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Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 85
Gots: 99 | FT: 5
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Enjoyed this one on tap at Delaney's. Amber-red color with a tan head; almost looked like a sour based on the color I'm used to. Spicy aroma, a little bitter. Malty taste, a little bit sweet, but certainly not as cloying and raisin-like as I've tasted in some other quad's I've tried. Drank quite easily; not as heavy as many in the style. Very enjoyable offering.

medic25, Nov 14, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Had on-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA in Allagash goblet.

A: Pours a rich reddish-amber with about a finger of creamy head. Doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

S: Lots of caramel right out the gate, spicy apple, brown sugar, then a little kick of the hops. Very nice.

T: Thick, very sweet and fruity right up in your face. Molasses notes come through midpalate, almost syrupy but not cloying. Alcohol is evident towards the finish, though it's more of a reminder rather than an unpleasant burn as some higher-ABV brews can have.

M: Slippery, medium-bodied, not overly carbonated. It's not as heavy as I might have expected in a quad. Leaves an almost slick feel in the mouth. I can't say I was crazy about the feel at first, but it grew on me a bit.

O: A nice quad, though very sweet. Definitely one you'd want to sip, not gulp. That said, Allagash has some better offerings. It's pricey, too, so it's a once-in-a-while for when you want something a bit different.

quinoarex, Nov 02, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

iD9, Oct 18, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a dark amber color, with a nice two finger cocoa head. Good carbonation and lacing on my snifter. The head is very pillow-like in appearance, and sticks around for a long time. Nose is yeast, malt, hops, caramel, dark fruit, and spices. Really nice nose on this brew- it could easily pass for a Belgian Quad on the smell. Taste is good, but not quite up to the smell. This is definitely one of the smoothest, malty, drinkable Quads I've ever had. The hops are hidden, but you get some of them in the taste. The 10% ABV is there w/ a little bit of alcohol burn on the aftertaste- it's pretty mellow though. Feel is silky smooth and sweet, with the hop bitterness barely there. Overall, this is a very enjoyable Quad. Definitely in the top 3 or 4 American Quads I've had (off the top of my head). Definitely worth picking up. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Oct 18, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

Enjoyed on-tap at Churchkey. Reddish brown pour without much head. Malty smell, not boozy and not a lot of dark fruits on this one, light and malty. The dark fruits and booze come thru more on the taste. Which is pretty dry. Light body with sort of a weird aftertaste. Carbonated well. A bit off-putting overall. Not a great quad. Too malty, too strange tasting.

russwbeck, Oct 11, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Batch # 25 per the label.

Pours a hazy honey-gold color with a 1/2 inch beige head that settles to a film. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a spicy flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crip but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid quad with lots of nice aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks to chris for sharing! Batch#21.

(A)- Pours an orange colored amber. Some tan froth.

(S)- A ripe cider-like yeasty banana and very mild clove.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A big ester-like yeast. Bits of cider and banana.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, though seems thin, yet heavy on the yeast and a pretty potent warmth the longer it sits.

(D)- Not what I was expecting. Seems either past its prime or just disjointed and heavy. Became very sweet the longer it sat in the glass too.

sweemzander, Sep 10, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Orange with a haze of red, about a finger of head at the top that leaves a slight bit of lacing.

S: Sweet fruit, apples, pears, mix of sweet earthy malt and hops.

T: Smooth and creamy all together perfect mix of hops and malts, nice belgian yeast kick at the end great balance on this QUAD.

M: Medium bodied and mid carbonation lots of stickyness on this one.

D: A perfect balanced Quad, I enjoyed this one very much!

thedoubler55, Sep 06, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

(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.

cjacobsen, Aug 30, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

devinoconnor, Aug 09, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

750mL, batch 12. Year...?

Pours a light, hazy mahogany. The head is okay for a high ABV beer, and the lacing is good.

Aroma has some banana, raisin and generally ripe, estery fruit. Spicy yeast and alcohol as well.

This beer is sweet and rich, but also surprisingly well-attenuated for a high octane Quad. Lots of yeast, spicy phenols and a surprising amount of hops too. The finish is long, dry and yeasty. Flavor has notes of dark fruit, caramel and a light acidity. Alcohol is noticeable, but not "hot" or intrusive. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, weighty, mellow and well-carbonated.

Doesn't quite compare to some of the great Abbey and Trappist Quads, but the Allagash holds it own. Probably the best American-made Quad I've had. Some more bready, toffeish malt flavors, and this stuff would be fantastic.

dasenebler, Aug 08, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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.


Mypintishalffull, Jul 09, 2011
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.