Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.
One of Allagash's experimental beers, Interlude is fermented with a Belgian Farmhouse yeast and a house strain of Brettanomyces. The beer is then aged in French merlot and sirah oak barrels and bottle conditioned.
Pours a rich, golden amber, topped with a massive tight, white foam head that retreats to a respectful lacing. Nose is full of complex oak characters, cheesy and distinct wine notes, with a soft floral and bready background. Medium bodied with a big creamy palate. The carbonation is lively but smooth. Top notes of wine are more than apparent, but beneath, there are unique beer characteristics of ripe stone fruits--a mélange of apricots, peaches and plums. Cracker and bread flavors follow, thanks to the Brett. Deep-rooted foundation of oak provides a sharp, dry edge. Wine-like tannins appear as the beer warms. Soft white-bread flavors and faint grape notes present towards the slow finish.
A fantastic example of the diversity of American brewing, and a primo crossover beer for wine drinkers. It is complex and bold enough to challenge most wines on its own or when pairing. Stand it up against a stinky cheese, smoked salmon or charcuterie plate.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2010 20:02:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On the red side with a white head.
Fruit on the nose, almost tart (can you smell tart?).
The wine barrels round out the brett on a beer I would not otherwise call a saison/farmhouse. Floral, oak and grapes that lends to a flavor that's not quite sour.
Lighter body with a crisp finish.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 05:18:49 | More by pants678
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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