Allagash Four | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
993
Reviews:
462
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
143
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 993 |  Reviews: 462
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good yeast and some cherry, pink grapefuit, grainy and grapefruit texture and medium mouthfeel. Carbonation. Understated in sweetness and fruit flavour.
My drinking buddy liked this a lot more than I did. Smooth but not very tasty nor complex. A good beer, but not the best quad I have had.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a brownish orange color with a tan foamy head. The smell of the beer had a mix of sweet and sour aromas. The taste was pretty much just like the nose but was mostly on the sour side. The mouthfeel was decent. I thought this beer sounded pretty awesome but after having it I wasn't all that impressed with it. I was pretty bummed out actually I thought would have been better.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light amber in color with some orange highlights and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of fruit, spices and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: Batch #23

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

This one has been sittin' in my beer fridge for way too long. But, what a beer to wait for. This brew is much better than many other Quads I have tried. Heavy sweet malts, blended well and matured into a fruitcake-sweet brew with hints of nuts and rum. A mild plastic aroma that shows early disipated quickly into a unique Belgian fermented note. Tastes confirm all the fruits and yeast, while adding a confectionate sugar sweetness along with Belgian spiciness. The beer continues with a warming and numbing effect, but never getting fusal or harsh. Lots of sweet alcohols nearly hurt the teeth (kinda Samichlaus-like). Finishes with a continuing warmth, mild grain / sugar bite, and lingering sweetness. A sip here will go a long way. Nice brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork purchased at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California for $19.99 plus tax and served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I've been very impressed with so far - and the style - which is one of my favourites. Batch #25. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Gives a rather powerful satisfying pop when the cork comes out. I got the cork out quickly with just my hands.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the 10% ABV. Colour is a dark copper orange. Not at all vibrant; a bit dull. Semitransparent. Non-opaque. No floating yeast particles are visible, but I'm judging from the top of a large bottle here. Pretty good lacing.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, cream, delightful malts, and well balanced hops. The yeasts are dominant and quite appealing. Hints of dried fruit. A nice aroma for a quad. Moderate in strength. Subtle. The notes don't ring distinct, but seem to work well together. Let's hope that carries over in the flavour.

T: Pleasant biscuity yeasts. The malts are a bit more troublesome, not quite providing the subtle foundation expected. Cream comes through. Some dried fruit - plums and fig - is far too restrained to sincerely impact the flavour profile. The hops are a bit too present considering the style. It's quite biscuity all around. The flavour just isn't bold and distinct enough to make it a great quad. Needs more fruit and more of a focus. The yeasts are nice but they still come off feeling restrained and underplayed, and even take a turn for the worse on the finish. Needs more complexity. It's subtle, but could and should be moreso. Good layering but the end result isn't ideal. I wish it were more bold and focused. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Entirely too thin. Not strong enough to support the flavours. Nicely smooth and wet, with some cream. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Quite overpriced for the quality, though not a bad quad by any means. Hides its ABV well. It's disappointing, but then I expected a lot of it. The third act bothers me and it's too hoppy for the style. A decent effort from Allagash, but not on par with their other offerings. Give it a go if you have the money, but don't expect too much from it. I might get it again aged at a good price. I wouldn't recommend it to friends though. Certainly drinkable.

Low B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a prodigious head that descends very quickly but leaves behind a lot of lacing

Smell: The date and burnt caramel and nut elements burst out along with vague fruity smells of pears and apricots

Taste: Starts out with a sweet caramel and bubble gum character that is joined by rum-soaked coffee cake, clove and woody dry flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, there are layers of sweet and dry flavors along with a touch of molasses on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high degree of carbonation; very Belgian in its mouthfeel

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer from Allagash which shows their proficiency with the Belgian style

Thanks, BeerBeing

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a huge beige foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of sweet malt, cookie dough with some alcohol hint is pretty interesting but I could have done without the alcohol hint. Taste is a bit sweeter then expected with lots of cookie dough and some dry raisins. I would have loved for this beer to have more attenuated sugars and a fruitier aroma à la Rocherfort 10 (I can’t really have an ABT without comparing it to the best). Body is above average but could have been more full and alcohol could be more hidden. Very interesting beer from Allagash but cannot honestly say that it compared to the world bests.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy amber with a slight haze, lighter in color than any other quad I've seen. The head starts off strong but doesn't retain very well.

Smell: Lots of fruity esters; dried fruit and preserves come to mind. Brown sugar and raisins. Sweeter than I like a quad to be.

Taste & mouthfeel: Esters again; the taste is close to the nose with big flavors of preserved fruit, bananas, raisins and figs. Medium-bodied and highly effervescent. Dries up a bit in the finish, lending a bit of balance to an otherwise sweet profile.

Notes: Decent stuff, but clearly not the best quad around.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a thick, off-white, long-lasting head of foam. It left thick, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled fruity and floral. It smelled of biscuity malt and raisin.

T - It tasted of spicy yeast, sweet malty caramel, touches of raisin and dried fruits - like apple and pear.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium to full-bodied ale.

D - This is a really great quad. Great flavors and aromas.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a reddish character. Single finger of white head and a touch of lacing. The nose brings a bit of caramel as well as a light bit of dark fruit. A bit of yeast character comes through as well.

The flavor is slightly sweet along with some mild dark fruits and a bit of light caramel taste. A slight amount of bread crust. Mouthfeel is a bit light with low-ish levels of carbonation. Interesting and nothing wrong, but doesn't quite hit the mark.

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