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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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993 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 253
Gots: 168 | FT: 13
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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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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to SCThaden and Brewbaca who have both sent me samples. This one was cellared for about 6 months at aroudn 52 degrees.

What carbonation! The cork flew off with such force that it dented my ceiling, catapulted itself to the floor and then rebounded almost all the way back to the ceiling for a second go. How Champagne like!

Appearance: Nearly perfect and truly stunning. Body is a mandarin light brown, glowing and sharp. Carbonation is really terrific. Gaseous like Champagne with a 3/8 inch white, creamy cap that lasts and lasts.

Aroma: Tart or unripe fruit. Constrained and purposeful barnyard characteristics. Not overly funky but with a subtle sourness, and damp hay/rotten wood/lemon rind qualities. Rising spiciness and a touch of earth.

Mouthfeel comes before taste because it is very important in this beer. Tartness and carbonation strike the tongue before any discernable flavors. Then a vinous quality, part grape and part wood hits the palate and is followed by tart pear or apple and perhaps a touch of peach. Woodiness continues and spiciness grows in the relatively dry finish.

Drinkability is very good, partially because the funkiness is so subdued. Bret is ever present and plays a major role in the beer but it is never outlandish or overpowering of the other flavors and aromas. It's also balanced and well rounded with a medium body. I would consider this a very approachable wild sort of ale and a good choice for someone just embarking on the funky beer journey. I particularly enjoyed the Champagne like body and assertive carbonation. Well done beer.

March 29th, 2008 update: This beer has cellared well. I just cracked a Jan 07 bottle. The carbonation was initially explosive but then mellowed out. The beer is soft and lovely with a healthy sourness and remains wonderfully complex and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 18:41:00 | More by DaPeculierDane
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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
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Gobzilla

California

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured orangish burnt brown in color with pale yellow highlights with a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely spot out the brett character, acdic, citrusy, oaky barrel, and cherry fruit notes that let's you know there will be some tart flavors.

T: the cherry notes are more potent on the palate with oaky citrus accents but had a little vinegar character. It did however have a little acdic corky flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight fruity but acidic, oaky, citric, tart, and dry finish.

D: it drank really good and was a solid wild ale that I would definitely like to try again. It kind of reminded me of supplications little sister but the cherry flavor was more mild.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 09:38:25 | More by Gobzilla
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joe1510

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bottle
$13.99
Sam's Downers Grove

January 2007 Bottling

Interlude poured a hazy copper that glowed orange when held to the light. A 1 finger white head formed on the pour that faded to a thin cap with chunky edges. Minimal slow rising carbonation bubbles. Leaves chunky drink lines after each sip.

Scent begins with goldenrod and that barnyard funkiness. Mild tart cherries and a touch of lemony citrus. Maybe it's my imagination but when I take deep whiffs I pick up mild oak. Very complex aromas that I've only scratched the surface on.

The flavor is more complex than the aroma. Things begin with a slight lemon rind bitterness. Mid palate I get hit with a wave of that funkiness along with hay. Mild citric flavors come through toward the end finishing up with orange rind and a solid hop snap on the swallow. Again, I've only scratched the surface on the complexity of flavors.

Lighter body with a slight stickinesson the tongue. Mild alcohol on the swallow as this beer warms.

The flavor makes this an easy drinker but the complex flavors will wear out the tastebuds.

A truly complex beer with a great idea behind it. I'm looking forward to trying Allagash's other special releases. A really great concept behind this beer that I look forward to drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 00:28:36 | More by joe1510
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jwillcourt

Texas

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Draught House into a half-pint glass. Served way cold. It took awhile for me to warm it by hand.

A - Murky, hazy orange color. No head or visible carbonation. Slight lacing.

S/T - Apple cider smell. Almost tastes like they mixed sparkling white wine, sparkling apple cider, and ale. Having said that, it is dry, tart, but not sweet. Very crisp, grape, green apple, and slight pear taste. Tastes like it was aged in white wine rather than red wine casks. Oak comes through as it warms, but I never tasted the Merlot.

M/D - Light body with crisp carbonation. Lingers on the lips. You can feel the alcohol warmth. This is my first wild ale, so it is difficult to compare. I usually associate sourness with something gone wrong, but this is a pleasant tartness. Very refreshing. Can't drink too many of them due to the alcohol. The half-pint was a nice serving size. Definitely recommend this beer, particularly to other wild ale newbies, and I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 20:06:51 | More by jwillcourt
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jcartamdg

Florida

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown apple cider color with a one finger head that disapates almost instantly, leaving a ring of foam around my glass producing great lacing. Aroma of oak, red wine, funk and slight vinegar. Taste is tart and fruity with a finish of oak and redwine. This is a fantastic sour, just behind Russian river's Consecration in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:31:55 | More by jcartamdg
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KajII

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a clear reddish copper orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that diminished quickly into a thin layer of residue that lasted throughout and produced some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma had a Farmhouse funkiness to it, with a sweaty grain malt, some wild yeast and had notes of sour grapes, red wine and a nice woody oak.

The taste was sweetly acidic, quite tart and very fruity right off and then became sweetly sour with a strong wine characteristic and a hint of wood at the end. The flavor stayed with you for a nice long time after the swallow, allowing for a nice sour grape finish.

Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body and very dry in texture, like a nice Merlot with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a very unique tasting strong ale, one like I have never tasted in the past, but definitely plan to do so again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 20:30:24 | More by KajII
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smurphy77

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance after poured from tap - nice deep golden color with a head that persisted forever.

Smelled pretty funky. Tasted pretty fantastic. Not sure if it comes from the barrel aging in wine casks or not, but this beer was quite complex. Sharp, spicy flavors dominate early, then subside into a very distinct sourness reminiscent of cherries and dried apricots. The taste of alcohol is detectable but not overpowering.

Very enjoyable beer, but the flavors are so strong that I don't think I'd drink more than one at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2007 12:48:05 | More by smurphy77
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy slightly red amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-tart, grapes, yeasty bread, funk, hint of pepper

T-tart grapes, yeasty bread, slight orange, pepper, funky, hint of sweetness, earthy

F-medium body with moderate prickly carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-a nice farmhouse ale with a great range of flavors, tart and refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 19:19:44 | More by MDDMD
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden yellowish-orange in color, the beer poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sourness along with strong notes of red wine from the barrel aging.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer has a light amount of sourness with some flavors of red wine from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness.
O: Although the alcohol is well hidden from this beer, the amount of dryness lends it to being more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:32:54 | More by metter98
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mjaskula

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a sniffer. The beer is a clear golden copper, effervescent, with a slightly tan head. The head thins to a film and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

The immediate aromas out of the bottle and initial pour were strongly pear and strawberry, backed with that signature brett funkiness. Flavor is tart and fruity at first, again leading into the bret funk. The bret character isn't as in your face as some other wild ales. The bret brings some grassy and earthy flavors to the mix.

The mouthfeel dries up quickly leaving you wanting more. The drinkability seems good after the first glass, but bret usually wears on me pretty quickly. Overall this is the most enjoyable wild ale I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:29:34 | More by mjaskula
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear light amber beer with a half finger head, sampled at Julio's Liquors in Westborough MA.

Aroma was mainly of apples, although it was a bit estery. I didn't get any of the Brett funk that other people did, don't know why.

Taste was light sweet malts, again no funk. A bit of fruitiness, and a tad dry. Didn't pick up any tannins either.

Mouthfeel was wonderful... it was very light, went down easily. The alcohol was well hidden. Usually this style seems somewhat syrupy to me.

Drinkability is excellent. Did I want more? Hell yes. Would I shell out $16 for a bottle of this? For special occasions, easily. This was a well crafted beer. Everything knit together perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 02:47:54 | More by connecticutpoet
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey.

A: Hazy golden wheat orange color with quickly fading fluffy head.

N: Some sour fruit, a little yeast with some bready malts, slight funk.

T: Taste starts right out with some funk, sour fruit, some yeast and some bready malts. A nice sour fruit taste, not too heavy but definitely there and the main character. It starts to get a little chewy as it goes down. Some sour cherry specifically, with a little creaminess. there is also hints of oak and vanilla.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation (bottle conditioned was better I think).

F: Very dry finish with some lingering sour fruit and bready malts, a very little funk, but mostly the long dry bready taste.

I think the beer is better with bottle conditioning than on tap. It's one of those rare things.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 17:16:35 | More by jlindros
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Sweemzander for this one. The second breakfast beer to get us going.

A: golden orange, small off white head, tiny soapy lace ring,

S: tart apples, lemons, mild funk, hints of barn yard, just a touch of wood comes through as it warms

T: flavor was bit sweeter than I expected, mild green apples and lemons but a solid amount of sweet apple as well, lightly funky, hints of wet straw and wet wood, fairly easy on the tongue

M: light to medium body, plenty of carbonation

D: very easy drinking, this would be a great starter wild for someone whos just getting into the style, hard to beleive this is 9.5 abv, I found no trace at all

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 12:56:32 | More by beerwolf77
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joepais

Maine

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass it was a little less carbonated than the bottle I had but it was to be expected from a cask pour. The brew was a slightly cloudy burnt orange with a light ring of bubbles at the top of the glass.

I got aromas of funk and fruit, berries and blankets LOL. It has a great nose ant the flavor is up there too it is a nice sour. Not to mouth puckering and fruity enough to keep it real drinkable. The feel in my mouth was great but it needed some more carbonation.

Two glasses of this was my limit but I enjoyed every drop. It is somewhat pricey but worth it for a special occasion

Serving type: cask

11-18-2009 01:36:39 | More by joepais
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billab914

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. It poured a murky, orange/amber color with a moderate fluffy and bubbly white head to it. The head faded but left some moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is tart, acidic and sour with a lot of the Brett coming through. It has a lot of floral notes to it with some tart fruits coming through as well. Very nice wild ale aroma.

The taste shows a good amount of the sharp, acidic, sourness to it. It also has a lot of tart, fruity, apple, pear, grape like flavors coming through as well. Some hints of spice seem to be hiding in the background. The finish really shows off more of those tart fruit like flavors and lingers nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors and was a very good beer overall. It had some very nice sour and tart flavors without becoming too extreme. Paired great with dinner tonight too.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 00:21:19 | More by billab914
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed during the "Brett Pack" dinner at Monk's Cafe. Served in a tasting glass. This was Allagash's sixth batch of Interlude. Rob Todd told us about the back story of this beer: they were shooting to brew an Americanized saison, and about halfway through the primary fermentation the yeast stopped working. This is apparently not uncommon for farmhouse yeast, but in their case, the yeast did not want to start working again. They left it in the tanks and sort of forgot about it for a couple of weeks. Surprisingly, it started fermenting again and when it finished up, the beer was funky. They took it to the lab and found out Brettanomyces had found its way into their batch and the end result had a nice sourness. So they aged half the batch in French oak barrels and the other half in stainless steel and combined them in the bottle.

A: Not much of a head was forming out of the tap, but then again that could just be the server. The body was a hazy deep amber color.

S: I think the beer was too cold to really appreciate the various smells in this beer, which is a shame considering the fantastic taste. The most immediate smell was the Brett funk smell. After that, maybe some notes of apricot/peach, but mostly clean.

T: Sweet malt is balanced by funky sour. Up front, the taste is best described as fruity, with notes of apricot/peach, strawberry, and exotic fruit. Towards the swallow, there is a distinct wine presence, creating a pleasant balance to the fruitiness. It has a woody finish.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. It felt full and soft, which went well with the taste. At times, there was a good amount of booziness and warmth from the alcohol.

D: This is a delicious beer and I would definitely try this again. However, the amount one could drink in a night is fairly limited by the high alcohol content. It is a great beer to go with food. I enjoyed this beer paired with a warm mouselline of foie gras, Interlude-sauteed pear with a sweet Interlude sauce and a crouton.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 17:48:05 | More by MusicaleMike
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Interlude, on tap at Rustico, Alexandria, VA. Served in a fitted glass of some sort, strangely shaped - we'll call it a conic 10 oz.

Appearance: Arrives a dirty-looking, slightly hazy yellow amber-bodied brew with practically no head. There's only the faintest dusting sitting atop this one, and almost no collar or lacing as I drink. For a near-double digit, lightly hopped wild ale, I suppose that's not to be unexpected, no?

Aroma: Fruit, funk, and wood about rounds it up, but that doesn't do it justice. The fruits are fairly varied, though cherries, both tart and sweet, are strong upfront, though plenty of other light, semi-sweet/semi-sour fruity esters dance among the strong cherry notes and the earthy, green wood notes. The funk intensifies as it warms, though never becomes dominating or distracting. A nice balance of solid aromas.

Taste: Mild, tart funk mingles well with slightly sour fruity notes, apple skins and sweet and sour cherry. There's plenty of grassy, hay-like notes and a definite hint of wood that are having a delicious earthy orgy in this one, and - though it's not sweet - it's not quite dry either. Very enjoyable and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, even and full, and not crisp but not dull or lifeless either. Perfectly pleasant and average.

Drinkability: This one improved greatly as it warmed, but also as I "got into it," and after about half the glass, I was really enjoying it. This is a well-crafted and unique beer, exactly what I'd expect from Allagash, balanced and tasty. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, at least to the senses, and if you don't like the "sour bombs," this is the wild ale for you.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 18:31:31 | More by CrellMoset
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation was a 750ml bottle dated 12.2007 from a trade with beast464, consumed October 2009, poured into a Hopleaf tulip, reviewed from notes

A- A beautiful sunset orange color. Nice head that goes away quickly leaving no lacing but with a nice collar of foam that remains along with some spotty surface foam.

S- Very funky from the brett, battling with some fruitiness from the wine barrel aging and a hint of sour in the nose as well.

T- Very definitive brett character that seemed overpowering in the first glass but lessened after some food and in the second glass. Not too much sour in there at all. Flavors of the oak are evident. The fruitiness is fairly muted with only a touch from the wine barrel aging coming through. A touch of acidity. Pretty balanced overall.

M/D- Mouthfeel is great the carbonation seems perfect and is very lively throughout. Was able to drink the entire bottle with no problem.

Overall a solid beer that I was happy to try. The high price tag would perhaps deter me from buying another but its certainly worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 19:48:43 | More by hansgruber
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a Westmalle goblet. [Thanks, FernMaster!]

Pours a orange brown that really looks like caramel. Honestly, the first thins that came to mind was Sugar Daddy brand carmel candy. The head in this glass was about two and a half fingers worth of off-white, creme color goodness. The head retention is pretty poor and it doesn't achieve much lacing in this glass. It does look appetizing.

This beer smells like wine. If I hadn't already known that Interlude was aged in barrels that previously held a blend of Merlot and Sirrah then I still would have guessed that it was ged in wine barrels. Lots of red grape and tannin-riffic grape peel scents. Something sugary-sweet comes out, like pixie stix or pop tart icing or something. Some light woodsyness helps out the tart yeastiness.

This beer tastes like not-wine, but rather beer. Lots of flavors that are so very deep. That's not a real description of anything but my mind keeps perceiving the flavors as deep from within something -- deep malts, deep fruit pit flavors. Its plenty grape-like, but there is lots of apple juice, too. Cran-apple juice to be more precise, considering the drying element to the flavor. Drying, vanilla-tinged barrel flavors accentuate the funk from the Brett. The wild ale funk is kind of restrained compared to other wild ales I've had, but what yeast flavors are here (fresh-cut hay, pollen) match so well with the dominant grape/apple thing that Interlude has going on. This is a beer that somehow manages to be both unsubtle but not overtly aggressive. The flavors are strong but the overall experience is artistically restrained.

The mouthfeel is perhaps too carbonated for the types of flavors being presented. All of the juicy, wine flavors don't take particularly well to high carbonation. At the same time though the body of the beer is excellent. Its just thick enough to be luxurious. Drinkability is very nice. There isn't too much funk so the average craft beer drinker could finish the bottle by themselves.

This is a beer that I'm, very glad to have tried. It seems pretty unique amongst its wild ale brethren for being so influenced by the world of wine. This is SO worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 02:23:56 | More by Reaper16
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a fan of Allagash, but their beers are unavailable out here, so my opportunities to sample are limited. Having recently picked this one up in a trade, I was excited to renew my acquaintances with this brewery. Pours a medium golden color with a little white head that hangs around for quite a while. Aromas of brett, white grapes, light oak, pears and green apples. Light bodied, crisp, tart, white wine, apples and well-hidden alcohol. Another great beer from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 05:21:15 | More by emmasdad
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Orange/amber with a slight chill haze that cleared up as it warmed. Off-white foam settled quickly to a thick ring with a skim of fine bubbles, then wouldn't go away. A bit of chunky lacing. Fruity aroma with some tart funk, sour cherry, sugary malt sweetness, apples, and mild alcohol. Moderate bitterness, a little funk, oaky with cherry notes, a bit of alcohol towards the end with lingering booze. Sugary sweetness and tropical fruit filled out the middle. Medium bodied, fairly light but with a bit of stickyness. Alcohol warmth was a little rough to start with. Carbonation remained spritzy throughout and it had a grainy malt texture. It really opened up as it warmed - I definitely suggest serving at cellar temperature or above. Quite tasty and interesting, though the finish was a little aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 02:49:15 | More by DrJay
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter. This is a translucent reddish golden color, extra fizzy with an inch of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is sour and acidic with lots of lemon and brett. Taste is acidic lemon at first with a burst of oak flavor in the finish. The interesting mix makes for something similar to an iced tea flavor. Alcohol is present, but not enough to hinder drinkability. Mouthfeel is very carbonated.

This is good... maybe not as complex as some other varieties of the style, but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:34:01 | More by webmanspidey
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Higravity

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well the beer looked fine but the smell of uric acid made me think of cat piss and I couldn't get it out of my mind as I sipped this beer. There was also leather and a bit of tobacco in the smell mixed with a farmhouse malt funk. It had a taste like none other, but the mouthfeel was the first thing I noticed how the dense carbonation gave the taste an explosive life on the tongue. Full of spicy peppery notes but subdued by a tart asprin flavor only to live again as earthy flower and a touch of pine. The aftertaste carried some tonic water feel in the back of my mouth. The third of the bottle I had was just right, but I could have finished off the rest with out help.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 20:10:18 | More by Higravity
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KDawg

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a real good solid gold color with a foamy head.

Very very funky aromas. Brett dominated along with aromas of sour apples and tart citrus with some spices. Good depth as well.

Medium/full bodied with a really good feel. Very funk driven flavors along with sour apples and some spices.

This was the 2011 version. This isn't a beer for everyone due to the amount of funk, but it was perfectly fine by me. Great depth on both the aromas and feel. There is a real good dry finish to this as well.

Serving type: bottle

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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