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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 263
Gots: 178 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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sreichgott, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

so much character to this beauty, lucky enough to find it on tap at the farmhouse Burlington. pale in color, unassuming, and even drab, but one sniff confirms its place amongst the top dwelling wild ales of the word. a ton of jammy red wine essence, the barrel character is first and foremost here, with the brett right behind in tow. the flavor is a little different, with the yeast way out ahead of the red wine, almost strident in its assertiveness, packing both alcohol rawness and oaky maturity, its truly a weirdo in the best sense of the word. flavor features more base malt than anticipated, with some amount of wheat and the brett before other yeasts. its super dry but doesn't lose its fruity red wine character. I am impressed with the subtlety of the alcohol, and all the cherry character of the booze. enough body for all the flavors to hold up, but it still seems light to me for some reason. carbonation is relatively up beat too. complex as they come, and different from the wild ale crowd. something special here.

StonedTrippin, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dicers, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

zachattack555, Aug 12, 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
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.