Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.96/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Dated October 2013. Cork hit the ceiling, but no gushing.
A: Amber/rose-colored body with good clarity. Scant white head that rapidly disappears. Light lacing.
S: Light brett with vinous quality. Grapes and more subdued stone fruit. Mild earth.
T: Tart initially with a dry, even-handed Brett character shortly thereafter. There is the presence of red wine and associated tannins. Mostly dry finish. Lightly hopped. Alcohol presence is average for the ABV. Tartness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Light-to-moderate carbonation with a fairly light body. Open on the palate.
O: Solid brew, if a bit less impressive than expected. Probably should have sat on this one a bit longer. I was hoping for a bit more complexity, but fans of wine barrel aging and brettanomyces will enjoy this.
06-29-2014 19:18:39 | More by fourstringer
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
On tap at beer pairing dinner event, 300 ml pour.
Can I just say OH MY and stop writing? This may get weird...this beer made an impression.
Appearance - an amber/coppery color with a compact head that quickly vanished leaving a ring around the glass. Visually pleasant.
Aroma - I now understand the term funk - this has it and I get it. Maybe some acidic fruit presence. Grapes, apricot, and almost graham cracker-like aroma or dark bread crust. Overall it feels "earthy" and connected, somehow rustic and comforting.
Taste - very tart initially, then this odd yet undeniably pleasant sensation that I assume is from the Brettanomyces. Definite imagery of the farmhouse... Then it gets dry and tannic and winelike with grape flavors, apricot sweetness just a little, some bready character. It's exactly as Allagash describes, but the description can't possibly capture the sensation and I am no better.
Mouthfeel - the tart is welcome, a great cleansing sensation, yet there is a smoothness. Then again it is drying. A big package of flavors and sensation that leaves me wanting more. And oh by the way it's 9.5%...really?
Overall this beer was a great experience to which I can hardly do justice. Each sip is a little different as the flavors play off one another. Sour, sweet, earthy/funky. Some beautiful stuff here that I think speaks to the skill of managing two separate fermentations, letting each contribute to the fullest.
06-23-2014 11:08:50 | More by LeRose
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.