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Four | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Douglas14:
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.


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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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 nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off white foam with a tinge of beige that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass. The body is a hazy, amber-brown color.

S - Bready yeast and malt dominates the aroma at first, but a swirl of the glass reveals deeper notes of plum and red apple with complex sugar characteristics. Toffee, caramel, and rummy raisins.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with some peppery yeast and dark bread. The caramel intensifies in the middle with more spicy yeast character and an earthy hop bitterness. The malt character becomes more molasses oriented in the finish with moderate hop bitterness and a bit of red apple fruitiness from the yeast. Lingering notes of apple, brown sugar, caramel, and warm alcohol.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This beer is hard to judge, it is not as dark in malt character as some other examples of the style and seems to lose some of its potential complexity as a result, but it is very well balanced and there is a smoothness to the flavor and to the yeast character in particular that speaks of careful bottle conditioning. The malt character is mostly layers of caramel with a hint of brown sugar and molasses and the yeast is mostly spicy notes rather than the dark fruit I expected. This works fairly well and does not become medicinally phenolic the way spicy yeast character often does in dark Belgian beer styles. In a way, it seems more like a very strong dubbel than a quad/dark strong. It is not the most interesting Quad that I have ever had, but it has a balance and poise that I would normally only expect from a beer made by a Belgian brewery and have almost never seen in an American brewed example of the style.

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Photo of Robson
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of redfacedshooter
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mike_B
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakon
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased for $11.99 on 7-13-7 at Orenco New Seasons.

Corked and caged. The cork is stubby and therefore requires very little provocation before it pops.

Beautiful looking brew. Deep amber with a few inches of off-white head that subsides quickly. The aroma is of belgian yeast, fruits and malts. You really gotta put your nose in the glass to pick up much though. I'm more impressed with the taste. Many times I've been disappointed by highly regarded brews of this style. I really like this one though. The flavors are bright and alive. Very active carbonation on the tongue. It's got a satisfying bite as you swallow. The alcohol melds well with its surrounding influences. While malt driven, you can still pick out some of the hop characteristics such as citrus fruit and a touch of bitterness. I'm not yet proficient at picking out individual flavors in belgian style beers in particular, but I do know what I like. This is very good, and I will be picking up a few more bottles so I can see what happens over the course of a few years.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Sunset Tap & Grill into a tulip.

A: Opaque reddish-brown body; small, quickly-dissipating head of white foam; moderate lacing. Nothing too exciting on this front.

S: Subdued aromas of yeast, candi sugar, and dark fruits (plums and raisins). Nice, but not as intense as I'd like for a quad.

T: Now this is where this beer delivers - huge flavors caress the tongue, from the big fruity malts up front through the delicately spicy yeast to the rich malty finish and smooth, slightly boozy aftertaste. Awesome.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

D: Unsurpassed for the strength. Hardly shows the ample ABV at all.

Notes: Amazing all-around beer. Yet another winner from Allagash. Amazing to find it on tap.


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Photo of TobinMitnick
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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 sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this quad pours a dark mahogany red with plenty of effervescent carbonation, atop sits a thin tan head

S - first thing that hits me is the citrine, tangy aromas, like that of a lemon zest or tangy green grape skins, with a yeasty bready background as well

T - odd, both sweet and tangy, but layered flavors as opposed to blended ones, a tangy again reminiscient of green grape skins and a sweetness like that a syrupy brown sugary glaze

M&D - light bodied and dry feeling, bubbly as a wine on the tongue, but easily drinkable, to high of an ABV to do more than a glass at a time, definitely a sharing bottle. but worth it, a decent brew

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Photo of drcarver
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy deep amber color with a two finger fluffy off white head. Decently effevescent.

S - starts with a heavy steel like aroma but quickly switches to a sweet orange like aroma. Pear's in there too.

T - SWEET!! but finished clean with a creaminess to the feel. Again an orange like citrus is present. Again there is a steel/iron like taste.

D - goes down nicely

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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of andypeters1971
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a small surface skim head with a little bit of spotty lacing here and there. Body was a brown garnet.

Smell - esters, phenols, chalky yeast, dark bready malt, dark dried fruits like dates and raisins, overripe apples and pears, bananas.

Taste - similiar to smell. Esters and phenols with bananas, date, raisins, overripe apples, overripe pears. Dark bread and caramel. Chalky yeast sometimes, also adds some spiciness. Not a hint at all of 10% abv, not one; no warmth, no burn. Aftertaste of caramel.

Mouthfeel - thin to moderate, low carbonation, slight hop oil slickness.

Drinkablity - this is a decent, but not great beer. Also high abv of 10 % limits this to one 750 in any given session.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of aszatk01
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brdc
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice lookijng dark beer, with a small head that probably realtes to being too cold this time, but leaves a nice lacing behind.
A nice "quadrupel" smell, heavy on malts, but some bananas, alcohol, and also some hops.
Taste is mostly sugary malts, with a warming alcohol, but throughout some hints of bananas, molasses, honey, cloves and cinnamon.
A little thin on the mouth, but still overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of kkdowning
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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