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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 100
Gots: 126 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 918 | Reviews: 452
Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 8/9/13, cheers Eagleray for the bottle, batch 28

A crystal clear light copper liquid with a few tiny bubbles feeding a large three finger foam that hangs around for a few sips leaving just a patch of lace

S green apple, cherry, plum, dried banana chips, brown sugar covered raisins, faint cinnamon and booze, I get a little yeast as it warms

T some sweet malts, honey, and spice I can't quite place are added to the mix, still has a fair amount of fruit and a hint of booze with lots of brown sugar

M medium bodied, soft carbonation, a little heat, slightly sticky with spiced fruit lingering on the finish

O solid brew and a good example of the style, smell and taste are a highlight and it has some complexity working for it but has a little ways to go compared to the classics

I should have sat on this one for a while but that being said its still drinking well today, something I'd look for in the future and I could see it aging gracefully

Photo of jtd1969
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -golden Amber color with good carbonation, typical of belgian styles from Allagash.

S - Maybe some raisin and belgian yeast, sweet fruit.

T - Some wood(maybe oak), some fruit (kinda a mix of light(some grape) and dark ones (prune/raisin), very subtle light earthy hops

M - Full bodied with good carbonation

O - What a delicious beer.It is not as good as others I have had by Allagash, but worth a try. I recommend it.

Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A ghost of a haze clouds this light Amber beer. The color is pretty, reminiscent of both caramel and honey. The white head, meanwhile, immediately becomes nothing more than a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: A refreshing whiff of sweet apricot and tangy grapefruit brigs a cooling sensation to the nose. Balancing out this fruity punch is a delicate malt mixture featuring the scents of doughy biscuits and multigrain crackers. A bit of honeysuckle hangs in the balance. Quite nice, but a little light. More complex bouquets exist when it comes to this style.

Taste: Apricot, orange, and a spritz of grapefruit are pumped up with peppery spices and settled down with what tastes like noble hops. Some nice malt complexity mixes with a light booziness in the finish: it's like a breath of top shelf whiskey and French bread dipped in olive oil.

Mouthfeel: A brilliant mouthfeel for the style. Silky but not slippery, dry, but not crispy. The carbonation jazzes things up, but wanes out in such a way that one can enjoy the flavors in the finish without any prickly distractions. The alcohol warming at the back of the throat is present, yet light.

Overall: Well-balanced, yet complex, refreshing, yet rich. Practically perfect, and yet there is just a tad bit lacking. This beer is light and bright for a quad, and would benefit from a bit more heft.

Photo of aszatk01
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage. Batch #18. Purchased this at least two years ago at a Total Wine. Split, served in chalices.

A - pours with just a thin amount of short lived light tan foam. settles to a thin film and ring. the beer is slightly cloudy, dirty brown in color.

S - dark fruits, mostly plums and raisins. dark candi sugar. lightly spicy yeast and some sweet phenols. rounded out with some apple, lightly oxidized hops, and some light toffee.

T - following suit from the nose begins somewhat sweet. good amount of raisin and mild red apples. turns a bit bready through the middle, with the addition of red grapes augmented by a hint of clove and banana from the yeast. hops have completely died out at this point, with a slightly cidery finish.

M - medium bodied, low amount yet slightly tingly carbonation. sticky from the sweetness. the 10% ABV is absolutely vanished at this point.

D - this might be slightly past its peak, but still held together quite well. scents and flavors are well meshed but get lost a bit. alcohol is completely gone, making this quite dangerous. a bit different for the style but still a well made brew.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Four - 750ml bottle into 25oz snifter.

When held up to the light the deep opaque mahogany turns into a glowing clowdy ruby hue. A stone khaki one finger head slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass.

Somewhat of a light aroma, with some earthy yeast aromas and a little bit of dark fruit. A slight spiciness is upfront. Not very sweet for a Quad, maybe something to do with the multiple fermenting stages.

Dark fruit flavors, maybe plum, along with some spicy phenols. The alcohol doesn't show up much considering its amount. A little bit of sweetness tails in the end.

Somewhat of a clean flavor for a Quad. I'm wondering if the fourth fermentation took out so much sugar that the beer is left a little thinner. Still, it's very enjoyable and smooth.

Photo of Baldrich27
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a seethru red-tinged copper with bubbly head that died quick and left no lace. The first I notice in the aroma is the yeast...it definitely comes out. There's also that candy, sugary aroma (though mild) as well as that faint citric hop aroma. Thicker and fuller-bodied, chewey even, the beer is greatly balanced. Also prickly with great carbonation, the sticky heaviness of the beer is countered and not murkey. I pick up sweet malts like candy sugar and some bready malts as well. Also picking up some tartness like cherry and a hint of citric hop flavoring. Fines nice and smooth and plush, ABV minimized, so it feels like I'm drinking a great fruit and sweet ale that is heavy and crisp and real easy to drink. A real treat.

Photo of uturn
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Shovelbum
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin white head over a reddish-orange body. Head recedes quickly. Strong aroma of vinous fruit over a more subtle malt background. Flavor has substantial pepper character and relatively elevated bitterness throughout. However the malt is substantial enough to at least make an attempt at balance with some sweetness and vinous fruit. Blegian yeast lingers throughout. A well carbonated medium body. Dry finish.

A fairly spicy and bitter quad that is definitely an outlier from its quad brethren and, I might add, in keeping with Belgian nose-thumbing at conformity to rigid style categories. There is great complexity here, and an almost Pale ale feel—although the high ABV and substantial bitterness quickly shatter that illusion and bring you back home to quadville.

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML corked and caged. Pours a mud puddle brown color with a disappointing light tan head that quickly faded into a light ring around the glass. The smell is of raisin, some red wine, and brown sugar/molasses. Starts off very sweet. A big dark fruit blast centering around the flavors of raisin and red wine grapes. There are hints of carob and perhaps fig. The feel is light but not watery with fizzy carbonation; finishes sweet. Definitely a brew with some big bold aromas and flavors. There seems to be something missing from this quad. Perhaps more of a malt presence. The beer looks and feels thin. A good quad but nothing too distinguishing.

Photo of Zekenyce
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light amber in color with some orange highlights and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of fruit, spices and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: Batch #23

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

this has been sitting in my basement for awhile. not sure where i picked it up. wait...arrowine: arlington, va

first thing i think when it comes out of the bottle is dark dried fruit...raisin. the aroma and flavor are both fairly understated for a quad; neither are what i would consider bold. bold isn't what i was looking for, just what i expected

it has that great nuttiness that i love so much in rochefort. not to the same degree, but it's delicious. that raisin character comes in early, ahead of the aforementioned smooth nutty flavor. slight phenols sift through the aroma, though the alcohol hides well

though obviously strong, it's not a big beer. the finish is sweet, but not thick

i dig this. even at 10% it's easy to drink. for some reason i was expecting mediocrity here, but that expectation proved unreliable 'cause that's a good beer

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

A - Cloudy dark amber with two fingers of off white head and okay lacing

S - lots of malt and citrus. Some alcohol presence. Overall kind of faint

T - Lots of malt and citrus just like the nose. Good flavor with a strong warming alcohol taste/presence at the end

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty solid and enjoyable

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.

Photo of Redwood21
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The head could be more frothy but it does last the whole beer and for 10% that's not bad. I really appreciate the amber color.

S: There is not a strong aroma coming from this beer, but there is a solid dark fruit aroma but nothing amazing in a category where it could have

T: this is where this beer shines, there is a nice solid creamy taste thats thin enough that its not liek drinking a stout but also covers up some of the burning in the 10% alcohol, you likely wont even notice it. there is aan earthyness to the plum and raisin taste with maybe a hint of apple as well that adds a sharpness to the finish making it more clean and powerful at the same time,

M/D: this is a surprising easy drinker and won't show its brash high abv side a very good beer all in all

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.

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

A crank to get open... Cork took forever to pry out.

Pours a beautiful beer. Ruby, amber, dark but clarity is great. Lots of tiny bubbles make their way to the top. A decent white head. Lots of stick to the glass goodness when swirled. A very, very nice looking beer.

First whiff is floral and sweet. Malty and grassy. Not as much going on as I was expecting, but all in all very nice. Strawberry, rosemary, fig, raisin.

Palate is fairly creamy to start and bubbly on the back. Good alcohol burn on the throat.

Taste is raisiny and slightly bitter on the finish. Sweet scotch or rum up front.

Photo of Wrigfen
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

This beer pours a copper color with a nice off white head. the smell is spicey slightly sweet and malty with a small alcohol tinge to it. the flavor follows the smell with the spice and malt in the front with a little alcohol in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. overal this beer is good would drink again but its a littel pricey.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

This is an excellent stab at the Belgian quadruple style. This brew was a dark, hazy orange/red colour that was golden crimson when held up to the light. The aromas were very fruity and a bit alcoholic. I smelled dark/dried fruits, alcohol, various spices (with the coriander and orange peel in the forefront) and more! The taste had a rum-like quality to it, with the spices and sweet fruit flavors blending together perfectly. The only negative thing about this brew, is that it is SO spicy, and SO fruity, it is almost like a fruit and spice overload! Perhaps if this is aged for a year or two it will become more blended, and less intense! The mouthfeel was medium-thick and the drinkability was very good for a 10% abv beer! A good one from Allagash..

Photo of wheatman106
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this with capra12. We finished the 2nd half of this 750 paired with Dutch Gouda from Trader Joe's.

A: Dark amber color, small head formation with poor retention.

S: Smelled like alcohol and cider with hints of fruit and what I could only explain as moss.

T: Opened carbonated and strongly flavored, more than the level of aroma indicated. You can taste the alcohol, but from the middle to finish this beer dissipates with a woody, grapey spice and earthy notes. Finish is long, alcoholic, and spicy.

M: Medium to full body.

D: I could enjoyably sip this beer, especially paired with the Gouda. I definitely needed help finishing the big bottle though.

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.