Allagash Four | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash FourAllagash Four
996 Ratings
Allagash FourAllagash Four

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Batch 23.

Appearance - Light brown with some reddish tints. Pours with a big khaki head. Light wisps on the surface. Medium collar.

Smell - Not sold on the smell. Fusel alcohol. Fruity. Slight sherry.

Taste - Vast improvement. Plums, raisins, great fruit flavor. Darker caramel malts. Less alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Slick, slightly harsh. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's really a good beer, but it has its faults.

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3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a medium amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention.

S: Very light on the nose, particularly for the style. I get very mild dark fruits, a bit of citrus and esters from the yeast. As the beer warms, I get more spicy esters, but dark fruits are very mild still.

T: Very similar to the aroma, just a bit more dark fruitiness. As the beer warms, I get some peppery flavors and some booze. Quite dry, though.

M: On the thin side with high carbonation.

O: The flavors here are decent, but I could use more dark fruits and a bit more complexity. The esters are a bit harsh and do not mix that well with the maltiness.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy orange-copper. Head is sizable as expected for an abbey style ale, with good retention and lacing characteristics. Fruity esters are prominent on the nose with some notes of candi sugar and honey. A nice menagerie of fruit: ripe grape, apple, and plum. Some faint yeasty phenols. The aroma is great but too weak.

The flavor could best be described as a "strong Dubbel" and is disappointing for a quad. Quite dry for the style with a fairly hoppy finish. Way too much hop presence. Notes of white grape and toffee. Not really improving as it warms. The mouthfeel is a saving grace as it's a good match for the style.

Allagash has a rare miss on its hands with this. The $16 price adds to the disappointment.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

November 21st, 2012 bottling date.

A: into a tulip, amber brown body with just the slightest haze, two-finger head, beige; modest lace, good retention - a frothy-rimmed film remained throughout

S: lots of malty aromas - some musky, some semi-sweet - and lots of fragrant hoppy and yeasty scents, from floral to herbal

T: very complex - very suggestive of an aged old ale or barleywine - sweetness comes in the form of candied fruits and malt, but there are drying overtones reminiscent of barrel aging; less sweet than most quads I've had - a lot of hop bitterness and yeasty brightness

M: drying, crisp, slight tartness on the tip, some smooth coating; carbonation adds briskness to a smooth drinking beer; lighter body and feel than most quads I've had - the whiskey-ish drying seemed to offset any weight I might have felt in another quad

O: add this to my list of Allagash awesomeness - my review numbers may be a little misleading if you're thinking typical quad - this is an atypical quad (IMO) - my impression of the beer was that it tasted as much like an English old ale or strong ale as much as a "traditional" quad (such a St. Bernardus or a Pannepot). I loved the flavor and feel, very complex and elegant. Very classy drinking.

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 996 ratings
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