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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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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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THECPJ, Jan 22, 2013
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage December 2009. Once the cork popped, I got a nice whiff of funk and Brett. It pours a hazy golden-orange color with some beautiful carbonation. The head is medium size and white as snow. Scent is wonderful with some very strong resemblance to wine. There are some heavy grape aromas, as well as oak and sour funk. I also get apples and cherries as well. First sip is yeasty and funky...you can definitely taste the Brett in this one (which isn't a bad thing). Not as sour as the nose tends to imply, but rather pleasantly tart. There are some flavors of oak, grape, Belgian yeast, and apple...leaves a champagne-like aftertaste. There is also a nice alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and full bodied. Drinkability is scarily high for a 9.5 beer. Would love to see how some more age would treat this beer.

DovaliHops, Jan 28, 2011
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imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, corked and caged, obtained via some sort of trade/bif but who can remember

upon popping the cork, this one started gushing out of the bottle so i naturally cut the losses by taking the foam to the dome...all things considered, maybe only a couple ounces escaped

appearance: poured into a snifter - this is an absolutely radiant beer with a glowing orange body and a full wave of beige suds and lovely lacing - sexy

smell: strong vinous aromas, strong notes of funky brett yeast and oak blasts...deep and complex as would be expected from the allagash brand

taste: The effects of oak wine barrels leave this ale vinous to the point of a fine wine. The funky Brett tones play out really nicely in this beer and the oak is rather subtle. The sour tones are minimal and complimentary. It's just an all around solid beer

mouthfeel: active and alive, medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 01, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Saucer served in an 8oz glass.

A: Golden, hint of orange. Almost approaching an amber. No head at all.

S: Sour, wild aroma but relatively mild.

T: Sweet, tangy, and sour all at once. Very enjoyable and a great contrast to other beers. To me, it was much more balanced than a Belgian lambic, despite the sour tones.

M: Very low carbonation, almost like drinking juice with a splash of tonic water, but without the acidity associated with tonic water.

D: I could drink this beer all day. The sourness is no overpowering, but actually very refreshing. Wishing it came in more than a 8oz serving!

psujmatt, Dec 18, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this a couple days ago at the Charleston Beer Exchange's rare beer Tuesday.

A - Sort of hazy golden, faint amber colored with almost no head.

S - Little sour and funky, some vinous, fruity bite.

T - There is so much going on here, it's tough to sort it all out. Sort of has that sour, farmhouse flavor at its base, a little funkiness from (I'm told) that Brett Anonymous hop guy or however you say it, with the woody, sherry influence really playing a big role in the flavor. Oak is present throughout, and there's a bit of citrus in the mix. There is a really pleasant dryness to the beer that is a result of the Merlot aging that really sets this one apart.

M - Very dry; well paired with the flavor influences. Low carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Mar 12, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice strawberry blonde with a very minimal head, noticeable carbonation, zero lace.
The smell is sour forward, sourdough bread style. Slight barrel smell as well.
The taste and mouth are pretty top notch. Sour grape and cherry start it up. Bready yeast and earth make up the middle with a dry barrel finish. Light, but not too thin going down. Could not find the 9.5% ABV except in the growing buzz I'm getting.
Very nice wild ale. I really want to grab another to cellar for a bit longer and open at a tasting.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Apr 09, 2011
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.