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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Ratings: 996 |  Reviews: 464
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy light brown with a thin head.

S: Smells of pepper and granny smith apple with caramel malt.

T: Pears, apples, melons, pepper and bready malt dominate the palate. What a pleasure.

M: Medium mouthfeel with delicate carbonation.

D: This beer's excellent characteristics justify it's steep price. I'll definitely be celibrating special events with this in the future.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/4/08. Bottle 2008. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a very small head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, melon rind, light sweetness. Flavor of lots of melon rind and light apple and pear fruits. Not as sweet and sugary as I remember. This is more like a Belgian Strong Ale. Good, drinkable, tasty beer.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with hints of orange in the light and yeast sediment floating throughout despite the most careful of pours. Only a faint white head develops leaving nearly no lacing. That said, lacing appears more as the beer warms and body is disturbed.

Smells of dark fruit, something sweet, fermentation, yeast, and alcohol. Expecting sweet sugar, and deep fruits in the flavor.

Sweet fruit, alcohol bite, slightly peppery, and a pleasant hop finish. There is a lot going on here, but I am having trouble identifying each specific flavor. The pepper like flavors becomes more pronounced at the finish as the beer warms, with the sweet sugar becoming more apparent as well.

Four offers a fair amount of carbonation, medium body, and a generous candy like quality to the overall flavor character.

Four is a crowd pleaser, diverse flavor, great to sip on, and announces its presence by bottle's end.

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Photo of froghop
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a mahogany brown with orange tint, a small beige head, and some lacing.

smell is of pepper, spice, caramel, malt, and dark fruits.

taste is creamy, caramel, dark fruits, some woodiness to it, malt, and roasted nuts, has a slightly bitter ending.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Mugs the other night when the BA's were about to hit it up on the Brooklyn Bar Crawl. I didn't know anything about this but it was one of the few offerings on tap that I hadn't tried before. This was very sweet in a crystalline way, but overall, it was a nice warmer and warm-up for the drinking that awaited me!

This has a very nice pour to it - a deep garnet hue, frothy head, and some lacing at the top half of my glass could be easily be seen. The smell of alcohol was quite strong and I was suprrised to see that this was only 10% ABV. I only mention that first because it was a bit overpowering - the sugar, plum, tart raspberry, and leather notes didn't shine through as much as I had wished. This reminded me a bit of a "strong lambic", as this had that sourness to it without the heavy subtley that I would associate with that style. This was too "in your face" for me, but still a quality beer nevertheless.

I know this was brewed with a lot of "fours" -and this should result in a crisp and clean beer. This is certainly crisp but but everything doesn't quite work well together here. This will certainly warm you up, relax you, and leave a nice sweetness behind after each sip, but I'd prefer an abbey or a dubbel over this. Certainly one of the boldest Belgian-style beers I've had in quite some time...

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Photo of gdfan47
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a copper color with a little of a white head and not much lacing
S- Sugar, malt, a little fruit, and a little hops
T- like a malty/hoppy collaboration with some faint citrus and other spice notes
M- velvety and smooth and finishes very well, the extra alcohol
D- very good, but the high abv would be tough to have several of these

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A lighter color than I expected. Brownish amber with a slight reddish hue. No lacing at all.

S: Heavy citrus aromas are evident. Almost straight orange, so its more than just citrusy hops. There is a definite malt character in the nose. Slightly yeasty as well with some dark fruits.

T: Taste is mainly of various malts. Caramel, bready, and dry malts all dominate the front end with hops coming though and taking over the aftertaste. While the finish is hop-filled, it is also very malty. I've never tasted a beer with this complex and aftertaste before. Warming alcohol is quite evident, especially in the finish. Much drier overall than I ever expected for a quad.

M/D: Medium carbonation and texture. Alcohol is a bit too evident in the flavor for you to have a couple of these. All said and done though, the flavor and texture of this beer one that you could enjoy for one or two.

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Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark brown with amber edges and beige head. Aroma of spice, roasted malt, hops, dark fruit and candi sugar. Flavor is similar to aroma with dark fruits, malts and sugar cane. High ABV is very well masked.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Belgian Bar at Brickstore Pub, Decatur, GA. Served in a .3L Allagash flute.

Appearance: A hazy and surprisingly reddish amber with a one-plus finger slightly off white foamy head with great retention. Lighter than expected, much lighter even. Huge sticky sheets of lacing rise off the side of the glass as the head fades though, and though they don't last throughout the entirety of the experience, they're initially very nice.

Aroma: Huge malty and fruity notes, with notes of cherries and raisins and a few light yeasty notes that lend am earthy farmhouse hint to the nose. Bready caramel is the predominant malt note, and it's actually pretty strong, particularly as things warm - perhaps a little heavier than I'd prefer.

Taste: Very malty - as it should be - but with, on the plus side, tons of fruit and, on the minus side, a nice dose of heat. Brown sugar, hints of caramel, lots of doughyness, a huge helping of lighter fruity esters and hints of darker fruitness. A rounded earthy yeasty quality is present too. Not out of this world, but definitely solid.

Mouthfeel: Perfect silky mouthfeel, incredibly smooth and even, feels much less thick than it should. Very fine-bubbled.

Drinkability: A solid quadrupel, lighter and fruitier than most, but still distinctly quadrupel like in its profile. A very interesting and pleasant beer - attractive, aromatic, and tasty. Though the abv% is a little high and only marginally well-hidden, this one's definitely recommended - very easy-going.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy light brown color with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Good complex malt and yeast aroma. Medium body. Full yeasty malt sweet flavor with a balanced finish with a small alcohol bite.

Very good brew.

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

750ml bottle. 2004 Vintage.

Poured a deeper and slightly cloudy orangish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, candi sugar, some dark fruitiness, roast, yeast, and chocolate. Tastes of plums, raisins, candi sugar, lighter yeast, and I’m getting dried out orange peels. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 9/22/08

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The 750 mL bottle is simple yet impressive. Pours with a thick creamy head that is most distinguishable, seems almost meringue like. Dark amber in color, but nothing I consider overly impressive. Yeast remnants floating in the glass. The lace extends completely around the snifter. No one could steal a sip without leaving the evidence on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Heavy malts and over ripened fruit. Very similar to a tawny port with raisins, figs, and dates.

Taste: The taste is complex, more along the lines of a wine as opposed to a beer. Fruity with hints of raisin and sweet, estery almost. Although I am having a hard time nailing down an exact flavor, I do know my mouth continued to water after the bottle was empty.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation that seems to grow and fill your mouth with every swallow.

Drinkability: Drinks very easily for a beer carrying 10%. Glad to have tasted, but by no means would I consider it my favorite Belgian.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

400th review! From 750, corked and caged, with mild to moderate pop of the cork into the St. Bernie chalice.

Pours a nice bourbon color. Not a lot of head at all. Small bubbles form pattern of a map of upper Canada...or of a whale who's hair is on fire. Tiny yeasty floaters in suspension. Moderate carbonation moving to top.

Definitely lots of apple and bourbon. A little raisin and maybe some fig, too. Nice alcohol mix - a bit of yeast electricity and hop pine.

Thick heavy caramel malt dominates, backed bu mild bourbon nd a lot of raising and apples. Mild sense of yeast electricity and spice (cloves, coriander, cinnamon). Probably a little too warm on the temperature side but that's OK - the warmth brings out the flavors very nicely. Slight hop pine.

Warms up quite nicely. Very soothing spice and alcohol balance with good maltiness. Finish is clean (even though slightly tinny in the very eaerly stages) yet hearty and brings out a little pine on the back and gathers up all the spiciness.

For something that's light-heavyweight such as this it drinks very easily. Alcohol is present but nicely hidden and keeps the weight off.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

No head on an aggressive pour. Awesome Belgian nose on this guy. Yeasty fruit aromas, excellent nose. Minimal lacing on the glass. Taste is mildly complex, lots going on. Mild carbonation, good balance. Very tasty beer. Pissed that I shared it with a friend. :) Picked it up in El Segundo California. Worth the enjoyment.

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Photo of nick76
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma benefits from all the malts and hops. It's complex and enhanced by strong yeasts. There is toffee, caramel, butter, toasted malt, wood, and herbal hops. The appearance is brown/amber with a smaller sized head. The flavor is just like the aroma with a bourbon element. The palate is nice and chewy. This is a good beer but the finish is just to acidic for me.

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Photo of GoreStorm
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We were lucky enough to get some of this in our local Bevmo here in Fresno. Looks like we'll be getting the primo Allagash stuff regularly. We had a fair amount of the Curieaux come through and then this. So, I'm happy about that.

Since I already reviewed this on draft. I'll just give a general synopsis about why this was just way better out of the bottle. Everything is basically the same just cranked up. The head was about an inch and a quarter. The hops came through much more out of the bottle, it was definitely present and added more complexity to the scent and taste. The mouthfeel was more of what I expected.

Grab a bottle. If you can afford it, get a few and age them. This seems like a beer that would develop excellently when aged.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Four, lets dive right in. Color sort of reminds me of raspberry in its pinkish dark complexion, minimal heading. Smell is fruity and syrupy, strawberries, cherries, dates and figs come to mind. Very vinous in the flavor, with definite stone fruit aspects, and bits of candied sugar. Feel is light for the style, probably medium in general. Carbonation is pleasant and not overwhelming. Good drinking here, I had no problem drinking two full glasses despite a mild boozyness. Pretty good beer from the brewers at Allagash. An approachable, yet still complex Quad. Cheers, and keep up the good work.

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

Cellared for about three years, this big 750ml corked and caged bottle is ready for reviewing and, hopefully, enjoying. Served in the treasured Westmalle chalice beginning at a few degrees above fridge temperature and finishing around 55 degrees.

Appearance- Lighter in color than any quad I've yet seen, this beer pours the hue of a well-steeped tea. The head rises to just over a finger, popping away and leaving behind a broken puzzle of large and small bubbles. Lacing is scant, partly due to the substantial ABV.

Smell- A wonderful blend of malts and dark fruit, ripened to perfection. The aroma is lush and fruity, almost port-like, without any suggestion of the alcohol factor. Beautiful, expressive nose.

Taste- The quadruple-fermentation has established a complex, interesting palate showcasing plummy fruit notes, and a depth of malt and hops that have really come together over the last three years in the bottle. The finishing bitterness is exceptionally good, since it isn't necessarily expected in a quad... in this case, it wraps up each individual sip with a zest for the next one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer is getting better each moment... I'll absolutely suggest letting it come to cellar temperature before pouring, as practically all previous numbers have risen at least a half-point in that time. The texture in the mouth is creamy yet subtle and effervescent... and each remaining sip comes with enjoyment and appreciation. A delicious, rewarding beer that was worth waiting for.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy dark brown color with a gorgeous head that goes nowhere. As soon as the cork was popped, the aroma was very evident. Especially as I poured the beer into my Duvel glass. Strong aromas of dark fruits, candied apples, pears, grapes, candy sugar, belgian yeast..quite complex and very luxurious bouquet. Taste is of more fruitiness, pears, green and red apples, figs, candied malts, hops, phenols, you name it, its here...good job masking the alcohol bite. Warming going down. Mouthfeel is heavy, carbonated, on the dry side. Tremendous beer and the 750ml didn't last very long at all. Although it is a sipper, you keep wanting to take sip after sip after sip because it is so great. I love this beer. It's just as good as I remember it to be.

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

Pours a dark reddish brown into my Unubroue tulip. Small one finger head which disappears quickly. No lacing

Malty sugary smell with some minor hops

Full thick syrupy body with some minor carbonation.

Upon drinking you taste the malt up front, followed by some bitterness then a warming alcohol feeling.

For a 10 ABV the Alcohol is well hidden.

It is a good beer but I don't think I would purchase it again.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, mahogany-reddish color with a small, off-white head that doesn't leave too much lace nor does it hang around for very long. I didn't expect it to. The first smell I get is sugar, and lots of it. Dark, tart fruits and possibly some oak come next. The taste is similar but it places the emphasis in different areas. Dark fruits, yeast, and rich, earthy tones dominate with dark, candy-like sugar coming through as well. There is definitely a sour character from. This beer is absolutely awesome...i think it's so far my favorite Allagash I have had to date. I'm guessing a buttery-fatty, grilled food would go well with it...something with a caramelized (but not burnt) characteristic.


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Photo of PatronWizard
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever have the overwhelming urge to tackle a 750ml just for the hell of it. I have.

Perfect bronze color. Light white head. I mean the head was light, not the shade of white.

Fruit is in the nose, but not too much. Like an apricot or a pear.... Malt.

Taste is of a different fruit. Or the same fruit that I'm too dumb to name. I forgive me. Little bit of sinus clearing alcohol. Quite smooth. This will work. Really thick like jello that hasn't quite congealed.

Overall: don't believe I'll have any trouble finishing the 750. Where's the 850?

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. No born on date, label indicates that it was from batch 15. Vigorous pour yields a thin wispy ring of a light tan head. Very nice lace. Color is dark brown and cloudy.

Smell- The nose on the beast is as complex as non-linear calculus. Caramel malts, dark fruits, Raisins, dried plums, sour apple, dates, and coco.

Taste Very Smooth, coco, bitter chocolate. Some dark fruits but not as much as the nose would indicate. Very dry, roasted notes as if from a porter. Underlying sweetness, tasty.

Mouthfeel- Mildly carbonated, tart creamy.

Drinkability- At 10% and a bit high in cost prohibit drinkability.

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

I grabbed this big beauty at the sterling Sun Singer. A dense, durable finger of slightly tan froth tops a dense opaque mahogany with orange trim--an excellent presentation. Rich smell filled with brown sugar, dates, toffee, and hints of berry. The date is all over the taste, blending well with the brown sugar in a very malty palate. This is a very good quad. It's unlike many Belgians in that the mouthfeel lacks the inexorable effervescence of so many representatives. Yet the four malts certainly make up for moderate carbonation.

Four is excellent, another terrific offering from Allagash. This is a quad not to be missed. Very well done.

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

Served on tap in Fairfield County, Connecticut, served in a wine glass at the Ginger Man.

A light brown / reddish complexion to the beer with a good sized dark head.
The smell is a sweet, but rich one, with some strong spice.
Taste is tart, bitter, but tasty and very good, reminds me a bit of an aged pale ale.
Swishing from one side of the mouth to the other, the mouthfeel is very pleasant and complex, again the bitterness hits.
Drinkability is here, but at 10% abv, it is most certainly a beer to savor and sip.

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