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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,208
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 285
Gots: 221 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2006

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.
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Ratings: 1,208 | Reviews: 433
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of yelterdow
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, aged for 2 years in the cellar.

Appearance- Golden with brilliant orange highlights, this beer pours with incredible effervescence... easily audible from a distance. A few medium to large bubbles appear, sustaining the head.

Smell- Reminiscent of Rodenbach, this beer offers sour cherries and wood... the wild yeast teases the nose as well.

Taste- Much more restrained than expected, all fruit and wood characteristics are downplayed. Easily the easiest drinking oak-aged beer I've tried. Awesome bellywarmth, my tongue is going numb... A wine lover's beer for sure. After the sediment is swirled in, it becomes much better.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Super foamy, big, but thankfully the bubbles are smooth. It improves dramatically after the yeast addition towards the end of the tasting.

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of kmo1030
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the '05 tasted on 7/24/06
a hazy orangey gold with a thin off white head.
very fruity in a white wine kind of way, mild citrus, pineapple, ripe strawberry with a little farmhouse funk thrown in for good measure. some oak sits in the back, i also pick of some perfumey, flowery not quite fruit aromas, although close, it's more like lavender or lilac. finally some bread when it's got a fresh head after a pour. very nice.
the fruity tang is the first thing that hits your tongue, mostly a white grape, strawberry, apple, raspberry, and hint of blueberry (in no particular order, it has such a balance though that there is absolutely no harshness to be found. very vinous, with a mellow oak flavor that i think is a major contributor to the excellent balance. there is some spicy stuff going on in there too, some cinnamon, and some other baking spices i can't really discern, maybe some corriander. the balance and complexity is killer.
full medium body with smooth but moderate carbonation.
very nice drinkability, despite the high alcohol, it drinks very easy.
an absolutely awesome saison. I wish i had picked up a couple more bottles, and i hope it's planned again for this year.

Photo of KAP1356
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color. It sports a thin off white head. The head fades quickly, leaving a good amount of lace.

This beer smells tart and sour. I can detect a fain citrusy aroma as well. I can also smell a slight grainy aroma. Some spicey notes are present as well. Just a touch of corriander.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Sour up front, but after the sourness, I taste the grainyness. It defiantely has a farmhouse ale like flavor. Strange, a farmhouse ale that is sour.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a slightly sour grainy aftertaste. The alcohol in well hidden in the flavor, aroma and mouthfeel.

I dont know how well this beer would be as a session beer. It has a unique flavor, but I dont think I would want to drink many at one time.

Overall: This beer is good. I love sour beers, and this one is no exception. Not only is it sour, but it is different, with it being very saison like. Too bad it is not cheep.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ToasterChef
4.32/5  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.

Photo of brbrocc
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversized wine glass at Durty Nellie's in Palatine

This beer pours an translucent orange color. There isn't much head to be seen on the surface of this particular pour, perhaps it's just the way it was served. The smell is of a woodsy funk more of the sour from the oak in the funk but it was definitely a brett smell. The flavor is strongly of citrus and not nearly as much sour as I had expected from a wild ale. Though I must admit the main flavor tasted almost exclusively of oranges, tangerines wedges to be more specific. However I found the beer to be a little too flat for my liking, again I don't know if that is the tap or if that's just the way the beer is supposed to be, I've never had a problem with their levels of co2 before though. The drinkability was more unpleasant as you continued, not a bad beer not a great beer.

Photo of swierczt
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT (12 oz. pour).

A - Light copper in color. Clear. Thin bright white ring of head.

S - Sweet apples and a hint of vanilla or caramel. Wild flowers and yeast.

T - Green apples, similar to cider and wild yeast flavors are apparent up front. Then subsides to a nice sour bitterness at the back of your palate. The taste is more sour than you'd sense from this beers nose. The sourness isn't enough to make you pucker like some sour beers though.

M - Very little carbonation. Almost still.

D - Glad that I tried this unique offering. I'd sum it up as complex with several layers of flavor. However, I probably wouldn't specifically seek this one out to try again.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewinski1
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is from 2008. I got my tulips ready but I still wasn't quite quick enough for this gusher. Lots of foam when poured, most likely from additional fermentation in the bottle. The color is reddish orange. There is a small layer of bubbles that linger after the foam settles.

The aroma is full of spicy yeast. Only a deep big whiff reveals slightly tart notes. I detect a little sweetness in the malt, but not much.

This beer starts out dry and leaves a lot of oak on the tongue. The finish is full of oak and wood.

The body is light to medium. There is medium carbonation.

This is a decent beer. I think I like it fresher better, but still enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the August, 2008 edition. Typical of Belgians, this one sports a strong fruity and spicy nose, replete with hints of spiced oranges, bananas, and cloves, in addition to bearing more than a passing resemblance to ice ciders.

On the tongue, most of those fruit flavors translate nicely, though the spiciness does come through far more strongly, building as the liquid swirls in your mouth. Light caramels and brown sugars are also present, as well as a good thread of toasted grains. The oak aging has allowed this brew to build up a nice, complex head of flavors, and as well, there are just the slightest hints of oak on the edges of the mouthful, resembling in this sense perhaps an extremely fruity chardonnay. Whether it's the fruity spiciness, the carbonation, or the alcohol, this one will also leave your tongue tingling. The aftertaste is a slow burnoff of the spicy fruit flavors, lasting a surprisingly long time.

Overall, I was impressed with this brew, and thought the oak aging was well worth the time and effort.

Photo of MiScusi
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 version.

A- Pours a kinda dark but clear amber-orange. Head dissipates real fast.

S- Smells almost like a sour beer, makes sense with the addition of Brett to this beer. Very white wine acidic-like.

T- Also tastes quite like wine and beer put together. Actually really hard to describe. Overall sweetness but balanced well with wine-like acidity. Has a definite belgian yeast finish to the brew.

M- quite light, refreshing, packed with flavor. A Really interesting good beer.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Review from notes.

Orange/caramel in color. One finger white head. Great retention. Resides to a half finger head. Fantastic lacing. Exceptional looking beer.

Nice sour smell. Green apples, vanilla, bourbon, peaty woodiness, wild cherries.

Sweet caramel, green apple souriness (though not incredibly sour), oak and smokiness, buttery/creamy (a flavor I feel like a notice more in a cheese than a beer), cherry, and a leafy hop bitterness. So complex, and so delicious.

The mouthfeel is very creamy carbonation. Medium carbonation and medium to full bodied.

The alcohol is almost imperceptible. So be carful

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.