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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

991 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 252
Gots: 168 | 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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halo913

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-12-2012 12:49:47 | More by halo913
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nickhiller

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-08-2012 15:06:47 | More by nickhiller
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-04-2012 14:59:32 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

This was certainly an expensive little guy, but from what I remember, it's well worth it.

Served in a tulip.

The cork popped out rather aggressively.

A: It poured a very cloudy orange with a small wispy, foamy head that lingered throughout the session. Beautiful!

S: Sure, it had the distinctive sour apple flair, but that wasn't too overpowering. It seemed to be balanced out by a rather aggressive lactose sugar quality when I dig my nose into the glass farther.

T: The sourness in this is not upfront at all. In fact, there is a very malty, brown sugar-like flair to this that is definitely the anti-Weyerbacher "Riserva!" The finish is only slightly dry, with a bit of lingering brown sugar. I actually could have used a bit more sourness.

M: I've tried Aud Bruins that were MUCH more sour than this, but I actually dug it in this setting. Once again, this had a very milky, yet champagne-like texture that I enjoyed, but I got a bit bored with it rather quickly.

O: Was this as good as I remembered it? No, not really.... but it was still quite good. This was almost like a brown ale that went slightly sour (in a good way). I guess that is not totally fair here since I guess the whole point of the wine barrel-aging is so that the harsh acidity would mellow out, making this sour, but not primed for the sourhead.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:09:54 | More by Chaney
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dejrrma

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Printed on Bottle. 750ml for $19. poured into a dogfish head snifter.

a- Pours an orangey amber with a fluffly white head, creamy top, and thick lacing.

s- red wine, green apples, tartness, alcohol

t- not as sour as the smell led me to believe, but there's a bit of tartness. there's some of the acidic apple smell with the wine definitely coming through. a little malt/sweetness, and yeast/brett is present. there's also a bit of woodiness. the alcohol is noticeable.

m- nice carbonation a body like white wine. its crisp but wet and ends with a nice dryness and the warming of the alcohol.

o- i was expecting something much more sour than this, and i was slightly disappointed.but the beer is still delcious and i think i might go get another bottle to age.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 22:35:23 | More by dejrrma
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bullywee

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-21-2012 06:48:20 | More by bullywee
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cpinto6

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-20-2012 16:56:24 | More by cpinto6
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mcphish22

Maryland

5/5  rDev +18.5%

02-20-2012 04:18:10 | More by mcphish22
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Fubar1453

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage uncorked on valentines day.

A: Golden orange with a good creamy head.

S: Red wine and apple cider. Really interesting.

T: Same as the smell, its a sour red wine mixed with apple cider. Absolutely no alcohol. The sourness lingers in the back of the throat and I found myself puckering at times. This is the most interesting and complex beer I've ever had.

M: Right amount of carbonation, very crisp.

O: An awesome beer, I ate steak tips with this and it was absolutely incredible, grab a bottle of this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 19:53:36 | More by Fubar1453
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draheim

Washington

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
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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
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.