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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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985 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 249
Gots: 170 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Two yeast strains were used to create this unique 9.5% ABV Belgian style ale. The first, a Belgian farmhouse yeast, establishes the flavor foundations of a classic Belgian-style ale. The second, a house strain of Brettanomyces yeast, brings it to the next level contributing an intriguing myriad of flavors including pear, apricot, graham cracker, and bread crust. Finally, a portion of the Interlude is aged in French Merlot and Sirah oak barrels, which impart a distinctive vinous plum character and a drying, almost tannic finish.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2006)
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

August 2008 corked and caged 750. Quiet little pop of the cork and into a Duvel tulip.

Very nice honey color with only a slight haze topped by almost bluish Champagne 1/2-finger head that reduces to yeasty wisps quickly. Moderate carbonation rises steadily. Next couple of pours - slightly bigger head but not significantly.

The wine barrel aging shows - nice oak with dry tannic grape feel. Brett is solid but austere at first - there's a Champagne yeast electricity to this. Mild hop pine with a little soap and leather - maybe not "horse blanket" but this time "horse saddle." Good, dry woody scent. Let this warm a bit 'cause the sour notes really take a while to emerge.

The funk is definitely there from the Brett but at first it's not as sour as expected - almost a bit of a light dessert wine feel - not an Aussie muscat sticky or anything but more the tone of a Moscato d'Asti. Very woody - carbonation brings out very light oak and accompanying vanilla. At first pour a little colder than ideal the vanilla sweetness elbows out the sourness of the Brett, so be sure this warms quite a bit to get the fullness of the sour and the Saison yeast as well.

The feel is a little strange at first - a little Saison, a little sour and a little Belgian Strong Pale Ale. First blush - a bit of all three but not enough of either one. Again, let this warm to let the true funk and sour tang emerge and round it all out.

At first I didn't find myself rushing to finish this one, but letting it warm for about 20-30 minutes I was all over it. To me, this deal can't be too warm, but if it's colder you're really missing out. Well-constructed.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 11:31:00 | More by IBUnit63
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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.