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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

985 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
VINTAGE: June 2009
Big thanks to wolffman17 for helping me get this one!

It's a very clear, light amber color with a definite, but light, pink overcast to it. The head is two-fingers worth of light beige foam. The retention is good and the lacing is thick and fairly sticky.

The nose is quite interesting, indeed. Lots of grapes are mixing it up with some barnyard/brett/funk qualities. Nice notes of hay blend with slight traces of tart apples. A bread dough-like yeastiness is also here, just below the surface. Nice notes of sweet orchard fruits with a light touch of tanginess thrown in. A good touch of milk caramels.
This nose is quite subtle, but very complex. It seems that almost every time I stick my face into it I find a different smell that I didn't notice yet. Very nice.

I get hit by the sweetness of orchard fruits, along with some nicely ripened grapes, first. Following closely behind is a jolt of barnyard funk, ala the brett yeast presence. Nice hints of wet hay and a touch of horse blanket with just the slightest trace of band-aid. After this you get a touch of merlot flavor, albeit very briefly. If you aren't looking for the merlot, you just might miss it. Then a bit of caramel sweetness comes in. It finishes with the dry and slightly spiced presence of a syrah, along with a very tiny hint of tangy sourness. All of this is layered with a light oak presence.
This is very possibly the most sophisticated beer that I've had, to date. Densely layered and wonderful. Complex, yet delicate.

This has a medium body and a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It is crisp, clean and smooth, almost champagne-like. A mild level of creaminess.

This is an excellent brew, but it is way too complex, and rich, for everyday drinking. There is just too much going on, inside of this glass. This would absolutely make a terrific 'special occasion' beer though.
Allagash, once again, lives up to, and exceeds, my expectations of a great brewery! Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 05:14:00 | More by coldmeat23
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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.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.