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A unique new beer from Allagash, Allagash Four; a one-of-a-kind ale made from four malts, four varieties of hops, four natural sugars, and it's fermented – that's right – four times!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2730) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Bottle, from Julio’s, Good nose, spice, clove, honey, toffee, ABV. Big head, reddish orange color. Sweet and sour flavors, Same as nose. Creamy, but not thick, mouthfeel, kinda fruity dry finish. Ok, though mellower than I’d of guessed for a 10% beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JUN 30, 2004
MAssive head, very sweet, should be perfect with chocolate. A nice desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Beautiful two-inch light tan head atop a brilliant reddish copper body with suspended yeast particles. Big, fruity nose of ripe apples, plum, cherries, raisins, chocolate, biscuits, light hops, dark candy sugar, yeasty, toasted bread, the occasional bubblegum phenols, and a touch of caramel. The body is soft, supple and extremely elegant. More luscious fruit in the flavor with a nice subdued sweetness. The alcohol is warming, but not overpowering. The hops provide a unique short, bitterness that I expect would mellow out with some time. The finish is long and slightly sweet with that warming of the belly, that makes the mind happy. Ultimately, another great Belgian from one of the best Belgian style brewers in the US of A. I really hope this makes it to Chicago, as time will only help this gentle giant. I don’t know if it was time or what, but this was truly outstanding.

A re-sampling of this beer showed that while this was a tasty beer, it wasn’t as excellent as I had initially thought. The experience was great, but the beer was merely great as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Big pillowing head. Spicy yeasty nose. Proper brisk Belgian carbonation. Dry and fruity. Complex. Little trace of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 Allagash’s versions of the Belgian styles succeed where other American attempts fail, and that is its ability to create a palate full enough to support the alcohol and fruit. THere is alos a lot of hop spice and a bit of molasses in this one, as well. Great balance, but I wish there were an element to it which made it memorable: I come away from tasting this thinking that Allagash did a great job duplicating the style, but didn’t add anything to what has been done before. Perhaps I am being too harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1476) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Foggy copper color with a frothy tan head. Very malty. Some spice and yeasts. Dry in the palate. Very rich flavor. Sweet, some spices like cinnamon in the flavor. Caramel as well. Dry in the finisth. Pretty decent. Bought this bottle at Total Wine in Alexandria, VA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Really dark copper brown color with a thick and nicely lacing off-white head. Aroma is full of bready Belgian yeast and dark malts with a touch of molasses. Starts rich, thick and sweet with a subtle musky spice. Finishes sweet and smooth with milk chocolatey cookie notes. Hides its alcohol very well. Another nice Allagash beer. Thanks slob!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1335) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 20, 2004
dark brown, thick head, almost exactly looking as Chimey Bleu. Hints of citrus, nuts and some outhose in the aroma. Taste is very sweet, smooth, somewhat fruity, with a yeasty finish with some nuts or raisins ... nice stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2004
I was very excited to drink this since I had very high expectations, especially considering the $11 price tag. But, it was most certainly worth it. All the work that went into brewing this beer paid off tremendously. Absolutly smooth and delicious... everything blends together perfectly. There is a bit of warming, but the 10% alcohol suprised me since it is hidden so well. Yes, it is expensive as hell, but give it a shot. It is well worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Engaging aroma, full of sweet malt and doughy, estery yeast with notes of turbinado sugar, banana, pineapple, tangerine, plum, clove, coriander, anise and faint, peppery alcohol. Highly attractive deep, cloudy garnet color, topped with a lasting, voluminous, frothy off-white head and abundant lacing. Flavor profile is similarly intriguing, beginning with a burst of lightly tart tropical fruitiness, turning spicy and toasty with a long, sweet, toffeeish and mildly grainy finish that eventually gives way to hints of milk chocolate. Downy soft, effervescent palate with a deceptively full body. Balance and complexity are both impressive in their depth. I found it reminiscent of Unibroue’s La Terrible, which I also very much enjoyed.

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