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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 85
Gots: 99 | FT: 5
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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Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Belgian Bar at Brickstore Pub, Decatur, GA. Served in a .3L Allagash flute.

Appearance: A hazy and surprisingly reddish amber with a one-plus finger slightly off white foamy head with great retention. Lighter than expected, much lighter even. Huge sticky sheets of lacing rise off the side of the glass as the head fades though, and though they don't last throughout the entirety of the experience, they're initially very nice.

Aroma: Huge malty and fruity notes, with notes of cherries and raisins and a few light yeasty notes that lend am earthy farmhouse hint to the nose. Bready caramel is the predominant malt note, and it's actually pretty strong, particularly as things warm - perhaps a little heavier than I'd prefer.

Taste: Very malty - as it should be - but with, on the plus side, tons of fruit and, on the minus side, a nice dose of heat. Brown sugar, hints of caramel, lots of doughyness, a huge helping of lighter fruity esters and hints of darker fruitness. A rounded earthy yeasty quality is present too. Not out of this world, but definitely solid.

Mouthfeel: Perfect silky mouthfeel, incredibly smooth and even, feels much less thick than it should. Very fine-bubbled.

Drinkability: A solid quadrupel, lighter and fruitier than most, but still distinctly quadrupel like in its profile. A very interesting and pleasant beer - attractive, aromatic, and tasty. Though the abv% is a little high and only marginally well-hidden, this one's definitely recommended - very easy-going.

CrellMoset, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy light brown color with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Good complex malt and yeast aroma. Medium body. Full yeasty malt sweet flavor with a balanced finish with a small alcohol bite.

Very good brew.

tmoneyba, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2004 Vintage.

Poured a deeper and slightly cloudy orangish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, candi sugar, some dark fruitiness, roast, yeast, and chocolate. Tastes of plums, raisins, candi sugar, lighter yeast, and I’m getting dried out orange peels. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 9/22/08

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The 750 mL bottle is simple yet impressive. Pours with a thick creamy head that is most distinguishable, seems almost meringue like. Dark amber in color, but nothing I consider overly impressive. Yeast remnants floating in the glass. The lace extends completely around the snifter. No one could steal a sip without leaving the evidence on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Heavy malts and over ripened fruit. Very similar to a tawny port with raisins, figs, and dates.

Taste: The taste is complex, more along the lines of a wine as opposed to a beer. Fruity with hints of raisin and sweet, estery almost. Although I am having a hard time nailing down an exact flavor, I do know my mouth continued to water after the bottle was empty.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation that seems to grow and fill your mouth with every swallow.

Drinkability: Drinks very easily for a beer carrying 10%. Glad to have tasted, but by no means would I consider it my favorite Belgian.

ncstateplaya, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

400th review! From 750, corked and caged, with mild to moderate pop of the cork into the St. Bernie chalice.

Pours a nice bourbon color. Not a lot of head at all. Small bubbles form pattern of a map of upper Canada...or of a whale who's hair is on fire. Tiny yeasty floaters in suspension. Moderate carbonation moving to top.

Definitely lots of apple and bourbon. A little raisin and maybe some fig, too. Nice alcohol mix - a bit of yeast electricity and hop pine.

Thick heavy caramel malt dominates, backed bu mild bourbon nd a lot of raising and apples. Mild sense of yeast electricity and spice (cloves, coriander, cinnamon). Probably a little too warm on the temperature side but that's OK - the warmth brings out the flavors very nicely. Slight hop pine.

Warms up quite nicely. Very soothing spice and alcohol balance with good maltiness. Finish is clean (even though slightly tinny in the very eaerly stages) yet hearty and brings out a little pine on the back and gathers up all the spiciness.

For something that's light-heavyweight such as this it drinks very easily. Alcohol is present but nicely hidden and keeps the weight off.

IBUnit63, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

No head on an aggressive pour. Awesome Belgian nose on this guy. Yeasty fruit aromas, excellent nose. Minimal lacing on the glass. Taste is mildly complex, lots going on. Mild carbonation, good balance. Very tasty beer. Pissed that I shared it with a friend. :) Picked it up in El Segundo California. Worth the enjoyment.

ballewblake, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma benefits from all the malts and hops. It's complex and enhanced by strong yeasts. There is toffee, caramel, butter, toasted malt, wood, and herbal hops. The appearance is brown/amber with a smaller sized head. The flavor is just like the aroma with a bourbon element. The palate is nice and chewy. This is a good beer but the finish is just to acidic for me.

nick76, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of GoreStorm
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We were lucky enough to get some of this in our local Bevmo here in Fresno. Looks like we'll be getting the primo Allagash stuff regularly. We had a fair amount of the Curieaux come through and then this. So, I'm happy about that.

Since I already reviewed this on draft. I'll just give a general synopsis about why this was just way better out of the bottle. Everything is basically the same just cranked up. The head was about an inch and a quarter. The hops came through much more out of the bottle, it was definitely present and added more complexity to the scent and taste. The mouthfeel was more of what I expected.

Grab a bottle. If you can afford it, get a few and age them. This seems like a beer that would develop excellently when aged.

GoreStorm, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of jamie2dope
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Four, lets dive right in. Color sort of reminds me of raspberry in its pinkish dark complexion, minimal heading. Smell is fruity and syrupy, strawberries, cherries, dates and figs come to mind. Very vinous in the flavor, with definite stone fruit aspects, and bits of candied sugar. Feel is light for the style, probably medium in general. Carbonation is pleasant and not overwhelming. Good drinking here, I had no problem drinking two full glasses despite a mild boozyness. Pretty good beer from the brewers at Allagash. An approachable, yet still complex Quad. Cheers, and keep up the good work.

jamie2dope, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared for about three years, this big 750ml corked and caged bottle is ready for reviewing and, hopefully, enjoying. Served in the treasured Westmalle chalice beginning at a few degrees above fridge temperature and finishing around 55 degrees.

Appearance- Lighter in color than any quad I've yet seen, this beer pours the hue of a well-steeped tea. The head rises to just over a finger, popping away and leaving behind a broken puzzle of large and small bubbles. Lacing is scant, partly due to the substantial ABV.

Smell- A wonderful blend of malts and dark fruit, ripened to perfection. The aroma is lush and fruity, almost port-like, without any suggestion of the alcohol factor. Beautiful, expressive nose.

Taste- The quadruple-fermentation has established a complex, interesting palate showcasing plummy fruit notes, and a depth of malt and hops that have really come together over the last three years in the bottle. The finishing bitterness is exceptionally good, since it isn't necessarily expected in a quad... in this case, it wraps up each individual sip with a zest for the next one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer is getting better each moment... I'll absolutely suggest letting it come to cellar temperature before pouring, as practically all previous numbers have risen at least a half-point in that time. The texture in the mouth is creamy yet subtle and effervescent... and each remaining sip comes with enjoyment and appreciation. A delicious, rewarding beer that was worth waiting for.

yelterdow, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy dark brown color with a gorgeous head that goes nowhere. As soon as the cork was popped, the aroma was very evident. Especially as I poured the beer into my Duvel glass. Strong aromas of dark fruits, candied apples, pears, grapes, candy sugar, belgian yeast..quite complex and very luxurious bouquet. Taste is of more fruitiness, pears, green and red apples, figs, candied malts, hops, phenols, you name it, its here...good job masking the alcohol bite. Warming going down. Mouthfeel is heavy, carbonated, on the dry side. Tremendous beer and the 750ml didn't last very long at all. Although it is a sipper, you keep wanting to take sip after sip after sip because it is so great. I love this beer. It's just as good as I remember it to be.

Doomcifer, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of LennyV
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown into my Unubroue tulip. Small one finger head which disappears quickly. No lacing

Malty sugary smell with some minor hops

Full thick syrupy body with some minor carbonation.

Upon drinking you taste the malt up front, followed by some bitterness then a warming alcohol feeling.

For a 10 ABV the Alcohol is well hidden.

It is a good beer but I don't think I would purchase it again.

LennyV, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, mahogany-reddish color with a small, off-white head that doesn't leave too much lace nor does it hang around for very long. I didn't expect it to. The first smell I get is sugar, and lots of it. Dark, tart fruits and possibly some oak come next. The taste is similar but it places the emphasis in different areas. Dark fruits, yeast, and rich, earthy tones dominate with dark, candy-like sugar coming through as well. There is definitely a sour character from. This beer is absolutely awesome...i think it's so far my favorite Allagash I have had to date. I'm guessing a buttery-fatty, grilled food would go well with it...something with a caramelized (but not burnt) characteristic.


Douglas14, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever have the overwhelming urge to tackle a 750ml just for the hell of it. I have.

Perfect bronze color. Light white head. I mean the head was light, not the shade of white.

Fruit is in the nose, but not too much. Like an apricot or a pear.... Malt.

Taste is of a different fruit. Or the same fruit that I'm too dumb to name. I forgive me. Little bit of sinus clearing alcohol. Quite smooth. This will work. Really thick like jello that hasn't quite congealed.

Overall: don't believe I'll have any trouble finishing the 750. Where's the 850?

PatronWizard, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. No born on date, label indicates that it was from batch 15. Vigorous pour yields a thin wispy ring of a light tan head. Very nice lace. Color is dark brown and cloudy.

Smell- The nose on the beast is as complex as non-linear calculus. Caramel malts, dark fruits, Raisins, dried plums, sour apple, dates, and coco.

Taste Very Smooth, coco, bitter chocolate. Some dark fruits but not as much as the nose would indicate. Very dry, roasted notes as if from a porter. Underlying sweetness, tasty.

Mouthfeel- Mildly carbonated, tart creamy.

Drinkability- At 10% and a bit high in cost prohibit drinkability.

Kraken, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this big beauty at the sterling Sun Singer. A dense, durable finger of slightly tan froth tops a dense opaque mahogany with orange trim--an excellent presentation. Rich smell filled with brown sugar, dates, toffee, and hints of berry. The date is all over the taste, blending well with the brown sugar in a very malty palate. This is a very good quad. It's unlike many Belgians in that the mouthfeel lacks the inexorable effervescence of so many representatives. Yet the four malts certainly make up for moderate carbonation.

Four is excellent, another terrific offering from Allagash. This is a quad not to be missed. Very well done.

Gehrig, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in Fairfield County, Connecticut, served in a wine glass at the Ginger Man.

A light brown / reddish complexion to the beer with a good sized dark head.
The smell is a sweet, but rich one, with some strong spice.
Taste is tart, bitter, but tasty and very good, reminds me a bit of an aged pale ale.
Swishing from one side of the mouth to the other, the mouthfeel is very pleasant and complex, again the bitterness hits.
Drinkability is here, but at 10% abv, it is most certainly a beer to savor and sip.

mltobin, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split two bottles with my room mates, one fresh and one about a year old for comparison.
A. Pours somewhere between dark red and light brown, with a nice head with good retention.
The fresh bottle smelled like grapes and fruit punch with some noticeable alcohol in the fresh bottle. The aged bottle had a more pronounced sour smell and was more raisins than grapes.
Fruit flavors are more pronounced in the fresh bottle of Four, the fresh bottle also has noticeable alcohol. The aged bottle has some dried fruit flavors with a slightly more complex flavor.
The fresh bottle was more wet with good carbonation. The aged bottle was a bit more dry with a very creamy feel.
Very good quad, that is easily accessible. Fresh has better aroma and slightly better taste, aged is more creamy and less noticeable alcohol.

alovesupreme, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of deereless
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color of a murky iced tea, lots of sediment, creamy head - 4.25, S: Yeasty aroma of the Belgian style (surprise - it's Allagash), some dry sour dough bread, tinge of citrus which I can only assume is the hops - 4.50, T: Almost puckering, lots of alcohol, a little on the side of sour cherry, heavy on the malt, dry - 4.00, M: 4.00, D: A solid beer, quadrupels are often not up my alley but this one is an example of the style that I can appreciate - 4.00

deereless, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a reddish tinge

S: Lots of candi sugar and dark fruit

T: Awesome. Caramel-y, malty, lots of boozy canid sugar, fruitcake. Never cloying despite the sweetness.

M: Good full bodied beer, low carbonation level

D: This is one that'll leave a massive hangover given the sugar and abv. So, I guess that's a compliment because I'd probably drink way too much of this if given the chance.

abfraser, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of maximum12
2.6/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, seems I'm in the minority here.

Beautiful caged bomber, the label of which read "Four hops, four malts, fermented four times." To which I ask the question, where the heck did all those ingredients go? I can't taste any hops & barely any malts.

Four is startling average; no nose AT ALL, verified by my marvelous wife who shared the bomber with me. Taste is shallow & twofold: sweet candied sugar followed by a mortar round of alcohol. Nothing else.

I'm a fan of the style & this one left me heartily underwhelmed. Disappointing.

maximum12, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store.

Appearance: dark brown/red

Smell: I only had a 5 ounce glass, which was a little cold to start with, so difficult to appreciate the smell.

Taste: Declicious quad flavors: malty, caramel, fruit, spice, prodigious quantities of candi sugar. My kind of beer. The hops are under control.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick body, as I would expect from a beer packed with so much flavor and sugar.

Drinkability: At 10% abv, probably not that drinkable in large quantities, but I don't care. This is a delicious brew.

waltonc, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store in San Francisco.

An excellent quadrupel in the same mold as the great Westvleteren. Appears reddish-brown with a thin cream-colored head. Strong candi sugar which lends a strong sweetness to both the aroma and the taste. Strong dark fruits on the taste and the typical Belgian yeast. Slightly metallic on the finish, but also very warming and smooth.

nickd717, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orangish amber in color with a very soft thin off white head.

Smell - Dark fruit, orange peel, and a belgian yeast aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Nothing really stuck out to me with this one. Has a heavy butter rum feel to it combined with the orange peel. The four sugars and malts are blended nicely to give it a smooth sweet feel.

Drinkability - Haven't been to impressed with many of Allagash's offerings but this one does have some charm. Not a quad i'd grab again, though it was a pleasant experience. Let it warm a bit so it will blossom.

ryrust5301, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful slightly cloudy ruby orange brown color with a finger thing head creamy head. The head retains pretty well and leaves a sheet of lacing as it is consumed.

S: Belgian candy sugar with a slight alcohol aroma mixed with a hint of Belgian yeast. It smells fantastic.

T: Excellent slightly sweet malty initial flavor. The ABV is excellently hidden which surprised me a bit since I could smell the alcohol. Dark fruit flavors really complement the sweet malty taste. This is the best Belgian style quad I have had that is not made in Belgium.

M: Creamy thick mouthfeel from the carbonation. The alcohol warmth comes through just a bit when rolled on the tongue.

D: For a 10% ABV this one is amazingly drinkable. I could see myself drinking this way too fast if I didn't know it was so powerful.

GatorBeerNerd, Sep 13, 2008
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.