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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 93
Gots: 109 | FT: 6
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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Photo of RussBecker1
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap during an allagash event at Kudu coffee house Charleston, SC

A-Pours a nice ruby red that hints at the fruits hidden inside. Much lighter than other quads I have had, and frankly I prefer a darker, thicker appearance as this was almost indistinguishable from their dubbel.

S- Painfully underwhelming. Given the nature of a quad I expected deep lavish notes, but got hardly any of that as the nose was rather bland.

T- Not bad, but when compared to other quads, or even other allagash products, I was left disappointed. It hits on a couple subtle notes of fruits and malt, but in comparison to the similarly styled dubbel, the latter is far superior.

M-To its credit, FOUR possesses one of the better feels I have had in recent memory. A surprisingly impressive balance of carbonation that settles on the palate, which actually proves to be very very smooth.

O-Very disappointing to have just an average brew from a great brewery and a great style. I will choose either dubbel, curieux or white over this in a heartbeat, but it was nice to try.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A let down for me. Perhaps they tried a little toooo hard to make a unique beer???

Pours a golden copper color with a nice amount of head.

Smell is sweet, fruity a bit, and of course sugary. Sense of alcohol smell is also prevalent.

Taste is very malty and sweet. A little too much for me.

Overall, disappointed.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a murky mahogany color with dark copper tones when held to the light. Starts with an inch of head that lapses into a collar around the brew. No lacing down the sides.

S: Toffee, brown sugar, plums, cherries, raisins, and coriander.

T: Lots of dark malt, brown sugar, and lastly toffee on the initial taste. It broadens into a dark fruit base in plum, cherry, and raisin tones as I sample the swig some more. Some currant and apple too. A nice coriander and pepper bite right at the dry finish, letting it end cleanly with no aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation. It sits well on the tongue without being too syrupy or too foamy, which is a fantastic balance. A dry finish with spicy bite. No alcohol burn.

D: This is a good quad, but it reminds me of Three Philosophers, which is half the cost and pretty much twice the value. I really don't see myself paying $17 to grab this again.

Photo of jsanford
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Batch #22.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with a slight reddish tint and a creamy white head that leaves lots of soapy lacing as it recedes.
S - Sweet caramel malt, earthy hops, and some spicy yeast.
T - More sweet flavors of caramel/toffee with a bit of earthy hops and spicy malt. Really wish I could pick out more flavors, seeing as there are so may ingredients in this beer, but it all comes together in one big, muddy package. Not very memorable.
M - Slick with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Not bad, but not at all memorable. Definitely an example of bigger not being better!

Photo of iD9
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in world's smallest stemmed wine (taster) glass.

Appearance: Hazy, unfiltered golden-orange. Suspended sediment evident in the glass. Head forms ever-so-slightly off-white and retains a pleasing ring around the edge of the glass. Pleasant lacing is also evident.

Smell: Slight smell of malts and spice (potpourri); slight heat from alcohol? Mild sweetness, of candied-sugars? Not particularly impressive.

Taste: Malty, some spicy notes (possibly from the yeast). Light sweetness but not too invasive. Has a slightly bitter body. Again, a little bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth. Finishes with a slightly bitter after taste: a bit more than I had expected.

Overall: A solid beer. Not overly impressive but seems to carry several of the distinct attributes of belgian-style beers. A little more bitter than I would have hoped.

Photo of acidreflux
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of chickensaw
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of braican
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of bcostner1
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of hvy1
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of decadance
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of cjacobsen
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(A) Looks like a caramel and honey color, kind of golden with a bit of orange in there. Decent head that dissipates fast.

(S) Smells malty. Has an odd hop aroma that isn't necessarily good or bad. Some fruits and a bit sweet.

(T) The big overlying part of the taste is the yeasty characteristic. It's very yeast-heavy and it only worsens as it opens up. I think it was a bit too much. There's some slight booze. Candi sugar is very prominent. Big malts. There's a bit of a banana taste toward the end. Some honey.

(M) It's a bit carbonated and isn't very well balanced.

(O) This was odd. I wasn't too thrilled with it. I think they could have just used 1 type of yeast and one decent fermentation. The novelty aspect of the beer is great but the execution and final product was less than satisfying.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle, 750 ml size, corked & caged, no dates.

Lovely shade of ruddy brown. Clear with intense looking carbonation. Huge, pillowy beige head retains extraordinarily well.

Spicy Belgianesque aromas wrapped up in fruit.

The taste mirrors the nose. Rather 2 dimensional. Hopefully this will mature into something impressive, because right now its just average. Medium/full bodied with robust, but soft carbonation.

Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark brown with amber edges and beige head. Aroma of spice, roasted malt, hops, dark fruit and candi sugar. Flavor is similar to aroma with dark fruits, malts and sugar cane. High ABV is very well masked.

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork purchased at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California for $19.99 plus tax and served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I've been very impressed with so far - and the style - which is one of my favourites. Batch #25. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Gives a rather powerful satisfying pop when the cork comes out. I got the cork out quickly with just my hands.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the 10% ABV. Colour is a dark copper orange. Not at all vibrant; a bit dull. Semitransparent. Non-opaque. No floating yeast particles are visible, but I'm judging from the top of a large bottle here. Pretty good lacing.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, cream, delightful malts, and well balanced hops. The yeasts are dominant and quite appealing. Hints of dried fruit. A nice aroma for a quad. Moderate in strength. Subtle. The notes don't ring distinct, but seem to work well together. Let's hope that carries over in the flavour.

T: Pleasant biscuity yeasts. The malts are a bit more troublesome, not quite providing the subtle foundation expected. Cream comes through. Some dried fruit - plums and fig - is far too restrained to sincerely impact the flavour profile. The hops are a bit too present considering the style. It's quite biscuity all around. The flavour just isn't bold and distinct enough to make it a great quad. Needs more fruit and more of a focus. The yeasts are nice but they still come off feeling restrained and underplayed, and even take a turn for the worse on the finish. Needs more complexity. It's subtle, but could and should be moreso. Good layering but the end result isn't ideal. I wish it were more bold and focused. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Entirely too thin. Not strong enough to support the flavours. Nicely smooth and wet, with some cream. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Quite overpriced for the quality, though not a bad quad by any means. Hides its ABV well. It's disappointing, but then I expected a lot of it. The third act bothers me and it's too hoppy for the style. A decent effort from Allagash, but not on par with their other offerings. Give it a go if you have the money, but don't expect too much from it. I might get it again aged at a good price. I wouldn't recommend it to friends though. Certainly drinkable.

Low B-

Photo of ibbjamin
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $16.49 for a 750ml bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Batch #15 as indicated on bottle. Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

Very small fizzy head after a standard pour. No head retention, minimal lacing. Very cloudy with many fairly large sediment particles floating evenly in the brew. A very dark amber, almost reddish-brown color.

I can smell this one as I pour it with my nose a foot and a half away. Very fruity; white grapes, raisin and some apple. Some mild yeast esters and even more mild spiciness; just enough to let you know they are present, but well balanced and certainly not overpowering like some other belgian-styled ales can be. Sweet malts with molasses balance this out even more.

Taste is quite invigorating. A bit too much on the sweet side, which I suspected may be the case as mentioned from the dominating nose character. The alcohol comes through in the taste, something I missed in the nose. Banana, white grape and raisin dominate the taste with some sweetness of molasses and malt. They should have made this more balanced and less fruity and sweet.

Good carbonation, medium bodied. The mouth is too crisp and the aftertaste is somewhat lasting and overly sweet.

For this price level, I certainly I am not impressed. Allagash has many great brews and I would not consider this to be one of them.

Photo of vacax
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 15.

Pours maroon brown with hints of gold at the edges of my glass. Medium head is khaki colored and thick, leaving abundant lacing. Aromas of apple cider, grapes, and candi sugar all complement a Belgian style yeasty nose.

Spicy and fruity flavors dominate this sweet mapley brew thanks to the four yeast strains. Raisins, grapes, white pepper, and thyme all are evident with a spicy roasty finish. Flavors are aggressive, personally I would prefer a milder brew. Body is medium and it is excessively bubbly.

This strikes me as a very American quadrupel, taking the subtle fruity complexity of a Belgian quad and ratcheting it up to the next extreme level. It is a little much for me.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Allagash Four…..in a large 750ml bottle

Appearance-a light brown color with a tan three fingered head into the snifter glass. The head cracks and dances around before slowly disappearing.

Smell-a strong burn of alcohol at first, deeper smells reveal a wide range of flavors, fruit and dried grape aromas mixed with pepper sipce, light bread and a touch of hops. Very very pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Heavy mouthfeel of molasses and spice upfront, a little fruit and the crashing burn of heavy alcohol and sugar, smoothness is ok, not great. Peppery notes, a little syrupy. Finishes with a touch of fruit and more burn.

Overall-an ok beer, not that unique given the style and with the hype and the label I expected a little more.

Photo of battlekow
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4 Malts, 4 Hops, 4 Fermentations...10 Bucks.

Allagash Four pours a thick, opaque caramel color--you could dip apples in this shit. Actually, it smells sort of like apples. Good autumn beer, then. You can smell the 10% alcohol a bit. Tastes very malty upfront, crisply of apples, with some spicy alcohol and hops in the finish. Has an unpleasant, rotten apple aftertaste. I'm a fan of Allagash's other beers, but Four--actually the Quadrupel style in general--is just too malty and sweet for me to really get into. What I especially missed in this beer was the trademark Allagash spices that made their Grand Cru such a treat for me.

Photo of badbeer
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark red color with a white head leaving some lacing. I've seen plenty of others out perform this one, but it still looks nice. Yeast, candi sugar, and dark fruits, with a bit of an alcohol sting in the nose. Yeast is the first thing you taste, but followed quickly by the fruits and then an alcohol warmth. Alcohol is not hidden, but not overpowering. Taste seems to become a bit cloyingly sweet after a while. Lower carbonation, medium bodied. Pretty good, on occasion.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this quad pours a dark mahogany red with plenty of effervescent carbonation, atop sits a thin tan head

S - first thing that hits me is the citrine, tangy aromas, like that of a lemon zest or tangy green grape skins, with a yeasty bready background as well

T - odd, both sweet and tangy, but layered flavors as opposed to blended ones, a tangy again reminiscient of green grape skins and a sweetness like that a syrupy brown sugary glaze

M&D - light bodied and dry feeling, bubbly as a wine on the tongue, but easily drinkable, to high of an ABV to do more than a glass at a time, definitely a sharing bottle. but worth it, a decent brew

Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed February 19th, 2011 at Bier Academy, Santa Clarita, CA.

Beer is a deep caramel/golden/amber brown (hard to pin down, exactly) with good clarity. Very little head as served; what is there is just a fine off-white skin providing almost negligible sheeting.

Aroma has a peppery spice to it with sweet floral notes (honeysuckle?).

Flavor has a touch of melonoidin; fresh dark bread, soft powdery yeast, powdered sugar, some fruitiness (apricot?), low but still present bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel, slight carbonation tingle, slight dryness on finish.

Excellent camouflage of the ABV. Well-balanced and somewhat flavorful, but not really a shining example of a quad. Still, the beer went down quickly and easily, so points for that.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.