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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%

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 vacax


3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 02:26:07 | More by vacax
Photo of battlekow


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 01:38:42 | More by battlekow
Photo of badbeer


3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:29:36 | More by badbeer
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 23:01:16 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at blind tiger. Deep brown, cloudy, no head at all. Nose is hit up by bready malt and yeast flavors. Rather sweet aroma: fruity (grapes, dates) with mild vanilla-like alcohol vapors. On the tongue, the big allagash malt hits you up. Caramelic, chocolatey, marzipan-like, very sweet. Easy to pick up alcohol, but it’s an ABT and you don’t mind that. Decent flavor balance, but just not as appealing fruitiness or yeastiness than top examples who are probably just as sweet, but manage to stuck your mind out of this thought. Full body, high carbonation a la allagash, smooth anyway. I found their tripel vastly superior, but allagash knows their brewing, no doubts about it and this will be highly enjoyable in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 21:47:38 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of charlzm


3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 18:56:00 | More by charlzm
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy orange-copper. Head is sizable as expected for an abbey style ale, with good retention and lacing characteristics. Fruity esters are prominent on the nose with some notes of candi sugar and honey. A nice menagerie of fruit: ripe grape, apple, and plum. Some faint yeasty phenols. The aroma is great but too weak.

The flavor could best be described as a "strong Dubbel" and is disappointing for a quad. Quite dry for the style with a fairly hoppy finish. Way too much hop presence. Notes of white grape and toffee. Not really improving as it warms. The mouthfeel is a saving grace as it's a good match for the style.

Allagash has a rare miss on its hands with this. The $16 price adds to the disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 22:25:44 | More by gr0g
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 20:21:29 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of largadeer


3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy amber with a slight haze, lighter in color than any other quad I've seen. The head starts off strong but doesn't retain very well.

Smell: Lots of fruity esters; dried fruit and preserves come to mind. Brown sugar and raisins. Sweeter than I like a quad to be.

Taste & mouthfeel: Esters again; the taste is close to the nose with big flavors of preserved fruit, bananas, raisins and figs. Medium-bodied and highly effervescent. Dries up a bit in the finish, lending a bit of balance to an otherwise sweet profile.

Notes: Decent stuff, but clearly not the best quad around.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 01:04:34 | More by largadeer
Photo of jrallen34


3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap, into a tulip at The Map Room.

The beer pours a very untypical color for a quad forcing me to ask the bartender if I was given the right drink. It is a super light brown with tons of amber highlights. Its almost totally redish in the light. The head is light tan, super foamy with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty light, you get mostly bourbon on the front, sweet closes (no yummy malts), and an on oaky finish. It smells ok, just weird for a quad.

The taste keeps up the weirdness. When I think quad I want dark fig malts etc. All you get is oak and alcohol.

The feel is way to warm and has a weird aftertaste.

Overall, not impressed here. First of all, this may be made like a quad, but its no quad. Even if I can get past the improrper making of a great style, its just not a great tasting beer anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 13:33:49 | More by jrallen34
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 19. Poured into a tulip. The body is light, hazy plum; not as dark as I might have expected. The light tan head is massively huge and sticky.

The aroma is very fruity and slightly sweet. I get a lot of prune and a touch of peach.

The taste is immediately sweet with brown sugar and light fruit flavor. Repeated sips later emphasize the yeast flavors of plum and fruit.

The carbonation is a little heavy and the body is about right, maybe a little lighter than expected.

I like this one, but probably not enough to pony up the $$ this one usually goes for.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 04:05:28 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of markman


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Four (750 ml):

Not bad, but I'd expect more of a Quad from Allagash. Sometimes I think it just needs to sleep for a while...but it would have to be Sleeping-fuckin'-Beauty to bring this up to par. Thin mouthfeel…kind of yeasty and characterless when compared to serious quads. This beer is a Unibroue La Terrible wanna-be…but it simply just falls short.


Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 01:45:10 | More by markman
Photo of HardTarget


3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caged and corked bomber.
Aroma: A fruit bowl of smells; apricot, plum, white grape, all in a rich brown sugar sauce. Very slight floral hop aroma present as well.
Appearance: Translucent brown glass started with a respectable head of off white froth that quickly disappeared. A very thin collar remained but left no lace. Wonder if my cork was a bit off, but it gave a solid pop after a struggle to get it off.
Flavor: Sweet, a bit too sweet, almost cloying. Taste is strangely neutral. It finishes with a brief flurry of all the fruit tastes, but the main flavor is just a sugary sweet almost wine like flavor. Very little alcohol flavor noted, but a little heat.
Mouthfeel: Thick heavy body with almost no carbonation noted.
Overall Impression: A specialty beer to be sure. It’s really too sweet and too light in flavor, which is ironic since it’s so heavy in body. An odd one to be sure, I’m going to have to pair it with some salty or dry food to enjoy the full bomber.
Worth a try, but don’t kill yourself seeking it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 00:52:30 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long day of work I wanted to open up one of my big beers, so here wwe go. Pours a nice orange copper color. Smells a bit like figs and prunes. Taste is sweet, prunes, cherry, a bit winey, very sweet winey flavor. Nice mouthfeel for this beer. Overall it's pretty good. Maybe my palate is wanting real hoppy beers for the time being. But I can't say that this is bad, far from it. If you want a good belgian style folks, this is it. (Best of all, it's from Maine)

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 04:08:22 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of EvilKeith


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazed dark amber color witha light biege finger of fine foam. Head falls to a wispy cap and halo along the edge.

Smell was sweet, roasty, caramel malts, big bready yeasts, brown sugar and alcohol.

Taste was sweet, but overpowering. Upfront bready yeast, chewy malts, understated hops (true to the style), and warming alcohol.

Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Very complex and flavorful, the higher ABV limits the drinkability for me. Still a well done quad.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 19:45:33 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of TastyTaste


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark maroon, hazy, well carbonated. Good, slow fading head, creamy off-white foam.

Smell: Malty and sweet, apples and dark fruit. Lightly earthy and spicy.

Taste: Very sweet, too sweet. Fruity and malty, I get a lot of apple flavor from this beer. Slightly tart, and fortified with alcohol.

Drinkability: A little too thin of a body, but the flavor is definitely interesting. Not the ebst from the style, but above average.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 18:38:39 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of MiScusi


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750mL bottle, beer poured a clear brownish red, with little head. Aroma was a light grape, fruity smell. Taste was a grapes over a malt background with some spice. Not too heavy for a beer like this. Somewhat slick but light for the style overall. I didn't enjoy this that much. It was a lighter bodied malty/alcoholy brew, but not that interesting. Wasn't as deep and rich as other Quadrupels I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 07:21:09 | More by MiScusi
Photo of rudzud


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up the day of the Ghoulschip release, roughly a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a great clearish amber with a great two finger head that leaves a nice, thick creamy blanket.

S - Nice sweet, malty sweetness. Not much though, very one note for me.

T - Taste isnt too too bad. Lots of malty sweetness with older hops and light dark fruits. It is slightly metallic though...

M - Mouthfeel has very nice carbonation for a quad, and a 10% beer no less. Quite enjoyable.

O - Overall, this beer was a bit too one note for my liking, which is a shame as I held onto this for so long.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 18:46:26 | More by rudzud
Photo of Kudashov


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in my pint glass with " Heroes " - David Bowie on the Hi-Fi . The guitar of Robert Fripp on this track is magnificent . Hopefully this brew from Allagash with be the same . Bottle is capped caged and corked with luminous lettering on the bottle . When poured it has a beautiful frothy cream colored head . Burnt amber color and beaming aroma abound . First taste is scrumptious and flavorful . The aroma of honey & fig . Honey is also what I taste with a tad bit of booze burn which is wonderful . half-way through my pint there is plenty of lacing and a thin head . This is another great brew by Allagash in my book . Splendid .

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 23:19:11 | More by Kudashov
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/21/2009 (Bottle batch#15):

Pours a medium brown colored body, with a white head, diminishing. Clear. Strong fruity aroma, grape but not wine-y. Sweet craemy mouthfeel. Grape taste. Honey sweet taste. Carbonated, soft mouthfeel. Some hops, but very hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 22:36:00 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of drumrboy22


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4+ year vintage bottle.  Not sure of the exact date.  Served at cellar temperature.  Poured from 750mL bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice.  Beer was a clear, reddish-amber color, with a very thin, faint head.  Light lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma was sweet rum, raisins, dates and grapes.  Lots of sugar.  Smells great. 

Taste was caramel, raisins, bourbon, oak and dates.  Not bad, but a tad thin.  Probably aged a little too long. 

Good drinkability and very enjoyable.  I had this one down in the cellar and just forgot about it.  I was digging around looking for some treats to enjoy the week before GABF and found this little treasure.  Ages well and is a great interpretation on the style. 

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:21:47 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #28

Beer is a medium-hued brown/amber with a good-sized off-white head. Decent retention.

Smell consists of Belgian yeast and fruit. Raisin, grape. Vinous. Bready malt.

Beer is surprisingly thin. Bready malt, dark fruits (grape and raisin), yeast. Fairly sweet, a bit of a candy flavour.

Medium bodied, moderate carbontation. Surprisingly thin. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, disappointing. I am an Allagash fan and a Quad fan, but this one doesn't really do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:53:38 | More by jrenihan
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cork popped off the 750 ml bottle with a rather unsatisfying thump. I was expecting the loud pop that usually accompanies corked Belgian style ales. The beer had a murky brown appearance with almost no head and very little carbonation. Aroma was good. Candyish malts, spices( clove and pepper) and yeasty bread aromas in the nose. Taste was equally good. Ripe fruit, spices and a hint of hops along with warming alcohol. Mouhfeel was a little thin however due to the beer being almost flat. Not sure what happened here, but I'm disappointed that I spent 11 bucks on this beer. I probably got a bad bottle, so maybe I need to purchase one at another store in order to give this brew a fair shake.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 20:13:21 | More by rodrot
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- After the soft pop of the cork there is a dense amber-brown body. The thin film of bubbles is supported by a tiny slow carbonation but fades to a thin ring of head.

S- The sweet light sugary note with a hint of honey is followed by a cidery smell. The smell of light cream and apple butter comes through stronger as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a sweet caramel malt and brown sugar flavor with a pineapple flavor. There is a light woody flavor with a watery taste to it and finishes with a light bitter hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full texture that is a bit slippery. There is a soft alcohol heat that comes through more as it warms.

D- This beer is sweet with a fruity quality to the malt which is nice and the alcohol helps to support the malt nicely. This makes a nice desert beer, but I can’t say I could pick out the 4 malts, and 4 yeast qualities. It didn’t have that much depth for all the 4s.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 14:02:52 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A lighter color than I expected. Brownish amber with a slight reddish hue. No lacing at all.

S: Heavy citrus aromas are evident. Almost straight orange, so its more than just citrusy hops. There is a definite malt character in the nose. Slightly yeasty as well with some dark fruits.

T: Taste is mainly of various malts. Caramel, bready, and dry malts all dominate the front end with hops coming though and taking over the aftertaste. While the finish is hop-filled, it is also very malty. I've never tasted a beer with this complex and aftertaste before. Warming alcohol is quite evident, especially in the finish. Much drier overall than I ever expected for a quad.

M/D: Medium carbonation and texture. Alcohol is a bit too evident in the flavor for you to have a couple of these. All said and done though, the flavor and texture of this beer one that you could enjoy for one or two.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 04:27:21 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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