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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 99
Gots: 121 | 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 jamie2dope
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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.

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.

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.


Photo of PatronWizard
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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?

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.

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.

Photo of mltobin
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of deereless
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of abfraser
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of maximum12
2.59/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Photo of waltonc
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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.

Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #14.

I had 2 bottles of this. With the first the cork seemed to slide out entirely too easily, with no pop and produced no head. That didn't seem right, so I waited to review (although I heard from others in the split that they had similar experiences, which leads me to believe there was a bit of a bottling/corking problem with this brew). This 2nd bottle was much better, nice pop, and one finger of light tan head. It settled to a thin lace and didn't leave any stick on top of the medium brown body, but it was better than last time.

Smell is quite malty, with some caramel and brown sugar aromas, along with some candi sugar sweetness, and also has some dark fruits and a somewhat sour, yeasty and buttery like aroma. Smells a little bit like feet, actually. Some booze, too.

Taste is much smoother and the odd, feet sort of aroma does not manifest itself in taste-wise. Caramel and brown sugar, molasses, candi sugar. Lots of sweet malty goodness going on here. There is some buttery flavor and some alcohol, and raisins and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is between a medium and full body, quite smooth with very soft carbonation. Quite creamy.

Besides just the aforementioned bottling/corking issues, this one seems to be a bit rough around the edges. It's good, and pretty tasty, but not a great beer.

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 PittBeerGirl
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Though we have Allagash available in Pittsburgh...their more special brews are hard to come by. I picked this up at Stateline in MD. Review #400. Poured into my Mad Elf Chalice- I am drinking this as I review it.

A- Translucent Mahogany body that pours with a 2 finger creamy off-white head. Head fades to a thick collar and retains well but very little lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the cloudiness is thick and uniform and the red hues shine a bit more.

S- Belgian candi sugar, molasses, dark fruits (perhaps raisin), and dates hit the nose first-all pretty well balanced. Behind this is a faint spiciness and a looming smell of alcohol. The nose is very complex, but is very mild overall. Nothing is overpowering.

T-The flavor is much like the smell. Upfront are candi sugars, dates, dark fruits, and molasses all with pretty equal strength. Behind this is a complex malt and yeast combination that can be tasted more if you let the sip linger in your mouth (chocolate and toffee come through as well as a sweet bready flavor). A nice touch of spicy hop flavor is added to the finish and this is where the alcohol has a slight bite. Left to linger is something that resembles a vanilla creaminess, a touch of spicy hop flavor, a mild alcohol bitterness, and faint remnants of everything else. The character of this brew if very complex yet somewhat mild.

M-A medium, but ever tingly carbonation and a body rich in yeast. Extraordinarily smooth and creamy.

D- This is a very nice Quad. Very complex and somewhat mild...there are flavors here that are much more complex than my palate. This is what I imagine a great Quad to be. The alcohol is there...but it is much milder than in other examples of this style I have tried. Probably my favorite from Allagash so far...I will pick this up again.

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 pinotboy007
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA; had never seen it before.

A - Root beer/rosewood-like appearance with a beige, frothy cap and minimal lacing. I see tiny bubbles but no yeast.

S - Fruit cake, bourbon, caramel and hops.

T - Complex and fascinating. It has a soft caramel swing to it but then moves towards dried figs, cinnamon and dark bread. Delicious. Reminds me of the German Aventinus.

M - Softly carbonated which in my view adds to the complexity it offers with each creamy sip.

D - I'm struggling to get by the 10% ABV, but confess this is one of the best ales I've had to date. World class drinkable stuff that I suppose could age beautifully, but I haven't the patience. Enjoy this one on its own in the best glass you own. Wow.

Photo of BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-24-08
Batch 15

Pours a super cloudy orange color, very cool in the light. A foamy off-white head settles quickly, but leaves behind big, craggy lacing.

Smell is very Belgian, apple cider at first, with a spicy alcohol character coming through next. Lighter than some quads, but very complex.

Taste is pleasantly subtle, lots of fruit flavors, very fresh and tart. Slightly boozy on the finish, with a nice bitter, apple peel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, not too thick so it agrees with the lighter flavors.

Drinkability is very good, easy on the palate with well-managed alcohol.

Overall, not the typical quad, but I think a little age would do wonders.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains.

A: Poured a super deep brown color. Just about the perfect looking quad. Barely had any head when it was brought to me and after about a minute it was all gone.

S: Nice dark fruit nose on this. The different yeasts and barley and hops make for a super dense nose. Too much to really pin down and isolate individual smells.

T: Dark fruit and yeast. Back and forth. Hints of plums and dates. Caramel and malt. Some spiciness and weird blasts of hops. Not in a hop bomb way though.

M: Nice thick body on this beer. The carbonation was low.

D: Really nice. Had this after a Dogfish 120 so anything is easy drinking after that. One of the better Quads I have had not made in Belgium. Glad I got to try this but I can never bring myself to plop down the 18 bucks to buy a bottle as there is too much good stuff out there for less.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a raspberry-amber wit a foamy 2 finger beige head that settled quickly leveling to a sudsy thin layering. A slight rim lacing was left behind wit a light carbonation presence carrying on.

S: sweet and fruity with berries, sugar, and caramel apples.

T: The initial flavor was tart and acidic, with some sour apples, caramel and a sharp carbonation bite. There was some pears as well coming through. The beer finished with a yeasty fruity sourness, a bitter floral hoppiness, and a noticeable amount of alcohol fusels (cinnamon, brown sugar). The 10.0% abv makes itself know here as well as the four fermentation sessions producing a big yeasty character and bite.

M: light, oily, with a soft carbonation fizzle while it finished with a spicy and dry alcohol fade.

D: Drinkability was ok, with the hot and spicy alcohol fusels on the finish this is best reserved as a slow sipper where one bottle (1 pt. 9 oz) should be more then plenty for one person and probably best suited shared with a friend.

Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.