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:
995
Reviews:
463
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
144
For Trade:
6
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - orangish amber with a big, thick, white head; decent retention

S - apples, pear, yeast, Belgian funk

T - apple, yeast, clove, pear, some pepper

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a plush, fruity, estery, juicy beer. There are some spices that lend balance and offer depth. The ABV is really well hidden making this a dangerously drinkable beer. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, that I put away in my beer celler (a brown paper bag in the back of a closet) for about 6-8 months ago. Corked and caged. Opened with a burst of carbonation. pours a rich, murky, cloudy shade of dark amber. hoists a light tan head, which slowly recedes to a tiny bubble film. This fine elixir leaves stringy soft lacing behind. Nose is full of spice and alcohol notes. Tangy, spicy, fruity Belgian yeast notes. lots of fresh fruit, doughy malt offerings and some chaotic chemistry and wonder going on in this complex dandy. Finishes with notes of rum soaked apricots. Very drinkable and a hefty 10%! This one really benefitted with the extra time in the bottle. I imagine it would continue to improve for quite some time. Seek out, stow away, wait and enjoy!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass chalice

Pours hazy orageish-caramel colored with a few fizzles that leaves a small patch. Very little lacing is left.

The smell is of sour apples, caramel, some alcohol. The smell of green apples leads me to think that something went wrong here...

The taste is of Belgian-ish spices (clove, predominantly) that were not in the aroma. The taste of green apples gives it something cidery, although it faded to the background as the drink progressed. A dollop of caramel almost covers it, but not quite. Alcohol gives it a booziness that sticks around. There is a citric tone in the back, but it's virtually lost. Although there is some spiciness in the finish, it is not quite as dry as I would expect.

It has something of a creaminess about it, though the alcohol lingers longer than the flavors.

This one was a disappointment for me. Maybe this one was infected or something, as the green apple character just didn't sit well. Too caramelish for style, esp. as there are three other malts in the mix...It might need to age more, also, as the alcohol was just a bit too masking.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale orange he, nestled under a neat creamy white head, thin, but steady...aroma? nicely spicy and citric, intriquing and utterly lovely, ...let's go in once again...yeast is prominent, too, and I anticipate it's acitvity in the flavor, as well, so let's taste away...
Big, beautiful mouthfeel, huge presence in the palate, wondrously fresh and delicious and spilling over with fruity, spicy flavor...yum, yum...yeast is big, again, floats right on top, and delivers delciousness. Hey, I like this one, I like plenty! Full-bodied, long, persistent, ever-present finish, lush mouthfeel. Every new sip brings fresh zesty, buoyant taste.
I really can't recommend this highly enough...I've said "yum" already, what more you need to know?
Cheers to bennybrew for providing!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a deep, vibrant, ruby-brown coloring with a short stacked, frothy, filmy, off-white head that settles into a sparse, filmy coating. Aromas of subtle spicing and a rich, bready backbone of old world fruit and toasted bread. Boozy highlights throughout the nose, also. This one smells rich and solid. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a nutty backbone supporting fig and black cherry sweetness. Tart and rich throughout, with a fruit sugar base that is enduring from start to finish. Spicing comes out as the beer warms. Pepper, basil, oregano, nutmeg, and clove, amongst other spices. You could sit all day and pick apart the intricacies of this one. Amazing. The body is smooth throughout, but avoids overpowering. The aftertaste is boozy, with highlights of roasted notes and old world fruit sweetness. Smooth, clean finish with only a hint of sweet linger. Just enough to entice you back for another sip. Solid, big, bold beer. Very tasty.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GClarkage
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/15/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA. Review #500.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Brandy colored pour, maybe a bit on the copper side. Small head that disapates fairly soon thereafter. Light lacing in the beginning.

Smell- Dark fruity malt with a fuesel alcohol scent backing. Maybe some raisins and plums.

Taste- Plums, raisins, figs and dates come together with a backing of alcohol to form a better than average taste. Fairly sweet, but not as sweet as expected.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation and pretty smooth. A tad creamy.

Drinkability- Overall a very nice brew to be shared for an after dinner drink. Not meant to have the whole bomber in one sitting. If there was a bit more sweetness there, it would have tied the whole experience of the beer together. That bit of sweetness missing cost the beer at least a 1/2 a point overall in rating. Still a nice beer, but nothing absolutely incredible like I was hoping for.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

This one pours a dark russet brown, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like raisin, plum, Belgian yeast, and toffee.

This is a fairly straightforward, well done classic example of a quad. There is minimal spicing, with a good amount of toffee and dark fruit malt character, along with some restrained Belgian yeast character- clovey and slightly spicy.

This is medium bodied, fairly rich mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

A really good textbook interpretation of the style.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red-orange amber. Gushed out of the bottle. Very thick light tan head that persisted and left heavy lacing. Nice presentation. Aroma is sweet with heavy stone fruit, light malt and Belgian spicing; slightly sour. Flavor of sweet and caramel malt and light fruit. Moderately dry in the middle. Finishes with Belgian spices, a bit of hops and sweet fruit. Nice medium to heavy body. Not as intense or complex as the best Belgian quads, but pleasant and very nice to drink. Another top notch Allagash ale.

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