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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

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BA SCORE
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904 Ratings
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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%


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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ybnorml

Rhode Island

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

A clean sparkleing copper/amber beer. Has a nice fluffy white head and a little lace. There is a sweet and tart apple like aroma. Very much like a cider. The flavor starts with a quick bit of apple tartness. Followed by a serious dry character in the middle and finished with a light crisp tart finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 23:46:59 | More by ybnorml
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sampled this brew at the EBF and I'm very excited to have a full 750ml bottle sitting in front of me. The cork pops nice and loud. Pours into my tulip glass a deep opaque reddish orange hue with a nice creamy bubbly white cap. Spotty, streaks of lacing adorn the glass. Aromas begin with a nice fruitiness including peaches, pear, strawberry and red grapes. Beautiful, dare I say elegant, Brett notes envelope the senses and impart a bit of sourness. Spicy tones intermingle with a slight doughiness. Simply wonderful with an exquisite underlying vinous character.

First sip brings a crisp pale maltiness engulfed in fruit flavors. Notes of citrus, pear, strawberry and red grapes intertwine. Earthy yeast imparts a breadiness as the Brettanomyces meld into the brew wonderfully, imparting a nice sourness. The brew finishes a bit dry with some oakiness and a lingering vinous, grape skin aftertaste. A touch spicy throughout. This is an incredibly flavorful, enjoyable brew. When each sip brings a smile to your face, you know you're drinking something special!

Mouthfeel smooth and on the lighter side with a fast paced carbonation that fills the mouth. An extremely pleasurable brew that is equally easy to imbibe. This bottle is quickly disappearing and I'm loving every minute of it. My new favorite Allagash brew, I'll be looking forward to having this again and see what else their experimental series has to offer. Do yourself a favor and track down a bottle. Cheers to both goodbyeohio and blitheringidiot of the opportunity to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 05:16:40 | More by orbitalr0x
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

2005 bottling, Sampled May 2006
As I pour this beer I get an intense, bright, fruity aromatic note that most reminds me of strawberries. The beer appearance is an orangish, red-gold color, fairly hazy and topped by a frothy tan colored head. The up front fruitiness, while still in the nose, is drowned out by the austere, funky Brett notes in the main nose of this beer. Notes of berries intermingle with notes of earth and damp wood, as well as a note of sour acidity that is almost, though not quite, reminiscent of lemons. The intense fruitiness is really the striking thing, at least to me, about the aroma the typical funky Brett notes are of course here, but that intense, sweet berry fruit character is quite a pleasant balance to the funkiness.

The taste is initially pretty darn tart. I was not expecting this level of sour, though it is quite mild for most intentionally soured beers, but not necessarily ones that advertise the use of Brettanomyces. Again that berry note is here in the taste, it starts up in the middle of a quaff and lingers on through to the finish. Notes of green grapes and tart apples join the fresh berry notes to round out the fruit flavors that I find in the flavors. I wonder if the berry notes are from the aging in the wine barrels, but it seems so vibrant that I am just not convinced that it is from the wine barrel aging. The beer is fairly light, especially when one considers the alcohol content, and is easily quaffed, yet tends to linger and lightly stick to the palate. Of course there is a solid Brett character here as well, though it is not as prominent in the flavor as it was in the nose. Notes of musty cobwebs linger on almost ephemerally in the mouth as sharp almost urea-like notes cut through, but can not quite vanquish them entirely.

What an enjoyable brew this is. The balance of this beer is enlightening; fresh vibrant fruit notes intermingle with the funky wild yeast notes and provide an entirety to this tipple that the individual components could not hope to achieve.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 03:02:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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Franchise

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass a burnt orange that leaves a white lace on top of the glass. There is a slight cascade in the body from carbonation. The smell is horse blanket, very vinos, with some fruit essence. The taste is sweet a slight hop citrus profile but dominated by a wine (tannin) quality. Finishing fruity, with a grape, sweet fruit balance. I paired this beer with a grilled steak and artichokes. The savory flavors in the steak really went well with the fruit, tannin, qualities in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 15:04:29 | More by Franchise
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Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a clear and very carbonated yellowish amber. Two fingers of soft beige head swell, then ebb slowly to a frothy quilt. A terrain of lacing maps the inside of the glass.

The aroma tosses a flash of toasty grain fruitiness, then a push of barnyard funk and Brett earthiness. A spicy element dances with a vinous acidity, slightly smoky, and as well with an air of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there is a glimpse of malt berry sweetness, promptly bested by a combo of clove, coriander, and some hipster beatnik yeast. A genuine wine character breezes through with a sinus-drying draft of alcohol. Green apples and baked dough join with an oaken woodiness before a smooth, drier finish lingers. It's very ballsy and very smooth, despite its assertiveness.

Pretty much full bodied, it's very lively on the palate, and flows away slowly and softly.

Brewing this one must have been quite an undertaking from start to finish, but the blending of ingredients and aging were obviously well worth the effort. Close your eyes and it could almost be a fine wine, but that beasty duo of yeasts makes it all beer. The ABV is big, and quite gutsy in its presentation, but it's also warming, and a pleasant enough caution. I'd imagine this is one that would challenge some folks' palates, but it sits wonderfully on mine.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 20:31:53 | More by Foxman
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ithacabaron

California

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

Pours a bright, relatively clear orange glow into my glass (I got the first pour). Looks tasty.

Aroma is peach and mango nectar, cracked across with fresh wheat, bergamot, and bracing hops. A wave of funk drifts by, brightening things further, but this remains sweet. Hops are present, but muted by everything else going on.

Taste is an explosion of flavors and aromas. Here the hops (noble and otherwise) develop across the palate, more than supported by the very sturdy malt base. Incredibly focused, clear brettanomyces-driven funkiness comes through, never sour -- but providing the astringency to keep things from becoming cloying. The finish, compares to that of a fine eiswein, brings forth endless mountains of ripe tropical fruit -- mango, passion fruit, and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel is pillow soft, but study enough to support this motley crew of a brew. Reminds me of the foam that settles on top of the breakers when you're swimming out in the ocean.

Drinkability is wonderful...but this is meant to be shared with friends, to have a bottle and reflect and discuss, and to enjoy each other's company. I'm happy to say I did just that.

A masterpiece. 17 dollars is a bargain.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 14:32:54 | More by ithacabaron
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scooter231

New York

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

On-tap at the Blind Tiger, November '05. I enjoyed this guy, though it didn't quite strike me as a saison. Poured a pretty clear orangeish color. Reminded me a lot of champagne, with some very buttery and nutty notes. There's some citrus rind to be found in the taste, and some floral hings as well. A nice, zesty twist a the end of a sip. Mouthfeel was oily and slick, with just enough bubbles. A really lovely brew- gotta find this in bottle form.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2006 23:46:53 | More by scooter231
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

Corked 750ml. Somewhat murky golden orange body with a small white head. Some scattered webbings of lace. Interesting funky brett notes with some backing of citric fruits. Notes of spices and a bit of woodiness are present. Light tartness as well. Flavor starts with some fruit sweetness of the funky brett notes that come on strong. Some oak and tart flavors really added to the complexity. Some hot alcohol was also noticeable through all the other intricacies. Finishes up with some brett laced sweet fruits. Well carbonated and lively in the mouth. Easy drinking but quite the sipper with everything going on in it. Quite a unique and tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 19:21:10 | More by meathookjones
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This new funked up bretty saison from Allagash was aged in French merlot and sirah barrels and it shows. A light toasted orange colour with a nice head off cinnamon sprinkled off-white this one lookes like a real winner. It smell slike a winner with farmhouse and brett induced funky yeast notes in the aroma. The taste is funky as well with a nice winey touch from the wine barrels used. The oak is subdued, how I like it, and the beer is not hot at all for a 9.5% brew. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very, very good. This funky one-off brew from Allagash is a winner in every category as far as I am concerned. I just wish the price point was lower so I could drink this more often. As for now i'll keep my eyes out for this on tap again!

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2006 03:34:41 | More by francisweizen
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last tasting was January 2006. I decided to have a bottle last night. Still an amazing beer, but this tasting I noticed a sour undertone that I did not recall from my first tasting. This new flavor is a compliment to the wine characteristics. It brings to mind a hint of flemish sour ale, but not that sour.

I can't wait to try this after it's had more time in the cellar. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 12:53:31 | More by barleywinebrewer
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy and cloudy amber color ale with a medium white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of Brett is quite strong with some sourness and some sweet white wine characteristic. Taste is quite sour with some tart and oak flavouring. The wine oak aging can definitely be notice but does not overtake the beer. Funky Brett brings a nice finish to this beer. Alcohol is not noticeable but I’m not sure that the high level of ABV really brings anything more to this beer and would probably have preferred a slightly lower ABV (6.5%-7.5%). Another great American wild ale that even though is excellent is still one notch below the RR Temptation.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 15:25:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting beer. Pours a cidery red-brown with a smallish head that never quite disappears. The nose, first off, reminds me of a sour Flemish red (maybe it's that oak aging) -- lots of sourness and bright fruit aromas. The taste is considerably more complex than the nose. First off is an apple taste, which quickly turns into sour citrus fruits. The finish is both metallic and nutty. Mouthfeel is quite astringent, but only slightly caustic; much more mild than Flemish reds, in spite of the similar tastes. Since the sourness is toned down, this beer is pretty drinkable. It's fascinating enough to prompt the drinker to keep going, and the sourness isn't so intense that it would get in the way.

What a wonderful, interesting beer. This would go well with many foods, but it's absolutely fascinating enough to have on its own. Yet another triumph from the Allagash guys.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 03:11:08 | More by geexploitation
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

750ml bottle purchased somewhere, probably Julio's or Yankee Spirits/Sturbridge. Corked and caged, with elaborate, somewhat wordy hangtag.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangy copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, largely due to continued effervescence rising in a fury from the bottom of the glass, with lacing consisting of various bits of foam throughout. Aroma is tart and fruity, with underlying spiciness. Taste is fruity upfront, with the tartness in play as well, with oak, spices, and alcohol warming coming on towards the swallow. Mouthfeel is dueling dry and sweet, yet somehow makes it work, and drinkability is good. These brews pique my interest and curiosity keeps me coming back.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 01:13:00 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a thin, white head and the beer itself was very cloudy and deep amber in color. The nose was musty, apple-like, and very much brett-driven. The mouthfeel was thick and full, very bubbly and scrubbing. I got a taste of sour apple and brett mustiness on the tongue. The finish was utterly sour and puckering and vividly comes back as I type this. It was a very memorable beer. This is a beer that will wake up the ol' palate and leave you thirsting for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 02:57:26 | More by woodychandler
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Birthday gift from Cleanfeet--great gal. Finally got around to opening this gem.

Pours a golden amber in color. Remember the scene in Jurassic Park where they find the mosquitos in the dried sap. That is what this beer looks like--but with constant carbonation and not static bubbles of air. Thick white head that receded to a few islands. Some haziness but it is a bottle conditioned beer. Nose is full of pepper and spice. Just a hint of heat from the alcohol.

Absolutely great full flavor. At first sweet but then quickly followed by a clout of spices (pepper, clove, cinnamon). There is also some nice sourness going on. Not enough to make me pucker but enough to make me run my tongue across my lips. Really get some nice flavors from the yeast--quite juicy and chewy actually. Also got some nice fruit: apricots and peaches. Kind of a grape juice feel to it--syrupy. Some nice flavors from the oak (not sure what the word is though). Nice dry finish that completes this beer perfectly. Such a nice digestive beer and to work slowly through the whole night.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:47:16 | More by MuddyFeet
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Higravity

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well the beer looked fine but the smell of uric acid made me think of cat piss and I couldn't get it out of my mind as I sipped this beer. There was also leather and a bit of tobacco in the smell mixed with a farmhouse malt funk. It had a taste like none other, but the mouthfeel was the first thing I noticed how the dense carbonation gave the taste an explosive life on the tongue. Full of spicy peppery notes but subdued by a tart asprin flavor only to live again as earthy flower and a touch of pine. The aftertaste carried some tonic water feel in the back of my mouth. The third of the bottle I had was just right, but I could have finished off the rest with out help.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 20:10:18 | More by Higravity
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Hefe

Maryland

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip from corked and caged 750ml bottle courtesy of the fine folks at Frisco's Grille in Columbia, MD.

This is exceptional, absolute beer drinking Nirvana. The beer, a hazy luminescet gold. The head, pale white and thin, touches of lacing grip the glass. The aroma, decadant, with shades of currant, plum, red wine, spice. The flavours, lightly tart, vinous, orange peel, currant, earth. Beautifully done....

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 02:53:32 | More by Hefe
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

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

Just as stunning as expected to look at, it jumps out of the bottle a pale gold, creating waves of white foam that sticks around the glass edges. The brett tickles the nose with its dryish pineapple, limey, exotic musty flavors, while the wine barrels offer a different floral to look at. I’m at first surprised by the syrah and merlot declared origins as the grape character certainly seem paler, tarter, not overly tannic and juicy enough. Gentle mineral character remind of salt briefly, but the fruits offer flavours to match, notably in the shape of sweet berries, banana, apple. Crunchy in its yeastiness, like an elaborated pie crunch slowly heads toward sourdough territory as the tartness grows, remaining centered on the vinous fruitiness and oaky elegance. Soft rounded body drinks easily, light-medium in size with delicate if very active carbonation. Despite the juicy profile being pretty sweet initially, it dries out a fair bit toward the finish. Restrained, peaceful. This is delicious and a revelation to one who thought their barrel experiments never approached the originals, I may not enjoy it as much as their triple, but few other brewers would have this as my second favourite of their lineup. As playing with wild yeasts is quickly becoming the next fad of the industry, it is excessively pleasant to see experts like Rob Tod making some of the first steps and defining benchmarks examples after which others should inspire their desired quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 00:39:23 | More by Rastacouere
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mcowgill

Massachusetts

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

This beer was very carbonated when poured and created a very large head that dissapeared quickly. Hardly any lacing on the glass. The appearance was a cloudy orange color with many tiny carbonation bubbles making their way to the surface. The aroma was very strong. What I smelled was wine and a sourness with a faint hint of the oak. My initial taste was again the wine and sour flavors and at first I wasn't extremely impressed. There was too much carbonation in the mouth. However, when I let the glass sit for a bit, I was much more impressed. It became much more drinkable at that point. I was very impressed with the uniqueness and complexity of this beer. It's hard to believe it is 9.5%. Although this is a pricy beer, I suggest everyone try at least 1 if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 21:37:19 | More by mcowgill
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$15 for this beer? And I usually don't care much for Saisons, so what the hell was I thinking?

Pours a cloudy tangerine sort of color. Small head that quickly goes away. Smell is strong of candied citrus Can definitely smell the merlot from the aging, as well as a strong floral fragrance, but it didn't smell like your typical hop florals.

Taste began with the tartness I expect from a Saison, but that didn't last long. A bit of sweetness hits the palate next as well as strong citric flavors. Medium bodied with full carbonation. Drinkability is incredibly high - just enough alcohol presence to remind me what I'm drinking, but not too much to make drinking it a struggle.

All in all, a great beer. I am often skeptical about barrel aging, but in this case it worked beautifully. Not really your typical Saison (which maybe I was happy about) but certainly an interesting and delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 14:57:28 | More by Lnedrive14
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

Pours an amber color with a tall head that sticks around and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a bready character with some spicing and a sourness along with some woody hints. Complex. The flavor was well spiced with sweetness and fruits to go along with the slightly sour finish. The slight sourness sticks around along with the fruits. The body is moderate and the drinkability is quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2006 18:04:15 | More by clvand0
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twelvsies

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy looking peach color. Not a lot of head to speak of, but I'm more interested in the scent that wafted from the bottle before I even poured it or stuck my nose into the glass.
Man, this smells woderful. I hate to mention other beers when reviewing another, so I won't. BUT, it really reminds me of at least two of my very favorite beers, distinct common smells. Those are: a very flowery scent, rose-like, just really fresh and green. Also some fairly sweet sugar cookies in there, and maybe some sweetness from the wine barrels? I know that tart or sour aren't really smells, but tastes, but I can tell this will be slightly sour. And yep I'm right. But just slightly sour. This is a great saison though, and definitely somewhat of a hybrid style. It's got a rugged earthyness to it, plenty off grassy, woody character and lots of crab appley attitude. Your basic saison. Then there's the whole barrel aged goodness of this beer. I must say I'm not that hip to wine, so I don't really know what I'm talking about, but I love the flavors that are imparted here. This beer started pretty cold, and it's easy to tell what the base taste is, the basic saison I was talking about. Then as it warms there's lots of complexity piling up. Lots of sweet and tart vinous notes, and a hearty oakiness. This is definitely a hearty, wintery saison. Though not much of an alcohol bite, nice. My only complaint is that it seems overly carbonated, almost like a champagne or something. Very tingly and fizzy on the tongue makes it tough to pick out the many complexities of this beer. Wish it had a softer mouthfeel. Maybe some aging would do this one a favor? Either way, still an excellent beer, with some really classy packaging that lives up to the talk. Funky American beer. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 05:07:25 | More by twelvsies
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Interlude was my favorite beer at the 2006 Extreme Beer Fest, and I picked up a bottle on the way home. It is every bit as good as I remembered. It pours a hazy orange color with a white head that gives a good bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is sour and spicy and a little bit funky. Taste is sour fruit, with some spicy dry notes and some slightly buttery merlot and peppery sirah flavors that linger. But this beer isn't overwhelmed by the barrel it was aged in. It still tastes like beer, and even some hoppiness or is it just earthiness makes an appearance in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with a high rate of carbonation. I wouldn't call this a saison, though - just an amazing beer. This would probably cellar well, but I wouldn't be able to hold on to it long enough to find out.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 01:07:33 | More by ColForbin
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

Notes taken at the Blind Tiger in November, 05.
Poured a pretty, clear orange orange/brown color.
This was very, very nutty in flavor profile with quite a few champagne notes... which makes sense seeing as how this is wood aged. Mouthfeel was quite creamy and the alcohol definately snuck up on me. The notes on other beers in my notebook quickly deteriorate after the notes on this one.
Didn't quite strike me as a saison but this is definately worth a revisit. I look forward to getting a bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2006 02:46:29 | More by ommegangpbr
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a 20 ounce wine bottle.

Appearance: The beer pours a pleasing cloudy orange. The head was white and about an inch high. The head quickly resolved into a ring of foam. There was patchy lacing remaing on the quickly emptying glass.

Smell: There is a sea of smells going on with this beer. There is a pleasing musty (yeasty) smell combining with spicy coriander, citrus, berry and a oakey smell.

Taste: A spicy funkyness greats the tongue. There is definately a sour dough yeastyness to the beer. The merlot taste comes out pretty heavily in the beer. I am going to have to have more of this. Suffice it to say this is one complex tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied. There is a nice level of carbonation present.

Drinkability: This is one dam fine beer. The alcohol is listed 9.5% I cannot tell in the taste, smell, or mouthfeel. This beer is definately good now. I wonder how another year or so would make the beer taste. Perhaps some more of the dryness would come out. Overall a definate treat now.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 15:25:14 | More by nlmartin
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.