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

Pours a hazy burnt orange with ruby brown highlights. Decent initial head that fades quickly to a very thin ring that leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of macerated fruit, bubblegum, lightly of bananas, and there is a whiff of oak at the end. Tastes even better with the same fruity start of bright fruity esters, banana, a slight touch of clove, some oak, and a tannice bitterness at the finish and more clove as well. Mouthfeel is substantial, creamy and a bit tannic at the end. The alcohol is hidden very well and it is delicious. I've had the barrel aged version of this and that was sublime. This is merely very good.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I've been sitting on this one for a year. Poured into a tulip a cloudy dark amber/mahongy color, some carbonation, little fizzy tannish head, which leaves some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slight yeast, dark fruits galore, slight oakyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, figs, plums, raisins, slight licorice, and caramel. A true delight to drink. The alcohol is hidden very well. Full body, a complex brew. Very drinkable, this is another gem from Allagash, highly recommended.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby red color wit hardly any head whatsoever, the smell is very fruity and yeasty, i can smell the alcohol aswell. taste is full of flavor, lots of fruity flavors, from apples to citrus to yeast. the alcohol is present but not overpowering. it has hardly any carbonation. another good quad.

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Photo of phisig137
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Secret Santa IntriqKen for this one....

A- Pours a brilliantly clear bright copper amber color with a two finger head. Nice retention, and quite a bit of delicate lace.

S- Light caramel and biscuity malts prevail in the nose along with a bit of lighter fruit, notably poached pears with vanilla. Alcohol is apparent.

F- Quite sweet up front, with loads of malt and light fruit flavors. Almost tastes like a slightly undercooked fruitcake. pear and strawberry fruits hit up front along with some other fruity esters, and are backed by a smooth sweet malt presence. Not cloying at all, and finishes only semi sweet. Alcohol is warming after a few sips.

M- slick, smooth, and velvety. nice low carbonation.

D- Pretty good, but the ETOH is a quite noticeable after a glass.

Overall, quite a tasty beer, but definitely not what I think of when I think of a Belgian quad. I'd definitely buy it, and it is well worth trying, but don't expect the deep dark fruits and layers of caramelization found in other quads. If the alcohol was a bit more hidden, and the darker side of the beer was bumped up, I probably would have rated it higher. Either way, give it a shot, it's a solid beer from a great brewery. Thanks again Ken.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmed to proper temperature, a 2006 poured into a Duvel glass, pours a dark crimson, beautiful color through a light, a slightly fizzy inch thick off-white head settles to a thin film after a few minutes, nice beading lacing, some sticking, a swirl brings back the head. Very nice. The aroma has a very complex yeasty quality, but actually a bit timid, no... refined, we'll call it, with faint spices, a dry, sweet malty and fruity nose. The taste full of fruits, complex sugars and spicy yeasts. Much similar to the nose, but also some darker stuff, brown sugar is present here, some rich caramels, plums and figs and raisins figure in, the alcohol becoming more and more apparent as it warms. The body is above medium, but should be a bit bigger, is fairly smooth and warm, not the best part but not subtracting from it. Overall, the idea (four malts, sugars, yeasts, and hops, fermented four times) is very cool, and works well here. As with any good beer, it got better as it warmed. In all, I"m happy with it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this a couple months ago at WholeFoods in Raleigh, NC, thinking I would let it age a year or two. Didn't happen. Couldn't resist.

Appears in the Moinette goblet with a superbly creamy head; not huge but it sticks around for the entire session. Lace sticks and webs its way around the goblet, and the color is a gorgeous dark copper-ruby that utterly glows when held up to light.

Aroma is quite fruity, strawberries and raspberries especially coming through, enhanced with the dirtying influence of yeast, and just a kiss of chocolate way back there. I'm surprised to be reminded of Avery's Kaiser here.

My first impression of the flavor isn't the flavor, but the mouthfeel. This is an element of reviewing I've never quite been comfortable with, as I can't often find a whole lot to say about how a beer "feels". I have a lot to learn there. And the flavor usually takes most of my attention. But Allagash Four feels like sex. Velvety smooth, a buttery layer coating the mouth, just enough sizzle to keep an edge on things. It also hangs in the mouth big and fluffy, and after a time a dryness comes along, begging you to take another sip.

Oh right, the flavor. Also amazing. A chocolate milk-like sweetness prevails, wrapped around incredibly succulent berry flavors; vanilla; unsugared cookie dough; It avoids being too sweet, and also avoids being too obvious. The four malts and four hops have evolved into something entirely different than what they were at their starting points. All this, and the 10% alcohol hangs back, only offering a pleasant warming glow. Super.

Ohmygodd...despite a 10% ABV, this is an extremely drinkable beer, enjoyable to the last drop, not too light or heavy, ridiculously flavorful, looks and feels amazing. Would be great at a beer bar with friends, as accompaniment to a cookout, or just by yourself in a contemplative, restful mood. Can't remember what I paid for it, and I don't care...I'll pay whatever they're asking to get more. Fantastic.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is FOUR aged in strawberries (?!?), served on-tap at the Blind Tiger during their Allagash promo night.

A: The ale is a dark quad color, thick and brown like turbid creek water with little carbonation. There is no head to speak off.

S: The nose is thick and malty, strong to the point of tartness with strawberry undertones. The strawberry is kind of sweet but mostly it has taken on a tart flavor that could easily pass of framboise or kriek. Overall it is very inviting and intriguing.

T: The taste is a duel of fruit sweetness and malt depth; most times the malt wins. The maltiness is thick graininess, dry with a slightly tart grape finish. The strawberries, an choice that was either inspired or deranged, are sweet but not sugary sweet with a slight tartness that conjures up a solid fruit lambic.

M: The quad is a mouthful, alternating with grain strength and tart fruitiness. The use of strawberries (I keep repeating it because I am still getting used to it), is an interesting decision but it does impart a distinct flavor.

D: At 10%, this is not a quaffing beer. I had one glass and savored every sip, but doubt that I could handle a second.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a chalice.

I'd been anticipating Allagash's FOUR for many reasons. 1. It's allagash. 2. I love beer. 3. It's a huge bottle at 10% ABV. 4.= quadrupel, one of my favorite styles.

The body poured an attractive ochre-brown that was semi-clouded with yeast and a touch of carbonation. A thin, bone-white head appeared and receded. The aroma was rich with vanilla and caramel malts, plus a touch of fruity yeast, and a pinch of hops to round things out. Definately took some serious inhalation to get all the scents in this one, but it's worth the effort.

The taste was a bit acrid for a quad...almost as if it had been oaked in one of its four fermentations. Cherry, apple, toffee, and vanilla abounded, as well as a domineering alcohol note. Mouthfeel was thick bodied and overly carbonated. The aftertaste brought little to the table: it was bitter, but not overly so. Drinkability was limited, despite the complexity, as this beer packed a whopping price tag to match its enormous ABV.

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Photo of chefscott79
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I heard mixed reviews from this one....and I was curious...four fermentations?

Well it opened real nice and easy and I noticed that the cork said 2005...score?

It reminded me of a standard quad...a good one at first...then as it warmed up a bit more in the got even better...I don't know why it was fermented so many times...I though it was good....but not great compared to other quads that I have tried...I would drink this beer again was not worth the 13 dollars I spent on it...

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- After the soft pop of the cork there is a dense amber-brown body. The thin film of bubbles is supported by a tiny slow carbonation but fades to a thin ring of head.

S- The sweet light sugary note with a hint of honey is followed by a cidery smell. The smell of light cream and apple butter comes through stronger as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a sweet caramel malt and brown sugar flavor with a pineapple flavor. There is a light woody flavor with a watery taste to it and finishes with a light bitter hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full texture that is a bit slippery. There is a soft alcohol heat that comes through more as it warms.

D- This beer is sweet with a fruity quality to the malt which is nice and the alcohol helps to support the malt nicely. This makes a nice desert beer, but I can’t say I could pick out the 4 malts, and 4 yeast qualities. It didn’t have that much depth for all the 4s.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A deep brown, large frothy head, isolated flecks of lacing.

S - Very malty, caramel, honey, some spicy white pepper, alcohol, dates and a bit of eathy yeast.

T - Extremely malty, dates, molasses and peppery alcohol with some grassy hops with a bit of woodsy hops. Aftertaste is a bitter maltiness with a touch of bitterness from assorted hops.

M - Smooth, medium bodied and very refreshing.

D - Extremely good. A pleasant beer from first drop to last.

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Photo of dnichols
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 750 ml caged and corked bottle into a challis.

A: It poured a deep amber brown with a slight beige head and modest to non-existent

S: There was the strong presence dark malts (some roasted, some burnt, others light ans sweet), spices including pepper and nutmeg, and dark fruits (figs and plums). This is a complex beer with a bright bold aroma.

T: It has the flavor of English toffee, a hint of dark chocolate, and a dash of spices including white pepper and allspice.

M: Medium to full-body with a creamy smooth as silk demeanor. No matter how much I wanted to retain it in my mouth so I could enjoy the rich flavors it seemed to demand to be swallowed. It has a bit of warm alcohol finish but there is no residual bitterness or alcohol burn. Smooth and creamy.

D: I enjoy this great American take on a classic Belgium. It’s a bit thin from my taste but all of the other ingredients are there for a wonderful beer that I intend to keep stocked whenever possible.

Comments – I am a fan of the excellent brewery that spawned this fine beer. I gladly pay a premium so I can enjoy the consistent quality that each beer from Maine exhibits. The Four was no exception. I’ll continue to reach for it whenever it presents itself this far way from home.

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Photo of theformula
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Capital Ale House for Beer Geek Week.

Clear, bright amber (cognac actually) body. Minimal to no head and little carbonation. This was not impressive, but let's go on.

Red cherries, toffee, red delicious apple and biscuit malts and yeast. Dark, juicy fruits mostly, w/ brown sugar to boot.

Light-medium body, crisp but smooth M.F. Lighter than I would have liked or expected.

Flavor is delicious and worthwhile. Light chocolate, toffee, cherries, apples, brown sugar and a Belgian yeast that's bready. Bourbon-like oaky layer. Good mouthfeel of herbal hops and some spicy, pepper-y alcohol to mix it up. Pretty complex.
Finishes lightly bitter and dry with a tea-like tannin quality.

A great beer worth seeking and glad to taste it on tap. Body was lighter than I wanted and not much to look at, but a rewarding brew to sip and enjoy. Unique and very drinkable for the ABV.


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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrook's Beer Geek Week '07

A: Murky, rust-colored hue that had shiny auburn highlights when held to light. No real head to speak of on this.

S: Pretty mild aroma, some notes of fig, malt, and sweetness, like a toffee almost.

T: Nice malty presence, dark fruit and raisin noticeable toward the middle. This heads into a moderate bitterness that finishes smoothly, with a slightly cloying aftertaste. Sweet cherries and an oaky side, too.

M: Carbonation seemed a bit low, but this actually helps the flavor in a way. The body was actually lighter than expected.

D: Rather relaxed flavors, but all showing through, making for an easy drinkability and fairly unique composition.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange amber with a smallish tan foamy head. The smell is strong with alcohol,sweet malt,oak wood,dark fruit,and vanila. A very good and complex aroma. The taste is like the smell, full of dark fruit,oak wood,bourban,honey,and citrus hops. An exceptionally tasting beer that should not be missed. The m/f is heavy with all the complex flavors mixing very well. An outstanding beer from one of the great brewerys in America.

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

Pristine reddish orange after the initial pour, moderately murky tawny after the second pour and muddy caramel after the final pour. While it isn't worthy of being compared to the heads on the world's best Belgians, the orange-tinted ecru crown qualifies as eye candy. No more than a smattering of lace decorates the glass; not surprising given the ABV.

The nose is classically quadrupel-like. Thanks to the four Belgian yeast strains, I would have said that Four hailed from that country if I didn't know better. The nose calls to mind English toffee, brown sugar, dates and dried fruit. Amazingly enough, almost no alcohol is evident.

Four contains four malts, four hops, four sugars, four Belgian yeast strains and is fermented four times. Whether because of that or in spite of that, this is a wonderfully complex ale that is one of the most gentle, drinkable quads you'll ever run across. I'm sure that an estimated two years in the bottle has contributed to its easygoing nature.

The four sugars include date sugar, light candi sugar, dark candi sugar and light golden molasses. Dates are a prominent member of the flavor profile, but then I taste dates in all sorts of styles, from quads to old ales to BSDAs. The rest of the flavor profile mirrors the nose, with the addition of buttered dark rum, cherry pipe tobacco and sweetened orange peel. This is dee-licious beer!

I poured two glasses at once because I had a feeling that the first glass would get shorted on all of the good stuff that always falls to the bottom in a beer stored upright. In addition to being murkier, the second glass is also bolder and more complex. It's also being drained much faster than the first glass.

The mouthfeel is the only minor disappointment... that ceases to be a disappointment as this fine ale approaches room temperature. To be perfect, it would either have to be full-bodied and heavily silky smooth or as lush and as perfectly carbonated as Belgium's finest. It's neither, but it's still a pleasure to roll around the mouth.

Four may not be the stunningly beautiful beer that most of Allagash's lineup is, but it's damn close. It's also a wonderful version of a style that I love more each time I drink it. Even though these Allagash 750s can be expensive, I won't hesitate to grab another bottle the next time I see it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
2.84/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove after a shattered bottle and a reship.

A cloudy brown colored ale with very little head formation.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a faint sourness.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a faint sour flavor, Maybe this bottle is spoiled? Doesn't taste much like a Quadrupel, tastes like a substandard Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well I have had better and I seriously doubt that I will bother trying to sample this again.

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Photo of ccrida
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the Allagash four is a tawny amber brown, with modest light tan head with small bubbles that leave thick foam and nice lace. Clear with a steady stream of bubbles, it's a real looker. A taller, rocky head would earn it a 5.

The smell is veryy subdued, even as it warms. Spicy with caramel and vinous malt.

The taste has more punch then the aroma, with the requisite dark fruit and candi sweetness, but nicely tempered by a punch of black pepper like spice. The booze is there, but it's clean and low on the fusels, and the phenols as well. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, as I've found Allagash's brews to be hit or miss. Fortunately, this quad is excellent, and very well balanced.

The body is very light without being watery, and has a nice tight creaminess.

Well, of course as a quad, no matter how good it is, you've got to sip it slow or your on the floor. The fact is this is a fantastic quad, exceptionally smooth and very drinkable.

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

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, not unlike a good cider. No head or lacing. The smell is all about the alcohol. Past that primarily a yeasty dark fruity aroma. Full bodied, the mouth feel is immediately conditioned by the alcohol. Slightly under-carbonated, flavor is sweet with brown sugar apples and pears. The 10% ABV is fully showcased in the smell, mouth feel and can be felt every inch of the way down.

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Photo of jakon
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased for $11.99 on 7-13-7 at Orenco New Seasons.

Corked and caged. The cork is stubby and therefore requires very little provocation before it pops.

Beautiful looking brew. Deep amber with a few inches of off-white head that subsides quickly. The aroma is of belgian yeast, fruits and malts. You really gotta put your nose in the glass to pick up much though. I'm more impressed with the taste. Many times I've been disappointed by highly regarded brews of this style. I really like this one though. The flavors are bright and alive. Very active carbonation on the tongue. It's got a satisfying bite as you swallow. The alcohol melds well with its surrounding influences. While malt driven, you can still pick out some of the hop characteristics such as citrus fruit and a touch of bitterness. I'm not yet proficient at picking out individual flavors in belgian style beers in particular, but I do know what I like. This is very good, and I will be picking up a few more bottles so I can see what happens over the course of a few years.

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Photo of Overlord
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having been moderately impressed by their tripel, and not at all by their dubel, I gave this most-expensive of U.S. Beers (12.00 bucks...) a whirl.

Wow it's a pricey treat, I wasn't disappointed. Fantastic complexity, the sweetness wasn't overpowering, and the high alcohol content was well hidden. An incredibly drinkable beer for its potency. Every sip and sniff had a different flavor or nuance to follow.

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Photo of kiya
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown and maintains a decent head. Even as i let it sit for a few minutes the head refused to dissapear comlete. No lacing at all..

Aroma is of strong molasses and hidden muted citrus. Even a strong whiff of this isn't overpowering considering it's brewing style.
Initial taste that hits the tastebuds brings back memories of a mild barleywine, but then the flavor gives way to bright fruits. Sour plums and tangy citrus notes poke through the caramel front end of this amazing brew. I was expecting a heavier feel considering it's style, but it's quite light and drinkable. Finishes with malt overtones that eventually leaves very little aftertaste.

Overall a great bear from a brewery that never ceases to surprise.

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

From a 750mL bottle, beer poured a clear brownish red, with little head. Aroma was a light grape, fruity smell. Taste was a grapes over a malt background with some spice. Not too heavy for a beer like this. Somewhat slick but light for the style overall. I didn't enjoy this that much. It was a lighter bodied malty/alcoholy brew, but not that interesting. Wasn't as deep and rich as other Quadrupels I've tried.

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

Everything about this beer is FOUR. Four is good. Kind of funny as this my four-hundreth review and I truly didn't plan this...just happens too be.

Comes in a classy looking 750ml.brown bottle, cork caged, with gold silk-screened labeling. It pours a murkish auburn-brown with a small tinted off-white head...looks good.

The smell is yeasty and spicy with sweetness. Belgian-like with notes of yeast, raisens, plum, figs and such. Certainly smells good.

Deep and mature flavor of the above mentioned smell, this is a good tasting quad that rivals any Belgian in complexity...good taste.

Definetely a smooth and full mouthfeel, with a boatload of pleasant, warming alcohol...there is nothing bad about this beer, it's all good...good indeed!

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

Caged and capped. Four.

Pours a murky brown color that almost takes on a tawny auburn color. Thin one finger cream colored head. Not much retention on except towards the edges of the glass. Extra sweet burnt candied sugar notes that almost take on a bit of caramel. Slight nuttiness and raisin flavors with an earthy character. Thick yeasty belgian notes are noticeable. Hops are not apparent, though there are four of them--they must be hiding.

Pleasantly thick mouthfeel as it first touches the palate. Not thick as in heavy, but thick as coating. Sugary sweetness is almost too annoying at first. Maltyness is bigger then I would have expected and lingers well into the aftertaste. Belgian yeast flavors are coupled with the malt notes adding to the overall body of the beer. Dark fruit notes are present, but play a supporting role to the caramel malt and slight belgian notes. Smooth and quite drinkable. A nice one to get a hold of if you can.

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 995 ratings.
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