Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
2007, split with Khiasmus and a few others.
Alright, the one line review is thusly: If you like oak and brett, you'll love this beer. Did that go to two lines? Darn. Onward.
So, Interlude (great name) is a mostly-clear rich gold with a small head that hugs the glass. Pretty basic.
Smelling some Strange Fruit (tm). My friends say pineapple and I can't disagree... something weird and tropical going on here... but of course the star of the show is the funkadelic brett. If you've smelled it you know exactly what I'm talking about. If not... well, you'll see. Also gettin' some white grape, caramel malt, and a delicious smooth coolness that can only be... oak! Yup, the oak shines through. Wine lovers will get it immediately.
So what's it all taste like? Three words? Citrus-brett-oak. Interlude is a dry, mildly sweet, bready ale that really is just a transport vehicle for the stars of the show - namely, the brett yeast and the big oak flavor Allagash's wondrous casks imparted. There some lemon here, and a vast woody oak presence that's impossible to overlook. Some vanilla and alcohol too; the ever present funky sour brett is everywhere.
Mouthfeel is pretty good for this sort of thing, it's lowly carbonated and dry (oak again), with a very tart-sweet finish and that distinct coolness that refreshes.
This is a tough beer to rate... it's barely a Belgian Strong, and I guarantee it's like few beers you've had before. If you like your beers dry, sour, and woody you'll like this. I personally thought it was darn impressive, but more as a proof-of-concept than anything else. I'm not dying to try it again.
Allagash as usual pushes the barrel-aging of beers in new interesting directions -- they're the best barrel folks on the East Coast -- but the price and oddness of the beer relegate this to impress-your-friends status. That said! It's a good beer, a unique beer, and one you should try if for no other reason than to expand your palate. Did I mention it hovers around $18 a bottle? No? Heh. Wine-like indeed!
*2005 vintage, drunk Feb '09
More brett here, the flavor has mellowed and turned a lot more pineapple-y than I remember. This is getting very good. Oak is in the mid and backend, carbonation is still quite nice and fluffy. The sweet-tart-sour interplay is interesting and deeper than previously, but more mellow and blended. Very nice. 4.3. Thanks to Chris Dotson for sharing!
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2008 02:18:55 | More by kkipple
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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.
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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