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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 257
Gots: 174 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

HipHopsHooray, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

keags_beer, Aug 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

benbazi, Aug 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Austindanson, Aug 03, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In honor of our family's impending trip to shores of Maine...
Poured into an Allagash small tulip glass: color is lighter amber, slightly opaque, copper hues on the glass edges, head is light tan and presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is tilted towards the tart, sourness of the brett yeast off notes, pear, maybe some sour grapes, with a subtle farmhouse funk with some biscuit.

Taste is more balance between the two yeast strains: immediate flavor is sour, tart brett like sourness; then there is transition to dryer farmhouse style crispness. I can't identify the wine barrel presence, but I'm sure the tilt in aroma and upfront flavor towards grape and pear like sourness is amplified by this. Almost forgot to mention that this beer has incredible flavor and presence with no indication its the strength. On second thought, i think the wine barrel aging has softened any esters or strong flavors from the strength.

Mouthfeel is a great balance again: sourness provides lingering intriguing flavors, while the softness from the wine barrels creates great presence on the cheeks and there is even the drying qualities from the farmhouse yeast.

Overall, a great beer, incredible flavor and complexity when you understand where its subtleties come from. And to top it off its strong and sweet but not overpowering, another great ale from Allagash.

mvanaskie13, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MisfitIK-9, Jul 29, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Canada_Dan, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

AndrewKerscher, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bostonryan, Jul 25, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, low carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: oak and dark fruit

Taste: oak, dark fruit, toasted malt, and hay

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light in body, medium carbonation

Overall: An excellent saison that tastes like it is mixed with a healthy helping of fruit juices. I think this beer is right up there with the best that Allagash makes. I would certainly get this on tap if again.

tigg924, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

HRamz3, Jul 25, 2014
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mlhyatt, Jul 22, 2014
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KJ2013, Jul 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

stevehagy, Jul 11, 2014
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Roze, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

wesley14, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Jpepe08, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BrandonMichaud, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

steviek13, Jun 30, 2014
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.