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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 impending
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is not a quad

750ml into a tulip. Pours an orange amber, minor dense bubble head subsided quickly, excellent lacing. The photo of this in a glass on Allagash's website does not match the brew in front of me.

Strong coriander folded into yeasty white bread seeded with other spices. Blindfolded you would never guess a quad, no dark fruits.

Taste is wholly unexpected, an explosion of flavors. The brewers intended a complex brew and they succeeded in spades. The taste evolves dramatically, almost too much perhaps. This brew may cause indigestion, all the sugars are obvious. The alcohol provides a tummy warming. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel.

four does not a quad make

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Photo of magine
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a cloudy (with some sediment) reddish amber color. Has a fluffy off white head. The head settles to a chunky lace island and leaves a lot of creamy lace along the rim. Lace is really sticky and looks great. For a quad this one is tremendous looking.

Brew smells of dark fruits and yeasts, spicy and malty, oily resiny hops. Complex good smell.

The brew is smooth and creamy, dark fruits and spices are in the for front. The hops are for sure the difference maker here. The oily, resiny hops are in the middle and do a fantastic job of tying this brew together, and at the same time takes this quad in a direction that I haven't experienced yet in any other quad. The brew finishes dry and smooth, almost no alcohol for such a big brew. A sessionable big quad - wow thats scary. Has a fantastic mouthfeel and taste, this is a true winner.

Wow - Allagash has some world class brews. This may be the best quad I have had. It is different than any other quad I have had, and this is what makes it stand out. Tremendous stuff.

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Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this one at the brewery after the tour today. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my brand new Allagash chalice. It poured a deep caramel brown color with a bubbly and frothy off white head filling the top inch and a half of the glass. Pretty nice head retention to it as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of citrus and spice to it. It has some pepper, nutmeg, clove and banana flavors to the spice. Lemon citrus, candi sugar and some caramel malty sweetness are present as well.

The taste shows a lot of the yeast spice to it. Up front it's more peppery with more of the banana and clove spices coming in towards the finish. I get more of a sweeter, caramel malt profile out of it towards the finish as well. Some alcohol comes through as well in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is decent, it had a lot of flavor to it for sure. It showed a lot of spice to it, but a little of the malty sweetness came through. Pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of LevitatedEep
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (batch 19) aged for around 9 months into my Chimay glass

A - Lots of floaties, hazy brown / red in color. Yummy lacing as the head goes down rather quickly.

S - Dank and peppery, lots of spice and lemon coming through.

T - Wow this a great quad...very bitter upfront but then a nice cascade of sweet malts rush in and combine to form a wonderful mix...spicy, peppery, citrus mmmm.

M - Highly carbonated and goes well with the taste...very chewy.

D - Goes down well for a 10% er....almost too easy....worthy of another purchase forsher.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 19
Opened on Christmas day 2010 Aged at least 8 months in my fridge.

Opened with a LOUD POP.
Pours dark cloudy orange with a fizzy off white head. Lots of white sediment floating.
Smells of sweet sugars and malts. "Dank" and "Musty", but not in a bad way.
A great quad! Tastes very sweet but the bitterness compliments it great. A good balance. Where is the ABV? Only slight alcoholic taste and bitterness from it. Very thick brew, coats the whole pallet.
Very carbonated which compliments the sweet/bitter battle.
Loved it.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a murky dark orange with a thin khaki head that slowly diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet dried fruits with a hint of leather and very mild spice. The taste is loads of smooth dried fruit with a nice touch of caramel malts and Belgian spice. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth carbonation. This is a great draft Belgian style beer, one I would certainly have on-tap again if I get the opportunity.

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Photo of bonkers
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the high street grill, poured into a small goblet. The pour is amber/ orange with a slight white head. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit, hint of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with dates, maybe some citrus and it finishes with a very light alcohol. Four is full in body, and well carbonated for the style. A very enjoyable quad.

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Photo of misinformed
2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Batch 21, poured into a snifter. Reviewed 11/27.

A- Poured with a nice 1 1/2" light tan, foamy head that settled down to a dusting eventually. The beer is dark, burnt orange and semi-opaque.

S- Mostly dominated by yeast. Some fruit and a touch of malt. Alcohol at times, especially after it warmed up a bit.

T- More going on than the smell indicates. Some grassy, floral notes upfront followed by toasted malt, caramel, and candy sugar. Finishes strong on spicy yeast. Alcohol is often detectable as well. The combination of spice and alcohol was very medicinal to me. Really harsh/jumbled flavor profile that doesn't seem balanced at all.

M- Lighter side of medium. Very smooth, no carbonation that I noticed. Lightly dry finish.

D- The spicy yeast flavors overshadowed everything in this one for me from the getgo, so I didn't particularly enjoy it. Flavorwise this reminds me of a Belgian strong pale. Some hops are present upfront, but the maltiness is lacking here. The different flavors just never jived for me enough to really enjoy this. Unfortunately not worth the high price tag.

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

NICE QUAD!!! Pours a reddish/orange color with a nice size white head, good retention for the abv and some thin lacing. Looks really good in my Chimay goblet.

Smell is good as well. Malty, dark fruit and plenty of Belgian yeast aroma.

Tastes very good. Dark fruit, spices, Belgian yeast, malt. Rich blend of flavors. Goes down real smooth with very little alcohol presence except warming.

Mouthfeel seems a bit less than rich at first, but picks up as the beer warms and the flavors do their thing.

This is very drinkable for a Quad. I split the bottle, but could have sacrificed the evening and drank the whole thing!!!

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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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a reddish character. Single finger of white head and a touch of lacing. The nose brings a bit of caramel as well as a light bit of dark fruit. A bit of yeast character comes through as well.

The flavor is slightly sweet along with some mild dark fruits and a bit of light caramel taste. A slight amount of bread crust. Mouthfeel is a bit light with low-ish levels of carbonation. Interesting and nothing wrong, but doesn't quite hit the mark.

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

Poured a hazy brown with reddish highlights that had a finger of head and left quite a bit of frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was nice consisting of the signature belgian yeast that comes with the quad style plus citrus character, light fruit notes and some vinous notes that make me think it could have some tartness on the palate. The taste did have some tart flavor but I'm not sure if they were from grapes alogside the belgian yeast, light spice, malts, and very mild hop presence. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight spice, malty, and tart finish. It drank really good and was enjoyed by some non beer geek heads.

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Photo of claspada
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are Belgian-tastic. Lots of Belgian yeast tones with some sublt malt sweetness over dark fruits and some brown sugars.

The taste is very nice. Starts of with gentle caramel maltiness but quickly transitions to dark fruit and light chocolaty notes. Some brown sugar and toffee set in. The finish is Belgian spicy yeast, but in a smooth dry manner. Really drinkab;e.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, rather smooth, with even a creamy feel under the tingly and generous bubbly texture. I really enjoy this aspect a lot.

A really nice Belgian Quad. I can't decifer the various yeasts/malts/hops that make up this treat, but it all works in my opinion. Definitely a "lighter" tasting Quad as far as dark grains/mouthfeel goes but this is a really nice sipper. It may not be tremendously assertive early on but holds its own very enticingly as it progresses.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter...

A: Pours an amber hue with a massive three finger head, rises quickly and falls fairly slowly, and leaves pretty nice lacing.

S: Light dried fruits, hint of candy sugar, hint of bready malt all wrapped up with a few spices, nice balance.

T: Follows nose, lots of light dried fruit, sweet bready malt, crisp floral hops on the finish. Overall a really nice balance.

M: Medium body with a crisp carbonation and dry finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable for 10% abv, overall really enjoyable but a little pricey for what it is.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish-red color that glows in the light. Nice creamy off-white head is fairly dense with decent retention.

Smell: Nice aroma of fruits, yeast, and hops. A bit like a hoppy pineapple cake.

Taste: Initially very much like a Tripel, with the hops and yeast. Pineapple, orange, and apricot come into play, with the nice hop spiciness behind. No real bread flavor. Finishes with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good deal of lightly tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty, and no real hint of alcohol, but the flavor is somewhat intense, and takes a while to drink.

A nice beer - definitely not really a quad. The flavor, particularly with the yeast, can be a bit strong. Not my favorite, style-wise, but it is nicely done for sure.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch #22.

briefly engaged in a vicious battle with a cork - stubborn bastard! emerged victor but at a cost; right hand is now cramped and throbbing...

pours a regal, ruddy chestnut tone with a luminous deep red/orange relection when held to the light. solid finger-plus of a beige head demonstrates considerable retention and nice walls of lacing. a real beaut.

nose is headlined by belgian yeast, sweet maltiness, and a spicy, fruity type of character. shades of a particular belgian quad that i can't quite place... st bernardus, maybe, or koningshoeven.

flavor follows the nose with its sweet malts and belgian yeasts. pretty balanced, with a bit of a hoppy bitterness in the finish. some alcohol warmth. not quite what i was expecting after the nose, but close. a nicely built beer.

medium-plus bodied, creamy mouthfeel. probably not one you'd want to suck down all night, but drinkable enough.

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Photo of BobZ
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is billed as a "one of a kind" ale and it lives up to that description. To my taste it is most definitely NOT a Belgian Quad, nowhere near a Belgian Quad in flavor profile. It is still an excellent beer, not quite sure where I would put it somewhere between maybe a Tripel and Strong Pale Ale. This review is for a 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark orange, deeper and cloudier than a barleywine. Nice head that builds well initially and sticks around for awhile. Lacing is very good.

Smell: Nice nose which hints at this beer's complexity, floral hops, some dried fruit (but lighter much more apricot than plum).

Taste: Awesome beer, light fruit and hoppy flavor with little bitterness. The hop flavor is exceptional and executed with extraordinary balance and smoothness and again not very bitter, the balance is outstanding.

Mouth feel: Smooth as smooth can be.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, ABV completely masked.

This is a must try beer, not as a quad or a tripel or any style in particular but just as a unique and well crafted brew.

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Photo of rdickey
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 750 ml bottle marked "Batch #21". A moderate pour produces a dark reddish amber beer with a fine one-finger head that doesn't linger terribly long, but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Candied fruits, raisins, and sugar sugar sugar. Having said that, there's a hint of Belgian spice one might associate with a strong dark ale.

Taste: Still sweet, but more balanced that one might expect from the nose. The dried fruit taste dominates, but the spices provide a nice balance, and mellowing vanilla notes come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild to moderate carbonation work here; anything less and you'd risk the sweetness overpowering everything else.

Drinkability: Pretty high, despite the high ABV (and I say this as someone who is not a particular fan of the style).

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at gingerman. Out of the gate beauty. Builds in the glass like a guiness. Deep amber that fades in shades from darker to light top to bottom. Hardly any detectable nose at all. Subtle fruit in the cherry grape vein. The flavor is different for a quad. Much softer. Much thinner buts leaves a nice refreshing tingle in my mouth. Taste is very fruitpunch with spices. Unique and the alchohol is pretty nicely blended but there for sure. Happy with this offering from allagash, not what i typically look for in a quad but very tasty none-the-less

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

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into Gouden Carolus chalice. The bottle is marked Batch #21 and was purchased earlier today. The beer has a large foamy head colored off white. The liquid appears to be a few shades of brown mixed together; I'm tempted to call it tan, or deep copper, or burnt orange, but really it is none of these. There is a lot of carbonation rising within my glass. Lacing appears to be fairly even. The beer has a very interesting, robust aroma. The malts really get to me. There's a touch of sweet, a touch of spice and a touch of alcohol. It reminds me a lot of this beer's Belgian inspirations, but I also picture a pine cone as I inhale. It truly is a Maine Quad. The beer tastes a big spicier than I expected. The finish is especially peppery. The light and dark candi sugars add a subtle sweetness that is very good. The pepper and alcohol linger a bit and leave a warm coating. It is full bodied and feels thick. The carbonation can be readily felt. A mildly sweet and equally sticky film is left upon my lips. I'm enjoying this beverage, but will do so at a slow pace. Perhaps it is best suited split with three of your friends, but I'll be able to consume it all myself over the next couple of hours. It is a beer I would drink again, but there are other Allagashes and Quads that I prefer.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4+ year vintage bottle.  Not sure of the exact date.  Served at cellar temperature.  Poured from 750mL bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice.  Beer was a clear, reddish-amber color, with a very thin, faint head.  Light lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma was sweet rum, raisins, dates and grapes.  Lots of sugar.  Smells great. 

Taste was caramel, raisins, bourbon, oak and dates.  Not bad, but a tad thin.  Probably aged a little too long. 

Good drinkability and very enjoyable.  I had this one down in the cellar and just forgot about it.  I was digging around looking for some treats to enjoy the week before GABF and found this little treasure.  Ages well and is a great interpretation on the style. 

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

Poured into a couple of chalices it produced a good two fingers of a off white head that turned into a great lace. The body of the brew was amber/brown in color. The aromas of dark fruits and cherries along with some Belgian yeast filled my head.

The flavor followed the nose, fruity and yeasty. I did detect a little alcohol warmth as well, but it did not detract anything from the flavor. It had a medium to full feel to its body, with good carbonation.

For a quad I will say that it was tasty enough to grab a second glass. The flavor was more than enough to accompany a fine cigar for desert. I often grab this brew when I am in the mood for a fine American Quad. I believe this one is the finest brewed on this side of the pond

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

The first pour was 10 minutes our of the fridge into my dogfish snifter. The beer then sat in my tabletop wine chiller set at 54 degrees

A: Pours a chestnut/gingersnap brown color with a thin layer of white head (my first pour was pretty slow, a second, harder pour produced a thick layer)

S: There is a caramel/burnt sugar smell over a lot of sweet fruit aromas. There is a hint of citrus as well and an undercurrent of alcoholic heat

T: Very complex. There are notes of caramel, citrus, vanilla, and some dried fruits. Also present is a bit of heat from the alcohol in the aftertaste. The finish is just slightly bitter with a dry mineral. As it warms the dried fruit and vanilla tones seem to become more pronounced.

M: A medium body with light carbonation.

D: Well this beer is very enjoyable...but at 10% is not something that can be downed quickly. Overall the 750 bottle took me about 45 minutes to work through...but I enjoyed every sip

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a small local tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of fruity malt and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits,

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice quad. Very malty but enjoyable. Would try again.

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