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Allagash Four | Allagash Brewing Company

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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.

Added by UnionMade on 03-26-2004

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Ratings: 997 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, bubbly deep amber. A fistful of rich beige head erupts, then dwindles so, so slowly to a lingering layer of molded foam. Loops of sticky lacing lay plastered to the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a muscular malt sweetness is capably matched by notes of spice and rounded dark fruit tartness. Coriander and nutmeg come to mind along with plums as the elements meld at the finish.

On first sip, the toasted malt sweetness stands tall, with a spicy hops presence just in the shadows. Hints of succulent fruits, such as plums and pears, deliver a mild tartness, but that's soundly whipped in the middle by a powerful pulse of alcohol. A more gutsy and earthy berry note surfaces near the end, then the perfume of hops joins the show to provide a lingering dry bitterness at the finish. If you can see past the alcoholic fog, there are some subtle and nicely blended flavor elements in play.

Medium bodied, it virtually oils the palate, coating slickly and granting a pleasant glow to remember it by.

Each part of this beer is damned good, but man oh man, that alcohol does its level best to blur that goodness. The dense malt sweetness and earthiness are well mitigated by the spicy hops and bitterness, and those are big positives, but at times the alcohol masks much of the subtlety that exists. And yes, that ABV works a bit against drinking more, because it hits real hard, not only warming, but clouding things up as well. But overall, in spite of that, it's a tasty blended balance that delivers a saucy flavor, and that's a pretty fair bottom line.

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Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of froghop
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a mahogany brown with orange tint, a small beige head, and some lacing.

smell is of pepper, spice, caramel, malt, and dark fruits.

taste is creamy, caramel, dark fruits, some woodiness to it, malt, and roasted nuts, has a slightly bitter ending.

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Photo of JC333
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of phishbone23
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours a translucent dark copper body with a half inch of light tan head. Smells like raisin, date, brown sugar, pith, and peppery phenols. Tastes fruity, with plum, grape, date, citrus, pith, with peppery notes. Chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar also play prominent roles. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV and complexity. A solid quad, unique, interesting, drinkable for the style, and overall a very well-crafted beer. Awesome.

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

Perhaps this beer is a little overworked. It has an impresive, dry-yet-caramel flavored aroma and texture. But I was left seeking liveliness. No yeast-endowed sourness, ardent spices or zigzagging texture. Nevertheless, supple, creamy, caramel-creme and nutella textures introduce blonde flavors of nut, brie, vanilla and husk.
As a liqueur this is very nice. As a beer, I think there is a deadened quality that keeps it from acheiving the heights I have come to expect from this brewery.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/21/2009 (Bottle batch#15):

Pours a medium brown colored body, with a white head, diminishing. Clear. Strong fruity aroma, grape but not wine-y. Sweet craemy mouthfeel. Grape taste. Honey sweet taste. Carbonated, soft mouthfeel. Some hops, but very hidden.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color with a nice off white head. the smell is spicey slightly sweet and malty with a small alcohol tinge to it. the flavor follows the smell with the spice and malt in the front with a little alcohol in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. overal this beer is good would drink again but its a littel pricey.

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Photo of brureview
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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 bruachan
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this has been sitting in my basement for awhile. not sure where i picked it up. wait...arrowine: arlington, va

first thing i think when it comes out of the bottle is dark dried fruit...raisin. the aroma and flavor are both fairly understated for a quad; neither are what i would consider bold. bold isn't what i was looking for, just what i expected

it has that great nuttiness that i love so much in rochefort. not to the same degree, but it's delicious. that raisin character comes in early, ahead of the aforementioned smooth nutty flavor. slight phenols sift through the aroma, though the alcohol hides well

though obviously strong, it's not a big beer. the finish is sweet, but not thick

i dig this. even at 10% it's easy to drink. for some reason i was expecting mediocrity here, but that expectation proved unreliable 'cause that's a good beer

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of inspektor
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of russwbeck
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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 mschofield
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a huge pop and smoking, pours an opaquely cloudy ruby-brown topped with a one finger tan head, leaves partial webs of lacing.
Malty, powdery aroma, vinuous and sweet.
Sweet, malty taste, warming, fruity - strawberry note, grape, pepper, spice cake, raisin, brown sugar and carrot, kind of like carrot cake.
Full bodied, incredibly drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 16, from notes. Finally getting around to reviewing this one.

Hazy, deep amber, but golden/orange when backlit. Light tan foam stays a while then leaves thick lacing early on. It is active, and lots of suspended yeast is visible when backlit.

Sweet malty, dark fruity, Belgian yeasty, and a bit of spice right out of the gate. Boozy esters and subtle floral hops emerge later. Maybe just a bit too hot for a 5...

Follows the nose. Rich sweet malty base blending with dark fruit and Belgian yeasty flavor is the platform upon which the more subtle elements are layered. Mellow alcohol, barely perceptible floral hops and a mile bitterness. Wicked smooth and tasty.

Plenty if not over carbonated. Rich, full, smooth, and clean. A bit of very mild bitterness, and a dryness in the finish that I hadn't yet noticed.

Rich, smooth, complex, and balanced. A deluxe, exquisite treat.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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 BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Couple of years on this bottle probably helped

Appearance: Reddish-orange-copper-caramel pour, decent head and lacing, although a bit off by allagash standards

Smell: Typical Quad, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, figs, dates, and other dark fruits. No alcohol.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, dates, figs, blood orange, dark rum, a bit boozy after it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, silky, but not perfect

Drinkability: Incredible for a 10% quad

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Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, not unlike a good cider. No head or lacing. The smell is all about the alcohol. Past that primarily a yeasty dark fruity aroma. Full bodied, the mouth feel is immediately conditioned by the alcohol. Slightly under-carbonated, flavor is sweet with brown sugar apples and pears. The 10% ABV is fully showcased in the smell, mouth feel and can be felt every inch of the way down.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not quite a quadrupel, yet not quite a tripel.
A traudel?
A quipel?
I would have to experiment to verify, but it seems to me that this beer is what you would get if you mixed equal parts (high quality) tripel with quadrupel.
The appearance is definately inbetween... not peachy, hazy tripel like... not black ruby quadrupel like... reasonable white head with a deep orange color that's reminiscent of an IPA or double IPA.
Has a sharp smell and taste. Candy sweetness, fermented fruits a la nectarine, apricot and tangerine.
Has the sweet and sourness of those froots.
An interesting interpretation of the style. Reminds me quite a bit of Victory's Grand Cru.
I sure hope Allagash makes this again.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy reddish-orange color with a nice off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Sweet fruity aromas, flavors of plums, cherries and spicy pepper. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, finishes a bit sweet.

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Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 997 ratings
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