Allagash Four | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash FourAllagash Four

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: 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

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Apple cider appearance with a one finger head that dwindles to light coating quickly. No lacing.

s - Apple cider, again, with some flowery hops that don't entirely cover the warm alcohol notes.

t - Spicy hops with a little tartness. I'm tasting a little chocolate in there too. Slighty bitter and malty finish with some nuttiness and warming alcohol on the swallow. A bit of mouth numbing from the ABV rides along with the malty mouth coating.

m - Full-bodied. Almost feels like I need might need to chew a little. Hearty. Good zesty carbonation.

d - I thought this might be too gimmicky with its promise of "4 Malts, 4 Hops, Fermented 4 Times." The result is a pretty smooth beverage that goes down easy. The only tip off on the 10% ABV is on the finish. Tangy and tasty on each new sip.

It would have been nice to get a little information blurb on the bottle about the quadruple fermentation but it's a nice bottle regardless.

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Photo of hoptrip619
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 750ml with Adam at Knb on a slow night...

A: Pours a copper color w/ a pillowy tan head

S: Dark fruits, peppery, caramel, some alcohol

T: Caramelized pears, Belgian spices, a little on the hot side

M: M/F body, medium carbonation

D: Not bad, will have to cellar a bottle for a while and see if the heat subsides.

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Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Natasha for cracking this one open.

Pours a woody brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has lots of tart pitted fruit, bready malts and herbal hops.

Taste was alot more fruity than I expected. Some peppery yeast, spicy booze and roasted candy as well.

Body a bit thin for the style. Good stuff, perhaps closer to a BSDA.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Glowing amber-orange body with a whipped, slightly rocky, creamy beige head. Good lacing. Nose of candied fruits, Concord grape juice, caramel, tropical fruits, and a whiffs of bubble gum and cedar. Quite nice!

Toasted malts lead off with tangy and sweet tropical fruits following. Sugary grapes and candy malt mid-palate. Caramel cookie dough and woody tannins into the finish. Slightly warming, with lingering fruits and yeastiness. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. One of the lighter-hued Quads I have tried, and a good one at that.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Batch #15

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan colored head that leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is a very nice mixture of dark fruits, dark candied sugar and hints of spices and yeast. I really like this aroma, it has a very nice complexity to it.

T- The taste starts out with sweet malt and a lot of dark fruits. The finish is sweet as well but there is a touch of spices in the finish that helps balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This one is definitely a sipper due to the high ABV and the high level of sweetness, but I'm loving the complexity of this beer. Overall, this is another outstanding beer from Allagash that is definitely recommended!

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Photo of ccrida
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the Allagash four is a tawny amber brown, with modest light tan head with small bubbles that leave thick foam and nice lace. Clear with a steady stream of bubbles, it's a real looker. A taller, rocky head would earn it a 5.

The smell is veryy subdued, even as it warms. Spicy with caramel and vinous malt.

The taste has more punch then the aroma, with the requisite dark fruit and candi sweetness, but nicely tempered by a punch of black pepper like spice. The booze is there, but it's clean and low on the fusels, and the phenols as well. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, as I've found Allagash's brews to be hit or miss. Fortunately, this quad is excellent, and very well balanced.

The body is very light without being watery, and has a nice tight creaminess.

Well, of course as a quad, no matter how good it is, you've got to sip it slow or your on the floor. The fact is this is a fantastic quad, exceptionally smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chefkevlar
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first pour was 10 minutes our of the fridge into my dogfish snifter. The beer then sat in my tabletop wine chiller set at 54 degrees

A: Pours a chestnut/gingersnap brown color with a thin layer of white head (my first pour was pretty slow, a second, harder pour produced a thick layer)

S: There is a caramel/burnt sugar smell over a lot of sweet fruit aromas. There is a hint of citrus as well and an undercurrent of alcoholic heat

T: Very complex. There are notes of caramel, citrus, vanilla, and some dried fruits. Also present is a bit of heat from the alcohol in the aftertaste. The finish is just slightly bitter with a dry mineral. As it warms the dried fruit and vanilla tones seem to become more pronounced.

M: A medium body with light carbonation.

D: Well this beer is very enjoyable...but at 10% is not something that can be downed quickly. Overall the 750 bottle took me about 45 minutes to work through...but I enjoyed every sip

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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 BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-24-08
Batch 15

Pours a super cloudy orange color, very cool in the light. A foamy off-white head settles quickly, but leaves behind big, craggy lacing.

Smell is very Belgian, apple cider at first, with a spicy alcohol character coming through next. Lighter than some quads, but very complex.

Taste is pleasantly subtle, lots of fruit flavors, very fresh and tart. Slightly boozy on the finish, with a nice bitter, apple peel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, not too thick so it agrees with the lighter flavors.

Drinkability is very good, easy on the palate with well-managed alcohol.

Overall, not the typical quad, but I think a little age would do wonders.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, dark fruit and a bit of citrus.

T: A nicely balanced taste of malt, figs, citrus, some yeast and even a slight tinge of pine (or so it seemed).

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: This is a good American version of a quadrupel. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Yesac for hooking me up with this one. 750ml, Batch #19.

A: Deep copper in color with an enormous off white head, a good four fingers worth of head, great retention, first pours yield no sediment and the beer is incredibly clear. Enormous amount of violent carbonation from the nucleation point in my goblet. Very appealing.

S: Very complex, smells like a well rounded beer, I get notes of pale malts, some notes of wheat and oats and other specialty malts, maybe some rye? Lastly spicy yeast with lots of fruity esters, most notably green apples. Nice.

T: Follows the nose nicely, this is an incredibly malty beer with notes of light barley, slightly biscuity, some wheat profiles, a nice balancing out with some oats as well. Caramel sweetness, and just a hint of noble hop bitterness. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast esters that put everything together nicely. Very nice.

M: Medium to slightly thick body with a nice amount of carbonation to keep things in check. Surprisingly low alcohol heat which is nice.

D: Fairly easy to drink, this is the first quad I've had in a long time, and I need to start drinking the style more often. Not as much of a sweet boozey mess as others in the style. Nice beer here, glad to get a chance to try this. Will be seeking this out again.

Thanks Casey!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served room temp. Poured a pretty amber with a nice thick head. Held the still mostly full bottle up to a candle. Pretty shadows were cast against the wall. Stubborn lace clung to the glass. The aroma is of brown sugar and nutmegs. The flavor kind of wraps around the tongue. Malty and sweet, but with a nice alcohol kick. 4 hops were used? I can see that, but none particularly jump out. Also tones of citrus, nutmeg, vanilla and coriander come through. The mouthfeel was a little heavy, I wonder if it would change if it was cold. There is only a slight taste of alcohol, but nothing that takes away from the drinkability. I like this beer, I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at 50 degrees into a Chimay chalice. Batch #22.

A: It pours a clouded, dark red color with a finger of large-bubbled, dirty-white head that recedes quickly and forms a thin layer on top, while the lacing is decent at best.

S: Strong dark fruits, cloves, a little booze, and a hefty dose of candy sugar.

T: Sweet dark fruits, apple, banana, orange peel, candy sugar, mild yeasty spice, and a cereal-like aftertaste. The candy sugar is much more pronounced than in any beer I can think of.

M: The body is medium-thick with a mellow smoothness and a sticky finish. It does not have the strongest flavors but it makes up for it in silky texture.

D: This was good, but to justify $14.99, it ought to be amazing.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is FOUR aged in strawberries (?!?), served on-tap at the Blind Tiger during their Allagash promo night.

A: The ale is a dark quad color, thick and brown like turbid creek water with little carbonation. There is no head to speak off.

S: The nose is thick and malty, strong to the point of tartness with strawberry undertones. The strawberry is kind of sweet but mostly it has taken on a tart flavor that could easily pass of framboise or kriek. Overall it is very inviting and intriguing.

T: The taste is a duel of fruit sweetness and malt depth; most times the malt wins. The maltiness is thick graininess, dry with a slightly tart grape finish. The strawberries, an choice that was either inspired or deranged, are sweet but not sugary sweet with a slight tartness that conjures up a solid fruit lambic.

M: The quad is a mouthful, alternating with grain strength and tart fruitiness. The use of strawberries (I keep repeating it because I am still getting used to it), is an interesting decision but it does impart a distinct flavor.

D: At 10%, this is not a quaffing beer. I had one glass and savored every sip, but doubt that I could handle a second.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Trappe Door in Greenville, SC

A: Pours a deep copper color into the Trappe Door tulip glass. Good head, good retention

S: Cherries, wood, lots of residual sugar, banana, and hints of Belgian yeast, raisin. Alcohol does come through in the nose, but does not mask the rest

T: Super malty, including notes of cherries, dark fruit, candied fruit, raisin, banana, and a little spearmint. Kind of sweet, but alcohol is not noticeable at all, despite its 10% ABV

MF/O: Thick body, velvety, creamy feel, finishes a little sweet with hints of candied dark fruit

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Photo of Phatz
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky bronze color with a ruby hue around the base of my snifter glass. the head fades in short order and lacing is minimal.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel and bourbon. fruity warm citrus, raisin and other dark fruits and vinous alcohol.

Taste: Very warm caramel lemon, orange dark fruits currants, cherry, licorice and a bit of cough syrup in the back end. Warm boozy wine like finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth silky feel with the warm alcohol, lots of smooth malts and dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is a big beer. A quad always is but this one shows off its bigness forcing you to sip with respect. Nice.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

400th review! From 750, corked and caged, with mild to moderate pop of the cork into the St. Bernie chalice.

Pours a nice bourbon color. Not a lot of head at all. Small bubbles form pattern of a map of upper Canada...or of a whale who's hair is on fire. Tiny yeasty floaters in suspension. Moderate carbonation moving to top.

Definitely lots of apple and bourbon. A little raisin and maybe some fig, too. Nice alcohol mix - a bit of yeast electricity and hop pine.

Thick heavy caramel malt dominates, backed bu mild bourbon nd a lot of raising and apples. Mild sense of yeast electricity and spice (cloves, coriander, cinnamon). Probably a little too warm on the temperature side but that's OK - the warmth brings out the flavors very nicely. Slight hop pine.

Warms up quite nicely. Very soothing spice and alcohol balance with good maltiness. Finish is clean (even though slightly tinny in the very eaerly stages) yet hearty and brings out a little pine on the back and gathers up all the spiciness.

For something that's light-heavyweight such as this it drinks very easily. Alcohol is present but nicely hidden and keeps the weight off.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 750ml bottle corked and caged. This poured out a mahogany color body with about a fourth inch off white head. No lacing was left as this was consumed. Aroma is full of a malty sweetness with a strong dark fruit presence. Taste is sweet and spicy with a strong fruitiness. There are traces of the alcohol present as well and a spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is almost full with a creamy texture. Drinkability is good as well, I would definitely have this again. Give this one try if you come across it.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2004 Vintage.

Poured a deeper and slightly cloudy orangish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, candi sugar, some dark fruitiness, roast, yeast, and chocolate. Tastes of plums, raisins, candi sugar, lighter yeast, and I’m getting dried out orange peels. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 9/22/08

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source:/Serving: Draft

Smell: Intense spicy pear and fresh apple cider, honey, caramel. A n underlying floral/earthy character is captivating and mysterious.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts with intense fresh pear and some lemon acidity meet up with slightly bitter plum skin. Melds into honey whose sweetness is slightly offset by carbonated bitterness and some spice reminiscent of black pepper and nutmeg. Spices are well integrated into the foundation of the beer - not distinct but very complex. Some yeastiness as it warms, too - but there is an odd bubble gum note that comes up too which was slightly unpleasant. Finish is fairly crisp, bready malts, a hint of alcohol and general fruitiness. Definitely not one of those super sweet quads and no sign of the ABV.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into Gouden Carolus chalice. The bottle is marked Batch #21 and was purchased earlier today. The beer has a large foamy head colored off white. The liquid appears to be a few shades of brown mixed together; I'm tempted to call it tan, or deep copper, or burnt orange, but really it is none of these. There is a lot of carbonation rising within my glass. Lacing appears to be fairly even. The beer has a very interesting, robust aroma. The malts really get to me. There's a touch of sweet, a touch of spice and a touch of alcohol. It reminds me a lot of this beer's Belgian inspirations, but I also picture a pine cone as I inhale. It truly is a Maine Quad. The beer tastes a big spicier than I expected. The finish is especially peppery. The light and dark candi sugars add a subtle sweetness that is very good. The pepper and alcohol linger a bit and leave a warm coating. It is full bodied and feels thick. The carbonation can be readily felt. A mildly sweet and equally sticky film is left upon my lips. I'm enjoying this beverage, but will do so at a slow pace. Perhaps it is best suited split with three of your friends, but I'll be able to consume it all myself over the next couple of hours. It is a beer I would drink again, but there are other Allagashes and Quads that I prefer.

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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