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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 jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger head that fades slowly leaving thick lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Very good carbonation - pour slowly. Nose has a hint of musty flowers and some raisin. Sweet, heavy bodied and just hints of the high ABV, should be savored. $10.25 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark brown with amber edges and beige head. Aroma of spice, roasted malt, hops, dark fruit and candi sugar. Flavor is similar to aroma with dark fruits, malts and sugar cane. High ABV is very well masked.

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Photo of rudzud
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up the day of the Ghoulschip release, roughly a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a great clearish amber with a great two finger head that leaves a nice, thick creamy blanket.

S - Nice sweet, malty sweetness. Not much though, very one note for me.

T - Taste isnt too too bad. Lots of malty sweetness with older hops and light dark fruits. It is slightly metallic though...

M - Mouthfeel has very nice carbonation for a quad, and a 10% beer no less. Quite enjoyable.

O - Overall, this beer was a bit too one note for my liking, which is a shame as I held onto this for so long.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a raspberry-amber wit a foamy 2 finger beige head that settled quickly leveling to a sudsy thin layering. A slight rim lacing was left behind wit a light carbonation presence carrying on.

S: sweet and fruity with berries, sugar, and caramel apples.

T: The initial flavor was tart and acidic, with some sour apples, caramel and a sharp carbonation bite. There was some pears as well coming through. The beer finished with a yeasty fruity sourness, a bitter floral hoppiness, and a noticeable amount of alcohol fusels (cinnamon, brown sugar). The 10.0% abv makes itself know here as well as the four fermentation sessions producing a big yeasty character and bite.

M: light, oily, with a soft carbonation fizzle while it finished with a spicy and dry alcohol fade.

D: Drinkability was ok, with the hot and spicy alcohol fusels on the finish this is best reserved as a slow sipper where one bottle (1 pt. 9 oz) should be more then plenty for one person and probably best suited shared with a friend.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a seethru red-tinged copper with bubbly head that died quick and left no lace. The first I notice in the aroma is the yeast...it definitely comes out. There's also that candy, sugary aroma (though mild) as well as that faint citric hop aroma. Thicker and fuller-bodied, chewey even, the beer is greatly balanced. Also prickly with great carbonation, the sticky heaviness of the beer is countered and not murkey. I pick up sweet malts like candy sugar and some bready malts as well. Also picking up some tartness like cherry and a hint of citric hop flavoring. Fines nice and smooth and plush, ABV minimized, so it feels like I'm drinking a great fruit and sweet ale that is heavy and crisp and real easy to drink. A real treat.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- After the soft pop of the cork there is a dense amber-brown body. The thin film of bubbles is supported by a tiny slow carbonation but fades to a thin ring of head.

S- The sweet light sugary note with a hint of honey is followed by a cidery smell. The smell of light cream and apple butter comes through stronger as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a sweet caramel malt and brown sugar flavor with a pineapple flavor. There is a light woody flavor with a watery taste to it and finishes with a light bitter hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full texture that is a bit slippery. There is a soft alcohol heat that comes through more as it warms.

D- This beer is sweet with a fruity quality to the malt which is nice and the alcohol helps to support the malt nicely. This makes a nice desert beer, but I can’t say I could pick out the 4 malts, and 4 yeast qualities. It didn’t have that much depth for all the 4s.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is FOUR aged in strawberries (?!?), served on-tap at the Blind Tiger during their Allagash promo night.

A: The ale is a dark quad color, thick and brown like turbid creek water with little carbonation. There is no head to speak off.

S: The nose is thick and malty, strong to the point of tartness with strawberry undertones. The strawberry is kind of sweet but mostly it has taken on a tart flavor that could easily pass of framboise or kriek. Overall it is very inviting and intriguing.

T: The taste is a duel of fruit sweetness and malt depth; most times the malt wins. The maltiness is thick graininess, dry with a slightly tart grape finish. The strawberries, an choice that was either inspired or deranged, are sweet but not sugary sweet with a slight tartness that conjures up a solid fruit lambic.

M: The quad is a mouthful, alternating with grain strength and tart fruitiness. The use of strawberries (I keep repeating it because I am still getting used to it), is an interesting decision but it does impart a distinct flavor.

D: At 10%, this is not a quaffing beer. I had one glass and savored every sip, but doubt that I could handle a second.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch #18. Poured into tulip. Poured a slightly reddish brown with barely any head, just a thin ring around the outside edge, but that little head managed to have decent retention and very low lacing.

The aroma was fruity and yeasty, as expected for the style, but much more subdued than I look for. The flavor also was spicy, yeasty and fruity, but again, not as bold as I look for in this style.

The body was very thin for the style, and for me the fullness is one of the things I like best about this style. Drinkability was very good, the beer is smooth and easy to quaff.

Overall, this is an OK brew. I really like the other brews I've had from this brewery and this is among my favorite styles, so maybe my expectations were too high. Certainly worth trying, but not in the same class as Chimay Blue or Ommegang 3 Philosophers.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Batch #15

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan colored head that leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is a very nice mixture of dark fruits, dark candied sugar and hints of spices and yeast. I really like this aroma, it has a very nice complexity to it.

T- The taste starts out with sweet malt and a lot of dark fruits. The finish is sweet as well but there is a touch of spices in the finish that helps balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This one is definitely a sipper due to the high ABV and the high level of sweetness, but I'm loving the complexity of this beer. Overall, this is another outstanding beer from Allagash that is definitely recommended!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of NutBrown. Thanks Alan!


I'm greeted by a huge pop when I popped the cork, it pours a clear deep amber red colour with about an inch of foam. The lacing is the usual I get from Allagash brews..very good!

The nose consists of nice sweet caramel malt, a definite smell of fruit in cherry like tones(sensing added sweetness from this but also a light tartness), some vanilla and not a shy amount of alcohol. Cool smelling brew.

The taste is a Malt bomb with large caramel notes, some of that fruity cherry sweet and tart, getting a touch of bread now with a sprinkling of sherry like flavours. Wow. Lots of nice flavours here and yes, the alcohol is here as well but I'm not minding that too much. I expected a sipper at 10%abv and that's exactly what I got.

On the high end of medium bodied, the carbonation, despite the huge pop when I opened the bottle, is nicely constrained.

Drinkability? Not too shabby for how strong this is. I think the fact that it *is* so tasty helps a lot. A very nice brew indeed.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 8/9/13, cheers Eagleray for the bottle, batch 28

A crystal clear light copper liquid with a few tiny bubbles feeding a large three finger foam that hangs around for a few sips leaving just a patch of lace

S green apple, cherry, plum, dried banana chips, brown sugar covered raisins, faint cinnamon and booze, I get a little yeast as it warms

T some sweet malts, honey, and spice I can't quite place are added to the mix, still has a fair amount of fruit and a hint of booze with lots of brown sugar

M medium bodied, soft carbonation, a little heat, slightly sticky with spiced fruit lingering on the finish

O solid brew and a good example of the style, smell and taste are a highlight and it has some complexity working for it but has a little ways to go compared to the classics

I should have sat on this one for a while but that being said its still drinking well today, something I'd look for in the future and I could see it aging gracefully

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

Spicy, yeasty, fruity nose, large pitted fruits with a hint of pineapple
Hazy orange tinted dark amber under a moussey, very fine bubbled 2" off white head that slowly descends to a thick film that produces thick lace.
Layers of big malt flavors including touches of caramel, maple, malty spice, biscuit to fruit bread, give way to yeast driven large pitted fruits, hints of tropical fruits to finish with hop spice and balancing bitterness. The malt, yeast, hop and alcohol flavors are very well balanced.
Medium body with creamy, very fine carbonation and a slight alcohol warming.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (corked & caged) purchased from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head above a copper brew. Dense head took its sweet time in disperseing (which is fine), and laced incredibly. Aroma is sweet fruits and yeastiness, with a tinge of alcohol peeking through. Taste is spicy malts with tinges of fruitiness and a more assertive alcohol component than the nose. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, especially for the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a small goblet.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/8 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- It could be the incorporation of the four different yeast strains but this smells like it might be tart/sour. Slight booze fume.

T- Nevermind. No sourness, just some awesomely smooth Belgian candi sugar plus some vanilla and caramel notes. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Butter, burnt sugar, not very bitter. Also a bit of dark fruit.

M- Slightly zesty. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Haven't had this in so long and it's really a crime that I don't purchase it more often.

Edit: No, it was not intentional that I gave this beer a score of 4.4 but yes, it is awesome.

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

Appearance- Pours a one-and- a half finger head head with a deep rust color. Very little lacing.

Smell- Lots of green apples. But lets ot forget about the toasted amber malts.

Taste- Very dry hops mixed with lots of candi sugar. Lots of light molasses and corn syrup mixed with very earthy fruit flavors, especially apples.

Mouthfeel- Pretty efervescant. Granted you can.t see a lot of carbonation, but you can feel a lot of it on the middle sides of the tongue.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, dark fruit and a bit of citrus.

T: A nicely balanced taste of malt, figs, citrus, some yeast and even a slight tinge of pine (or so it seemed).

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: This is a good American version of a quadrupel. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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

Deep, burnt orange colour, hazy, with a generous off-white head that showed good retention and lacing. Aromas of malt and fruit dominated, mostly pear but with a bit of apple as well. There's also a light alcohol smell that increases as it warms, but the maltiness balances it out nicely. Spiciness melds well with the other aromas and carries into the flavour. The fruitiness is more subdued in the flavour with malt coming more to the forefront. The balance leans toward sweetness, but there is still noticeable bitterness. Alcohol contributes a warming sensation with little flavour. The finish is on the dry side, with some hop bitterness and peppery spice. Lowish carbonation and a moderately full body. Overall, nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. And a little surprising how easy it was to drink, even with the big flavours and high abv. Thanks Viggo.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky brass/bronze color with a full pillowy beige head, very active slow tiny bubbled carbonation, and solid sheets of lace. Nice big fruity apple-like aroma and flavor with lots of spicy phenols and alcohol. Lots of raisin character comes out as it warms up. Full-medium bodied with a bit of airiness due to the carbonation levels.

Kind of between a dubbel and a quad but not quite a tripel ... :-) Yummy though !!

Per bottle: "4 Malts, 4 Hops, Fermented 4 Times"

Per ABC website: OG 1090
4 malts, 4 hops, 4 sugars and 4 Belgian yeast strains. Date Sugar, Light Candi, Dark Candi, and Light Golden Molasses.

(25.4 oz / 750 ml tall straight brown lithographed wine-like bottle, corked and caged)

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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 mltobin
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in Fairfield County, Connecticut, served in a wine glass at the Ginger Man.

A light brown / reddish complexion to the beer with a good sized dark head.
The smell is a sweet, but rich one, with some strong spice.
Taste is tart, bitter, but tasty and very good, reminds me a bit of an aged pale ale.
Swishing from one side of the mouth to the other, the mouthfeel is very pleasant and complex, again the bitterness hits.
Drinkability is here, but at 10% abv, it is most certainly a beer to savor and sip.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this and the price was right and I haven't had many quads to begin with.

Color: Pours a medium brown color with a frothy one-finger head and what appears to be ample carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and malty with raisin and brown sugar. Kind of like a saison on overload. Mild hop bitterness on the nose as well. Nothing overwhelming. As it warms up, I can detect a little grape as well.

Taste: Very nice and malty upfront. Alcohol warmth is very apparent and I can detect brown sugar, raisin, grape and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warmth kind of overwhelms things but it is somewhat dry and malty on the tongue.

Drinkability: I should probably buy another bottle for aging. I think this ale needs to be properly aged before it becomes more drinkable. The alcohol warmth is almost too much for me, requiring it to be enjoyed in sips.

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

Pours a very hazy orange/amber, nice big creamy head, lots of lace. Smell is pear, grassy hops, citrus, hops at the end, apples. Taste is fruity apples, pear, sweet malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium carbonation, full mouth, nice and mellow. Tasty.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Shimmering scarlet red hue. Thick crop of whipped white foam on top. Retention is outstanding. Fine beads of carbonation rise quite aggressively.

Aroma: Candy, must, yeast and cookie dough. Grapes and plums. And slight pepper tones.

Taste: Spicy taste to this. Though I don't think a lot of spices were used if any, I can perceive ginger, corriander, black pepper and nutmeg. All blended nicely. The malts are soft and biscuity. The yeastiness is doughy.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy. Medium body.

Drinkability: Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. This is nicely put together and quite drinkable.

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

Tap at Macs Steel Creek.
Murky brown and gold mix. Whitish head, just a little amount of lacing.

Aroma, some malt, caramel. More fruitcake, banana, rumcake and the typical yeasty presence.

Taste is quite spicey. Nutmeg, clove. Caramel, light chocolate, raisin, green grapes. Light red fruits, banana. Quite interesting.

Lighter mid body with a soft carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking. Cost prevents me from drinking much Allagash, but this is good stuff.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap, into a tulip at The Map Room.

The beer pours a very untypical color for a quad forcing me to ask the bartender if I was given the right drink. It is a super light brown with tons of amber highlights. Its almost totally redish in the light. The head is light tan, super foamy with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty light, you get mostly bourbon on the front, sweet closes (no yummy malts), and an on oaky finish. It smells ok, just weird for a quad.

The taste keeps up the weirdness. When I think quad I want dark fig malts etc. All you get is oak and alcohol.

The feel is way to warm and has a weird aftertaste.

Overall, not impressed here. First of all, this may be made like a quad, but its no quad. Even if I can get past the improrper making of a great style, its just not a great tasting beer anyway.

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