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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 86
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 MCDuhamel
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Westmalle chalice at fridge temperature.

A: Poured a tight head of only around one centimeter, although the head stayed with the beer all the way to the end. Good lacing. The beer is a murky light mahogany, and at cooler temperatures carbonation clings to the side of the glass.

S: Smell is predominately of candied fruit with a very mild hint of spiciness.

T: As with the nose, the dominant flavor is candied fruit, almost like a fruit bread, with some spiciness. There is a note of cherry and tropical fruit. The finish is alcoholic, even a bit hot.

M: Medium bodied, with carbonation providing some balance and structure.

D: The 750 ml bottle went down easy, but that was plenty.

Overall: I enjoyed this American interpretation of a quad and will not hesitate to buy it again. It is a bit coarse and unrefined when compared to some of its Belgian counterparts, but it is a very nice beer that I look forward to enjoying whenever I can. It is hard to find in Ohio; I got mine during a visit to Chicago. A better head and a little more complexity in the flavor profile would make this a world class beer.

MCDuhamel, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky bronze color with a ruby hue around the base of my snifter glass. the head fades in short order and lacing is minimal.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel and bourbon. fruity warm citrus, raisin and other dark fruits and vinous alcohol.

Taste: Very warm caramel lemon, orange dark fruits currants, cherry, licorice and a bit of cough syrup in the back end. Warm boozy wine like finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth silky feel with the warm alcohol, lots of smooth malts and dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is a big beer. A quad always is but this one shows off its bigness forcing you to sip with respect. Nice.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass chalice

Pours hazy orageish-caramel colored with a few fizzles that leaves a small patch. Very little lacing is left.

The smell is of sour apples, caramel, some alcohol. The smell of green apples leads me to think that something went wrong here...

The taste is of Belgian-ish spices (clove, predominantly) that were not in the aroma. The taste of green apples gives it something cidery, although it faded to the background as the drink progressed. A dollop of caramel almost covers it, but not quite. Alcohol gives it a booziness that sticks around. There is a citric tone in the back, but it's virtually lost. Although there is some spiciness in the finish, it is not quite as dry as I would expect.

It has something of a creaminess about it, though the alcohol lingers longer than the flavors.

This one was a disappointment for me. Maybe this one was infected or something, as the green apple character just didn't sit well. Too caramelish for style, esp. as there are three other malts in the mix...It might need to age more, also, as the alcohol was just a bit too masking.

jwc215, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in my pint glass with " Heroes " - David Bowie on the Hi-Fi . The guitar of Robert Fripp on this track is magnificent . Hopefully this brew from Allagash with be the same . Bottle is capped caged and corked with luminous lettering on the bottle . When poured it has a beautiful frothy cream colored head . Burnt amber color and beaming aroma abound . First taste is scrumptious and flavorful . The aroma of honey & fig . Honey is also what I taste with a tad bit of booze burn which is wonderful . half-way through my pint there is plenty of lacing and a thin head . This is another great brew by Allagash in my book . Splendid .

Kudashov, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice lookijng dark beer, with a small head that probably realtes to being too cold this time, but leaves a nice lacing behind.
A nice "quadrupel" smell, heavy on malts, but some bananas, alcohol, and also some hops.
Taste is mostly sugary malts, with a warming alcohol, but throughout some hints of bananas, molasses, honey, cloves and cinnamon.
A little thin on the mouth, but still overall a very nice brew.

brdc, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, coppery co;or. There was a small off-white head that doesn’t last too long. The aroma is quite nice: a myriad of different scents. Bready, caramel, coriander, pears, apples, and possibly a few others. The taste is quite good, although it a tad lighter in body than I would have expected. Light carbonation on the tongue. Tastes of caramel (but not very sweet at all), spices, fruits. It is complex to say the least. Very nicely done.

Boto, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: amber with good head and lace
s: good fruity smell - pears, apples
t: fruity taste with very nice warming alcohol throughout (u feel it, not taste it). great, full taste. excellent balance in this beer
m: very smooth, full body with just the right amount of carbonation
d: excellent - one of the best quadrupels interpretations, particularly made in us, i've had. would be very happy to pick up a few of these despite the high price i paid out on the west coast for a bomber.

belgbeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber brown with a very small head but that is to be expeceted for the style to some degree. Plenty of carbonation is visible still.

Caramel and malt with essence of honey and fruit pits are apparent on the nose and the palate. There is a resinous quality to the mouthfeel but it is quite pleasant. Very warming feel from the high abv but also to be expected. I'm glad I tried this. It is one of my preferred Allagash offerings.

rousee, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this at Volo. Thanks for sharing Ralph!

A: Ambre with an off-white head; nice lace.

S: Tropical fruit with a some pear & apple. A little fusil alcohol as well.

T: Alcohol warmth all the way through (but it's not harsh). Fruity (tropical with a little cider); the modest amount of spice & fusil is pleasant. Awesome, but it doesn't have the dark fruityness of most quads. Personally I'd throw a little Belgian Special B into the grist... even though it may actually be more authentic just the way it is.

M: Silky smooth, moderate to full body is really well attenuated. Lightly carbonated.

D: Quite good.

Derek, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of rodrot
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cork popped off the 750 ml bottle with a rather unsatisfying thump. I was expecting the loud pop that usually accompanies corked Belgian style ales. The beer had a murky brown appearance with almost no head and very little carbonation. Aroma was good. Candyish malts, spices( clove and pepper) and yeasty bread aromas in the nose. Taste was equally good. Ripe fruit, spices and a hint of hops along with warming alcohol. Mouhfeel was a little thin however due to the beer being almost flat. Not sure what happened here, but I'm disappointed that I spent 11 bucks on this beer. I probably got a bad bottle, so maybe I need to purchase one at another store in order to give this brew a fair shake.

rodrot, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Shovelbum
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin white head over a reddish-orange body. Head recedes quickly. Strong aroma of vinous fruit over a more subtle malt background. Flavor has substantial pepper character and relatively elevated bitterness throughout. However the malt is substantial enough to at least make an attempt at balance with some sweetness and vinous fruit. Blegian yeast lingers throughout. A well carbonated medium body. Dry finish.

A fairly spicy and bitter quad that is definitely an outlier from its quad brethren and, I might add, in keeping with Belgian nose-thumbing at conformity to rigid style categories. There is great complexity here, and an almost Pale ale feel—although the high ABV and substantial bitterness quickly shatter that illusion and bring you back home to quadville.

Shovelbum, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bigun' into a gulden drak tulip.

Very deep colour for a quadrupple, with accompanyingly dark head. Little in the way of strong carbs or lacing, but never a dull feel on the tongue. A good bit of sediment could be coaxed up, but on demand. Good control.

Smells of sweet, hawian rolls and eventually chocolate and tobacco. Finally, some smokey cigar and mellow oak. Scent of candied breads never ceases.

Taste is surprisingly simple and monotone, despite "four malts and four hops". Full expression of all the big malt, with highlights of hop aroma, little bitterness. A well-played note, though little in the way of harmony. For a quad, there is a pleasing amount of spicy caramel, more typical of a dubbel.

Mouthfeel is out of this world, thanks to the numbing properties of the ABV. Given it's strength, this is far too easy to drink. Best when slightly warm and swirled, the carbonation feels smooth, not full of nose like a cola.

There's no hiding that this is a quad, nor that it's a domestic. However, as a simple expression of strong, dark ales, this brew suceeds admirably. A little meatier than it's Belgian cousins, this malt-bomb is pleasing for the soul, if nothing else.

ojiikun, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a deep orange-brown color with muted golden highlights, and a fairly high level of turbidity. Head is small, creamy, and khaki-colored, but very tiny for a quad.
Beautiful, rich aroma of rich, sweet caramel and dark malts, dark fruit, rum raisins, and a whole lot of booze. Palate starts off with rich, sweet, fruity malt, becoming sweeter before the swallow. Huge notes of rum raisin become evident as the beer passes over the tongue, leading to a strong, warming alcohol finish.
The body is substantial and a bit creamy, but lacks the carbonation that truly wonderful Belgian quads possess. On the whole, though, an excellent offering from Allagash, one that I could see myself drinking a lot of.

ElGordo, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been sittin' in my beer fridge for way too long. But, what a beer to wait for. This brew is much better than many other Quads I have tried. Heavy sweet malts, blended well and matured into a fruitcake-sweet brew with hints of nuts and rum. A mild plastic aroma that shows early disipated quickly into a unique Belgian fermented note. Tastes confirm all the fruits and yeast, while adding a confectionate sugar sweetness along with Belgian spiciness. The beer continues with a warming and numbing effect, but never getting fusal or harsh. Lots of sweet alcohols nearly hurt the teeth (kinda Samichlaus-like). Finishes with a continuing warmth, mild grain / sugar bite, and lingering sweetness. A sip here will go a long way. Nice brew.

BEERchitect, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of nriech
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep rust color with about 1/2 inch head. Good retention. Very little lacing.

S: Very bready aroma is quite strong with a lot of nutty yeast character with a small hint of dark sugars in the back.

T: Big, sweet fruit up front, like sugared raisins and plums. Warming sweatness running over. The flavor almost turns roasty right before you get hit with a smack in the throat from the alcohol again as a not so subtle warming.

D: Chewy & creamy body. Alcohol is not too big and it doesn't dry up too much. Carbonation is balanced very nicely as well. Taste is raisiny and slightly bitter on the finish

nriech, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork pops from the bottle with a nice pop. Pours into my glass a nice deep red/orange brown color with a healthy half inch of creamy white head. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of sweet malts and dark candy sugar upfront melding into ripe dark fruits, raisins and caramel. Yeasty Belgian spiciness is in there as well. Just a wonderful aroma coming off this one that draws me in.

First sip brings a nice flow of maltiness with burnt sugars, dark fruits, caramel, raisins, wood and a slight dark bread character. A nice spicy yeasty flavor flows in midway through each sip. There's a hint of hops on the way down but overall it's not too noticeable. Finishes with a brown sugar aftertaste, slightly sweet but never becomes too much. Overall this is quite a tasty brew!

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a wonderful body and plenty of carbonation. This beer is quite a treat and works well on Thanksgiving. Even at 10% I could see myself working down a bottle of this to myself no problem, however in the spirit of good brew I'm sharing this one with family today. Overall, another fine brew from Allagash that has aged quite nicely!

orbitalr0x, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-year-old bottle, served in Chimay glass. Pours out a very lovely rosy-ruby tinted color, though the head forms and fades very quickly. Very nice aroma: sweet, very lightly cocoa malt; resinous hop smells; and a fruity, woody vanilla. Very sweet start, with lots of residual sugars, overlaying a toasty, caramel malt flavor. Bitterness is relatively low for the strength. Lots of fruitiness. Malty finish. Body reasonably light despite the sweetness.

A good late-night beer, just before bed (as I'm having right now).

allengarvin, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour: amber/copper, crystal clear, under a cm of khaki foam.

Nose: apple/grape skins, drying booze and yeast

Taste: apple skins, dry booze, fiery spice, sweet malt, caramel, dry citrus yeast, bitter apple skin finish.

Feel: boozy thin and dry, medium carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: Liquid, boozy caramel apple. Tons of apple skin tannins. Not awful, but could use some malty balance as this comes of quite dry and alcoholic.

Golden2wenty1, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay chalice, a nice musty reddish amber. The head dissipates at medium speed and lingers on surface, its sustained by tiny bubbles and leaves little lacing, At first sniff smells almost like that strawberry Nesquick, predominately sweet malts, with minimal, yet supportive hop character. There are hints of strawberry, vanilla, light fruity esters and maybe even minor touches of berry and apple. If the smell doesn’t get you the flavor will. The flavor is excellent, enticing and welcoming, the sweet malts are balanced masterfully, with just the right amount of hoppy bitterness. The spectacular malts are definitely the showcase of this beer, along with their excellent fruity esters. I could drink this stuff like crazy, if it wasn’t 10 ABV, which is hidden ridiculously well. How ever to most this beer does not have the marks of what you'd look for in a killer quad, lacking body, head and what have you, but I still find it to be a fun version of a one. Some of the sents and flavors might at moments seem synthetic, which I acknowledge, but for me they turn out in a tasty way that works well. I mean this beer even has great quenching capability, but to quench your thirst with this is to feel it’s strength. Every thing about this beer screams drink me and then buy another bottle so you can show your friends, but drink me. This is a fabulous beer, and a great concept, there is no question I will buy this again.

mmcave, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours a translucent dark copper body with a half inch of light tan head. Smells like raisin, date, brown sugar, pith, and peppery phenols. Tastes fruity, with plum, grape, date, citrus, pith, with peppery notes. Chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar also play prominent roles. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV and complexity. A solid quad, unique, interesting, drinkable for the style, and overall a very well-crafted beer. Awesome.

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark maroon, hazy, well carbonated. Good, slow fading head, creamy off-white foam.

Smell: Malty and sweet, apples and dark fruit. Lightly earthy and spicy.

Taste: Very sweet, too sweet. Fruity and malty, I get a lot of apple flavor from this beer. Slightly tart, and fortified with alcohol.

Drinkability: A little too thin of a body, but the flavor is definitely interesting. Not the ebst from the style, but above average.

TastyTaste, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured an orangeish brown hue. The slightly off-white head grew up to be roughly two fingers high then died down to just a thin ring around my glass. Few columns of beading can be found along with some dregs,from a over happy pour.

Smell: The aromas seems to be fruits of some sort, perhaps apricots,oranges, and dark prunes. A sweet brown sugar with just the right amount of alcohol. Not bad by any means.

Taste: The flavors are quite delicious. Has the same fruitiness in the taste like the aromas. Has a bit of sourness too in the middle, but quickly fades away with a sugary alcohol bliss. Also fresh breads are noticed in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick,slick, slightly grainy and very creamy. Sufficient carbonation rounds out the feel. Mmmmm..feels so nice!

Drinkability: This offering took my palate a couple of minutes to adjust to. Once it did though, I had to resist the urge to pound this Quadruple. Not in the same class as St.Bernardus or Rochfort but this is still a beer that will bring a smile to Quad lovers everywhere.

Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in April 2004.
The aroma is full of sweet malt and a delicate blend of esters that is flowery and fruity, ther is also a bit of a minerally character.
Poured a nice deep copper with a tan head that subsided to a thin layer.
the flavor begins in a rush of carbonation that begins in a sweet creamy malt flavor that is balanced by more of the fruitynes. The hops seem subdued but this is two years old so it must be less hoppy than when it was originally brewed. The finish is clean with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness, yet the alcoholic warmth is present in the mouth.
the mouthfeel is very good as it is a sweet beer yet the carbonation as well as the use of kettle sugars gives it a clean finish so it is easy to drink. You can definetly tell that this is a ten percent beer. It is very drinkable and I would love to find more of this though it is more romantic to just enjoy this one and to know it was a one of a kind experience.
the mouth feel is perfect for style as it is a sweet beer

RenoZymurgist, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The presentation of this beer, as well as the lead-up on the bottle really put the stakes high, and unfortunately they prove to be too high. Pours with a dark red-golden color with no head. Smell is tremendous, with lots of sugars and dense malts. With the taste I was expecting the kind of beer that’s almost hard to drink because of the complexity, but the amount of flavor doesn’t seem to be as big as the sum of its parts. The most discernable taste that really sums up the beer is of candied fruits, most likely coming from the grains. A great beer, but I don’t think it lives up to the high reputation of what you'd expect from such a special beer from Allagash.

Toddv29424, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazed dark amber color witha light biege finger of fine foam. Head falls to a wispy cap and halo along the edge.

Smell was sweet, roasty, caramel malts, big bready yeasts, brown sugar and alcohol.

Taste was sweet, but overpowering. Upfront bready yeast, chewy malts, understated hops (true to the style), and warming alcohol.

Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Very complex and flavorful, the higher ABV limits the drinkability for me. Still a well done quad.

EvilKeith, Jul 23, 2006
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.