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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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993 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 253
Gots: 168 | 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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Reviews by SanAnMan:
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SanAnMan

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark golden but bright, light shines nicely in it. Poured into a baby sniffer, with little to no head, a fine white bubble that dissipated quickly. Little to no carbonation bubbles to speak of.

S - fruity and bright, the Belgian Brettanomyces yeast is prominent here. A light note of sour apples combines with notes of lemon, orange, and even grapefruit.

T - very typical of a Belgian Strong, bright and light. A nice mix of sweetness and sourness makes your mouth both water and slightly pucker at the same time. The high alcohol content (approx 9.5%) is almost unnoticed, as there is almost no heat to the tongue.

M - silky smooth and easy to swallow. Tart and tangy, but still has some sweetness to balance.

D - very smooth and easy to drink. Deceptive in its potency. The sweet/sour combo mentioned earlier makes you want to come back for more. Just dances all over your taste buds, a really vibrant feel.

A very excellent Belgian Strong from the folks at Allagash. Well worth a taste, especially if you enjoy sour ales, or just Belgian ales in general. Deliciousness in a glass, YUM.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 01:19:24 | More by SanAnMan
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In honor of our family's impending trip to shores of Maine...
Poured into an Allagash small tulip glass: color is lighter amber, slightly opaque, copper hues on the glass edges, head is light tan and presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is tilted towards the tart, sourness of the brett yeast off notes, pear, maybe some sour grapes, with a subtle farmhouse funk with some biscuit.

Taste is more balance between the two yeast strains: immediate flavor is sour, tart brett like sourness; then there is transition to dryer farmhouse style crispness. I can't identify the wine barrel presence, but I'm sure the tilt in aroma and upfront flavor towards grape and pear like sourness is amplified by this. Almost forgot to mention that this beer has incredible flavor and presence with no indication its the strength. On second thought, i think the wine barrel aging has softened any esters or strong flavors from the strength.

Mouthfeel is a great balance again: sourness provides lingering intriguing flavors, while the softness from the wine barrels creates great presence on the cheeks and there is even the drying qualities from the farmhouse yeast.

Overall, a great beer, incredible flavor and complexity when you understand where its subtleties come from. And to top it off its strong and sweet but not overpowering, another great ale from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 23:40:33 | More by mvanaskie13
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tigg924

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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

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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.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.