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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 263
Gots: 178 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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 GrittyMug345
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, June 2009, drank 11/6/09, poured into an Allagash chalice. A tight two finger head receds to nothing, a bright perfectly clear, copper hued body. The nose is fairly complex, tart tropical fruits, some nice funkiness - that damp cardboard thing goin on, also some sweetness around the edges, hard to pin down. The taste is great, tart, funky, pineapple, many layers, I am having a hard time pinning them down, but very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with a light carbonation. Yum, this one really does it for me, I love the tart tropical fruit flavors I am getting, goes great with my duck confit panino and belgian fries!

GrittyMug345, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of hansgruber
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation was a 750ml bottle dated 12.2007 from a trade with beast464, consumed October 2009, poured into a Hopleaf tulip, reviewed from notes

A- A beautiful sunset orange color. Nice head that goes away quickly leaving no lacing but with a nice collar of foam that remains along with some spotty surface foam.

S- Very funky from the brett, battling with some fruitiness from the wine barrel aging and a hint of sour in the nose as well.

T- Very definitive brett character that seemed overpowering in the first glass but lessened after some food and in the second glass. Not too much sour in there at all. Flavors of the oak are evident. The fruitiness is fairly muted with only a touch from the wine barrel aging coming through. A touch of acidity. Pretty balanced overall.

M/D- Mouthfeel is great the carbonation seems perfect and is very lively throughout. Was able to drink the entire bottle with no problem.

Overall a solid beer that I was happy to try. The high price tag would perhaps deter me from buying another but its certainly worth trying at least once.

hansgruber, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white foamy head, which slowly dissipated with no traces of lacing. The body was a clear, bright copper color with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells strongly of fresh cut bannanas and bubble gum... with retrained tropical fruit and nearly imperceptible vinous notes.

T- The sweet bannanas, bubblegum, and tropical fruit flavors meet-up with bigger vinous notes and some lactic sourness on the palate. There are some restrained phenolic and other funky notes hovering around in there. It all finishes long, sweet and sour.

M- Nice medium body with a fair amount of unattenuated sugar... nice soft carbonation. Works well-enough with the beer.

D- The aromas and flavors of this beer are big... big enough that I can truly enjoy a glass of this beer, but not any more than one glass...

jgasparine, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Blind Tiger when taking my girlfriend out for her birthday (she chose the location too!!!). My second experience with the beer, the first being out of the bottle, but I'm logging the review off of the more recent tap experience.

Appearance- Pours a crimson-tinted medium shade of brown in the dim bar light. About a half a finger of sparse head sits atop the body of the beer and dies down to a ring very quickly. Moderate carbonation but not much in the way of any sort of lacing left as I drink. Not a real looker, but pretty solid for a wild ale.

Smell- Very interesting nose. I can really smell the cabernet barrel aging on this one. A lot of vinous, red grapes come through for me. Additionally, there are hints of barnyard and funk.

Taste- Even more interesting and difficult for me to describe. Again, very vinous and in many ways similar to a red wine for me. Mildly tart red grapes and perhaps some plum followed by a mild touch of funk. The lactic tartness is present but really underplayed on this one compared to other wilds. Strange for me but not bad by any means, almost tastes like a slightly sour, mildly carbonated red wine.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The only place I found this beer to be slightly lacking was in the mouthfeel. I felt that coming off the tap it was somewhat watery even for the style. Given that it was only mildly carbonated and slightly tart, I thought that it seemed thin. However, it didn't take away from the drinkability much for me and I still found this one to go down quite easy.

Overall, a curious brew but well worth trying. If you're looking for something new and interesting, give it a shot.

boatshoes, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of NoLiberty
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish clear orange. Very light but nice and bright. A one-finger head builds then settles into a low head with minimal lacing. Subtle carbonation kicks up tiny soft bubbles in the glass.

The aroma is quite nice, a classic sour nose - tart, funky, fruity and slightly sweet. Notes of apple and pear twist their way into the mix and a soft alcohol presence rounds the tart aroma.

The taste is fully brett - tart and funky, exactly what should be expected in a wild ale. Starts dry and refreshing and moves to a sweet, crisp sour and musty middle. Middle moves to a more malty flavor, a bigger sweetness and alcohol flavor with edges of cripsness. Finishes with a slight bitter, but clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ok but slightly heavier than would be liked. Medium bodied with solid carbonation.

Drinkabaility is really nice, very well balanced and a refreshing delicate-flavored beer.

NoLiberty, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of ericj551
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Interlude pours a hazy light copper with a nice thick head that lingers. The aroma is a mix of sweet malt and sour, tart funk. The aroma is mild, and it is hard to pick up on the complexity. The flavor is sharp upfront, a mix of tart bitterness and carbonation. There are a lot of flavors mixing together here, green apple, tart fruit, and earthy, vinous notes. There is a characterist funk from the Brett, but it is more along the lines of sour. There is a hint of oak and the finish is dry and sharp.

ericj551, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber hue with just a touch of fizz. No real head, but a big pop when the cork was removed.

S: Lots of ripe berry, apple, and cherry. Subtle barrel notes with hints of wine, and funk.

T: Mild sour. I still pick up the berry. Mostly strawberry but there are hints of raspberry as well. Tart cherries, crushed sweet tarts and mild funk. The barrel is in the finish, nice and light oak notes, with tinges of wine.

M: Rather flat to be honest, could use a bit more zip. That being said the flavor still carries okay.

D: Pretty drinkable. Mild sour that allows you to drink the bottle all by yourself.

tpd975, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 2007 bottle with my wife. Unibroue tulip glasses. First two pours no sediment included.

Pours clear copper with half finger white head that fades with little lacing.

Aroma is light funk with a faint hint of cherry and plum notes presumably from the wine barrels.

First couple of sips have a major explosion of flavor and a bigger/harsher finish for a cellared 9.5% beer than I would anticipate.

Split balance of bottle when 1/3 into drinking first pour. All sediment included and aroma funked up to more of what I would call American wild.

Still has a little sharpness and bite on the finish that lessens drinkability.

For me, the overall flavor lacks a defining characteristic. The wine is very mellow. The brett is present on aroma (sediment pour) but is too mellow for me. I wonder if the 9.5% on this one prevented a bigger brett profile.

Yetiman420, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This should be interesting. 2005 bottle lurking in the bottom back corner of the beer fridge. How did that one stay around this long???

Pours a strong honey gold. A little on the hazy side, but to be expected. Thin layer of head dissapates quickly. Strong, active carbonation present.

Nose is rather meady. Lots of fruit. Yeasty, ripe cherries, and honey all come through. Rather complex character.

Very tart on the hit. Lots of grape character from the merlot casks. Sour finish, reminiscent of some French farmhouse ales. Alcohol comes out rather modestly at the very end. Probably went a year too long, but this is still a very good and very interesting beer.

Easy drinker and an excellent bottle to share.

beer2day, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

August 2008 vintage:

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a wide-mouth glass.

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that eventually becomes a wide patch. Vanishing lacing slide down the glass.

The smell is funky/sour with oak, some bready notes and a peppery spicing.

The taste is not as sour as expected. There is a malty sweetness - touch of honey - though some sour holds in. It becomes grapey/vinuous with plenty of pepper. Finishes warm and semi-dry.

It is light-to-medium bodied with effervescent carbonation, though it becomes a touch syrupy within that.

Even after about a year, the heat of the alcohol shows. I do like the aroma.

jwc215, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of schinebd
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle in a large Duvel tulip glass

Appearance - Brownish red with a fluffy head at pour that recedes into about 2 cm of white head that retains for the long haul. When I take a sip the head coats the back of the glass in a sheet of white...magnificent.

Smell - Fruit, spice...everything nice.

Taste - Absolutely superb. Immediate tartness gives way to white grapes and pears. The finish brings forth the oak wine and nicely complements the sweet fruits that hold up the bulk of the body. That's the short version...I could write a dissertation about the different flavors contained in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and very lightly carbonated to really bring the flavors to life in the mouth.

Drinkability - I wouldn't believe the 9.5 ABV if I didn't get a little buzz from bomber. Quenching, dry and delicious...a dangerous recipe when combined with the high alcohol content.

Passed up many opportunities to have this beer up until now...not sure why. I know Russian River's sours get a lot of buzz here in the north east, I guess because they are scarce in the area, but we take for granted what great brews we have coming from places like Allagash that are so easy to come by out here.

schinebd, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle.
Pours a dark gold in color with only a little froth. No head sticks around, even with a fairly vigorous pour.
Smells wonderful. Very viney, fruity, has some sour and wine like notes as well.
Flavor has much more brett and funk than the nose will let on. Wonderful bretty and wine flavor. Perfect amount of carbonation to keep this lively and dance around the mouth. The barrel effects really shine through in this beer. Wonderful beer. I'll definitely pick up one or two more of these and put them in the cellar to see what time will do to them.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, December 2007

A: Clear golden, amber under a thin white head that disappears quickly. No lace and no retention but no surprise there.

S: Tart, Belgian funk, hay, sour apple, bit of bread. Standard wild ale stuff. A little floral. Wish the malt was a little bigger.

T: Again, tart and funky. Hay, horse blanket, bread, apple, decent amount of bitterness and warm alcohol. Hint of sweetness up front, a bit vinous. Taste is a little more complex than the aroma.

M/D: Light to medium body, carbonation is very subtle but there. Drinkability is decent. Overall, not the best wild ale I've had, perhaps it's better fresh. Solid, but nothing great.

NCSUdo, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've so far enjoyed 2 beers from Allagash, a relatively unknown to me. Even though it's only 3 hours away for the most part. Quickly becoming a favorite brewery.

This beer is fantastic. Poured into a glass, if you will imagine with me, a compressed Sam Adams Lager glass. From the 2008 August batch.

A: After the pour, the beer starts to entertain you. Not only with the beautiful amber colored nectar that is flowing and the 1 fingered head, but also with a carbonation tornado inside. It may just be the results of the glass and the pour, but it's entertaining to watch the little bubbles form a tornado and circumvent the bottom of the glass.

S: nose seems to be of cherry esters and a hint of alcohol. A little bit of the oak can also be detected.

T: Very similar to the nose. Definitely a dark cherry taste with a hint of oak behind it. Some diactyl can be tasted as well. Very sweet malty in nature. A beautiful blend of ingredients.

M: medium bodied beer that leaves it's trail behind in a smoth delicious tempting way to have more.

D: It calls to you. I don't think i need to say anything else.

bilyboy65, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangish brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has horse blanket, musty soil, manure, oak, red wine, ripe cherries, caramel, spicy alcohol and tart citrus. Fantastic funk character in this.

Taste is a nice blend of sour citrus, sweet pitted fruits, red wine, oak, big candy malts and subtle barnyard funk. Lacks the complexity found in the nose.

Silky body is well carbonated. Finish is a bit thin, but has lasting vinous presence. Another tasty bottle from Allagash.

rye726, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice looking beer with a deep copper color with some orange highlights. When the bottle was opened a little bit spilled out immediately. When it settled down it was still a half finger of white head.

S: Tons of fruit. Apples were dominant. Nice brett funk right behind it. I don't know if my nose was playing tricks on me but I did get a touch of lacto as well. The brett and fruit were really playing well off each other.

T: Just like the nose. The brett is right up front but the fruit lays in wait. The complexity was really off the charts. The brett was a little sour but more funky than anything else. I think the barrel aging smoothed this beer out nicely.

M: Classic super dry brett mouthfeel. Still very light and refreshing.

D: Reminded me of a Gargamel light. Really an excellent Wild Ale. I really do like Allagash's strain of brett. At $18 a bottle it was a pricy treat but a damn fine beer.

aerozeppl, May 26, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, aged for 2 years in the cellar.

Appearance- Golden with brilliant orange highlights, this beer pours with incredible effervescence... easily audible from a distance. A few medium to large bubbles appear, sustaining the head.

Smell- Reminiscent of Rodenbach, this beer offers sour cherries and wood... the wild yeast teases the nose as well.

Taste- Much more restrained than expected, all fruit and wood characteristics are downplayed. Easily the easiest drinking oak-aged beer I've tried. Awesome bellywarmth, my tongue is going numb... A wine lover's beer for sure. After the sediment is swirled in, it becomes much better.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Super foamy, big, but thankfully the bubbles are smooth. It improves dramatically after the yeast addition towards the end of the tasting.

yelterdow, May 14, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Aug 2008; drunk Apr 2009. This poured a hazy copper with off-white head. It smelled like peach and honeysuckle and clover, with wild yeast and salt, and a bit of lemon and alcohol. It tasted like orange peel and peach, wild honey and wild yeast and salt, with a bit of floral hops and sweet spices. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a tart aftertaste. Overall this was a very delicate beer, with nice flavor and a decent body. It wasn't exciting to me, as I prefer richer and darker flavors in Belgian ales. I was also surprised this didn't have a stronger oak character, which could have nicely added to the beer's complexity. I'm not sure if age would improve this or not. It's nicely brewed and enjoyable fresh, but not great for my personal taste.

Pencible, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/red with a small white head. Aroma of wood, sweettart candies, and sour lacto notes. Flavor of honeydew and light sour notes, plenty of oak. Some diacetyl notes too. The flavors are complex, but very subtle. Pleasant and easy drinking for a sour.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of abfraser
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange with a nice reddish haze. Pours with a nice white head but that dissipates soon thereafter.

S: Tart apple, brett funk, pears, some citrus, vinous presumably from the barrels. This smells great. Amazingly complex.

T/M: Delicious. All of the smells are there to start--tart apple funk, pears, citrus. That buttery compound that I forget the name of is present. Finishes with a deliciously sweet blast from a big malt backbone. Vanilla from the oak there here too. Mouthfeel is nice crisp and dry.

D: Hides its alcohol extremely well.

A delectable brew. Would definitely recommend this.

abfraser, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear light amber beer with a half finger head, sampled at Julio's Liquors in Westborough MA.

Aroma was mainly of apples, although it was a bit estery. I didn't get any of the Brett funk that other people did, don't know why.

Taste was light sweet malts, again no funk. A bit of fruitiness, and a tad dry. Didn't pick up any tannins either.

Mouthfeel was wonderful... it was very light, went down easily. The alcohol was well hidden. Usually this style seems somewhat syrupy to me.

Drinkability is excellent. Did I want more? Hell yes. Would I shell out $16 for a bottle of this? For special occasions, easily. This was a well crafted beer. Everything knit together perfectly.

connecticutpoet, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of zminor
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2008 batch poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a reddish amber. Cloudy and magnificent.

Brett, Brett, Brett! One sniff and it assaults the senses. As it warms I get a little more fruit, but the funk still dominates.

Oak barrel aging is evident. The funk is definitely up front, with some citrus underneath. Just the perfect amount of sourness.

Crisp and refreshing, the beer definitely hides the abv pretty well. I just wish it wasnt 20+ for a bottle...

zminor, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at an Allagash Dinner at EVO's Pizza in North Charleston with Rob Tod of Allagash. EVO's paired the Interlude with Caramel Truffles/SeaSalt/Parmagiano - out of this world amazing. I bought a growler for $20 -that included the growler and fillup of Interlude - great price.
The following evening (today) I opened the growler and had it with BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Three Cheese Macaroni Pie, and Vegetables.

Appearance: Dark Burnt Orange, Ruby tones like that of a Tawny Port. Poured into a twelve ounce chilled mug. Little to no head.

Smell: When first opened from 34 degree cooler, Coriander, White Pepper, Caramelized Pear. As it opens you get more fruit: Strawberry & Chocolate covered Cherry

Taste: 1) Initially: Fresh out of the cooler - the white pepper and coriander are present.
2) After ten minutes: Caramelized Pear starts to develop and grows.
3) After dinner: The beer has opened up considerably. The age effect of the Plump Jack Sirah barrels really put the wine edge on this beer. An array of flavors step out: Grapes, Toast, Malt, Caramelized Pear, Strawberry, Cherry, & White Pepper.
4) The end of the growler: Hints of yeast and bready flavor on the finish.

Overall: I highly recommend this beer for wine drinkers/lovers. Not that it's a wino's beer - it lacks the filling carbonation that most beers have so you are able to eat a meal or drink several pints without the bloat or filling feeling.
This beer has soft fine tannins with a dryness on the tongue and a slightly dry finish. It pairs well with spicy foods like Thai, Spicy BBQ, or Smoked Salmon. Perfect with Thanksgiving food like Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole, etc...
Sip & enjoy on the dock, over dinner, or by the Growler - easy to drink!

LauraAlberts, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium amberish/orangish color with virtually no head at all. Aromas of woodiness, grapes, vinous, and brett. Tastes of vinous, grapes, funky, earthy, and some spices.

I need to have this one out of the bottle to see how it compares, as I really enjoyed.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/14/09

hopdog, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this a couple days ago at the Charleston Beer Exchange's rare beer Tuesday.

A - Sort of hazy golden, faint amber colored with almost no head.

S - Little sour and funky, some vinous, fruity bite.

T - There is so much going on here, it's tough to sort it all out. Sort of has that sour, farmhouse flavor at its base, a little funkiness from (I'm told) that Brett Anonymous hop guy or however you say it, with the woody, sherry influence really playing a big role in the flavor. Oak is present throughout, and there's a bit of citrus in the mix. There is a really pleasant dryness to the beer that is a result of the Merlot aging that really sets this one apart.

M - Very dry; well paired with the flavor influences. Low carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Mar 12, 2009
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.