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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 266
Gots: 188 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2006)
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden copper with a fairly slight head that leaves a good ring around the top of the beer. The aroma is quite nice, with a lot of citrus, green apple, ripe fruits, Brett, and a bit of acid. Taste is quite similar. A lot going on here, and in addition to the nose I picked up a bit from the barrels. Mouthfeel is very nice. Some puckering qualities, but nothing too harsh. A bit sweet in addition to the sour. This would be more of an everyday drinking sour. Very drinkable all around.

Photo of hayesez
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up on a recent trip to New York City. My wife and I had a couple of friends over and tasted several different sours. This was our second of the evening.

Poured into my Bruery tulip glass, this beer comes out as a bright, clear, butterscotch-disk orange that produces a thick foamy head which lingers for quite some time. Small amounts of lace left behind.

The distinctive brett smell overpowers the nose with the rest trying to catch up. There is actually a sweet-tart smell that is produced. Sweet fruits in addition to raw sours...interesting...good.

A gentle sweet flavor hits the tongue first. Reminiscent of unripe fruits, the sweetness is quickly overtaken by a mild lemonesque tartness that lingers for a bit. This is melded with the funky finish found in the style. A bit heaver body than the "confluence" we had earlier, but still in the light to medium category. The carbonation on this one is a little less intense as well. It did have the taste and feel of a wine, but not necessarily a red as might be assumed based on the description of the bottle.

Overall, we were impressed with the beer. A solid wild that had a bit more flavor and body than our previous. A bit higher alcohol content than most wilds, but certainly masked well. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Consumed: 3/12/2010

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey.

A: Hazy golden wheat orange color with quickly fading fluffy head.

N: Some sour fruit, a little yeast with some bready malts, slight funk.

T: Taste starts right out with some funk, sour fruit, some yeast and some bready malts. A nice sour fruit taste, not too heavy but definitely there and the main character. It starts to get a little chewy as it goes down. Some sour cherry specifically, with a little creaminess. there is also hints of oak and vanilla.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation (bottle conditioned was better I think).

F: Very dry finish with some lingering sour fruit and bready malts, a very little funk, but mostly the long dry bready taste.

I think the beer is better with bottle conditioning than on tap. It's one of those rare things.

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 25cl Allagash goblet.

A: Slighly hazy gold body with only the faintest hint of a thin white head. Nothing to retain, and no lace. I'm ok with this headless pour, though, since it means I get to take full advantage of the small glass.

S: Gently tart, lightly Bretty aroma highlights sour grapes and apples with an appealing layer of funk. Very clean and enticing.

T: Follows the nose, presenting a beautifully crisp layer of tart fruitiness on top of a dry, funky finish. Grapes are more prominent than apples, although the aftertaste is bitter green apple mixed with Brett. Absolutely delicious.

M: The light-to-medium body dissolves blissfully into a cascade of tiny, velvety bubbles. This perfectly suits the tartness of the taste. Flawless.

D: It's practically unfathomable to me that this is 9.5%. It's every bit as crisp and refreshing as Ithaca Brute, and about 50% stronger. Unreal.

Notes: I was hugely excited to see this on the taplist on P16's website, and made a special trip down just to try it. I was not disappointed. I still can't believe how refreshing this beer is at its high ABV. While the high bottle price makes me a bit shy, I'd love to do a side-by-side with this and Brute some time - both are amazing.


Photo of BeerGodz
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Light copper color, slightly cloudy, not much head with little to no lacing

Smell: Wine, brett funk, oak, vanilla, apple

Taste: Up Front: Sour apple, oak, Brett funk. Finish: White grape, white wine, Belgian yeast

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Slightly tart with dry finish

Overall Impression: A very complex beer that had too much of a wine-like flavor for my palate. It is no doubt an excellent beer, but the flavor combination did not work for me. At $19.99 + tax, I would advise against trying it unless you're big on wine.

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first wild ale, and I am quite frightened. Pours a strange hazy light brown/pink, small bubbly off-white head. Sticks around decently and leaves a little lacing. Smell is faint sour berry, a little funky. The taste is great, not nearly as harsh as I thought it would be. Lemon, berries. A little sour but not overly so at all. Kind of a pink Starburst and raspberry lemonade vibe. Definitely a white wine vibe here as well. Alcohol is well-hidden. I want to give the taste a 4.5, but it gets a bit tiring over time, there's not much to it after the first couple ounces it seems. One glass was enough for me, for a bomber I would probably have to split it with someone. Long finish. A nice change for sure from IPAs/stouts. I enjoyed it, I am looking forward to trying more wild ales, I can see why people like the style so much and the complexities that can be derived from it.

Photo of SanAnMan
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark golden but bright, light shines nicely in it. Poured into a baby sniffer, with little to no head, a fine white bubble that dissipated quickly. Little to no carbonation bubbles to speak of.

S - fruity and bright, the Belgian Brettanomyces yeast is prominent here. A light note of sour apples combines with notes of lemon, orange, and even grapefruit.

T - very typical of a Belgian Strong, bright and light. A nice mix of sweetness and sourness makes your mouth both water and slightly pucker at the same time. The high alcohol content (approx 9.5%) is almost unnoticed, as there is almost no heat to the tongue.

M - silky smooth and easy to swallow. Tart and tangy, but still has some sweetness to balance.

D - very smooth and easy to drink. Deceptive in its potency. The sweet/sour combo mentioned earlier makes you want to come back for more. Just dances all over your taste buds, a really vibrant feel.

A very excellent Belgian Strong from the folks at Allagash. Well worth a taste, especially if you enjoy sour ales, or just Belgian ales in general. Deliciousness in a glass, YUM.

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

Mildly disappointed by this brew; not bad, mind you - simply not as good as I hoped.

Orange, slightly-hazy color with a mild white head. Quickly fades into a thin film with spotty legs. The nose is a bit funky - a bit reminiscient of both a tripel and a lambic/sour at the same time. Light fruits. Taste bears out the hints of the nose. Not quite as dramatic as I would like. The taste is good, but it doesn't go much beyond that - never crosses into truly "great." Moderately funky/sour taste with backgrounds of sour ligh fruits (apple?), yeast - and even wheat? The wheat hints must be my mind palate playing tricks on me. The ABV is hidden well - no hints of hotness what so ever. Fairly smooth with moderate to generous carbonation/

It's a good brew, but not great. For $18, I expect greatness. Considering the pricetag, I see little reason to revisit this brew.

Photo of andrewm190
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely done from Allagash. Poured a medium to smallish head, while releasing an interesting and pleasing aroma. Notes a bit of citrus, as well as perhaps some apple - or otherwise fruity taste. Complex and a bit difficult to pinpoint, but nonetheless delightful. Perhaps the oak barrels give it that difficult to corner taste. A smooth mouthfeel, albeit for a touch of crisp. Also very dry, even before the aftertaste. On the lighter side for such a complex beer.

Photo of oceanman
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2009, opened February 2010.

Peachy brown. Head is thin but holds strong.

Very vinous on the nose. Sour citrus beside dark fruit and earthy notes. Light woody aromas. A bit funky, even cheesy.

Oak comes through more here, adding a toasty quality. Sourness merges into an alcoholic heat. Even feels a little bitter. All the flavors don't quite mesh. Could use more of that fruity character. Sourness on the finish isn't exactly pleasant. At least it's pretty dry. Points for complexity.

Feels nice, bubbly and light given the harshness of the flavor.

Definitely interesting, and it does grow on you. Doesn't quite justify the price tag, though.

Photo of swierczt
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT (12 oz. pour).

A - Light copper in color. Clear. Thin bright white ring of head.

S - Sweet apples and a hint of vanilla or caramel. Wild flowers and yeast.

T - Green apples, similar to cider and wild yeast flavors are apparent up front. Then subsides to a nice sour bitterness at the back of your palate. The taste is more sour than you'd sense from this beers nose. The sourness isn't enough to make you pucker like some sour beers though.

M - Very little carbonation. Almost still.

D - Glad that I tried this unique offering. I'd sum it up as complex with several layers of flavor. However, I probably wouldn't specifically seek this one out to try again.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to rrheisler for sending me this bottle way back. Thanks a bunch Ryan!

Pours a copper color I wasn't expecting at all. Clarity is good, and a white cap fizzles out on top. An aggressive pour fizzes up and fizzes down, leaving a small ring of white foam behind. Leaves some spotty stringy lacing.

The nose is brett-blasted, and is obviously the focal point. A light, sour character lies in the back, along with a soft oakiness.

The taste is much more sour than the nose leads on. Typical brett characters come out more as it warms, and they combine nicely with the sourness to make a good Belgian-like wild ale that is slightly sour. Finishes dry with a cherry like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a sour bite, but not with an acidic burn like in some. Drinkability is good.

Overall, I enjoyed this one, and all around it's a good beer. However, this beer isn't as good as the sum of it's parts. For some reason I don't think this is memorable in any way. It's pretty much exactly what I expected, and while good and enjoyable, I don't think I would have this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is light sour with oak, sour apple and vanilla. The flavor is tart apple with oak, lemon and vanilla. The beer finishes very dry, making you want to drink more and more of it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour that has a lot of flavors besides just sourness.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Review from notes.

Orange/caramel in color. One finger white head. Great retention. Resides to a half finger head. Fantastic lacing. Exceptional looking beer.

Nice sour smell. Green apples, vanilla, bourbon, peaty woodiness, wild cherries.

Sweet caramel, green apple souriness (though not incredibly sour), oak and smokiness, buttery/creamy (a flavor I feel like a notice more in a cheese than a beer), cherry, and a leafy hop bitterness. So complex, and so delicious.

The mouthfeel is very creamy carbonation. Medium carbonation and medium to full bodied.

The alcohol is almost imperceptible. So be carful

Photo of Hautacam
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber with a pretty small head poured into a snifter.
The smell is great; Brett funk and cider.
The taste follows the smell. Sweet and sour apple cider, pear , just the right amount of funk, a subtle amount of wood, hints of vanilla,yeast, a slight cheese flavor that tastes a lot better than it sounds..just adds a curious layer. The balance of all that is going on is perfect for my taste. I love this one !
Willing to pay the high price to enjoy more.

Photo of KeefD
2.42/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Review from tasting notes taken last night:

Pours a dark amber orange color with a medium white head, and light lace. I have to say that I reall y loved the color of this beer, but that's where the love affair ended for me. Light berry notes on the nose, grassy, heavy mustiness and little to no sourness. Flavor is unripened berry, really no sweetness or tartness in this one, just sort of a muddled funk of a brew, musty, earthy, some funky cheese at times. Where is the sour on this one?? This brew really needs some bugs in here to make things shine. This is too Brett-forward, and the funkiness needs to be offset by some sweetness or sourness or both. Dry finish translates into a dry beer overall, but without the tartness to balance things out. Not really what I was expecting out of this brew. Too much Brett funk and not enough sour and I'm not really a fan of these type of wilds. Reminds me of the mediocrity that was Perseguidor 5.

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

750ml Bottled. June 2009. 9.5%

A: Pours with a huge amount of large bubble head. Disipates to a fingers width. Leaves nice lacing and head eventually reduces to a thin film. Very clear beer with a dark amber color.

S: Smells very crisp and refreshing. Sour grapes are prominent.

T: Nice sourness, but not puckering. Little bit of funk. Pick up a lot of grapes and some citrus and acidity. You can definitely tell this is aged in oak barrels. Very nice flavor. This is a great intro beer into sours.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Tingle on the tongue is just right. Good mouthfeel overall.

D: Very good. Even at 9.5% I've been wanting to try this beer for a while, but the price was holding me back at 17.99. Glad I finally splurged. Very good, and I would buy again, but only for a special occasion.

Photo of mjn5036
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in December of 2009. Poured slowly from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a red wine glass. Pours a brownish-orange color. Like a cider in appearance. No head of any substance and very little to no lacing on the glass, but it seems very carbonated. Smells of funk and brett. Oaky and with wine like qualities. The barrel aging did some nice things for the overall complexity of this brew. Pear and overall fruit flavors are apparent along with the funkiness and bready notes. I found it to be mild and restrained for a wild. Very little sourness to it. This is a good beer, very drinkable with delicious wine-like qualities. I was however slightly disappointed this time. I have had only bottles and had this on tap and felt that this particular one was slightly lackluster and over carbonated. I think some age will do this beer well. Luckily I have two older bottles tucked away in my basement. I can't wait to review this beer again in a few months.

Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage 750ml caged and corked bottle.

Appearance: Pours an attractive iced tea with honey folds. The head is 1 inch, white, shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Brett, the lemon it produces, and oak.

Taste: Caramel malt and brett funk with a touch of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with a creamy head.

Drinkability: The abv holds it back and the strong caramel with the lemony brett isn't the best pairing so I'd say this beer was much better fressh and the current flavor profile also contributes to my lower score in this category.

Photo of Crittervision
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had on two separate occasions at raleigh times.

slightly clouded orangey apricot color. lacing after every sip. nice.

smell is tart, citrus rindy, tiny amount of vinegar, alcohol noticeable as it warms.

taste is unripened, tart cherry skin, a biting dry vinegar, citrus from the smell is gone and replaced with vinegar. stinging alcohol evident even while still relatively cold. rounds out with a strange chemically cleanliness. sort of plasticky? i cant tell. its a subtle, unexpected aspect.

medium carbonation with the sides of my tongue as its tickle target. medium to full body.

drinks pretty well. i guess its got close to twice the alcohol of most of the sour beers ive had. not one of the outstanding examples, but by all means an enjoyable one.

Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour from a 2009 bottle is a hazy light amber color with a finger's worth of white foam.

S: A very nice lactic acid presence combined with a nice must and barnyard funkiness. Some apple, white grapes, and mild citrus round out the nose.

T: The flavor has a nice lemony lactic acidity to go along with a mild but impressive funkiness. The grapes are present in the flavor as well, providing a nice vinous character that works well with the oak.

M: As I previously mentioned the beer has a nice dryness and tannic character which I enjoy in a wild ale. The carbonation level is moderate and works well.

D: A nice offering from Allagash. I found it to be slightly more enjoyable than Confluence and some of their other beers. I'd definitely recommend this one and would have no problem with having it again.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 caged and corked bottle split with friends at compound summer 09, poured in some wine glasses. Been sitting on this for a spell. (re-write after a site crash)

Interlude 06' is golden in color with some orange hints and a touch of copper. With semi heavy pours only a faint cap was seen on the surface with a light beige look, no lacing.

Smells like a mildly funky wine barrel aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The brett has developed a bit more giving off some light funk, but nothing extraordinary. Red wine with dark fruits in the back.

The taste has really improved over the years, but I cant say that the brett has truely developed 100%, and at this point it won't get any better. This is mildly funky(very mild) and not even close to being tart, no acidity at all. BSDA is a good classification as it shows more of those qualities with ripe fruits, apples plums and pears. Belgian yeast, mildly bready. The wine barrel aging is my favorite part and blends nice with the fruit.

The feel is on the low end of the funky side with a mild spritz, the carb is at a nice level. A easy drinking Belgian strong that is kind of hard to identify. Crisp and refreshing. I only wish I had another bottle of this, I need more of this year.

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

2007 poured into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a deep honeyed orange. Murky. A lip-coating foam appears.

Aroma is soured banana bread that ends with a sharp and clean vinegar. A deep sniff reveals the oak.

Must admit, the complexities of wilds are quite beyond me. No discernible sweetness as the tartness blends with a bitterness and sharp woodiness. The oak becomes a little heavy handed in the end.

Puckering and very dry. There's a bit of a bite which I can't ascribe to anything.

Another intriguing and contemplative wild for me. An interesting style, but once every now and again is good enough for me.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is a beer worth 20 bucks? This one definitely is. Wonderful scents of grapes and sweetness. Excellent drinkablilty, however catches up with you rather quickly due to how WELL it does go down. Oak comes through nicely, but not overwhelming. Interesting mix of sweet and dry with the finish. Id love to be able to try an older bottle to compare, but from what ive seen here, it can only get better.

Photo of jwillcourt
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Draught House into a half-pint glass. Served way cold. It took awhile for me to warm it by hand.

A - Murky, hazy orange color. No head or visible carbonation. Slight lacing.

S/T - Apple cider smell. Almost tastes like they mixed sparkling white wine, sparkling apple cider, and ale. Having said that, it is dry, tart, but not sweet. Very crisp, grape, green apple, and slight pear taste. Tastes like it was aged in white wine rather than red wine casks. Oak comes through as it warms, but I never tasted the Merlot.

M/D - Light body with crisp carbonation. Lingers on the lips. You can feel the alcohol warmth. This is my first wild ale, so it is difficult to compare. I usually associate sourness with something gone wrong, but this is a pleasant tartness. Very refreshing. Can't drink too many of them due to the alcohol. The half-pint was a nice serving size. Definitely recommend this beer, particularly to other wild ale newbies, and I would have it again.

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.