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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
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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 iguenard
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage

( 41/50, 9.5% alc/vol, Degustation Alpha BDT) Body is dark red, blood red with a generous but dissipating head of cream color. Aromas are of an old oak barrel, dusty and dry. Notes of balsamic vinegar rise to the nose along with ice cider whisps. Deliciously belgian, Flemish aromas. Wonderful achievement for an american beer. Brettanomyces - belgian wild yeasts - abund in this complex nose. Raspberries and gueuze-like acidity pucker the tongue and play with a deliciously fruity, vinegary alcoholic profile. Reminds me of a duchesse de bourgogne, only cooler, and more fruity. The body is rather light, with a citric demeanour that gives lightness to a body that otherwise is controlled by its vinegar tartness. Dry and puckering. Dry, puckering, sweet and tart raspberry-flavoured sour beer. Wonderful.

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

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash cervois. Bottle generously provided as an extra by thagr81us in the 'Nice Piece of Glass CIF', thanks a ton Calton!

September 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a hazy orange tangerine color, essentially completely opaque but still possible to see some carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. The head is easily recognizable as Allagash; if nothing else they are incredibly consistent. Two fingers of white foam lay on top, but as thick and creamy as others, but still on the heavier side of texture. Not so much made up of bubbles as a layer of foam. Lacing, as always for this brewery, is fantastic and covers nearly every inch of glass.

S - The smell is really funky barnyard with a bit of must to it. More tart than sour but the Brett shines. Tart apples, lemon, and a bit of grapes make up the fruit notes in the nose, but there's also some breadiness as well.

T - The first thing about the taste that surprised me is that it's pretty dry and musty. Some pears combine with the apple and lemon zest to give it a hearty fruit taste at first. Surprisingly it's not incredibly vinous or grape-influenced despite the wine barrel aging. Some slight oak and vanilla in the finish, but slight compared to the fruit and Brett. It feels a little bit restrained, and I would've loved to get more of the French Merlot and Sirah barrels out of this.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with adequate carbonation. The tartness on this is pretty tame and doesn't immediately destroy the palate is it's pretty easy to keep this one drinking. Finish is all Brett and lemon.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. Alcohol is invisible, and flavors aren't abrasive at all. I would've liked to see a bit more depth out of this, most noticeably out of the wine barrels, but Brett has a way of imparting its own distinct flavors. Worth a try for sure!

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

June 2009 batch.

Orange and hazy, very nice head, and good lacing too.

Smell is sour funky apples, a touch of breadiness, and a nice woody background.

Taste is quite bretty, with a good amount of sourness, tart apples and plenty of barrel flavor too.

Feel is pretty light, quite well carbonated, and very dry on the finish.

Drinks well. A nice wild ale that obviously took some fine craftsmanship to brew.

Photo of nrbw23
2.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Quite a bit of foam blasted out of the top of this one. Pours a golden yellow color with just a handful of bubbles on top. These bubbles stayed the whole time and left no lacing.

S- A lot of funkiness going on here, brett all over, tart, a touch of wood, bread and yeast.

T- Pretty sour over all. Yeasty spices, brett, touch of vinegar and green apples.

M- Light in body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- This was a 2007 vinetage, which I thought was pretty cool, but these wilds I think are just my thing. I think this one is just too sour, but some BA's will clearly love this one. If I had access to another I'd split for sure no way I could handle this dude myself.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

January 07 vintage shared by cabgoddess at a tasting.

Appearance
A bit of gushing, but it looked pretty controllable. More of a slow stream of growing foam, but nothing a couple pours couldn't keep at bay. There was a big pillow of foam left in the bottom of the bottle at the end though. Strangely my pour barely had a head, at least not one that had any longevity to it. The color was very nice though. It was a deep, raw honey yellow.

Aroma
Quite funky with notes of old dry oak. I wasn't aware of the use of wine barrels but I wasn't getting notes of grape or wine anyway. The oak was coming through pretty strongly though. There is clearly lots of Brett being utilized in this beer.

Taste
Lots of dusty Brett, its very yeasty and gritty. Old dried out oak, sawdust and hay dust flavors with a slight twinge of unripe fruits trying to provide some tartness.

Mouthfeel
Pretty light bodied with a very spritzy carbonation that pokes and prods the tongue. Finish is dry and gritty.

Overall
Maybe this beer is past its prime because the brett has really taken hold here. Its by far and away the dominate flavor and aroma. I can't get any notes from the wine because of it.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small off white head. In the aroma, white grape sourness and hints of cabernet. In the taste, sour white grapes, Sweet Tarts, and a small dryness of a cabernet. A sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour whine like aftertaste. Big sourness and I think I might like wine now.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice strawberry blonde with a very minimal head, noticeable carbonation, zero lace.
The smell is sour forward, sourdough bread style. Slight barrel smell as well.
The taste and mouth are pretty top notch. Sour grape and cherry start it up. Bready yeast and earth make up the middle with a dry barrel finish. Light, but not too thin going down. Could not find the 9.5% ABV except in the growing buzz I'm getting.
Very nice wild ale. I really want to grab another to cellar for a bit longer and open at a tasting.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the last dusty bottle of this from Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquors the other day. Looks like it's been bouncing around for a while as it had a few different price tags on it and it and was bottled in 2009. Really enjoyed it in spite of/because of that though. Not sure if the age had much of a +/- effect, mostly because it's so wild already and I can't taste it against anything.

Poured a rich red/gold with a little bit of head. Super smelly beer that reeks of alcohol, spice, and all around wild-ale funk. Pretty carbonated and effervescent, so the smell really punches out of the glass. Awesome.

On tasting, light to medium body with an upfront tartness and sourness. Some apple mixed in with a bit of oak and grass. A bit Bretty, but balanced.

Ultra-drinkable. Great bottle, can't wait till another one bounces its way in front of me.

Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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%
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 +6.4%
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 -2.9%
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

CHEERS!

Photo of JayQue
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -7.8%
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 -14.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +8.6%
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 -20.2%
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 -0.7%
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 -4.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -9.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -10.5%
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 +5.7%
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...

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.