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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 441
Hads: 1,289
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 313
Gots: 242 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2006

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.
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Photo of dd43
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amazingly complex. The Brett notes are present but not overpoweringly so. Definitely some earthy funk. Nice level of tartness here, again very restrained. Definitely some puckering pear in the flavor. The barrel qualities are also balanced nicely in that there's a Pinot noir impression and an oaky touch that play off the fruit notes in the aroma and taste. Dry on the finish, quite astringent actually, and the booze comes through but just a bit. Very faint traces of alcohol legs in the glass, not much head after the initial fat finger. The wine characteristics announce themselves more as it warms up. This is a beer you can sit with for a good long while and pick apart.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: hazy reddish peach. Thick small bubble white head.
smell: Gentle sour and tart. Some citrus jam notes.
taste: Wow, so much going on here. Mostly dry. Starts with notes much like the nose followed by a wave of oaky, nutty, earthiness. Then theres some red wine notes. Wow.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample glass at Growler Garage, South Burlington, VT. The appearance was a hazy burnt red color with a quickly dissipating barely there white cap of a head. Bar pour, rating adjust appropriately. The smell started off with some sweet apples roaming into a sly bitter to semi-sour lemon. Fresh tart green apples slide in for the balance. The taste was sour with touches of sweet, bitter and tart through the previously mentioned flavors. A semi-sour apple aftertaste leads into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Sour hits on my tongue appropriately. Overall, I’d say this was a really nice American Wild ale really taking in the sweeter side some AWA’s are afraid to lean towards.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber, hazy apricot. No head and spotty lacing. A distinct lack of head.

Oak, olive juice, smell is distinct but very subtle.

Vermouth, bitter, martini. Red wine. Light sour. Floral and earthy.

Light mouthfeel, light sour. Dry.

Not bad.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tour at brewery. Nice very complex beer that seemed more wine oriented in the nose and palate. Expect it would be a good food beer. Dry but not astringent/harsh. Unfortunately had to rush drinking it because we had to leave the part of the brewery where the tour tastings are done. May have had stronger impressions of the complex flavors if I had more time to savor. Still...clearly a very good beer and one I'd try again.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It has an autumn gold color, very little head retention but very bubbly like a champagne. Aroma has a sweet mulled cider with accents of pear, white grape must and just a bit of the Brett funk. Flavor picks up a lot of the wine barrel from the aging, though I got almost all Shirah and not much Merlot, which is fine by me as I'm not a merlot guy. Sharp grape must, faint oak, some more dry pear and the Brett is just delicactely floating in the background, accentuating the soft tartness of the grape notes but not overpowering anything. Very dry and crisp finish, good medium carbonation that isnt too fizzy. All in all, another excellent beer from Allagash. I think they might be the best brewery out there when it comes to incorporating Brett into their concoctions. All the flavors here accentuate and play off each other like a good jazz riff, a little beer, a little wine, a little champagne and a litle brett, all perfectly balanced and in harmony. Awesome.

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Photo of Cannabanoid
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this bottle as a birthday present from my best friend. This beer was fantastic. I'm sure this would have been a good saison in and of itself. However the addition of Brett and aging in red wine barrels has completely put this on a new level of delicious. Allagash has never disappointed me.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very lightly hazy red-tinged orange, with a creamy thick white head of sold retention and fluffy lacing. Nose wafts grape must forward with mild dustiness, and light wood. Taste is a touch sweet up front but dries up nicely in a red wine dominant fashion. Syrah barrel is most forward. Medium full bodied, with low feeling carbonation and a subsequent creamy feel, while booze is very well hidden.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite from Allagash so far. Sour, wine, yeasty, spicy, it's all there in a beautiful melange. Had on tap at Prime 16 and I wouldn't hesitate to have again. Beers like these are what made Allagash famous.

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Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October 2014 Bottled: Pours cloudy orange/copper color with a lot of bubbles racing up the sides of the glass to a 2 finger foamy off white that looked like soap water with a lot of bubbles in it, leaving minimal spotty lacing. I love the sizzling sound it makes after poured into the tulip glass.

Smells sour and grainy up front, with red wine, woody oak barrels, sticks/twigs, cherry and other dark fruit, tart green apple, sour white grapes, some musty and funky notes and light peppery spices. This is extremely complicated and very hard to nail down more aromas, as this is a mix of sour, funk, barnyard (wet horse hair), light spices, grains, wood/barrels, flowers and fruity notes. Hard to process, but nice to inhale.

Taste is just as dynamic as the nose, with the sour and grainy fruit/grain combo also up front, transitioning to coffee like chocolate malts for a second and then getting oaky and woody with the traces of red wine and the barrels showing through; the next wave is tart green apple, rotting pear or rotting green grapes, champagne, metallic yeast and some slight funk, wet cardboard, candied sugar or fruity candy like a gummy worm, earth, dirt, mud and pigpen wet hairs for that barnyard essence, and then some zesty lemon and orange peel like a mix of citrus hops, active brett yeast and finally spices like pepper, coriander, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and cardamom. Each sip is different and like the nose it is hard to get a handle on all the flavors. It's a super nova of flavor which pretty much explodes onto your palate so that you just have to take it in and enjoy it for what it is, a crazy complicated beer that is still evolving in the glass as you sip it yet designed so well that it hides the 9.5% ABV perfectly.

Mouthfeel is creamy but on the thin and watery side, with a lot of grainy notes that give it some texture and some spices to give it kick, but the tart fruit, funk and sour notes keep this a moving target on just settling in and expecting a standard saison drinking experience. The barnyard/farmhouse flavors and smells came through, but were just part of this cyclone of tastes which to me were mostly fruit with everything else acting as accents for the outstanding base.

This beer grew on me and got better with every sip. The brett and red wine barrels added some really great flavors, and the constant guessing how the next sip would be made this a wonderful drinking experience. The bottle was a little pricey, but this was a great beer overall and a lot of fun to drink.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014.
Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy apricot amber beer with off-white head, low retention. Smell of tart cherry and vinous at first, as beer warms other notes appear - fruits (plums), earthy and horsey Brett, wooden barrels. Taste is also complex, different fruits, lots of Brett, vine allusions.
Medium body, well-hidden alcohol, something stale and funk on a palate, moderate carbonation. Excellent balance between tartness and strong belgian body, including Brett character and sequences of barrelling
The mightiest saison.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friends Cory and Susie for gifting me with this 2014 vintage. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my small Moinette tulip.

Cloudy apricot/gamboge liquid with an active white peach head that dissipates rapidly. No lacing, poor retention.

Complex aromatics with waves of fruit (pear, plum, pluot, grape), a mild farmhouse funk, and a pleasant peppery note from the Brett. The various elements come in and out of focus, alternately integrating and diverging.

Peach like sweetness is joined by a low puckering tang on the palate - the funk becomes more pronounced as the flavors blossom outward, becoming more sour and complex before ending in a drying tannic finish with lingering hints of Brett. and Merlot. The vinuous elements are most apparent in the finish, with just a hint of oak in the aftertaste. A good ale for contemplation.

Soft almost slick mouth-feel that could use a little more carbonation possibly. Alcohol is well concealed.

A fruity saison emerges from the barrel variegated with flavors both brash and subtle - a very well composed and balanced sour, though perhaps missing a truly "wild" element.

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Photo of jancona
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nose is bubblegum and a bit of funky yeast. The funkiness comes through with the taste along with apricot and Graham crackers. Another great offering from Allagash!

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Photo of bareju
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This beer is complex and delicious, refreshing and strong and easy drinking.

Sweet and funky front, finished with some tannins. Fruity throughout and lightly tart. Perfectly balanced.

Will drink again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden orange-ish yellow, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like heavy citrus, baked bread, wine, and the slightest amount of funky Brett.

The brett is pretty restrained here, it provides a bready, crusty, and slightly sweet finish. The Brett yeast is restrained as mentioned above, providing some light mustiness and the taste of bread. It feels very citrusy, lots of orange and apricot, a little bit of apple juice, and the smallest amount of tartness.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and bready mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation.

A really unique barrel aged saison. The red wine doesn't show up a whole lot, but the Brett here is the real star. Restrained and elegant and just tasty as fuck.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy copper amber color with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Funky, bready, vanilla, fruity sweetness, pear, apple, oak, merlot grapes, and some alcohol.

Taste: The oak wine barrels have seemed to blend the above aromas together. Tart and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, tart, slight funky, smooyh, some alcohol, a little chewy, a little dry, and extremely drinkable.

Overall: It has been some time since I have had this beer, but won't forget it now. So delicious and each dip got better and better.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, New Jersey. It arrived in a generic thickly stemmed globe at the bar, showing hues of a brown strawberry cider. It held a minuscule quarter finger’s worth of white foam for a head, leaving ringed lacing after a brief retention. Major haze cut clarity, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma stood super hot with brett right from the start, supported by a base of amber, pale, and toasty dry caramel grain, soured lemon, white wine vinegar, sweet tea, burlap, strawberry and cherry fermented fruitiness, chemical and Magic Marker phenols, booze, banana Laffy Taffy, beeswax, dried lavender, coriander, rosewater, ammonia grassy funk, and straw. The taste gave massive Bretty funky tartness, bitterest Muscat and Syrah grape, vanilla oak, vodka booziness, amber and pale malts, phenolic chemicals, shoe polish, unpasteurized apple cider, savory Belgian yeastiness, caramel roast and toast, concrete dust, light buttery diacetyls, bittered almond skins, coiny metallics, lemon peel, glass, cider vinegar, red radishes, and clean cherry fruity pucker. The body was full, and the carbonation was high. Nice slurp and smack accompanied each sip, but cream and froth were more distant. Cool prickle gave way to puckered and softer tannic dryness across the palate. As the beer warmed, this thinned out. The abv was appropriate, and the beer disappeared as an easy sipper.

Overall, the Brett is off the freakin’ charts throughout this beer. To make matters even more tart and sour, the oak barreling and bitterness of the wine grapes catapults Interlude to the next level. The latter is remarkable in that you get all of the grapey, skinned bitterness, without any fleshy juiciness or cloying sweetness. At the same time, however, it never comes across at all like a winey flavoring, as the oak itself tends to be more subtle. It is obviously present enough to be able to transfer that intense grape quality, but again, they are distinct and separate entities in their intensity and showiness. For anyone looking to satisfy their craving for a bitter, sour, puckering wild, farmhousy beer, you’re in luck on all accounts. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to try this well-rounded, yet wonderfully unique beer.

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Photo of Hab11
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Allagash Interlude 2013 750 ml Cork and Cage w/Three Lions.
Look: Have to start with in the Bottle, Looks awesome here like a nice blush wine in the bottle or a rose^! Just put it in the glass, carbonation looks like the jump to light speed in the original Star Wars trilogy. Orange or tangelo like in appearance. Cider like! Actually unfiltered, unpasteurized cider might hit it on the head. Super fun looking concoction!
Smell: Red wine and the barrel really come through. French oak has such a nice character to it and it's in here in abundance. I love this smell so I'm biased for sure. I get the grapes here with this one. I even get the good molds that wine grapes can possess. Brett is apparent but not overdone. Butterscotch sweetness, vanilla lots of it. I like the smell of this it's better than fresh cut flowers! Complex as well as tasteful.
Taste: Candied sour fruit, very malty, bitter on the tale end. Smell is so much better than the taste. Maybe it's the age of this but the tannins are super prevalent. Might be a case of what makes the nose diminished the taste. I think I need to try this young. Unfortunately in its current state it's just ok to me.
Feel: like letting a sugar cube dissolve on your tongue. Vanilla not in flavor but in feel. It's not spectacular it's not bad it just is. It plays and not in a good way with my palette and my sinuses. Even leaving a bitter feel. My mom describes Guinness as "drinking the inside of a wood stove"...this kind of feels to me like licking a wood pile, splinters and all!
Overall: Like the hot girl at the bar that sucks in bed this is all about looks and smell. It's a show with no substance or style. At the end of the day you're better off with your old sock!

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

October 2013 vintage split with Hab11
Appearance: Quite a unique orange/brown color. Browrange? What? Looks like someone mixed apple juice with orange juice then stirred in some dirt. Rust color? Cool looking. C
Very subtle head. Interesting carbonation. Lots of bubbles on the bottom of the glass with only a few breaking free and rising g to the surface. Super tiny bubbles forming in the top third of the glass. Great activity for a year and a half old.
Smell: well alright. Great Brett funk right off the bat. Artificial grape like pixie stick smell but also red grape aromas too. Tart, sour, acidic. Background caramel notes from the barrel. Vinous. French oak. Quite a complex and awesome smell. Many layers and we'll balanced.
Taste: Not what I was expecting. Tastes like candy. Sour grapes. Candied sweet bitter fruit like a warhead candy. The smell was much better than the taste. The oak tannins came through to a fault in this. Not sure where to go. Not a big fan. The taste was disappointing here.
Mouth: carbonation is quite low. The bitterness and overwhelming oak tannin are off putting and it is also cloying.
Overall. The appearance and smell of this beer are really quite exceptional. The taste and mouth were both disappointing and unpleasant. Not what I was expecting. It's like all the bad parts of barrel aging with brettanomyces came together with this beer. It's unfortunate. Probably would not buy again. Well that's wrong. I would like to try thus fresh and note the differences but after a year and a half I'm not really a fan.

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Photo of 7Sport
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rating from an October 2012 750ml corked/caged bottle from my cellar

Just drank a 2011 bottle (02/12/15) and it was phenomenal. Taste score on the 2011 would be a 4.5 with a similar bump in the overall score. Not sure if it's the age or the particular vintage but the 2011 was a different beer, and by far my favorite (compared to 2012-2014) vintages.

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Photo of NateF90
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release in a red wine glass on New Year's. All I remember were the crazy cantaloupe and honeydew melon flavors, presumably from the brett. Would love to try again.

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Photo of FFreak
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Costco for ~$16. Poured into glasses and shared with friends who love Brett. This beer was wonderful. It has a fruitiness that I'd not experienced in a beer before because I believe it comes from the Brett rather than hops, which I'm more accustomed to. Pineapple, apricot, peach and some dried fruit and none of the horse blanket/straw I'd learned to expect from Brett. Just about perfect mouth feel and carbonation. Overall, this beer really floored me with how good it is.

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Photo of seedyone
1.5/5  rDev -64.2%

03/29/13 At Rattle N Hum on tap. Strangest assault on the ol' taste buds in a long time. Not sure what they were going for here as much as "let's just throw some stuff down the chute & see what comes out". IMHO this is an aimless taste profile. Befuddling at best. If it wasn't that I paid for it & the 9.5% ABV, I would have poured it on the floor as a wax remover. The only "notes" I'm registering are "don't waste your time & money on this focus-less nonsense".

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Community Tap (SC).

Flavor & Aroma: Plenty of red wine flavors with oak too. These also permeate the aroma where hints of barnyard smells detract.

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Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with short head retention.
Sweet and very orchard aroma with mild funky notes.
Predominant flavor of apples and grapes fermentation, some elegant funkiness, oranges, Asian plum liquor, pear, bretta and white wine.
Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and tart sensation.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Outstanding beer, very elegant with amazing complexity and lots of grapes and bretta. It felt like a mix of a Saison and a Belgian Strong Golden Ale.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.