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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 456
Hads: 971
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 112
Gots: 141 | 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:
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 beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a raspberry-amber wit a foamy 2 finger beige head that settled quickly leveling to a sudsy thin layering. A slight rim lacing was left behind wit a light carbonation presence carrying on.

S: sweet and fruity with berries, sugar, and caramel apples.

T: The initial flavor was tart and acidic, with some sour apples, caramel and a sharp carbonation bite. There was some pears as well coming through. The beer finished with a yeasty fruity sourness, a bitter floral hoppiness, and a noticeable amount of alcohol fusels (cinnamon, brown sugar). The 10.0% abv makes itself know here as well as the four fermentation sessions producing a big yeasty character and bite.

M: light, oily, with a soft carbonation fizzle while it finished with a spicy and dry alcohol fade.

D: Drinkability was ok, with the hot and spicy alcohol fusels on the finish this is best reserved as a slow sipper where one bottle (1 pt. 9 oz) should be more then plenty for one person and probably best suited shared with a friend.

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

750ml bottle (corked & caged) purchased from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head above a copper brew. Dense head took its sweet time in disperseing (which is fine), and laced incredibly. Aroma is sweet fruits and yeastiness, with a tinge of alcohol peeking through. Taste is spicy malts with tinges of fruitiness and a more assertive alcohol component than the nose. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, especially for the style.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch #18. Poured into tulip. Poured a slightly reddish brown with barely any head, just a thin ring around the outside edge, but that little head managed to have decent retention and very low lacing.

The aroma was fruity and yeasty, as expected for the style, but much more subdued than I look for. The flavor also was spicy, yeasty and fruity, but again, not as bold as I look for in this style.

The body was very thin for the style, and for me the fullness is one of the things I like best about this style. Drinkability was very good, the beer is smooth and easy to quaff.

Overall, this is an OK brew. I really like the other brews I've had from this brewery and this is among my favorite styles, so maybe my expectations were too high. Certainly worth trying, but not in the same class as Chimay Blue or Ommegang 3 Philosophers.

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

I tried this at Volo. Thanks for sharing Ralph!

A: Ambre with an off-white head; nice lace.

S: Tropical fruit with a some pear & apple. A little fusil alcohol as well.

T: Alcohol warmth all the way through (but it's not harsh). Fruity (tropical with a little cider); the modest amount of spice & fusil is pleasant. Awesome, but it doesn't have the dark fruityness of most quads. Personally I'd throw a little Belgian Special B into the grist... even though it may actually be more authentic just the way it is.

M: Silky smooth, moderate to full body is really well attenuated. Lightly carbonated.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Batch 25. sampled on August 5, 2012. For my 1,000 review on Beer Advocate I have chosen a Quad that pours rich amber, garnet with red hues and a substantial, puffy mocha head that sits on top like the foam from a milk shake.

The aromas are vibrant with dark malts, Belgian candied sugar, dark dried fruits, butter, and a low hop profile.

The body is medium to bold with a slight acidic quality and otherwise smooth on the tongue.

Sweet malts appear at first in the taste with a higher than expected bitterness that gives off a boozy character which kicks in more prominently, tears into my sinuses, and opens the passageway. Yet it mellows almost as quickly as it explodes leaving a dryer, lingering finale in its wake.

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

Deep, burnt orange colour, hazy, with a generous off-white head that showed good retention and lacing. Aromas of malt and fruit dominated, mostly pear but with a bit of apple as well. There's also a light alcohol smell that increases as it warms, but the maltiness balances it out nicely. Spiciness melds well with the other aromas and carries into the flavour. The fruitiness is more subdued in the flavour with malt coming more to the forefront. The balance leans toward sweetness, but there is still noticeable bitterness. Alcohol contributes a warming sensation with little flavour. The finish is on the dry side, with some hop bitterness and peppery spice. Lowish carbonation and a moderately full body. Overall, nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. And a little surprising how easy it was to drink, even with the big flavours and high abv. Thanks Viggo.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of NutBrown. Thanks Alan!


I'm greeted by a huge pop when I popped the cork, it pours a clear deep amber red colour with about an inch of foam. The lacing is the usual I get from Allagash brews..very good!

The nose consists of nice sweet caramel malt, a definite smell of fruit in cherry like tones(sensing added sweetness from this but also a light tartness), some vanilla and not a shy amount of alcohol. Cool smelling brew.

The taste is a Malt bomb with large caramel notes, some of that fruity cherry sweet and tart, getting a touch of bread now with a sprinkling of sherry like flavours. Wow. Lots of nice flavours here and yes, the alcohol is here as well but I'm not minding that too much. I expected a sipper at 10%abv and that's exactly what I got.

On the high end of medium bodied, the carbonation, despite the huge pop when I opened the bottle, is nicely constrained.

Drinkability? Not too shabby for how strong this is. I think the fact that it *is* so tasty helps a lot. A very nice brew indeed.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Batch #15

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan colored head that leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is a very nice mixture of dark fruits, dark candied sugar and hints of spices and yeast. I really like this aroma, it has a very nice complexity to it.

T- The taste starts out with sweet malt and a lot of dark fruits. The finish is sweet as well but there is a touch of spices in the finish that helps balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This one is definitely a sipper due to the high ABV and the high level of sweetness, but I'm loving the complexity of this beer. Overall, this is another outstanding beer from Allagash that is definitely recommended!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 8/9/13, cheers Eagleray for the bottle, batch 28

A crystal clear light copper liquid with a few tiny bubbles feeding a large three finger foam that hangs around for a few sips leaving just a patch of lace

S green apple, cherry, plum, dried banana chips, brown sugar covered raisins, faint cinnamon and booze, I get a little yeast as it warms

T some sweet malts, honey, and spice I can't quite place are added to the mix, still has a fair amount of fruit and a hint of booze with lots of brown sugar

M medium bodied, soft carbonation, a little heat, slightly sticky with spiced fruit lingering on the finish

O solid brew and a good example of the style, smell and taste are a highlight and it has some complexity working for it but has a little ways to go compared to the classics

I should have sat on this one for a while but that being said its still drinking well today, something I'd look for in the future and I could see it aging gracefully

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Photo of rudzud
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up the day of the Ghoulschip release, roughly a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a great clearish amber with a great two finger head that leaves a nice, thick creamy blanket.

S - Nice sweet, malty sweetness. Not much though, very one note for me.

T - Taste isnt too too bad. Lots of malty sweetness with older hops and light dark fruits. It is slightly metallic though...

M - Mouthfeel has very nice carbonation for a quad, and a 10% beer no less. Quite enjoyable.

O - Overall, this beer was a bit too one note for my liking, which is a shame as I held onto this for so long.

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

Pours a very hazy orange/amber, nice big creamy head, lots of lace. Smell is pear, grassy hops, citrus, hops at the end, apples. Taste is fruity apples, pear, sweet malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium carbonation, full mouth, nice and mellow. Tasty.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Shimmering scarlet red hue. Thick crop of whipped white foam on top. Retention is outstanding. Fine beads of carbonation rise quite aggressively.

Aroma: Candy, must, yeast and cookie dough. Grapes and plums. And slight pepper tones.

Taste: Spicy taste to this. Though I don't think a lot of spices were used if any, I can perceive ginger, corriander, black pepper and nutmeg. All blended nicely. The malts are soft and biscuity. The yeastiness is doughy.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy. Medium body.

Drinkability: Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. This is nicely put together and quite drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

Spicy, yeasty, fruity nose, large pitted fruits with a hint of pineapple
Hazy orange tinted dark amber under a moussey, very fine bubbled 2" off white head that slowly descends to a thick film that produces thick lace.
Layers of big malt flavors including touches of caramel, maple, malty spice, biscuit to fruit bread, give way to yeast driven large pitted fruits, hints of tropical fruits to finish with hop spice and balancing bitterness. The malt, yeast, hop and alcohol flavors are very well balanced.
Medium body with creamy, very fine carbonation and a slight alcohol warming.

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

Appearance- Pours a one-and- a half finger head head with a deep rust color. Very little lacing.

Smell- Lots of green apples. But lets ot forget about the toasted amber malts.

Taste- Very dry hops mixed with lots of candi sugar. Lots of light molasses and corn syrup mixed with very earthy fruit flavors, especially apples.

Mouthfeel- Pretty efervescant. Granted you can.t see a lot of carbonation, but you can feel a lot of it on the middle sides of the tongue.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this and the price was right and I haven't had many quads to begin with.

Color: Pours a medium brown color with a frothy one-finger head and what appears to be ample carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and malty with raisin and brown sugar. Kind of like a saison on overload. Mild hop bitterness on the nose as well. Nothing overwhelming. As it warms up, I can detect a little grape as well.

Taste: Very nice and malty upfront. Alcohol warmth is very apparent and I can detect brown sugar, raisin, grape and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warmth kind of overwhelms things but it is somewhat dry and malty on the tongue.

Drinkability: I should probably buy another bottle for aging. I think this ale needs to be properly aged before it becomes more drinkable. The alcohol warmth is almost too much for me, requiring it to be enjoyed in sips.

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks to chris for sharing! Batch#21.

(A)- Pours an orange colored amber. Some tan froth.

(S)- A ripe cider-like yeasty banana and very mild clove.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A big ester-like yeast. Bits of cider and banana.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, though seems thin, yet heavy on the yeast and a pretty potent warmth the longer it sits.

(D)- Not what I was expecting. Seems either past its prime or just disjointed and heavy. Became very sweet the longer it sat in the glass too.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Naja's in Redondo Beach. I'm not sure how old the beer was, probably >2 yrs old... There was hardly any head at all no matter how hard I poured. Seems like it lost some of it's carbonation along the way. The color was murky and hazy orange, with floating yeastie particles. The aroma and taste were mostly fruity esters and alcohol. probably more alcohol in the flavor than I expected. Overall it was an OK quad, not my favorite but possibly not aged very well.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a seethru red-tinged copper with bubbly head that died quick and left no lace. The first I notice in the aroma is the yeast...it definitely comes out. There's also that candy, sugary aroma (though mild) as well as that faint citric hop aroma. Thicker and fuller-bodied, chewey even, the beer is greatly balanced. Also prickly with great carbonation, the sticky heaviness of the beer is countered and not murkey. I pick up sweet malts like candy sugar and some bready malts as well. Also picking up some tartness like cherry and a hint of citric hop flavoring. Fines nice and smooth and plush, ABV minimized, so it feels like I'm drinking a great fruit and sweet ale that is heavy and crisp and real easy to drink. A real treat.

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Photo of claspada
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are Belgian-tastic. Lots of Belgian yeast tones with some sublt malt sweetness over dark fruits and some brown sugars.

The taste is very nice. Starts of with gentle caramel maltiness but quickly transitions to dark fruit and light chocolaty notes. Some brown sugar and toffee set in. The finish is Belgian spicy yeast, but in a smooth dry manner. Really drinkab;e.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, rather smooth, with even a creamy feel under the tingly and generous bubbly texture. I really enjoy this aspect a lot.

A really nice Belgian Quad. I can't decifer the various yeasts/malts/hops that make up this treat, but it all works in my opinion. Definitely a "lighter" tasting Quad as far as dark grains/mouthfeel goes but this is a really nice sipper. It may not be tremendously assertive early on but holds its own very enticingly as it progresses.

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Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium and dark fruits more than anything - plums, raisins, and pears, in that order. Also present are good amounts of brown sugar and lighter Belgian candi sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front with some heft from Belgian candi sugar kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns toward fruit - raisins, plums, and pears as with the aroma but also with hints of orange peel. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this beer was a bit better with more active carbonation, except in regards to the mouthfeel. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, dark fruit and a bit of citrus.

T: A nicely balanced taste of malt, figs, citrus, some yeast and even a slight tinge of pine (or so it seemed).

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: This is a good American version of a quadrupel. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap, into a tulip at The Map Room.

The beer pours a very untypical color for a quad forcing me to ask the bartender if I was given the right drink. It is a super light brown with tons of amber highlights. Its almost totally redish in the light. The head is light tan, super foamy with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty light, you get mostly bourbon on the front, sweet closes (no yummy malts), and an on oaky finish. It smells ok, just weird for a quad.

The taste keeps up the weirdness. When I think quad I want dark fig malts etc. All you get is oak and alcohol.

The feel is way to warm and has a weird aftertaste.

Overall, not impressed here. First of all, this may be made like a quad, but its no quad. Even if I can get past the improrper making of a great style, its just not a great tasting beer anyway.

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Photo of Gusler
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer disembogues from the corked 750ml brown bottle a nebulous mahogany color, the head is spumescent and behemothic in size, the color a winsome tan, as it ever so slowly fades, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to obscure the glass. The nose has a nice aroma of yeast, backed by some fusel alcohol, hints of fruit, over ripe plums comes to mind, with the start sweet and nicely malted, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has is stern in its acidity, somewhat tart, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, and the aftertaste maintains the dry tartness to the very end, a nice bit of warming in the tummy also noticed from the 10 percent ABV.

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Photo of ccrida
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the Allagash four is a tawny amber brown, with modest light tan head with small bubbles that leave thick foam and nice lace. Clear with a steady stream of bubbles, it's a real looker. A taller, rocky head would earn it a 5.

The smell is veryy subdued, even as it warms. Spicy with caramel and vinous malt.

The taste has more punch then the aroma, with the requisite dark fruit and candi sweetness, but nicely tempered by a punch of black pepper like spice. The booze is there, but it's clean and low on the fusels, and the phenols as well. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, as I've found Allagash's brews to be hit or miss. Fortunately, this quad is excellent, and very well balanced.

The body is very light without being watery, and has a nice tight creaminess.

Well, of course as a quad, no matter how good it is, you've got to sip it slow or your on the floor. The fact is this is a fantastic quad, exceptionally smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perfect brew to open up for Juno. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash chalice. 2014 vintage. Pours somewhere between cider and mahogany in color with a slight haze to the clarity and a rocky, two inch, cream-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose is somewhat subdued - figs and yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a faint medicinal quality and a trace of something metallic towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an easy, even carbonation. Overall, a decent Quad but the pricepoint ($18.49) and overall character isn't on par with the exemplars of the style (e.g. St. Bernardus 12, Rochefort 10, etc.).

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.