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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 286
Gots: 221 | FT: 14
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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Ratings: 1,207 | Reviews: 433
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper color, 1-2 fingers of head. There is great retention and lace

S: The aroma is a mix of light red table wine and molasses, with a hint of cherry and funk. I can pick out some slight vinegar.

T: Slight tart, some honey and more balanced than the aroma. Oaky finish and dry.

M: Moderate, prickly carbonation, and dry like a champagne

This is a special beer with complex aroma and flavors, but easy to drink.

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4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

we have both the 09 and 11 (with Brett) side by side.

the beer pours a slightly dark amber and smells of apple cider vinegar. the 11 smells like Jesus with potent wine notes, some funk, and strong sourness. The 11 packs a super B.O. pungency as well. Both taste excellent with strong notes of apple cider vinegar sourness and malt sweetness. The alcohol is more pronounced in the 11 than the 09, but both are quite drinkable. This is definitely one of the most drinkable sours. I would recommend a warmer cellar temperature for drinking, but it's still a very flavorful ale.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side

2009 nice light copper minimal bubbles around edge
Smells of a nice acidic sour. Slight barnyard stink.
Taste is a sour, acidic, slight green Apple skin.
Mouthfeel is very bright carbonation. Overall a nice sour, vinegar, and apple domination.

2011 same look, smell is more subdued version. Taste is a more relaxed acidic brett version. Same mouthfeel.
Personally I like the 09 better but I'm sure if we sat on the '11 for 2 years it would be just as nice.

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 oz bottle poured into a pint glass (unfortunately) at cellar temperature.

L - Slightly cloudy medium-to-deep amber color with a 3 finger white bubbly head that dissipates fairly rapidly. Nice carbonation as far as I can see. A little bit of lacing.

S - Lots of stuff going on here. I get sweet aromas of apple juice, strawberries, and grapes; sour vinegary aromas; the difficult-to-describe pungency of oak and red wine; and the definitely-apparent funk of Brettanomyces. There’s a little bit of alcohol apparent here, as well. Very intriguing smell.

T - Probably more balanced than I expected from the aroma. There are the definite sweet flavors of apples and grapes, followed by a slightly sour taste, and finishing up with the funky barnyard flavors of Brett. A little bit of booziness comes through here.

F - Medium-bodied with a nice tingling sensation from the carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel at times, especially with some mouth-swishing, and a definite throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - In my mind, this is a great example of a wild ale. It smells great and tastes well-balanced between sweet, sour, and funky flavors. I was expecting this to be a bit more sour than it actually was, but this lack of sourness (and the resulting balance) seemed to make the beer more drinkable and less heartburn-inducing. Maybe a little pricey to get more than a couple of times, but absolutely a very good beer.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bomber into an oversized wine glass (bottle marked September 2011)- pours a hazy orange/copper color with less than a finger of head, minimal retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smell's very tart- signature wild ale scent. A lot of Brett funk (!!), a bit of booze, and a hint of cabernet.

Taste is more balanced- not as tart as the smell would lead me to believe. The Brett tartness hits up front and rides through the whole taste but is usurped by sweet malt, maybe a bit of candi sugar, and finishes with a surprisingly noticeable red wine flavor.

Feel matches the taste profile very well- light to medium body with only a soft carbonation. Rolls over the tongue; this is an exceptional beer. Given what other exceptional wild ales cost (Consecration is $13 for a 12 oz), paying 20 bucks for this is reasonable. I'm using it celebrate and I encourage you to do the same : D

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape jelly/jam, and some grape juice aromas. Taste is the same with a nice fruity flavor that lingers on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I am really enjoying the grape aromas and flavors I am getting from this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

This was certainly an expensive little guy, but from what I remember, it's well worth it.

Served in a tulip.

The cork popped out rather aggressively.

A: It poured a very cloudy orange with a small wispy, foamy head that lingered throughout the session. Beautiful!

S: Sure, it had the distinctive sour apple flair, but that wasn't too overpowering. It seemed to be balanced out by a rather aggressive lactose sugar quality when I dig my nose into the glass farther.

T: The sourness in this is not upfront at all. In fact, there is a very malty, brown sugar-like flair to this that is definitely the anti-Weyerbacher "Riserva!" The finish is only slightly dry, with a bit of lingering brown sugar. I actually could have used a bit more sourness.

M: I've tried Aud Bruins that were MUCH more sour than this, but I actually dug it in this setting. Once again, this had a very milky, yet champagne-like texture that I enjoyed, but I got a bit bored with it rather quickly.

O: Was this as good as I remembered it? No, not really.... but it was still quite good. This was almost like a brown ale that went slightly sour (in a good way). I guess that is not totally fair here since I guess the whole point of the wine barrel-aging is so that the harsh acidity would mellow out, making this sour, but not primed for the sourhead.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Printed on Bottle. 750ml for $19. poured into a dogfish head snifter.

a- Pours an orangey amber with a fluffly white head, creamy top, and thick lacing.

s- red wine, green apples, tartness, alcohol

t- not as sour as the smell led me to believe, but there's a bit of tartness. there's some of the acidic apple smell with the wine definitely coming through. a little malt/sweetness, and yeast/brett is present. there's also a bit of woodiness. the alcohol is noticeable.

m- nice carbonation a body like white wine. its crisp but wet and ends with a nice dryness and the warming of the alcohol.

o- i was expecting something much more sour than this, and i was slightly disappointed.but the beer is still delcious and i think i might go get another bottle to age.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage uncorked on valentines day.

A: Golden orange with a good creamy head.

S: Red wine and apple cider. Really interesting.

T: Same as the smell, its a sour red wine mixed with apple cider. Absolutely no alcohol. The sourness lingers in the back of the throat and I found myself puckering at times. This is the most interesting and complex beer I've ever had.

M: Right amount of carbonation, very crisp.

O: An awesome beer, I ate steak tips with this and it was absolutely incredible, grab a bottle of this if you can.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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