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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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94
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1,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 257
Gots: 175 | 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  rDev -28.9%

skiit13, Jul 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Jason_Quad, Jul 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jwat, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

hanlonrn, Jul 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

cld253, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

phingdong, Jun 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jburke87, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -5.2%

2011 vintage.

Good bubbling, but not much in the way head or foam. Bronzey/copppery color.

Sweet green grapes, and ripe purple grape aromas. Some wine and some wood for an overall faintly tart fruity and earthy aroma.

Tart upfront and in the middle. Tart grapes and young red wine f;avrs. Then some woody, toasted water cracker flavors pop up to help round out the funk and Earth. Not too tart, and just a little warm. This was a nice sipper with great carbonation.

scruffwhor, Jun 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jacewg, Jun 13, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +9%

I picked this bottle up while on business down in Atlanta... It's hot and steamy here today and I spotted this in the back of the fridge and said, "Aha!" I've been looking forward to this one since I bought it and now is as good a time as any to give it a try...

Into my Allagash glass it goes... Out comes a glowing golden brew with lots of carbonation and a persistent, if smallish, foamy head... The stream of tiny bubbles erupting from the bottom of the glass is particularly fun to watch..

The pungent aromas of the beer are noticed right away... A sharp red wine aspect is immediately recognized as well as tiny bits of the barrel and the oft' remarked leather and horse blanket aromas so common in these wild ales... Quite intriguing and very enticing... This has one of the best aromas in the Wild Ale style that I've ever experienced...

Sipping this ale reveals a sharp biting sourness (although not one of legendary proportions as found in La Folie) that mingles with an earthy musty funkiness from the Brett and quite a bit of the red wine aspect... the beer seems to constantly change with every sip... I'm glad that the sourness isn't overwhelming as I, for me, it would take away from a magnificent brew... This has the right balance of mustiness and sourness to make it very memorable... The ABV is slightly perceptible but doesn't detract anything at all... Instead, it merely enhances the experience... A nice glow to the cheeks is felt and enjoyed after about half a glass...

A world class effort from the folks at Allagash... How I wish I could get their brews here at home... I don't think I've ever had a bad beer from this brewery and this one lives up to its reputation... I enjoyed every sip of this...

Tilley4, Jun 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Mudawg, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beef13, May 30, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

A: copper color, 1-2 fingers of head. There is great retention and lace

S: The aroma is a mix of light red table wine and molasses, with a hint of cherry and funk. I can pick out some slight vinegar.

T: Slight tart, some honey and more balanced than the aroma. Oaky finish and dry.

M: Moderate, prickly carbonation, and dry like a champagne

This is a special beer with complex aroma and flavors, but easy to drink.

KMcG, May 28, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

we have both the 09 and 11 (with Brett) side by side.

the beer pours a slightly dark amber and smells of apple cider vinegar. the 11 smells like Jesus with potent wine notes, some funk, and strong sourness. The 11 packs a super B.O. pungency as well. Both taste excellent with strong notes of apple cider vinegar sourness and malt sweetness. The alcohol is more pronounced in the 11 than the 09, but both are quite drinkable. This is definitely one of the most drinkable sours. I would recommend a warmer cellar temperature for drinking, but it's still a very flavorful ale.

ThePorterSorter, May 27, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Side by side

2009 nice light copper minimal bubbles around edge
Smells of a nice acidic sour. Slight barnyard stink.
Taste is a sour, acidic, slight green Apple skin.
Mouthfeel is very bright carbonation. Overall a nice sour, vinegar, and apple domination.

2011 same look, smell is more subdued version. Taste is a more relaxed acidic brett version. Same mouthfeel.
Personally I like the 09 better but I'm sure if we sat on the '11 for 2 years it would be just as nice.

sliverX, May 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

rtucker06, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Lawnboy33, May 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

fultonj, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rondufresne, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BethU, Apr 12, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +5%

750 oz bottle poured into a pint glass (unfortunately) at cellar temperature.

L - Slightly cloudy medium-to-deep amber color with a 3 finger white bubbly head that dissipates fairly rapidly. Nice carbonation as far as I can see. A little bit of lacing.

S - Lots of stuff going on here. I get sweet aromas of apple juice, strawberries, and grapes; sour vinegary aromas; the difficult-to-describe pungency of oak and red wine; and the definitely-apparent funk of Brettanomyces. There’s a little bit of alcohol apparent here, as well. Very intriguing smell.

T - Probably more balanced than I expected from the aroma. There are the definite sweet flavors of apples and grapes, followed by a slightly sour taste, and finishing up with the funky barnyard flavors of Brett. A little bit of booziness comes through here.

F - Medium-bodied with a nice tingling sensation from the carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel at times, especially with some mouth-swishing, and a definite throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - In my mind, this is a great example of a wild ale. It smells great and tastes well-balanced between sweet, sour, and funky flavors. I was expecting this to be a bit more sour than it actually was, but this lack of sourness (and the resulting balance) seemed to make the beer more drinkable and less heartburn-inducing. Maybe a little pricey to get more than a couple of times, but absolutely a very good beer.

BlackBelt5112203, Apr 03, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a corked bomber into an oversized wine glass (bottle marked September 2011)- pours a hazy orange/copper color with less than a finger of head, minimal retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smell's very tart- signature wild ale scent. A lot of Brett funk (!!), a bit of booze, and a hint of cabernet.

Taste is more balanced- not as tart as the smell would lead me to believe. The Brett tartness hits up front and rides through the whole taste but is usurped by sweet malt, maybe a bit of candi sugar, and finishes with a surprisingly noticeable red wine flavor.

Feel matches the taste profile very well- light to medium body with only a soft carbonation. Rolls over the tongue; this is an exceptional beer. Given what other exceptional wild ales cost (Consecration is $13 for a 12 oz), paying 20 bucks for this is reasonable. I'm using it celebrate and I encourage you to do the same : D

Hopdaemon39, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JebediahScooter, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

polishkaz, Mar 28, 2012
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.