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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 Dodo2step
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Given to me by a friend. Thanks Joseph

Aged on year in the cellar.

A- an aromatic pour that gives a nice fluffy head and leaves a nice spideweb lacing on my weizen glass. A hazy cloudy dark bourbon type of color.

S- smell of some nice dark fruits such as plum or raisins. A caramel malty type of contingent as well. Alcohol is prominent in the nose as well.

T- The taste mimics the nose. Very dark fruity esters here. Grainy dark fruit.

M- Chewy and creamy. It is like eating chewy yogurt BUT in a good way because the alcohol really complements it well.

D- This brew will knock you on your ass so you better sip it. You feel like you could down it in 10 minutes but slow it down.

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Photo of chaz01
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 Bottle served into a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Cloudy Brown color, very murky looking with a frothy thick head.

S: Picking up orange peel in the aroma with some alcohol tones that remind me of rum.

T: More orange flavors, with some earthy malt characteristics. Alcohol presence definitely noted in the taste.

M: Well carbonated, full bodied. Big alcohol finish lingers on for a bit.

D: Very nice sipping beer if you can look past the predominant alcohol flavors. Might even consider aging this beer longer.

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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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Photo of drcarver
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy deep amber color with a two finger fluffy off white head. Decently effevescent.

S - starts with a heavy steel like aroma but quickly switches to a sweet orange like aroma. Pear's in there too.

T - SWEET!! but finished clean with a creaminess to the feel. Again an orange like citrus is present. Again there is a steel/iron like taste.

D - goes down nicely

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-translucent honey golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale yellow-cream head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and slightly sweet. Richly fruity flavor has hints of yeast, malt and honey - quite tasty. Lively, tingly, fizzy, sassy texture leaves a nice honey-sweet but not cloying finish.

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Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium and dark fruits more than anything - plums, raisins, and pears, in that order. Also present are good amounts of brown sugar and lighter Belgian candi sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front with some heft from Belgian candi sugar kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns toward fruit - raisins, plums, and pears as with the aroma but also with hints of orange peel. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this beer was a bit better with more active carbonation, except in regards to the mouthfeel. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to pull this one out of the cellar. Poured into a Rochefort chalice.

Batch #15

A- Pours a dark burgundy color with orange/ruby hues throughout. Produced a fingers width of cream colored head. Dissipated upon consumption.

S- Interesting. Has much of base aromas that I love about quads...big malt profile, dark fruit, light sweetness. Just not potent enough.

T- This beer has definitely aged for the better. That being said, it still has some ground to make up when compared to the Westvleterens, St. Bernardus, and Rocheforts. Just takes on too much off a candy sweetness to be comparable. Upfront a mellow, fruit flavor takes over...raisin, plums, and pears. The finish has a fruit quality to it, with the addition of a distinct candy malt sweetness. Just a bit out of place. The sweetness is very uncharacteristic and almost seems artificial.

M- Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Leaves the palate really dry...not something I am looking for in a quad.

D- Very good for a beer of this size. Pretty drinkable.

Overall, a good attempt at an American interpretation for the style. Still, this beer could be improved greatly. Probably will pass on this one if I'm looking for a quad.

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Photo of rfabian
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass it forms a large and persistent head that leaves plenty of lacing. The appearance is amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is malty and yeasty with a hint of spicy hops. The taste is surprisingly smooth, sweet, malty and fruity with hardly a hint of the high ABV. The feel is full to medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a very delicious and enjoyable ale, but at $18.50 for 750 ml I won't be knocking one down every night.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks are in order for wagenvolks for sending me this brew in a trade.

The appearance is a brew that is a tawney/garnett color with a light biege foamy head that features exceptional retention and good lacing.

The smell is very 'belgian-esque'. Yeasty, spicy and tons of sugar sweetness and dark fruits.

The taste is a symphony of flavors ranging from sweet to spicy and even a bit of tartness and kiss of alcohol warmth. very sweet and complex, absolutely delcious.

The feel this medium bodied brew is super silky and has soft but highly fizzy carbonation. I could go for a bit fuller of a body, but overall pretty good feel.

One of my favorite styles and this is one of the premier examples. Excellent cap to my night.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Large 750 mL corked bottle poured into my snifter glass in three parts.

Appearance - Dull medium brown with lots of sediment in the glass. Cloudy appearance. Large two finger head recedes rather quickly into a nice lacing.

Aroma - Dark fruits soaked in rum is the first note I pick up. Nice sweetness. Some strong hop citrus notes balance out quite well.

Taste - Dark fruit sweetness and rum mingle together very well. Booze is somewhat noticable. Hop citus cuts through nicely although I do not think the rum and hops mix perfectly.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Not much carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability - The high ABV is not overpowering and the mouthfeel here is smooth, making this beer a good sipper.

Overall, a nice creative quad. My only criticism is that the hops and rum notes clash a little in the overall flavor profile. Definitely worth a try.

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

Big thanks to Yesac for hooking me up with this one. 750ml, Batch #19.

A: Deep copper in color with an enormous off white head, a good four fingers worth of head, great retention, first pours yield no sediment and the beer is incredibly clear. Enormous amount of violent carbonation from the nucleation point in my goblet. Very appealing.

S: Very complex, smells like a well rounded beer, I get notes of pale malts, some notes of wheat and oats and other specialty malts, maybe some rye? Lastly spicy yeast with lots of fruity esters, most notably green apples. Nice.

T: Follows the nose nicely, this is an incredibly malty beer with notes of light barley, slightly biscuity, some wheat profiles, a nice balancing out with some oats as well. Caramel sweetness, and just a hint of noble hop bitterness. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast esters that put everything together nicely. Very nice.

M: Medium to slightly thick body with a nice amount of carbonation to keep things in check. Surprisingly low alcohol heat which is nice.

D: Fairly easy to drink, this is the first quad I've had in a long time, and I need to start drinking the style more often. Not as much of a sweet boozey mess as others in the style. Nice beer here, glad to get a chance to try this. Will be seeking this out again.

Thanks Casey!

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Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= Poured a clear copper color with a super dense, creamy off-white head that rose a full 2" that only ever dropped by half. Excellent head retention!

S= Spicy, peppery yeast with a hint of mustiness, fruity esters, bakery malts, slight alcohol whiff.

T= Started with a nice toasty caramel malt flavor that moved quickly into the banana like fruity esters. The combination of these two flavors made me think of bananas foster dessert (but in a good beery way)! Some very faint hops in the deep background fighting to show, but the malty sweetness won this battle. Yeast character was there, but certainly short of "funky". Finished lightly sweet with a spicy alcohol aftertaste. Warming.

MF= Medium body with a fairly high carbonation, though it never felt sharp or overly prickly.

D= I love this brewery and had huge expectations for this beer so I am struggling to not let that color my review. This was a well made beer for sure and quite drinkable for the ABV but it lacked the WOW factor I was expecting after reading the ingredients list.

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

750ml bottle in a snifter glass; Batch 18.

Appearance: hazy brown with a thin head

Nose: malty sweetness, slightly fruity

Taste: esters, light tasting, stewed pears, spicy hops, very complex

I had no idea that this was a quad. The appearance is very deceiving. I would have expected it to be much darker like Unibroue La Terrible or Koningshoeven La Trappe Quad. Overall this was a beautiful bier. I believe it ages very well.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Sunset Tap & Grill into a tulip.

A: Opaque reddish-brown body; small, quickly-dissipating head of white foam; moderate lacing. Nothing too exciting on this front.

S: Subdued aromas of yeast, candi sugar, and dark fruits (plums and raisins). Nice, but not as intense as I'd like for a quad.

T: Now this is where this beer delivers - huge flavors caress the tongue, from the big fruity malts up front through the delicately spicy yeast to the rich malty finish and smooth, slightly boozy aftertaste. Awesome.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

D: Unsurpassed for the strength. Hardly shows the ample ABV at all.

Notes: Amazing all-around beer. Yet another winner from Allagash. Amazing to find it on tap.


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Photo of soupyman10
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting to give up on Church Key's cask offerings - they never seem carbonated right (I know it's supposed to be "natural," but something seems to get lost in the translation) or served at the right temperature. Possibly I'm just not used to it, but this is another supposedly excellent beer that I've found quite mediocre in this medium. Either way, this poured a deep amber color with no head and nothing in the way of film, lacing, or anything. Nose is nice: citrus, caramel, candy, yeast. Flavor is likewise, with a little more alcohol and chocolate and some more of that quad spice that you expect. Feel is mediocre - too thin, too low on the carbonation to be really good. Overall, just didn't do it for me. I might try it out of the bottle if I can find it at the right price.

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

A - Poured into a goblet, a moderate cream head tops a hazy burnt orange

S - big yeasty hoppy smell. Very floral & citrusy especially for a quad. Some plum, roasty sugar. Whiff of banana ester.

T - everything from the nose & more. Caramel, almost chocolate malts more present. Almost neutral sweet/bitter profile. Alky warming but not biting. Finishes very dry.

M - medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Pretty standard strong ale.

D - nice quad in every respect - while no session beer it's easy & enjoyable to quaff

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

A: Golden color with a tiny white head that disappears rapidly to leave scant bubbles and great lacing.
S: Aroma of freshly rising bread dough.
T: Flavor begins with orange peel and coriander, progresses to a nice sourness and finishing with a bitter tone.
M: Great body, almost chewy.
D: A wonderful brew, especially on cask.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Moderate sized head with weak retention and light lacing. Nice orange pinkish colored beer with a light haze. Very nice color.

S- Very sweet and earthy aroma with hints of cherries, raspberries and caramel.

T- Large Caramel and earthy spice, fruity berries floral hops and dry bitter finish.

M- Full bodied somewhat oily and crisp with a very nice dry finish.

Overall this is a very good beer I would not mind drinking another one of these.

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Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. The first of four Allagash 750 ML corked and caged bottles that I picked up at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood. This one was $9.99. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers Quad glass. Batch # 16 stamped on the label.

A A short lived light brown creamy head that dissipated into a ring around the top of the glass within about 30 seconds. Body is a nice medium caramel opaque that lets a little light through but it is impossible to see anything through it. All of these features are consistent with other quads that I have had including Three Phils. Lastly, significant sediment in the bottom of my glass, taken from near the bottom of the bottle present a great Belgian look. 4.5

S Great Belgian yeast, nice roast malt with almost no hops. Love the smell of a style of beer that was recently my favorite. 4.5

T Yes...yes....Belgian yeast, malt and minimal hops. There may be a bit of dark fruit taste as well as an appropriate kick of alcohol (ABV is 10% on the label). 4.5

M Appropriately syrupy and that feel stays with you well after the last sip, probably 10 minutes or more. The kick of alcohol and sweetness of the malt increases the feel too. 4.0

D Good for the style but no quad is very drinkable (in terms of having several glasses). That being said, I will finish the 750 ML bottle within 30 minutes most likely. 3.5

Notes: Allagash has captured the right balance of the yeast, malt and minimal hops in a classic Quad taste that any brewer within Belgium would and should be proud of. I consider this and Three Philosophers to be good examples of American brewers ability to produce excellent Belgian Ales.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: hazy copper, and little head for a belgian.

smell: fruity, dark fruits, IE raisins, plum...

taste: bad alcohol bite, again some fruity aspect. an uncomfortable medicine bite

mouthfeel: light carbonation, had a elixir feel

drinkability: not a good belgian at all, it's hard to mess them up too.

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Batch 16. Aroma is of raisins, figs, dates and sweet malts. Taste follows pretty closely the aromas and is also moderately sweet, warming and slightly sour on the back of the tongue. Tremendously smooth to drink at 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden by the lovely flavors and sweetness of the malts and the belgian yeast. A stellar beer and a very special treat. A great "transitional beer" for people that don't normally drink good beer, also.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-dark brown with a huge, fluffy white head. The beer is a little hazy and is not see-through. A great looking beer.

Smell is dark fruits, lots of raisins and some Belgian yeast.

The taste has some dark fruits, as well as some caramel malt and some sweetness which I guess is from the candi sugar. I don't get any alcohol in the flavor. It can't be easy to hide all the alcohol flavor and aroma in a 10 percent beer, but Allagash has pulled it off. The beer does give you a warming sensation in your chest, absolutely wonderful.

As large as the head was, the beer is not that carbonated which I really appreciate. The beer is not that thick in the mouthfeel, making it easy to drink. At 10 percent, this is very drinkable and could be dangerous since you can't taste any of the alcohol. A great beer.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Great Lost Bear. Its actually fairly hazy in the glass, a big turn on for me. This beer actually blew my mind. It is absolutely one of the best I have ever had the privilege of drinking. Fairly sweet, but with a cutting edge that managed to quickly dispel any and all other flavors. Smooth, yet not overpowering, the alcohol is really well masked here. Definitely a beer worth buying again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a thick, off-white, long-lasting head of foam. It left thick, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled fruity and floral. It smelled of biscuity malt and raisin.

T - It tasted of spicy yeast, sweet malty caramel, touches of raisin and dried fruits - like apple and pear.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium to full-bodied ale.

D - This is a really great quad. Great flavors and aromas.

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