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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 100
Gots: 126 | 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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Ratings: 918 | Reviews: 452
Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with hints of orange in the light and yeast sediment floating throughout despite the most careful of pours. Only a faint white head develops leaving nearly no lacing. That said, lacing appears more as the beer warms and body is disturbed.

Smells of dark fruit, something sweet, fermentation, yeast, and alcohol. Expecting sweet sugar, and deep fruits in the flavor.

Sweet fruit, alcohol bite, slightly peppery, and a pleasant hop finish. There is a lot going on here, but I am having trouble identifying each specific flavor. The pepper like flavors becomes more pronounced at the finish as the beer warms, with the sweet sugar becoming more apparent as well.

Four offers a fair amount of carbonation, medium body, and a generous candy like quality to the overall flavor character.

Four is a crowd pleaser, diverse flavor, great to sip on, and announces its presence by bottle's end.

Photo of JellyJacket
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of crookedhalo
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl corked and caged bottle. Cork popped with some force behind it. Pours hazy copper with a big, fluffy tan head, lacing is minimal. Subtle caramel, candi sugar and malt, faint caramel apple and fusel alcohols, suggesting a complete fermentation, and lightly herbal hops all round out a pretty subdued nose. Some scorchy malt flavors show up in the taste, spiciness and warming alcohol heats the esophagus. Hops are indiscernable, other than a slight twang undercurrented in the whole flavor. Grape, fig and pear-like fruit esters blend together with a very smooth malt profile than has a touch of wheat and has a higher carbonation level. Overall, a strong quad that hides its alcohol well by utilizing the process of multiple fermentations. Not bad, but I'll betcha it'll be better in another year when I try it again.

Photo of yelterdow
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared for about three years, this big 750ml corked and caged bottle is ready for reviewing and, hopefully, enjoying. Served in the treasured Westmalle chalice beginning at a few degrees above fridge temperature and finishing around 55 degrees.

Appearance- Lighter in color than any quad I've yet seen, this beer pours the hue of a well-steeped tea. The head rises to just over a finger, popping away and leaving behind a broken puzzle of large and small bubbles. Lacing is scant, partly due to the substantial ABV.

Smell- A wonderful blend of malts and dark fruit, ripened to perfection. The aroma is lush and fruity, almost port-like, without any suggestion of the alcohol factor. Beautiful, expressive nose.

Taste- The quadruple-fermentation has established a complex, interesting palate showcasing plummy fruit notes, and a depth of malt and hops that have really come together over the last three years in the bottle. The finishing bitterness is exceptionally good, since it isn't necessarily expected in a quad... in this case, it wraps up each individual sip with a zest for the next one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer is getting better each moment... I'll absolutely suggest letting it come to cellar temperature before pouring, as practically all previous numbers have risen at least a half-point in that time. The texture in the mouth is creamy yet subtle and effervescent... and each remaining sip comes with enjoyment and appreciation. A delicious, rewarding beer that was worth waiting for.

Photo of inspektor
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Found this on cask at Rustico.
It's a nice deep brown copper color, with a super dense head that casually fades, leaving exceptional lacing. The nose is sugary sweet malts with some yeast and roasty goodness. Taste is nice deep sweetness with hints of dark fruit, raisins, yeast, touches of honey, and the slightest bit of alcohol on the finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel is dense, smooth, and creamy, much better than some other quads. Drinkability is dangerous for a 10%. Great overall.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into Gouden Carolus chalice. The bottle is marked Batch #21 and was purchased earlier today. The beer has a large foamy head colored off white. The liquid appears to be a few shades of brown mixed together; I'm tempted to call it tan, or deep copper, or burnt orange, but really it is none of these. There is a lot of carbonation rising within my glass. Lacing appears to be fairly even. The beer has a very interesting, robust aroma. The malts really get to me. There's a touch of sweet, a touch of spice and a touch of alcohol. It reminds me a lot of this beer's Belgian inspirations, but I also picture a pine cone as I inhale. It truly is a Maine Quad. The beer tastes a big spicier than I expected. The finish is especially peppery. The light and dark candi sugars add a subtle sweetness that is very good. The pepper and alcohol linger a bit and leave a warm coating. It is full bodied and feels thick. The carbonation can be readily felt. A mildly sweet and equally sticky film is left upon my lips. I'm enjoying this beverage, but will do so at a slow pace. Perhaps it is best suited split with three of your friends, but I'll be able to consume it all myself over the next couple of hours. It is a beer I would drink again, but there are other Allagashes and Quads that I prefer.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly hazy brown with small off-white head, to be expected with the alcohol content. Recedes to off-white collar.

S - Overripe fruit, bread, some nuttiness all before caramel and alcohol. Very pleasing.

T - Lots of caramel upfront with dark fruit background. Sweetness increases and brings sweet spices like ginger, cinnamon, even cardamom; and then late palate bitter, earthy hops hit followed by strong alcohol burn. Finish is a little bitter but mostly consists of alcohol warmth.

M - I'm not feeling this department much. A little thinner than what I expected with entirely too much carbonation. This carbonation is what messes with the taste so much. The body could be forgiven but the high carbonation and high alcohol is quite unappealing with the deep flavors.

D - High carbonation on a beer that isn't really refreshing is just a strange combination that doesn't entice me to drink more. The noticable alcohol makes for a slightly rough finish as well.

Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Four, lets dive right in. Color sort of reminds me of raspberry in its pinkish dark complexion, minimal heading. Smell is fruity and syrupy, strawberries, cherries, dates and figs come to mind. Very vinous in the flavor, with definite stone fruit aspects, and bits of candied sugar. Feel is light for the style, probably medium in general. Carbonation is pleasant and not overwhelming. Good drinking here, I had no problem drinking two full glasses despite a mild boozyness. Pretty good beer from the brewers at Allagash. An approachable, yet still complex Quad. Cheers, and keep up the good work.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alysmith4
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer last night with dinner. I don't think I paired it very well, would have been better on its own. At any rate, it poured a nice caramel color with a head that quickly disappeared. The smell was sweet.. of sugar, honey, grapefruit, peach, and maybe cinnamon. Taste was much like Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde.. almost an exact match! It was highly drinkable.. taste was of honey/sugar, caramel, raisin, clove, and had some "Belgain" spice to it. It changed somewhat as it warmed. It was good, I'd have it again.

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a murky brownish red color with four fingers of head (coincidence with this beer?). There is a bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is very rich and sweet. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruit aromas present. Nice and complex. The taste is fairly sweet. Super malty with lots of plums and dates. It finishes slightly dry though, with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is decently thick and strong, and the drinkability is surprising for 10%. A decent take at a quad.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, murky orange-brown color. The head is medium-small with a tinge of brown. Retention is pretty nice, with decent lacing.

S: Very toffeelike. Also a solid dose of brown sugar. Some dark fruit and spicy, moderately phenolic yeast. Alcohol is well-hidden but it does poke its head in the door to say hello.

T: Toffee is present again, but much less than the nose suggested initially. Lots of brown sugar/molasses flavor, along with dates, black cherries, and some faint orangey citrus. Fairly spicy - moderate phenols, cloves, and tangy yeast. A solid shot of table sugar into the finish, along with a curiously hoppy bitterness. I want to call it citric. Alcohol is relatively subdued, although there are some mildly rum-like notes here and there.

M: Fairly full-bodied, with surprisingly active carbonation for the style. Sticky and rather dry into the finish.

D: Very, very tasty and impressively complex. Lots and lots going on here. Drinkability is nice as well. It manages a fairly hoppy balance for the style, considering all of the different sugary flavors that are at work. I found this for $6 for a 750mL bottle - well worth the price.

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of jim_carignan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brauseboof
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Anam Cara during the launch, actually I started with this beer, and also made it my last beer of the evening. Allagash have themselves and very enjoyable and highly drinkable new beer. Pour was a cloudy cherry color. The aroma promised (me at least) raspberries. Served in an Allagash glass, the head above the beer is at least two inches of dense foam, which adds to the eye appeal. I was able to talk to the brewer, so I told him I thought the taste was reminiscent of the grand cru, but much more muted and blended (in a good way!). It had the spicey taste of the cru, but as he explained to me, there are no spices used in this one, the 'spiceness' in the taste comes from the brewing art/process itself. It was very smooth and drinkable (I did have two that evening), that I have to give it a 5 in that category, as the 10% is not apparent. Good stuff!

Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 19. Poured into a tulip. The body is light, hazy plum; not as dark as I might have expected. The light tan head is massively huge and sticky.

The aroma is very fruity and slightly sweet. I get a lot of prune and a touch of peach.

The taste is immediately sweet with brown sugar and light fruit flavor. Repeated sips later emphasize the yeast flavors of plum and fruit.

The carbonation is a little heavy and the body is about right, maybe a little lighter than expected.

I like this one, but probably not enough to pony up the $$ this one usually goes for.

Photo of AJ01923
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MiScusi
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750mL bottle, beer poured a clear brownish red, with little head. Aroma was a light grape, fruity smell. Taste was a grapes over a malt background with some spice. Not too heavy for a beer like this. Somewhat slick but light for the style overall. I didn't enjoy this that much. It was a lighter bodied malty/alcoholy brew, but not that interesting. Wasn't as deep and rich as other Quadrupels I've tried.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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