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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 960
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 107
Gots: 138 | 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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Reviews: 452 | Hads: 960
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown color with a thick creamy off white head that fades down to just a thin line but never goes away.

For me the smell isn't very strong. Kind of a malty, yeasty fragrance.

I love the mouthfeel on this, turns to carbonated whipped cream with a nice spicy bite. Has a chewy full body.

Has a nice malty sweetness but very well balanced with notes of figs, rasins, brown sugar and nutmeg. Aftertaste has a vanilla hint to it but never a hint of alcohol, scary.

Awesome awesome beer, big thanks to Jerz for this treat. (541 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a real looker this. Clear dark honey. Nice big head on the pour that recedes to a slight rim.
Smell: sweet, malty with a hint of pepper.
Taste: As expected from the nose. Alcohol well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full with lots of carbonation.
Overall: nice quad. (265 characters)

Photo of ales4baldo
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation-The bottle is really simple but at the same time really nice. I like how at the neck it almost has a "bomber" style look to it.

Appearence-A really nice bright, cloudy copper look. Almost between a red and gold combined. Just nice.

Smell-Lots of great malts for sure. You dont get too strong of a hop presence even though it does have four different types of malts. IDK how they were able to subdue it. A candy sweet smell thats soft and light.

Taste-At first you do notice that this quadruple is quite sweet. But its really really nice. Not too strong and just right. Malts are really mellow, alcohol is present. Almost some kind of belgian candy mix.

Mouthfeel-Suble carbonation, nothing overpowering. Settles nicely on the palate and draws and finishes very well. I would say wet. Very lively has a lot of feel to it.

Overall-IDK why but this is one of my favorite beers. I freaken love it. Just a nice beer to drink and enjoy. So good. (961 characters)

Photo of medic25
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap at Delaney's. Amber-red color with a tan head; almost looked like a sour based on the color I'm used to. Spicy aroma, a little bitter. Malty taste, a little bit sweet, but certainly not as cloying and raisin-like as I've tasted in some other quad's I've tried. Drank quite easily; not as heavy as many in the style. Very enjoyable offering. (364 characters)

Photo of quinoarex
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA in Allagash goblet.

A: Pours a rich reddish-amber with about a finger of creamy head. Doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

S: Lots of caramel right out the gate, spicy apple, brown sugar, then a little kick of the hops. Very nice.

T: Thick, very sweet and fruity right up in your face. Molasses notes come through midpalate, almost syrupy but not cloying. Alcohol is evident towards the finish, though it's more of a reminder rather than an unpleasant burn as some higher-ABV brews can have.

M: Slippery, medium-bodied, not overly carbonated. It's not as heavy as I might have expected in a quad. Leaves an almost slick feel in the mouth. I can't say I was crazy about the feel at first, but it grew on me a bit.

O: A nice quad, though very sweet. Definitely one you'd want to sip, not gulp. That said, Allagash has some better offerings. It's pricey, too, so it's a once-in-a-while for when you want something a bit different. (972 characters)

Photo of iD9
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in world's smallest stemmed wine (taster) glass.

Appearance: Hazy, unfiltered golden-orange. Suspended sediment evident in the glass. Head forms ever-so-slightly off-white and retains a pleasing ring around the edge of the glass. Pleasant lacing is also evident.

Smell: Slight smell of malts and spice (potpourri); slight heat from alcohol? Mild sweetness, of candied-sugars? Not particularly impressive.

Taste: Malty, some spicy notes (possibly from the yeast). Light sweetness but not too invasive. Has a slightly bitter body. Again, a little bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth. Finishes with a slightly bitter after taste: a bit more than I had expected.

Overall: A solid beer. Not overly impressive but seems to carry several of the distinct attributes of belgian-style beers. A little more bitter than I would have hoped. (867 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a nice two finger cocoa head. Good carbonation and lacing on my snifter. The head is very pillow-like in appearance, and sticks around for a long time. Nose is yeast, malt, hops, caramel, dark fruit, and spices. Really nice nose on this brew- it could easily pass for a Belgian Quad on the smell. Taste is good, but not quite up to the smell. This is definitely one of the smoothest, malty, drinkable Quads I've ever had. The hops are hidden, but you get some of them in the taste. The 10% ABV is there w/ a little bit of alcohol burn on the aftertaste- it's pretty mellow though. Feel is silky smooth and sweet, with the hop bitterness barely there. Overall, this is a very enjoyable Quad. Definitely in the top 3 or 4 American Quads I've had (off the top of my head). Definitely worth picking up. Cheers. (837 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap at Churchkey. Reddish brown pour without much head. Malty smell, not boozy and not a lot of dark fruits on this one, light and malty. The dark fruits and booze come thru more on the taste. Which is pretty dry. Light body with sort of a weird aftertaste. Carbonated well. A bit off-putting overall. Not a great quad. Too malty, too strange tasting. (362 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 25 per the label.

Pours a hazy honey-gold color with a 1/2 inch beige head that settles to a film. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a spicy flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crip but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid quad with lots of nice aromas and flavors. (481 characters)

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. (569 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with a haze of red, about a finger of head at the top that leaves a slight bit of lacing.

S: Sweet fruit, apples, pears, mix of sweet earthy malt and hops.

T: Smooth and creamy all together perfect mix of hops and malts, nice belgian yeast kick at the end great balance on this QUAD.

M: Medium bodied and mid carbonation lots of stickyness on this one.

D: A perfect balanced Quad, I enjoyed this one very much! (424 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(A) Looks like a caramel and honey color, kind of golden with a bit of orange in there. Decent head that dissipates fast.

(S) Smells malty. Has an odd hop aroma that isn't necessarily good or bad. Some fruits and a bit sweet.

(T) The big overlying part of the taste is the yeasty characteristic. It's very yeast-heavy and it only worsens as it opens up. I think it was a bit too much. There's some slight booze. Candi sugar is very prominent. Big malts. There's a bit of a banana taste toward the end. Some honey.

(M) It's a bit carbonated and isn't very well balanced.

(O) This was odd. I wasn't too thrilled with it. I think they could have just used 1 type of yeast and one decent fermentation. The novelty aspect of the beer is great but the execution and final product was less than satisfying. (803 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A let down for me. Perhaps they tried a little toooo hard to make a unique beer???

Pours a golden copper color with a nice amount of head.

Smell is sweet, fruity a bit, and of course sugary. Sense of alcohol smell is also prevalent.

Taste is very malty and sweet. A little too much for me.

Overall, disappointed. (319 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, batch 12. Year...?

Pours a light, hazy mahogany. The head is okay for a high ABV beer, and the lacing is good.

Aroma has some banana, raisin and generally ripe, estery fruit. Spicy yeast and alcohol as well.

This beer is sweet and rich, but also surprisingly well-attenuated for a high octane Quad. Lots of yeast, spicy phenols and a surprising amount of hops too. The finish is long, dry and yeasty. Flavor has notes of dark fruit, caramel and a light acidity. Alcohol is noticeable, but not "hot" or intrusive. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, weighty, mellow and well-carbonated.

Doesn't quite compare to some of the great Abbey and Trappist Quads, but the Allagash holds it own. Probably the best American-made Quad I've had. Some more bready, toffeish malt flavors, and this stuff would be fantastic. (823 characters)

Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this at Get Real NY. Poured about 3ounces. Big foam head. Lots of spice. Heavy booze flavor. Big fat malt flavor. No hops there. Bright acidity. Slight tanginess in finish. Surprisingly drinkable. Glad I got to sample this rarer brew.

FOUR THE WIN (259 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Trappe Door in Greenville, SC

A: Pours a deep copper color into the Trappe Door tulip glass. Good head, good retention

S: Cherries, wood, lots of residual sugar, banana, and hints of Belgian yeast, raisin. Alcohol does come through in the nose, but does not mask the rest

T: Super malty, including notes of cherries, dark fruit, candied fruit, raisin, banana, and a little spearmint. Kind of sweet, but alcohol is not noticeable at all, despite its 10% ABV

MF/O: Thick body, velvety, creamy feel, finishes a little sweet with hints of candied dark fruit (571 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from the Francestown Village Market for $15.99. Batch #23.

Beer poured amber-brown with a nice white head.

Nose is dark fruit and candied sugar.

Taste is a huge malt backbone combined with ripe plum, hints of raisin, and candied sugar.

Mouthfeel is classic belgian yeast strain making this light to medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall drinkability is good. Alcohol was warming as i am assuming this is a young batch. Very tasty, nice job by Allagash! (483 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulilp. Pours a slightly cloudy plumb colored body with about an inch of beige head. It settles down to a creamy layer of foam that sticks around.

Sweet grapish aroma with prunes and figs. A little bit of notes of caramel. A faint aroma of grassy hops linger in the background. Really a nice mellow balanced aroma that's slightly sweet. Sweet caramel and toffee come through with lots of dark fruit characters like figs and plumbs. A little bit of spicy hops and some doughy yeast round this one out.

Medium body on this one with slightly prickly carboantion. Overall a pretty well made quad. Lots of ingredients seems to make for an interesting beer on here. (695 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been aging this one for at least a year, maybe two - Batch 15. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Served very lightly chilled.

Clear, maroon body with bright venetian and candy apple red highlights. A gentle collar rings a slow moving slick, traced out in beige in the center of the glass. Very light lacing.

Figs, leather, prunes, brandy, well aged sourdough, and violets erupt in the ester-heavy nose.

Complex, rich malt profile suggestive of caramel, cloves, cocoa nibs, and cedar. The sweetness is accentuated by more of the dark fruit notes observed in the aroma, though the spicy alcohol flavors in concert with a weak bitterness attenuate the sugars sufficiently. Maraschino and tea emerge from the finish which resolves to a single blended flavor.

Sufficient carbonation, low effervesence, medium-bodied, but a bit oily.

This beer seems to do better with age. Maybe I should wait a full FOUR years for consistency, but this is about as good a domestic version of this difficult style as you could hope for. (1,068 characters)

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

I traded this beer with Sean (claaarck13) and his wife Amber for some westy beer. We had a great time in Belgium when we met in may 2011.

I poured out this bottles during a beertasting at my cousin Peter's place. There were a lot of starting beer geeks who could not believe that there are so many good beers in the world.

Poured out in a wineglass this beer is deep ambercoloured. To say this is a quad...i am not sure if it deserves this type. For the rest this is a very good and very drinkable beer with a nice foamy head (527 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Batch #22.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with a slight reddish tint and a creamy white head that leaves lots of soapy lacing as it recedes.
S - Sweet caramel malt, earthy hops, and some spicy yeast.
T - More sweet flavors of caramel/toffee with a bit of earthy hops and spicy malt. Really wish I could pick out more flavors, seeing as there are so may ingredients in this beer, but it all comes together in one big, muddy package. Not very memorable.
M - Slick with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Not bad, but not at all memorable. Definitely an example of bigger not being better! (637 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a brownish orange color with a tan foamy head. The smell of the beer had a mix of sweet and sour aromas. The taste was pretty much just like the nose but was mostly on the sour side. The mouthfeel was decent. I thought this beer sounded pretty awesome but after having it I wasn't all that impressed with it. I was pretty bummed out actually I thought would have been better. (399 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Batch #21

A: Pours a hazy burnt toffee ale with a single finger of peanut head which dissipates quickly to leave a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. when agitated, a full finger of fluff sticks around for a few minutes.

S: Initially, floral and metallic. Followed up by sweet belgian sugar, malts and earthy yeast. Some hints of green apple skins. Afraid this would not really benefit from more time in the bottle (and I'm unsure of the age on this).

T: Sweet, yeasty, see above. At the back end, the alcohol sharpens and even stabs! Haven't had anything this alcoholic in some time. Afraid this would not really benefit from more time in the bottle (and I'm unsure of the age on this).

M: Medium-lo body with seltzer carbonation. The beer is a bit light on the palate for my preference in a quad. Leaves slick in the mouth.

O: A far cry from the quality I've come to expect from Allagash. The beer is poorly balanced and overly alcoholic. With a mouthfeel inconsistent with the style's big dogs, this beer nearly disappoints. Last time I will buy this one. (1,062 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This guy pours a copper color with hints of yellow around the edges. Just off white head forms and has a cake batter quality to it. Good retention as well as lacing.

S: Fruity flavors on the nose, I'm thinking ripe strawberry and confectionery sugar.

T: Highly carbonated, and very clean as the beer seems to fizzle right off the tongue. White bakers sugar sort of sweetness strikes me first, next dried stone fruit and dried sweet over ripened cherry seem to follow. Finishing quite clean, however, in the end this is a bit on the sweet side of things. A little bit of pepto bismol sneaks in as it warms.

M: Alka seltzer

O: Good stuff but too expensive and frankly too sweet for my palate. Also I find it to be over carbonated to the point of hurting its score. (771 characters)

Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.