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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 98
Gots: 122 | 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 Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a murky red-brown with a medium off-white head, solid retention and lacing.

S: Strong presence of dark fruit, some ethanol, sugar, candy.

T: Great flavour filled with all the goodies I expect in a strong Belgian. Heavy raisin, dried fruit, plum sweetness starts the beer, with a mild ethanol presence ended by sesame candy and candied apple, rum also there.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, light solvent character, robust, strong feel.

D: One of the best beers I've had in a while, just explodes with great flavours when it enters your mouth, really good stuff, one of the most drinkable 10+% beers out there.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, that I put away in my beer celler (a brown paper bag in the back of a closet) for about 6-8 months ago. Corked and caged. Opened with a burst of carbonation. pours a rich, murky, cloudy shade of dark amber. hoists a light tan head, which slowly recedes to a tiny bubble film. This fine elixir leaves stringy soft lacing behind. Nose is full of spice and alcohol notes. Tangy, spicy, fruity Belgian yeast notes. lots of fresh fruit, doughy malt offerings and some chaotic chemistry and wonder going on in this complex dandy. Finishes with notes of rum soaked apricots. Very drinkable and a hefty 10%! This one really benefitted with the extra time in the bottle. I imagine it would continue to improve for quite some time. Seek out, stow away, wait and enjoy!

Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark brown with amber edges and beige head. Aroma of spice, roasted malt, hops, dark fruit and candi sugar. Flavor is similar to aroma with dark fruits, malts and sugar cane. High ABV is very well masked.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, dark amber with a small white head that fades into a mild cap and collar. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is estery, raisins, vanilla, bananas, cocoa, doughy bread, brown sugar, and figs.
Taste is of the same aromas with flavorful raisin bread, light cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, and delicious cocoa.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, yeasty, semi-sweet, and finishing with doughy raisins, along with black plums lingering.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a cold 750 ml bottle from the Main Party Store in Ann Arbor.

This beer reminds me of St. Bernardus 12, but not Westvleteren. The carbonation, like many quads, is quite high and the beer needs some time to mellow out before you can actually taste it. Once settled, there's a relatively good (but not great) mixture of caramel malts with dark fruits. This one drinks oh-so smoothly, and against stiff competition in the style holds it's own but doesn't stand out. Overall: well-made and an excellent example of the style.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with ruby brown highlights. Decent initial head that fades quickly to a very thin ring that leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of macerated fruit, bubblegum, lightly of bananas, and there is a whiff of oak at the end. Tastes even better with the same fruity start of bright fruity esters, banana, a slight touch of clove, some oak, and a tannice bitterness at the finish and more clove as well. Mouthfeel is substantial, creamy and a bit tannic at the end. The alcohol is hidden very well and it is delicious. I've had the barrel aged version of this and that was sublime. This is merely very good.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tdm168
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - orangish amber with a big, thick, white head; decent retention

S - apples, pear, yeast, Belgian funk

T - apple, yeast, clove, pear, some pepper

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a plush, fruity, estery, juicy beer. There are some spices that lend balance and offer depth. The ABV is really well hidden making this a dangerously drinkable beer. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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

This is FOUR aged in strawberries (?!?), served on-tap at the Blind Tiger during their Allagash promo night.

A: The ale is a dark quad color, thick and brown like turbid creek water with little carbonation. There is no head to speak off.

S: The nose is thick and malty, strong to the point of tartness with strawberry undertones. The strawberry is kind of sweet but mostly it has taken on a tart flavor that could easily pass of framboise or kriek. Overall it is very inviting and intriguing.

T: The taste is a duel of fruit sweetness and malt depth; most times the malt wins. The maltiness is thick graininess, dry with a slightly tart grape finish. The strawberries, an choice that was either inspired or deranged, are sweet but not sugary sweet with a slight tartness that conjures up a solid fruit lambic.

M: The quad is a mouthful, alternating with grain strength and tart fruitiness. The use of strawberries (I keep repeating it because I am still getting used to it), is an interesting decision but it does impart a distinct flavor.

D: At 10%, this is not a quaffing beer. I had one glass and savored every sip, but doubt that I could handle a second.

Photo of Zorro
2.84/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove after a shattered bottle and a reship.

A cloudy brown colored ale with very little head formation.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a faint sourness.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a faint sour flavor, Maybe this bottle is spoiled? Doesn't taste much like a Quadrupel, tastes like a substandard Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well I have had better and I seriously doubt that I will bother trying to sample this again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- After the soft pop of the cork there is a dense amber-brown body. The thin film of bubbles is supported by a tiny slow carbonation but fades to a thin ring of head.

S- The sweet light sugary note with a hint of honey is followed by a cidery smell. The smell of light cream and apple butter comes through stronger as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a sweet caramel malt and brown sugar flavor with a pineapple flavor. There is a light woody flavor with a watery taste to it and finishes with a light bitter hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full texture that is a bit slippery. There is a soft alcohol heat that comes through more as it warms.

D- This beer is sweet with a fruity quality to the malt which is nice and the alcohol helps to support the malt nicely. This makes a nice desert beer, but I can’t say I could pick out the 4 malts, and 4 yeast qualities. It didn’t have that much depth for all the 4s.

Photo of jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger head that fades slowly leaving thick lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Very good carbonation - pour slowly. Nose has a hint of musty flowers and some raisin. Sweet, heavy bodied and just hints of the high ABV, should be savored. $10.25 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this one at the brewery after the tour today. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my brand new Allagash chalice. It poured a deep caramel brown color with a bubbly and frothy off white head filling the top inch and a half of the glass. Pretty nice head retention to it as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of citrus and spice to it. It has some pepper, nutmeg, clove and banana flavors to the spice. Lemon citrus, candi sugar and some caramel malty sweetness are present as well.

The taste shows a lot of the yeast spice to it. Up front it's more peppery with more of the banana and clove spices coming in towards the finish. I get more of a sweeter, caramel malt profile out of it towards the finish as well. Some alcohol comes through as well in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is decent, it had a lot of flavor to it for sure. It showed a lot of spice to it, but a little of the malty sweetness came through. Pretty good beer overall.

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times. Guess it's high time I reviewed it. At Max's todday.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The is also impresssive, as I pick up considerable brown sugar, vanilla, light rootbeer and considerable underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's more of the spice and rootbeer then I was expecting. There's also some noticeable bitterness on the finish, which helps to balance the modest sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a fairly spicey finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and the 10% abv. is deceiving. I would have guessed an abv. considerably less, so one needs to be a bit careful with this beer.

A nice enough beer, but can't really call it a standout in the Allagash portfolio.

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -2%

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


I've been sitting on this one for a year. Poured into a tulip a cloudy dark amber/mahongy color, some carbonation, little fizzy tannish head, which leaves some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slight yeast, dark fruits galore, slight oakyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, figs, plums, raisins, slight licorice, and caramel. A true delight to drink. The alcohol is hidden very well. Full body, a complex brew. Very drinkable, this is another gem from Allagash, highly recommended.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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