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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 255
Gots: 173 | 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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

02-20-2012 04:18:10 | More by mcphish22
Photo of Fubar1453


4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

2009 Vintage uncorked on valentines day.

A: Golden orange with a good creamy head.

S: Red wine and apple cider. Really interesting.

T: Same as the smell, its a sour red wine mixed with apple cider. Absolutely no alcohol. The sourness lingers in the back of the throat and I found myself puckering at times. This is the most interesting and complex beer I've ever had.

M: Right amount of carbonation, very crisp.

O: An awesome beer, I ate steak tips with this and it was absolutely incredible, grab a bottle of this if you can.

02-15-2012 19:53:36 | More by Fubar1453
Photo of draheim


4/5  rDev -5.2%

750mL bottle (September 2010) into a saison glass. Pours a perfectly clear honey amber w/ a 1-finger white head, zero carb rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is tart and dry, vinous. Fresh Granny Smith apples & green grapes.

Taste is fruity, a little tart, w/ a dry finish. An interesting combination of sweet and sour. White wine and spring pears.

Mouthfeel is light and dry; lack of carbonation is disappointing.

Overall this lacks the complexity I was hoping for, but I imagine it would be a good beer to pair with some nice cheese.

02-10-2012 04:49:08 | More by draheim
Photo of SIEVS


1/5  rDev -76.3%

02-08-2012 22:59:04 | More by SIEVS
Photo of GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-05-2012 18:25:12 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Photo of Mrpickles


4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-05-2012 01:23:44 | More by Mrpickles
Photo of EasyReader

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-04-2012 15:39:52 | More by EasyReader
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-02-2012 02:10:37 | More by jskennedy
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

02-01-2012 02:51:29 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-29-2012 13:49:23 | More by ohtheguilt
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-26-2012 20:34:30 | More by KAF
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-26-2012 07:20:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-26-2012 04:28:42 | More by parchedjay
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-25-2012 01:47:50 | More by Auror
Photo of metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Hazy golden yellowish-orange in color, the beer poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sourness along with strong notes of red wine from the barrel aging.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer has a light amount of sourness with some flavors of red wine from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness.
O: Although the alcohol is well hidden from this beer, the amount of dryness lends it to being more of a sipper.

01-24-2012 04:32:54 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger high fluffy head. There was limited head retention and lacing.

S: This beer had lovely sours aromas with hints of red wine.

T: The beer was not as sour as one might have suspected from the aroma though the tastes of the red wine were present. For a beer this strong, the taste of the alcohol was nicely hidden.

M: A bit shy of medium bodied, this beer had moderate carbonation and a dry finish (probably from the red wine).

O: Enjoyable but not the best of the "brett" offerings from Allagash, probably would not pick it up again.

01-23-2012 23:13:55 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of smarkham24


5/5  rDev +18.5%

01-23-2012 16:29:49 | More by smarkham24
Photo of LtCracker20


4/5  rDev -5.2%

2011 Batch

A- Pours a semi-hazy straw yellow to golden body with a very thin head that fizzes away to a thin cap with no lace.

S- Tart, funky, a lot of apple and a lot of pear.

T- Sourness up front, with a lot of the apple and pear flavors coming through.

MF- In between light and medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. The flavors do last for a little while on the palate though.

O- I really liked this better with some age on it but had never had it this fresh before. I think at least a year and this would be the beer I remembered.

01-22-2012 03:19:51 | More by LtCracker20
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-20-2012 16:47:31 | More by roblund
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a clear reddish copper orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that diminished quickly into a thin layer of residue that lasted throughout and produced some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma had a Farmhouse funkiness to it, with a sweaty grain malt, some wild yeast and had notes of sour grapes, red wine and a nice woody oak.

The taste was sweetly acidic, quite tart and very fruity right off and then became sweetly sour with a strong wine characteristic and a hint of wood at the end. The flavor stayed with you for a nice long time after the swallow, allowing for a nice sour grape finish.

Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body and very dry in texture, like a nice Merlot with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a very unique tasting strong ale, one like I have never tasted in the past, but definitely plan to do so again in the future.

01-19-2012 20:30:24 | More by KajII
Photo of DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-18-2012 16:38:07 | More by DSlim71
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-17-2012 01:45:10 | More by gafferjohn
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. June 2009 bottle.

Appearance - Orange amber with a bit of cloudiness. Hefty white head with great retention. A pillow rests atop the body. Large sticky tracks of lace after taking a few sips.

Smell - Oh yeah. Bretty and funky. Not to the level of a gueuze, but still quite appealing. Strong wine presence, as well. Reminds me of Supplication, without the intense tart aromas.

Taste - Not as appealing as the aroma belies. A slight bit tart at the beginning, but it fades quickly. Not really sour at all. Some funkiness, but it's dominated by blander flavors (if that makes sense). A hefty malt flavor persists throughout. It's oaky and permeated by red wine flavors. It masks a great deal of the yeast characteristics. Finishes slightly bitter and vinous.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for the style. The malt backbone is stronger than I'd like it to be. The finish is very nice because the wine dominates. Without it, this probably wouldn't be interesting at all.

Overall - Not Supplication and not really close, even though this is very good. The gulf in class is vast, even if the numbers in this review say otherwise.

01-14-2012 04:34:05 | More by Alieniloquium
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-13-2012 22:36:12 | More by djrn2
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-12-2012 14:58:18 | More by whartontallboy
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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