Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Presentation: Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter glass in two parts. Labelled Decemeber 2009.
Appearance: Deep orange, slightly brown in color. No head whatsoever. Slightly hazy. There is a good amount of carbonation throughout.
Aroma: Sour plums, wine and a lot of Brett here. Also, a significant oak character here. The booze is noticable here too.
Taste: Not as intense as the aroma. Starts with sour plum and raspberry notes. There are some sweet merlot notes for me here too. The Brett comes in next and gives it a funky and musty flavor. At the end is the oak and some astrigency. Nicely complex and balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and some crispness from the carbonation.
Drinkability: I finished the entire bottle myself, but I enjoyed this over a hour and a half period. The ABV can be apparent at some points, but it hidden realtively well throughout. I cannot imagine drinking more than a bottle of this though, nor would I basedon the price.
Overall, a nice, complex and enjoyable wild ale. The wine barrel aging seems to give this a nice sweetness and complexity that matches well with the Brett. An enjoyable sipping wild ale.
07-07-2010 10:50:28 | More by Gosox8787
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
At the Allagash promo recently at the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Into a tulip, poured a golden hue, with one finger of white head, with decent retention. The nose was very impressive; lots of brett yeast, with some sour raspberry and numerous spices, including clove and cinnamon. The flavor was even more impressive; very winey/berry start combined with brett funk, dissolving to a more sour mid-palate, and then finally crisp sugary finish. No hint of the alcohol content. Very interesting flavor progression to say the least. Medium-bodied, spritzy mouthfeel. Excellent refreshing substitute for a lambic or summer ale.
07-03-2010 17:58:11 | More by donniecuffs
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Amber gold with an off white head that thins quickly and leaves a bit of lace. The smell is very vinous and fruity at first. There is a bit of wood in the background. The funkiness of the brett is also noticeable in the smell. I'm not a huge sour ale fan but I do have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer. Up front this tastes very much like a wine. Although it has enough beer characteristics to make it clear that it isnt' wine. There is a bit of malt and hop in the background along with the acidic character of the brettanomyces make it clear it is beer. Very complex though altogether. The mouthfeel is sharp and very dry the acidity of the brett and moderate carbonation combine to make this very tart. So this is very good I'm definitely a fan and will have to seek out more examples of this style.
06-19-2010 01:35:13 | More by fank2788
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
Served in a sniffer. The beer is a clear golden copper, effervescent, with a slightly tan head. The head thins to a film and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.
The immediate aromas out of the bottle and initial pour were strongly pear and strawberry, backed with that signature brett funkiness. Flavor is tart and fruity at first, again leading into the bret funk. The bret character isn't as in your face as some other wild ales. The bret brings some grassy and earthy flavors to the mix.
The mouthfeel dries up quickly leaving you wanting more. The drinkability seems good after the first glass, but bret usually wears on me pretty quickly. Overall this is the most enjoyable wild ale I've had.
05-22-2010 01:29:34 | More by mjaskula
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Reviewed form my notes; poured as part of Novare Res' Allagash-aganza. Server was not sure if this was a 2008 or 2009 cask.
The beer had a tiny head of soapy bubbles. They were slightly off-white. I could see rising carbonation making its way from the bottom of my chalice to the top. The liquid was translucent with a dark orange color. A good coating was left behind after I swirled the beer.
The aroma was fruity, sweet and funky. There was a bit of musty yeast right at the end.
The beer tastes crisp and sweet with a light puckering funk at the end. The sweetness isn't sugary, but more like that natural sweetness you find in fruit. I can taste white grapes and peaches. The aftertaste shows off the wine barrels--it actually tastes like the aftertaste of a glass of wine. It's a very impressive flavor.
It has a medium body. There is a lot of playful carbonation. They, and the sour qualities, provide a tangible sharpness in each swallow. The actual mouthcoat is light, but packs a lot of flavor.
It's a very drinkable beer. I can't see this one getting old at all. The alcohol is well hidden. The sourness is there but never oppressive. I highly recommend this beer.
05-13-2010 14:26:44 | More by ToasterChef
3.58/5 rDev -15.2%
Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex, NC.
A brilliant golden hue with good clarity, a small white head and large bubbles throughout. The aroma is funky with apples and grass. The flavor is very complex with elements of funk, sour, bread, oak and red wine. I appreciated the complexity of this beer but it had a little too much going on for me. The consistency is smooth and slick with a low carbonation.
This beer is a bit rich and indecisive for me. The funk, sour and wine just don't come together enough. But I respect the intent and think it others might have a very different opinion.
05-09-2010 14:48:19 | More by GJ40
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
Smell: Slightly sourced orange juice, some bubble gum, sweet tarts, sour plums, a little vinegar. Both sweet and sour in equal measure which is notable. Barrel aged mustiness. A hint of banana as it warms.
Taste: Very dry apricots and unsweetened honey that is sour enough, but not about to pucker your face. Quite pleasant. Oaky, wine-like notes...though not so much grape-based as plum - especially due to the dryness. A burst of juiciness in the middle melds into tart fruit skin bitterness. A touch of coriander spice. Finish is dry, noticeable alcohol, fruit skin and grassy bitterness, even more bubble gum and pepper. Lingers forever.
Notes: Exotic and interesting.
04-28-2010 04:39:46 | More by 4000qtrap
3.7/5 rDev -12.3%
June 2009 batch
Interesting pour into my tulip glass. (glass is clean) As I poured a small foamy head formed but immediately faded along the edges.... Quickly, overall it was gone. Bright, clear Orange/Amber color. No lacing at all.
Aroma is very interesting and complex. Candied Sugar, toasted malt, nutty, coconut, lots of fruits perhaps peach or nectarine. Certainly a sense of the yeast and even the wood. Very nice.
Flavor seems a bit more straight forward. Flat big bitterness at first. Almost astringent with lots of wood flavor. Some rubber and almost a Sweet-Tart candy like flavor. Not too sweet at all, but a bit of ying yang. Big bitterness back at the end as well. Behind this there is this almost tang orange flavor. You do get a sense of the abv here.
Very dry on your tongue, with an almost foamy/spritzer like carbonation.
This is a beer where I enjoy the aroma much more than the flavor. Interesting, but the astringency is really powerful.
04-24-2010 00:06:27 | More by Reagan1984
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
On draft. Served in a pokal. 8 oz. for $7. Batch #1421. 9.0% ABV listed on the beer menu.
A: The body is hazy with a sunrise golden orange/yellow hue that takes on light violet hints when backlit. The foamy white head is long lasting and when it eventually subsides, it leaves no film but a small collar remains around the edge of the glass. Spare lacing is sticks from the head but very little additional lacing provided by the body.
S & T: Sweet grape (nearly artificial in quality) and yeasty funk. The grape is dominant and generously leads the way for the vinous character to set in and become apparent. Sweaty, funky, bretty. Two yeast strains were used to make the Interlude: A Belgian Farmhouse strain PLUS Allagash's house strain of Brettanomyces. I have no clue how innovative this idea is, but it sounds like a winner to me. Combining these yeasts may not have paid the dividends the brewer hoped for since I couldn't distinguish the different yeasts as much as I expected to. The brett dominates the Belgian yeast on the nose and palate almost entirely.
M: Sweet in the front and middle, dry at the end with a crisp finish to each sip. Acidity is present and a moderate level of tannic astringency grabs the tongue. The astringency is probably influenced by this brew being partly aged in French oak merlot and syrah barrels. The mouthfeel is less intense than the would nose suggest. Nonetheless, the Interlude is a very well-balanced brew and obviously VERY well crafted.
D: The drinkability is high, mainly because the aroma and flavor are so incredible, but also because your palate won't experience the same type of fatigue that comes with other heavy hitting wild ales. One of my favorite brews from Allagash, a brewery that I have come to expect great things from.
04-16-2010 17:26:33 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
On tap at Pizza Paradiso.
Great funk in the nose with very forward oak. Some nice fruitiness there as well.
Taste is a wonderful medley of funk, oak, and stone fruits. Tannic quality, in addition to the oak and funk, lend to an exceptionally dry finish. I don't get any of the vinegar mentioned in other reviews. Earthy brett character dominates the finish. Could use more lactic character in my opinion to add complexity and keep the beer from tasting like "just" a huge brett-finished beer.
ABV is a bit high to put away more than one, but I will definitely snatch Interlude up as often as I see it.
04-16-2010 12:08:54 | More by SummitVA
4.6/5 rDev +9%
X2 Allagash Interlude June 2009 ale brewed in oak barrels found in Charleston South Carolina. On vacation from Jax. Fl. nice find and at a price of 19.99!
A- Beautiful amber red fluid poured with thick off white quarter inch head that leaves a smooth and thick frothy lacing on the glass.
S- How do I start? Red wine scent of wood like Merlot nose and a massive sour kick of wild ale charactor in this one with dark scents of plums and grapes. Note: opened second bottle of Interlude on 05/24/10 and the first thing I smelled was bubble gum... strange.
T-M- Unbelevible flavors of wild ass ale in the 9.5% range with heavy red wine kicks of massive sour grapes and tart unripe sour apples and funky farmhouse backbone. Mouthfeel is carbonated and sprized up to run a drinkable red ale run...
D- I'd tear this bad boy up and drink every bit of the mass production of it.
04-13-2010 03:57:55 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.65/5 rDev -13.5%
June 2009 bottle
Pours a cloudy, pumpkin-orange. Some white head forms at first, but then slowly dissipates into a thin ring around the edges of the glass. No lacing.
Swirling the glass brings out some apple cider and cinnamon notes. Roasted oatmeal, a touch of vinegar and hints of alcohol. Apple pie and slightly acidic smelling.
The flavor is much like the nose. Tart, somewhat acidic apple cider with spice and lighter fruits. Pears, bits of cinnamon and a twist of orange. This one becomes more complex and tastes better if you let it warm up to room temp.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and a bit spicy with small, prickly, carbonation. Fairly refreshing with some warming alcohol.
Drinkability is decent. A little spicy and the ABV is somewhat noticeable. Fairly tasty, but it doesn't really keep pulling me back in like other American wilds I've had. Splitting a bomber with two other people is about perfect.
Overall, Allagash Interlude is a nice beer, but doesn't really deliver. I enjoyed it a little more than the Confluence, but it still didn't really impress me. I think Allagash has a nice base beer going on here, but it needs something a little more. Still enjoyable to drink and worth checking out if you haven't tried it.
04-12-2010 20:39:11 | More by sisuspeed
4.22/5 rDev 0%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.
One of Allagash's experimental beers, Interlude is fermented with a Belgian Farmhouse yeast and a house strain of Brettanomyces. The beer is then aged in French merlot and sirah oak barrels and bottle conditioned.
Pours a rich, golden amber, topped with a massive tight, white foam head that retreats to a respectful lacing. Nose is full of complex oak characters, cheesy and distinct wine notes, with a soft floral and bready background. Medium bodied with a big creamy palate. The carbonation is lively but smooth. Top notes of wine are more than apparent, but beneath, there are unique beer characteristics of ripe stone fruits--a mélange of apricots, peaches and plums. Cracker and bread flavors follow, thanks to the Brett. Deep-rooted foundation of oak provides a sharp, dry edge. Wine-like tannins appear as the beer warms. Soft white-bread flavors and faint grape notes present towards the slow finish.
A fantastic example of the diversity of American brewing, and a primo crossover beer for wine drinkers. It is complex and bold enough to challenge most wines on its own or when pairing. Stand it up against a stinky cheese, smoked salmon or charcuterie plate.
04-07-2010 20:02:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Minimal head over an orange body with touches of light red. Smells like a good, but not strong sour. Some citrus fruit and a nice level of funk, great aroma.
Taste also has a great sour level to it. Its not overpowering, well balanced blend of citrus and barnyard funk.
This beer is well balanced all around and was enjoyable all the way through. It plays nicely on the tongue, and was certainly drinkable. Will be looking for this again and may have to pick up a bottle. Another strong beer from Allagash.
04-04-2010 21:20:50 | More by jslot38
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottle from 2008 that I brought out to share during a tasting with Dyan, Trey, Josh, and Kyle. Beer number 19 of the tasting, and number 10 on day 2.
The cork almost pops itself out of the bottle, so pressurized is this beer, as is the theme with Allagash sours. Orangey and pinkish hues highlight the body of the beer, and spritzy lacing adorns the sides of the glass.
The aroma is clearly the base of a saison. Pepper and spices highlight a farmhouse funk and underlying brettanomyces character. There are also notes of citrus and the Merlot and Shiraz barrels that Interlude was aged in. The palate is extremely well-balanced. The brett gives a clove-like character to the already nicely spiced flavor from the pepper and other spices. Peach esters highlight the flavor just before the red-wine blend kicks in during the finish.
The sour and funky character is somewhat understated, as this is a saison first and a wild second. The finish is dry and satisfying. Easily my favorite regular offering from Allagash, this trumps the 2009 that I had on tap recently. I would like to grab a couple of these to age to see how they develop.
04-04-2010 04:46:13 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
2008 vintage received a long while back from bullywee... thanks a ton Kenneth. Poured into my Delirium goblet... Nice white head... very clear orange brew.
Lemony ... vinous... dusty brett... tangerine essence... a bit of tropical fruit ..
Great mix of sweet and sour... oaky tannins ... wet hay ... a bit of dusty basement... nice orange essence mixed with some white grape... peach juice and green apple skin...
Surprising body for such a carbonated beer.
This is very very interesting.... It is going to take a looong time to really sit and enjoy this bottle. I have one more that I am going to let sit for another couple years before opening... Thanks again Kenneth.
04-04-2010 02:45:00 | More by JohnGalt1
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin, creamy head and very mild carbonation.
Smell is definitely sour in character with a bread-like (almost biquity in nature), and sweet malt, pear, and some grapes. There's alot going on in the aroma.
Wow! Taste is where this beer really shines, it's very unique, unlike anything I've had so far. Starts with a tart sour character that hits the tongue immediately and without mercy. The sourness caused my mouth to salivate like crazy, and because of the tart sourness, it was very puckering. There's a slight sweet bisquit malt and has a prominent grape-like taste that counterbalances the sourness. There's also some oakiness in the background. The grape taste mimics that of a red wine, go figure since this was aged in wine barrels!
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, leaves a wet, puckering finish in the mouth.
Drinkability is very good. Overall it's a perfect balance between sweet and sour. The flavors hit the tongue in layers, it's very deep, complex, and leaves you wanting more. I bought a bottle to add to my beer collection, I may try to get a few more bottles of this stuff. Overall, a really cool beer.
04-01-2010 21:35:37 | More by jzeilinger
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottle from August 2008 that Dan was kind enough to share. God, I love this beer and am thankful for having had the chance to try an aged version.
Mostly clear orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful beer
The nose is excellent. A blend of citrus, red wine, a mild Bretty bandaid,this beer also has honey a little caramel and plenty of funk. Some spice is present (white pepper, mace) and the red wine character is excellent. Funk is mildly grassy and mostly barnyard-like. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable
The palate opens with plenty of Brett with a blend of clove and Bandaid and plenty of citrus with an orange juice-like character. Some more fruit - I get a flavor that reminds me of peach juice - and some spice coming through mid-palate and along with the clove, there's a nutmeg/mace like character. The red wine is also noticeable, lingering on into the finish that is drying with a little citrus, spice and bandaid as well. Excellent stuff, this is the best Allagash beer out there.
03-30-2010 13:56:12 | More by DefenCorps
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
A: lovely, hazy golden with fluffy head
S: funk and carbonation tickle the nostrils
T: a mellow funk that's kind of lactic, with some peach notes
M: good amount of carbonation, nice and crisp
D: high, especially since it seems to taste better than the last time I had it.
Of all the times I've had this beer, I think this time was the best. Does talking to Mr. Rob Tod while imbibing make it better?
03-29-2010 23:00:01 | More by Chambic
3.65/5 rDev -13.5%
Had this on tap at Toronado during SF Beer week.
Interlude by Allagash is a wild ale aged in French Merlot and Sirah oak barrels. 9.5% abv. It poured a deep sienna orange brown without any head. It smelled of cherry, dark fruits, malt, toffee and some red wine. It tasted like lemons, malt, caramel, touch of vanilla, oak and a sour ending with a dry finish. It is very wine like but it seems a bit off. There's some astringency going on with some phenol and solvent characters- not a good sign.
03-25-2010 19:26:22 | More by femALEist
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours a deep golden hue of amber with massive visible carbonation and a light fluffy head that takes a while to dissipate.
The smell is that of a good french saison. Tons of lemony bite along with a nice sour bretty acidic edge that cuts through your nose hairs. Some wet hay and vinous aromas creep through as well.
This is good. Passion fruit and subtle, peppery syrah notes in the front. These are followed by a flavor that is not all that off from lemonade. Lots of grape flavors shine here too, mostly in the finish. The brett profile is held to a muted roar and there is a certain lack of acidity that really works for this brew.
The mouthfeel is airy and effervescent, almost like champagne. Solid carbonation from the secondary and just feels really nice in the mouth.
Amazing. The flavors meld seamlessly, and the 9.5% is nowhere to be found. Allagash, your my hero today.
03-24-2010 02:36:00 | More by BDLbrewster
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
VINTAGE: June 2009
Big thanks to wolffman17 for helping me get this one!
It's a very clear, light amber color with a definite, but light, pink overcast to it. The head is two-fingers worth of light beige foam. The retention is good and the lacing is thick and fairly sticky.
The nose is quite interesting, indeed. Lots of grapes are mixing it up with some barnyard/brett/funk qualities. Nice notes of hay blend with slight traces of tart apples. A bread dough-like yeastiness is also here, just below the surface. Nice notes of sweet orchard fruits with a light touch of tanginess thrown in. A good touch of milk caramels.
This nose is quite subtle, but very complex. It seems that almost every time I stick my face into it I find a different smell that I didn't notice yet. Very nice.
I get hit by the sweetness of orchard fruits, along with some nicely ripened grapes, first. Following closely behind is a jolt of barnyard funk, ala the brett yeast presence. Nice hints of wet hay and a touch of horse blanket with just the slightest trace of band-aid. After this you get a touch of merlot flavor, albeit very briefly. If you aren't looking for the merlot, you just might miss it. Then a bit of caramel sweetness comes in. It finishes with the dry and slightly spiced presence of a syrah, along with a very tiny hint of tangy sourness. All of this is layered with a light oak presence.
This is very possibly the most sophisticated beer that I've had, to date. Densely layered and wonderful. Complex, yet delicate.
This has a medium body and a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It is crisp, clean and smooth, almost champagne-like. A mild level of creaminess.
This is an excellent brew, but it is way too complex, and rich, for everyday drinking. There is just too much going on, inside of this glass. This would absolutely make a terrific 'special occasion' beer though.
Allagash, once again, lives up to, and exceeds, my expectations of a great brewery! Very well done.
03-22-2010 05:14:00 | More by coldmeat23
3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
August 2008 release
I was expecting a lot out of this brew, and although it didn't disappoint, it didn't deliver to level I was hoping.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Belgian goblet. The beer has a hazy golden, almost red, tint to it. Foams up pretty nice upon pouring, but doesn't leave too much lacing behind. Aroma is pleasant, but slightly disappointing. There's a good deal of funk, but not a whole lot of the tangy and sour notes that I would expect out of a barrel age, Brett fermented wild ale. Taste is nice as well, but falls a bit short of my expectations. There's a smoothness to the beer that is pleasant, but it lacks the lively acidity that I was hoping for. It's a very balanced beer, but gets to be a little boring after a while. Overall, this is far from a bad beer, but didn't strike me as wonderful. Perhaps I went into it with the wrong mindset, but I probably won't be dropping the 22 bones to try this one again.
03-21-2010 06:09:51 | More by IrieJackalope
4.7/5 rDev +11.4%
S: Rich, pungent sour. Tart cherries and a little caramel depth. Very much sugar candy and watermelon.
T: Clean and bright up front with tingly sharp carbonation spiking your tongue. So often sour beers are light and tangy at the top of your palate, but the addition of the wine barrel aging gives this beer a perfectly balanced "wine-y" depth. That provides a notable bottom to go along with the bright, sour component.
An incredibly well made beer. Refined, unique, balanced, every component playing a distinctive part - but never overwhelming each other.
The finish is dry and had a slightly unappetizing bitterness. Sad end, but on a whole, definitely worth the money!
03-19-2010 03:21:22 | More by weazal
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
June 2009 release poured into a wide-mouthed glass.
A: Deep golden brown color, cloudy, with a slight amount of head. The head that did result from the pour dissolved fairly quickly leaving lacing on the side of the glass.
S: Definitely some sour fruit notes with an overall "funk" smell.
T: A tart and very slightly sour taste, beginning with the taste of a little bit of green apple/cider. Also detectable, though not significantly, were the oak-aged characteristics of this beer.
M: Medium amount of carbonation, definitely tickles the tip of the tongue. A nice creamy, medium bodied beer. Just right for this type of beer.
D: Very drinkable, I'll easily drink the whole 750ml bottle.
03-18-2010 00:47:41 | More by Daktyls
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,007 ratings.