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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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94
outstanding

1,039 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,039
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 257
Gots: 176 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cidery aroma and appearance, something Cantillon. Some lace. But more enjoyable on the palate, malt and incredibly subdued from being wild and funky. Wine and woody taste, an easy drink, far better accompanied by food. Spicy and herbal.Not sweet, a fine beverage.

Sammy, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.2%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape jelly/jam, and some grape juice aromas. Taste is the same with a nice fruity flavor that lingers on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I am really enjoying the grape aromas and flavors I am getting from this one.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.2%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

djrn2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden copper with a fairly slight head that leaves a good ring around the top of the beer. The aroma is quite nice, with a lot of citrus, green apple, ripe fruits, Brett, and a bit of acid. Taste is quite similar. A lot going on here, and in addition to the nose I picked up a bit from the barrels. Mouthfeel is very nice. Some puckering qualities, but nothing too harsh. A bit sweet in addition to the sour. This would be more of an everyday drinking sour. Very drinkable all around.

Thorpe429, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

acurtis, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a significant billowy head that sticks and laces well

Smell: Each sniff brings out a different element - tart green apples; Brett funk character; vinous Merlot/Syrah elements; cough syrup, too

Taste: Starts with a fruity apricot and plum flavor that grows increasingly tart by mid-palate, but also displays an undertone of toffee; after the swallow, the tart apple and Brett flavors rush forward with a bit of barnyard funkand other earthy/oaky elements; the vinous elements don't show up much until the very end, and they remain subtle but distinct

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly Belgian carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Overall: A serious beer to contemplate carefully

brentk56, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very few beers deliver on the promise of the lable, nor the hype. This beer exceeds all expectations. Though I'm not sure about the Belgian Strong Pale characterization, the beer is great at any style. Distinctly Belgian aromas (tartness and sourness) with a musty, farmhouse astringent that challenges the tastebuds. The challenge of the brew stops short of agression or harsh, instead tempered with aged hops, oak barrels and a complex vineous roundness. The beer is well matured and balanced offering rich, over-rippened pineapples, peaches and pears for sweetness. The alcohols are well woven into the fruity, spiciness with merged with nuttiness, oakiness, and strong berry tartness. This is one of the better beers sampled in quite some time, and just in time for the spring season.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage. Radiant mandarin orange with a sparkling visage thanks to an impressive number of Champagne-like bubbles. Things become much more quiet at the two minute mark, but not before a stunning crown of alabaster foam has been created. I can't think of a single American brewery whose heads are this consistently Belgianesque. A modest amount of sea foam lace graces the glass.

Brettanomyces has such a distinctive aroma that it was instantly noted as beer exited bottle. The flavor profile might be a different story, but at this point in the proceedings, I wish it had been left out. I was looking forward to smelling what the Belgian yeast and the Merlot and Sirah oak barrel aging were able to contribute. It's still a remarkably appealing nose, but it might have been stunning with less barnyard funk.

I feel the same way about the flavor profile. I like wild yeast just fine, but there's no point in attempting to add other, more delicate, flavors to a beer when they have to struggle mightily to be noticed. Having said that, the funkiness is controlled rather than out of control. It's still possible to appreciate the incredible craftsmanship of yet another outstanding, outstandingly drinkable, Allagash ale.

I agree with the brewers that the beer has 'remarkable wine-like qualities'. It seems to me, though, that it's more white wine-like than it is reminiscent of Merlot or Sirah. There's a tart white grape vibe motoring along beneath all the yeast, with unripe pears firmly ensconced in the sidecar. A welcome clove spiciness is the only evidence of the traditional Belgian yeast strain. I don't believe that I've had a double-yeasted beer prior to this one.

I can't believe that much candi sugar was used. The beer is minimally sweet early and dries out considerably as each mouthful progresses. It finishes crisp and tart, like biting into, again, an unripe pear. As far as any qualities that might have been gained from the oak barrel aging, I can appreciate only an indeterminate woodiness that I wouldn't have noted if I hadn't known the details of the beer's creation.

The body/mouthfeel more than holds up its end of the bargain. It isn't what I would consider stunning, but intense scrutiny fails to find any real flaws. It's amazingly supple and bathes the mouth in an appealing fashion. A perfect amount and feel to the carbonation is the icing on the BSPA cake.

Interlude may not rise to the stratospheric heights of some of the brewery's other offerings, but it isn't far behind. I'd like to see them mix things up from year to year, perhaps adding a little less Brettanomyces next time. I hope they continue to push the brewing envelope because I almost always love the result. Allagash is a national treasure.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 20, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy and cloudy amber color ale with a medium white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of Brett is quite strong with some sourness and some sweet white wine characteristic. Taste is quite sour with some tart and oak flavouring. The wine oak aging can definitely be notice but does not overtake the beer. Funky Brett brings a nice finish to this beer. Alcohol is not noticeable but I’m not sure that the high level of ABV really brings anything more to this beer and would probably have preferred a slightly lower ABV (6.5%-7.5%). Another great American wild ale that even though is excellent is still one notch below the RR Temptation.

Phyl21ca, Apr 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

GRG1313, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had actually missed picking this one up the last time it was around, mostly because I had always seen other things that I had wanted to try more. This time though I grabbed a bottle the other day as soon as I saw it in the store. It was a January 2007 vintage, 750ml corked and caged bottle, which I was thrilled to be finally sampling. Served slightly above cellar temperature into an oversized wine glass, I proceeded to indulge myself.

Appearance - The pour was very nice with a ruby colored liquid being presented in front of me. Nice clarity as there was almost no haze to it at all, and the overall look was that if you had been looking through a gemstone, very nice indeed. A two inch high, off white colored head then rose up from the depths on this one and settled down nicely to about a finger high. Good retention left at least a half an inch layer throughout the entire session and coating amounts of side glass lace were visible throughout. Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up throughout the session and the overall look was just very nice.

Smell - The aroma caught me off guard at first to be honest. Rich, sour, tart, notes of Brett were the first thing I picked up on, and to be honest I was not expecting them at all. It was amazingly rich and complex, with a beautiful full nose to it. Lots of sugar to be found under the Brett, sweet hints of caramel and syrup were everywhere. A touch of cherries I could pick up as well. There was no oak at first, but after letting it warm up a few minutes, the oak hints really started to come out nicely and wrapped up with the sour funk, to produce a really wonderfully sweet, spicy, and tart aroma.

Taste - The flavor did not have the same level of sour funk that I experienced in the nose, it had much more of an oaky, sweet, and sherry like flavor to it would be the best way to describe it. It rolled across the tongue with the sweet essence of caramel, and lots of spiced oak like flavors, rolling through, some of the sourness could be picked up after a few minutes; however it was fleeting, as the sweetness came through and pushed it back. There was a nice touch of candy like flavor, especially in the finish as it rolled on back and left a smooth, coating follow though.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, medium bodied ale, it definitely was a little weightier then I thought it would be. Nice carbonation throughout the entre session, it never really felt dull, or slick at all. Nice consistency with an awesome follow through.

Drinkability - For a 9.5% Belgian strong, it was spot on. I did not pick up any alcohol in this one at all, and in fact it was smooth as silk. Rich creamy and complex flavors were the norm here and the Mouthfeel was superb, really letting the flavors pop on the tongue,

Overall I thought this was excellent. Definitely a different take on the style and the complexity was just excellent overall. I was shocked by how the aroma differed from the flavor though both were well above par. It's a pricy one at $20 a bottle, but it is something that is well worth a try. Another winner from Allagash.

mikesgroove, May 06, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour from a 2009 bottle is a hazy light amber color with a finger's worth of white foam.

S: A very nice lactic acid presence combined with a nice must and barnyard funkiness. Some apple, white grapes, and mild citrus round out the nose.

T: The flavor has a nice lemony lactic acidity to go along with a mild but impressive funkiness. The grapes are present in the flavor as well, providing a nice vinous character that works well with the oak.

M: As I previously mentioned the beer has a nice dryness and tannic character which I enjoy in a wild ale. The carbonation level is moderate and works well.

D: A nice offering from Allagash. I found it to be slightly more enjoyable than Confluence and some of their other beers. I'd definitely recommend this one and would have no problem with having it again.

womencantsail, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Knapp85, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a medium-sized, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma dominated by Brett with a dailed up musk factor and old, tired oak vessels with a lesser note of sour apple.

Taste: Some malts and a syrupy sugar sweetness get quickly dislodged by a powerful tangy tartness and coarse astringent tannins. Splash of sour apple vinegar. Slight vinousnicity. Touch of sour-tasting yeast, a small hint of booze. Oaky finish with a slap of acidity and chock full of tannins. Argh!

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite the tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Here's my problem, I found it to be overly tart, sharply so, and a bit heavy on the oak. For me, this left the overall taste to be rather disjointed, with nothing really coming together for me.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SocalKicks, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 2007 bottle.

Appearance: Hazy, murky amber. The head starts out strong but eventually settles into a small cap of white concentrated around edges.

Smell: Sour fruits, brett, red wine and a bit of barnyard funk. Remarkably layered and complex, the aroma continues to reveal new elements as it warms.

Taste: Sour green apple, black cherry, lemon peel. Very fruity, but more tart than sweet (nowhere near lambic tartness, however). Brett is present but not overpowering. Oak and red wine notes come out toward the finish, particularly in the aftertaste. Barrel-aging has treated this beer kindly; the nearly 10% ABV is hidden remarkably well. I couldn't detect a trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a bit slick, soft effervescence.

Drinkability: The intense complexity makes this a slow-sipping beer, though it's entirely enjoyable. It's a beer best shared with someone; more than one glass might be a bit too much, but less than one glass leaves you wanting more.

largadeer, Jul 18, 2007
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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,039 ratings.