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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

979 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 247
Gots: 169 | FT: 14
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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Reaper16

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a Westmalle goblet. [Thanks, FernMaster!]

Pours a orange brown that really looks like caramel. Honestly, the first thins that came to mind was Sugar Daddy brand carmel candy. The head in this glass was about two and a half fingers worth of off-white, creme color goodness. The head retention is pretty poor and it doesn't achieve much lacing in this glass. It does look appetizing.

This beer smells like wine. If I hadn't already known that Interlude was aged in barrels that previously held a blend of Merlot and Sirrah then I still would have guessed that it was ged in wine barrels. Lots of red grape and tannin-riffic grape peel scents. Something sugary-sweet comes out, like pixie stix or pop tart icing or something. Some light woodsyness helps out the tart yeastiness.

This beer tastes like not-wine, but rather beer. Lots of flavors that are so very deep. That's not a real description of anything but my mind keeps perceiving the flavors as deep from within something -- deep malts, deep fruit pit flavors. Its plenty grape-like, but there is lots of apple juice, too. Cran-apple juice to be more precise, considering the drying element to the flavor. Drying, vanilla-tinged barrel flavors accentuate the funk from the Brett. The wild ale funk is kind of restrained compared to other wild ales I've had, but what yeast flavors are here (fresh-cut hay, pollen) match so well with the dominant grape/apple thing that Interlude has going on. This is a beer that somehow manages to be both unsubtle but not overtly aggressive. The flavors are strong but the overall experience is artistically restrained.

The mouthfeel is perhaps too carbonated for the types of flavors being presented. All of the juicy, wine flavors don't take particularly well to high carbonation. At the same time though the body of the beer is excellent. Its just thick enough to be luxurious. Drinkability is very nice. There isn't too much funk so the average craft beer drinker could finish the bottle by themselves.

This is a beer that I'm, very glad to have tried. It seems pretty unique amongst its wild ale brethren for being so influenced by the world of wine. This is SO worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 02:23:56 | More by Reaper16
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S: Light brett with vinous quality. Grapes and more subdued stone fruit. Mild earth.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.