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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 277
Gots: 204 | 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 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.

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden pale with a slight orange color with a thin head of little bubbles sticking to the side of the glass.

The nose is sour and full of tart fruit and citrus.

The taste is full of fruity flavors. The wild yeast brings many flavors, citrus, piny and sour taste. It is fully of many fruits lemons, pineapples and cherrys.

The beer has a light body with a full carbonation that makes a light feel on the tongue.

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

A: poured orangish burnt brown in color with pale yellow highlights with a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely spot out the brett character, acdic, citrusy, oaky barrel, and cherry fruit notes that let's you know there will be some tart flavors.

T: the cherry notes are more potent on the palate with oaky citrus accents but had a little vinegar character. It did however have a little acdic corky flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight fruity but acidic, oaky, citric, tart, and dry finish.

D: it drank really good and was a solid wild ale that I would definitely like to try again. It kind of reminded me of supplications little sister but the cherry flavor was more mild.

Photo of sholland119
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What? I've never reviewed this before? Hard to believe, but let's take care of that. 2007 vintage.

A-Hazy, copper amber wit tons of off white head. Great retention and goo lacing.

S-Excellent. Lots of oak and grapes, some barnyard funk and nice malt.

T-Rich and complex from the front. Sweet malt and funk in the front, a nice pear/white grape sweetness in the middle and a finish that has nice sour and bitter flavors blended well.

M-Medium bodied, just a bit puckers, nicely dry.

D-Probably my favorite Allagash beer. A wonderful representation of barrel aging and brett with a great base beer underneath.


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

I've always been a fan of Allagash, but their beers are unavailable out here, so my opportunities to sample are limited. Having recently picked this one up in a trade, I was excited to renew my acquaintances with this brewery. Pours a medium golden color with a little white head that hangs around for quite a while. Aromas of brett, white grapes, light oak, pears and green apples. Light bodied, crisp, tart, white wine, apples and well-hidden alcohol. Another great beer from Allagash.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Hotoberfest - sampled multiple times.

Pours a hazy golden color with a pillowy two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet medium malts with large amounts of ripe pear aromas. Also present are mild amounts of funk - wet hay mostly - with hints of grassiness. The funk aromas intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly grainy yet sweet medium malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of sweet pear flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit as the pear flavors tarten up a bit and becomes more funky - wet hay as with the aroma. The funky flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer however the different flavors didn't seem to meld terribly well. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of crusian
2.63/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bottle from some shop in Atlanta.
pours a burnt amber color with about 1 finger of head. The cork popped hard, so i expected it to foam everywhere and pour with a ton of head, but was surprised.
smells sour mainly, with a bit of cherry underneath. not the best smelling sour I have had, but not too bad.
Taste is bret sour, a bit, but the main flavor I have is merlot... a dark red wine. It also has that dry red wine finish. The more I drink it the more the sour fades and the merlot comes through. I really wish this was more sour. the nose lets you think it is crazy sour, but the taste is disappointing if that was what you were looking for. The more I dig into this, the more I dislike it. If you are a Merlot fan, this is for you. if you dont like red wine, like me, dont buy this.

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. It poured a murky, orange/amber color with a moderate fluffy and bubbly white head to it. The head faded but left some moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is tart, acidic and sour with a lot of the Brett coming through. It has a lot of floral notes to it with some tart fruits coming through as well. Very nice wild ale aroma.

The taste shows a good amount of the sharp, acidic, sourness to it. It also has a lot of tart, fruity, apple, pear, grape like flavors coming through as well. Some hints of spice seem to be hiding in the background. The finish really shows off more of those tart fruit like flavors and lingers nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors and was a very good beer overall. It had some very nice sour and tart flavors without becoming too extreme. Paired great with dinner tonight too.

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Served from bottle into an Allagash flute. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. There was no apparent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, apple cider, and wheat. The flavor was sweet (almost sugary), apple cider, and dark fruit. It was light on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice wild ale. The feel on the palate with the high carbonation was quite nice and refreshing for me throughout this one. The flavors were spot-on and not overpowering as you can get a massive sour aftertaste with some of these style brews. This is a definite must try.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split in a snifter. 9.5% ABV, "Open cautiously, pour slowly", 2009 Dec.

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this nice wild with us so early in the am!

A - Bright and clear golden amber in color with a dense off-white head. Lower retention but some nice lace clings to the edge of the glass.

S - A bit of red apple inside some very wild, funky essence of a floral, linen-like candle. Barnyard and horse blanket are present but seem a little mellow with the age on it.

T - Smooth wine hints with grapes and a little apple as well. The wild barnyard funk is nice but mellow from age. Very nice blend of flavors.

M - Nice tart finish that's not overly done. Good balance with strong carbonation and a lighter body.

D - Good beer with good balance and nice drinkability but it's definitely one better to share with a few other "wild" friends.

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml (December 2009) bottle poured into an Allagash fluted glass.

A - Pours a hazed medium amber color with endless streams of carbonation cascading upwards into the 2 fingers of fizzy and foamy off white head. The head lingers for a brief period and falls leaving behind some foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Very funky on the nose. Brett dominates the aroma. Their is with tons of yeasty, barnyard, grassy/hay and earthy aromas along with a distinct woody/oaky character. Mildly lemony, lots of apples and a bit of white wine like aromas too.

T - Much like the aroma - brett and wood are front and center. Lots of tart fruit is there to surround the funky barnyardy brettiness - especially apples, some lemons and pears. Makes me think a bit of a funked up pinot grigio with its sour/tart fruitiness. Tartness is very mild with way more emphasis on the funk. I'm also getting some nice spicy flavors in here with cloves being the most noticeable although still only a complementary and not a dominant flavor component.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation that gives a lively and tingly feel throughout. Lingering oakiness and bretty funk into the aftertaste. Also a bit of a foamy feel that bubbles on the tongue through to the swallow.

D - Very enjoyable wild...love the funky, bretti character here. Combined with the oak and the complex fruitiness, this one is a winner. 9.5% - really? Not really sensing this - probably means disaster is waiting ahead of me, but oh well...this is so good I'm easily finishing the bottle on my own.

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

Poured into tulip

Appearance-Pours a burnt-tangerine into the glass and gives momentary rise to a wispy white head. The head bubbles away rather quickly but leaves a solid ring of lacing that manages to last through sips.

Aroma-Definitely smell bret upfront with scents of tart apricot and pear with that distinct sour funk. Some grapeish winelike qualities but they form an undercurrent. Other fruity smells like that of unripened raspberries and apples are abundant.

Taste-Similar to the aroma with the same unripened pear and apricot character, just a touch of tart raspberry as well, but the oak really comes through with a character very similar to tannis. A lot of green apple on the mid-palette, very refreshing, ends dry and tart but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel-Bubbly carbonation with a very plush body; very nice.

Drinkability-The tartness definitely ensures this beer is far from cloying and the fruity flavors can get rather addictive with successive sips. For what it's worth, and costs, this beer is dangerous on the drinkability.

Photo of STEG
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chilled into an allagash flute, a golden orange hue, words cant describe it but it's a really nice color.

Smell has tart cherries tart pears and tart plums with some green apple in there as well along with the noticeable brett funk

Taste is more of the same, tart fresh fruit, oranges, pears, green apple, raspberry and lime.

Mouthfeel is ight highly carbonated comparable to a spritzer or seltzer. This beer also has a very dry finish as well.

Very drinkable given the percentage and the fruity dryness keeps you coming back for more.

I was starting to think allagash beers wern't worth the premium price point but this certainly changed my view.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Sweemzander for this one. The second breakfast beer to get us going.

A: golden orange, small off white head, tiny soapy lace ring,

S: tart apples, lemons, mild funk, hints of barn yard, just a touch of wood comes through as it warms

T: flavor was bit sweeter than I expected, mild green apples and lemons but a solid amount of sweet apple as well, lightly funky, hints of wet straw and wet wood, fairly easy on the tongue

M: light to medium body, plenty of carbonation

D: very easy drinking, this would be a great starter wild for someone whos just getting into the style, hard to beleive this is 9.5 abv, I found no trace at all

Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. December 2009 on the label.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden caramel amber color. Produced a good off-white head. Some lacing here and there.

(S)- A big dry funk with a light crisp fruits of an apple or lemon character. Some hay barnyard characters. Even some very subtle woody dark fruits way way in the background.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A tart crispness of the fruits and hay dry funk combo with that super subtle woody dark fruits in the background.

(M)- A good lively carbonation level. A good balance; not overly sour/funk/or fruity, but a harmony of them all.

(D)- I like this wild ale. Its got a harmonius balance and feel with a solid drinkable body. Would be curious what a few years of age would do to it.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 2009 bottling, 750mL corked and caged, with a light dusting of yeastie particles on the bottom of the bottle. The cork pops with very little effort but there is no gushing. The beer pours a bright orange-copper, clear with SRM of 4-5, 1 finger of large celled foam on top.

It smells really rich with bret aromas, not unlike some of the better DeProef bottles I've had (at least that's what it reminds me of). Barnyard funk and horseblanket mix with more caramel malt character than you'd expect from this light colored beer. Maybe the best description is 70% DeProef and 30% Consecration, something like that. Not to take away from its own unique character, it's just that these other world class wild ales are the most convenient descriptors.

It tastes just as good, all the funk from the aroma with a satisfying but light sour bite, and a hint of tart Smarties in the aftertaste. As it warms I get more wood in the flavor, oak and earthiness, nice combinations of flavors.

It's lightly carbonated, a little peppery mouthfeel, matches the style nicely. The 9.5% ABV isn't noticeable, very drinkable and delicious.

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When do you open an expensive corked and caged beer from August 2008 that is in the back of the fridge? On a Tuesday, and for no reason at all. Thanks to billyshears for this one.

A - a hazy reddish orange with little head and no lacing. Not a lot to deduce from appearance here.

S - About 0.2 seconds after the cork popped, the air was almost filled with a rich, dry oak smell. Lots of brett in there as well. Also a citrus tartness that may be related. Top notch.

T&M - I was surprised at first how subtle this starts out. There is a prickly bite from the carbonation and overall dryness, but it almost seems thin from lack of malt backbone. It must have really dried out after two years. However, complexities abound after the initial punch, and the finish is full of bready yeasty woody flavor - almost none of which seems to have anything to do with malt, or body. It seems way out of balance in beer terms, but I really like the end result.

D - It is hard to rate in a traditional sense as this drinks like a really dry and complex red wine, but I am really enjoying it. I wish every day was "open a cool bottle in the back of the fridge because it is Tuesday" day.

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

2009 bottle poured into large wine glass. thanks to Wiid.

A - Pours a cloudy, hazy orange-gold with some slightly bunt hints. The white, bubbly head turns into a hazy film with decent retention as the beer leaves a crazy amount of spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Scents burst out onto your senses, delivering some funky yeast, light oak, sweet citrus, a bit of booze and some light breadiness.

T - Complex, beginning with plenty of tartness, a bit of oaky smoothness and assorted fruits such as orange and apricot. The flavors move into lactic sourness with bitter tendencies and some wine characteristics including grapes. The 9.5% alcohol is masked incredibly well, as the beer closes with a touch of warmth and a dry, woody finish.

M - The overall feel almost defies beer, sparking dry, light, and bubbly touches which almost resemble champagne at points.

D - Smooth and appealing, as each sip further spurs on the urge to consume more.

This is a fantastic take on the wild ale by Allagash, I just wish it wasn't $20 for a bottle.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL brown glass cork & cage finished bottle. June 2009 on front label.

Appearance: A hazy orange amber with very thin off-white head that doesn't stay long even with a rough pour.

Nose: Brett is present (apricots and wood), raspberry, key lime and lemon juice. Smells bright and tart!

Palate: Tart raspberries, sour peach, anjou pear, white oak. Earthy and vinous. Prickly with acidity and alcohol maybe too. Somewhat bitter, but sweetness is dominate. Wavers between being like a razor's-edge riesling and a high-acidity old-world red wine.

Notes: This is an amazing beer! People should be talking about it more and drinking more of it!

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the back bar of a busted-up Monk's Cafe. Served in a tulip.

Pours with no head, as expected. Juicy, dense, weighty look to it - kind of like Jell-o. Felt the urge to grab a spoon and try to scoop it out little bites at a time. Oooh! Suntanned pumpkin color. Very nice.

The beer menu described this (paraphrasing) as a saison done with Brett. Try as I did, I could not pick up strong saison characteristics, which probably influenced my perception/expectations. You will find maybe a faint musty, spiciness to the aroma, but the sour funk reigns supreme. Rich, somewhat sweet, and nectary undertones.

Nice depth and balance to the flavors. Crisp fruitiness - melon with hints of white grape - and smooth woody notes carrying a warm, tart buzz. Mildly puckers - a level of (sour) which is teasing but palatable. I did a double-take on the ABV - that ethanol be soft and smooth. This juice rolls off the tongue like honey.

One of the best wild ales I've tasted. Way to go.

Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, this is killer beer! With an aggressive pour, I get a small to medium sized, cream colored head that soon settled out and no lace. Color is a hazy apricot. Aroma is fantastic, literally, with yeast, Brett, malt, wine fruitiness, caramel. Flavor is like aroma and has the acid from the yeastoids and gas to cut through the sweet malts and residual sweetness of the wine barrels along with the bitterness of the hops and yeast. Complex. Body is very good and too the carbonation. Finish is like flavor and includes alcohol warming. Would be good both before and after a great meal.

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a small tasting thanks to jslot39, thanks Justin.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, brett, oak, fruity malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of oak, sour cherries, brett, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice Allagash beer with some nice sour cherries in the smell and taste. Would like to have again.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Batch

A-pours a deep orangish amber with a good bit of haze with a pure white head.

S-the nose is quite nice, lots of red wine characterisitics, oak, vanilla, tart cherries, light acidity.

T-the taste is much of the same, the vinous properties are quite nice, oak and vanilla from the french oak. nice cherries, quite ripe, tart and light acidity.

M-smooth and creamy, soft on the palate, medium body and syrupy, medium carbonation.

D-extremely drinkable and tasty. great balance of sweetness and sour. light acidity to balance with a great oak aginging imparting oak, vanilla, and vinous characteristics.

Photo of detlefchef
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Very beautiful, brilliant golden-copper color with fine white head that dissipates quickly into fine suds.

Aromas of candied citrus and tangy flavors of pomegranate. Great integration of the vinous and oak flavors offer a seductive roundness to the otherwise tart beer.

This is such a beer that would convert those leery of wild ales.

Pairing: ripe cheese-stuffed and fig leaf wrapped tamal with cherry tomato coulis

2008 (scores above are only for the 2009)

A bit cloudy and very faint head
On the nose, I really get the wine notes with hints of pomegranate. Very round, but still tangy with flavors of plums and currants

The red fruit qualities are much more prevalent in this beer than the 09

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Bobby 8405 for sharing this. '08 vintage.

A - Beautiful and radiant ruby-orange-copper. Not so much head, but the color is exceptionally striking.

S - This smells pretty good, but not as nice as I'd hoped for. Mild Band-Aid, cherry, and vanilla notes are apparent, and its a bit sour and tart but not hugely so.

T - A high-end mehhh. Oak, Band-Aid and cherry are the mainstays of this brew. Despite the good taste, I am still disappointed. I feel like this brew is underpowered, underwhelming, and overrated.

M - Tart, dry, and effervescent.

D - Probably not worth the price.

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.