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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 98
Gots: 122 | 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 BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pristine reddish orange after the initial pour, moderately murky tawny after the second pour and muddy caramel after the final pour. While it isn't worthy of being compared to the heads on the world's best Belgians, the orange-tinted ecru crown qualifies as eye candy. No more than a smattering of lace decorates the glass; not surprising given the ABV.

The nose is classically quadrupel-like. Thanks to the four Belgian yeast strains, I would have said that Four hailed from that country if I didn't know better. The nose calls to mind English toffee, brown sugar, dates and dried fruit. Amazingly enough, almost no alcohol is evident.

Four contains four malts, four hops, four sugars, four Belgian yeast strains and is fermented four times. Whether because of that or in spite of that, this is a wonderfully complex ale that is one of the most gentle, drinkable quads you'll ever run across. I'm sure that an estimated two years in the bottle has contributed to its easygoing nature.

The four sugars include date sugar, light candi sugar, dark candi sugar and light golden molasses. Dates are a prominent member of the flavor profile, but then I taste dates in all sorts of styles, from quads to old ales to BSDAs. The rest of the flavor profile mirrors the nose, with the addition of buttered dark rum, cherry pipe tobacco and sweetened orange peel. This is dee-licious beer!

I poured two glasses at once because I had a feeling that the first glass would get shorted on all of the good stuff that always falls to the bottom in a beer stored upright. In addition to being murkier, the second glass is also bolder and more complex. It's also being drained much faster than the first glass.

The mouthfeel is the only minor disappointment... that ceases to be a disappointment as this fine ale approaches room temperature. To be perfect, it would either have to be full-bodied and heavily silky smooth or as lush and as perfectly carbonated as Belgium's finest. It's neither, but it's still a pleasure to roll around the mouth.

Four may not be the stunningly beautiful beer that most of Allagash's lineup is, but it's damn close. It's also a wonderful version of a style that I love more each time I drink it. Even though these Allagash 750s can be expensive, I won't hesitate to grab another bottle the next time I see it. Highly recommended.

Photo of Zorro
2.84/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove after a shattered bottle and a reship.

A cloudy brown colored ale with very little head formation.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a faint sourness.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a faint sour flavor, Maybe this bottle is spoiled? Doesn't taste much like a Quadrupel, tastes like a substandard Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well I have had better and I seriously doubt that I will bother trying to sample this again.

Photo of ccrida
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the Allagash four is a tawny amber brown, with modest light tan head with small bubbles that leave thick foam and nice lace. Clear with a steady stream of bubbles, it's a real looker. A taller, rocky head would earn it a 5.

The smell is veryy subdued, even as it warms. Spicy with caramel and vinous malt.

The taste has more punch then the aroma, with the requisite dark fruit and candi sweetness, but nicely tempered by a punch of black pepper like spice. The booze is there, but it's clean and low on the fusels, and the phenols as well. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, as I've found Allagash's brews to be hit or miss. Fortunately, this quad is excellent, and very well balanced.

The body is very light without being watery, and has a nice tight creaminess.

Well, of course as a quad, no matter how good it is, you've got to sip it slow or your on the floor. The fact is this is a fantastic quad, exceptionally smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, not unlike a good cider. No head or lacing. The smell is all about the alcohol. Past that primarily a yeasty dark fruity aroma. Full bodied, the mouth feel is immediately conditioned by the alcohol. Slightly under-carbonated, flavor is sweet with brown sugar apples and pears. The 10% ABV is fully showcased in the smell, mouth feel and can be felt every inch of the way down.

Photo of jakon
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased for $11.99 on 7-13-7 at Orenco New Seasons.

Corked and caged. The cork is stubby and therefore requires very little provocation before it pops.

Beautiful looking brew. Deep amber with a few inches of off-white head that subsides quickly. The aroma is of belgian yeast, fruits and malts. You really gotta put your nose in the glass to pick up much though. I'm more impressed with the taste. Many times I've been disappointed by highly regarded brews of this style. I really like this one though. The flavors are bright and alive. Very active carbonation on the tongue. It's got a satisfying bite as you swallow. The alcohol melds well with its surrounding influences. While malt driven, you can still pick out some of the hop characteristics such as citrus fruit and a touch of bitterness. I'm not yet proficient at picking out individual flavors in belgian style beers in particular, but I do know what I like. This is very good, and I will be picking up a few more bottles so I can see what happens over the course of a few years.

Photo of Overlord
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having been moderately impressed by their tripel, and not at all by their dubel, I gave this most-expensive of U.S. Beers (12.00 bucks...) a whirl.

Wow it's a pricey treat, I wasn't disappointed. Fantastic complexity, the sweetness wasn't overpowering, and the high alcohol content was well hidden. An incredibly drinkable beer for its potency. Every sip and sniff had a different flavor or nuance to follow.

Photo of kiya
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown and maintains a decent head. Even as i let it sit for a few minutes the head refused to dissapear comlete. No lacing at all..

Aroma is of strong molasses and hidden muted citrus. Even a strong whiff of this isn't overpowering considering it's brewing style.
Initial taste that hits the tastebuds brings back memories of a mild barleywine, but then the flavor gives way to bright fruits. Sour plums and tangy citrus notes poke through the caramel front end of this amazing brew. I was expecting a heavier feel considering it's style, but it's quite light and drinkable. Finishes with malt overtones that eventually leaves very little aftertaste.

Overall a great bear from a brewery that never ceases to surprise.

Photo of MiScusi
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750mL bottle, beer poured a clear brownish red, with little head. Aroma was a light grape, fruity smell. Taste was a grapes over a malt background with some spice. Not too heavy for a beer like this. Somewhat slick but light for the style overall. I didn't enjoy this that much. It was a lighter bodied malty/alcoholy brew, but not that interesting. Wasn't as deep and rich as other Quadrupels I've tried.

Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer is FOUR. Four is good. Kind of funny as this my four-hundreth review and I truly didn't plan this...just happens too be.

Comes in a classy looking 750ml.brown bottle, cork caged, with gold silk-screened labeling. It pours a murkish auburn-brown with a small tinted off-white head...looks good.

The smell is yeasty and spicy with sweetness. Belgian-like with notes of yeast, raisens, plum, figs and such. Certainly smells good.

Deep and mature flavor of the above mentioned smell, this is a good tasting quad that rivals any Belgian in complexity...good taste.

Definetely a smooth and full mouthfeel, with a boatload of pleasant, warming alcohol...there is nothing bad about this beer, it's all good...good indeed!

Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and capped. Four.

Pours a murky brown color that almost takes on a tawny auburn color. Thin one finger cream colored head. Not much retention on except towards the edges of the glass. Extra sweet burnt candied sugar notes that almost take on a bit of caramel. Slight nuttiness and raisin flavors with an earthy character. Thick yeasty belgian notes are noticeable. Hops are not apparent, though there are four of them--they must be hiding.

Pleasantly thick mouthfeel as it first touches the palate. Not thick as in heavy, but thick as coating. Sugary sweetness is almost too annoying at first. Maltyness is bigger then I would have expected and lingers well into the aftertaste. Belgian yeast flavors are coupled with the malt notes adding to the overall body of the beer. Dark fruit notes are present, but play a supporting role to the caramel malt and slight belgian notes. Smooth and quite drinkable. A nice one to get a hold of if you can.

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

Appearance: Pours a murky, reddish-amber body with a light tan-colored head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty aroma of toffee and light brown sugar with a full fruity plum and apricot bent to it. Some faint spicy hop notes can be detected beyond the haze of malt and fruit.

Taste: FOUR is a substantially malty brew, with flavors of toasted toffee and caramel expanded upon with notes of cinnamon, grass, figs, and brandy. Semi-dry finish with some alcohol showing at the tail end. Even with the purported use of four varieties of hops, I didn't really ascertain any bitterness (not that I mind).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a slight stickiness to the texture. Mild carbonation. Some alcohol warmth throughout.

Drinkability: At any rate, it's another pleasant, likeable release from Allagash that should be drank accordingly.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this quad pours a dark mahogany red with plenty of effervescent carbonation, atop sits a thin tan head

S - first thing that hits me is the citrine, tangy aromas, like that of a lemon zest or tangy green grape skins, with a yeasty bready background as well

T - odd, both sweet and tangy, but layered flavors as opposed to blended ones, a tangy again reminiscient of green grape skins and a sweetness like that a syrupy brown sugary glaze

M&D - light bodied and dry feeling, bubbly as a wine on the tongue, but easily drinkable, to high of an ABV to do more than a glass at a time, definitely a sharing bottle. but worth it, a decent brew

Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- About a inch thick light tan head on a clear deep ruby body. Lacing stays around for a while covering the top of the beer.
S- Big cloves, spices, alcohol, esters, rich dark fruits, grassy hops, and one or two others that I can't pin point. The aroma reminds me of a St. Bernardus 12.
T- Alcohol storms through on tongue and then warms throat a lot. It's not very well covered at all. Big esters come through just as strong along with sweet caramel (light toffee) malts, hints of raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, spices come out pretty nicley. There are some grass hops in here that leave a medium bitterness on the tongue (though you don't get much of a hop flavor). Very big and nicely balanced brew.
M- Medium body with medium/low carbonation.
D- I think it is a great Quad. I think St. Bernys 12 is better though and especially for the price difference. Good beer but you can get better for a lot cheaper.

Photo of shivtim
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this on cask at Rustico.
It's a nice deep brown copper color, with a super dense head that casually fades, leaving exceptional lacing. The nose is sugary sweet malts with some yeast and roasty goodness. Taste is nice deep sweetness with hints of dark fruit, raisins, yeast, touches of honey, and the slightest bit of alcohol on the finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel is dense, smooth, and creamy, much better than some other quads. Drinkability is dangerous for a 10%. Great overall.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Naja's in Redondo Beach. I'm not sure how old the beer was, probably >2 yrs old... There was hardly any head at all no matter how hard I poured. Seems like it lost some of it's carbonation along the way. The color was murky and hazy orange, with floating yeastie particles. The aroma and taste were mostly fruity esters and alcohol. probably more alcohol in the flavor than I expected. Overall it was an OK quad, not my favorite but possibly not aged very well.

Photo of drseamus
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dinged the cork off the ceiling and one wall when I opened this bad boy. It pours a rich red color with a thin white head. There is visible carbonation and the beer isn't perfectly clear. A bit light if this is indeed a quad.

S: There is a good malty aroma off of this. I might be crazy, but I think I get a little citrus off of this as well.

T: The flavor is much lighter than most other quads I've had. The primary flavor is the malt profile, which is perfect for the style. It isn't as strong as it should be though. There is a bit of citrus in the flavor as well. It is almost like a darker wit beer. It is actually pretty good.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit light for a quad, but given that it is almost more of a dark wit beer, it is very nice.

D: This might be a good go-to beer during the summer for me. This beer is actually quite refreshing and would work nicely on a summer afternoon if you prefer darker beers (as I do).

Photo of stephendr
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle- color of mahogany , with a healthy tan head - nose of dark red fruit , molasses , ginger snaps the cookie , slight coffee grindings , and alcohol – taste of dark red fruit , candied quality , chocolate , sharp , and something else - body is sharp at first then creamy the sharp again , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of brown sugar , pumpkin? , and sharp – good but I am not sure if it is worth the price

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Phatz
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of Kudashov
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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 .

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.

Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of rousee
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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