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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 80
Gots: 91 | 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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cheers2beers

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 00:44:54 | More by cheers2beers
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 02:11:19 | More by RenoZymurgist
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 22:17:27 | More by Toddv29424
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EvilKeith

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 19:45:33 | More by EvilKeith
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this from Oak Tree Buy Rite.
Poured a semi-translucent, bubble-laiden medium brown color with burgundy highlights. A frothy white head develops and quickly dissipates leaving behind plenty of lacing. Aromas of plums, figs, earth, grains, and dried fruits seemed to come out. The taste was filled with earthy flavors like ripe dark fruits and grains. The dominating sweetness was offset by a subtle and yet sufficient bitterness. Layers of flavors seemed to jump out of this beer. Somewhat creamy and slick in my mouth. Very easy to sip and enjoy. I could hardly taste the high ABV in this beer. Very complex and an excellent beer I hope to have again soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 14:53:52 | More by jaluria
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badbeer

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark red color with a white head leaving some lacing. I've seen plenty of others out perform this one, but it still looks nice. Yeast, candi sugar, and dark fruits, with a bit of an alcohol sting in the nose. Yeast is the first thing you taste, but followed quickly by the fruits and then an alcohol warmth. Alcohol is not hidden, but not overpowering. Taste seems to become a bit cloyingly sweet after a while. Lower carbonation, medium bodied. Pretty good, on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:29:36 | More by badbeer
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber with a nice full head that falls away fast leaving a basic lacing behind.

The smell is very fruity with burnt sugar and a slight cinnamin and peppermint as well.

Taste is burnt sugar with a big fruitiness, fruit flavors like grape, and other dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is nice, but not completely smooth.

It's great, if I have extra money next time I will pick this up, but it's notihng more special than that.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:06:20 | More by Erdinger2003
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a small surface skim head with a little bit of spotty lacing here and there. Body was a brown garnet.

Smell - esters, phenols, chalky yeast, dark bready malt, dark dried fruits like dates and raisins, overripe apples and pears, bananas.

Taste - similiar to smell. Esters and phenols with bananas, date, raisins, overripe apples, overripe pears. Dark bread and caramel. Chalky yeast sometimes, also adds some spiciness. Not a hint at all of 10% abv, not one; no warmth, no burn. Aftertaste of caramel.

Mouthfeel - thin to moderate, low carbonation, slight hop oil slickness.

Drinkablity - this is a decent, but not great beer. Also high abv of 10 % limits this to one 750 in any given session.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 21:20:05 | More by ultralarry2006
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish copper colored beer with a slight haze. Has a nice small bubbled foamy head and a little bit of lace.At first the aroma has an appley tartness.Followed by a hint of dried fruit and a smooth caramel malt note. The flavor starts out with a sharp tart note which changes quickly to a light sweet dried fruit character. The middle is just a smooth luxurious maltiness. The finish has the hops adding as much to the overall flavor as to the nice little snap at the back of the throat.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 21:21:42 | More by ybnorml
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer. Quite unique. Pours to a nice plum color, fairly hazy. Thin collar of white head that doesn't stick around for long . Leaves a spotty lacing.An attractive carbonation fizzes its way up the side of the glass.

The smell is quite wonderful. Has a great candy aroma. A nice graininess as well. Smells like a treat. Tastes like one as well. Distinctly grainy and malty with a very nice accompanying sugary flavor. A bit of a spicy finish. Very tasty stuff. The alcohol is very well hidden.

The body is a little less than I was anticipating, but it has a very nice and smooth carbonation. Drinkability is good, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 04:09:57 | More by neonbrown82
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gotbeer

Massachusetts

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

The beer poured a dark reddish brown with a light head that left very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet and subdued compared to the complexity of the taste.

The taste is very complex. Sweet candy sugar and overly ripe fruit like pears, plums, and cherries come through. There is a little note of hops in the middle before a taste of spices and cherries at the end. Every sip changes my mind a little from what I thought I was tasting due to this one's incredible layers of complex flavors. One to take your time with and enjoy.

The mouthfeel is good, and the drinkability is average. I think the ABV would catch up with one quickly.

Another great beer from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 00:54:33 | More by gotbeer
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denjen

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dennis: I was anxious to try this one, the label alone made me anticipate the beer. Four malts, four hops, four sugars and four yeast strains. If that doesn't get your mouth salivating nothing will ;). The end result of all this work, is a super smooth and deceptively tasty Belgian ale that hides it's 10% alcohol with ease. This beer will go done so easily that one could get themselves in trouble if it was in a six pack (although I'd buy that in a heartbeat).
Jen: This is a very smooth beer. It has a nice dried fruit taste to it (typical of a Belgian Ale), but it isn't sicky sweet. I also get a nice mild maltness to it that is accompanied by a nice yeasty taste. Nothing too overwhelming and easy on your palette, with a very mild alcohol twinge at the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 22:25:49 | More by denjen
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beutiful crimson-mahogany. Head is monstrous due to generous carbonation. Plenty of yeasty floaties.

Smell is rich and complex. Dark fruit, sweet caramel malt, and alcohol take center stage. Then comes a musty, yeasty spiciness. Very little hop character.

Taste is once again quite complex. Maltiness is excellent up front, along with toffee, bready yeast, and candied dark fruit.Finish is slightly bitter and spicy with pepper, corriander, and nutmeg. definite alcohol presence to give a rum like feel. Aftertaste lingers with spices and cherry.

Mouthfeel is amazingly soft and fluffy.

Very bold with the fruit and spices. Maltiness is interesting. This is a complex and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 22:40:42 | More by Blakaeris
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

Appearance- Pours a one-and- a half finger head head with a deep rust color. Very little lacing.

Smell- Lots of green apples. But lets ot forget about the toasted amber malts.

Taste- Very dry hops mixed with lots of candi sugar. Lots of light molasses and corn syrup mixed with very earthy fruit flavors, especially apples.

Mouthfeel- Pretty efervescant. Granted you can.t see a lot of carbonation, but you can feel a lot of it on the middle sides of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 21:36:56 | More by scruffwhor
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dauss

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml bottle, caged, and corked. No freshness stamp or mark. All done in this gold colored lettering. For something thats under pressure, this was a very hard cork to remove. I began twisting, and prying with my thumb. The cork eventually was ripped in half and had to extract the rest with a wine opener.

Appearance: Very cloudy reddish brown. A massive amber head of fine bubbles form. Good retentation and formation, espcially when its around 10% ABV. Almost no lacing.

Smell: When I started pouring, a very bready aroma is quite strong with a lot of nutty yeast character. When I started to smell the beer, mix of alcohol, raisins, plums, cherries, molasses, belgian phenols, spicy pepperyness, caramel, cinnamon, and toffee. Complex and wonderful.

Taste: Medium bodied sweet malt starts off with the dark fruit flavors following right after. Spicy Belgian phenols and alcohol follow after with a biscuity malty finish with a touch of bitterness and a slight tartness. This beer is surprisingly spicy.

Overall: Alcohol has mellowed out. I can definitely feel it, but not really taste it. There is a lot going on in this beer. Its no Westvleteren or Rochefort, but its not bad. The thing that hurt this beer was the balance, and it definitely has this slight sour/tartness in the overall taste. I wonder if the cork went bad or something. Its also really spicy. It could be from the alcohol, but not sure. The aroma is outstanding though.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 18:27:09 | More by dauss
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Iguana

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I am finally cracking my bottle of this stuff tonight, I've had it in the fridge for about 2 months now and just havent gotten around to trying it.

A - Poured a clearish brown/reddish tinge into my goblet with a forthy 1 inch head that stuck around for quite awhile.

S - Smells simply great, not at all what I was expecting, smells of banana, canteloupe, with a small hint of dark sugars in the back. One of the best beers I have ever smelled.

T - Taste is yeasty, fruity with a hint of alcohol towards the end. The taste is quite complex, I am getting 4 different levels of taste out of this which is fitting since its name is FOUR. Starts with fruit, moves to yeastiness, then on to some dark sugary flavors, then finally a nice alcohol burn to warm you up at the end.

M - Starts out kind of light and fluffy and as the tastes progress so does the mouthfeel into an almost syrupy finish. Leaves a nice clean palette for the next sip too so u get to experience the tastes over and over.

D - I would have given this a 5 if it wasnt so spendy per bottle, but overall the best Quadruple I have tried to date. Amazingly complex. Well worth what I paid. Now to finish this bottle and tomorrow try and track down another!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 01:20:47 | More by Iguana
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pentathlete

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy orange/brown with a medium head that falls to a continent and a high ring. No lace. Nose spicy, not a lot of depth, but nothing unpleasant. Some...what is it? melon notes? Smooth caramel, spice and alcohol flavors kick in. Creamy mouthfeel, but falls apart before the finish. There is nothing overpowering here. A fine beer and a great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 01:06:04 | More by pentathlete
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky brass/bronze color with a full pillowy beige head, very active slow tiny bubbled carbonation, and solid sheets of lace. Nice big fruity apple-like aroma and flavor with lots of spicy phenols and alcohol. Lots of raisin character comes out as it warms up. Full-medium bodied with a bit of airiness due to the carbonation levels.

Kind of between a dubbel and a quad but not quite a tripel ... :-) Yummy though !!

Per bottle: "4 Malts, 4 Hops, Fermented 4 Times"

Per ABC website: OG 1090
4 malts, 4 hops, 4 sugars and 4 Belgian yeast strains. Date Sugar, Light Candi, Dark Candi, and Light Golden Molasses.

(25.4 oz / 750 ml tall straight brown lithographed wine-like bottle, corked and caged)

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 15:31:23 | More by RBorsato
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EPseja

New Jersey

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

Time to dig this one out of my cellar for a tasting with my sis.

Served from the gold-leaf labeled 750ml bottle in a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature.

A - Clear chestnut brown color, growing murky as some sediment slips out into the glass (at my option). Head is one finger thick and diminishes to a very uniform mat atop the beer.

S - Sweet crystal malts, dark fruits and rum-soaked raisins. Molasses. Some light yeastiness.

T - Big, sweet fruit up front, like sugared raisins and plums. Notes of maraschino cherries. The alcohol is also quite prevalent and a slight detriment. The middle finds smooth, toasted caramel character. Finish brings earthy hoppiness and a pleasant warmth.

M - A smidge on the overcarbonated side, but rounding out nicely in the swallow. Gets much smoother with warmth.

D - Well, the name says it all and coincides with my ratings across the board. This is without a doubt easy to drink, and although it is solid across the board, it falls just short of true greatness.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 00:00:37 | More by EPseja
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long day of work I wanted to open up one of my big beers, so here wwe go. Pours a nice orange copper color. Smells a bit like figs and prunes. Taste is sweet, prunes, cherry, a bit winey, very sweet winey flavor. Nice mouthfeel for this beer. Overall it's pretty good. Maybe my palate is wanting real hoppy beers for the time being. But I can't say that this is bad, far from it. If you want a good belgian style folks, this is it. (Best of all, it's from Maine)

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 04:08:22 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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

I've thoroughly enjoyed every beer I've had from Allagash, and this is no exception. It was a pretty red color with a medium white head. It had a nice roasted grain odor, with some sweetness. The taste was sweet, caramel, mildly hoppy. The sweetness/fruitiness lingered. Very smooth and drinkable, not heavy. The alcohol is well-disguised.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 13:49:19 | More by lordofthewiens
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a huge beige foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of sweet malt, cookie dough with some alcohol hint is pretty interesting but I could have done without the alcohol hint. Taste is a bit sweeter then expected with lots of cookie dough and some dry raisins. I would have loved for this beer to have more attenuated sugars and a fruitier aroma à la Rocherfort 10 (I can’t really have an ABT without comparing it to the best). Body is above average but could have been more full and alcohol could be more hidden. Very interesting beer from Allagash but cannot honestly say that it compared to the world bests.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 19:56:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep red/garnet color with a half inch of off-white foam at first pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising in a vortex-like action to maintain the head for some time. After a couple minutes the head disappeared to end up a small ring on top of the beer. The beer is alcoholic, so you almost exect this. There is very little lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Dry spicy alcoholic aroma reminds me of some Barley Wines. Some toasty malts along with quite an assertive hop presence. It smells like there may be a bit of oxidation to this beer, but the strength doesn’t make this a bad thing. There are some plum and sherry notes that I believe are a lot derived from the oxidation.

Taste: You get a little bit of syrupy sweetness in the beginning of the sip, but this is quickly swept away by the spices and fruity esters. There is some carbonation, but this doesn’t take on the alcohol that well...the alcohol wins. There is a rich toasted caramel flavor that I am guessing is a healthy dose of CaraVienne that grabs your palate after the initial fruitiness fades. 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. Man, this beer packs a wallop!

Opinion: This is one rich muthuh! If the Belgians had a Barley Wine, this would be it. It reminds me of a slightly less hoppy version of Hair Of The Dog's - Fred. I didn't think that I would ever try anything like that beer until now. The alcohol is a bit distracting for me, and is not hidden at all...you know damn well that this is a strong beer from the first sniff. In fact, I would think that it was higher in the 12%ABV mark.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 00:09:44 | More by SkeeterHawk
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curtisb8

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown creamy color, nice medium head poured in a frosty mug. Great citrus flavor that tantalized our nariz like no other. Smooth citrus flavor, nice hop blend, and a little sweet finish. The finish might be the best part, as I cashed the brew and sat contemplating the sweet, citrus, hoppy aftertaste. Fantastic! Give it a try if you have the thumb strength to pop the top!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 03:12:32 | More by curtisb8
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*750ml Bottle served into a Duvel tulip glass chilled.

bronze in color with ruby tones w/ a 1/2" of billowy tan dense fluffy head. Head dissipates to a nice tan surface layer with some decent lace on my glass.

Caramel maltiness on the nose along with some definite fruit and floral tones. Green grapes or raisons along with plums are there, along with some light floral hoppiness. A bit of alcohol too, but not bad for 10%...I thought my nose hairs would quiver.

Sweet creamy body. Plum fruit along with some brown caramel malts. The alcohol tingles the tip of my tongue a little, while the hops come in with a slight bitterness to keep this balanced nicely. A bit of drying on the finish as well with a fruity but clean aftertaste.

Chewy & creamy body. Alcohol is not too big and it doesn't dry up too much. Carbonation is balanced very nicely as well.

I'd definitely recommend it! I am a big beer guy, and this one will make my belly warm and enjoy the cold evening. However, it'd even make a nice sharing brew in the summer if chilled. Interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 01:19:24 | More by Fish113d
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.