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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 263
Gots: 177 | 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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Photo of gafferjohn
4/5  rDev -5.2%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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.

Alieniloquium, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

djrn2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of unclejazz
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.

unclejazz, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

aprilianewman, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of bradner
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bradner, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of nandemo1
5/5  rDev +18.5%

nandemo1, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

drummermattie02, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
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.

ummswimmin, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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.

TTAmod, Dec 29, 2011
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.

beerbiatchMD, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

OBIrish24, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

tbeq00, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Dec 16, 2011
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.

jayhawk73, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

phattman073, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

kaelingirl, Dec 13, 2011
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.