Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.76/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into an oversized wineglass. Batch 22 on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Murky hazy amber with with thin cap of off-white head with numerous streamers and spots of lacing.
S: Very grapey, vinous aroma with plenty of caramel and dark fruit maltiness with raisin, plum, and cherry, and a good dose of herbal and floral citrus hop notes. There is some spicy yeast esters and a hint of higher alcohols.
T: The flavors are widespread but too fat of a distribution, complex but not that cohesive which I think is this beer's main fault. The grape in the aroma is still the most prominent feature with dashes of medium and dark crystal maltiness and dark fruits like cherry and fig with a hint of sourness. The hops are subtle but are moderately bitter with some herbal, earthy, and floral characteristics. The yeast notes are lightly estery but spicy which mixes well with the spicy alcohol bite. If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was wine barrel aged. The sweetness of the caramel malts are a bit too much along with the strong grape and dark fruitiness for me.
M: Smooth with a light alcohol burn, low carbonation as you'd expect, medium body.
O: Allagash Four is a very complex beer, but overly so, and the shotgun approach to flavors hurt the overall package as the flavors are all over the place.
04-02-2014 01:30:57 | More by argock
4.26/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottle is just about six months old, picked up at the brewery in September 2013.
A- Poured to the large Allagash chalice with a slightly hazed deep amber light brown body. A foamy cap forms on the beer to about three fingers high, appears thick. Head retention is good and never quite dies out, remains as a thick pillow. Thick lace deposits at the top of the glass with a continuation to what is some of the most impressive lace I have seen, a true blanket.
S- Malt and yeast complexity in a strong aroma but it lacks any alcohol like many other Quads can have at the same ABV, smooth and inviting. Yeast is predominant with notes of raisin, white pepper/Belgian yeast spice, figs, clove and light banana. Malts present some sweetness, medium candi sugar and toasted slightly nutty hints.
T- The balance and smoothness struck here is one of the best qualities of this beer. It doesn't destroy the palate with spicy, fruity flavors yet they are still strong enough to satisfy the style. Yeasty notes of dried dark fruits, figs, plums, orange zest, banana, clove, spices and herbs. Malts provide a nice base for this with caramel, brown sugar, medium candi sugar, toast and some nuttiness. Hops are certainly used here but meld in with the spicy yeast feel.
MF- Moderate to full bodied with a creamy and silky overall texture. Carbonation is at a high level and foamy but does not bite the palate at all, smooth. Finishes with just a touch of warmth.
Great interplay between four malts, four hops (albeit not as noticeable) and four yeasts. The complexity is high and the numerous flavors just seem balance out into a great final package. Way to drinkable for a 10% BSDA.
03-09-2014 03:03:41 | More by cbutova
3.76/5 rDev -7.8%
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
APPEARANCE : Much paler than expected for a Quad and no haze at all. Crisp deep golden reddish-brown. Not much of a head to speak of, though what's there is pale brown/mocha. Considering the style, the visual can't be this beer strong point.
SMELL : First nose is brow sugar, malts, very faint. Second nose opens up the herbal/hop profile and expands on the malty side with some roasted sugar notes. Third nose doesn't go much further. Kind of disappointed with this brew's nose - not that it's bad, it's just so discreet, almost weak, and considering the style, that shouldn't be.
TASTE : Barley sugar, some burnt nuts and mocha. Very thin taste for a Quad. I've had pale Quads before - Gulden Draak 2000, for example - and they weren't so shy in nose and taste. It's very good, simply not at all what I expected given that Allagash advertise this as a Quad.
MOUTHFEEL : Not nearly as thick and rich as I'd wish a Quad to be. Still good, but as far as I'm concerned, definitely not on the style as I understand it. Carbonation is fine.
OVERALL : I'll up the score on this because it's frankly a very good beer - it's just not at all what a Quad should be in my books. I'd have another one of these anyday.
02-10-2014 02:52:44 | More by FrostBlast
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.