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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 788
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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Douglas14

California

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, mahogany-reddish color with a small, off-white head that doesn't leave too much lace nor does it hang around for very long. I didn't expect it to. The first smell I get is sugar, and lots of it. Dark, tart fruits and possibly some oak come next. The taste is similar but it places the emphasis in different areas. Dark fruits, yeast, and rich, earthy tones dominate with dark, candy-like sugar coming through as well. There is definitely a sour character from. This beer is absolutely awesome...i think it's so far my favorite Allagash I have had to date. I'm guessing a buttery-fatty, grilled food would go well with it...something with a caramelized (but not burnt) characteristic.

Incredible.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 03:49:37 | More by Douglas14
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in Fairfield County, Connecticut, served in a wine glass at the Ginger Man.

A light brown / reddish complexion to the beer with a good sized dark head.
The smell is a sweet, but rich one, with some strong spice.
Taste is tart, bitter, but tasty and very good, reminds me a bit of an aged pale ale.
Swishing from one side of the mouth to the other, the mouthfeel is very pleasant and complex, again the bitterness hits.
Drinkability is here, but at 10% abv, it is most certainly a beer to savor and sip.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2008 00:33:26 | More by mltobin
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abfraser

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a reddish tinge

S: Lots of candi sugar and dark fruit

T: Awesome. Caramel-y, malty, lots of boozy canid sugar, fruitcake. Never cloying despite the sweetness.

M: Good full bodied beer, low carbonation level

D: This is one that'll leave a massive hangover given the sugar and abv. So, I guess that's a compliment because I'd probably drink way too much of this if given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 00:32:22 | More by abfraser
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waltonc

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store.

Appearance: dark brown/red

Smell: I only had a 5 ounce glass, which was a little cold to start with, so difficult to appreciate the smell.

Taste: Declicious quad flavors: malty, caramel, fruit, spice, prodigious quantities of candi sugar. My kind of beer. The hops are under control.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick body, as I would expect from a beer packed with so much flavor and sugar.

Drinkability: At 10% abv, probably not that drinkable in large quantities, but I don't care. This is a delicious brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 03:56:57 | More by waltonc
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nickd717

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store in San Francisco.

An excellent quadrupel in the same mold as the great Westvleteren. Appears reddish-brown with a thin cream-colored head. Strong candi sugar which lends a strong sweetness to both the aroma and the taste. Strong dark fruits on the taste and the typical Belgian yeast. Slightly metallic on the finish, but also very warming and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 05:36:25 | More by nickd717
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Halcyondays

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a murky red-brown with a medium off-white head, solid retention and lacing.

S: Strong presence of dark fruit, some ethanol, sugar, candy.

T: Great flavour filled with all the goodies I expect in a strong Belgian. Heavy raisin, dried fruit, plum sweetness starts the beer, with a mild ethanol presence ended by sesame candy and candied apple, rum also there.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, light solvent character, robust, strong feel.

D: One of the best beers I've had in a while, just explodes with great flavours when it enters your mouth, really good stuff, one of the most drinkable 10+% beers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 04:56:34 | More by Halcyondays
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aerozeppl

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains.

A: Poured a super deep brown color. Just about the perfect looking quad. Barely had any head when it was brought to me and after about a minute it was all gone.

S: Nice dark fruit nose on this. The different yeasts and barley and hops make for a super dense nose. Too much to really pin down and isolate individual smells.

T: Dark fruit and yeast. Back and forth. Hints of plums and dates. Caramel and malt. Some spiciness and weird blasts of hops. Not in a hop bomb way though.

M: Nice thick body on this beer. The carbonation was low.

D: Really nice. Had this after a Dogfish 120 so anything is easy drinking after that. One of the better Quads I have had not made in Belgium. Glad I got to try this but I can never bring myself to plop down the 18 bucks to buy a bottle as there is too much good stuff out there for less.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 01:13:16 | More by aerozeppl
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iceball585

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light brown color, semi-clear, thin white ring of head that faded slowly

S- Dried fruits, figs, spices, yeast, slightly sweet

T- Spices, dark fruits, creamy, woody, dried fruits, bready

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, definite warming feeling

D- Worth buying

I wasn't overly impressed with this beer but it was still worth getting again. Good flavors and fairly easy to drink for the alcohol content.

Serving type: cask

06-23-2008 23:13:36 | More by iceball585
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash are difficult to get ahold of out here in Oregon. Had a snifter of this at the Publick House in Boston, and boy was it good!

reddish brown with foamy soapy looking head.

Awesome compolex aroma of dried fruit, hard candy, and a peppery alcohol spice.

Rasins and dark dried fruits are mingled with a mega dose of earthy malt, spicy yeast, and rich warm alcohol. This one intensifies as it warms up. Lingering aftertaste is a bit odd however, can't put my finger on it. After my relatively small glass of it, i already was feeling the 10%. It's hidden fairly well. If I guessed the abv, i'd have put it around 8%.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2008 14:41:10 | More by SurlyDuff
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a surprisingly (filtered 4 times?) slightly hazy red/copper with great lacing.
The nose was great and very complex; rasin and plum, brown sugar, bread dough and banana.
The sweet fruits and malts dominate the taste, but hints of yeast and spice come through as well.
Although the feel was slightly bitter, it was well-rounded with malty adn fruity sweetness balancing the spicy and dark (almost sour) fruits.
Overall very drinkable, but beware the high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2008 20:24:49 | More by sinistrsam
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2008 01:54:34 | More by jdubjacket
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AltBock

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got Allagash Four on-tap at High Street Bar & Grill on 2/15/2008. The served it to me in an official Allagash tulip glass.

Poured a light crimson red that was blended in with some orange coloring. It had a tall head of white foam that had really good retention that left behind a small white film and few spots of white lace. It had a great lightly sour aroma of ripe juicy fruits (way too many to list), yeast, and a small spatter of bitter hops in the background. Toward the bottom of the glass, the aroma will get very oaky and sour. These fruits in the aroma were so good, I couldn't stop smelling this beer! The taste was very fruity with toasted malts, a pinch of yeast, and a slight touch of oak and citrus hops at the end. The oak was a nice touch. The mouthfeel was slick as hell! I had no idea from the mouthfeel that this beer had a high ABV%. I had to find out from the bartender that this beer had a high ABV%. Besides that, this beer had an aftertaste of juicy fruits, yeast, and a pinch of citrus hops. This was one to nice beer to try on-tap! It is expensive to try on-tap, but it's worth it. Just a reminder, this beer will sneak up on you like it did me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 17:18:46 | More by AltBock
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is FOUR aged in strawberries (?!?), served on-tap at the Blind Tiger during their Allagash promo night.

A: The ale is a dark quad color, thick and brown like turbid creek water with little carbonation. There is no head to speak off.

S: The nose is thick and malty, strong to the point of tartness with strawberry undertones. The strawberry is kind of sweet but mostly it has taken on a tart flavor that could easily pass of framboise or kriek. Overall it is very inviting and intriguing.

T: The taste is a duel of fruit sweetness and malt depth; most times the malt wins. The maltiness is thick graininess, dry with a slightly tart grape finish. The strawberries, an choice that was either inspired or deranged, are sweet but not sugary sweet with a slight tartness that conjures up a solid fruit lambic.

M: The quad is a mouthful, alternating with grain strength and tart fruitiness. The use of strawberries (I keep repeating it because I am still getting used to it), is an interesting decision but it does impart a distinct flavor.

D: At 10%, this is not a quaffing beer. I had one glass and savored every sip, but doubt that I could handle a second.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2007 01:47:20 | More by akorsak
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theformula

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Capital Ale House for Beer Geek Week.

Clear, bright amber (cognac actually) body. Minimal to no head and little carbonation. This was not impressive, but let's go on.

Red cherries, toffee, red delicious apple and biscuit malts and yeast. Dark, juicy fruits mostly, w/ brown sugar to boot.

Light-medium body, crisp but smooth M.F. Lighter than I would have liked or expected.

Flavor is delicious and worthwhile. Light chocolate, toffee, cherries, apples, brown sugar and a Belgian yeast that's bready. Bourbon-like oaky layer. Good mouthfeel of herbal hops and some spicy, pepper-y alcohol to mix it up. Pretty complex.
Finishes lightly bitter and dry with a tea-like tannin quality.

A great beer worth seeking and glad to taste it on tap. Body was lighter than I wanted and not much to look at, but a rewarding brew to sip and enjoy. Unique and very drinkable for the ABV.

Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2007 19:05:52 | More by theformula
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrook's Beer Geek Week '07

A: Murky, rust-colored hue that had shiny auburn highlights when held to light. No real head to speak of on this.

S: Pretty mild aroma, some notes of fig, malt, and sweetness, like a toffee almost.

T: Nice malty presence, dark fruit and raisin noticeable toward the middle. This heads into a moderate bitterness that finishes smoothly, with a slightly cloying aftertaste. Sweet cherries and an oaky side, too.

M: Carbonation seemed a bit low, but this actually helps the flavor in a way. The body was actually lighter than expected.

D: Rather relaxed flavors, but all showing through, making for an easy drinkability and fairly unique composition.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2007 19:53:56 | More by CharlieMopps
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shivtim

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this on cask at Rustico.
It's a nice deep brown copper color, with a super dense head that casually fades, leaving exceptional lacing. The nose is sugary sweet malts with some yeast and roasty goodness. Taste is nice deep sweetness with hints of dark fruit, raisins, yeast, touches of honey, and the slightest bit of alcohol on the finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel is dense, smooth, and creamy, much better than some other quads. Drinkability is dangerous for a 10%. Great overall.

Serving type: cask

05-13-2007 13:20:31 | More by shivtim
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nriech

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep rust color with about 1/2 inch head. Good retention. Very little lacing.

S: Very bready aroma is quite strong with a lot of nutty yeast character with a small hint of dark sugars in the back.

T: Big, sweet fruit up front, like sugared raisins and plums. Warming sweatness running over. 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.

D: Chewy & creamy body. Alcohol is not too big and it doesn't dry up too much. Carbonation is balanced very nicely as well. Taste is raisiny and slightly bitter on the finish

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 20:29:18 | More by nriech
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villainchiwwin

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2005 16:26:59 | More by villainchiwwin
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Anam Cara during the launch, actually I started with this beer, and also made it my last beer of the evening. Allagash have themselves and very enjoyable and highly drinkable new beer. Pour was a cloudy cherry color. The aroma promised (me at least) raspberries. Served in an Allagash glass, the head above the beer is at least two inches of dense foam, which adds to the eye appeal. I was able to talk to the brewer, so I told him I thought the taste was reminiscent of the grand cru, but much more muted and blended (in a good way!). It had the spicey taste of the cru, but as he explained to me, there are no spices used in this one, the 'spiceness' in the taste comes from the brewing art/process itself. It was very smooth and drinkable (I did have two that evening), that I have to give it a 5 in that category, as the 10% is not apparent. Good stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2004 15:29:28 | More by PatandDavid
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2004 12:09:45 | More by AllThingsNinja
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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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