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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

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896 Ratings

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 402
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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Photo of glid02


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Hotoberfest - sampled multiple times.

Pours a hazy golden color with a pillowy two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet medium malts with large amounts of ripe pear aromas. Also present are mild amounts of funk - wet hay mostly - with hints of grassiness. The funk aromas intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly grainy yet sweet medium malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of sweet pear flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit as the pear flavors tarten up a bit and becomes more funky - wet hay as with the aroma. The funky flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer however the different flavors didn't seem to meld terribly well. Still, it's worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

10-10-2010 21:41:29 | More by glid02
Photo of ToasterChef


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

Reviewed form my notes; poured as part of Novare Res' Allagash-aganza. Server was not sure if this was a 2008 or 2009 cask.

The beer had a tiny head of soapy bubbles. They were slightly off-white. I could see rising carbonation making its way from the bottom of my chalice to the top. The liquid was translucent with a dark orange color. A good coating was left behind after I swirled the beer.

The aroma was fruity, sweet and funky. There was a bit of musty yeast right at the end.

The beer tastes crisp and sweet with a light puckering funk at the end. The sweetness isn't sugary, but more like that natural sweetness you find in fruit. I can taste white grapes and peaches. The aftertaste shows off the wine barrels--it actually tastes like the aftertaste of a glass of wine. It's a very impressive flavor.

It has a medium body. There is a lot of playful carbonation. They, and the sour qualities, provide a tangible sharpness in each swallow. The actual mouthcoat is light, but packs a lot of flavor.

It's a very drinkable beer. I can't see this one getting old at all. The alcohol is well hidden. The sourness is there but never oppressive. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: cask

05-13-2010 14:26:44 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of joepais


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass it was a little less carbonated than the bottle I had but it was to be expected from a cask pour. The brew was a slightly cloudy burnt orange with a light ring of bubbles at the top of the glass.

I got aromas of funk and fruit, berries and blankets LOL. It has a great nose ant the flavor is up there too it is a nice sour. Not to mouth puckering and fruity enough to keep it real drinkable. The feel in my mouth was great but it needed some more carbonation.

Two glasses of this was my limit but I enjoyed every drop. It is somewhat pricey but worth it for a special occasion

Serving type: cask

11-18-2009 01:36:39 | More by joepais
Photo of Hojaminbag


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

This is a beer I've tried many times and never gor around to reviewing. This sample is from a cask at Sunset grill and tap in Allston, MA. I tried 3 just to get it right...

An amber to ruby colored body with a big head.

Smell has some fruit in it, sour brett, pale malts.

Sourness is noticeable throughout, with some cherrry and other fruit characteristics in the background. Finish reveals the malt, which tastes more like just oats or barleys than malted barley. In the very end I can detect just a touch of alcohol, but it's weak.

Mouthfeel is hard to grade on casks for me, but this is somewhat viscous and a little dry from the sourness.

Extremely drinkable, a great beer.

Serving type: cask

09-26-2008 15:27:18 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of pants678


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
Photo of i4ourgot


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma- A fruity sour wine aroma dominates the nose, with notes of spicy and musty brett.

Mouth feel- Dry on the tongue and lite in body feels like lots of carbonation.

Appearance- Hazy Light auburn in color with a hint of red. Off white head.

Taste- Dry fruity start lots of cherry other pit fruits (plum) with a tart sour cherry finish. No hop flavor and it was hard to taste much else over the tartness of the beer. If you didn't get it in the first couple sips your taste buds kinda only get the tart flavor.

This beer is good a glass is really nice and refreshing but not something I would have a lot and get drunk off of.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 23:23:07 | More by i4ourgot
Photo of hillvt4me


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a small white head.

S: Sour, salt, citrus, notes from the Brett.

T: Sour vinous notes, oak, and slightly fruity brett.

M: Mild-Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Solid sour offering from Allagash, worth a repeat and a pause.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 00:22:02 | More by hillvt4me
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pretty, amber color. Thin, white head doesn't fade away too much. It leaves minimal lacing,

S-Aroma is relatively soft but it's pleasant. Wild tartness is the first thing I notice. Musty and funky. Some pale-fleshed fruits and hay.

T-The flavor is even better. The tartness is amped up. A light lick of oak. The fruitiness and barny flavors are also more intense. Underripe fruit and zesty yeast. Brett flavors. Also some wine notes. A very wild Saison.

M-ABV hidden well. The carbonation really lifts the body up. It's sneakily drinkable. Lingering tartness. Tannic in some essences.

O/D-I really enjoyed this beer. Allagash makes some killer brews and this one is no different. Happy to have grabbed a pint of this. A bottle is it a bit too pricey. I was however, very happy with a pint of this wild Saison.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 16:55:06 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of mnj21655


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
Photo of pecokid


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
Photo of SportsandJorts


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
Photo of Smurf2055


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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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
Photo of 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
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 18:14:47 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Philousa


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Original Gravity on 6/21/13.

Pours an opaque orange with little head. Aroma is typical sour: lots of berries (blue, straw, rasp) and put fruit (apricots, nectarines) along with the typical farmhouse aromas of straw, earth, and spice. I even get some sweaty horse with a swirl as it warms. Flavor starts with pungent Belgian Pils and spice, followed by astringent alcohol, vinegar, and some slight tartness. The bitterness is grassy and vinous, earthy, barkish. Lots of nuances in the bitterness which is interesting and rare, imho. Some of this is from the oak, which is balanced and not overdone. Feel is slightly watery with a very dry finish.

This is a real treat, though I wish I could get some more sourness in the flavor. The alcohol is warming but not overbearing and the Belgian flavors and dryness is balanced. The beer achieves most of what it's setting out to accomplish. It's quite the tightrope walk and mostly successful.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 20:57:32 | More by Philousa
Photo of MDDMD


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy slightly red amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-tart, grapes, yeasty bread, funk, hint of pepper

T-tart grapes, yeasty bread, slight orange, pepper, funky, hint of sweetness, earthy

F-medium body with moderate prickly carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-a nice farmhouse ale with a great range of flavors, tart and refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 19:19:44 | More by MDDMD
Photo of SHODriver


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
Photo of superspak


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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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blind Tiger.

Beer is cloudy amber in colour. No head.

Nose is tart, with green grape and apple both present. A good dose of yeast. A bit like a tart apple or white grape juice. Nice.

Taste is quite tart. A variety of light fruits are present. I get peach, green apple and grape. Yeasty and bready. A bit of a honey flavour. Also a slight herbal flavour, particularly in the finish. A fair bit going on.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky and refreshing.

Overall, quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2013 02:23:34 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Etan


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
Photo of SHerninko


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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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Flying Saucer (Raleigh)

Clear golden orange body with a slim collar of white foam. Tart, funky aromas greet the nose...grapes, hay, Brett, fruit, and light oak. Flavor follows the smell: tart, slightly sweet grape, Bretty funk, light wood, lemon, and berries. Pretty interesting and satisfying. Dry, medium bodied, tart, and somewhat crisp. Drinks a lot easier than it should...

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 01:35:48 | More by wedge
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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap to wine glass

A: golden honey with a bit of light orange to amber semi transparent but with a bit of cloudiness there is no head

T: there is definitely some of thy standard barn yard taste but I am not getting anything from the wine barrels some tartness to it but not much disappointed

S:there isn't much smell here at all hops funk not much of anything I am confused

M: smooth and oily that is very drinkable and manageable viscosity abv is completely hidden

O: I feel like this beer stopped 10 yrds before the finish line it has a lot of potential to be good but it really isn't there yet which just leaves me confused and kinda disappointed

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 00:53:59 | More by Pinknuggets
Photo of smakawhat


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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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.