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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,105 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 266
Gots: 188 | FT: 11
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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Second beer at the Bottleworks Cellar Tasting for Seattle Beer Week. 2005 Vintage.

Pours hazy blond with a small head, quick dissipation.

Smell is light funk, crisp.

Taste is a lot like the smell, sour and a bit bitter, juicy.

Little carbonation. Interesting.

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October 2012 vintage. Poured from a cork and caged bottle into a snifter, the beer is a ruby-tinged golden coloring with an uneven, sparse, quickly dispersing white head. Aromas of tart wine-like characteristics, cherry and grape sweet, woody notes, and some earthy character. Smells robust. Flavors are dark cherry sweet forward, with an effervescent body that keeps everything very light. Subtle cinnamon spice noted as you drink. Very sweet, crisp flavor profiles across the palate. The fruit characteristics diversify into grape, apple, and berry towards the end of the palate. The tart and sourness builds as you drink, with a slightly acidic building character. Fruits and esthers in the aftertaste, with a slight puckering feel in mouth. The finish is crisp, dry, and slightly astringent. Very drinkable, very robust.

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I have been looking forward to this beer. Hopefully it meets the expectations! Bottled October 2012. The beer pours a copper hued orange with a thin ecru collar. There is little carbonation seen in the glass, but there was a strong pop of the cork.

The smell is a wonderful scent reminiscent of funky runny cheese. The Brett has done its work creating the expected farmyard and horse blanket funkiness. Underneath that intense scent is a touch of apple, pear, and candy sugar.

The flavor is similar with a strong Brett forward flavor, but moves on to a spicy and well seasoned flavor of white peppercorn and clove. The finish is the only brief moment where the character of the red wine barrels comes through. There is a brief acidic or tannic like bite that rounds out the flavor with a resounding snap readying you for the next sip. The mouthfeel is surprisingly well carbonated despite little action in the glass. Typical Belgian like voluminous effect of tiny bubbles of carbonation. I've always enjoyed that effect and it comes into play well in this beer as it pushes forth the flavor progression.

As with many Allagash beers it is pricey, but leaves you feeling it was worth the pinch in your pocket.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.