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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,061
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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rhm210, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bsuedekum, Dec 03, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish amber brown body with minimal head that leaves lace on top of an oaky, woody, malty aroma but also has some floral hops, sour fruit and funk. Body is more of the same as I get a smooth, somewhat creamy medium bodied beer that has this puckering sour sweetness; I get this rush of sweet caramel malts that have some thickness (yeast/bread) along with light fruits (grape and tropical like pear) and this rush of a sour, almost tart finish. Very well balanced and I was shocked at the almost 10% ABV. I don't want to say "wine-like" but it reminded me of a heavier white wine w/ the sweetness being prevelant and the plush fruit taste afterwards.

clayrock81, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

sbricker, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Diomede, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

jwelsh, Dec 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a wine glass. 2010 Vintage.

Pours a hazy orange amberwith almost no head but a small tingevof white foam. Nose is sharp and tart, funky and rich.

Taste is really tart and funky with a nice rich red wine flavor, dry and its almost like there's some tannin in it. Very unique and tasty.

kingcrowing, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

LostHighway, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

pwoody11, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 27, 2011
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2.35/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2010 version bottled in September according to the bottle.

Pours a clear, coppery body with a medium-sized, ivory-colored head. Little to no lacing present after the head recedes.

Aroma begin with an overwhelmingly dominant Brett smells; funk and hay with a dailed up musk factor and old, tired oak vessels with a lesser note of sour apple.

The tastes begin with light pilsner maltiness and a syrupy sugar sweetness get quickly dislodged by a powerful tangy tartness and coarse astringent tannins. Splash of sour apple vinegar. Slight notes of white grapes and a touch of sour-tasting wheat malt and more Brett yeast flavors with a small hint of booze. Oaky finish with a slap of acidity and chock full of tannins.

The mouthfeel is a hair above medium-bodied with medium to low carbonation. Quite the tongue-coating mouthfeel with an unpleasant overly astringent, unbalanced finish.

Overall I really did not enjoy this sour ale from Allagash. In fact I think this is probably the least enjoyable sour ale I have ever had. I found it to be overly tart, sharply so, and a bit heavy on the oak. For me, this left the overall taste to be rather disjointed, with nothing really coming together for me. There were no wine barrel flavors and the acidic, tangy flavors were just too disjointed and left me wanting so so much more.

claspada, Nov 27, 2011
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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.