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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 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 luthyr
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice golden color with a light, persistent bubble head.

Hints of caramel, cherry, raisin and yeast. Nice aroma.

Wonderful flavor! Not too strong, light malt, very light hops, and a mild fruity sweetness. Surprising from a quadrupel. Complexities with each sip!

Very light mouthfeel, easy to drink. Probably a bit too easy!

Amazing overall taste! Adding this to one of my favorites.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light plum red pour with a film of head that stuck. Pretty color. 4.0

Very mild nose. Some faint red fruits. Plum, bing cherry, and watermelon. 3.0

Rich in flavor. Fruity and malt sweet. Cherry, rum raisin, and pomegranate. Malts are pretty pale, but big. The fruits really shine, that in the booze. 4.5

Smooth feel with decent carb for a quad. 3.5

Certainly a delicious spin on a quad. Two thumbs up. 4.5

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red-orange amber. Gushed out of the bottle. Very thick light tan head that persisted and left heavy lacing. Nice presentation. Aroma is sweet with heavy stone fruit, light malt and Belgian spicing; slightly sour. Flavor of sweet and caramel malt and light fruit. Moderately dry in the middle. Finishes with Belgian spices, a bit of hops and sweet fruit. Nice medium to heavy body. Not as intense or complex as the best Belgian quads, but pleasant and very nice to drink. Another top notch Allagash ale.

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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 mindspin315
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense solid amber body with a soapy tan bubble head. Lots of nice alcohol legs and lacing.

Nice clean smelling Quad. Lots of raisins, cherry, apple, sweet sugars, and yeast esters.

Lost of great flavors...clove, cherries, fresh cut red apples, apple skins, candied sugar, and golden raisins. The carbonation is the star of the show here. What a great mouthfeel and amazing drinking beer. Carbonation moves everything along drys out slightly and a nice sweetness is left on the palate. A very light alcohol tinge pops through right at the finish.

The fermentation process (4 times here) is truly amazing. The beer drinks incredible and nice subtle flavors are prevalent all throughout. One of the best American takes on a Quad period! Most Belgian Quads don't match up.


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Photo of TheDeuce
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Allagash Four… a large 750ml bottle

Appearance-a light brown color with a tan three fingered head into the snifter glass. The head cracks and dances around before slowly disappearing.

Smell-a strong burn of alcohol at first, deeper smells reveal a wide range of flavors, fruit and dried grape aromas mixed with pepper sipce, light bread and a touch of hops. Very very pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Heavy mouthfeel of molasses and spice upfront, a little fruit and the crashing burn of heavy alcohol and sugar, smoothness is ok, not great. Peppery notes, a little syrupy. Finishes with a touch of fruit and more burn.

Overall-an ok beer, not that unique given the style and with the hype and the label I expected a little more.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, batch 18(2008 bottling I think). Pours very hazy dark red color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, banana, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Nice aromas with big fruitiness. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, toasted malt, molasses, candi sugar, biscuit, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, toffee, dark fruit, and yeast spices on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 10%, with hardly any warming after the finish present. Very smooth and drinkable, but it is still a sipper. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian Quad with tons of great flavor and balance. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of duckrabbitfan
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully hazy. I could stare at this for hours if it weren't a beer I love.

A lot lighter than I thought, some interesting aromas going on here. Very enticing.

Sweet but alcoholic. This is a great tasting Quad. Strong, but not overbearing. Maltiness is wonderful.

Lots going on but this one finishes better than any beer I have had more than once or twice. It's hard to describe. Each sip offers another suprise. So very tasty, this one had me buzzed before I could realize it.

This one is a must have. My local bottle shop has it regularly and I get a bottle probably once every two or three months. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of cracgor
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #19. Consumption 1/15/2012.

The beer is a beautiful color of dark amber. It has a lightly colored thin somewhat flimsy head and a nice stream of carbonation climbing the sides of the glass. It has a delicious aroma. Fruity esters strike the nose first, followed by a small amount of bitter hops...all pleasant. The beer has a nice full mouthfeel, that warms the stomach nicely. It has a nice and original flavor from the darkened hops. Makes me think of nicely toasted grains that mix nicely with the esters that seem to dominate the later taste characteristics. Very good. Been holding onto this bottle far too long.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown color with a thick creamy off white head that fades down to just a thin line but never goes away.

For me the smell isn't very strong. Kind of a malty, yeasty fragrance.

I love the mouthfeel on this, turns to carbonated whipped cream with a nice spicy bite. Has a chewy full body.

Has a nice malty sweetness but very well balanced with notes of figs, rasins, brown sugar and nutmeg. Aftertaste has a vanilla hint to it but never a hint of alcohol, scary.

Awesome awesome beer, big thanks to Jerz for this treat.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a real looker this. Clear dark honey. Nice big head on the pour that recedes to a slight rim.
Smell: sweet, malty with a hint of pepper.
Taste: As expected from the nose. Alcohol well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full with lots of carbonation.
Overall: nice quad.

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation-The bottle is really simple but at the same time really nice. I like how at the neck it almost has a "bomber" style look to it.

Appearence-A really nice bright, cloudy copper look. Almost between a red and gold combined. Just nice.

Smell-Lots of great malts for sure. You dont get too strong of a hop presence even though it does have four different types of malts. IDK how they were able to subdue it. A candy sweet smell thats soft and light.

Taste-At first you do notice that this quadruple is quite sweet. But its really really nice. Not too strong and just right. Malts are really mellow, alcohol is present. Almost some kind of belgian candy mix.

Mouthfeel-Suble carbonation, nothing overpowering. Settles nicely on the palate and draws and finishes very well. I would say wet. Very lively has a lot of feel to it.

Overall-IDK why but this is one of my favorite beers. I freaken love it. Just a nice beer to drink and enjoy. So good.

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Photo of medic25
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap at Delaney's. Amber-red color with a tan head; almost looked like a sour based on the color I'm used to. Spicy aroma, a little bitter. Malty taste, a little bit sweet, but certainly not as cloying and raisin-like as I've tasted in some other quad's I've tried. Drank quite easily; not as heavy as many in the style. Very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of quinoarex
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA in Allagash goblet.

A: Pours a rich reddish-amber with about a finger of creamy head. Doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

S: Lots of caramel right out the gate, spicy apple, brown sugar, then a little kick of the hops. Very nice.

T: Thick, very sweet and fruity right up in your face. Molasses notes come through midpalate, almost syrupy but not cloying. Alcohol is evident towards the finish, though it's more of a reminder rather than an unpleasant burn as some higher-ABV brews can have.

M: Slippery, medium-bodied, not overly carbonated. It's not as heavy as I might have expected in a quad. Leaves an almost slick feel in the mouth. I can't say I was crazy about the feel at first, but it grew on me a bit.

O: A nice quad, though very sweet. Definitely one you'd want to sip, not gulp. That said, Allagash has some better offerings. It's pricey, too, so it's a once-in-a-while for when you want something a bit different.

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Photo of iD9
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in world's smallest stemmed wine (taster) glass.

Appearance: Hazy, unfiltered golden-orange. Suspended sediment evident in the glass. Head forms ever-so-slightly off-white and retains a pleasing ring around the edge of the glass. Pleasant lacing is also evident.

Smell: Slight smell of malts and spice (potpourri); slight heat from alcohol? Mild sweetness, of candied-sugars? Not particularly impressive.

Taste: Malty, some spicy notes (possibly from the yeast). Light sweetness but not too invasive. Has a slightly bitter body. Again, a little bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth. Finishes with a slightly bitter after taste: a bit more than I had expected.

Overall: A solid beer. Not overly impressive but seems to carry several of the distinct attributes of belgian-style beers. A little more bitter than I would have hoped.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a nice two finger cocoa head. Good carbonation and lacing on my snifter. The head is very pillow-like in appearance, and sticks around for a long time. Nose is yeast, malt, hops, caramel, dark fruit, and spices. Really nice nose on this brew- it could easily pass for a Belgian Quad on the smell. Taste is good, but not quite up to the smell. This is definitely one of the smoothest, malty, drinkable Quads I've ever had. The hops are hidden, but you get some of them in the taste. The 10% ABV is there w/ a little bit of alcohol burn on the aftertaste- it's pretty mellow though. Feel is silky smooth and sweet, with the hop bitterness barely there. Overall, this is a very enjoyable Quad. Definitely in the top 3 or 4 American Quads I've had (off the top of my head). Definitely worth picking up. Cheers.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap at Churchkey. Reddish brown pour without much head. Malty smell, not boozy and not a lot of dark fruits on this one, light and malty. The dark fruits and booze come thru more on the taste. Which is pretty dry. Light body with sort of a weird aftertaste. Carbonated well. A bit off-putting overall. Not a great quad. Too malty, too strange tasting.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 25 per the label.

Pours a hazy honey-gold color with a 1/2 inch beige head that settles to a film. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a spicy flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crip but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid quad with lots of nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks to chris for sharing! Batch#21.

(A)- Pours an orange colored amber. Some tan froth.

(S)- A ripe cider-like yeasty banana and very mild clove.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A big ester-like yeast. Bits of cider and banana.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, though seems thin, yet heavy on the yeast and a pretty potent warmth the longer it sits.

(D)- Not what I was expecting. Seems either past its prime or just disjointed and heavy. Became very sweet the longer it sat in the glass too.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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 cjacobsen
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(A) Looks like a caramel and honey color, kind of golden with a bit of orange in there. Decent head that dissipates fast.

(S) Smells malty. Has an odd hop aroma that isn't necessarily good or bad. Some fruits and a bit sweet.

(T) The big overlying part of the taste is the yeasty characteristic. It's very yeast-heavy and it only worsens as it opens up. I think it was a bit too much. There's some slight booze. Candi sugar is very prominent. Big malts. There's a bit of a banana taste toward the end. Some honey.

(M) It's a bit carbonated and isn't very well balanced.

(O) This was odd. I wasn't too thrilled with it. I think they could have just used 1 type of yeast and one decent fermentation. The novelty aspect of the beer is great but the execution and final product was less than satisfying.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A let down for me. Perhaps they tried a little toooo hard to make a unique beer???

Pours a golden copper color with a nice amount of head.

Smell is sweet, fruity a bit, and of course sugary. Sense of alcohol smell is also prevalent.

Taste is very malty and sweet. A little too much for me.

Overall, disappointed.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, batch 12. Year...?

Pours a light, hazy mahogany. The head is okay for a high ABV beer, and the lacing is good.

Aroma has some banana, raisin and generally ripe, estery fruit. Spicy yeast and alcohol as well.

This beer is sweet and rich, but also surprisingly well-attenuated for a high octane Quad. Lots of yeast, spicy phenols and a surprising amount of hops too. The finish is long, dry and yeasty. Flavor has notes of dark fruit, caramel and a light acidity. Alcohol is noticeable, but not "hot" or intrusive. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, weighty, mellow and well-carbonated.

Doesn't quite compare to some of the great Abbey and Trappist Quads, but the Allagash holds it own. Probably the best American-made Quad I've had. Some more bready, toffeish malt flavors, and this stuff would be fantastic.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this at Get Real NY. Poured about 3ounces. Big foam head. Lots of spice. Heavy booze flavor. Big fat malt flavor. No hops there. Bright acidity. Slight tanginess in finish. Surprisingly drinkable. Glad I got to sample this rarer brew.


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