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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 kristenspaintings
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good quad. It's lighter than my ideal quad, but still has a nice, complex flavor that invites you to sip slowly and think about what you're tasting.

Very good head and I admittedly sipped before smelling so I can't say much about the aroma, except that there was nothing off-putting about it. The color is an opaque red-brown. The bottle style and alcohol level suggests that this beer may be even better aged, though I drank it only a 5 months after the batch date printed on the label.

Definitely try it. :D

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours out in a amber, copper brown color with a nice lacey head.

The aroma has tons of stuff happening. There’s cherry, caramel, a nuttiness, spice, tons of dried dark fruit, but then there’s a really nice pop of cherry or sour berry in the back. The aroma on this is killer.

The flavor follows with a huge pop of cherry, bready Belgian yeast qualities, but also darker fruits like figs, dates, and raisin. There’s also a candy caramel sweetness. The hops don’t really come through except for that good bitterness on the back. The cherry in there though really reminds me of Three Philsophers, probably from the yeast strain they’re using.

There is some booze on the end, but it is still easy drinking. There’s a tannin, vinous finish on the back end.

Dare I say, I perfer this over Three Philsophers. This surely packs more complexity and has that wonderful nose. It also is really quite easy drinking, which is dangerous for a 10% ABV quad. One of the few American examples of a quad that I both find interesting, but amazing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a deep, vibrant, ruby-brown coloring with a short stacked, frothy, filmy, off-white head that settles into a sparse, filmy coating. Aromas of subtle spicing and a rich, bready backbone of old world fruit and toasted bread. Boozy highlights throughout the nose, also. This one smells rich and solid. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a nutty backbone supporting fig and black cherry sweetness. Tart and rich throughout, with a fruit sugar base that is enduring from start to finish. Spicing comes out as the beer warms. Pepper, basil, oregano, nutmeg, and clove, amongst other spices. You could sit all day and pick apart the intricacies of this one. Amazing. The body is smooth throughout, but avoids overpowering. The aftertaste is boozy, with highlights of roasted notes and old world fruit sweetness. Smooth, clean finish with only a hint of sweet linger. Just enough to entice you back for another sip. Solid, big, bold beer. Very tasty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007

A: Pours a murky mahogany in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall soapy beige head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits, spices, and Belgian yeast. Lighter aromas of toffee malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toffee malt sweetness which lasts throughout the taste of the beer. That is combined with moderate to strong flavors of dark fruits (fig) and spices (cinnamon and clove). There is a light to moderate presence of Belgian yeast and just a hint of bitterness in the finish that fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer aged really well, it picked up some definite hints as if it had been barrel aged over the years and I think the sweetness has increased and it has mellowed overall. Very enjoyable, can't believe I let this one cellar so long before reviewing it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Batch 23.

Appearance - Light brown with some reddish tints. Pours with a big khaki head. Light wisps on the surface. Medium collar.

Smell - Not sold on the smell. Fusel alcohol. Fruity. Slight sherry.

Taste - Vast improvement. Plums, raisins, great fruit flavor. Darker caramel malts. Less alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Slick, slightly harsh. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's really a good beer, but it has its faults.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a medium amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention.

S: Very light on the nose, particularly for the style. I get very mild dark fruits, a bit of citrus and esters from the yeast. As the beer warms, I get more spicy esters, but dark fruits are very mild still.

T: Very similar to the aroma, just a bit more dark fruitiness. As the beer warms, I get some peppery flavors and some booze. Quite dry, though.

M: On the thin side with high carbonation.

O: The flavors here are decent, but I could use more dark fruits and a bit more complexity. The esters are a bit harsh and do not mix that well with the maltiness.

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Photo of gr0g
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy orange-copper. Head is sizable as expected for an abbey style ale, with good retention and lacing characteristics. Fruity esters are prominent on the nose with some notes of candi sugar and honey. A nice menagerie of fruit: ripe grape, apple, and plum. Some faint yeasty phenols. The aroma is great but too weak.

The flavor could best be described as a "strong Dubbel" and is disappointing for a quad. Quite dry for the style with a fairly hoppy finish. Way too much hop presence. Notes of white grape and toffee. Not really improving as it warms. The mouthfeel is a saving grace as it's a good match for the style.

Allagash has a rare miss on its hands with this. The $16 price adds to the disappointment.

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Photo of tdm168
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - orangish amber with a big, thick, white head; decent retention

S - apples, pear, yeast, Belgian funk

T - apple, yeast, clove, pear, some pepper

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a plush, fruity, estery, juicy beer. There are some spices that lend balance and offer depth. The ABV is really well hidden making this a dangerously drinkable beer. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

November 21st, 2012 bottling date.

A: into a tulip, amber brown body with just the slightest haze, two-finger head, beige; modest lace, good retention - a frothy-rimmed film remained throughout

S: lots of malty aromas - some musky, some semi-sweet - and lots of fragrant hoppy and yeasty scents, from floral to herbal

T: very complex - very suggestive of an aged old ale or barleywine - sweetness comes in the form of candied fruits and malt, but there are drying overtones reminiscent of barrel aging; less sweet than most quads I've had - a lot of hop bitterness and yeasty brightness

M: drying, crisp, slight tartness on the tip, some smooth coating; carbonation adds briskness to a smooth drinking beer; lighter body and feel than most quads I've had - the whiskey-ish drying seemed to offset any weight I might have felt in another quad

O: add this to my list of Allagash awesomeness - my review numbers may be a little misleading if you're thinking typical quad - this is an atypical quad (IMO) - my impression of the beer was that it tasted as much like an English old ale or strong ale as much as a "traditional" quad (such a St. Bernardus or a Pannepot). I loved the flavor and feel, very complex and elegant. Very classy drinking.

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Photo of rdilauro
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I havent had a Quad in a wile. It poured a real dirty brown cloudy hue. Very little if any noticeable head
The initial nose had lots of malt in it.. I also detected alittle pear on the nose
The first taste was very big, a bit dull but big and full. Lots of malt and a good amount of alcohol in it
The second and third taste was the same.

Not a lingering aftertaste

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Photo of deebo
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lover of quads, excited to try Allagash's take on the style.

A-Bottle from Batch #25 shared with friends this beer is clear amber with a bubbly white head with no staying power.

S-Not a lot going on here, aromas of sweet malt (caramel) are dominant; weak in those characteristic Belgian yeast esters.

T-Quite non-descript, malt upfront, with a fair punch of alcohol with just a hint of yeasty esters and a quick pop of spicy hops.

M-Alcohol is a bit hot, likely because the malty mouthfeel is low and doesn't carry the heft of a 10% brew well. The fairly high carbonation does not work here very well either.

O-I had hopes that this would be my first excellent quad as Allagash has proven they can knock out a Belgian style (see Allagash White and Tripel) but like other US Brewers miss the complexity deliciousness exemplified by St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Westy XII. This beer needs work. Average compared to US versions I've tried, below average compared to Belgians.

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

No date that I can see, but it is batch 22.

A: Pours a cloudy, rusty reddish-brown. Huge tan head. Fades very slowly with top notch retention. Leaves small blotches of lacing behind.

S: Very sweet with lots of dark fruits. Plums, raisin and fig with a nice caramel and earthy background. Notable yeastiness with some cloves and a bunch of banana.

T: Dark fruits but not nearly as strong as in the aroma. Nice fig and raisin for sure along with banana. Has a robust cocoa and really nice toasty character in there too. Some caramel helps sweeten it up a bit. Finishes almost a bit hoppy with a little bitterness and maybe some medicinal qualities? Lots of black pepper and then drying in the aftertaste with some more toastiness. Is this oak aged I wonder?

M: Heavy and full but with high carbonation - helps cut it a bit.

O: A very interesting quad. Great complexity. Sweet without being overly so (like a lot of quads). Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness to boot. Very unique.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -golden Amber color with good carbonation, typical of belgian styles from Allagash.

S - Maybe some raisin and belgian yeast, sweet fruit.

T - Some wood(maybe oak), some fruit (kinda a mix of light(some grape) and dark ones (prune/raisin), very subtle light earthy hops

M - Full bodied with good carbonation

O - What a delicious beer.It is not as good as others I have had by Allagash, but worth a try. I recommend it.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #28

Beer is a medium-hued brown/amber with a good-sized off-white head. Decent retention.

Smell consists of Belgian yeast and fruit. Raisin, grape. Vinous. Bready malt.

Beer is surprisingly thin. Bready malt, dark fruits (grape and raisin), yeast. Fairly sweet, a bit of a candy flavour.

Medium bodied, moderate carbontation. Surprisingly thin. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, disappointing. I am an Allagash fan and a Quad fan, but this one doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap during an allagash event at Kudu coffee house Charleston, SC

A-Pours a nice ruby red that hints at the fruits hidden inside. Much lighter than other quads I have had, and frankly I prefer a darker, thicker appearance as this was almost indistinguishable from their dubbel.

S- Painfully underwhelming. Given the nature of a quad I expected deep lavish notes, but got hardly any of that as the nose was rather bland.

T- Not bad, but when compared to other quads, or even other allagash products, I was left disappointed. It hits on a couple subtle notes of fruits and malt, but in comparison to the similarly styled dubbel, the latter is far superior.

M-To its credit, FOUR possesses one of the better feels I have had in recent memory. A surprisingly impressive balance of carbonation that settles on the palate, which actually proves to be very very smooth.

O-Very disappointing to have just an average brew from a great brewery and a great style. I will choose either dubbel, curieux or white over this in a heartbeat, but it was nice to try.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at alewife, baltimore into tulip. Pours a deep amber haze with a bit of head. Nice belgian malt aromas, banana and clove dominate. Taste is very similar; belgian banana, clove, booze, maybe a sweet sugary honey or molasses and dried fruit. Super easy drinker here...I could chug this 10%abv all day. Its got a great flavour but really is basic in a way. Nonetheless...great brew, and I'd have again. Wonder how it would age???

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Photo of rudzud
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up the day of the Ghoulschip release, roughly a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a great clearish amber with a great two finger head that leaves a nice, thick creamy blanket.

S - Nice sweet, malty sweetness. Not much though, very one note for me.

T - Taste isnt too too bad. Lots of malty sweetness with older hops and light dark fruits. It is slightly metallic though...

M - Mouthfeel has very nice carbonation for a quad, and a 10% beer no less. Quite enjoyable.

O - Overall, this beer was a bit too one note for my liking, which is a shame as I held onto this for so long.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Batch 25. sampled on August 5, 2012. For my 1,000 review on Beer Advocate I have chosen a Quad that pours rich amber, garnet with red hues and a substantial, puffy mocha head that sits on top like the foam from a milk shake.

The aromas are vibrant with dark malts, Belgian candied sugar, dark dried fruits, butter, and a low hop profile.

The body is medium to bold with a slight acidic quality and otherwise smooth on the tongue.

Sweet malts appear at first in the taste with a higher than expected bitterness that gives off a boozy character which kicks in more prominently, tears into my sinuses, and opens the passageway. Yet it mellows almost as quickly as it explodes leaving a dryer, lingering finale in its wake.

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

750mL (batch 21) into a chalice. Pours a clear amber w/ a 2-finger khaki head, sticky lace, lazy carb.

Aroma is bready malt, dark fruit, molasses.

Taste is strong alcohol, floral Old World hops, bready malt, candi sugar, dark fruit. Hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth w/ a dry clean finish.

Overall a solid quad but nothing mind-blowing.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer quite a few times, not sure how a review escaped me. Anyways, this was thanks to sharing from Rudzud.

Huge fluffy 2 finger head, messy lacing, hazy murky reddish orange brown color.

Nose sweet reddish malts, fruity, stone fruits, very light earthy hops, caramel and candy flavors, light booze, nice Belgian malts, long Belgian yeast additions and esters, hint of fruity spicy rye or is that additions from the various yeast strains?

Taste sweet Belgian flavors, lots of belgian malts, fruity esters, light stone fruits, Belgian yeast additions, some warming and slight tingly booze, earthy bready flavors, hint syrupy and light sweetness with caramel, candi sugar, and molasses. Finish is a semi sweet, sticky malts and slightly syrupy, light lingering booze and belgian malts.

Mouth is fuller bodied, some warming and tingly booze, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts and sweet flavors, belgian flavors, but not as great as I remember, bit boozy too.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light mahogoney in color with a beautiful thick and somewhat fluffy off-white head on top. Dissapates very slowly and releases a nice bouquet of aroma. Only a hint of booze detected in the nose mingled with dried cherries and other darker fruits as well as a hint of vanilla. A bit floral also with a touch of banana. Not very spicy, just a lot of soft tones and lots of subtleties in the aroma, all pleasant and inviting but without an overbearing blast of intense aromatics. Very nice.

No one flavor jumps out and takes over the taste here, but several contribute to the overall picture in subtle, understated ways. As it warms up, more flavors make their way through, but what ends up happening is the alcohol feel seems to take more of the attention than the flavors. And yet the alcohol is pleasantly warming, but makes the body a little on the thin side and the flavors of the ingredients don't seem to be completely supported. That said, subtle flavors of dried fruits make their way through, almost fig- or possibly raisin-like as it doesn't have much tartness to it. Vanilla does peek through as well, just hinting at it. The hops have an even-keeled approach in the backside, adding a slight floral, even herbal bitterness. The malts don't do enough for the body to overcome the ABV, but they do have a nice, albeit weaker, grainy caramel maltiness. Only a touch of banana softness, and certainly wouldn't hurt from a bit more. The second half of the bottle tastes just about the same only with a little more carbonation to cleanse the palate.

Overall, not a bad beer really, but I think Allagash does some better beers. For the price point, Allagash Couriex is a better choice in my opinion. Just a lot of flavors that I seem to be missing judging by the label, and the body doesn't quite have enough mmmph to back it all up.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork purchased at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California for $19.99 plus tax and served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I've been very impressed with so far - and the style - which is one of my favourites. Batch #25. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Gives a rather powerful satisfying pop when the cork comes out. I got the cork out quickly with just my hands.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the 10% ABV. Colour is a dark copper orange. Not at all vibrant; a bit dull. Semitransparent. Non-opaque. No floating yeast particles are visible, but I'm judging from the top of a large bottle here. Pretty good lacing.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, cream, delightful malts, and well balanced hops. The yeasts are dominant and quite appealing. Hints of dried fruit. A nice aroma for a quad. Moderate in strength. Subtle. The notes don't ring distinct, but seem to work well together. Let's hope that carries over in the flavour.

T: Pleasant biscuity yeasts. The malts are a bit more troublesome, not quite providing the subtle foundation expected. Cream comes through. Some dried fruit - plums and fig - is far too restrained to sincerely impact the flavour profile. The hops are a bit too present considering the style. It's quite biscuity all around. The flavour just isn't bold and distinct enough to make it a great quad. Needs more fruit and more of a focus. The yeasts are nice but they still come off feeling restrained and underplayed, and even take a turn for the worse on the finish. Needs more complexity. It's subtle, but could and should be moreso. Good layering but the end result isn't ideal. I wish it were more bold and focused. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Entirely too thin. Not strong enough to support the flavours. Nicely smooth and wet, with some cream. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Quite overpriced for the quality, though not a bad quad by any means. Hides its ABV well. It's disappointing, but then I expected a lot of it. The third act bothers me and it's too hoppy for the style. A decent effort from Allagash, but not on par with their other offerings. Give it a go if you have the money, but don't expect too much from it. I might get it again aged at a good price. I wouldn't recommend it to friends though. Certainly drinkable.

Low B-

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

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch #22. after a vicious battle with the cork...

pours a regal, ruddy chestnut tone with a luminous deep red/orange relection when held to the light. solid finger-plus of a beige head demonstrates considerable retention and nice walls of lacing. a beaut.

nose is headlined by belgian yeast, sweet maltiness, and a spicy, fruity type of character. shades of a particular belgian quad that i can't quite place... st bernardus maybe, or koningshoeven. flavor follows the nose with its sweet malts and belgian yeasts. pretty balanced, with a bit of a hoppy bitterness in the finish. some alcohol warmth. not quite what i was expecting after the nose, but close. a nicely built beer. medium-plus bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

originally reviewed on: 10-24-2010

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

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours amber-brown with a moderate white head and light lacing that lasts well throughout. Nose is a little earthy/herby for the style, but with plenty of brown sugar, maple syrup, belgian yeast, and some alcohol heat. Flavor is more typical of quads with rich, sweet breadiness, and yeast on the front, fading to fruit and alcohol in the backfinish. Sticky mouthfeel. A very nice quad!

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

Have had this beer many times. Guess it's high time I reviewed it. At Max's todday.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The is also impresssive, as I pick up considerable brown sugar, vanilla, light rootbeer and considerable underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's more of the spice and rootbeer then I was expecting. There's also some noticeable bitterness on the finish, which helps to balance the modest sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a fairly spicey finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and the 10% abv. is deceiving. I would have guessed an abv. considerably less, so one needs to be a bit careful with this beer.

A nice enough beer, but can't really call it a standout in the Allagash portfolio.

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Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 993 ratings.
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