Allagash Four | Allagash Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 995 |  Reviews: 463
Photo of gobuccos
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of putnam
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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 +0.2%
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 bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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 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 sprucetip
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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 mschofield
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JC333
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 inspektor
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 maxpower
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 ommegangpbr
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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 kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Yesac for hooking me up with this one. 750ml, Batch #19.

A: Deep copper in color with an enormous off white head, a good four fingers worth of head, great retention, first pours yield no sediment and the beer is incredibly clear. Enormous amount of violent carbonation from the nucleation point in my goblet. Very appealing.

S: Very complex, smells like a well rounded beer, I get notes of pale malts, some notes of wheat and oats and other specialty malts, maybe some rye? Lastly spicy yeast with lots of fruity esters, most notably green apples. Nice.

T: Follows the nose nicely, this is an incredibly malty beer with notes of light barley, slightly biscuity, some wheat profiles, a nice balancing out with some oats as well. Caramel sweetness, and just a hint of noble hop bitterness. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast esters that put everything together nicely. Very nice.

M: Medium to slightly thick body with a nice amount of carbonation to keep things in check. Surprisingly low alcohol heat which is nice.

D: Fairly easy to drink, this is the first quad I've had in a long time, and I need to start drinking the style more often. Not as much of a sweet boozey mess as others in the style. Nice beer here, glad to get a chance to try this. Will be seeking this out again.

Thanks Casey!

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of NickyPogs
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 995 ratings.
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