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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

819 Ratings
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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 82
Gots: 92 | FT: 4
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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is just about six months old, picked up at the brewery in September 2013.

A- Poured to the large Allagash chalice with a slightly hazed deep amber light brown body. A foamy cap forms on the beer to about three fingers high, appears thick. Head retention is good and never quite dies out, remains as a thick pillow. Thick lace deposits at the top of the glass with a continuation to what is some of the most impressive lace I have seen, a true blanket.

S- Malt and yeast complexity in a strong aroma but it lacks any alcohol like many other Quads can have at the same ABV, smooth and inviting. Yeast is predominant with notes of raisin, white pepper/Belgian yeast spice, figs, clove and light banana. Malts present some sweetness, medium candi sugar and toasted slightly nutty hints.

T- The balance and smoothness struck here is one of the best qualities of this beer. It doesn't destroy the palate with spicy, fruity flavors yet they are still strong enough to satisfy the style. Yeasty notes of dried dark fruits, figs, plums, orange zest, banana, clove, spices and herbs. Malts provide a nice base for this with caramel, brown sugar, medium candi sugar, toast and some nuttiness. Hops are certainly used here but meld in with the spicy yeast feel.

MF- Moderate to full bodied with a creamy and silky overall texture. Carbonation is at a high level and foamy but does not bite the palate at all, smooth. Finishes with just a touch of warmth.

Great interplay between four malts, four hops (albeit not as noticeable) and four yeasts. The complexity is high and the numerous flavors just seem balance out into a great final package. Way to drinkable for a 10% BSDA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:03:41 | More by cbutova
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

03-08-2014 15:00:08 | More by Drknight
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sunnytropic

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-28-2014 02:21:21 | More by sunnytropic
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IcemanCometh

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-23-2014 03:38:45 | More by IcemanCometh
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-21-2014 13:37:44 | More by FrankHammer
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Vdub1803

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

02-16-2014 16:27:09 | More by Vdub1803
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razorsdescent

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

02-15-2014 21:11:50 | More by razorsdescent
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-14-2014 03:05:51 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Much paler than expected for a Quad and no haze at all. Crisp deep golden reddish-brown. Not much of a head to speak of, though what's there is pale brown/mocha. Considering the style, the visual can't be this beer strong point.

SMELL : First nose is brow sugar, malts, very faint. Second nose opens up the herbal/hop profile and expands on the malty side with some roasted sugar notes. Third nose doesn't go much further. Kind of disappointed with this brew's nose - not that it's bad, it's just so discreet, almost weak, and considering the style, that shouldn't be.

TASTE : Barley sugar, some burnt nuts and mocha. Very thin taste for a Quad. I've had pale Quads before - Gulden Draak 2000, for example - and they weren't so shy in nose and taste. It's very good, simply not at all what I expected given that Allagash advertise this as a Quad.

MOUTHFEEL : Not nearly as thick and rich as I'd wish a Quad to be. Still good, but as far as I'm concerned, definitely not on the style as I understand it. Carbonation is fine.

OVERALL : I'll up the score on this because it's frankly a very good beer - it's just not at all what a Quad should be in my books. I'd have another one of these anyday.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:52:44 | More by FrostBlast
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sia478

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2014 09:12:52 | More by sia478
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andypeters

Georgia

5/5  rDev +22.5%

02-01-2014 03:14:15 | More by andypeters
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Fracheesy


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-01-2014 00:54:42 | More by Fracheesy
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2%

01-29-2014 18:19:21 | More by Givemebeer
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-27-2014 22:49:04 | More by AlaskanYoung
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Mbpike

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-27-2014 22:48:49 | More by Mbpike
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-27-2014 05:33:14 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-24-2014 10:21:17 | More by jmsedgwick
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Tuckersmth

California

4/5  rDev -2%

01-22-2014 05:11:30 | More by Tuckersmth
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Conceptuallogic

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2014 23:49:52 | More by Conceptuallogic
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-20-2014 19:43:56 | More by wiltznucs
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EliotTruelove

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-19-2014 04:54:05 | More by EliotTruelove
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-13-2014 19:08:14 | More by beernads
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-12-2014 23:17:32 | More by mattmarka1
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cyrushire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-11-2014 15:54:19 | More by cyrushire
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threephase

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-10-2014 18:08:28 | More by threephase
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.