raisiny sweetness up front and in the finish. Mouthfeel is on light to medium, very low carbonation keeps it thinner which is quite nice. Drying in the finish with a little spicy dance of hops and alcohol. Overall, a great beer for me, the alcohol was very well masked and shoed itself in the right amounts. Mouthfeel was dead on and I loved the hints of pruney, raisiny maltiness that would pop up every now and again.

hoppymeal, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

AlaskanYoung, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

stogirelli, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +22.5%

TicoCali, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Batch 16. Aroma is of raisins, figs, dates and sweet malts. Taste follows pretty closely the aromas and is also moderately sweet, warming and slightly sour on the back of the tongue. Tremendously smooth to drink at 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden by the lovely flavors and sweetness of the malts and the belgian yeast. A stellar beer and a very special treat. A great "transitional beer" for people that don't normally drink good beer, also.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Golden2wenty1, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of frank4sail
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

frank4sail, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of TheDeuce
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

TheDeuce, Feb 08, 2012
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.