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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

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BA SCORE
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900 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 403
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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notchucknorris

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed burnt golden color with a thin bone white head.

S: A bit of a musty an tart smell with notes of Brett, pear, white grape, pale malt and some cherry.

T: A musty funk right away with heavy white grape and triple notes. A definite touch o white wine in the middle with a finish that's heavy on the crackery malt and shows some brett as well. A kind of lingering tartness throughout that never turns sour. Overall a really tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 23:21:21 | More by notchucknorris
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a 2008 bottle at cellar temp into a pint glass. The corked and caged 750 bottle is a bit of a gusher upon popping the cork. The beer is a bright clear copper to amber hue. There is some minimal beige to eggshell white heat the fades to nothing fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is some booze and dry woody notes with a hit of caramel and dark fruit. I think I get red grape or maybe a general vinous quality.
First sip reveals an average body with soft yet slightly sticky texture. The carbonation is mild and rolls across my palate.
The flavor is rich and malty with caramel, red grapes, some toffee, yeasty funkiness and dry popsicle stick wood notes.
I also get fair amounts of warm booze with each sip and by the end of the bottle it has caught up with me a little.
The beer is very interesting and complex, Im surprised by the amount of heat still left after 4 years, but it is an enjoyable late night brew.

I am glad I drank this now as I dont anticipate it would have improved any more.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 06:09:09 | More by sulldaddy
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

October 2012 batch, about two months old.

A: Pours a semi-hazy, light amber. Big fluffy light tan head. Fades somewhat quickly, leaving just a speck or two of lacing behind.

S: Lemons, apple and tart grapes with traces of other fruits. Some crackery malt aspect. In fact, I swear I get graham cracker sometime, like graham cracker crust to be specific.

T: Very tart grape skin, apples and lemons up front. Borderline sour (stronger as it warms up), but at least it's crisp. Kind of an oaky leather in the middle mixed with wine. Turns graham cracker in the lingering aftertaste with more traces of tart fruits.

M: Decently full bodied and smooth. Drying on the back end.

O: Tough beer to score. Initial hit is very sour like a wild ale or a really bad saison. But it slowly gets better through the taste - decent in the middle with a really pleasant graham cracker crust aftertaste. I tried not to knock it down too hard, it's well balanced, complex and it has some aspects that I enjoy. But it has some really off flavors too with the extreme funkiness and sour notes. I ended up drain pouring it but tried to give it a fair shake on the scores.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 03:51:03 | More by Dope
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meadhall in Cambridge for 12 Brewers of Christmas.

A: Hazy blood orange with shades of brown. Small off-white head.

S: Wonderful sour nose. Like a lambic. Sour, funk, barn. A lot of brett and some barrel.

T: You get the Tripel right away but it's subdued and pushed aside by barrel, wood, funk, yeast, earth, sour fruit, booze, and brett. More of the Tripel base shows itself as it warms. Seriously delicious.

M: Crazy smooth, properly carbonated, huge flavor. A fun beer to drink. Every sip is special.

O: This is everything I was hoping it to be and more. They nailed the style and the barrel/aging/brett component perfectly. Been waiting to try this for years and it completely surpassed my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 02:30:10 | More by Gatch
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy light red with a few bubbles of white head that fades immediately. Slight lacing. I'll also mention here, this was the worst bottle ever as far as uncorking. Took forever, then broke and stuck to the sides of the bottle. Ended up having to push the cork into the bottle to have access and had to filter out cork all glass long.

Aroma features lots of brett with some lemon and spices. Getting almost no wine barrel charcter from the aroma.

Very bretty and fruity up front. Apple and lemon with a heavy brett funk and a bit of oak and spice at the end. I really didn't like this one at all when first opened, but as it approached room temp, some more flavors came together and was actually quite enjoyable by the end. I could use more wine barrel presence and felt it was very lacking. This is more funky than sour as it approached only "tart" in a liberal definition.

Medium mouthfeel. Reached a good creamy texture approaching room temp with a crisp finish from the carbonation. Finishes oaky and dry leaving a good aftertaste.

I had some issues with this beer, but in the end, once it approached room temperature it was a very nice beer although I still feel the wine character was lacking. I'd definitely drink this again after letting it warm, but probably won't go out of my way to get a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 12:58:47 | More by jmarsh123
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

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

Split a 750ml of the October 2012 release

A: pours a beautiful hazy amber with some nice red ruby hues... Almost a finger if whit head, dissapates nicley and leavs some touches of lacing... Looks delicious.

S: tart Brett funk, along with some very nice vinous oak character. Tart notes of lemon and apple slightly soaked in wine...

T: delicious, tart Right up front gong into vinous oak notes, the blend between the wine and fruity yeast notes is superb here, I get notes of apple/pear, peach... Great complexity. Really nicley done.

M: medium creamy body with a nice lag carbonation with just a touch of a crisp bite in the end... Dry and oaky on the finish leaving red wine like notes in the aftertaste.

O: this is a delicious brew, excellent work with the yeast strains and barrels. Excellent balance and great flavor... Give this a try if you get te opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 04:44:28 | More by PeterIngemi
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manaconn

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. I first found it three(?) years ago on draught at The Dive in Worcester and immediately I fell in love with it.

It has a nice rich color, slightly tinted red. It's a little surprising at first. It has a tang about it that I have yet to find in any other beer. It's on the sweeter side of beers but not overly sweet.

It's super hard to come by, I have not been able to find a bottle on shelves, try as I may. I think that's attributed to the fact that it's just so delicious and it's only brewed in very small batches. I have been able to get it when it's released to The Dive/Armsby Abbey, it'll last for about a week once a year, and one time at The Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, in 750mL bottle form last year.

I know I should go on about how wonderful it is but I'm running on empty right now.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 04:34:21 | More by manaconn
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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

750ml, 2011 Vintage
New Belgium Globe

A: Pours a slightly hazy pinkish orange color. Almost like a blush. Thin layer of bright head. Some lacing bits. Seems to be nicely bottle conditioned. Pretty beer.

S: On the nose, I get mild funk from that Brett strain. Pulling some of those vinous red wine notes. Definitely some of that soft vanilla, oak woodiness. Barnyard funk again.

T: Getting that funk up front, that Brett. Some wine fruit character for sure. Drinking this over a while and tasting that barrel and red wine character comes up even more as it warms. The alcohol definitely comes up too, as it is 9.4%. Dry vinous finish. Like the description, it's almost tanic on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 15:14:01 | More by inlimbo77
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abrand

Illinois

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle from June 2009 poured into tulip glass.

Pours a bright amber color with essentially zero head. Very good clarity and color. Smell is pretty funky with plenty of yeast. Some doughs and fruit are also noticed. Taste is fairly dry with a nice tartness. Some fruit comes through as well. Mouthfeel is pretty dry but light. Overall this is really nice. Pretty dry but still some sourness.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:29:58 | More by abrand
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle. Thank you, Hoppypocket!

Appearance. Pours amber with a little haze and almost 2 fingers of just off-white head, minimal retention.

Smell. Sweet and tart cherries and a bit of funky brett and old wood. Just a little apple, lemon and spice. Smells really nice.

Taste. Whoa! Tons of oaky vanilla and dry, funky brett. Some sweet red wine and a bit of cherry and spice. Low in the sourness and sweet which was a bit of a surprise from the smell. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low, fine carbonation. A bit of booze warmth.

Overall. A well made beer, but not what I look for in a wild. To dry and not enough sour for the nice fruity flavours present ...for this guy anyways.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:43:18 | More by Rutager
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Boto

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle opened in 2012: The bottle opened with a loud "pop" and a little foam overflow. It poured a cloudy, murky lighter caramel color. It had a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. It did leave some lacing. Getting a whiff of sourness to the nose. Aromas include wheat, lemon, breadiness, spices and some oakiness. The taste is excellent. Touch of sour funkiness to it. Wheat, lemon, spice and oakiness also. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 14:35:58 | More by Boto
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle date is 9/2011 - poured into a snifter

A - Pours an orangish, copper color with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S - I can smell the funk from the Brett right away, along with some earthy oak-like smells too.

T - Upfront it is pretty sour from the Brett, but not overpowering. That is followed by a funky "horse blanket", barnyard taste, and finished off with a smooth, oaky taste from the red wine barrels. The taste is very complex, and it made me want to continue to sip more and keep seeking out flavors!

M - The carbonation is very fine and almost champagne-like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied as well, and really compliments the whole package.

O - I think I paid $21.99 for a 750ml bottle, so it's not something I can afford to drink every day. But... if you are looking for a VERY fine example of a barrel aged, farmhouse Brett beer - I would suggest this over just about any other beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 16:22:50 | More by cnbrown313
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KDawg

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a real good solid gold color with a foamy head.

Very very funky aromas. Brett dominated along with aromas of sour apples and tart citrus with some spices. Good depth as well.

Medium/full bodied with a really good feel. Very funk driven flavors along with sour apples and some spices.

This was the 2011 version. This isn't a beer for everyone due to the amount of funk, but it was perfectly fine by me. Great depth on both the aromas and feel. There is a real good dry finish to this as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 04:21:09 | More by KDawg
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (August 2008) into a "Belgian Independence Day" tulip at high altitude near Denver. A big thanks to kojevergas for this one!

A: Pours a hazy amber color with plenty of yeast sediment floating around. Three-finger prickly off-white head fades rather quickly, but a substantial cap remains for quite some time considering the ABV.

S: This one had a relatively strong smell straight out of the bottle. The sour yeast notes come out first along with dark fruits. There are also plenty of sweet notes here that remind me of fresh tropical fruits or citrus.

T: Dark fruit comes out first, followed by the sweet tropical fruit notes from the nose. Plenty of yeast flavors here, but surprisingly, the sourness doesn't come through very much at all. I was also surprised to see that this one was aged in oak barrels -- that certainly didn't come through in the flavor, either.

M: Medium-bodied with a slightly dry finish, but undercarbonated.

O: This one certainly shouldn't be classified as an American Wild Ale. I enjoy the flavors and the mouthfeel suits them well, but my expectations were skewed. That said, it hides its alcohol very well. Pretty enjoyable, but I wouldn't have it again, especially given the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:45:48 | More by schlimenhaumer
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Interlude August 2008 vintage. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are extremely high; I love sours and I love Allagash. Acquired at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, California. No best before date.

Served a bit cooler than room temperature and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with very little vigor as I didn't want to punish it too much.

Not paired with food.

Cork pops out nice and loud, suggesting good carbonation even after four years.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head - fairly thin - with some fair cream and good overall retention. Poor lacing. Colour is a vibrant but nontransparent fig-amber with orange hues. It's a tough colour to nail down. Floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's got a good colour to it; I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Fig, orange (not orange peel), biscuity yeast, wild yeast, bacteria, bretts, hints of mango, tropical fruit esters - likely from the background subtle hops, some floral character (also likely from the hops), and fruity sugars. It's nicely subtle all around, certainly a sweet quality. Tropical yet very fresh. Some clean unobtrusive malts. Some booze might break through a bit there at the end; I'll see in the taste. The aroma does get stronger as it warms.

T: Fruit is what I notice first - orange peel, orange, and perhaps mango. Some clove. I'm shocked at how restrained the sourness seems. It's not horribly yeasty. I'm curious which brett strain was used; it walks a fine line between sour and funky - but invests seriously in neither. This is somewhat disappointing. Not as full bodied as it needs to be. Malts are clean and unobtrusive. Biscuity yeast does come through, but not as much as anticipated (or wanted). It has some subtlety, but does feel pretty simple for a sour from Allagash. I have to admit I expected better. No oak comes through. Maybe some white wine hints. The floral character from the hops is nice. It definitely needs more fig and more of the dark fruit promise that was present on the aroma. I do like it.

Mf: Undercarbonated. Smooth and wet. I'd like more crispness. It's just too damned thin to support the flavours. Pretty light on the palate.

Dr: I expected a phenomenal sour, and that isn't what I got. It's rather pricey for what it is. It hides its ABV extraordinarily well, but I'd sooner take a more affordable sour; I'm looking forward to the Supplication I'm drinking next. It's drinkable and I like it, but it just isn't world class. A decent offering from Allagash, but nowhere near the quality suggested by the hype. Maybe the four years of aging reduced the quality. In any case I won't be getting it again.

This tastes more like a farmhouse ale or a saison than a true sour or wild ale.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:42:23 | More by kojevergas
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Good bubbling, but not much in the way head or foam. Bronzey/copppery color.

Sweet green grapes, and ripe purple grape aromas. Some wine and some wood for an overall faintly tart fruity and earthy aroma.

Tart upfront and in the middle. Tart grapes and young red wine f;avrs. Then some woody, toasted water cracker flavors pop up to help round out the funk and Earth. Not too tart, and just a little warm. This was a nice sipper with great carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:50:44 | More by scruffwhor
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up while on business down in Atlanta... It's hot and steamy here today and I spotted this in the back of the fridge and said, "Aha!" I've been looking forward to this one since I bought it and now is as good a time as any to give it a try...

Into my Allagash glass it goes... Out comes a glowing golden brew with lots of carbonation and a persistent, if smallish, foamy head... The stream of tiny bubbles erupting from the bottom of the glass is particularly fun to watch..

The pungent aromas of the beer are noticed right away... A sharp red wine aspect is immediately recognized as well as tiny bits of the barrel and the oft' remarked leather and horse blanket aromas so common in these wild ales... Quite intriguing and very enticing... This has one of the best aromas in the Wild Ale style that I've ever experienced...

Sipping this ale reveals a sharp biting sourness (although not one of legendary proportions as found in La Folie) that mingles with an earthy musty funkiness from the Brett and quite a bit of the red wine aspect... the beer seems to constantly change with every sip... I'm glad that the sourness isn't overwhelming as I, for me, it would take away from a magnificent brew... This has the right balance of mustiness and sourness to make it very memorable... The ABV is slightly perceptible but doesn't detract anything at all... Instead, it merely enhances the experience... A nice glow to the cheeks is felt and enjoyed after about half a glass...

A world class effort from the folks at Allagash... How I wish I could get their brews here at home... I don't think I've ever had a bad beer from this brewery and this one lives up to its reputation... I enjoyed every sip of this...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 19:37:56 | More by Tilley4
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KMcG

Virginia

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

A: copper color, 1-2 fingers of head. There is great retention and lace

S: The aroma is a mix of light red table wine and molasses, with a hint of cherry and funk. I can pick out some slight vinegar.

T: Slight tart, some honey and more balanced than the aroma. Oaky finish and dry.

M: Moderate, prickly carbonation, and dry like a champagne

This is a special beer with complex aroma and flavors, but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 17:39:09 | More by KMcG
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

we have both the 09 and 11 (with Brett) side by side.

the beer pours a slightly dark amber and smells of apple cider vinegar. the 11 smells like Jesus with potent wine notes, some funk, and strong sourness. The 11 packs a super B.O. pungency as well. Both taste excellent with strong notes of apple cider vinegar sourness and malt sweetness. The alcohol is more pronounced in the 11 than the 09, but both are quite drinkable. This is definitely one of the most drinkable sours. I would recommend a warmer cellar temperature for drinking, but it's still a very flavorful ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 00:56:53 | More by ThePorterSorter
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side

2009 nice light copper minimal bubbles around edge
Smells of a nice acidic sour. Slight barnyard stink.
Taste is a sour, acidic, slight green Apple skin.
Mouthfeel is very bright carbonation. Overall a nice sour, vinegar, and apple domination.

2011 same look, smell is more subdued version. Taste is a more relaxed acidic brett version. Same mouthfeel.
Personally I like the 09 better but I'm sure if we sat on the '11 for 2 years it would be just as nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 00:54:47 | More by sliverX
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 oz bottle poured into a pint glass (unfortunately) at cellar temperature.

L - Slightly cloudy medium-to-deep amber color with a 3 finger white bubbly head that dissipates fairly rapidly. Nice carbonation as far as I can see. A little bit of lacing.

S - Lots of stuff going on here. I get sweet aromas of apple juice, strawberries, and grapes; sour vinegary aromas; the difficult-to-describe pungency of oak and red wine; and the definitely-apparent funk of Brettanomyces. There’s a little bit of alcohol apparent here, as well. Very intriguing smell.

T - Probably more balanced than I expected from the aroma. There are the definite sweet flavors of apples and grapes, followed by a slightly sour taste, and finishing up with the funky barnyard flavors of Brett. A little bit of booziness comes through here.

F - Medium-bodied with a nice tingling sensation from the carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel at times, especially with some mouth-swishing, and a definite throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - In my mind, this is a great example of a wild ale. It smells great and tastes well-balanced between sweet, sour, and funky flavors. I was expecting this to be a bit more sour than it actually was, but this lack of sourness (and the resulting balance) seemed to make the beer more drinkable and less heartburn-inducing. Maybe a little pricey to get more than a couple of times, but absolutely a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 05:00:42 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bomber into an oversized wine glass (bottle marked September 2011)- pours a hazy orange/copper color with less than a finger of head, minimal retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smell's very tart- signature wild ale scent. A lot of Brett funk (!!), a bit of booze, and a hint of cabernet.

Taste is more balanced- not as tart as the smell would lead me to believe. The Brett tartness hits up front and rides through the whole taste but is usurped by sweet malt, maybe a bit of candi sugar, and finishes with a surprisingly noticeable red wine flavor.

Feel matches the taste profile very well- light to medium body with only a soft carbonation. Rolls over the tongue; this is an exceptional beer. Given what other exceptional wild ales cost (Consecration is $13 for a 12 oz), paying 20 bucks for this is reasonable. I'm using it celebrate and I encourage you to do the same : D

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:29:45 | More by Hopdaemon39
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 05:14:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

This was certainly an expensive little guy, but from what I remember, it's well worth it.

Served in a tulip.

The cork popped out rather aggressively.

A: It poured a very cloudy orange with a small wispy, foamy head that lingered throughout the session. Beautiful!

S: Sure, it had the distinctive sour apple flair, but that wasn't too overpowering. It seemed to be balanced out by a rather aggressive lactose sugar quality when I dig my nose into the glass farther.

T: The sourness in this is not upfront at all. In fact, there is a very malty, brown sugar-like flair to this that is definitely the anti-Weyerbacher "Riserva!" The finish is only slightly dry, with a bit of lingering brown sugar. I actually could have used a bit more sourness.

M: I've tried Aud Bruins that were MUCH more sour than this, but I actually dug it in this setting. Once again, this had a very milky, yet champagne-like texture that I enjoyed, but I got a bit bored with it rather quickly.

O: Was this as good as I remembered it? No, not really.... but it was still quite good. This was almost like a brown ale that went slightly sour (in a good way). I guess that is not totally fair here since I guess the whole point of the wine barrel-aging is so that the harsh acidity would mellow out, making this sour, but not primed for the sourhead.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:09:54 | More by Chaney
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dejrrma

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Printed on Bottle. 750ml for $19. poured into a dogfish head snifter.

a- Pours an orangey amber with a fluffly white head, creamy top, and thick lacing.

s- red wine, green apples, tartness, alcohol

t- not as sour as the smell led me to believe, but there's a bit of tartness. there's some of the acidic apple smell with the wine definitely coming through. a little malt/sweetness, and yeast/brett is present. there's also a bit of woodiness. the alcohol is noticeable.

m- nice carbonation a body like white wine. its crisp but wet and ends with a nice dryness and the warming of the alcohol.

o- i was expecting something much more sour than this, and i was slightly disappointed.but the beer is still delcious and i think i might go get another bottle to age.

Serving type: bottle

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