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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 277
Gots: 203 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head that fades into a ring with some lacing.

S: Lots of sour, funk, and tart aromas here. They are nicely countered with an underlying Belgian candy sweetness, though.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a lot of sour and funk going on in this beer with a bit of tartness as well. It avoids being too sour, though, thanks to a strong backbone of Belgian candy sugar and yeasty flavors.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp.

O: Overall, a good wild ale. Nothing superb, but it avoids being nothing but sour funk like many wild ales seem to be.

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 2009 bottle drank in March 2011.

A - Clear, clean, gold. Nice lace on a low white head.

S - A fairly straight forward grassy, tangy, sweet-tart candy aroma.

T - Tart apples, oak, vanilla, honey. Sour hay.

M - Medium light body. Dry finish, but mildly so for the style.

O - Overall the flavors show restraint and balance, and have some nice beveled edges instead of dominating your palate.

Photo of TK5150
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

December 2007 Vintage that's been waiting patiently in my cellar.

A- Pours a beautiful orange with a small one finger off white head that recedes to a ring around the glass very quickly.

S- Oranges at first which transitions to vinegar and granny smith apples. A bit of light brettanomyces as well. Excellent.

T- Oranges, vinegar, old cheese, a bit funky and musty. The more I drink, granny smith apples becomes more prevalent. Fantastic.

M- Highly carbonated and medium bodied.

O- Fantastic stuff. My favorite Allagash beer.

Photo of bbeane
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage
A- Poured into an oversized snifter... Beer is a cloudy amber color with a decent white fizzy head that disappears somewhat quickly and leaves minimal lacing

S- Has a delicious funky sour aroma that intensifies as it warms

T- I don't get an abundance of wilds so I don't have too much to base this on, but I thought it was well crafted beer. Has a very faint bitterness to it, but is mostly sour and funky. I don't really get any of the oak barrel taste out of it though

M- Medium body with light carbonation

D- I really enjoyed this one. I thought it tasted great, and the 9.5% abv was undetectable so it was exceptionally easy to drink. I got a great deal on a case of these, but would consider paying full price for them in the future


Photo of JayQue
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle corked and caged, poured into a flute glass. Medium size delicate white head, copper/light amber color and no lacing. Looked pretty good!! Nice aroma!! some funk and an overall bready/musty malt aroma.

I forgot to let this one warm up first. While cold, much of the flavor was muted, primarily malty with a little sourness. As the beer warmed up, the funk was more apparent and the sourness increased but not to the point where it affected drinkability. It wasnt $22.00 a bottle impressed (thats what I paid in 2008), but this is still an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel was a hair thin when cold. After it warmed up, it was rich enough.

Drinkability was ok. About half a bottle was just abouth right for me. Overall not a bad beer. Just not worth the money.

Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Sep. bottle held in the wine cellar for a couple of weeks... served at 55 deg. F...

- Wonderful clear shiny penny copper, fizzy bubbly white foamy head... nice 1/4 inch of head sticks around with lacing all about.

- Belgian banana-like yeast, lightly sweet grains, slightly roasty.. perhaps a touch of charred caramel.. nice tart sour notes.. little bread.. zest.. earthy and grassy touch.

- Funky and oaky... nice bite and zest.. woody and a belgian golden character, mild biscuity malts and breads.. straw and hay funk.. zesty grassy zingy bite on the tongue.. almost numbing.

- numbing feel to the tongue, rather thin and light bodied, and very well carbonated. Slightly dry like a gin.

- Overall not too bad.. but seems a mediocre beer was soured. Proof a good sour is usually made with a stellar beer as well. Not too much as far as any wine notes go in this.. though it is a nice funky framboise of sorts.. but not up to the likes of Cascade and Russian River.

Photo of jsanford
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Lodge in Hilton Head, SC on 2/11/11.

A - Pours a hazy gold with no head, only a slight haze. Bit disappointed by the look of this, but the bartender started the previous day and may not know how to pour properly.
S - Slightly tart and funky aromas of sour apples, hay, and white grapes.
T - Tastes of apple juice, grapes, peaches, and hay with a solid amount of "funk" from the Brett and a nice spicy pepper quality from the Saison yeast. Not as tart as I'd thought it would be, but still quite nice.
M - Slick, with a medium body and low carbonation. Very dry finish. I could have used a bit more carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, despite the subdued flavors. This would be a great beer to pair with food, or to lure a wine-drinker to the dark side.

Photo of JLeege
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dec 2009 Bottle ~ Into a tulip

Appearance- pours a hazy orange/red with a small fizzy white head. A little lacing.

Smell- Funk, earthy, grassy, light fruit, and noticable brett.

Taste- Nice complex taste, the saisons notes hit you first, sort of funky, some grass and hay. Leading into the more fruity notes, picked up a lot of peach, apricot, grape, and green apple. A tad tart. Subtle wood from the barrels. The brett realy makes itself known on the finish. Finishes dry and pretty clean.

Mouthfeel- medium body, lower sided carbonation. Dry.

Overall- A nice wild ale, with some depth and complexity to the flavor. Expensive yes, but worth trying atleast once.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottled: December 2009

A - Pours a very nice hazy orange color with a 0.5 inch head that is off white and has some nice medium bubbles and some smaller tight ones.

S - Some slight sweet notes mixed in with nice tart fruit notes. There is some white grapes, some peach and some nice pear notes as well. The aroma is quite delicious with nice vinous tartness and some slight funk. The yeast character blends well with some slight whet like qualities.

T & M - Taste starts off dry with some vinous and brett qualities. There is a nice tart fruitiness that isn't that intense or too overwhelming and is easy to get into. There is some nice fluffy character to the flavors that remind me of some wheat beers surprisingly. Hop character is slightly present with some grassy notes and some nice bitterness on the back end. this beer is sooo vinous with some slight cherry tartness and some nice grape sweetness that is very apparent as it warms. Overall great beer. Body is crisp and well carbonated with nice light mouthfeel and delicious tastes overall that compliment each other well. It is quite complex.

D - Delicious and not too overwhelming. The ABV is on the higher side but still is very good.

Edit: I was able to enjoy a 2006 version that I had aged for about 5 years. The hop notes that I felt before have all but disappeared and the tartness has also diminished as well. The beer is still quite delicious. It seems t have developed very nicely. There seems to be a nice slightly sweeter more mature fruit character. Quite delicious. The vinous notes have shifted to a more apple juice/cider type flavor with not as much tartness. Very good brew for aging.

Photo of PDXHops
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage on-tap, served in a tulip. See-thru amberish orange topped with only a wisp of foam that's gone in a flash. Zero lacing. Looks like a tulipful of tea.

It could be the lack of head, but the nose isn't particularly powerful. Light sour fruit notes- green apples, green grapes, cherry and whatnot- and a bit of barnyard.

I'm a bit surprised that the brett presence isn't stronger after 2 years (make that pleasantly surprised, as it seems most brewers that use it tend to do so in an overly heavy-handed fashion). There's a flash of it up front, but it fades significantly by midswallow. caught up in the mildly tart fruitiness. Defintely more tart than sour, and there's a fair amount of candi sugar sweetness that balances it out. Seems there's a touch of nuttiness along with the musty oak. Medium-bodied with a fairly smooth feel and modest carbonation. Kinda boozy.

Overall impression: Not the most complex wild ale you'll find, but well worth a shot.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter. This is a translucent reddish golden color, extra fizzy with an inch of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is sour and acidic with lots of lemon and brett. Taste is acidic lemon at first with a burst of oak flavor in the finish. The interesting mix makes for something similar to an iced tea flavor. Alcohol is present, but not enough to hinder drinkability. Mouthfeel is very carbonated.

This is good... maybe not as complex as some other varieties of the style, but tasty.

Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a 1-finger fluffy head. Very nice looking brew.

Aroma of citrus, yeast. Tart.

Taste is citrus, woody, hay. Dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, a nice, drinkable beer. Goes nice with food. Would definitely have another one of these.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage December 2009. Once the cork popped, I got a nice whiff of funk and Brett. It pours a hazy golden-orange color with some beautiful carbonation. The head is medium size and white as snow. Scent is wonderful with some very strong resemblance to wine. There are some heavy grape aromas, as well as oak and sour funk. I also get apples and cherries as well. First sip is yeasty and funky...you can definitely taste the Brett in this one (which isn't a bad thing). Not as sour as the nose tends to imply, but rather pleasantly tart. There are some flavors of oak, grape, Belgian yeast, and apple...leaves a champagne-like aftertaste. There is also a nice alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and full bodied. Drinkability is scarily high for a 9.5 beer. Would love to see how some more age would treat this beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized wine glass at Durty Nellie's.

Finally getting another shot at Interlude, and it's on-tap. (Interestingly, the news that they've got some Darkness kegs downstairs intrigues me further...) It pours a slightly hazy golden orange topped by a quarter-finger of white foam. The nose comprises apple cider, light Brett, mandarin oranges, lemon zest, and cinnamon. The taste holds notes of lime, orange zest, light nutmeg, pepper, mild Brett, and a few sparse cobwebs. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, a nice bit o' wildness, but a tad mild on the flavor (I was looking for just a pinch more pop, so to speak). Good times, nonetheless.

Photo of mckeowbc
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was wowed by this beer and the individual marks probably don't do it justice. It was a big, complex, Belgian style beer. Really enjoyable and definitely something special.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color. The little bit of head dissipates almost immediately and the beer leaves only a little lacing on the side of the glass.
S - The smell is very fruity, sour, notes of citrus. Very reminiscent of champagne or white grape juice.
T - Taste is complex and fruity. I tasted a lot white grape juice and champagne, other caught more of the citrus. Very little to no hoppiness.
M - Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, but not thick.
D - Very enjoyable, high alchocol content cuts down on the drinkability though.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversized wine glass at Durty Nellie's in Palatine

This beer pours an translucent orange color. There isn't much head to be seen on the surface of this particular pour, perhaps it's just the way it was served. The smell is of a woodsy funk more of the sour from the oak in the funk but it was definitely a brett smell. The flavor is strongly of citrus and not nearly as much sour as I had expected from a wild ale. Though I must admit the main flavor tasted almost exclusively of oranges, tangerines wedges to be more specific. However I found the beer to be a little too flat for my liking, again I don't know if that is the tap or if that's just the way the beer is supposed to be, I've never had a problem with their levels of co2 before though. The drinkability was more unpleasant as you continued, not a bad beer not a great beer.

Photo of treznor
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

September 2010 bottling.

Pours a hazy golden amber color.

The nose has the expected bread flavors from the Brett with a few floral notes.

Lovely full-bodied taste. Almost structured like you would expect a wine to be, but not quite to that level. Opens up quite a lot as it warms up with even a bit more funk.

Really quite a trip as it warms up over the course of time.

Not something I'd drink every night, though probably more a factor of cost than desire...

Photo of dgfair
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into wine glass.

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with hues of orange, red, and pink. Almost like one of those sunsets that has so many different colors running together. Just a beautiful beer. Lacing coats the glass nicely.

The smell is extremely complex. I'm getting whiffs of sweet grape balanced by sour funk, wet band aid, black pepper, and then a touch of brown sugar. Tons of fruitiness and spiciness here and it really comes out as the beer warms. The sourness was pretty pungent when the beer was cold, but it really opens up as it warms.

The taste is very sour and funky upfront. This probably masks a little bit of the complexity from the oak barrel, but the flavors are very nice. I get a little bit of the tannic red grape along with the sourness, but mostly sour Brett funk. Not a bad thing, but slightly one dimensional...one of the more sour American beers I've had.

Mouth is fairly prickly and tingly...actually a nice compliment to the sourness. This is definitely a slow sipper to be enjoyed. The sour is fantastic and I love this take on the wild ale. Definitely will seek out again.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks great with a dark orange hue and great finger of head. Wicked lacing.

The smell is a barnyard funk with notes of champagne yeast, green grape, brett, and some other light fruit.

The taste is not as sour as expected and hoped for, but it's nice. Malt and yeast combine with bright fruit, brett, champagne, pear, vanilla, bread malt, corn, and some bitters at the back of the palate.

The mouth is creamy with ample carbonation. Dry end but a juicy front. Nice.

Nice stuff.

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Very good lacing.

S: A robust aroma of red wine, fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, fruit (pears, apricots, apples), malt, and a healthy dose of red wine. There's also a definite oaky quality which adds an interesting dimension to the flavor. A complex and powerful taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another solidly made, drinkable beer from Allagash.

Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

December 2009 bottling.

Pours a mostly-clear light honey-orange, capped with a frothy one-finger head light tan in color that fizzles away after a minute, leaving behind a nice-sized ring. Not much lace.

Lots of oak in the nose, along with lemon peel, tart cherries, green apples and a subtle floral character. The sweetness, brett and oak work well together. I's the sign of a great nose when I keep putting off my first taste for another whiff, and this beer makes me do it. Very, very nice.

Moderate oakiness imparts notes of the lightly toasted wood along with vanilla. Cherries, lemon peel, ginger. The tartness is there, but subtle; it's not the leader of this troupe. Everything's in nice balance. The oak, the brett and the fruits all work beautifully together.

Fairly highly carbonated, fizzes up like soda as it moves about. Medium-light body, soft and a bit runny. The tartness never gets too intense.

This beer just got better and better as I made my way through the bottle. Great balance, good flavors, and very nice with spaghetti and some chicken with Italian spices.

Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

allagash interlude from december 2009. drank out of my hennepin glass (closest i had to the picture on the bottle).

A- this one pours out of the bottle a somewhat hazy copperish colored body with a small off-white colored head on top. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind complete rings of lacing. nice.

S- the main attraction in the nose seems to be musty brett. other than that i get some minor notes of vanilla form the barrel as well as some green apple skin. a little bit of spicy pepper and light sourness finish this one off.

T- the taste is once again dominated by musty brett. the sourness i could smell comes through just as faintly. there is some vanilla, as well as some minor fruit (grapes mostly but granny smith apples and lemons as well) notes. the alcohol shows its head a little. as does some pepper like spiciness.

M- the body is light, bordering on medium. the carbonation is the expected high level for the style. there is a moderate warming form the alcohol.

D- i liked this beer, but there are certainly better examples of the style. i feel its a little pricey at $22 a bottle. maybe the other bottle i picked up will be better in another year or so. i dont think ill be reaching for this one again anytime soon, nor will i be tempted to pick up another.

Photo of rtepiak
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a beligan triple quality with a brett twist and a flavor range that seems to be in the midst of all that. pour is cloudy orange with a small head of about a finger. nose of tart and mild fruity geuze quality. palate of brett and strawberries and cherries. crisp enough to not detect the alcohol. thought it was about 6 actually. not too bright to contort the pollen malty finish. a difference to a Belgian geuze with a distiction of zesty floral and distinct fruit qualities.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Given to me in a goblet. Comes out with a nice ruby red hue and less than a finger of white head that dissipates relatively fast.

Smell - A nice barnyard funk at the beginning followed by slight cherry, pear, and floral. As the beer warms an alcohol aroma is more noticeable.

Taste - Similar to the nose, though not as much funk as expected. I suppose I was expecting more sour/tartness such as with a RR AWA, though I do not find it present here.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - I can taste the alcohol, and can feel it warming my throat. I try not to compare it to other beers, but knowing Consecration is a 10% beer aged in wine barrels I can't help bud do so. I'd take a RR over this any day.

Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 December bottle.

Bright, clear amber color with one finger of dense head that had excellant retention. For a wild ale this produces more than adequate amount of sticky lacing.

Amazing aroma. Vinous, funky, fruity, and slightly bretty. Hints of grapes, barnyard funk, and pears. The only fault I can find is that the Belgian yeast gets covered up by the funk. A little spice note would of been nice.

This beer has quite the white wine aspect going for it. That is if wine had some funk. Fruity and very dry. The brett charactor plays its part but does not take over the show. It is just one castmember among many. What we end up with is a wonderful complex beer. The Belgian yeast is again missed and is the only thing keeping me from giving this a perfect taste score.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Well carbonated and bottle conditioned. Very good texture and just what I enjoy with a wild beer.

Exceptionally well crafted beer. There are a couple of things I would change but hard to complain with what the people of Allagash accomplished.

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.