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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 89
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 grub
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #15. sampled dec 31/08.

pours deep red, nearly brown, with a very small very dense tan head. drops fast with a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. lightly toasted wheat bread. bit of cracker. toasted caramel and a bit of toffee. light alcohol. date, raisin, fig. a bit earthy too.

taste is good. toasted multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. nice dark fruit too - date, fig, raisin. light alcohol. some light caramel too. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body but with a fairly dry finish. just a touch above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced, hiding its alcohol pretty well. a nice example of the style.

grub, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown color with a thick creamy off white head that fades down to just a thin line but never goes away.

For me the smell isn't very strong. Kind of a malty, yeasty fragrance.

I love the mouthfeel on this, turns to carbonated whipped cream with a nice spicy bite. Has a chewy full body.

Has a nice malty sweetness but very well balanced with notes of figs, rasins, brown sugar and nutmeg. Aftertaste has a vanilla hint to it but never a hint of alcohol, scary.

Awesome awesome beer, big thanks to Jerz for this treat.

weissbierdrinker, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of SeanRCole
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I used a 12 oz brandy snifter for this one. Pours deep orange amber with a 1" head after a vigorous poor. This one just looks thick!

Aromas show beautiful earthy/woody components, honey, dried apricot, orange, cloves, and alcohol. Notes of yeasty bread, must, and pears come through as the beer warms.The dried apricot aromas start to shine as the beer approaches 60 degrees. Very complex aromas!!!

Flavors start up front with front with sweet alcohol and figs and dried fruit. Mid pallet brings out the earth, spice, and phenols. A nice long finish with medium bitterness.

A very nice beer! Unfortunately I opened up a Rochefort 8 right after I tasted this one and it kind of left the it in the dust. None the less.... some good stuff!

SeanRCole, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Brickstore Pub in Decatur, GA. Pours a dark brown with a slight amber tint. Quite a head on this beer. Aroma is VERY sweet. I got alot of candy and sugar in the taste. I'm sure part of it was the alcohol. Beer was very effervescent but not to a point that would make it unenjoyable. Overall, a great beer.

jdubjacket, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this at Get Real NY. Poured about 3ounces. Big foam head. Lots of spice. Heavy booze flavor. Big fat malt flavor. No hops there. Bright acidity. Slight tanginess in finish. Surprisingly drinkable. Glad I got to sample this rarer brew.


Mypintishalffull, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch #22.

briefly engaged in a vicious battle with a cork - stubborn bastard! emerged victor but at a cost; right hand is now cramped and throbbing...

pours a regal, ruddy chestnut tone with a luminous deep red/orange relection when held to the light. solid finger-plus of a beige head demonstrates considerable retention and nice walls of lacing. a real beaut.

nose is headlined by belgian yeast, sweet maltiness, and a spicy, fruity type of character. shades of a particular belgian quad that i can't quite place... st bernardus, maybe, or koningshoeven.

flavor follows the nose with its sweet malts and belgian yeasts. pretty balanced, with a bit of a hoppy bitterness in the finish. some alcohol warmth. not quite what i was expecting after the nose, but close. a nicely built beer.

medium-plus bodied, creamy mouthfeel. probably not one you'd want to suck down all night, but drinkable enough.

perrymarcus, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged two years in the beer fridge.

Pours a deep mahagony. Slightly cloudy. Very thin head (from the aging).

Nose is very mature, with robust fruit and a slight sugary feel. Cherries dominate.

Very robust fruit in the initial taste. Faint, but nice, hop profile in a quite tart finish.

Mouthfeel is very thick and slightly syrupy. Extremely chewy.

For a 10%er, suprisingly easy to handle. Hides the % very well.

beer2day, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Affligem chalice. Been sitting on this one for a few months now.

Dark ruby/caramel in color. One finger off white head that eventually dies down to a thick layer of foam on top. Fairly clear for a quad. Specs of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smells of dark fruits mostly. Plumbs, raisins, and granny smith apples. A hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste has green apples, plumbs, and raisins to a lesser extent some caramel, brown sugar, and toast. There is a bit of leafy hops as well.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium. Very well carbonated. Pretty creamy. Somewhat smooth with a decent bite on the end.

Drinkability is pretty nice. Interesting quad all around.

billshmeinke, May 25, 2010
Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is not a quad

750ml into a tulip. Pours an orange amber, minor dense bubble head subsided quickly, excellent lacing. The photo of this in a glass on Allagash's website does not match the brew in front of me.

Strong coriander folded into yeasty white bread seeded with other spices. Blindfolded you would never guess a quad, no dark fruits.

Taste is wholly unexpected, an explosion of flavors. The brewers intended a complex brew and they succeeded in spades. The taste evolves dramatically, almost too much perhaps. This brew may cause indigestion, all the sugars are obvious. The alcohol provides a tummy warming. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel.

four does not a quad make

impending, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -1%

harryhops, Wednesday at 01:03 AM
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

oberon, Mar 30, 2005
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 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, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of MrMonkey
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/deep amber with a three-finger, rocky off-white head that fades slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, candied sugar and Belgian yeast. There are some undertones of dark dried fruits and hints of alcohol and floral hops.

Taste is candied sugar and caramel malt up front. Dark fruits and toffee lead into some tart green apples and a dry finish. Some nutty flavors, like almonds maybe, make their way out as it warms.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinks well enough, but it is a bit sweet and high in alcohol to drink too much of this on its own. Paired pretty well with a grilled steak and some sauteed veggies.

MrMonkey, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of stephendr
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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

stephendr, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Gosox8787
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Large 750 mL corked bottle poured into my snifter glass in three parts.

Appearance - Dull medium brown with lots of sediment in the glass. Cloudy appearance. Large two finger head recedes rather quickly into a nice lacing.

Aroma - Dark fruits soaked in rum is the first note I pick up. Nice sweetness. Some strong hop citrus notes balance out quite well.

Taste - Dark fruit sweetness and rum mingle together very well. Booze is somewhat noticable. Hop citus cuts through nicely although I do not think the rum and hops mix perfectly.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Not much carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability - The high ABV is not overpowering and the mouthfeel here is smooth, making this beer a good sipper.

Overall, a nice creative quad. My only criticism is that the hops and rum notes clash a little in the overall flavor profile. Definitely worth a try.

Gosox8787, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of DogFood11
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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....

DogFood11, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

GClarkage, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= Poured a clear copper color with a super dense, creamy off-white head that rose a full 2" that only ever dropped by half. Excellent head retention!

S= Spicy, peppery yeast with a hint of mustiness, fruity esters, bakery malts, slight alcohol whiff.

T= Started with a nice toasty caramel malt flavor that moved quickly into the banana like fruity esters. The combination of these two flavors made me think of bananas foster dessert (but in a good beery way)! Some very faint hops in the deep background fighting to show, but the malty sweetness won this battle. Yeast character was there, but certainly short of "funky". Finished lightly sweet with a spicy alcohol aftertaste. Warming.

MF= Medium body with a fairly high carbonation, though it never felt sharp or overly prickly.

D= I love this brewery and had huge expectations for this beer so I am struggling to not let that color my review. This was a well made beer for sure and quite drinkable for the ABV but it lacked the WOW factor I was expecting after reading the ingredients list.

spointon, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of marburg
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, gooey looking pour reveals a tightly carbonated Sugar Daddy-colored caramel body and a frothy cream head. Surprisingly dry aroma -- some spices (tiny bits of cinnamon, nutmeg) but mostly just the impression of some sort of unsweetened candy. Lingering, calm, mellow combinations of caramel and cinnamon flavors lay on the tongue. Tiniest hints of oak. Simple, mellow finish with just the tiniest hint of alcohol-derived bitterness.

marburg, Jul 21, 2004
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.

blitheringidiot, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -2%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with lots of carbonation and a rocky, off-white head. Minimal lacing. Cherries, dried dark fruits, a boatload of brown sugar and yeast, and a clove/nutmeg/cookie dough mixture. Thicker, velvety mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky, which enhanced the sweeter side of the brew. The tangier, earrthy side of the beer dominated. Apples, grapes, and cherry for the most part. A fair amount of toffee and even some chocolate flavors popped up. Lots of sticky caramel and yeasty esters. The alcohol is not well masked, giving the a boozy finish. A very good beer that is easy to have you fill of.

magictrokini, Mar 13, 2009
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.