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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,185 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 280
Gots: 213 | 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:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2006

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.
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy light red with a few bubbles of white head that fades immediately. Slight lacing. I'll also mention here, this was the worst bottle ever as far as uncorking. Took forever, then broke and stuck to the sides of the bottle. Ended up having to push the cork into the bottle to have access and had to filter out cork all glass long.

Aroma features lots of brett with some lemon and spices. Getting almost no wine barrel charcter from the aroma.

Very bretty and fruity up front. Apple and lemon with a heavy brett funk and a bit of oak and spice at the end. I really didn't like this one at all when first opened, but as it approached room temp, some more flavors came together and was actually quite enjoyable by the end. I could use more wine barrel presence and felt it was very lacking. This is more funky than sour as it approached only "tart" in a liberal definition.

Medium mouthfeel. Reached a good creamy texture approaching room temp with a crisp finish from the carbonation. Finishes oaky and dry leaving a good aftertaste.

I had some issues with this beer, but in the end, once it approached room temperature it was a very nice beer although I still feel the wine character was lacking. I'd definitely drink this again after letting it warm, but probably won't go out of my way to get a bottle.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml of the October 2012 release

A: pours a beautiful hazy amber with some nice red ruby hues... Almost a finger if whit head, dissapates nicley and leavs some touches of lacing... Looks delicious.

S: tart Brett funk, along with some very nice vinous oak character. Tart notes of lemon and apple slightly soaked in wine...

T: delicious, tart Right up front gong into vinous oak notes, the blend between the wine and fruity yeast notes is superb here, I get notes of apple/pear, peach... Great complexity. Really nicley done.

M: medium creamy body with a nice lag carbonation with just a touch of a crisp bite in the end... Dry and oaky on the finish leaving red wine like notes in the aftertaste.

O: this is a delicious brew, excellent work with the yeast strains and barrels. Excellent balance and great flavor... Give this a try if you get te opportunity.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. I first found it three(?) years ago on draught at The Dive in Worcester and immediately I fell in love with it.

It has a nice rich color, slightly tinted red. It's a little surprising at first. It has a tang about it that I have yet to find in any other beer. It's on the sweeter side of beers but not overly sweet.

It's super hard to come by, I have not been able to find a bottle on shelves, try as I may. I think that's attributed to the fact that it's just so delicious and it's only brewed in very small batches. I have been able to get it when it's released to The Dive/Armsby Abbey, it'll last for about a week once a year, and one time at The Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, in 750mL bottle form last year.

I know I should go on about how wonderful it is but I'm running on empty right now.

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

750ml, 2011 Vintage
New Belgium Globe

A: Pours a slightly hazy pinkish orange color. Almost like a blush. Thin layer of bright head. Some lacing bits. Seems to be nicely bottle conditioned. Pretty beer.

S: On the nose, I get mild funk from that Brett strain. Pulling some of those vinous red wine notes. Definitely some of that soft vanilla, oak woodiness. Barnyard funk again.

T: Getting that funk up front, that Brett. Some wine fruit character for sure. Drinking this over a while and tasting that barrel and red wine character comes up even more as it warms. The alcohol definitely comes up too, as it is 9.4%. Dry vinous finish. Like the description, it's almost tanic on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle from June 2009 poured into tulip glass.

Pours a bright amber color with essentially zero head. Very good clarity and color. Smell is pretty funky with plenty of yeast. Some doughs and fruit are also noticed. Taste is fairly dry with a nice tartness. Some fruit comes through as well. Mouthfeel is pretty dry but light. Overall this is really nice. Pretty dry but still some sourness.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle. Thank you, Hoppypocket!

Appearance. Pours amber with a little haze and almost 2 fingers of just off-white head, minimal retention.

Smell. Sweet and tart cherries and a bit of funky brett and old wood. Just a little apple, lemon and spice. Smells really nice.

Taste. Whoa! Tons of oaky vanilla and dry, funky brett. Some sweet red wine and a bit of cherry and spice. Low in the sourness and sweet which was a bit of a surprise from the smell. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low, fine carbonation. A bit of booze warmth.

Overall. A well made beer, but not what I look for in a wild. To dry and not enough sour for the nice fruity flavours present ...for this guy anyways.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle opened in 2012: The bottle opened with a loud "pop" and a little foam overflow. It poured a cloudy, murky lighter caramel color. It had a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. It did leave some lacing. Getting a whiff of sourness to the nose. Aromas include wheat, lemon, breadiness, spices and some oakiness. The taste is excellent. Touch of sour funkiness to it. Wheat, lemon, spice and oakiness also. Excellent!

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.