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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

899 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%


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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pants678

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the red side with a white head.

Fruit on the nose, almost tart (can you smell tart?).

The wine barrels round out the brett on a beer I would not otherwise call a saison/farmhouse. Floral, oak and grapes that lends to a flavor that's not quite sour.

Lighter body with a crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:18:49 | More by pants678
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:17:40 | More by mnj21655
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pecokid

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sublime horse blanket nose. No rough edges to overpower other than plenty of carbonic acid. Out of a corked and caged 750 ml December 2007 bottle into a Spiegelau tulip glass. Storage was not ideal but never got above room temp. Orangish amber colour, not cloudy but not crystal clear either. Peppery and citrus simultaneously. I wish I could savor this bottle for the whole evening but alas, chores beckon.

PS, that is not a typo, I had the will power (or stupidity) to hold onto this bottle for over five years.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:18:45 | More by pecokid
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009. Drank November, 2013

Appearance: a reddish orange color. completely opaque. it foamed up when i opened it but very little foamy tan head when poured. a lacing stays behind around the edges. a pretty tasty looking beer

Smell: immediately hits with vinous characteristics. fruity and oaky. very light brett funk. its a good smell but just a bit weak

Taste: opens up grapes and wine-like flavors. develops into a oak and brett flavor. those flavors dominate but cover up a nice yeasty belgian flavor. very complexity beer that comes from the aging. if you don't look hard you could miss the underlying beer.

Mouthfeel: pretty light. some feel from the saison. but a lot of brett funk and wood left behind

Overall: a great and complex beer. a bit pricy but is a nice treat when you are in the mood for something like this. I'd love to do a side by side of this age and a fresher one to see how it develops

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 17:04:46 | More by SportsandJorts
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Second beer at the Bottleworks Cellar Tasting for Seattle Beer Week. 2005 Vintage.

Pours hazy blond with a small head, quick dissipation.

Smell is light funk, crisp.

Taste is a lot like the smell, sour and a bit bitter, juicy.

Little carbonation. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:15:03 | More by Smurf2055
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2012 vintage. Poured from a cork and caged bottle into a snifter, the beer is a ruby-tinged golden coloring with an uneven, sparse, quickly dispersing white head. Aromas of tart wine-like characteristics, cherry and grape sweet, woody notes, and some earthy character. Smells robust. Flavors are dark cherry sweet forward, with an effervescent body that keeps everything very light. Subtle cinnamon spice noted as you drink. Very sweet, crisp flavor profiles across the palate. The fruit characteristics diversify into grape, apple, and berry towards the end of the palate. The tart and sourness builds as you drink, with a slightly acidic building character. Fruits and esthers in the aftertaste, with a slight puckering feel in mouth. The finish is crisp, dry, and slightly astringent. Very drinkable, very robust.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:35:07 | More by GarthDanielson
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Jmamay22

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been looking forward to this beer. Hopefully it meets the expectations! Bottled October 2012. The beer pours a copper hued orange with a thin ecru collar. There is little carbonation seen in the glass, but there was a strong pop of the cork.

The smell is a wonderful scent reminiscent of funky runny cheese. The Brett has done its work creating the expected farmyard and horse blanket funkiness. Underneath that intense scent is a touch of apple, pear, and candy sugar.

The flavor is similar with a strong Brett forward flavor, but moves on to a spicy and well seasoned flavor of white peppercorn and clove. The finish is the only brief moment where the character of the red wine barrels comes through. There is a brief acidic or tannic like bite that rounds out the flavor with a resounding snap readying you for the next sip. The mouthfeel is surprisingly well carbonated despite little action in the glass. Typical Belgian like voluminous effect of tiny bubbles of carbonation. I've always enjoyed that effect and it comes into play well in this beer as it pushes forth the flavor progression.

As with many Allagash beers it is pricey, but leaves you feeling it was worth the pinch in your pocket.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 21:38:36 | More by Jmamay22
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SHODriver

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a deep orange with a slight reddish tint and a finger of dense off white head that retains well
S: slightly tart on the nose with a bit of red wine, a slight funk and some chalky brett
T: barnyard and funk up front with a bit of tartness, slightly fruity, a little oaky, some peppery spice and a bit of yeastyness. swallow is a lot of tannins, oak, horseblanket and funk. slightly tart on the swallow as well
M: soft and slightly prickly carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. very dry finish
O: A great beer. I could swear that this one used to be classified as an American Wild but either way it's fantastic. A bit steep but the flavors and complexity are worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 03:49:50 | More by SHODriver
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superspak

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, August 2008 vintage. Pours very hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a nothing. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour apple, lemon, grape, cherry, straw, hay, clove, pepper, oak, leather, funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of wild yeast character and barrel notes. Taste of tart apple, lemon, grape, cherry, pepper, clove, oak, wheat, hay, straw, grass, leather, funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, oak, pepper, clove, wheat, leather, hay, straw, grass, funk, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and wild yeast flavors; with a nice malt/ester flavors balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild saison style. Very nice balance and complexity of wild yeast esters and malt notes; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. Would like to try a younger vintage of this in the future to compare.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:52:15 | More by superspak
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky orange-tinged amber with a surprisingly small white head.

S: Sticky citrus, cakey esters, some gamey notes from the brett, dry wine barrel tannins, a bit of pleasant acidity.

T: Very dry vinous tannins dominate the flavor. Light dark fruits from the barrel, oak, slightly fruity brett (a bit of pineapple), ghost of pale malt sweetness. Dry and tannic in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: While tasty, I would have liked to see a bit more of the base saison shine through.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:28:09 | More by Etan
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle at BYOB in Phoenixville, PA (Thanks Owen)

*Appearance is a nice gold color, light saison with some reddish ting.
*Smell is fruity, bubbly, raspberry.
*Taste is like a bubbly wine - Charddonay with a red fruit from the wine barrels.
*Mouthfeel is like a champagne, very carbonated from the Bretts. A bit of a bite from alcohol and bubbles.
*Overall--Good saison taste, the aging in barrels adds to its appeal. I would not seek this again unless someone wanted a bubbly wine tasting beer or to show this as an example of something you would never think to call "beer".

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 15:24:04 | More by SHerninko
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2012 October. Solid pop off the cork with a little bit of nudging.

Really pretty body color, opaque with a real nice peach orange body. Lots of rising thin carbonation. Head is a little off white, kind of soapy but manages some retention and settles slowly to an easy finger puck.

Nose has a good pepper brett sense and nice hints of fresh squeezed lemon. A light sweet malt caramel hides in the back. Pretty solid and mouthwatering, with a jammy apricot sense of sweetness. Hints of sugarsnap cookies and dough also. Real interesting.

Palate is fairly solid on the fruit forward angle. Jammy apricot body with a nice round texture. Doesn't feel as carbonated as expected. Very big full fruit and rich mouthfeel with a nice density. Hints raw cookie dough which seems so odd but fun! Tannic quality is really nice if hardly noticeable, with a good softness.

Overall a real neat take and strangely not wine like, but with great wine character. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 23:46:48 | More by smakawhat
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TheAngryBurrito

California

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle of the 2012 release on New Years day and I am aging two more bottles to be opened in 2014 and 2015. Pours a cloudy light orange color with almost no head. Starts with an orange peel flavor and finishes with an oak bitterness and mild sour notes throughout. Overall it is a little more bitter than I would have liked and I think aging will give the sourness time to build to a more pleasing level. Purchased at Valley Beverage Company in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Re-Review: I tried this again on tap and it was a totally different experience. The Brett flavors were amazing with a perfect balance of fruit, yeast, and sour. Revising score significantly.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 14:59:10 | More by TheAngryBurrito
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 06:09:09 | More by sulldaddy
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

October 2012 batch, about two months old.

A: Pours a semi-hazy, light amber. Big fluffy light tan head. Fades somewhat quickly, leaving just a speck or two of lacing behind.

S: Lemons, apple and tart grapes with traces of other fruits. Some crackery malt aspect. In fact, I swear I get graham cracker sometime, like graham cracker crust to be specific.

T: Very tart grape skin, apples and lemons up front. Borderline sour (stronger as it warms up), but at least it's crisp. Kind of an oaky leather in the middle mixed with wine. Turns graham cracker in the lingering aftertaste with more traces of tart fruits.

M: Decently full bodied and smooth. Drying on the back end.

O: Tough beer to score. Initial hit is very sour like a wild ale or a really bad saison. But it slowly gets better through the taste - decent in the middle with a really pleasant graham cracker crust aftertaste. I tried not to knock it down too hard, it's well balanced, complex and it has some aspects that I enjoy. But it has some really off flavors too with the extreme funkiness and sour notes. I ended up drain pouring it but tried to give it a fair shake on the scores.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 03:51:03 | More by Dope
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy light red with a few bubbles of white head that fades immediately. Slight lacing. I'll also mention here, this was the worst bottle ever as far as uncorking. Took forever, then broke and stuck to the sides of the bottle. Ended up having to push the cork into the bottle to have access and had to filter out cork all glass long.

Aroma features lots of brett with some lemon and spices. Getting almost no wine barrel charcter from the aroma.

Very bretty and fruity up front. Apple and lemon with a heavy brett funk and a bit of oak and spice at the end. I really didn't like this one at all when first opened, but as it approached room temp, some more flavors came together and was actually quite enjoyable by the end. I could use more wine barrel presence and felt it was very lacking. This is more funky than sour as it approached only "tart" in a liberal definition.

Medium mouthfeel. Reached a good creamy texture approaching room temp with a crisp finish from the carbonation. Finishes oaky and dry leaving a good aftertaste.

I had some issues with this beer, but in the end, once it approached room temperature it was a very nice beer although I still feel the wine character was lacking. I'd definitely drink this again after letting it warm, but probably won't go out of my way to get a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 12:58:47 | More by jmarsh123
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml of the October 2012 release

A: pours a beautiful hazy amber with some nice red ruby hues... Almost a finger if whit head, dissapates nicley and leavs some touches of lacing... Looks delicious.

S: tart Brett funk, along with some very nice vinous oak character. Tart notes of lemon and apple slightly soaked in wine...

T: delicious, tart Right up front gong into vinous oak notes, the blend between the wine and fruity yeast notes is superb here, I get notes of apple/pear, peach... Great complexity. Really nicley done.

M: medium creamy body with a nice lag carbonation with just a touch of a crisp bite in the end... Dry and oaky on the finish leaving red wine like notes in the aftertaste.

O: this is a delicious brew, excellent work with the yeast strains and barrels. Excellent balance and great flavor... Give this a try if you get te opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 04:44:28 | More by PeterIngemi
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2011 Vintage
New Belgium Globe

A: Pours a slightly hazy pinkish orange color. Almost like a blush. Thin layer of bright head. Some lacing bits. Seems to be nicely bottle conditioned. Pretty beer.

S: On the nose, I get mild funk from that Brett strain. Pulling some of those vinous red wine notes. Definitely some of that soft vanilla, oak woodiness. Barnyard funk again.

T: Getting that funk up front, that Brett. Some wine fruit character for sure. Drinking this over a while and tasting that barrel and red wine character comes up even more as it warms. The alcohol definitely comes up too, as it is 9.4%. Dry vinous finish. Like the description, it's almost tanic on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 15:14:01 | More by inlimbo77
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abrand

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle from June 2009 poured into tulip glass.

Pours a bright amber color with essentially zero head. Very good clarity and color. Smell is pretty funky with plenty of yeast. Some doughs and fruit are also noticed. Taste is fairly dry with a nice tartness. Some fruit comes through as well. Mouthfeel is pretty dry but light. Overall this is really nice. Pretty dry but still some sourness.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:29:58 | More by abrand
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle. Thank you, Hoppypocket!

Appearance. Pours amber with a little haze and almost 2 fingers of just off-white head, minimal retention.

Smell. Sweet and tart cherries and a bit of funky brett and old wood. Just a little apple, lemon and spice. Smells really nice.

Taste. Whoa! Tons of oaky vanilla and dry, funky brett. Some sweet red wine and a bit of cherry and spice. Low in the sourness and sweet which was a bit of a surprise from the smell. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low, fine carbonation. A bit of booze warmth.

Overall. A well made beer, but not what I look for in a wild. To dry and not enough sour for the nice fruity flavours present ...for this guy anyways.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:43:18 | More by Rutager
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Boto

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle opened in 2012: The bottle opened with a loud "pop" and a little foam overflow. It poured a cloudy, murky lighter caramel color. It had a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. It did leave some lacing. Getting a whiff of sourness to the nose. Aromas include wheat, lemon, breadiness, spices and some oakiness. The taste is excellent. Touch of sour funkiness to it. Wheat, lemon, spice and oakiness also. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 14:35:58 | More by Boto
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle date is 9/2011 - poured into a snifter

A - Pours an orangish, copper color with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S - I can smell the funk from the Brett right away, along with some earthy oak-like smells too.

T - Upfront it is pretty sour from the Brett, but not overpowering. That is followed by a funky "horse blanket", barnyard taste, and finished off with a smooth, oaky taste from the red wine barrels. The taste is very complex, and it made me want to continue to sip more and keep seeking out flavors!

M - The carbonation is very fine and almost champagne-like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied as well, and really compliments the whole package.

O - I think I paid $21.99 for a 750ml bottle, so it's not something I can afford to drink every day. But... if you are looking for a VERY fine example of a barrel aged, farmhouse Brett beer - I would suggest this over just about any other beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 16:22:50 | More by cnbrown313
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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

08-08-2012 04:21:09 | More by KDawg
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (August 2008) into a "Belgian Independence Day" tulip at high altitude near Denver. A big thanks to kojevergas for this one!

A: Pours a hazy amber color with plenty of yeast sediment floating around. Three-finger prickly off-white head fades rather quickly, but a substantial cap remains for quite some time considering the ABV.

S: This one had a relatively strong smell straight out of the bottle. The sour yeast notes come out first along with dark fruits. There are also plenty of sweet notes here that remind me of fresh tropical fruits or citrus.

T: Dark fruit comes out first, followed by the sweet tropical fruit notes from the nose. Plenty of yeast flavors here, but surprisingly, the sourness doesn't come through very much at all. I was also surprised to see that this one was aged in oak barrels -- that certainly didn't come through in the flavor, either.

M: Medium-bodied with a slightly dry finish, but undercarbonated.

O: This one certainly shouldn't be classified as an American Wild Ale. I enjoy the flavors and the mouthfeel suits them well, but my expectations were skewed. That said, it hides its alcohol very well. Pretty enjoyable, but I wouldn't have it again, especially given the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:45:48 | More by schlimenhaumer
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Interlude August 2008 vintage. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are extremely high; I love sours and I love Allagash. Acquired at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, California. No best before date.

Served a bit cooler than room temperature and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with very little vigor as I didn't want to punish it too much.

Not paired with food.

Cork pops out nice and loud, suggesting good carbonation even after four years.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head - fairly thin - with some fair cream and good overall retention. Poor lacing. Colour is a vibrant but nontransparent fig-amber with orange hues. It's a tough colour to nail down. Floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's got a good colour to it; I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Fig, orange (not orange peel), biscuity yeast, wild yeast, bacteria, bretts, hints of mango, tropical fruit esters - likely from the background subtle hops, some floral character (also likely from the hops), and fruity sugars. It's nicely subtle all around, certainly a sweet quality. Tropical yet very fresh. Some clean unobtrusive malts. Some booze might break through a bit there at the end; I'll see in the taste. The aroma does get stronger as it warms.

T: Fruit is what I notice first - orange peel, orange, and perhaps mango. Some clove. I'm shocked at how restrained the sourness seems. It's not horribly yeasty. I'm curious which brett strain was used; it walks a fine line between sour and funky - but invests seriously in neither. This is somewhat disappointing. Not as full bodied as it needs to be. Malts are clean and unobtrusive. Biscuity yeast does come through, but not as much as anticipated (or wanted). It has some subtlety, but does feel pretty simple for a sour from Allagash. I have to admit I expected better. No oak comes through. Maybe some white wine hints. The floral character from the hops is nice. It definitely needs more fig and more of the dark fruit promise that was present on the aroma. I do like it.

Mf: Undercarbonated. Smooth and wet. I'd like more crispness. It's just too damned thin to support the flavours. Pretty light on the palate.

Dr: I expected a phenomenal sour, and that isn't what I got. It's rather pricey for what it is. It hides its ABV extraordinarily well, but I'd sooner take a more affordable sour; I'm looking forward to the Supplication I'm drinking next. It's drinkable and I like it, but it just isn't world class. A decent offering from Allagash, but nowhere near the quality suggested by the hype. Maybe the four years of aging reduced the quality. In any case I won't be getting it again.

This tastes more like a farmhouse ale or a saison than a true sour or wild ale.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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