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

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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 kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
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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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Boone757
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -6.1%
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 dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007

A: Pours a murky mahogany in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall soapy beige head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits, spices, and Belgian yeast. Lighter aromas of toffee malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toffee malt sweetness which lasts throughout the taste of the beer. That is combined with moderate to strong flavors of dark fruits (fig) and spices (cinnamon and clove). There is a light to moderate presence of Belgian yeast and just a hint of bitterness in the finish that fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer aged really well, it picked up some definite hints as if it had been barrel aged over the years and I think the sweetness has increased and it has mellowed overall. Very enjoyable, can't believe I let this one cellar so long before reviewing it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: The bottle that I'm basing this review on is quite different from the sweeter bottles I've sampled in the past. However, I've only recently purchased this and have no idea of how it was stored, or for how long. But, based on my past experiences, this beer needs to be aged a bit (6 months?) to bring it to complete attenuation and proper carbonation level.

A hazy, crimson-accented chestnut robe is capped by a creamy, dark ivory head that holds well (given its strength) before dropping to a wide collar, and leaves rings of craggy lace about the goblet. The nose is typically Belgian in nature with it's yeasty phenols, fruit and spice dominating over its lightly sugar-ish, delicately caramelish, and somewhat nutty maltiness. Alcohol can also be found, but it's not obtrusive. The body is medium-light; and it's zesty on the palate initially with a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. However, it becomes a bit more airy as it warms (as is common). In the flavor, the alcohol is a little bit more apparent; there's a touch of bubblegum to the phenols; and the maltiness has more of a brown sugar character to it - but it's basically what the nose suggests it should be. The yeastiness is very much like Chimay, and to be honest, this is very much like a more attenuated version of their Grande Reserve. It finishes dry with a slap of spicy alcohol and yeasty phenols, but not much more. A bit more residual malt might be nice; but I understand that's a hard beast to control when it comes to bottle-conditioned beers! Try it and see what you think!

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

Had this beer quite a few times, not sure how a review escaped me. Anyways, this was thanks to sharing from Rudzud.

Huge fluffy 2 finger head, messy lacing, hazy murky reddish orange brown color.

Nose sweet reddish malts, fruity, stone fruits, very light earthy hops, caramel and candy flavors, light booze, nice Belgian malts, long Belgian yeast additions and esters, hint of fruity spicy rye or is that additions from the various yeast strains?

Taste sweet Belgian flavors, lots of belgian malts, fruity esters, light stone fruits, Belgian yeast additions, some warming and slight tingly booze, earthy bready flavors, hint syrupy and light sweetness with caramel, candi sugar, and molasses. Finish is a semi sweet, sticky malts and slightly syrupy, light lingering booze and belgian malts.

Mouth is fuller bodied, some warming and tingly booze, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts and sweet flavors, belgian flavors, but not as great as I remember, bit boozy too.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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