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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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94
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1,034 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,034
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 259
Gots: 175 | 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:
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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1/5  rDev -76.3%

SIEVS, Feb 08, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.3%

sneezembop, Sep 07, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

jsteele, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of claspada
2.35/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2010 version bottled in September according to the bottle.

Pours a clear, coppery body with a medium-sized, ivory-colored head. Little to no lacing present after the head recedes.

Aroma begin with an overwhelmingly dominant Brett smells; funk and hay with a dailed up musk factor and old, tired oak vessels with a lesser note of sour apple.

The tastes begin with light pilsner maltiness and a syrupy sugar sweetness get quickly dislodged by a powerful tangy tartness and coarse astringent tannins. Splash of sour apple vinegar. Slight notes of white grapes and a touch of sour-tasting wheat malt and more Brett yeast flavors with a small hint of booze. Oaky finish with a slap of acidity and chock full of tannins.

The mouthfeel is a hair above medium-bodied with medium to low carbonation. Quite the tongue-coating mouthfeel with an unpleasant overly astringent, unbalanced finish.

Overall I really did not enjoy this sour ale from Allagash. In fact I think this is probably the least enjoyable sour ale I have ever had. I found it to be overly tart, sharply so, and a bit heavy on the oak. For me, this left the overall taste to be rather disjointed, with nothing really coming together for me. There were no wine barrel flavors and the acidic, tangy flavors were just too disjointed and left me wanting so so much more.

claspada, Nov 27, 2011
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2.42/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Review from tasting notes taken last night:

Pours a dark amber orange color with a medium white head, and light lace. I have to say that I reall y loved the color of this beer, but that's where the love affair ended for me. Light berry notes on the nose, grassy, heavy mustiness and little to no sourness. Flavor is unripened berry, really no sweetness or tartness in this one, just sort of a muddled funk of a brew, musty, earthy, some funky cheese at times. Where is the sour on this one?? This brew really needs some bugs in here to make things shine. This is too Brett-forward, and the funkiness needs to be offset by some sweetness or sourness or both. Dry finish translates into a dry beer overall, but without the tartness to balance things out. Not really what I was expecting out of this brew. Too much Brett funk and not enough sour and I'm not really a fan of these type of wilds. Reminds me of the mediocrity that was Perseguidor 5.

KeefD, Feb 14, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Piddmeista, Aug 19, 2013
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2.55/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bottle from some shop in Atlanta.
pours a burnt amber color with about 1 finger of head. The cork popped hard, so i expected it to foam everywhere and pour with a ton of head, but was surprised.
smells sour mainly, with a bit of cherry underneath. not the best smelling sour I have had, but not too bad.
Taste is bret sour, a bit, but the main flavor I have is merlot... a dark red wine. It also has that dry red wine finish. The more I drink it the more the sour fades and the merlot comes through. I really wish this was more sour. the nose lets you think it is crazy sour, but the taste is disappointing if that was what you were looking for. The more I dig into this, the more I dislike it. If you are a Merlot fan, this is for you. if you dont like red wine, like me, dont buy this.

crusian, Oct 08, 2010
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2.7/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Quite a bit of foam blasted out of the top of this one. Pours a golden yellow color with just a handful of bubbles on top. These bubbles stayed the whole time and left no lacing.

S- A lot of funkiness going on here, brett all over, tart, a touch of wood, bread and yeast.

T- Pretty sour over all. Yeasty spices, brett, touch of vinegar and green apples.

M- Light in body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- This was a 2007 vinetage, which I thought was pretty cool, but these wilds I think are just my thing. I think this one is just too sour, but some BA's will clearly love this one. If I had access to another I'd split for sure no way I could handle this dude myself.

nrbw23, Apr 20, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Zman632, Mar 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Mudawg, Jun 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

skiit13, Jul 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

AleWatcher, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

ejimhof, May 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

ScottStache, Dec 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

claytong, Sep 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

kwesib, Jun 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

BeerThursdays, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

rderedin, Mar 23, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

January 07 vintage shared by cabgoddess at a tasting.

Appearance
A bit of gushing, but it looked pretty controllable. More of a slow stream of growing foam, but nothing a couple pours couldn't keep at bay. There was a big pillow of foam left in the bottom of the bottle at the end though. Strangely my pour barely had a head, at least not one that had any longevity to it. The color was very nice though. It was a deep, raw honey yellow.

Aroma
Quite funky with notes of old dry oak. I wasn't aware of the use of wine barrels but I wasn't getting notes of grape or wine anyway. The oak was coming through pretty strongly though. There is clearly lots of Brett being utilized in this beer.

Taste
Lots of dusty Brett, its very yeasty and gritty. Old dried out oak, sawdust and hay dust flavors with a slight twinge of unripe fruits trying to provide some tartness.

Mouthfeel
Pretty light bodied with a very spritzy carbonation that pokes and prods the tongue. Finish is dry and gritty.

Overall
Maybe this beer is past its prime because the brett has really taken hold here. Its by far and away the dominate flavor and aroma. I can't get any notes from the wine because of it.

MbpBugeye, Apr 17, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a medium-sized, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma dominated by Brett with a dailed up musk factor and old, tired oak vessels with a lesser note of sour apple.

Taste: Some malts and a syrupy sugar sweetness get quickly dislodged by a powerful tangy tartness and coarse astringent tannins. Splash of sour apple vinegar. Slight vinousnicity. Touch of sour-tasting yeast, a small hint of booze. Oaky finish with a slap of acidity and chock full of tannins. Argh!

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite the tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Here's my problem, I found it to be overly tart, sharply so, and a bit heavy on the oak. For me, this left the overall taste to be rather disjointed, with nothing really coming together for me.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 18, 2008
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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.