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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

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897 Ratings

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 402
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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Photo of draheim


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

750mL bottle (September 2010) into a saison glass. Pours a perfectly clear honey amber w/ a 1-finger white head, zero carb rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is tart and dry, vinous. Fresh Granny Smith apples & green grapes.

Taste is fruity, a little tart, w/ a dry finish. An interesting combination of sweet and sour. White wine and spring pears.

Mouthfeel is light and dry; lack of carbonation is disappointing.

Overall this lacks the complexity I was hoping for, but I imagine it would be a good beer to pair with some nice cheese.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:49:08 | More by draheim
Photo of metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden yellowish-orange in color, the beer poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sourness along with strong notes of red wine from the barrel aging.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer has a light amount of sourness with some flavors of red wine from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness.
O: Although the alcohol is well hidden from this beer, the amount of dryness lends it to being more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:32:54 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger high fluffy head. There was limited head retention and lacing.

S: This beer had lovely sours aromas with hints of red wine.

T: The beer was not as sour as one might have suspected from the aroma though the tastes of the red wine were present. For a beer this strong, the taste of the alcohol was nicely hidden.

M: A bit shy of medium bodied, this beer had moderate carbonation and a dry finish (probably from the red wine).

O: Enjoyable but not the best of the "brett" offerings from Allagash, probably would not pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:13:55 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of LtCracker20


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

2011 Batch

A- Pours a semi-hazy straw yellow to golden body with a very thin head that fizzes away to a thin cap with no lace.

S- Tart, funky, a lot of apple and a lot of pear.

T- Sourness up front, with a lot of the apple and pear flavors coming through.

MF- In between light and medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. The flavors do last for a little while on the palate though.

O- I really liked this better with some age on it but had never had it this fresh before. I think at least a year and this would be the beer I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:19:51 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a clear reddish copper orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that diminished quickly into a thin layer of residue that lasted throughout and produced some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma had a Farmhouse funkiness to it, with a sweaty grain malt, some wild yeast and had notes of sour grapes, red wine and a nice woody oak.

The taste was sweetly acidic, quite tart and very fruity right off and then became sweetly sour with a strong wine characteristic and a hint of wood at the end. The flavor stayed with you for a nice long time after the swallow, allowing for a nice sour grape finish.

Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body and very dry in texture, like a nice Merlot with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a very unique tasting strong ale, one like I have never tasted in the past, but definitely plan to do so again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 20:30:24 | More by KajII
Photo of Alieniloquium


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

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. June 2009 bottle.

Appearance - Orange amber with a bit of cloudiness. Hefty white head with great retention. A pillow rests atop the body. Large sticky tracks of lace after taking a few sips.

Smell - Oh yeah. Bretty and funky. Not to the level of a gueuze, but still quite appealing. Strong wine presence, as well. Reminds me of Supplication, without the intense tart aromas.

Taste - Not as appealing as the aroma belies. A slight bit tart at the beginning, but it fades quickly. Not really sour at all. Some funkiness, but it's dominated by blander flavors (if that makes sense). A hefty malt flavor persists throughout. It's oaky and permeated by red wine flavors. It masks a great deal of the yeast characteristics. Finishes slightly bitter and vinous.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for the style. The malt backbone is stronger than I'd like it to be. The finish is very nice because the wine dominates. Without it, this probably wouldn't be interesting at all.

Overall - Not Supplication and not really close, even though this is very good. The gulf in class is vast, even if the numbers in this review say otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:34:05 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of unclejazz

New York

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got me a sweet connect to a cheap supply of this stuff and boy am I glad. It is delicious. If the top teir sours out there are better than this, I have great things to look forward to. It was just sweet and had a great brett flavor that was not to sour. No vinegar at all, which I imagine I would not like or want. I could sip on this all day in the winter or summer, day or night, in jail or on bail. No matter, you could do a heck of alot worse. Enjoy this no matter the cost. Try it just once, it is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:35:52 | More by unclejazz
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like Allagash brewery. They put in a lot of effort into making some very challenging beers.

This beer was light brown with no head.

You get a ton of sweetness in the nose. The wine barrels leave really good vineous qualities. There is also a decent dose of sour from the Brett.

In the body you also pick up the wine presence. This makes for a very good sipping opportunity. This beer has lots of great layers. The feel is also really good. I enjoyed savoring this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 03:40:27 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of TTAmod


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

750 mL 2011 release. $21.99 at Cardinal. Poured into chalice.

A: Bright, cloudy orange with a thick, effervescent white head that never goes away. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Brett, yeast, cherries, bit of oak.

T: Bit of brett up front, along with some nice fruit (sweet melon or cherries, maybe both?) Fades to a nice earthy and honey overtone. The brett sticks around and stays to the end. Not too funky..more on the sweeter side, but very, very nice and refreshing.

M: The effervescence shows through more here. Medium with a fairly high carbonation.

O: Quite nice. I love wilds and wine drinkers would really like this as well. Its price point is similar to a lower-end to okay bottle of wine, but this is far more complex. I'd choose this over a wine any day.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:58:49 | More by TTAmod
Photo of beerbiatchMD


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

A: light orangy gold in color with a small amount of bright white head, good lacing.

S: a bit of sourness stands out, funkiness, a bit of hay, some zestiness and cherry as well.

T: wheaty with a hit of sour citrus, some Belgian spice as well and some alcohol.

M: crisp, good carbonation, dry, a bit of alcohol.

O: a very good ale, close to a wild but not quite. Would characterize as a good and approachable entry to sours. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:42:45 | More by beerbiatchMD
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

Hazy orange hue with a small head that recedes quickly. Honey, oak, brettanomyces, light funk, subtle fruit. Good flavor, though not as lovely as I remember upon sampling the draft version. Sweeter than expected, with a pronounced honey presence throughout. Nice brett quality. A solid beer. As is customary with me, I would prefer more sour & funk character in lieu of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:33:14 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of jayhawk73


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

Pours an orangish color with a nice one finger off white head. Fairly murky in appearance as well- like river water. The nose is Brett, with some caramel, malt. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. The taste is really good, just a tad sweet for my tastes. Honey, caramel, cherry, oak and Brett are the main tastes I get in here. I don't get any of the 9.5% ABV at all. Maybe some straw in the aftertaste. Feel is medium, syrupy, sweet, and bitter on the back end. Overall, a very nice beer.. But I'd like a little less sweetness in it, and more sourness. I'm sure it would age very well. Maybe I'll try that some day. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:13:41 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of zep9865


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

Poured into New Belgium snifter. Pours a ruby-orange with a quarter inch of white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

Lots of sour cherry on the nose as well as some citrus. Lemon, orange, and a little bit of grapefruit. Very floral.

Lots of sour cherries on the nose, just like the smell. The brett is very tame. Lemon and rhubarb are on the backbone.

Mouthfeel has great flow from start to finish. Lots of flavor notes and a great aftertaste. Carbonation is just right.

Enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Very clean and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:42:31 | More by zep9865
Photo of aasher


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

This bottle is the 2010 vintage and courtesy of thagr81us from a massive trade back in September. Thanks Calton!

It pours a medium bodied and cloudy dirty auburn in color with a slight white lacing around my snifter. The nose is very dry, funky, bretty, with an interesting fruity tartness which is almost melonesque. Perhaps it's aged hops? Regardless, it has more fruit in the nose than I anticipated. The flavors are extremely dry and funky. It is barnyard galore and a brett bomb. You get some slight fruit like sweetness but this is all dry brett. It drinks fine but like I've said, is almost too dry. Overall it's a nice sour and has enough going on to keep you interested throughout. I wouldn't say it's worth the $20 pricetag though...

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:18:22 | More by aasher
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured a clearish amber brown body with minimal head that leaves lace on top of an oaky, woody, malty aroma but also has some floral hops, sour fruit and funk. Body is more of the same as I get a smooth, somewhat creamy medium bodied beer that has this puckering sour sweetness; I get this rush of sweet caramel malts that have some thickness (yeast/bread) along with light fruits (grape and tropical like pear) and this rush of a sour, almost tart finish. Very well balanced and I was shocked at the almost 10% ABV. I don't want to say "wine-like" but it reminded me of a heavier white wine w/ the sweetness being prevelant and the plush fruit taste afterwards.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 22:43:46 | More by clayrock81
Photo of kingcrowing


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a wine glass. 2010 Vintage.

Pours a hazy orange amberwith almost no head but a small tingevof white foam. Nose is sharp and tart, funky and rich.

Taste is really tart and funky with a nice rich red wine flavor, dry and its almost like there's some tannin in it. Very unique and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 00:19:59 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2010 version bottled in September according to the bottle.

Pours a clear, coppery body with a medium-sized, ivory-colored head. Little to no lacing present after the head recedes.

Aroma begin with an overwhelmingly dominant Brett smells; funk and hay with a dailed up musk factor and old, tired oak vessels with a lesser note of sour apple.

The tastes begin with light pilsner maltiness and a syrupy sugar sweetness get quickly dislodged by a powerful tangy tartness and coarse astringent tannins. Splash of sour apple vinegar. Slight notes of white grapes and a touch of sour-tasting wheat malt and more Brett yeast flavors with a small hint of booze. Oaky finish with a slap of acidity and chock full of tannins.

The mouthfeel is a hair above medium-bodied with medium to low carbonation. Quite the tongue-coating mouthfeel with an unpleasant overly astringent, unbalanced finish.

Overall I really did not enjoy this sour ale from Allagash. In fact I think this is probably the least enjoyable sour ale I have ever had. I found it to be overly tart, sharply so, and a bit heavy on the oak. For me, this left the overall taste to be rather disjointed, with nothing really coming together for me. There were no wine barrel flavors and the acidic, tangy flavors were just too disjointed and left me wanting so so much more.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:14:48 | More by claspada
Photo of brystmar


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

On draft at Blind Tiger.

Reddish gold, mild head, no lace. Tart yeast, fruity, Belgian spices in the nose. Smells like a sour.

Taste is super funky with big spikes of flavor left and right. Hops, yeast, Brett, earthy funk, oak barrels, and a Belgian Tripel spice profile. Tastes like a Tripel hooked up with a sour one drunken evening. Crazy and fun and enjoyable, but hardly sessionable. An interesting drink for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 23:50:42 | More by brystmar
Photo of ehammond1

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear, bright mandarin orange in color with a very thin off-white head. Not much cling left on the glass.

Sweet and fruity aroma along with a mild muskiness and distinct Brett yeast. The fruits consist of green apple, sweet pear, white/green grapes, and a mild strawberry hint.

The green apple, pear, and white/green grapes play the largest role in this beer's flavor, almost making it taste far more like a wine than a beer. The sourness is very, very mild and the mustiness is somewhat lost as well.

Thin bodied and very low carbonation, nearly reminiscent of white wine.

A flavorful, fruity, very mildly sour ale from Allagash. I was actually somewhat disappointed with this one, though I didn't know at all what to expect.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 22:38:35 | More by ehammond1
Photo of jcartamdg


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown apple cider color with a one finger head that disapates almost instantly, leaving a ring of foam around my glass producing great lacing. Aroma of oak, red wine, funk and slight vinegar. Taste is tart and fruity with a finish of oak and redwine. This is a fantastic sour, just behind Russian river's Consecration in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:31:55 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of Damian


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

Drank on-tap at Green Street Grill, Cambridge, MA
Served in a wine glass

The beer poured a nearly clear, glowing, orangey-amber color with absolutely no head nor any lacing.

The nose was remarkably fragrant. Funky with strong horse blanket notes. Some wet hay and lemon appeared as well. The tartness was nicely matched by a good dosage of rich malts and ripe fruits. Somewhat caramel-like. Slightly grapey with subtle notes of oak.

The taste was perhaps more interesting and complex than the nose, but the flavors did not meld together as well as I had hoped. The beer was funky on the front end with Brett and horse blanket notes. Slightly fruity with a noticeable biscuity malt presence. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile turned quite dry and a bit sharp. I picked up a surprising amount of piney hops in the center, and they crescendoed into the pithy and bitter finish. Tons of oaky, tannic, red wine notes came through on the back end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, sprightly effervescence. This seemed to compliment the flavor profile quite well.

Although I enjoyed this beer and I can appreciate the efforts made by Allagash to concoct a creative version of an American wild ale, the end product did not come together quite as well as I had hoped. Perhaps putting some age on a bottle of Interlude would result in a beer with a more rounded, and better integrated, flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 22:57:23 | More by Damian
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

750mL bottle poured into a flute; December 2009 bottling

Pours an amber color with a firm off-white cap. Some spider web lacing as it retreats. Solid retention.

The nose is of oak, sourdough bread, granny smith apples, cider vinegar, pungent cheese, and wine notes. Amazingly complex and broad. One of the best noses I have come across.

More wine up front on the palate than the nose. Fruity underneath (granny smith apples, peaches, apricots) with a cider vinegar flavor as well. The oak lends a sharp, crisp drying quality.

Medium body, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, but it mellows to a smooth finish. Some vinegar notes linger along with the dryness of the oak.

This is a high quality wild ale. Broad, complex flavors and aromas. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:09:10 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of nickd717


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

Review dated 5/4/2009. Tap at City Beer Store in SF.

Attractive hazy golden-amber appearance with a foamy off-white head.

Funk, malt, and fruits on the aroma.

Flavor was pale malt, oak, funk, light fruits, green apple, and a Bretty sourness that is much less biting than more hardcore sours like some of the Russian River stuff.

I like that - too sour is just not enjoyable sometimes. (2011 note: I now disagree with this perspective, but that was my viewpoint back in the day). Smooth palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:40:02 | More by nickd717
Photo of ottovon


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'08, shared by whiterascal.

A: ruby-orange color with an off-white head. The head fell quickly to leave an outer ring around the beer.

S: a nice aroma. I get strawberry, and a subtle sweet aroma. hints of earth and cherry. Some merlot notes and oak with a bit of vanilla. As it warms a bit of sourness starts to come out.

T: a bite of alcohol. A bitter finish. Earthiness, musk, hints of cherry and strawberry. A little bit of lactic sourness. I get quite a bit of oak with hints of red wine.

M: thin-medium body with high carb.

O: this is a really good beer. wish we had more.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:13:13 | More by ottovon
Photo of jondeelee


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

This review is for the August, 2008 edition. Typical of Belgians, this one sports a strong fruity and spicy nose, replete with hints of spiced oranges, bananas, and cloves, in addition to bearing more than a passing resemblance to ice ciders.

On the tongue, most of those fruit flavors translate nicely, though the spiciness does come through far more strongly, building as the liquid swirls in your mouth. Light caramels and brown sugars are also present, as well as a good thread of toasted grains. The oak aging has allowed this brew to build up a nice, complex head of flavors, and as well, there are just the slightest hints of oak on the edges of the mouthful, resembling in this sense perhaps an extremely fruity chardonnay. Whether it's the fruity spiciness, the carbonation, or the alcohol, this one will also leave your tongue tingling. The aftertaste is a slow burnoff of the spicy fruit flavors, lasting a surprisingly long time.

Overall, I was impressed with this brew, and thought the oak aging was well worth the time and effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 15:41:40 | More by jondeelee
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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