Allagash Four | Allagash Brewing Company

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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.

Added by UnionMade on 03-26-2004

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into my chimay goblet. bottle reads batch 18.

A- this one pours a murky reddish color with a small khaki colored head that lasts a while and leaves solid rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- very sweet. very fruity. lots of raisin and plum. fig also. somewhat spicy belgian yeast.

T- once again, very sweet. alot more spice than i could smell. slight alcohol burn. lots of the fruit i could smell. raisin, plum, and fig dominate.

M- light bodied with alot of carbonation. exactly what i was expecting.

D- easy to get to the bottom of this bottle but its a little strong to consider another. glad i tried this. allagash never lets me down.

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Photo of roblowther
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged, batch #19 and a heck of a way to start the weekend. Poured into a chalice glass, dark caramel and an active light tan head. Steady stream of bubbles up the center to reinforce the troop losses up top. Settles down to a creamy texture. Smells of orange sherbet, raisins, and cinnamon. Tastes like heaven. With boobs. Slightly burnt caramel up front, then tastes like those orange creme candies your grandmother always had in a cut-glass dish. Finishes with a sharp, woody note that makes me thirsty for more. Wow! Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, assertively bubbly up front and then a touch oily and almost sticky. Its got a body to stand up to the carbonation. Very drinkable. It has an alcohol warmth but it only hints at the 10% the label promises. Very sippable and sip I shall. I'm going to do less typing and more drinking now.

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Photo of bret27
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the red in a super fat brandy snifter, which is appropriate for this fat quad.

App: Dark brown, ruby hues. Minimal white head. 2 little chunks floating in bottom.

Smell: belgian fruity berryish esters, earthiness, little citrusy hoppiness hiding in back.

Taste: Same as smells w/addition of sweet candy sugar, bready maltiness.

Mouth: Smooth and full. Little alcohol burn, but not really a burn. Just the belgian warming sensation.

Overall: A good quad, but not amazing. Good but not as good as the real thing from those delightful trappists IMO.

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

A- Beautiful amber color. Translucent. Not impressed with the head and lacing though.

S- Belgian yeast, berries, sweet brown sugar. This actually smells like a real Belgian quad, I'm impressed. No alcohol presence which is also impressive.

T- Very juicy sweet overall. The complexity here is a real pleasure to sip and try to interpret the taste. The sugar is dominate throughout. Easy drinking smooth. Lacking on the yeast and spice I prefer from a Belgian style brew.

M- Well coated on the palate. The body is medium. Slightly sour aftertaste. Low carbonation.

D- One sweet and complex American quad here. Congrats to Allagash.. they've pulled off a great example of a quad and it only took having to 4x everything.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle of FOUR with my wife on our fourth wedding anniversary (get it?). Poured into Ommegang Three Philosopher chalices. Dark, cloudy orange color, almost cider-like appearance. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Slight white head formed. Spicy and floral smell. Taste was a bit different for a quad. It had that sugary characteristic and a dried plum flavor to it, but it also had a faint hop bite to it. This I did not expect, but I ended up liking this twist. Even though this bottle has been aged for about a year, there was still a bit of a hot alcohol note present. Very smooth beer to drink though. Paired well with a chocolate torte. This is a worthwhile beer to try, merely because it is a very unique American expression of a classic Belgian style.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #15 Purchased in January 09 and cellared since.

Poured into my wide mouth wine glass as the label instructed. Some scant foam formed but faded quickly. The beer itself is a gorgeous ruby color that is very deep and has excellent clarity. Around the edges there are some single strands of carbonation.

Aroma is fairly light and of some nice malts and deep dark fruits. Not too much spice in the nose.

Dark cherries, plum and other dark fruits dominate the flavor. Lots of yeast notes and a touch of spice. The malt flavors are deep and rich. I don't mean this in a bad way, but almost had a cherry cough medicine quality. Slight warming from the abv. I did have to re-read the label to confirm this was not aged on oak or other wood. There is a slight wood/oak tone to this.

Almost syrup like. Big mouth feel. Warms you a bit as you drink it.

I think this a pretty good quad, but does not rise to the depth and complexity of others.

Glad I had the chance to try this, not sure I'll seek it out again..

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Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Natasha for cracking this one open.

Pours a woody brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has lots of tart pitted fruit, bready malts and herbal hops.

Taste was alot more fruity than I expected. Some peppery yeast, spicy booze and roasted candy as well.

Body a bit thin for the style. Good stuff, perhaps closer to a BSDA.

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Photo of champ103
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark and cloudy red. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt and dark fruits up front. Dry wood aromas. Some spicy and peppery aromas. Dank yeast as well. A little alcohol burn lingers on.
T: Sweet malt, dark fruits, and spicy flavors again. Lots of dry wood. A little alcohol as well.
M/D: A full body and well carbonated. Again, very dry in the mouth. The alcohol shows, but very easy to sip on.

This is a really good beer. It pretty much follows what a Quad should be. Like most beers of this style though, a bit to dry for my tastes. Still something I would recommend, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Fins Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Poured a deep, garnet colored amber with a two-finger head of frothy tan foam which left curtains of sticky lace.

S: Smells quite fruity, with a deep, sweet malt aroma, a bit of cocoa powder and churned butter. Hops border on bowl of citrus fruits and a field of cut grass and herbs.

T: Tastes quite complex, like a Belgian strong ale should. Loads of sweet and roasted malt flavors with hints of banana, clove, blackberry and light honey sweetness. Hops are demure yet bol enough, lending a spicy, herbal flavor to the sugary sweetened malts.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly dry, yet slightly sweet as well.

D: One to share a bottle of or sip on after dinner. WOuld probably go well with a plate of gouda cheese and rye crackers. I had one oyster with it and it didn't compliment as well as I'd hoped. Oh well, still fine crating and a good version of the style. Dare I say better than Ommegang?

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #19.

Nose is softly Belgian like a Saison - good vein of sourness and powdery yeastiness. Crisp notions of attenuation and alcohol. Slight spice. Slight orange. Smells pretty good.

Pours a deep dirty blond/brown color, little clarity, nice head with quick dissipation. Looks pretty good.

Crisp edge of alcohol and carbonation on a rock-solid bed of malt and sugar. Honey-like sweetness is well-developed and prevalent, but never coying - it's almost candy-like. Tart citric fruity flavors play with the sweetness adding both depth and balance. Mild funk and sourness add complexity. Moderate spice and hints of herbs. Mild nutty oiliness. Finishes slightly dry, slightly oily.

A spectacular beer. Truly wonderful to this palate. The balance is spot-on and it's full of flavor. The best description I can put to word is that when you take a sip, and the full sensory experience manifests as a tangible feeling on my tongue and subsequently registers electronically in my brain, it is euphoric; this is felt at first sip and last sip, and each sip in between (the 10% tends to help the euphoria near the end).

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy red color. There is no head to speak of. The aroma is dates, star anise, cardamom, and a soft sweet maltiness. It is a very delicate aroma for such a large beer, but it works. The taste is more powerful than the aroma, but just as complex. There is an abundance of spices, and malt. Nothing really stands out, and that is was stands out in this beer. If I think about tasting a certain aspect of taste, then take a sip, I taste that aspect. If I think about another, the same thing happens. This really is a well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is of the smoothest silk imaginable. The carbonation is light and fine. Overall, this is a very nice beer. I'm not sure if I'd call it the best Quad I've yet tasted, but it is up there.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nice corked and caged 750.

Appearance: Hazy light brown with thin head at first, but it doesnt stick around long. It got some legs as you go.

Smell: Wow. Spicy, bready, and sweet. Lots of dark, raisiny fruit.

Taste: Very spicy upfront. All that nice fruit and bread in the middle, then booze running down your throat and warming your belly. The spiciness is almost peppery and balances all the thick sweetness to keep it from being cloying. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel: You almost never want to swallow this stuff. Such a full mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Lively. Its almost sticky in the way that the delicious flavor lingers.

Drinkability: This stuff is fantastic. If I was I nice guy, I would share it with someone, but I'm going to drink it all myself. It dont come cheap though-- I think my bottle was $14. You can get a world class Belgian quad for that, but this is almost as good, and made in the USA.

Just finished another bottle 9/1/10. I agree with my previous rating. Excellent beer. Plan to buy another for the cellar.

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Photo of vacax
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 15.

Pours maroon brown with hints of gold at the edges of my glass. Medium head is khaki colored and thick, leaving abundant lacing. Aromas of apple cider, grapes, and candi sugar all complement a Belgian style yeasty nose.

Spicy and fruity flavors dominate this sweet mapley brew thanks to the four yeast strains. Raisins, grapes, white pepper, and thyme all are evident with a spicy roasty finish. Flavors are aggressive, personally I would prefer a milder brew. Body is medium and it is excessively bubbly.

This strikes me as a very American quadrupel, taking the subtle fruity complexity of a Belgian quad and ratcheting it up to the next extreme level. It is a little much for me.

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Photo of wheatman106
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this with capra12. We finished the 2nd half of this 750 paired with Dutch Gouda from Trader Joe's.

A: Dark amber color, small head formation with poor retention.

S: Smelled like alcohol and cider with hints of fruit and what I could only explain as moss.

T: Opened carbonated and strongly flavored, more than the level of aroma indicated. You can taste the alcohol, but from the middle to finish this beer dissipates with a woody, grapey spice and earthy notes. Finish is long, alcoholic, and spicy.

M: Medium to full body.

D: I could enjoyably sip this beer, especially paired with the Gouda. I definitely needed help finishing the big bottle though.

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Photo of colts9016
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from mike, thank you

Poured into a tulip glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: There was a two finger head that quickly dissipated. The head was a light tan color that is creamy and foamy. The body of the beer is a dark copper color that has reddish hues. There are little particles that seem suspended in the beer. The clarity of the beer is hazy.

Nose: A good malty presence in the beer. There is good floral esters, citrus, and some wood. In the background of the beer a hint of a sweetness is evolving. A toasty biscuit and caramel aroma floats amongst the rest of the beer.

Taste: A very rich maltiness with that sweetness. There is a nice floral bouquet with some citrus and a touch of wood for the hops. The toasty biscuit flavor mingles amongst the beer with a touch of caramel.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, soft carbonated and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is light. This is a very tasty quad, although I can distinguish the different malts and hops. The beer is well rounded and made well, what else do you expect from Allagash.

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Photo of bilyboy65
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. You can almost taste all four fermentation periods with each sip, no just kidding. Pours a very dark brown, with almost no head but then again who really needs to fight through a good one to get to the beer. Am I right or what? I wonder if anyone will respond. Ok, sorry tangent and back to the beer. Does leave a nice layer of film on the glass. The nose is very good and complex. Scents of plums and sugars. Very sweet in taste as well. The malts really out play the hops in this one. The bottle says the score is 4 malts to 4 hops, but it tastes more like 8 to 1 in favor of the malts. Taste has some diactyl in it, but for the most part its sweet like sugar with a little fruitiness. Tastes more like grapes even though there is plums in the nose. Feels very good going down. Surprisingly a medium body with not a lot of resistance by the throat. Enjoy this one!

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged two years in the beer fridge.

Pours a deep mahagony. Slightly cloudy. Very thin head (from the aging).

Nose is very mature, with robust fruit and a slight sugary feel. Cherries dominate.

Very robust fruit in the initial taste. Faint, but nice, hop profile in a quite tart finish.

Mouthfeel is very thick and slightly syrupy. Extremely chewy.

For a 10%er, suprisingly easy to handle. Hides the % very well.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle- pours an opaque caramel colour with a one finger off white head and fair lacing. Nose- toffee, fruit- very sweet smelling. Taste- raisins, brown sugar spice and other dark fruits. Very creamy texture and moderate carbonation. One of the more drinkable quads I've had. I think this bottle has a few years on it, so didn't notice the booze heat that others have remarked on. Quite smooth. Not the most complex quad out there, but still a solid drink.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/21/2009 (Bottle batch#15):

Pours a medium brown colored body, with a white head, diminishing. Clear. Strong fruity aroma, grape but not wine-y. Sweet craemy mouthfeel. Grape taste. Honey sweet taste. Carbonated, soft mouthfeel. Some hops, but very hidden.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2006 Vintage bottle I have had this one sitting in the cellar for two years, and decided last night to go diving in there, this is what I came up with. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, the cork and caged 750ml bottle was consumed on 05/29/2009.

The pour was wonderful,dark brown, nearly opaque color here with a rich looking off white head that rose up to a height of around three inches at first before settling down with a gentle cushion and dropping tons of thick lace along the way. Rich malty aroma, hints of lots of bready notes here, touches of caramel and rich herbal notes. Strong toffee notes as it warms, really fantastic presentation so far. Smooth, mellow, well blended taste with the high ABV well masked within. Creamy, rich, sweet flavor with a definite candy like flavor in the finish and light touches of dried fruits mixed in throughout.

Overall very, very solid and definitley a fine example of the style. I would have no issues at all with having this one every day. And to be honest it looks as though the age has mellowed it quite nicely.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a murky mahogany color with dark copper tones when held to the light. Starts with an inch of head that lapses into a collar around the brew. No lacing down the sides.

S: Toffee, brown sugar, plums, cherries, raisins, and coriander.

T: Lots of dark malt, brown sugar, and lastly toffee on the initial taste. It broadens into a dark fruit base in plum, cherry, and raisin tones as I sample the swig some more. Some currant and apple too. A nice coriander and pepper bite right at the dry finish, letting it end cleanly with no aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation. It sits well on the tongue without being too syrupy or too foamy, which is a fantastic balance. A dry finish with spicy bite. No alcohol burn.

D: This is a good quad, but it reminds me of Three Philosophers, which is half the cost and pretty much twice the value. I really don't see myself paying $17 to grab this again.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, murky orange-brown color. The head is medium-small with a tinge of brown. Retention is pretty nice, with decent lacing.

S: Very toffeelike. Also a solid dose of brown sugar. Some dark fruit and spicy, moderately phenolic yeast. Alcohol is well-hidden but it does poke its head in the door to say hello.

T: Toffee is present again, but much less than the nose suggested initially. Lots of brown sugar/molasses flavor, along with dates, black cherries, and some faint orangey citrus. Fairly spicy - moderate phenols, cloves, and tangy yeast. A solid shot of table sugar into the finish, along with a curiously hoppy bitterness. I want to call it citric. Alcohol is relatively subdued, although there are some mildly rum-like notes here and there.

M: Fairly full-bodied, with surprisingly active carbonation for the style. Sticky and rather dry into the finish.

D: Very, very tasty and impressively complex. Lots and lots going on here. Drinkability is nice as well. It manages a fairly hoppy balance for the style, considering all of the different sugary flavors that are at work. I found this for $6 for a 750mL bottle - well worth the price.

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Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel glass from a 22oz cork-finished bottle served at my house

Poured an amber brown with a solid head that reduces to a ring around the glass. Hazy.

The nose has fruit, malt, sugar, and spices. Very well balance aroma, as all these different notes work well together.

The malt comes out first, with a sweetness form the fruit. Hints of raisin, currant, and apple. The spice appears toward the end, making the finish crisp and clean

This is a fun bear to be appreciated,the complexity of the flavor outshines any alcohol, meaning if you come across this on tap, sit and stay a while.

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Photo of jsapunor
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. The color is a beautiful dark cherry red. Nice head, about one finger and it doesn't last long.

The smell is not as strong as you might expect. Some caramel and raisin but nothing overwhealming.

The taste is outstanding. Lots of dark fruits, plums and cherries at the finish. It reminds me of Three Philosophers but lighter on the cherries. The sweetness is a pleasant surprise. The alcohol warmth makes its presence known at the end although very quietly given the ABV. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation that adds to the smoothness.

An outstanding beer that is extremely drinkable.

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
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