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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

981 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 249
Gots: 170 | FT: 13
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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SIEVS

Missouri

1/5  rDev -76.3%

02-08-2012 22:59:04 | More by SIEVS
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-05-2012 18:25:12 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-05-2012 01:23:44 | More by Mrpickles
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-04-2012 15:39:52 | More by EasyReader
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jskennedy

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-02-2012 02:10:37 | More by jskennedy
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.5%

02-01-2012 02:51:29 | More by jfcaa193
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-29-2012 13:49:23 | More by ohtheguilt
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-26-2012 20:34:30 | More by KAF
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-26-2012 07:20:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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parchedjay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-26-2012 04:28:42 | More by parchedjay
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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-25-2012 01:47:50 | More by Auror
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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
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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
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smarkham24

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +18.5%

01-23-2012 16:29:49 | More by smarkham24
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

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
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roblund

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-20-2012 16:47:31 | More by roblund
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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
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-18-2012 16:38:07 | More by DSlim71
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-17-2012 01:45:10 | More by gafferjohn
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-13-2012 22:36:12 | More by djrn2
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-12-2012 14:58:18 | More by whartontallboy
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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
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aprilianewman

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-10-2012 15:10:08 | More by aprilianewman
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-10-2012 06:41:39 | More by ThirstyHerf
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.