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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
4.09 | pDev: 9.54%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smell has the raisin, Belgian yeast, light sugars and light banana all combined very nicely. The appearance has a small white head that lasts about a minute. The taste is extremely sweet, ranging close to a malt bomb. The palate is heavy and a bit sharp here and there. Medium bodied with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Overall, pretty good Belgian Quad worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This interesting quad is fermented 4 times with 4 malts, 4 yeasts, and 4 hops. It pours an opaque orange / amber color with a medium creamy white head with high retention. The smell is very pleasant and has elements of mainly banana bread and spices. The flavor is delicious as well and fairly complex. The flavor consists of banana, yeast, coriander and other typical Belgian spices, raisin, burnt sugar, and a subtle flavor of alcohol as well. The alcohol is not very noticeable considering that this is a potent 10% beer. The finish is extraordinarily refreshing and creamy. The body is on the high end of medium, but lighter than the average quad. This beer is really quite excellent, but it is not entirely true to the style. It is lighter bodied and has a lower alcohol content than most quads, really closer to most triples that I have tried. It is also not quite as complex as I would expect from all those ingredients, but what is there is perfectly done.

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a two finger off white head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has candi sugar, toffee, dark fruit, apples, and pears.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. There is also a slight pepper taste. Tastes sweet, without being overly sweet. It is surprising that there is no taste or smell of alcohol for this 10.00 % abv beer. Very well made.

Medium bodied with proper carbonation for the style. Another great Allagash beer. If I have a chance, I will buy this again.

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Photo of FFreak
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the Bevie, maybe $17. Poured into tulips and shared.

I was a little disappointed.

Pours a nice semi-translucent dark cherry-hued amber with a tall and creamy head that slowly dissipates.

Aroma features some dried fruit, but not of the dark variety like raisin or plum, more like dried apricot or peach.

Taste is similar, somewhat sweet with dried stone fruit and very little bitterness. Possibly some oxidation here as there is a slight metallic taste.

Mouth is nice, creamy and smooth.

Overall, definitely not my favorite big beer from Allagash. Good, but for the price, not worth purchasing again.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a nice deep brown with a faint reddish tint. The head is slightly tan and laser etching at the bottom of my Duvel Tulip released bubbles the entire time I drank the beer. Lacing was minimally spotty. The aroma is amazing in this beer. It reminds me of figs, honey, slightly caramelized brown sugar and and a hoppy, peppery spiciness. There is a decent amount of alcohol in the nose as it warms. The taste is more fruity than the nose with hints of pear and apple in the front and the caramel and brown sugar at the end. The finish has a nice hop bitterness but the alcohol shows up here too. It isn't enough to trow off the balance at all and the beer finishes nicely. The mouthfeel is nice with a decent amount of heaviness that is offset by the carbonation to combine for a quite creamy feeling beer. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

This one pours a dark russet brown, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like raisin, plum, Belgian yeast, and toffee.

This is a fairly straightforward, well done classic example of a quad. There is minimal spicing, with a good amount of toffee and dark fruit malt character, along with some restrained Belgian yeast character- clovey and slightly spicy.

This is medium bodied, fairly rich mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

A really good textbook interpretation of the style.

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Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 2014 bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Copper colored, delicate carbonation feeds a thin cap, lacing clings in desperate hope.
S - Plum, candied fruit, Belgian sugar, a bit of tobacco, and aged fruit Rhine.
T - Sweet, and rich in body, alcohol hidden well, no trace of bitterness, hints of caramel.
F - Palate coating, rich layers, inviting the next sip, be careful for certain. A nice Quad that
has the full effect.
O - A fine example of the style, the richness is full on, but has a nice dry finish.

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Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Community Tap.
Dark golden body with very good clarity and a fine head.
Well balanced flavor with good complexity. Plenty of Belgian yeast notes in the aroma.

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Photo of Chicken_bear
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell reminiscent of floral shampoo mixed with liquor.
Yeast and fermentation flavor quickly emerges with notes of banana and brown sugar. Finishes with yeast and banana tastes.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brownish amber in color. Opaque in appearance. Nice, light flavorful quad. Earthy, Belgian candi sugar with high carbonation that pushes the flavors around your mouth. Great with food.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter

Mahogany brown with 2 finger foam cap

, sweet malt taste , brown sugar, raisins,

You feel the high abv

Great quad, repeatable

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 2014 vintage. Bottle # 11:06, 3254. Corked and caged. Purchased at the Allagash Brewery in Portland, ME and brought home in my luggage. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

A complex and wine-like. A great aroma. An excellent quad. 4.25

A – Well carbonated as it made a loud “pop” when I opened the bottle, but no gushing or foaming. Pours a hazy dark amber with a four-finger (Ha!) mousy off-white head. Very nice lacing. 4.0

S – Sweet aromas of molasses, dark fruit/raisin, vinous, some spiciness and a hint of floral. 4.5

T – Vinous, caramel, a bit of sweetness, and a hint of cinnamon spiciness with an herbal bitterness in the finish. 4.25

MF – Medium-bodied with a semi-dry finish (sweeter start with a drier finish). Smooth and warming. 4.5

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was delicious, but nothing like a quad to me.. At all.. More
Ike a belgian strong dark ale with lots of green apple and caramel. I would have given higher ratings for style if it was not a quad.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this for close to 4 years now (no pun intended). This is a really spectacular beer. Dark fruits abound. A great yeasty quality that doesn't appear often in american versions of the style. Beautiful.

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Photo of illpass78
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasting glass on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby brown with a big cream-colored head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Smells of apricot, some grapefruit, a little caramel, and booze.

Taste: Lots of complex flavors competing here. Apricot and grapefruit, as in the nose, and also some biscuit. Slightly buttery. Definitely booze burn.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy drinker despite the high ABV. Medium bodied.

Overall: Very tasty quad. Worth seeking out. Allagash is so good at these Belgian styles.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/31/2015 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There’s also a touch of alcohol. The hops presence is faint as you would expect and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good strong Belgian beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perfect brew to open up for Juno. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash chalice. 2014 vintage. Pours somewhere between cider and mahogany in color with a slight haze to the clarity and a rocky, two inch, cream-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose is somewhat subdued - figs and yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a faint medicinal quality and a trace of something metallic towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an easy, even carbonation. Overall, a decent Quad but the pricepoint ($18.49) and overall character isn't on par with the exemplars of the style (e.g. St. Bernardus 12, Rochefort 10, etc.).

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark Amber with a strong smell. Strong beer but very tasty and malty. Drinkable ... Perhaps too drinkable for the 9oz pour! Great beer from Allagash

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Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A ghost of a haze clouds this light Amber beer. The color is pretty, reminiscent of both caramel and honey. The white head, meanwhile, immediately becomes nothing more than a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: A refreshing whiff of sweet apricot and tangy grapefruit brigs a cooling sensation to the nose. Balancing out this fruity punch is a delicate malt mixture featuring the scents of doughy biscuits and multigrain crackers. A bit of honeysuckle hangs in the balance. Quite nice, but a little light. More complex bouquets exist when it comes to this style.

Taste: Apricot, orange, and a spritz of grapefruit are pumped up with peppery spices and settled down with what tastes like noble hops. Some nice malt complexity mixes with a light booziness in the finish: it's like a breath of top shelf whiskey and French bread dipped in olive oil.

Mouthfeel: A brilliant mouthfeel for the style. Silky but not slippery, dry, but not crispy. The carbonation jazzes things up, but wanes out in such a way that one can enjoy the flavors in the finish without any prickly distractions. The alcohol warming at the back of the throat is present, yet light.

Overall: Well-balanced, yet complex, refreshing, yet rich. Practically perfect, and yet there is just a tad bit lacking. This beer is light and bright for a quad, and would benefit from a bit more heft.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A powerful quad, with booze, raisin, brown sugar, plum, molasses, malt, and a ton of raisin in the front of the attack on the palate. Smooth, but not the most drinkable, definitely a sipper. Lots of complexity in the swirling flavors in the taste, where the smell is more quad malt base with raisin and booze

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

Spicy, yeasty, fruity nose, large pitted fruits with a hint of pineapple
Hazy orange tinted dark amber under a moussey, very fine bubbled 2" off white head that slowly descends to a thick film that produces thick lace.
Layers of big malt flavors including touches of caramel, maple, malty spice, biscuit to fruit bread, give way to yeast driven large pitted fruits, hints of tropical fruits to finish with hop spice and balancing bitterness. The malt, yeast, hop and alcohol flavors are very well balanced.
Medium body with creamy, very fine carbonation and a slight alcohol warming.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a small goblet.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/8 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- It could be the incorporation of the four different yeast strains but this smells like it might be tart/sour. Slight booze fume.

T- Nevermind. No sourness, just some awesomely smooth Belgian candi sugar plus some vanilla and caramel notes. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Butter, burnt sugar, not very bitter. Also a bit of dark fruit.

M- Slightly zesty. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Haven't had this in so long and it's really a crime that I don't purchase it more often.

Edit: No, it was not intentional that I gave this beer a score of 4.4 but yes, it is awesome.

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Photo of argock
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

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.

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