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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

819 Ratings
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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 82
Gots: 92 | FT: 4
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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marburg

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 20:20:35 | More by marburg
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 10:46:16 | More by blitheringidiot
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 00:09:44 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -2%

11-21-2011 05:01:09 | More by Callmecoon
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magictrokini

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 20:26:00 | More by magictrokini
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BrandonMichaud


4/5  rDev -2%

07-03-2014 18:56:37 | More by BrandonMichaud
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Kraken

Maryland

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. No born on date, label indicates that it was from batch 15. Vigorous pour yields a thin wispy ring of a light tan head. Very nice lace. Color is dark brown and cloudy.

Smell- The nose on the beast is as complex as non-linear calculus. Caramel malts, dark fruits, Raisins, dried plums, sour apple, dates, and coco.

Taste Very Smooth, coco, bitter chocolate. Some dark fruits but not as much as the nose would indicate. Very dry, roasted notes as if from a porter. Underlying sweetness, tasty.

Mouthfeel- Mildly carbonated, tart creamy.

Drinkability- At 10% and a bit high in cost prohibit drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 14:05:13 | More by Kraken
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

08-14-2013 01:19:00 | More by Janeinma
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-17-2012 17:46:20 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Robson

California

4/5  rDev -2%

12-10-2012 02:38:07 | More by Robson
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

12-22-2011 17:19:44 | More by OBIrish24
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joeseppy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

07-15-2013 23:44:46 | More by joeseppy
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Tuckersmth

California

4/5  rDev -2%

01-22-2014 05:11:30 | More by Tuckersmth
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

12-09-2012 17:22:45 | More by Damian74Shensky
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fishkab

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

03-03-2012 01:29:53 | More by fishkab
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

09-11-2013 21:10:33 | More by qcbrewer
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emilylee

California

4/5  rDev -2%

05-14-2013 21:28:16 | More by emilylee
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

12-24-2011 22:47:57 | More by Bdel34
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

10-15-2012 00:22:42 | More by ChrisL24481
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%

06-21-2012 17:29:00 | More by hiphopj5
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BKotch

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

12-22-2013 06:53:29 | More by BKotch
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2%

03-02-2013 23:18:52 | More by GRG1313
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dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2012 20:04:15 | More by dgeebs07
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -2%

04-13-2012 06:38:40 | More by Devi0us
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

02-03-2012 15:10:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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