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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 ommegangpbr
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not quite a quadrupel, yet not quite a tripel.
A traudel?
A quipel?
I would have to experiment to verify, but it seems to me that this beer is what you would get if you mixed equal parts (high quality) tripel with quadrupel.
The appearance is definately inbetween... not peachy, hazy tripel like... not black ruby quadrupel like... reasonable white head with a deep orange color that's reminiscent of an IPA or double IPA.
Has a sharp smell and taste. Candy sweetness, fermented fruits a la nectarine, apricot and tangerine.
Has the sweet and sourness of those froots.
An interesting interpretation of the style. Reminds me quite a bit of Victory's Grand Cru.
I sure hope Allagash makes this again.

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

Brooding bloodied peach, obsured with haze and sporting a plump buttery spume.
Fragranced of cherry skin, green raisin, chalkboards, and balsawood.
Fruit hues settle into a deep caramel bath. Pineapple, tangerine, peach, apricot, raisin, black cherry, and flourescent orange peel. Spiciness carries corriander and pepper, with a fume blanc vinic fruitness. This is verily a fruit punch spiked, and touting a gooey caramel base. The conclusion is rocky, slate-like, with a rasp of astringency and a swaying long grass notation.
Big bodied, but floating on a mat of perky and dainty CO2.
Another score for 'Gash. This is very nice.
Thanks for babysitting this for me, Huge.

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy orange/amber, nice big creamy head, lots of lace. Smell is pear, grassy hops, citrus, hops at the end, apples. Taste is fruity apples, pear, sweet malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium carbonation, full mouth, nice and mellow. Tasty.

Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was salivating when I saw this on the shelf at bevmo!! this was the first time this was available in months..not sure why...

pours a dark copper with a thin but intese head that maintains throughout.

Smells very belgian yeast style beer but has a malty approach that is intriguing.

I sensed some metallic ...god damn it ....i'm so tired of the metallic taste that lingers in beers that come from the east coast or beyond. other than that its almost perfect.

mouthfeel is a bit spritzy for something 4 fermented...note that I only list the negatives because I rank this beer as outstanding just a few flaws in my opinion....

Photo of AlexJ
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky cinnamon color with a hint of garnet. Big bubbles support a high, fluffy, off-white head that behaves quite well and leaves a few scattered spots of lace.

Aroma is filled with dark, ripe fruits, dark candi sugars, caramel malts, wild flowers, hints of cinnamon and pie spice, apples, grapes, melon, and a slight notion of minerality. nice.

Flavor definately holds up to the nose. Lots of jammy, ripe fruits, grape, apple, spice, yeast, a dry oaky notion, candi sugars, pomegranite, and nice spicey hops in the finish. In spite of the sweet qualities, it finished very dry and with a hint of cedar or sandlewood. Very complex and tastey. Alcohol is expertly integrated.

Body borders between medium and large with a very rich, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability. No problem for me to polish off a whole 750. Although I wouldn't recommend driving afterwards.

Props to mdavis31481 and Warrior soul, you both sent me bottles, I don't know who'se I'm reviewing!

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

chosen as this week's sunday night HBO sipper, it served me well for 3 hours (split). 750, no date, fischer glasses.

dark murky reddish cloud with an espresso like head. wine glass pour. reeks of freshly cut red apples, caramel and candi sugars. tastes of sugar and gin berries.. big clove and a tad cinnamony. an herbal vicks-like alcohol cooling in the throat region. evokes a serious warming in the belly preceded by a spicy alcohol aftertaste. unusually light mouthfeel and leaving you with dark fruits on the tongue.. like an apple pie with raisins. super bready crust and soaked in some sort of brandy or schnapps. gin schnapps! a slice of belgian americana.

allagash.. the bigger the beer, the better they taste.

*EDIT* i just realized my review equalled 4. that's some funny sh*t.

Photo of GClarkage
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/15/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA. Review #500.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Brandy colored pour, maybe a bit on the copper side. Small head that disapates fairly soon thereafter. Light lacing in the beginning.

Smell- Dark fruity malt with a fuesel alcohol scent backing. Maybe some raisins and plums.

Taste- Plums, raisins, figs and dates come together with a backing of alcohol to form a better than average taste. Fairly sweet, but not as sweet as expected.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation and pretty smooth. A tad creamy.

Drinkability- Overall a very nice brew to be shared for an after dinner drink. Not meant to have the whole bomber in one sitting. If there was a bit more sweetness there, it would have tied the whole experience of the beer together. That bit of sweetness missing cost the beer at least a 1/2 a point overall in rating. Still a nice beer, but nothing absolutely incredible like I was hoping for.

Photo of villainchiwwin
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap from GLB, served in snifter
Appearance: glows dark amber with reddish brown; no real head when served. nice looking quadrupel.
Smell: mellow sweet bouquet (dark berries; sugary) clearly apparent that is singularly focused with minor hints of yeast.
Taste: generally soft bourbon with a moderate to light carbonation presence. sweet up front, slight spiciness on back of palate that is faint but appropriate. understated nutty and hoppy notes constitute a pleasant and lingering finish. tastes almost like a bite-less, wonderfully light, sparingly spiced bourbon whiskey would if it were beer... brown/stout-like quality could be garnered once palate adjusts. alcohol noticable though not overly so.
Mouthfeel: carbonation lively but not over the top - well balanced and soothing. medium body but still has soft quality of texture.

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

Deep, burnt orange colour, hazy, with a generous off-white head that showed good retention and lacing. Aromas of malt and fruit dominated, mostly pear but with a bit of apple as well. There's also a light alcohol smell that increases as it warms, but the maltiness balances it out nicely. Spiciness melds well with the other aromas and carries into the flavour. The fruitiness is more subdued in the flavour with malt coming more to the forefront. The balance leans toward sweetness, but there is still noticeable bitterness. Alcohol contributes a warming sensation with little flavour. The finish is on the dry side, with some hop bitterness and peppery spice. Lowish carbonation and a moderately full body. Overall, nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. And a little surprising how easy it was to drink, even with the big flavours and high abv. Thanks Viggo.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a 25 oz crystal sniffer glass. It pours a rich cherry red with a thin tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very floral and fruity nose. It's malty and sweet with caramel.

Taste: Very sweet and malty all the way through. It's not too sweet or offensively sweet at all, very well balanced. Some light citrus notes include lemon and tangerine with a touch of apple, banana, and pineapple. Despite this description it does not taste like some sort of tropical concoction made for college girls. It's a very light and well balanced fruitiness to compliment the maltiness and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth on the palate. It has a slight creamy feel, too.

Drinkability: Wonderful and well balanced all around. This is a well made beer and a nice limited edition. This is yet another beer that the folks at Allagash can be very proud of.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear garnet in color, with a thin, wispy tan head. Rich, malty aroma with a character of nuts and dark fruit. Alcohol emerges as the beer warms. More nutty maltiness in the flavor, with a pleasantly alcoholic taste of cherry in the mid-palate. Finish is tingly and bitter, spicy and warming.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked brown bomber. Man, was that thing under pressure! Poured into Piraat tulip-shaped glass.
It pours a deep amber and mahogany color with a firm beige head.
A big whiff of sweet malt rises up. The smell of a freshly opened tin of toffee comes to mind, as does the smell of Kalua.
Abundantly malted with tastes of buttery caramel, fresh banana bread, and hint of maple.
The hops provide the citrusy flavors of sweet pink grapefruit and orange zest, along with a good blend of peppery spices. A faint taste of cloves and coriander sneak in as accompaniments, but just to add complexity not to showcase themselves.
Nice brew!

Photo of Truh
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Did a bus stop followed by a spin with this one on 4/29/2004. 750 ml. bomber poured twice in the appropriate Allagash snifter.

Nice, frothy initial head subsides to a nice lace and a fair amount of stick, though thin and bone white. Lots of carbonation present throughout the mahogany/red hue, with a slight haze. Initial rock candy sweetness on nose with a springy clover aspect as well. Warming malt on the tongue, along with some raisiny aspects, maybe golden, and a cooling alcohol aftertaste. Somewhat soapy mouthfeel, but a quality offering all the same.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with some reddish tint with a nice two finger slightly off white head that leaves a generous amount of lace as it settles.Aromas of cherry and brown sugar are dominant and fresh with a light iron character to it as well.Taste is spicey and clovey with some cherry and more brown sugar and maybe a little allspice?Wow a nice rich ale spicey and complex a real joy to down a bomber after work.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark amber with an off-white moussy head which rose tall and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with dark caramel and light fruitiness of pineapples. The aroma had a definite candylike quality and some slight Belgian yeast spiciness.

The flavor was a blend of biscuit and dark caramel with a fruity component that again contained candy and pineapples. The flavor was crisp and well achieved without any harsh alcohols present. Some Belgian yeast spiciness was present.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel biscuit flavor. The body was medium to medium full and well done. The only real hints of the alcohol content came in the alcohol warming that came after consumption.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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

Appearance: Shimmering scarlet red hue. Thick crop of whipped white foam on top. Retention is outstanding. Fine beads of carbonation rise quite aggressively.

Aroma: Candy, must, yeast and cookie dough. Grapes and plums. And slight pepper tones.

Taste: Spicy taste to this. Though I don't think a lot of spices were used if any, I can perceive ginger, corriander, black pepper and nutmeg. All blended nicely. The malts are soft and biscuity. The yeastiness is doughy.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy. Medium body.

Drinkability: Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. This is nicely put together and quite drinkable.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a murky brownish red color with four fingers of head (coincidence with this beer?). There is a bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is very rich and sweet. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruit aromas present. Nice and complex. The taste is fairly sweet. Super malty with lots of plums and dates. It finishes slightly dry though, with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is decently thick and strong, and the drinkability is surprising for 10%. A decent take at a quad.

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

Another killer from Allagash. Really high end stuff from the guys up in Maine. Nice light brown color with ruby highlights and a pretty decent foamy head that lasts. Smell and taste are very complex. I like complex. Really fruity, really sweet. This is one of those beers where if you try to smell it, you will smell it. And taste it too. Basically choose your own adventure. What I mean by that is that if you're thinking of cherries you'll taste it in the beer. If you're thinking about pears you'll taste it in the beer. Etc... The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries for christ's sake!! Super smooth mouthfeel and despite the 10% this is a really drinkble quad. Bueno.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: The bottle that I'm basing this review on is quite different from the sweeter bottles I've sampled in the past. However, I've only recently purchased this and have no idea of how it was stored, or for how long. But, based on my past experiences, this beer needs to be aged a bit (6 months?) to bring it to complete attenuation and proper carbonation level.

A hazy, crimson-accented chestnut robe is capped by a creamy, dark ivory head that holds well (given its strength) before dropping to a wide collar, and leaves rings of craggy lace about the goblet. The nose is typically Belgian in nature with it's yeasty phenols, fruit and spice dominating over its lightly sugar-ish, delicately caramelish, and somewhat nutty maltiness. Alcohol can also be found, but it's not obtrusive. The body is medium-light; and it's zesty on the palate initially with a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. However, it becomes a bit more airy as it warms (as is common). In the flavor, the alcohol is a little bit more apparent; there's a touch of bubblegum to the phenols; and the maltiness has more of a brown sugar character to it - but it's basically what the nose suggests it should be. The yeastiness is very much like Chimay, and to be honest, this is very much like a more attenuated version of their Grande Reserve. It finishes dry with a slap of spicy alcohol and yeasty phenols, but not much more. A bit more residual malt might be nice; but I understand that's a hard beast to control when it comes to bottle-conditioned beers! Try it and see what you think!

Photo of smcolw
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark orange-amber. Small but long-lasting head with Pollock-like lace.

Buttery cream aromas up front. The yeast bite is secondary in the nose. There are also notes of orange zest and nutmeg.

Very smooth rich texture. Higher carbonation than expected but it isn't distracting. The flavor on the initial sip is largely a dry malt flavor that is quickly gives way to a rush of carbonation. The flavor comes out strongly on the swallow. There's a blend of orange, alcohol and a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste is astringent hop bitterness that was not noticable before.

This is a potent brew with tremendous amount of flavor and complexity. There are elements of dryness and sweetness, richness and carbonation--a very interesting beer.

Photo of HardTarget
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caged and corked bomber.
Aroma: A fruit bowl of smells; apricot, plum, white grape, all in a rich brown sugar sauce. Very slight floral hop aroma present as well.
Appearance: Translucent brown glass started with a respectable head of off white froth that quickly disappeared. A very thin collar remained but left no lace. Wonder if my cork was a bit off, but it gave a solid pop after a struggle to get it off.
Flavor: Sweet, a bit too sweet, almost cloying. Taste is strangely neutral. It finishes with a brief flurry of all the fruit tastes, but the main flavor is just a sugary sweet almost wine like flavor. Very little alcohol flavor noted, but a little heat.
Mouthfeel: Thick heavy body with almost no carbonation noted.
Overall Impression: A specialty beer to be sure. It’s really too sweet and too light in flavor, which is ironic since it’s so heavy in body. An odd one to be sure, I’m going to have to pair it with some salty or dry food to enjoy the full bomber.
Worth a try, but don’t kill yourself seeking it.

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

Served room temp. Poured a pretty amber with a nice thick head. Held the still mostly full bottle up to a candle. Pretty shadows were cast against the wall. Stubborn lace clung to the glass. The aroma is of brown sugar and nutmegs. The flavor kind of wraps around the tongue. Malty and sweet, but with a nice alcohol kick. 4 hops were used? I can see that, but none particularly jump out. Also tones of citrus, nutmeg, vanilla and coriander come through. The mouthfeel was a little heavy, I wonder if it would change if it was cold. There is only a slight taste of alcohol, but nothing that takes away from the drinkability. I like this beer, I like this beer a lot.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged & corked erupts with a “Powoip!” Pours into a Duvel with a huge 50/50 beer/head. Four is golden ruby brown hues, tight constant bubble streams and a huge thick statuesque antique white mountainous head cap that settles slowly down the glass.

Sugary yeasty scents of vanilla extract and waffle malts.

Candi fruit and Maple Syrup notes. Some lingering dry flour aftertaste. Some signature ALLAGASH yeast strand is detectable. Dark fruit flavors consist of a hint towards ripe bananas, Dr. Pepper and some nutmeg spices and cocoa.

Medium body. Gentle carbonation that just tickles the tongue. 10 % ABV is barely tangible.

Last swigs: Cocoa meets some mixed dark fruit notes. Well done Quad example in a traditional Belgian style. Not too daring, rather a solid one trick pony.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of NEhophead
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 fl oz.

Foamy, pillowy off-white head with very solid retention. Thin and condensed lace with above average strength. Slightly hazy, rustic burgundy in color.

Sour apple, lemon, orange: moderate tart aromatics. Faint musty odor accompanied by a mild spiciness: pepper and light corriander.

Moderate tartness at first: green apple and grapefruit. A burst of carbonation is joined by a touch of pepper and oak that breaks up the initial sour quality. The most prominent flavor is a caramel, toffee, and chocolate character lasting well into the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a bit too coarse on the palate but not terribly intrusive.

The 10%abv is extremely well hidden in this ale so be careful. A good ale; nothing more, nothing less. A nice treat, but there are better versions of the style out there.

Photo of faernt
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I regret having only one of this beer. I open it to find a more coppery color than I expect. A fine bubbled head appears and stays until I ask it to leave. I do so with ham and wasabi mustard. This is well made. I always expect to enjoy American (or Canadian ...Unibroue is the serious good) Belgians. I know that some say they're not as good as the "real" Belgians. But...hey....these are freshies and most real Belgians are not...
This pours as a very well made beer. It drinks as a very well made beer. I will drink North American "belgian" Beer as long as it's made...This is in a very respectful 750. I had an Allagash #2 Grand Cru within the last year and I wish you could have been here it was so well done.

Smell is fruit and nuts. Taste is sweet and spice. Mouthfeel is prickly and smooth. I will search out more tomorrow. I hope I find more.

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