REDDOGICE (243) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Another good Maine Beer. Allagash does something with their beer: Love it to death. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Style and Glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories:10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ
Aroma: Very nice, alcohol, rose, wine, grapes, spinach, cheese, wood. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: Slight gush, great bottle design, haunting, ruby, increasingly hazy, no head, no lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, high malt, candy, high hops, dry, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long fruity finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: A religious experience, definitely a repeat, a favorite, medium value, high craft. 20 out of 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. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
One of the best Allagash beers I’ve ever tried. Nice and dark, warm and comforting. Has a spectacular aroma and appearance. You can tell they really put time into making this one. ameltzer (3) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2011 does not count
Decanted into a wide-mouthed, stemmed glass from a corked 750ml bottle.
The Four pours a hazy reddish orange that glows like the sun against the light. A huge vanilla colored head easily erects into a cloud-like froth. It hangs around for several minutes and leaves thick lacing behind.
The aroma starts mild, you really have to dip your nose into the glass to pick up it’s nuances. It smells of sweet malts, light hops, and tons of fruity esters that remind me of bananas and tropical fruits. There is the slightest hing of alcohol, too. Once the head dissipates, though, the aromas really come alive.
Palate is clean and full, with layers of flavors that arrange themselves perfectly. I can feel it all over my tongue, mouth, lips, everywhere. There’s a good amount of carbonation to keep things lively. Malty flavors throughout, with medium hop bitterness, a little biscuit, toasted malt, dark fruits, and maybe some red currants. Hints of butterscotch, too. The beer finishes with a heavy malt presence, similar to a scotch ale or wee heavy. The experience never shows the beer’s 10% ABV.
This another great offering from Allagash. A very flavorful, unique, drinkable beer. Not a session beer, but it can go with or without food. It’s so heady in it’s appearance, aroma, palate, and taste. I’ll definitely buy a couple of bottles for the cellar.
shadey (2140) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Dark deep red or copper color. The head remained the same throughout the pour. Definite fruit aroma. Very complex smells. Good mouth feel with equally complex flavors. Fruit, yeast, and I would agree with a buttery aftertaste. Quite tasty. If only I was patient enough to age a bottle. 9/5/9/5/19. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
2005 750ml bottle aged at least 3 years and consumed in 2008. Pours a muddy brown with a patchy head of tight white bubbles. Aroma is fruity and yeasty but muddied. Flavors are better; yeast is there and alcohol. But the spices, raisins, and fig flavors round out the flavor profile. Age has not been kind; everything is muted and dull. 6/3/6/3/15
Believe it or not this beer has some pumpkin undertones and light spices to go with it. Beautiful orange glow. Pretty much a one time try at this price. Very delicious and drinkable. Mild and easy going. The sweetness is there but in no way overbaring. Classy beer. Of the many four element combinations in this beer they all are blended so well that they all become one. Some what muted. So not one ingredient stands out on it’s own. RaucusBacchus (63) - Sandy, Utah, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bomber: complex. Fruity nose of plum cashews. Viscous in a deep, slightly hazed caramel color with minimal head. Sweet forward with a balanced migration to a slight tartness. Very easy drinker. Love it! ~m
--RaucusBacchus mjpeterson812 (61) - Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Gorgeous copper amber color with a nice head. Deceptively strong. Hides the 10% ABV very well. Has some nice warmth but otherwise nothing harsh about this...so very smooth and mellow. Nice hop presence, with a good malt base. Reminds me of an east coast IPA but with more...goodness. Was lucky enough to spend some time in Maine recently and brought home quite a bit of Allagash. Just wish I had more! TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Allagash Four pours to a beautiful, deep amber to ruby color with a tall, thick, creamy white head and a lively amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is complex and inviting, with a multitude of aromas that invite you in. Waves of sweet malt, ripe fruit, earthy yeast notes, and peppery alcohol flood the nose. The palate is lush and full on the tongue with complex flavors that dance on the tongue. Sweet and caramel malt flavors play against an under tone of soft ripe fruit flavors, and spicy yeast flavors. There is so much going on in this beer, you really have to savor this one to let the taste buds soak it all in. Allagash Four finishes with more complex malt, fruit and yeast notes, then ends with some herbal hop bitterness, and peppery alcohol that warms as it goes down.
Wow. The most impressive beer from Allagash I have ever tasted, and that is saying a lot because all Allagash beers are world class. This beer is phenomenal as is, but like any good Trappist style ale, this beer will only get better with age. Some of those "raw", potent flavors, will mellow with age, and become deeper and more complex. Retailing for $7 a bottle, this beer is a steal, and I suggest you purchase a few bottles to drink young, and a few for your beer cellar. This beer is a fantastic after dinner beer, and would work well with hearty fare, as well as strong and sharp cheeses.