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Allagash FourAllagash Four

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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.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky cinnamon color with a hint of garnet. Big bubbles support a high, fluffy, off-white head that behaves quite well and leaves a few scattered spots of lace.

Aroma is filled with dark, ripe fruits, dark candi sugars, caramel malts, wild flowers, hints of cinnamon and pie spice, apples, grapes, melon, and a slight notion of minerality. nice.

Flavor definately holds up to the nose. Lots of jammy, ripe fruits, grape, apple, spice, yeast, a dry oaky notion, candi sugars, pomegranite, and nice spicey hops in the finish. In spite of the sweet qualities, it finished very dry and with a hint of cedar or sandlewood. Very complex and tastey. Alcohol is expertly integrated.

Body borders between medium and large with a very rich, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability. No problem for me to polish off a whole 750. Although I wouldn't recommend driving afterwards.

Props to mdavis31481 and Warrior soul, you both sent me bottles, I don't know who'se I'm reviewing!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LittleBreeze for the trade.

Pours a deep cloudy brown with white head after vigorous pour. nose is very appley and smells of good dark fruits. Taste follows the nose. Lots of dark fruit flavors very belgian in quality. Good creamy spices and awesome dark fruits! Caramel applishness (sort of). Sugar remains on lips. Mouthfeel is a wee bit thin, but drinkability is fantastic. ABV is MIA. Certainly my favorite american made Quad so far. Props to allagash, and thanks to LittleBreeze.

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Photo of tomfneph
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange. The appearance of this beer is outstanding. Poured into a tulip glass the beer has a thick creamy persistent head. The color of the beer is a gorgeous reddish orange. The nose is cherries, apples, and a hint of clove. The taste is predominantly a pleasantly sour fruit mostly cherry and apple. The hops are subtle. These are definitely not west coast hops! The 10% ABV is very well hidden, almost no burn. This is a very smooth and mild quad. It is much lighter and not as vinous as a Westvleteren. This beer really tastes like a saison ale to me. The only negative is a slightly thin body and mouthfeel. However, at 750 ml, you better share this one! I highly recommend this complex beer. I will drink it again.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #19.

Nose is softly Belgian like a Saison - good vein of sourness and powdery yeastiness. Crisp notions of attenuation and alcohol. Slight spice. Slight orange. Smells pretty good.

Pours a deep dirty blond/brown color, little clarity, nice head with quick dissipation. Looks pretty good.

Crisp edge of alcohol and carbonation on a rock-solid bed of malt and sugar. Honey-like sweetness is well-developed and prevalent, but never coying - it's almost candy-like. Tart citric fruity flavors play with the sweetness adding both depth and balance. Mild funk and sourness add complexity. Moderate spice and hints of herbs. Mild nutty oiliness. Finishes slightly dry, slightly oily.

A spectacular beer. Truly wonderful to this palate. The balance is spot-on and it's full of flavor. The best description I can put to word is that when you take a sip, and the full sensory experience manifests as a tangible feeling on my tongue and subsequently registers electronically in my brain, it is euphoric; this is felt at first sip and last sip, and each sip in between (the 10% tends to help the euphoria near the end).

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Photo of Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this big beauty at the sterling Sun Singer. A dense, durable finger of slightly tan froth tops a dense opaque mahogany with orange trim--an excellent presentation. Rich smell filled with brown sugar, dates, toffee, and hints of berry. The date is all over the taste, blending well with the brown sugar in a very malty palate. This is a very good quad. It's unlike many Belgians in that the mouthfeel lacks the inexorable effervescence of so many representatives. Yet the four malts certainly make up for moderate carbonation.

Four is excellent, another terrific offering from Allagash. This is a quad not to be missed. Very well done.

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Photo of brureview
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a light tan color with a little head. The mouth feel was highly carbonated. The finish is excellent: magnificent apricot coupled with heavy alcohol. After warming, there was a multi fruit taste to the finish.

This is an excellent beer which I will drink again in the near future.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
batch #16 bottled on 7-15-2008 (info from the brewery)
Poured into an Allagash glass

A: Amber color with ruby highlights in the light, fantastic clarity. Decent size two finger head with a bit of lacing as the head fades.

S: It has a sweet nose, but not sugary, more of a muted caramel brown sugar thing. Belgian yeast steps in and plums and apples linger on. There is a nutty bread aspect going on melding with everything, complex and delicious.

T: Slow the bus down, this is rich and dank beyond my expectations. Two plus years on this bottle has brought out some serious sherry/port notes. The caramel/bread flavors blend together magnificently with the fruit. I taste cherries, apples and plums then some subtle spice notes. All of the flavors are working in harmony.

M: Low carbonation which really suits the style. The beer is still quite full bodied and supple.

D: This is an exquisite take on the Quad from stateside. I have another batch 16 in the cellar which I look forward to opening in another year or two.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Batch 16. Aroma is of raisins, figs, dates and sweet malts. Taste follows pretty closely the aromas and is also moderately sweet, warming and slightly sour on the back of the tongue. Tremendously smooth to drink at 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden by the lovely flavors and sweetness of the malts and the belgian yeast. A stellar beer and a very special treat. A great "transitional beer" for people that don't normally drink good beer, also.

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Photo of roblowther
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged, batch #19 and a heck of a way to start the weekend. Poured into a chalice glass, dark caramel and an active light tan head. Steady stream of bubbles up the center to reinforce the troop losses up top. Settles down to a creamy texture. Smells of orange sherbet, raisins, and cinnamon. Tastes like heaven. With boobs. Slightly burnt caramel up front, then tastes like those orange creme candies your grandmother always had in a cut-glass dish. Finishes with a sharp, woody note that makes me thirsty for more. Wow! Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, assertively bubbly up front and then a touch oily and almost sticky. Its got a body to stand up to the carbonation. Very drinkable. It has an alcohol warmth but it only hints at the 10% the label promises. Very sippable and sip I shall. I'm going to do less typing and more drinking now.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with ruby brown highlights. Decent initial head that fades quickly to a very thin ring that leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of macerated fruit, bubblegum, lightly of bananas, and there is a whiff of oak at the end. Tastes even better with the same fruity start of bright fruity esters, banana, a slight touch of clove, some oak, and a tannice bitterness at the finish and more clove as well. Mouthfeel is substantial, creamy and a bit tannic at the end. The alcohol is hidden very well and it is delicious. I've had the barrel aged version of this and that was sublime. This is merely very good.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*750ml Bottle served into a Duvel tulip glass chilled.

bronze in color with ruby tones w/ a 1/2" of billowy tan dense fluffy head. Head dissipates to a nice tan surface layer with some decent lace on my glass.

Caramel maltiness on the nose along with some definite fruit and floral tones. Green grapes or raisons along with plums are there, along with some light floral hoppiness. A bit of alcohol too, but not bad for 10%...I thought my nose hairs would quiver.

Sweet creamy body. Plum fruit along with some brown caramel malts. The alcohol tingles the tip of my tongue a little, while the hops come in with a slight bitterness to keep this balanced nicely. A bit of drying on the finish as well with a fruity but clean aftertaste.

Chewy & creamy body. Alcohol is not too big and it doesn't dry up too much. Carbonation is balanced very nicely as well.

I'd definitely recommend it! I am a big beer guy, and this one will make my belly warm and enjoy the cold evening. However, it'd even make a nice sharing brew in the summer if chilled. Interesting brew.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash FOUR | 750 ml. | 10.0% ABV | vintage

Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company (Maine)
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: Chalice (Chimay)

Attractive matte black label with gold and white lettering.

Pristine reddish-amber with a big fluffy pillow of a head that never quite subsides fully. Fantastic lacing.

Dark fruits, raisins, caramel, belgian yeast.

Four contains four malts, four hops, four sugars, four Belgian yeast strains and is fermented four times. Coincidence? I think not. It is a wonderfully complex ale.

The four sugars include date sugar, light candi sugar, dark candi sugar and light golden molasses. Dates stand out, giving it an almost sweaty heft. The rest of the flavor profile mirrors the nose, with the addition of buttered dark rum, cherry pipe tobacco and sweetened orange peel. Alcohol feels like it's evaporating into my palate on the finish.

Soft and buttery, almost foamy. For such a complex beer, I wish it felt a bit heftier, but it's a minor point.

Complex, sweet, tempered and delightful.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. There are plenty of quads still to try, but it's earned it's place towards the top of my go-to list.

Batch 21
Bottled on: ?
Served on: July 18, 2010

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, coppery co;or. There was a small off-white head that doesnÂ’t last too long. The aroma is quite nice: a myriad of different scents. Bready, caramel, coriander, pears, apples, and possibly a few others. The taste is quite good, although it a tad lighter in body than I would have expected. Light carbonation on the tongue. Tastes of caramel (but not very sweet at all), spices, fruits. It is complex to say the least. Very nicely done.

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Photo of AltBock
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got Allagash Four on-tap at High Street Bar & Grill on 2/15/2008. The served it to me in an official Allagash tulip glass.

Poured a light crimson red that was blended in with some orange coloring. It had a tall head of white foam that had really good retention that left behind a small white film and few spots of white lace. It had a great lightly sour aroma of ripe juicy fruits (way too many to list), yeast, and a small spatter of bitter hops in the background. Toward the bottom of the glass, the aroma will get very oaky and sour. These fruits in the aroma were so good, I couldn't stop smelling this beer! The taste was very fruity with toasted malts, a pinch of yeast, and a slight touch of oak and citrus hops at the end. The oak was a nice touch. The mouthfeel was slick as hell! I had no idea from the mouthfeel that this beer had a high ABV%. I had to find out from the bartender that this beer had a high ABV%. Besides that, this beer had an aftertaste of juicy fruits, yeast, and a pinch of citrus hops. This was one to nice beer to try on-tap! It is expensive to try on-tap, but it's worth it. Just a reminder, this beer will sneak up on you like it did me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pristine reddish orange after the initial pour, moderately murky tawny after the second pour and muddy caramel after the final pour. While it isn't worthy of being compared to the heads on the world's best Belgians, the orange-tinted ecru crown qualifies as eye candy. No more than a smattering of lace decorates the glass; not surprising given the ABV.

The nose is classically quadrupel-like. Thanks to the four Belgian yeast strains, I would have said that Four hailed from that country if I didn't know better. The nose calls to mind English toffee, brown sugar, dates and dried fruit. Amazingly enough, almost no alcohol is evident.

Four contains four malts, four hops, four sugars, four Belgian yeast strains and is fermented four times. Whether because of that or in spite of that, this is a wonderfully complex ale that is one of the most gentle, drinkable quads you'll ever run across. I'm sure that an estimated two years in the bottle has contributed to its easygoing nature.

The four sugars include date sugar, light candi sugar, dark candi sugar and light golden molasses. Dates are a prominent member of the flavor profile, but then I taste dates in all sorts of styles, from quads to old ales to BSDAs. The rest of the flavor profile mirrors the nose, with the addition of buttered dark rum, cherry pipe tobacco and sweetened orange peel. This is dee-licious beer!

I poured two glasses at once because I had a feeling that the first glass would get shorted on all of the good stuff that always falls to the bottom in a beer stored upright. In addition to being murkier, the second glass is also bolder and more complex. It's also being drained much faster than the first glass.

The mouthfeel is the only minor disappointment... that ceases to be a disappointment as this fine ale approaches room temperature. To be perfect, it would either have to be full-bodied and heavily silky smooth or as lush and as perfectly carbonated as Belgium's finest. It's neither, but it's still a pleasure to roll around the mouth.

Four may not be the stunningly beautiful beer that most of Allagash's lineup is, but it's damn close. It's also a wonderful version of a style that I love more each time I drink it. Even though these Allagash 750s can be expensive, I won't hesitate to grab another bottle the next time I see it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of magine
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a cloudy (with some sediment) reddish amber color. Has a fluffy off white head. The head settles to a chunky lace island and leaves a lot of creamy lace along the rim. Lace is really sticky and looks great. For a quad this one is tremendous looking.

Brew smells of dark fruits and yeasts, spicy and malty, oily resiny hops. Complex good smell.

The brew is smooth and creamy, dark fruits and spices are in the for front. The hops are for sure the difference maker here. The oily, resiny hops are in the middle and do a fantastic job of tying this brew together, and at the same time takes this quad in a direction that I haven't experienced yet in any other quad. The brew finishes dry and smooth, almost no alcohol for such a big brew. A sessionable big quad - wow thats scary. Has a fantastic mouthfeel and taste, this is a true winner.

Wow - Allagash has some world class brews. This may be the best quad I have had. It is different than any other quad I have had, and this is what makes it stand out. Tremendous stuff.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 rfabian
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass it forms a large and persistent head that leaves plenty of lacing. The appearance is amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is malty and yeasty with a hint of spicy hops. The taste is surprisingly smooth, sweet, malty and fruity with hardly a hint of the high ABV. The feel is full to medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a very delicious and enjoyable ale, but at $18.50 for 750 ml I won't be knocking one down every night.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At Manderes' Allagash tasting

A - Opaque orange color, with a light head, which dissipates quick.

S - Oaky, honey, with slight alcohol.

T - Coriander, oak, pear, and honey.

M - Excellent mouth feel. Very light, very satisfying.

D - Somebody get me a light cigar. Excellent, yet different from many of the quads I've had, which tend to have a much richer character, yet this one was more enjoyable.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby red color wit hardly any head whatsoever, the smell is very fruity and yeasty, i can smell the alcohol aswell. taste is full of flavor, lots of fruity flavors, from apples to citrus to yeast. the alcohol is present but not overpowering. it has hardly any carbonation. another good quad.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a gold painted label - cork came off with an audible pop. Pours a deep red color with a thick, creamy white head. Aroma is spicey, with some cloves, coriander, and a little malt maybe even some citrus hops - a lot going on there. This beer tastes like a meal. Full of spices with a heavy body and a great warming feeling from the alcohol down the throat. Slightly tart, bitter finish with coriander that lingers on the palatte. An amazing brew, but at 10% I would advise sharing the bottle.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Gusler
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer disembogues from the corked 750ml brown bottle a nebulous mahogany color, the head is spumescent and behemothic in size, the color a winsome tan, as it ever so slowly fades, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to obscure the glass. The nose has a nice aroma of yeast, backed by some fusel alcohol, hints of fruit, over ripe plums comes to mind, with the start sweet and nicely malted, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has is stern in its acidity, somewhat tart, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, and the aftertaste maintains the dry tartness to the very end, a nice bit of warming in the tummy also noticed from the 10 percent ABV.

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4.07 out of 5 based on 993 ratings.
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