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Allagash Four | Allagash Brewing Company

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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.

Added by UnionMade on 03-26-2004

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Ratings: 997 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of iD9
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in world's smallest stemmed wine (taster) glass.

Appearance: Hazy, unfiltered golden-orange. Suspended sediment evident in the glass. Head forms ever-so-slightly off-white and retains a pleasing ring around the edge of the glass. Pleasant lacing is also evident.

Smell: Slight smell of malts and spice (potpourri); slight heat from alcohol? Mild sweetness, of candied-sugars? Not particularly impressive.

Taste: Malty, some spicy notes (possibly from the yeast). Light sweetness but not too invasive. Has a slightly bitter body. Again, a little bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth. Finishes with a slightly bitter after taste: a bit more than I had expected.

Overall: A solid beer. Not overly impressive but seems to carry several of the distinct attributes of belgian-style beers. A little more bitter than I would have hoped.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a nice two finger cocoa head. Good carbonation and lacing on my snifter. The head is very pillow-like in appearance, and sticks around for a long time. Nose is yeast, malt, hops, caramel, dark fruit, and spices. Really nice nose on this brew- it could easily pass for a Belgian Quad on the smell. Taste is good, but not quite up to the smell. This is definitely one of the smoothest, malty, drinkable Quads I've ever had. The hops are hidden, but you get some of them in the taste. The 10% ABV is there w/ a little bit of alcohol burn on the aftertaste- it's pretty mellow though. Feel is silky smooth and sweet, with the hop bitterness barely there. Overall, this is a very enjoyable Quad. Definitely in the top 3 or 4 American Quads I've had (off the top of my head). Definitely worth picking up. Cheers.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 25 per the label.

Pours a hazy honey-gold color with a 1/2 inch beige head that settles to a film. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a spicy flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crip but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid quad with lots of nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -26.5%
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 thedoubler55
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with a haze of red, about a finger of head at the top that leaves a slight bit of lacing.

S: Sweet fruit, apples, pears, mix of sweet earthy malt and hops.

T: Smooth and creamy all together perfect mix of hops and malts, nice belgian yeast kick at the end great balance on this QUAD.

M: Medium bodied and mid carbonation lots of stickyness on this one.

D: A perfect balanced Quad, I enjoyed this one very much!

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(A) Looks like a caramel and honey color, kind of golden with a bit of orange in there. Decent head that dissipates fast.

(S) Smells malty. Has an odd hop aroma that isn't necessarily good or bad. Some fruits and a bit sweet.

(T) The big overlying part of the taste is the yeasty characteristic. It's very yeast-heavy and it only worsens as it opens up. I think it was a bit too much. There's some slight booze. Candi sugar is very prominent. Big malts. There's a bit of a banana taste toward the end. Some honey.

(M) It's a bit carbonated and isn't very well balanced.

(O) This was odd. I wasn't too thrilled with it. I think they could have just used 1 type of yeast and one decent fermentation. The novelty aspect of the beer is great but the execution and final product was less than satisfying.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A let down for me. Perhaps they tried a little toooo hard to make a unique beer???

Pours a golden copper color with a nice amount of head.

Smell is sweet, fruity a bit, and of course sugary. Sense of alcohol smell is also prevalent.

Taste is very malty and sweet. A little too much for me.

Overall, disappointed.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, batch 12. Year...?

Pours a light, hazy mahogany. The head is okay for a high ABV beer, and the lacing is good.

Aroma has some banana, raisin and generally ripe, estery fruit. Spicy yeast and alcohol as well.

This beer is sweet and rich, but also surprisingly well-attenuated for a high octane Quad. Lots of yeast, spicy phenols and a surprising amount of hops too. The finish is long, dry and yeasty. Flavor has notes of dark fruit, caramel and a light acidity. Alcohol is noticeable, but not "hot" or intrusive. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, weighty, mellow and well-carbonated.

Doesn't quite compare to some of the great Abbey and Trappist Quads, but the Allagash holds it own. Probably the best American-made Quad I've had. Some more bready, toffeish malt flavors, and this stuff would be fantastic.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this at Get Real NY. Poured about 3ounces. Big foam head. Lots of spice. Heavy booze flavor. Big fat malt flavor. No hops there. Bright acidity. Slight tanginess in finish. Surprisingly drinkable. Glad I got to sample this rarer brew.


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Photo of scottyshades
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Trappe Door in Greenville, SC

A: Pours a deep copper color into the Trappe Door tulip glass. Good head, good retention

S: Cherries, wood, lots of residual sugar, banana, and hints of Belgian yeast, raisin. Alcohol does come through in the nose, but does not mask the rest

T: Super malty, including notes of cherries, dark fruit, candied fruit, raisin, banana, and a little spearmint. Kind of sweet, but alcohol is not noticeable at all, despite its 10% ABV

MF/O: Thick body, velvety, creamy feel, finishes a little sweet with hints of candied dark fruit

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Photo of arizcards
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from the Francestown Village Market for $15.99. Batch #23.

Beer poured amber-brown with a nice white head.

Nose is dark fruit and candied sugar.

Taste is a huge malt backbone combined with ripe plum, hints of raisin, and candied sugar.

Mouthfeel is classic belgian yeast strain making this light to medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall drinkability is good. Alcohol was warming as i am assuming this is a young batch. Very tasty, nice job by Allagash!

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 19. Poured into a tulip. The body is light, hazy plum; not as dark as I might have expected. The light tan head is massively huge and sticky.

The aroma is very fruity and slightly sweet. I get a lot of prune and a touch of peach.

The taste is immediately sweet with brown sugar and light fruit flavor. Repeated sips later emphasize the yeast flavors of plum and fruit.

The carbonation is a little heavy and the body is about right, maybe a little lighter than expected.

I like this one, but probably not enough to pony up the $$ this one usually goes for.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulilp. Pours a slightly cloudy plumb colored body with about an inch of beige head. It settles down to a creamy layer of foam that sticks around.

Sweet grapish aroma with prunes and figs. A little bit of notes of caramel. A faint aroma of grassy hops linger in the background. Really a nice mellow balanced aroma that's slightly sweet. Sweet caramel and toffee come through with lots of dark fruit characters like figs and plumbs. A little bit of spicy hops and some doughy yeast round this one out.

Medium body on this one with slightly prickly carboantion. Overall a pretty well made quad. Lots of ingredients seems to make for an interesting beer on here.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been aging this one for at least a year, maybe two - Batch 15. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Served very lightly chilled.

Clear, maroon body with bright venetian and candy apple red highlights. A gentle collar rings a slow moving slick, traced out in beige in the center of the glass. Very light lacing.

Figs, leather, prunes, brandy, well aged sourdough, and violets erupt in the ester-heavy nose.

Complex, rich malt profile suggestive of caramel, cloves, cocoa nibs, and cedar. The sweetness is accentuated by more of the dark fruit notes observed in the aroma, though the spicy alcohol flavors in concert with a weak bitterness attenuate the sugars sufficiently. Maraschino and tea emerge from the finish which resolves to a single blended flavor.

Sufficient carbonation, low effervesence, medium-bodied, but a bit oily.

This beer seems to do better with age. Maybe I should wait a full FOUR years for consistency, but this is about as good a domestic version of this difficult style as you could hope for.

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Photo of Brabander
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I traded this beer with Sean (claaarck13) and his wife Amber for some westy beer. We had a great time in Belgium when we met in may 2011.

I poured out this bottles during a beertasting at my cousin Peter's place. There were a lot of starting beer geeks who could not believe that there are so many good beers in the world.

Poured out in a wineglass this beer is deep ambercoloured. To say this is a quad...i am not sure if it deserves this type. For the rest this is a very good and very drinkable beer with a nice foamy head

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Photo of jsanford
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Batch #22.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with a slight reddish tint and a creamy white head that leaves lots of soapy lacing as it recedes.
S - Sweet caramel malt, earthy hops, and some spicy yeast.
T - More sweet flavors of caramel/toffee with a bit of earthy hops and spicy malt. Really wish I could pick out more flavors, seeing as there are so may ingredients in this beer, but it all comes together in one big, muddy package. Not very memorable.
M - Slick with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Not bad, but not at all memorable. Definitely an example of bigger not being better!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a brownish orange color with a tan foamy head. The smell of the beer had a mix of sweet and sour aromas. The taste was pretty much just like the nose but was mostly on the sour side. The mouthfeel was decent. I thought this beer sounded pretty awesome but after having it I wasn't all that impressed with it. I was pretty bummed out actually I thought would have been better.

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Photo of harrymel
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Batch #21

A: Pours a hazy burnt toffee ale with a single finger of peanut head which dissipates quickly to leave a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. when agitated, a full finger of fluff sticks around for a few minutes.

S: Initially, floral and metallic. Followed up by sweet belgian sugar, malts and earthy yeast. Some hints of green apple skins. Afraid this would not really benefit from more time in the bottle (and I'm unsure of the age on this).

T: Sweet, yeasty, see above. At the back end, the alcohol sharpens and even stabs! Haven't had anything this alcoholic in some time. Afraid this would not really benefit from more time in the bottle (and I'm unsure of the age on this).

M: Medium-lo body with seltzer carbonation. The beer is a bit light on the palate for my preference in a quad. Leaves slick in the mouth.

O: A far cry from the quality I've come to expect from Allagash. The beer is poorly balanced and overly alcoholic. With a mouthfeel inconsistent with the style's big dogs, this beer nearly disappoints. Last time I will buy this one.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This guy pours a copper color with hints of yellow around the edges. Just off white head forms and has a cake batter quality to it. Good retention as well as lacing.

S: Fruity flavors on the nose, I'm thinking ripe strawberry and confectionery sugar.

T: Highly carbonated, and very clean as the beer seems to fizzle right off the tongue. White bakers sugar sort of sweetness strikes me first, next dried stone fruit and dried sweet over ripened cherry seem to follow. Finishing quite clean, however, in the end this is a bit on the sweet side of things. A little bit of pepto bismol sneaks in as it warms.

M: Alka seltzer

O: Good stuff but too expensive and frankly too sweet for my palate. Also I find it to be over carbonated to the point of hurting its score.

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Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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 zaphodchak
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 22
Rusty amber body with single finger of ecru-white head from a slow pour (as prescribed on the bottle). Laces nicely.

Some apple on the nose, and some Belgian tartness. I'm congested, so my opinion here is impaired.

Taste is impressive, far exceeds the nose: apple, black cherry, plenty of spice and some tartness to balance it out. Hops just present enough to balance it out and clean up the finish. There's an aftertaste, vegetal, and not objectionable.

Mouthfeel is great; super creamy and rich, to round out a spicy and tangy beer.

It's impressive, no doubt about that, but it's definitely a sipping beer. Food pairings (brie? possibly steak?) are possible, but this is a powerful standalone.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark amber tone with lightening and deep gold around the rim of the cup, an exceptional amount of lacing and only outdone by the ridiculous amount of carbonation, probably amongst the most I have seen from a beer, 1 to 10 head to beer ratio at first pour, impressive

S: theres a strange metallic copper smell to it, I hope i dont have a skunked bottle but it has sweet notes to it as well, with a dull raisin, stong alcohol presence

T: The taste is nothing like smell and far outdoes it. theres a sweet toffee note with figs and a burnt cherry finish.

M: The overall coating has a caramel texture with great maltiness that bathes the entire mouth for seconds after the swallow, the bitter centers get their fair share of hops as well, with a nice woody middle note that interplays well with the sweetness

D: For a 10% abv beer, exceptionally drinkable, I would not relegate this to the "winter cabin" or "after dinner" stout realm, it would not be out of place out of doors. Although, like most quads, its not a very portable/sharable/inexpensive endeavor. Most people that you attempted to share it with would liken it to a "newcastle" or "alaskan amber" for lack of palate distinction. Dont waste this one on the uninformed, not in an elitist sense, it's your beer, but I would venture a guess that their opinion might alter your own.

Narrative: His polished leather heels clicked lightly on the linoleum floor, waiting, with knowing expectations of his own ability. "The same magazines every time, far below my interests, yet beyond my ability to resist-" he reached forward and thumbed lazily through a copy of "OUTDOOR MONTHLY" noting esoteric information about tent liners. This wasnt his first job interview, but his resume made it clear that he was overqualified, so why was he here, filling a middle management role? It was not for want of ambition, for after all, he prepared 4 times as long as most other candidates. Nor was it for want of character, his euphemisms and passing comments regailed even the most dourfaced water cooler circles. "Glade plug ins, figures, quite the way to garnish the first foyer that expectant clients will encounter." No, it was his robust complexity that was his own undoing, the sheer force of his resume that created expectations that he could not fill and pretentions that filled the void. There was a condescending upshot to the end of his sentences that connoted that all parties present should have known what he said beforehand. "HoW long did THEY HAPPEN t0... SAY?" He requested of the overqualified intern, equally nonplussed with the generic waiting room. It was his content that wowed, but his overall presentation, the custom tailored suit, the wry witticisims that ultimately cost him that job. It did not matter, in his mind he knew that he was four times as qualified as the other candidates. It was that personal victory that carried the day.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash's four is like a quad with a lot of elements from a wild ale, sans funk. I enjoyed it, but it felt like it was all over the board without much direction.

Pours lightly with lots of carbonation and an inch or more of quick settling head. Sweetness comes from lighter fruits - citrus and apple compounded by some grape tastes... lots of spice and a strong bite. The mouthfeel was the same, some sting coming through that light, turbulent body. Very bubbly.

I enjoyed the four, but it wasn't what I expected. If it were a little heavier I think I would have gotten more of the "4X" approach and would have been able to taste more of the yeasts and hops they emphasize so much.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 997 ratings
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