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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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991 Ratings
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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 252
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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ltdantheman

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-27-2013 05:37:38 | More by ltdantheman
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flayedandskinned

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

02-04-2013 09:07:38 | More by flayedandskinned
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-02-2011 16:26:26 | More by Diomede
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manaconn

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. I first found it three(?) years ago on draught at The Dive in Worcester and immediately I fell in love with it.

It has a nice rich color, slightly tinted red. It's a little surprising at first. It has a tang about it that I have yet to find in any other beer. It's on the sweeter side of beers but not overly sweet.

It's super hard to come by, I have not been able to find a bottle on shelves, try as I may. I think that's attributed to the fact that it's just so delicious and it's only brewed in very small batches. I have been able to get it when it's released to The Dive/Armsby Abbey, it'll last for about a week once a year, and one time at The Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, in 750mL bottle form last year.

I know I should go on about how wonderful it is but I'm running on empty right now.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 04:34:21 | More by manaconn
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smarkham24

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +18.5%

01-23-2012 16:29:49 | More by smarkham24
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Deivos


5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-02-2012 17:34:02 | More by Deivos
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Arabdib

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-26-2011 05:24:29 | More by Arabdib
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kirbsicles

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 19:27:30 | More by kirbsicles
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rdickey

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange into a tulip; fine white one-finger head.

Smell: There's lots going on here, but I can't identify all of it. There's a definite funk to it, and tart cherries come through across the top.

Taste: Wow. I will confess that I was overwhelmed on the first taste. The tartness comes through loud and clear, but it's not overpowering as it sometimes is in a grand cru; here it's more subtle and just tasty. The Brett provides a funky hop backbone that I just love. Follow George Clinton's advice and let the funk flow through.

Mouthfeel: Fabulous. Medium-bodied with high carbonation, which is spot-on for this beer.

Drinkability: It's a good thing I had only one bottle of this because I would have drunk it until I lost consciousness. It's that good, and although you feel the high ABV, the tartness makes it so quenching that it goes down smooth. If it's not obvious, I really like this beer and, even though it may not be for everyone, would urge everyone to give it a shot at least once.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:33:34 | More by rdickey
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

03-24-2013 22:36:31 | More by csustar001
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Hefe

Maryland

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip from corked and caged 750ml bottle courtesy of the fine folks at Frisco's Grille in Columbia, MD.

This is exceptional, absolute beer drinking Nirvana. The beer, a hazy luminescet gold. The head, pale white and thin, touches of lacing grip the glass. The aroma, decadant, with shades of currant, plum, red wine, spice. The flavours, lightly tart, vinous, orange peel, currant, earth. Beautifully done....

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 02:53:32 | More by Hefe
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

09-14-2012 05:16:18 | More by ReeseMax3
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phattman073

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-14-2011 14:53:28 | More by phattman073
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 23:15:03 | More by Elfastball7
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AAxsom

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-21-2011 21:46:49 | More by AAxsom
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rhm210

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-06-2011 14:13:20 | More by rhm210
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-15-2012 15:25:50 | More by Seanniek91
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-13-2011 23:22:35 | More by kaelingirl
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-22-2011 08:00:56 | More by bob727
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Pamola

Vermont

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-22-2011 16:25:41 | More by Pamola
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ncelauro

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2013 19:54:45 | More by ncelauro
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-21-2011 01:20:12 | More by HopStoopid120
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jnauer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at an Allagash Dinner at EVO's Pizza in North Charleston with Rob Tod of Allagash. EVO's paired the Interlude with Caramel Truffles/SeaSalt/Parmagiano - out of this world amazing. I bought a growler for $20 -that included the growler and fillup of Interlude - great price.
The following evening (today) I opened the growler and had it with BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Three Cheese Macaroni Pie, and Vegetables.

Appearance: Dark Burnt Orange, Ruby tones like that of a Tawny Port. Poured into a twelve ounce chilled mug. Little to no head.

Smell: When first opened from 34 degree cooler, Coriander, White Pepper, Caramelized Pear. As it opens you get more fruit: Strawberry & Chocolate covered Cherry

Taste: 1) Initially: Fresh out of the cooler - the white pepper and coriander are present.
2) After ten minutes: Caramelized Pear starts to develop and grows.
3) After dinner: The beer has opened up considerably. The age effect of the Plump Jack Sirah barrels really put the wine edge on this beer. An array of flavors step out: Grapes, Toast, Malt, Caramelized Pear, Strawberry, Cherry, & White Pepper.
4) The end of the growler: Hints of yeast and bready flavor on the finish.

Overall: I highly recommend this beer for wine drinkers/lovers. Not that it's a wino's beer - it lacks the filling carbonation that most beers have so you are able to eat a meal or drink several pints without the bloat or filling feeling.
This beer has soft fine tannins with a dryness on the tongue and a slightly dry finish. It pairs well with spicy foods like Thai, Spicy BBQ, or Smoked Salmon. Perfect with Thanksgiving food like Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole, etc...
Sip & enjoy on the dock, over dinner, or by the Growler - easy to drink!

Serving type: growler

04-02-2009 02:35:49 | More by LauraAlberts
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-02-2011 13:48:03 | More by jwelsh
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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.