Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Reviewed during the "Brett Pack" dinner at Monk's Cafe. Served in a tasting glass. This was Allagash's sixth batch of Interlude. Rob Todd told us about the back story of this beer: they were shooting to brew an Americanized saison, and about halfway through the primary fermentation the yeast stopped working. This is apparently not uncommon for farmhouse yeast, but in their case, the yeast did not want to start working again. They left it in the tanks and sort of forgot about it for a couple of weeks. Surprisingly, it started fermenting again and when it finished up, the beer was funky. They took it to the lab and found out Brettanomyces had found its way into their batch and the end result had a nice sourness. So they aged half the batch in French oak barrels and the other half in stainless steel and combined them in the bottle.
A: Not much of a head was forming out of the tap, but then again that could just be the server. The body was a hazy deep amber color.
S: I think the beer was too cold to really appreciate the various smells in this beer, which is a shame considering the fantastic taste. The most immediate smell was the Brett funk smell. After that, maybe some notes of apricot/peach, but mostly clean.
T: Sweet malt is balanced by funky sour. Up front, the taste is best described as fruity, with notes of apricot/peach, strawberry, and exotic fruit. Towards the swallow, there is a distinct wine presence, creating a pleasant balance to the fruitiness. It has a woody finish.
M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. It felt full and soft, which went well with the taste. At times, there was a good amount of booziness and warmth from the alcohol.
D: This is a delicious beer and I would definitely try this again. However, the amount one could drink in a night is fairly limited by the high alcohol content. It is a great beer to go with food. I enjoyed this beer paired with a warm mouselline of foie gras, Interlude-sauteed pear with a sweet Interlude sauce and a crouton.
Serving type: on-tap
03-12-2009 17:48:05 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, low carbonation, gold in color, hazy
Smell: oak and dark fruit
Taste: oak, dark fruit, toasted malt, and hay
Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light in body, medium carbonation
Overall: An excellent saison that tastes like it is mixed with a healthy helping of fruit juices. I think this beer is right up there with the best that Allagash makes. I would certainly get this on tap if again.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2014 13:57:47 | More by tigg924
3.96/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Dated October 2013. Cork hit the ceiling, but no gushing.
A: Amber/rose-colored body with good clarity. Scant white head that rapidly disappears. Light lacing.
S: Light brett with vinous quality. Grapes and more subdued stone fruit. Mild earth.
T: Tart initially with a dry, even-handed Brett character shortly thereafter. There is the presence of red wine and associated tannins. Mostly dry finish. Lightly hopped. Alcohol presence is average for the ABV. Tartness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Light-to-moderate carbonation with a fairly light body. Open on the palate.
O: Solid brew, if a bit less impressive than expected. Probably should have sat on this one a bit longer. I was hoping for a bit more complexity, but fans of wine barrel aging and brettanomyces will enjoy this.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 19:18:39 | More by fourstringer
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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