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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 256
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

stevefinny, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

kirbsicles, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger.

Reddish gold, mild head, no lace. Tart yeast, fruity, Belgian spices in the nose. Smells like a sour.

Taste is super funky with big spikes of flavor left and right. Hops, yeast, Brett, earthy funk, oak barrels, and a Belgian Tripel spice profile. Tastes like a Tripel hooked up with a sour one drunken evening. Crazy and fun and enjoyable, but hardly sessionable. An interesting drink for sure.

brystmar, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear, bright mandarin orange in color with a very thin off-white head. Not much cling left on the glass.

Sweet and fruity aroma along with a mild muskiness and distinct Brett yeast. The fruits consist of green apple, sweet pear, white/green grapes, and a mild strawberry hint.

The green apple, pear, and white/green grapes play the largest role in this beer's flavor, almost making it taste far more like a wine than a beer. The sourness is very, very mild and the mustiness is somewhat lost as well.

Thin bodied and very low carbonation, nearly reminiscent of white wine.

A flavorful, fruity, very mildly sour ale from Allagash. I was actually somewhat disappointed with this one, though I didn't know at all what to expect.

ehammond1, Sep 27, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown apple cider color with a one finger head that disapates almost instantly, leaving a ring of foam around my glass producing great lacing. Aroma of oak, red wine, funk and slight vinegar. Taste is tart and fruity with a finish of oak and redwine. This is a fantastic sour, just behind Russian river's Consecration in my opinion.

jcartamdg, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Green Street Grill, Cambridge, MA
Served in a wine glass

The beer poured a nearly clear, glowing, orangey-amber color with absolutely no head nor any lacing.

The nose was remarkably fragrant. Funky with strong horse blanket notes. Some wet hay and lemon appeared as well. The tartness was nicely matched by a good dosage of rich malts and ripe fruits. Somewhat caramel-like. Slightly grapey with subtle notes of oak.

The taste was perhaps more interesting and complex than the nose, but the flavors did not meld together as well as I had hoped. The beer was funky on the front end with Brett and horse blanket notes. Slightly fruity with a noticeable biscuity malt presence. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile turned quite dry and a bit sharp. I picked up a surprising amount of piney hops in the center, and they crescendoed into the pithy and bitter finish. Tons of oaky, tannic, red wine notes came through on the back end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, sprightly effervescence. This seemed to compliment the flavor profile quite well.

Although I enjoyed this beer and I can appreciate the efforts made by Allagash to concoct a creative version of an American wild ale, the end product did not come together quite as well as I had hoped. Perhaps putting some age on a bottle of Interlude would result in a beer with a more rounded, and better integrated, flavor profile.

Damian, Sep 07, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a flute; December 2009 bottling

Pours an amber color with a firm off-white cap. Some spider web lacing as it retreats. Solid retention.

The nose is of oak, sourdough bread, granny smith apples, cider vinegar, pungent cheese, and wine notes. Amazingly complex and broad. One of the best noses I have come across.

More wine up front on the palate than the nose. Fruity underneath (granny smith apples, peaches, apricots) with a cider vinegar flavor as well. The oak lends a sharp, crisp drying quality.

Medium body, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, but it mellows to a smooth finish. Some vinegar notes linger along with the dryness of the oak.

This is a high quality wild ale. Broad, complex flavors and aromas. Highly enjoyable.

ColForbinBC, Sep 03, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review dated 5/4/2009. Tap at City Beer Store in SF.

Attractive hazy golden-amber appearance with a foamy off-white head.

Funk, malt, and fruits on the aroma.

Flavor was pale malt, oak, funk, light fruits, green apple, and a Bretty sourness that is much less biting than more hardcore sours like some of the Russian River stuff.

I like that - too sour is just not enjoyable sometimes. (2011 note: I now disagree with this perspective, but that was my viewpoint back in the day). Smooth palate.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'08, shared by whiterascal.

A: ruby-orange color with an off-white head. The head fell quickly to leave an outer ring around the beer.

S: a nice aroma. I get strawberry, and a subtle sweet aroma. hints of earth and cherry. Some merlot notes and oak with a bit of vanilla. As it warms a bit of sourness starts to come out.

T: a bite of alcohol. A bitter finish. Earthiness, musk, hints of cherry and strawberry. A little bit of lactic sourness. I get quite a bit of oak with hints of red wine.

M: thin-medium body with high carb.

O: this is a really good beer. wish we had more.

ottovon, Aug 18, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the August, 2008 edition. Typical of Belgians, this one sports a strong fruity and spicy nose, replete with hints of spiced oranges, bananas, and cloves, in addition to bearing more than a passing resemblance to ice ciders.

On the tongue, most of those fruit flavors translate nicely, though the spiciness does come through far more strongly, building as the liquid swirls in your mouth. Light caramels and brown sugars are also present, as well as a good thread of toasted grains. The oak aging has allowed this brew to build up a nice, complex head of flavors, and as well, there are just the slightest hints of oak on the edges of the mouthful, resembling in this sense perhaps an extremely fruity chardonnay. Whether it's the fruity spiciness, the carbonation, or the alcohol, this one will also leave your tongue tingling. The aftertaste is a slow burnoff of the spicy fruit flavors, lasting a surprisingly long time.

Overall, I was impressed with this brew, and thought the oak aging was well worth the time and effort.

jondeelee, Aug 09, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rustico Ballston for on Allagash event. Got a free glass too!

A: Slightly clear orange pour without much. Lacing us only minimal. 4

S: The sour smell is present, but as is a sweetness I assume comes from merlot barrels. Fruity for sure. 4

T: The taste is surprisingly light up front followed by a big hit of
Brett. Seems like grapes, or perhaps wine, follow. Only a hint of booze pulls this together nicely. The warming alcohol sensation adds the finishing touches 4.5

MF: Big hit of carbonation and a really light and refreshing body. 4.5

O: Highlight of this Allagash tasting. Truly stands out. 4.5

russwbeck, Jul 25, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EDIT: ratings edited on 1/9/2011, review not edited.

Bottle is 2010 vintage, poured in July 2011.

Pure amber yellow, reasonable size head.

Smells of brett, berries, dark grapes, red wine. Nice mix, not super aromatic though.

Wasn't sure if this would be sour or just funky in a brett way, but it's definitely a bit sour. Not mouth puckering but it's tart. Some brett funk too, but red wine is definitely in the forefront here. The barrel aging has really made this beer what it is, I can't imagine it would be all that interesting without it. The red wine tartness and brett work pretty well together.

This reminds me a bit of a less good Temptation using red instead of white wine. A nice sour but not one I'm going to pay $22 for again.


AlexFields, Jul 12, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from the 2007 vintage courtesy of bboyshatter...this is the last beer from my first BIF ever, Black Booty Vol.3! Pours a hazed gold color with a small white head.

Nose is impressively sour. Grainy tartness with some brettanomyces, not much fruit though. Some oak and maybe a little sugar.

Wow, sourness does a total 180 and is very light on the taste. Brett still holds firm, as well as sweet grains and alcohol. Barrel conditioning is quite evident and shows off some pretty impressive oakiness. At first I was a bit disappointed at the downturn in sourness, but the depth of oak and complexity are really quite enjoyable. Actually reminds me of Curieux, minus the bourbon and funk of course. I dont think it quite lived up to my expectations, but was enjoyable nonetheless.

twiggamortis420, Jul 05, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml 2009 bottle shared with SundaySour, Saturday night brew.

Split into Stone Nonics. Review from notes.

A: Deep cloudy unfiltered orange. So amber like that it makes me think of Jurassic Park. Some off red colors make it look like the ripe line of a peach. Two finger head with lightly pink foam leaves cobwebs of lacing on the rim.

S: Subtle coriander note up front that gives into flour on rustic breads. Amazing not-too-sweet savory bread in the nose. The light sweetness that exists is suggestive of french bread crusts. A crisp lingering of carbonation/dryness that is reminiscent of champagne.

T: Green apple skins crunch in your mouth. A lightly acidic bite gives way to champagne dryness. Fine bready malts add a savory dimensio0n. Alcohol sweetens in the bread, and races the yeast in a complex and warming finish. the juxtaposition of yeast and alcohol is magical in the mouth.

M: The carbonation sizzles like hot oil on contact. The tingling mouth never seems to go away. I can't tell if it's a temporary numbness caused by the initial sting of high carbonation, or if this is the energizer bunny of lively mouth-feels. A memorable mouth for sure.

O: A reasonably complex brew. The different characteristics of this beer really blend for an introspective drinking experience. Love the dryness and crisp flavors. The mouth really accentuates the flavor transitions. The silent champion of this beer is the oak, strong flavors are subdued in favor of nuanced ones. Sour oaking is quite nice.

Cavery, Jun 26, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Cabgoddess for breaking this out at a recent tasting.

2007 bottling.

A- Gold, a bit cloudy, ok head to it but no lace to speak of.

S- BRETT! Slightly sour with some dry oaky funk. There's also a nice fruity kick on the back end featuring sour green plum. I liked the aroma a lot, actually.

T- Tart and spicy. Belgian yeast is big here, overpowering the Brett more than one might imagine.

M- Good and strong carbonation, and dry.

O- Not a bad beer at all. I am not sure the age has helped it though.

Spider889, Jun 22, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an interesting reddish orange hue, somewhere between a blood orange and grapefruit, minimal spots of head. Scent was quite fruity, white and red wine, with notes of tropical (mango) and citrus (tangerine), notes of musty hay, damp wood and dry oak - quite unique. Flavor was quite exquisite, the notes of wine grapes work wonderfuly with the notes mango and tangerine, the woodieness of the beer contains both musty notes from the yeast and dry, toasted notes from the wine barrels. Light notes of vanilla and grahmn cracker provide sweetness. Medium bodied, carbonation is under control, quite dry on the palate. Quite the standout beer.

rfgetz, Jun 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle

A- Deep Orange amber color. Nice white lacing around the edges and some lacing on the glass.

S- Smells like wood, fruits (apples, cranberries), and yeast. Smells like a sangria almost...

T- Lots of fruit syrupy sweetness. There is a lot going on in this beer. A lot of the wine made its way into the beer.

M- Nice on the palate, shows some life with the carbonation. cleans out very nicely as most allagash beers do.

O- Good beer, wish it had more wild characteristics towards the way of a lambic, then this would be killer.

Kshock, Jun 09, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

August 2008 bottle

Appearance: Hazy ruby orange. Not much head retention but tonsa bubbles from the carbonation

Smell: Sour grapes n berries. Very very funky n yeasty with some malt but it's really all bout the berry funkiness with this beer. Exceptional taste. I haven't tried too many other wild ales but IM really digging this. I love saisons but this really just took it to another level with the taste. Two words Refined boldness

Drinkability: very dry champagne finish that keeps you coming for more and more. It's very refreshing and easy to drink

Definitely worth trying out. It's a shame its so expensive or I'd be drinking this all summer. Definitely a good beer to let wine drinkers know what's reallly good

alf212, May 30, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

June 2009 vintage. Opens with a resounding pop. Nice audible sizzle, and a two finger head that sits atop and never seams to fade too much. Belgian lace abounds, pale in color. Initially smells sour and of grape skin, then transitions to a more leathery, smoky brett based aroma. But there is always some wine barrel and woody presence in the aroma. Complex and soft flavors. Bretty leather, smoke, and earth-y-ness off the bat and then some wood, wine, and a tad of sour. The age of this beer coupled with french oak creates a real fruity quality.
Super clean and dry mouthfeel, really well attenuated beer almost no after taste. Really pleased I let this sit for very well near 2 years. It has aged very well, now I wish I had more. I must say Allagash beers always seem to age well.

pmlondrigan, May 29, 2011
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.