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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 257
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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imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

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%

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%

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
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

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
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

so much character to this beauty, lucky enough to find it on tap at the farmhouse Burlington. pale in color, unassuming, and even drab, but one sniff confirms its place amongst the top dwelling wild ales of the word. a ton of jammy red wine essence, the barrel character is first and foremost here, with the brett right behind in tow. the flavor is a little different, with the yeast way out ahead of the red wine, almost strident in its assertiveness, packing both alcohol rawness and oaky maturity, its truly a weirdo in the best sense of the word. flavor features more base malt than anticipated, with some amount of wheat and the brett before other yeasts. its super dry but doesn't lose its fruity red wine character. I am impressed with the subtlety of the alcohol, and all the cherry character of the booze. enough body for all the flavors to hold up, but it still seems light to me for some reason. carbonation is relatively up beat too. complex as they come, and different from the wild ale crowd. something special here.

StonedTrippin, Aug 14, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

June 2009 vintage. Opens with a resounding pop. Nice audible sizzle, and a two finger head that sits atop and never seams to fade too much. Belgian lace abounds, pale in color. Initially smells sour and of grape skin, then transitions to a more leathery, smoky brett based aroma. But there is always some wine barrel and woody presence in the aroma. Complex and soft flavors. Bretty leather, smoke, and earth-y-ness off the bat and then some wood, wine, and a tad of sour. The age of this beer coupled with french oak creates a real fruity quality.
Super clean and dry mouthfeel, really well attenuated beer almost no after taste. Really pleased I let this sit for very well near 2 years. It has aged very well, now I wish I had more. I must say Allagash beers always seem to age well.

pmlondrigan, May 29, 2011
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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%

August 2008 750 mL corked and caged bottle served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper in color with a spare light tan head that dissipates to nearly nothing after only a minute. Aroma is quite nice. The first first waff of aroma was pretty darn amazing; fruits in the fore, mostly pears, some oak and background funk. As the beer gets a chance to breathe the character changes a bit and turns more vinous and funkier. The taste is much like the aroma only it leans towards the funk and vinous aspects. When i say funk, I'm not going as far as all out horse blanket; the funkiness, while the dominant taste isn't excessive. Fruits remain in the background and there is a light breadiness that confirms the malt backbone. There isn't much hop character in either the the aroma or the taste but that may be due to the age of this particular bottle. Mouthfeel is good with a light-medium body. Alcohol presence is relatively low and not apparent in aroma, taste, or mouthfeel; its very smooth and the alcohol definitely sneaks up on you. The finish is fairly balanced, its a bit dry at first then some sweetness comes in the balance it out. Overall this is a pretty enjoyable beer. Its not the typical saison given the aging in wines barrels but has many characteristics of the style. If you have the patience to let it age for a few years you'll find a beer that mellows quite well.

mnj21655, Jan 26, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

On tap at beer pairing dinner event, 300 ml pour.

Can I just say OH MY and stop writing? This may get weird...this beer made an impression.

Appearance - an amber/coppery color with a compact head that quickly vanished leaving a ring around the glass. Visually pleasant.

Aroma - I now understand the term funk - this has it and I get it. Maybe some acidic fruit presence. Grapes, apricot, and almost graham cracker-like aroma or dark bread crust. Overall it feels "earthy" and connected, somehow rustic and comforting.

Taste - very tart initially, then this odd yet undeniably pleasant sensation that I assume is from the Brettanomyces. Definite imagery of the farmhouse... Then it gets dry and tannic and winelike with grape flavors, apricot sweetness just a little, some bready character. It's exactly as Allagash describes, but the description can't possibly capture the sensation and I am no better.

Mouthfeel - the tart is welcome, a great cleansing sensation, yet there is a smoothness. Then again it is drying. A big package of flavors and sensation that leaves me wanting more. And oh by the way it's 9.5%...really?

Overall this beer was a great experience to which I can hardly do justice. Each sip is a little different as the flavors play off one another. Sour, sweet, earthy/funky. Some beautiful stuff here that I think speaks to the skill of managing two separate fermentations, letting each contribute to the fullest.

LeRose, Jun 23, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Pouring a 2008 bottle at cellar temp into a pint glass. The corked and caged 750 bottle is a bit of a gusher upon popping the cork. The beer is a bright clear copper to amber hue. There is some minimal beige to eggshell white heat the fades to nothing fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is some booze and dry woody notes with a hit of caramel and dark fruit. I think I get red grape or maybe a general vinous quality.
First sip reveals an average body with soft yet slightly sticky texture. The carbonation is mild and rolls across my palate.
The flavor is rich and malty with caramel, red grapes, some toffee, yeasty funkiness and dry popsicle stick wood notes.
I also get fair amounts of warm booze with each sip and by the end of the bottle it has caught up with me a little.
The beer is very interesting and complex, Im surprised by the amount of heat still left after 4 years, but it is an enjoyable late night brew.

I am glad I drank this now as I dont anticipate it would have improved any more.

sulldaddy, Dec 22, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Drank on-tap at Green Street Grill, Cambridge, MA
Served in a wine glass

The beer poured a nearly clear, glowing, orangey-amber color with absolutely no head nor any lacing.

The nose was remarkably fragrant. Funky with strong horse blanket notes. Some wet hay and lemon appeared as well. The tartness was nicely matched by a good dosage of rich malts and ripe fruits. Somewhat caramel-like. Slightly grapey with subtle notes of oak.

The taste was perhaps more interesting and complex than the nose, but the flavors did not meld together as well as I had hoped. The beer was funky on the front end with Brett and horse blanket notes. Slightly fruity with a noticeable biscuity malt presence. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile turned quite dry and a bit sharp. I picked up a surprising amount of piney hops in the center, and they crescendoed into the pithy and bitter finish. Tons of oaky, tannic, red wine notes came through on the back end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, sprightly effervescence. This seemed to compliment the flavor profile quite well.

Although I enjoyed this beer and I can appreciate the efforts made by Allagash to concoct a creative version of an American wild ale, the end product did not come together quite as well as I had hoped. Perhaps putting some age on a bottle of Interlude would result in a beer with a more rounded, and better integrated, flavor profile.

Damian, Sep 07, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

I was wowed by this beer and the individual marks probably don't do it justice. It was a big, complex, Belgian style beer. Really enjoyable and definitely something special.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color. The little bit of head dissipates almost immediately and the beer leaves only a little lacing on the side of the glass.
S - The smell is very fruity, sour, notes of citrus. Very reminiscent of champagne or white grape juice.
T - Taste is complex and fruity. I tasted a lot white grape juice and champagne, other caught more of the citrus. Very little to no hoppiness.
M - Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, but not thick.
D - Very enjoyable, high alchocol content cuts down on the drinkability though.

mckeowbc, Jan 23, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

A - dark golden but bright, light shines nicely in it. Poured into a baby sniffer, with little to no head, a fine white bubble that dissipated quickly. Little to no carbonation bubbles to speak of.

S - fruity and bright, the Belgian Brettanomyces yeast is prominent here. A light note of sour apples combines with notes of lemon, orange, and even grapefruit.

T - very typical of a Belgian Strong, bright and light. A nice mix of sweetness and sourness makes your mouth both water and slightly pucker at the same time. The high alcohol content (approx 9.5%) is almost unnoticed, as there is almost no heat to the tongue.

M - silky smooth and easy to swallow. Tart and tangy, but still has some sweetness to balance.

D - very smooth and easy to drink. Deceptive in its potency. The sweet/sour combo mentioned earlier makes you want to come back for more. Just dances all over your taste buds, a really vibrant feel.

A very excellent Belgian Strong from the folks at Allagash. Well worth a taste, especially if you enjoy sour ales, or just Belgian ales in general. Deliciousness in a glass, YUM.

SanAnMan, Mar 06, 2010
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4.31/5  rDev +2.1%

on tap at sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a dark golden color with a light head.

smell is slightly tart, unexpected. taste is big sour notes with hints of berry fruits. wow this is lovely. I wasn't expecting the sourness at all, I love it. medium bodied with light carbonation.

overall love the taste on this one. recommended highly.

Axnjxn, Jun 29, 2013
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.