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.

Added by UnionMade on 03-26-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with some reddish tint with a nice two finger slightly off white head that leaves a generous amount of lace as it settles.Aromas of cherry and brown sugar are dominant and fresh with a light iron character to it as well.Taste is spicey and clovey with some cherry and more brown sugar and maybe a little allspice?Wow a nice rich ale spicey and complex a real joy to down a bomber after work.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a dirty brown in color with an off-white, almost tan head that came up easily.

Smell –This is probably one of the spiciest beers I’ve ever had. The clove just jumps in your face along with the white pepper, oregano, allspice, and a horde of others that I’ve probably failed to identify.

The base is a nice mix of yeast and darkish malts. Though I can’t pick up much of a hop aroma, this is one of the most complex noses that I’ve ever smelled.

Taste – No, I can’t name all of the four malts and can’t find one of the four hops. This is classic bready yeast, buttered toast, giant sugars, rich toffee, a touch of dark chocolate, and handfuls of spicy cloves all rolled into one beer. Amazing.

Mouthfeel – This is one of the few American breweries to nail down the fluffy Belgian mouthfeel. I remember their Grand Cru hitting the mark in this category as well. It is teasingly fluffy with a juicy, mouth-watering sugariness that keeps your tongue and cheeks busy. The big clumps of pepper and clove make this one chalky and even a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability – I enjoy bold, forward-looking efforts by American breweries. Belgians are big ticket items, and if an American brewery can nail down the style (like Unibroue does in Canada) there’s a lot of money to be made. This one certainly hits the mark and is well on its way to becoming a great beer from a great brewery.

Comments – Thanks to my good friend skyhand for providing me with this rare and exotic beer from Maine that I humbly submit as my 900th review on the site.

Update – Well, a little over a year and 482 reviews later I am fortunate enough to have another. It hasn’t changed a bit.

I was able to pick up more hops this time around (maybe it’s fresher) but this is still a malt-oriented beer as the style requires. It is very spicy indeed and really demands your full attention. What a great effort from Allagash!

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boston2bburg
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky amber-medium brown, even with a fairly delicate pour. Light just dies in the middle of the Chimay goblet. Modest head winds up a wispy froth, mostly on the edges of the glass. Batch #16, says the bottle.

Quady notes of candi sugar, caramel, milk chocolate, butter-fried hot dogs and brown sugar baked beans are prodded forth by the various Belgian yeasts. Yum.

Clean feel with just the right amount of spicy hops and carbonation makes this not too heavy to enjoy. Herb, earth and mint also comes to mind with the hops, balancing a very dark sugar-forward flavor, with some tobacco notes. Booziness is perceived before tasted - it creeps in with warmth, as butterscotch and candied dates do on the nose. With the second pour, the sugar lets up a little and I notice more chocolate and earthy hop flavors, and it's a bit smoother on the palate.

This could almost be considered a dubbel; it's easier to handle and relatively drier than most quads I've had, certainly too dark for a tripel, but lacks the raisin and sourness most dubbels tend to have. Well-crafted, warming, gets you drunk. A joy!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork pops from the bottle with a nice pop. Pours into my glass a nice deep red/orange brown color with a healthy half inch of creamy white head. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of sweet malts and dark candy sugar upfront melding into ripe dark fruits, raisins and caramel. Yeasty Belgian spiciness is in there as well. Just a wonderful aroma coming off this one that draws me in.

First sip brings a nice flow of maltiness with burnt sugars, dark fruits, caramel, raisins, wood and a slight dark bread character. A nice spicy yeasty flavor flows in midway through each sip. There's a hint of hops on the way down but overall it's not too noticeable. Finishes with a brown sugar aftertaste, slightly sweet but never becomes too much. Overall this is quite a tasty brew!

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a wonderful body and plenty of carbonation. This beer is quite a treat and works well on Thanksgiving. Even at 10% I could see myself working down a bottle of this to myself no problem, however in the spirit of good brew I'm sharing this one with family today. Overall, another fine brew from Allagash that has aged quite nicely!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've thoroughly enjoyed every beer I've had from Allagash, and this is no exception. It was a pretty red color with a medium white head. It had a nice roasted grain odor, with some sweetness. The taste was sweet, caramel, mildly hoppy. The sweetness/fruitiness lingered. Very smooth and drinkable, not heavy. The alcohol is well-disguised.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy dark brown color with a gorgeous head that goes nowhere. As soon as the cork was popped, the aroma was very evident. Especially as I poured the beer into my Duvel glass. Strong aromas of dark fruits, candied apples, pears, grapes, candy sugar, belgian yeast..quite complex and very luxurious bouquet. Taste is of more fruitiness, pears, green and red apples, figs, candied malts, hops, phenols, you name it, its here...good job masking the alcohol bite. Warming going down. Mouthfeel is heavy, carbonated, on the dry side. Tremendous beer and the 750ml didn't last very long at all. Although it is a sipper, you keep wanting to take sip after sip after sip because it is so great. I love this beer. It's just as good as I remember it to be.

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Photo of merlin48
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The elegant bottle reveals little information other than it has 4 malts, 4 hops, and 4 fermentations. Released on 04-04-04, according to lore. Corked and caged when I brought it up from the cellar. After removing the cage, a nimble twist of the fingers produced a "Pop", as the cork easily flew away, and a brief haze of "smoke" arose from the bottle. Poured slightly chilled into my St Bernardus goblet, we have a fascinating, ruby body with a nice looking, beige head. The magnificent body is complimented by wondrous sheets of lace, all over the goblet. This ale has a superior appearance.

Aroma is incredibly complex. Overripe bananas, cotton candy, raisins, cloves, allspice, and a hint of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is above average. Dry, spicy, medium bodied, with ample carbonation.

The taste is exceptional. Allspice opens the door for an experience that should be legal only in the afterworld. Honeydew and cantelope melon, cotton candy, doughy malt, alcohol warming, ginger, clove, mandarin orange, and a freshly washed wool sweater, converge on the senses. The flavors are at their best at room temperature. Finish is slightly dry, with an orange rind aftertate.

Allagash has made a believer out of me. This Quadrupel matches most of the top Belgians I've had, and exceeds many others. I plan a pilgrimage to Maine, next month to tour this brewery, and attempt to learn how they can craft such a fine Belgian style Quad. Exceptional!

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, that I put away in my beer celler (a brown paper bag in the back of a closet) for about 6-8 months ago. Corked and caged. Opened with a burst of carbonation. pours a rich, murky, cloudy shade of dark amber. hoists a light tan head, which slowly recedes to a tiny bubble film. This fine elixir leaves stringy soft lacing behind. Nose is full of spice and alcohol notes. Tangy, spicy, fruity Belgian yeast notes. lots of fresh fruit, doughy malt offerings and some chaotic chemistry and wonder going on in this complex dandy. Finishes with notes of rum soaked apricots. Very drinkable and a hefty 10%! This one really benefitted with the extra time in the bottle. I imagine it would continue to improve for quite some time. Seek out, stow away, wait and enjoy!

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Photo of badbeer
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark red color with a white head leaving some lacing. I've seen plenty of others out perform this one, but it still looks nice. Yeast, candi sugar, and dark fruits, with a bit of an alcohol sting in the nose. Yeast is the first thing you taste, but followed quickly by the fruits and then an alcohol warmth. Alcohol is not hidden, but not overpowering. Taste seems to become a bit cloyingly sweet after a while. Lower carbonation, medium bodied. Pretty good, on occasion.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-dark brown with a huge, fluffy white head. The beer is a little hazy and is not see-through. A great looking beer.

Smell is dark fruits, lots of raisins and some Belgian yeast.

The taste has some dark fruits, as well as some caramel malt and some sweetness which I guess is from the candi sugar. I don't get any alcohol in the flavor. It can't be easy to hide all the alcohol flavor and aroma in a 10 percent beer, but Allagash has pulled it off. The beer does give you a warming sensation in your chest, absolutely wonderful.

As large as the head was, the beer is not that carbonated which I really appreciate. The beer is not that thick in the mouthfeel, making it easy to drink. At 10 percent, this is very drinkable and could be dangerous since you can't taste any of the alcohol. A great beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of JC333
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of magictrokini
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with lots of carbonation and a rocky, off-white head. Minimal lacing. Cherries, dried dark fruits, a boatload of brown sugar and yeast, and a clove/nutmeg/cookie dough mixture. Thicker, velvety mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky, which enhanced the sweeter side of the brew. The tangier, earrthy side of the beer dominated. Apples, grapes, and cherry for the most part. A fair amount of toffee and even some chocolate flavors popped up. Lots of sticky caramel and yeasty esters. The alcohol is not well masked, giving the a boozy finish. A very good beer that is easy to have you fill of.

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Photo of deebo
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lover of quads, excited to try Allagash's take on the style.

A-Bottle from Batch #25 shared with friends this beer is clear amber with a bubbly white head with no staying power.

S-Not a lot going on here, aromas of sweet malt (caramel) are dominant; weak in those characteristic Belgian yeast esters.

T-Quite non-descript, malt upfront, with a fair punch of alcohol with just a hint of yeasty esters and a quick pop of spicy hops.

M-Alcohol is a bit hot, likely because the malty mouthfeel is low and doesn't carry the heft of a 10% brew well. The fairly high carbonation does not work here very well either.

O-I had hopes that this would be my first excellent quad as Allagash has proven they can knock out a Belgian style (see Allagash White and Tripel) but like other US Brewers miss the complexity deliciousness exemplified by St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Westy XII. This beer needs work. Average compared to US versions I've tried, below average compared to Belgians.

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Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. No born on date, label indicates that it was from batch 15. Vigorous pour yields a thin wispy ring of a light tan head. Very nice lace. Color is dark brown and cloudy.

Smell- The nose on the beast is as complex as non-linear calculus. Caramel malts, dark fruits, Raisins, dried plums, sour apple, dates, and coco.

Taste Very Smooth, coco, bitter chocolate. Some dark fruits but not as much as the nose would indicate. Very dry, roasted notes as if from a porter. Underlying sweetness, tasty.

Mouthfeel- Mildly carbonated, tart creamy.

Drinkability- At 10% and a bit high in cost prohibit drinkability.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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