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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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916 Ratings
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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 100
Gots: 126 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 916 | Reviews: 452
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork purchased at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California for $19.99 plus tax and served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I've been very impressed with so far - and the style - which is one of my favourites. Batch #25. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Gives a rather powerful satisfying pop when the cork comes out. I got the cork out quickly with just my hands.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the 10% ABV. Colour is a dark copper orange. Not at all vibrant; a bit dull. Semitransparent. Non-opaque. No floating yeast particles are visible, but I'm judging from the top of a large bottle here. Pretty good lacing.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, cream, delightful malts, and well balanced hops. The yeasts are dominant and quite appealing. Hints of dried fruit. A nice aroma for a quad. Moderate in strength. Subtle. The notes don't ring distinct, but seem to work well together. Let's hope that carries over in the flavour.

T: Pleasant biscuity yeasts. The malts are a bit more troublesome, not quite providing the subtle foundation expected. Cream comes through. Some dried fruit - plums and fig - is far too restrained to sincerely impact the flavour profile. The hops are a bit too present considering the style. It's quite biscuity all around. The flavour just isn't bold and distinct enough to make it a great quad. Needs more fruit and more of a focus. The yeasts are nice but they still come off feeling restrained and underplayed, and even take a turn for the worse on the finish. Needs more complexity. It's subtle, but could and should be moreso. Good layering but the end result isn't ideal. I wish it were more bold and focused. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Entirely too thin. Not strong enough to support the flavours. Nicely smooth and wet, with some cream. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Quite overpriced for the quality, though not a bad quad by any means. Hides its ABV well. It's disappointing, but then I expected a lot of it. The third act bothers me and it's too hoppy for the style. A decent effort from Allagash, but not on par with their other offerings. Give it a go if you have the money, but don't expect too much from it. I might get it again aged at a good price. I wouldn't recommend it to friends though. Certainly drinkable.

Low B-

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

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch #22. after a vicious battle with the cork...

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 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.

originally reviewed on: 10-24-2010

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours amber-brown with a moderate white head and light lacing that lasts well throughout. Nose is a little earthy/herby for the style, but with plenty of brown sugar, maple syrup, belgian yeast, and some alcohol heat. Flavor is more typical of quads with rich, sweet breadiness, and yeast on the front, fading to fruit and alcohol in the backfinish. Sticky mouthfeel. A very nice quad!

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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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a light tan color with a little head. The mouth feel was highly carbonated. The finish is excellent: magnificent apricot coupled with heavy alcohol. After warming, there was a multi fruit taste to the finish.

This is an excellent beer which I will drink again in the near future.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice golden color with a light, persistent bubble head.

Hints of caramel, cherry, raisin and yeast. Nice aroma.

Wonderful flavor! Not too strong, light malt, very light hops, and a mild fruity sweetness. Surprising from a quadrupel. Complexities with each sip!

Very light mouthfeel, easy to drink. Probably a bit too easy!

Amazing overall taste! Adding this to one of my favorites.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light plum red pour with a film of head that stuck. Pretty color. 4.0

Very mild nose. Some faint red fruits. Plum, bing cherry, and watermelon. 3.0

Rich in flavor. Fruity and malt sweet. Cherry, rum raisin, and pomegranate. Malts are pretty pale, but big. The fruits really shine, that in the booze. 4.5

Smooth feel with decent carb for a quad. 3.5

Certainly a delicious spin on a quad. Two thumbs up. 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red-orange amber. Gushed out of the bottle. Very thick light tan head that persisted and left heavy lacing. Nice presentation. Aroma is sweet with heavy stone fruit, light malt and Belgian spicing; slightly sour. Flavor of sweet and caramel malt and light fruit. Moderately dry in the middle. Finishes with Belgian spices, a bit of hops and sweet fruit. Nice medium to heavy body. Not as intense or complex as the best Belgian quads, but pleasant and very nice to drink. Another top notch Allagash ale.

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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