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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 87
Gots: 100 | 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 jdhilt
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger head that fades slowly leaving thick lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Very good carbonation - pour slowly. Nose has a hint of musty flowers and some raisin. Sweet, heavy bodied and just hints of the high ABV, should be savored. $10.25 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The elegant bottle reveals little information other than it has 4 malts, 4 hops, and 4 fermentations. Released on 04-04-04, according to lore. Corked and caged when I brought it up from the cellar. After removing the cage, a nimble twist of the fingers produced a "Pop", as the cork easily flew away, and a brief haze of "smoke" arose from the bottle. Poured slightly chilled into my St Bernardus goblet, we have a fascinating, ruby body with a nice looking, beige head. The magnificent body is complimented by wondrous sheets of lace, all over the goblet. This ale has a superior appearance.

Aroma is incredibly complex. Overripe bananas, cotton candy, raisins, cloves, allspice, and a hint of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is above average. Dry, spicy, medium bodied, with ample carbonation.

The taste is exceptional. Allspice opens the door for an experience that should be legal only in the afterworld. Honeydew and cantelope melon, cotton candy, doughy malt, alcohol warming, ginger, clove, mandarin orange, and a freshly washed wool sweater, converge on the senses. The flavors are at their best at room temperature. Finish is slightly dry, with an orange rind aftertate.

Allagash has made a believer out of me. This Quadrupel matches most of the top Belgians I've had, and exceeds many others. I plan a pilgrimage to Maine, next month to tour this brewery, and attempt to learn how they can craft such a fine Belgian style Quad. Exceptional!

merlin48, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of Stubbie1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Quad is a hazy brown in color. A large and potential out of control tan head is on the top of this brew. The aroma at first is of bubble gum then tends to turn to more of a wine sent. There is a slight hint of alcohol mixed in but the dark fruit tones make it just noticeable. The taste at first is sweet. Hints of caramel and toffee come to mind. Malt and tones of dark fruit take over to the finish. A very nice and relaxing beer to drink, smooth and creamy in the mouth and goes down even smoother. The 10.0% is well hidden.
There is only one thing better than a quad………dual quads! Enjoy!

Stubbie1, May 30, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer disembogues from the corked 750ml brown bottle a nebulous mahogany color, the head is spumescent and behemothic in size, the color a winsome tan, as it ever so slowly fades, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to obscure the glass. The nose has a nice aroma of yeast, backed by some fusel alcohol, hints of fruit, over ripe plums comes to mind, with the start sweet and nicely malted, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has is stern in its acidity, somewhat tart, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, and the aftertaste maintains the dry tartness to the very end, a nice bit of warming in the tummy also noticed from the 10 percent ABV.

Gusler, May 22, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glowing, ruby hued, mahogany colored beer. Small oatmeal colored head fades rather quickly to a film leaving a scattered coat of lace. Mellow fruit, alcohol, and doughy aroma. Mild fruit esters and a bit of malt end in a slightly bitter finish and a warm stomach. Light, almost fizzy feeling beer. The carbonatioon keeps the subdued flavors from saturating the tongue. IMHO it could use a little more aroma and flavor, served cool so that wasn't the problem, maybe it just needs time.

HappyHourHero, May 18, 2004
Photo of 86MonteSS
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Four" definitely tastes like a Belgian quadrupel, but it doens't have the quite same impact as its foreign brethren. A medium sized off-white head caps off an orange-ruby body. Floral and heavily-sugared coffee elements in the nose. Starts out with a sweet, slightly watery malt presence, but as it warms the alcohol comes through and the malt base thickens. Very appropriate carbonation. A bold offering from one of New England's greatest breweries.

But nine bucks could also buy you a St. Bernardus....

86MonteSS, May 16, 2004
Photo of avylover
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice looking beer. It's a very hazy brownisah orange with a stiff bubbly head that seems to sit still. This brew looks like a meal. Aroma is full of a bready maltiness, peppery spices and fruity esters. Not an overwhelming strong scent, but good. Rich, full taste here. Toffee, grapes, butterscotch and a hefty dose of malt make this one tasty brew, and chewy to boot. Fairly clean aftertaste, with just some caramel notes lingering. Mouthfeel is smooth & slick, even while having a good amount of peppery fiz common in belgian strong ales. Nice warm feeling in the gut from this one. Dangerously drinkable. I always thought Allagash brews were missing a fullness in the taste & mouthfeel - this beer has that fullness.

avylover, May 14, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, bubbly deep amber. A fistful of rich beige head erupts, then dwindles so, so slowly to a lingering layer of molded foam. Loops of sticky lacing lay plastered to the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a muscular malt sweetness is capably matched by notes of spice and rounded dark fruit tartness. Coriander and nutmeg come to mind along with plums as the elements meld at the finish.

On first sip, the toasted malt sweetness stands tall, with a spicy hops presence just in the shadows. Hints of succulent fruits, such as plums and pears, deliver a mild tartness, but that's soundly whipped in the middle by a powerful pulse of alcohol. A more gutsy and earthy berry note surfaces near the end, then the perfume of hops joins the show to provide a lingering dry bitterness at the finish. If you can see past the alcoholic fog, there are some subtle and nicely blended flavor elements in play.

Medium bodied, it virtually oils the palate, coating slickly and granting a pleasant glow to remember it by.

Each part of this beer is damned good, but man oh man, that alcohol does its level best to blur that goodness. The dense malt sweetness and earthiness are well mitigated by the spicy hops and bitterness, and those are big positives, but at times the alcohol masks much of the subtlety that exists. And yes, that ABV works a bit against drinking more, because it hits real hard, not only warming, but clouding things up as well. But overall, in spite of that, it's a tasty blended balance that delivers a saucy flavor, and that's a pretty fair bottom line.

Foxman, May 12, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Cork popped out so easily for as 750 that I nearly threw the bottle to the ground since I was expecting more of a fight.
Pours a hazy mahogany (could be from the yeast though). A nice tan head follows (while there is no need for a hard pour on this one, the lacing still is somewhat lacking, one of the few downpoints of this beer).
Smell is unique. Plums are a major character of the aroma, along with alcohol, and a small amount of hop spice (not a whole lot of citrus in this one). One weird thing I noticed is that I kept smelling bubblegum. Nevertheless, it was nice.
This is a great tasting brew. the 4 malts, 4 hops, and 4 fermentations created a very interesting combination of tastes. Plums, pears, dark malts (bready, caramel, a little biscuity), and alcohol (which is to be expected of a quad). This is very port like in flavor and very sweet.
I will definitely have this beer again. I tried one as soon as it came out and bought another to cellar for a while to see how the taste changes over time. A fine beer and one that I would highly recomment.

Note: the reason that drinkability is not a 5 is the abv. I have a hard time downing a lot of a 10% abv brew. One bottle is fine, more than that would be pushing it. Although, if it weren't for the alcohol content, I could easily drink this one all night.

LuckySevens82, May 12, 2004
Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle, AOBF 2004...

Sedimented dark ginger brown appearance with dull orange highlights. Fast rising ochre head and very attractive thick ropey laces. Flesh fruit aromas, pear, raisin, and cinnamon. Thick texture, catches in the throat. An alcohol build-up helps counter the viscosity and the heavy fruit flavors and there's an interesting hot mace and cinnamon complexity that shines through at the end. Well-brewed and high octane, I loved it though it may not be as likeable as tamer Quads like La Trappe. Just shy of really drinkable.

ADR, May 11, 2004
Photo of ColForbin
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a gold painted label - cork came off with an audible pop. Pours a deep red color with a thick, creamy white head. Aroma is spicey, with some cloves, coriander, and a little malt maybe even some citrus hops - a lot going on there. This beer tastes like a meal. Full of spices with a heavy body and a great warming feeling from the alcohol down the throat. Slightly tart, bitter finish with coriander that lingers on the palatte. An amazing brew, but at 10% I would advise sharing the bottle.

ColForbin, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome candy apple red with a rather large assertive eggshell colore head. Massive retention and thick, fat lacing.

Smells slightly candi like in it's aroma. Not sickly sweet by any stretch.

Initially it's quite sweet with a bit of brown sugar up front and some plum character as well. Turns a little dry in the middle with an almost rye like quality to it. Finishes slightly astringent with a hint of alcohol and apple. Drying. Complex, yet not overdone.

Mouthfeel is moderate-strong in it's body. Has a very creamy feel when you get a big gulp of foam with it.

Drinkability? Well, it's smooth. Not sure it would gain a whole lot from cellaring. It's not as if it has huge sugars to break down or a lot of hop to burn off. It may actually lose something over time. Age can't put in what wasn't there to begin with. A solid belgian clone, but not any kind of american grail, IMHO.

yankeeheel, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful reddish chestnuty brown colour with a big rich head that seems so dense you wanna stand on it.. Head took a while to disipate. Taste is nice with rich bready malts, biscuit dough, spices with caramel apples, rock candy. Not much in the way of hops, just enough to keep this from getting too fruity sweet. Alcohol was noticable on the nose and in the glass. Nice carbonation keeps with beer from getting way to sweet. Drinkability is lower just because of the alcohol and the fact that when it warmed a bit it got a bit sweeter and more syrupy. However these are minor things.. I would definately like to have another one of these..

Thanks to Avylover for sharing his bottle.

TinusTime, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of BierReise
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml Corked Batch #1 I believe Pours a beautiful amber which is cloudy and with a fiery orange hue and a thick dense and frothy head. Head settles down a bit but retains well. Fantastic aroma, sugary, malty with notes of cherries, yeast and spices like pepper and clove. Wonderful. The mouthfeel is creamy, full and smooth with a delicate feel and a lively carbonation. The flavor is also one to desire. A sugary, malty spicy treat that has a faint and enjoyable hop presence which lends a slight grassy note. Not as complex or deep a flavor as some Belgian Quads we all are familiar with but I wasn't expecting that either. This is an American brew. Maybe with time it will mature a bit but it's wonderful right now in my opinion. An incredibly enjoyable flavor. This one's a winner folks. The best Allagash has brewed in my humble opinion. Way to go guys!

BierReise, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated review - 29JUN05.
It's been over a year since I first tried this, so here goes again.

Dark mahogany, a touch hazy and opaque. Steady carbonation within, and a smooth, fine tan head tops things off. Sticks well in the glass, too.

Candy sugar whiffs, and a touch of dark fruit in the aroma. Somewhat enticing. Medium bodied all the way, with a light touch of carbonation-induced prickliness on the tongue. Still a good mouthfeel, though.

Dark fruit flavors abound, with a smidge of pleasing sweetness. A bit plummy and a hint of chocolate? Interesting. Lovely lingering fruitiness, with suggestions of brown sugar wandering around as well. Much better after a year!


overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

*** ***

Ok...just got this yesterday (10APR04), fresh off the truck from Maine...

Four has a deep chestnut color, and it is clear yet dark enough that it seems opaque. Head is a layer of tight, compact bubbles, lightly-tan in color, and resting at about 1/4". Lacing in the goblet is top-shelf. Nose has some breadiness as well as a yeasty spice bite. Checks in with a medium body, and is fairly smooth on the tongue, with a light bit of roughness due to the carbonation. Bready, crackery, dry malt is present to start, with just a bit of residual sweetness. Has some nice fruitiness, with touches of pears, apples and light mango. Finishes quite dry, with lingering aftertastes of fruitiness mingling with some spiciness (coriander?).
Fairly good, though I was expecting the flavors to be more robust and up-front, and it's just a bit too dry to me. Less complex than expected as well.... (4.5/3.5/4.0/4.0/3.5 - 3.95)


Bierman9, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of vladtheimpaler
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is worthy of some extended aging. Nice Brownish orange color. Head is not huge, like you would expect from a belgian, but then again, it may still be fermenting in the bottle. Aroma is a menage of hops, bubble gum (which I would attribute to being young), and candi. Flavor is bold. Sticky sweetness blended with lots of hop flavor, and a tad bit of bitterness. Finishes long and sweet. Will be buying a couple more.

vladtheimpaler, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Anam Cara during the launch, actually I started with this beer, and also made it my last beer of the evening. Allagash have themselves and very enjoyable and highly drinkable new beer. Pour was a cloudy cherry color. The aroma promised (me at least) raspberries. Served in an Allagash glass, the head above the beer is at least two inches of dense foam, which adds to the eye appeal. I was able to talk to the brewer, so I told him I thought the taste was reminiscent of the grand cru, but much more muted and blended (in a good way!). It had the spicey taste of the cru, but as he explained to me, there are no spices used in this one, the 'spiceness' in the taste comes from the brewing art/process itself. It was very smooth and drinkable (I did have two that evening), that I have to give it a 5 in that category, as the 10% is not apparent. Good stuff!

PatandDavid, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at Anam Cara into an Alagash glass, this golden brown beer had and ample head. The aroma was of a mix of spices, primarily cloves, and a little sweet. The flavors were subtle, with a lot of clove spiciness, sugar notes. The fruit flavors, reminiscent of banana and pear, were rather understated. The brew was light, but well bodied. It was enjoyable, and I look forward to comparing the draft to the bottled Four.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 26, 2004
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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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