Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 267
Gots: 187 | FT: 11
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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 kjrod20
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter. This is a translucent reddish golden color, extra fizzy with an inch of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is sour and acidic with lots of lemon and brett. Taste is acidic lemon at first with a burst of oak flavor in the finish. The interesting mix makes for something similar to an iced tea flavor. Alcohol is present, but not enough to hinder drinkability. Mouthfeel is very carbonated.

This is good... maybe not as complex as some other varieties of the style, but tasty.

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Hopbully
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of adamant1912
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

A: It poured a dark amber body with a one finger off white head. The head had decent retention and supported spotty and leggy lacing.

S: It began with a nice rich sweet toasted malt with a funky yeasts aroma and lots of floral and citrus hop aromas.

T: The flavors are all influenced by the wine barrels. The toasted malts had a funkiness that blended well with the flavor of tart ripe cherries and plums. There was a earthiness to the backside that fit well with the zesty spices.

M: It was medium bodied with lots of carbonation, zesty spices and dry finish. It was clean and warm in the end with only a slight sweet-tart after flavor.

D: This is a nice complex beer best served a at cellar temperature and sipped to allow its complex flavors to come to the front. Not a session beer but one for an evening reading a good novel by a fireplace.

Photo of timtim
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

feel the funk... hazy dark orange with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lace. brett, spice, pepper, vanilla and more contribute to the georgeous nose and extremely well balanced taste. medium body with a smooth flow and just a hint of sour in the finish. booze is pretty much undetectable. the price hurts a little, because i wish i could drink beer like this all day every day. fantastic.

edit: 10.15.10... drinking an august 2008 bottle that has been stored properly. brett really, really coming out and blending with what i call "blood of the earth" scents and tastes from the wine barrels. really morphed into a very well-balanced, complex beer, but the sour has gone spicy and the wood has really come out. it'll be cool to see where these bottles go after a few more years. cheers!!

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish color with a nice one finger off white head. Fairly murky in appearance as well- like river water. The nose is Brett, with some caramel, malt. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. The taste is really good, just a tad sweet for my tastes. Honey, caramel, cherry, oak and Brett are the main tastes I get in here. I don't get any of the 9.5% ABV at all. Maybe some straw in the aftertaste. Feel is medium, syrupy, sweet, and bitter on the back end. Overall, a very nice beer.. But I'd like a little less sweetness in it, and more sourness. I'm sure it would age very well. Maybe I'll try that some day. Cheers.

Photo of ltdantheman
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of TechBrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of dtomes
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BlindPig
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick off white head on a clear darker orange body.
S- A huge complexity in the nose right away. Light oak, almost a white wine aroma, little bit of funk to it, light sour notes, hints of alcohol that tingle the nose just a little, and just such a big blend of other aromas that you just can't pick out.
T- The wine flavors do come through. Almost more a white wine flavor. Oak can come through too. Light warming from alcohol in back of throat. Yeast comes through, light fruits like orange, very light hints of some kind of funk, light bitterness is left on the tongue from a mixture of grass and light earthy hops. There is just so much to this beer that I don't think I can pick out each flavor. It is very complex and nothing is over powering.
M-Medium body with light champagne like carbonation.
D- I think this beer is great and gets better the more you drink of it and the more flavors you can figure out. I don't think this is just a relaxing beer to have that you could drink every day but it is a great special treat and one you would want to sit down and think about. I think I would pay the money for it again but it wouldn't be a lot.

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

Got this gem from baconsausage in the Regional GIF. Thanks man. 2009 vintage poured into a snifter.

Pours a very nice golden amber color. Thin white head dissipated to a ring after a while. Slight lacing.

Aroma is very barnyard funky. Slight sweet aroma.

Taste is more funky than sour. Lots of barnyard funk. Slight lemony tartness left on your tongue after swallow.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Nice high carb.

Overall a tasty beer. Not in my top 10 sours but still tasty.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of EasyReader
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of donniecuffs
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Allagash promo recently at the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Into a tulip, poured a golden hue, with one finger of white head, with decent retention. The nose was very impressive; lots of brett yeast, with some sour raspberry and numerous spices, including clove and cinnamon. The flavor was even more impressive; very winey/berry start combined with brett funk, dissolving to a more sour mid-palate, and then finally crisp sugary finish. No hint of the alcohol content. Very interesting flavor progression to say the least. Medium-bodied, spritzy mouthfeel. Excellent refreshing substitute for a lambic or summer ale.

Photo of unclejazz
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got me a sweet connect to a cheap supply of this stuff and boy am I glad. It is delicious. If the top teir sours out there are better than this, I have great things to look forward to. It was just sweet and had a great brett flavor that was not to sour. No vinegar at all, which I imagine I would not like or want. I could sip on this all day in the winter or summer, day or night, in jail or on bail. No matter, you could do a heck of alot worse. Enjoy this no matter the cost. Try it just once, it is worth it.

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a 1-finger fluffy head. Very nice looking brew.

Aroma of citrus, yeast. Tart.

Taste is citrus, woody, hay. Dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, a nice, drinkable beer. Goes nice with food. Would definitely have another one of these.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of EPICAC
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle of 2006 Interlude at Downtown Wine & Spirits several months ago. It's been sitting in my fridge ever since. I finally got around to opening it tonight. It comes in a corked and caged 750 mL bottle with a simple beige label. I let this warm to the 40s and served it in one of my Duvel tulip glasses.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a thick, creamy, off-white head that's fed by a massive quantity of bubbles. Retention is excellent, the head slowly fades to a persistent quarter-inch layer leaving lace that clings to the glass in thick patches. I can't think of a single thing wrong with the way this beer looks.

Smell: Initially the aromas are a mingling of fruit and Brettanomyces. I predominantly detect aromas of lemon and sour apple. There's also a nice earthy, grassy aroma. Swirling brings the earthiness to the fore along with, maybe, a hint of woodiness. I really love the Brett aromas in this one.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront, before moving into a fruity, lemony sourness, which maintains its presence through to the finish. The center is dominated by sourness with some vinous characters making an appearance as well. The finish is funky and earthy with a nice grassy quality from the hops. The sourness and hops create a finish that is sour and mildly bitter. Both bitterness and sourness last well into the aftertaste where they're met by a spicy warming sensation. Pouring the yeast into the glass makes the finish a bit funkier.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation, with a nice mildly dry finish. Honestly it feels a bit thin to me, perhaps a little more carbonation would help. Decanting the yeast helps.

Drinkability: Very flavorful with nice sour and funky flavors that aren't overpowering. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall: This seems like a stronger, fruitier and more sour Orval. I really, really like beers that use Brettanomyces, so take the ratings with a grain of salt.

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.