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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 92
Gots: 102 | 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:
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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of trevorpost
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -1%

Photo of boston2bburg
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky amber-medium brown, even with a fairly delicate pour. Light just dies in the middle of the Chimay goblet. Modest head winds up a wispy froth, mostly on the edges of the glass. Batch #16, says the bottle.

Quady notes of candi sugar, caramel, milk chocolate, butter-fried hot dogs and brown sugar baked beans are prodded forth by the various Belgian yeasts. Yum.

Clean feel with just the right amount of spicy hops and carbonation makes this not too heavy to enjoy. Herb, earth and mint also comes to mind with the hops, balancing a very dark sugar-forward flavor, with some tobacco notes. Booziness is perceived before tasted - it creeps in with warmth, as butterscotch and candied dates do on the nose. With the second pour, the sugar lets up a little and I notice more chocolate and earthy hop flavors, and it's a bit smoother on the palate.

This could almost be considered a dubbel; it's easier to handle and relatively drier than most quads I've had, certainly too dark for a tripel, but lacks the raisin and sourness most dubbels tend to have. Well-crafted, warming, gets you drunk. A joy!

Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour results in a slightly hazy coppery red color with a thick and frothy, light tan colored head and it has plenty of staying power.

Aroma is notably sweet with hints of caramel and brown sugar and some bready malts linger in the background. Yeast profile seems to add just a hint of clove spice.

Taste has a strong bready and caramel like malt presence with hints of an apple like sweetness. Clove and cinnamon detected in a spice note and finishes with an ever so slight kiss of flowery hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but doesn't finish quite as dry as expected. Overall, a different take on the Quad but certainly one worth trying.

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Macs Steel Creek.
Murky brown and gold mix. Whitish head, just a little amount of lacing.

Aroma, some malt, caramel. More fruitcake, banana, rumcake and the typical yeasty presence.

Taste is quite spicey. Nutmeg, clove. Caramel, light chocolate, raisin, green grapes. Light red fruits, banana. Quite interesting.

Lighter mid body with a soft carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking. Cost prevents me from drinking much Allagash, but this is good stuff.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red-orange amber. Gushed out of the bottle. Very thick light tan head that persisted and left heavy lacing. Nice presentation. Aroma is sweet with heavy stone fruit, light malt and Belgian spicing; slightly sour. Flavor of sweet and caramel malt and light fruit. Moderately dry in the middle. Finishes with Belgian spices, a bit of hops and sweet fruit. Nice medium to heavy body. Not as intense or complex as the best Belgian quads, but pleasant and very nice to drink. Another top notch Allagash ale.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer was a cloudy medium brown color. There was a small head with slight retention.

S: The aroma was malty and sweet. Raisins, spices and Belgian candy were noted.

T: This beer was malty with raisin and molasses flavors noticeable. It is very well balanced.

M: The mouthfeel was full bodied and warming. There was a slight carbonation bite. It left a somewhat oily residue on the tongue.

D: This is a very nice big beer. It has a wide range of complex flavors.

Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

***Batch 16***

Thanks to Masterski for this one. Shared with a few family members last Saturday. Notes are brief due to having many people around.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber-brown body with a 2 fingers head. Really coasts the glass all around.

Smell: Sweetness and some dark fruits.

Taste: Dark fruits, brown sugar and one family member metions molasses though i can't detect that.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good and very smooth and creamy all around.

Overall: A very nice beer that was a hit with the family. The ABV is very well hidden. A top notch brew.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer quite a few times, not sure how a review escaped me. Anyways, this was thanks to sharing from Rudzud.

Huge fluffy 2 finger head, messy lacing, hazy murky reddish orange brown color.

Nose sweet reddish malts, fruity, stone fruits, very light earthy hops, caramel and candy flavors, light booze, nice Belgian malts, long Belgian yeast additions and esters, hint of fruity spicy rye or is that additions from the various yeast strains?

Taste sweet Belgian flavors, lots of belgian malts, fruity esters, light stone fruits, Belgian yeast additions, some warming and slight tingly booze, earthy bready flavors, hint syrupy and light sweetness with caramel, candi sugar, and molasses. Finish is a semi sweet, sticky malts and slightly syrupy, light lingering booze and belgian malts.

Mouth is fuller bodied, some warming and tingly booze, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts and sweet flavors, belgian flavors, but not as great as I remember, bit boozy too.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of Shovelbum
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 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 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.

Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.