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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 256
Gots: 175 | 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 froghop
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark orange-brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly.

smell is of sour malt, some citrus, floral, spice, and pepper.

taste is tart, sour malt, fruit, some spice, pepper, aftertaste is very spicy.

overall a good brew that is heavey on the spice

froghop, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber corked bottle.

Poured a deep amber color with a small rocky off-white head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Heavy tart fruity and cask aroma. Medium body with an oily texture. Good complex tart fruity with a small bitter finish of long duration.

Good start, soft finish.

tmoneyba, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured a dark amber body with a one finger off white head. The head had decent retention and supported spotty and leggy lacing.

S: It began with a nice rich sweet toasted malt with a funky yeasts aroma and lots of floral and citrus hop aromas.

T: The flavors are all influenced by the wine barrels. The toasted malts had a funkiness that blended well with the flavor of tart ripe cherries and plums. There was a earthiness to the backside that fit well with the zesty spices.

M: It was medium bodied with lots of carbonation, zesty spices and dry finish. It was clean and warm in the end with only a slight sweet-tart after flavor.

D: This is a nice complex beer best served a at cellar temperature and sipped to allow its complex flavors to come to the front. Not a session beer but one for an evening reading a good novel by a fireplace.

dnichols, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2, 2008:

December 2007 bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Deep golden-orange, small off-white head, nice classic looking lace.

Smells strongly fruity, fresh and bright, deep and complex. Toasty cedarlike wood and creamy vanilla are perfectly integrated with custardy tropical fruit, apple, honey, flowers, leather... Outstanding, one of the best aromas I have experienced.

Tastes like fresh and dried tropical fruits, honey, wood, vanilla. A touch of tartness. A modicum of minty grassy hop flavor. Brown apple slowly develops. Perfect balance. Rich and wonderful. Long complex fruity finish.

Full soft fine carbonation. Some minerality, and a bit of astringency in the finish. A pleasure to drink.

Ridiculously good beer.

Dec 9, 2012:

December 2007 bottle, bought at the same time as the bottle reviewed above, and cellared. The profile is quite similar, surprisingly it hasn't changed much, but it is a bit subdued, not quite as exuberant as it was fresh. Was probably better fresh, but still a very tasty and complex beer.

Beerzebub, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've tried many times and never gor around to reviewing. This sample is from a cask at Sunset grill and tap in Allston, MA. I tried 3 just to get it right...

An amber to ruby colored body with a big head.

Smell has some fruit in it, sour brett, pale malts.

Sourness is noticeable throughout, with some cherrry and other fruit characteristics in the background. Finish reveals the malt, which tastes more like just oats or barleys than malted barley. In the very end I can detect just a touch of alcohol, but it's weak.

Mouthfeel is hard to grade on casks for me, but this is somewhat viscous and a little dry from the sourness.

Extremely drinkable, a great beer.

Hojaminbag, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dec 2007 bottle, a whopping $25, at By the Bottle in Vancouver. Poured into my new Lost Abbey goblet, Interlude is a clear rusty amber, with a tight bubbled off-white head kept alive by a steady stream of lazy bubbles, leaving nice lace. This is my 700th review, and I haven't had anything special for the last few arbitrary whole number milestones, but I figured now is as good a time as any to bust this expensive bugger out. Of course, expectations are sky high, based on both the price and the potential for the style - I love funky, barrel aged Belgians, and Saison is my favorite style. As it turns out, this one falls way short on both accounts....

Smell is pretty soft, even after letting it warm from about 45-65F. Vinous and a bit acidic, a little sweet, like a Flander's Red, with hints of cherry and booze.

Taste is not like a Flander's Red - the brett merely provides a sharp, horsey bite on the finish that leaves a lingering aftertaste. There is some nutty, caramel malt sweetness, and a touch of plastic phenols and slight chalkiness on the finish, which is tannic. A little fusely, especially at 9 months old. No overt fruit, must have been the malt and/or esters on the nose, it's actually pretty bland over all, like generic wine with a musty bite. Only it's priced like a good wine, which is really outrageous, and leaves me feeling like I wasted my money. I'd be interested to see if this develops more depth with a couple years under it's belt, but at $25 a pop, I can't justify the experiment - especially when it's nothing special to begin with, and can just as likely getter worse.

Mouthfeel is thicker, a little syrupy, a wine like viscosity like sugary blush.

Drinkability isn't that hot, cramped by the outrageous price it was even harder to enjoy then had I only paid $10 for it, which is certainly a fair price compared to many of the other brett beers being put out by US craft brewers. But to charge what they do, they need to be offering a masterpiece, not a test batch.

ccrida, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, corked and caged, obtained via some sort of trade/bif but who can remember

upon popping the cork, this one started gushing out of the bottle so i naturally cut the losses by taking the foam to the dome...all things considered, maybe only a couple ounces escaped

appearance: poured into a snifter - this is an absolutely radiant beer with a glowing orange body and a full wave of beige suds and lovely lacing - sexy

smell: strong vinous aromas, strong notes of funky brett yeast and oak blasts...deep and complex as would be expected from the allagash brand

taste: The effects of oak wine barrels leave this ale vinous to the point of a fine wine. The funky Brett tones play out really nicely in this beer and the oak is rather subtle. The sour tones are minimal and complimentary. It's just an all around solid beer

mouthfeel: active and alive, medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. 2007 vintage Pours a virtually translucent amber-red with a thin film of off-white head. Smells sweet, fruity, and sour/acidic. Tastes fruity, bready, and sour/funky, but not overwhelmingly so. Flavors are extremely subtle and balanced. Medium-bodied with surprisingly low carbonation. Wow. This beer is the most unique beer I have ever encountered, unlike any other beer I've had. Delightfully sour/funky, but not a sour bomb. Nothing wrong with this beer, very well-crafted doubt. Even at the cost, (about 17$ per bottle), I would not hesitate to buy up more. Can't wait to see how it ages (have a bottle of 2007 and 2005 aging now)!

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of deg
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a wide mouth goblet. A nice honey color with a thick head. I couldn't smell a thing, which disappointed me. However, this isn't the first beer this has happened to, so I am not sure what to make of that (maybe I'm losing my sense of smell?). I took a taste. Vanilla, cream, and a fruitiness. I couldn't quite identify the fruit. The beer felt nice and creamy and soft on my tongue, really easy to drink. One concern I have about the drinkability of this beer is that you can't tell it is 9.5%ABV, and it goes down quite smoothly. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's got not to be whacked in the face with an alcohol taste.

deg, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. labeled as dec 2007. poured into tulip.

clear copper color. decent head fades to wisps and a ring. some lacing, tho sparse at times.

oaky aroma upfront, whiskey tones. some possible brett funk. notes of white wine. (yep, white, not red)

phenols start the palate, then oak comes in w moderate bitterness. hint of caramel malt, but not much. more whisky and wine notes. trace of acidity. dry, oaky finish.

not thin, some smoothness w tannins for texture. carbonation is fluffy when rolled on tongue, but otherwise prickly.

just a little too much oak, while other flavors are too dulled and thus overpowered. what happened? i enjoyed this a lot at the EBF. but now, meh...

tai4ji2x, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2007 vintage. Pours a burnt orange color with good clarity and about two fingers of off-white head. Head recedes to a thin but full lace.

Smell is quite bold and has some red wine characteristics, oak, peppery spice, some fruit. Lots of yeast going aromas, both "typical" Belgian yeast as well as funky brett. Some alcohol is noticeable. Oak and red wine characteristics dominate as it warms.

Taste is very complex, starting off dry with red wine characteristics and then moving to a funky, tart and yeasty flavor. Then comes some fruit, pear maybe (this is probably the peak in terms of sweetness with just a splash of sweet pear) followed by some vanilla, peppery spice, earthy and oaky flavor and finishing dry with all of these last aforementioned flavors lingering on the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden but comes out a bit more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is quite crisp and dry, both of which give it a light feel in the mouth. I guess I'd call it a medium body.

This is quite an interesting, complex and very well crafted brew. The flavor profile is not my favorite of the Allagash line, but it is still a stellar beer. Definitely worth picking up.

number1bum, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of beerman55
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full body with exceptional mounth feel. Aroma was full of fruit with a hoppy balance that swirled throughout the tasting.

Giving the high ABV this beer was a delight to sit and savor. During the course of the night, I quickly began to enjoy the full body texture this beer had to offer as it warmed slight in the glass.

beerman55, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. 2007 bottling.

Mildly hazy glowing copper orange body. Fizzy, crackly, finger of dirty beige head. Good lacing. Very effervescent with lots of little bubbles coming up from the bottom. Wonderfully aromatic nose of powdered sugar, pears, tart grapes, cherry skins, cobwebs, fresh hay, hints of oak, cotton candy, and some tangy brett-like notes. Exceptional.

Tangy fruit and tart cherry-citrus notes up front. Herbal, grassy hoppiness as well. Powdered sugar fruits (pears, grapes) bring in a little sweetness mid-palate. Slightly funky hay and cherry skin tartness come out before an oaky, almost banana aftertaste/aspirin bitter finish. Lingering vinous tannin quality. Dry. Medium-full body with an almost sticky feel. Sparkling carbonation in the finish. One of the best American Belgian-style beers around.

alexgash, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle: There was lots of carbonation in this bottle. Very crisp and refreshing with a wonderful herbal funkiness running throughout. It was well-balanced with plenty of flavor running through the midpalate and long finish. Quite a nice way to end the night.

SQNfan, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the 750mL bottle into a Dogfish Head oversized wine goblet. The body pours an amber color with a just off white head that keeps a nice ring around the edge of the glass and a fair amount of foam across the top of the beer. Some lacing also remains on the sides. The aroma displays tart apples with caramel and chardonnay along with some spiciness. The flavor hits you first again with the tart apples but the spiciness from the farmhouse yeast lingers throughout and is then complimented beautifully by the tart character of the Brettanomyces and some caramel sweetness. The beer exhibits a medium body with a high amount of carbonation, but a bit of dryness from the oak. This combined with the tart edge provides the drinker with a rather refreshing beverage. The beer seems to be a Saison, Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and Flemish Sour Ale all in one. That is fine by me, seeing they are all great styles. It is pretty intense, making it more drinkable to split the bottle three ways, and can become overwhelming over the course of an entire bottle by one's self. Still it a great beer as one would expect from Allagash.

MSchae1017, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light bronze with a full, lasting foam. Lots of depth in the nose, with hints wine stained oak, fruit and funk. Lots of taste, with hints of oak, a caressing funkiness and light fruits. Vinous character, showing light hints of red fruits. Authentic and unique. It's quite an ale.

Crosling, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Manderes' Allagash tasting

A - Gold with a light head, which dissipates quickly.

S - Cherry, like a lambic, with cloves, and hints of red wine.

T - Oaky, cherry, sugar esters, and slightly smoky. Pretty good.

M - Smooth, with a bite of sourness.

D - Excellent. Impressive overall. This beer needs to be reclassified as a Belgian Sour. Not a BSP in many aspects.

MisterClean, May 17, 2008
Photo of kiya
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

January 2007 Vintage 750ML...

Pours a tall but airy head filled with bubbles so large you can hear the head dissipate. A nice golden dark peach color with a small bit of head retention that leaves no trace.

Scents are difficult to distinguish as it's light on the nose.. sour berries and tangy candies come through as it comes up to room temperature.
I take a sip and the carbonation is too intense to get a good idea what as to what i'm tasting.. An anise seed flavor attacks then gives way to a barn back. I let it sit for a few minutes then go at it again hoping for more. I'm met with a slightly more musty version of the first experience, with more of a roasted malt flavor.
Mouthfeel on this is disappointing, the carb is too strong and makes it difficult to pinpoint what flavors i'm tasting.
It's drinkable, but not in the best way, especially considering the price of a bottle.

kiya, May 07, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had actually missed picking this one up the last time it was around, mostly because I had always seen other things that I had wanted to try more. This time though I grabbed a bottle the other day as soon as I saw it in the store. It was a January 2007 vintage, 750ml corked and caged bottle, which I was thrilled to be finally sampling. Served slightly above cellar temperature into an oversized wine glass, I proceeded to indulge myself.

Appearance - The pour was very nice with a ruby colored liquid being presented in front of me. Nice clarity as there was almost no haze to it at all, and the overall look was that if you had been looking through a gemstone, very nice indeed. A two inch high, off white colored head then rose up from the depths on this one and settled down nicely to about a finger high. Good retention left at least a half an inch layer throughout the entire session and coating amounts of side glass lace were visible throughout. Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up throughout the session and the overall look was just very nice.

Smell - The aroma caught me off guard at first to be honest. Rich, sour, tart, notes of Brett were the first thing I picked up on, and to be honest I was not expecting them at all. It was amazingly rich and complex, with a beautiful full nose to it. Lots of sugar to be found under the Brett, sweet hints of caramel and syrup were everywhere. A touch of cherries I could pick up as well. There was no oak at first, but after letting it warm up a few minutes, the oak hints really started to come out nicely and wrapped up with the sour funk, to produce a really wonderfully sweet, spicy, and tart aroma.

Taste - The flavor did not have the same level of sour funk that I experienced in the nose, it had much more of an oaky, sweet, and sherry like flavor to it would be the best way to describe it. It rolled across the tongue with the sweet essence of caramel, and lots of spiced oak like flavors, rolling through, some of the sourness could be picked up after a few minutes; however it was fleeting, as the sweetness came through and pushed it back. There was a nice touch of candy like flavor, especially in the finish as it rolled on back and left a smooth, coating follow though.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, medium bodied ale, it definitely was a little weightier then I thought it would be. Nice carbonation throughout the entre session, it never really felt dull, or slick at all. Nice consistency with an awesome follow through.

Drinkability - For a 9.5% Belgian strong, it was spot on. I did not pick up any alcohol in this one at all, and in fact it was smooth as silk. Rich creamy and complex flavors were the norm here and the Mouthfeel was superb, really letting the flavors pop on the tongue,

Overall I thought this was excellent. Definitely a different take on the style and the complexity was just excellent overall. I was shocked by how the aroma differed from the flavor though both were well above par. It's a pricy one at $20 a bottle, but it is something that is well worth a try. Another winner from Allagash.

mikesgroove, May 06, 2008
Photo of Sixpoint
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 vintage.

Beer surprisingly flat upon pour; don't know if that was intended or not, but all remnants of a head have dissipated after 5 minutes in my glass.

Smell is promising - candied fruit, honey, and slighty goatyness promising a little Brett funk action.

Warming tones with vanilla start in the flavor, dry green apple finish with a heavy dose of diacytel butterscotch.

Noticeably absent in the mouthfeel; carbonation is lacking and texture is lost.

Overall, definitely not my cup of tea, and in my humble opinion, they make much better varieties. This 2007 sample I had missed the mark.

Sixpoint, May 02, 2008
Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

January 2007 vintage

Average pour into a Duvel glass. Head is small but tight. Beer doesn't glisten so much as it just exudes a dirtyamber color. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Smells tart, little funky, lots of sugar but not much spice. Hints of fruit--sour ones. Green apples and grapes and currants. Oak aged? Really?

Tastes like the sour up front. Not very much yeastiness but a pretty nice selection of fruit. This moves into a seltzery middle and ends on a lingering sour node that's quite pleasant but not really what I was thinking I'd get out of an oak aged Belgian pale.

mynie, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a medium-sized, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma dominated by Brett with a dailed up musk factor and old, tired oak vessels with a lesser note of sour apple.

Taste: Some malts and a syrupy sugar sweetness get quickly dislodged by a powerful tangy tartness and coarse astringent tannins. Splash of sour apple vinegar. Slight vinousnicity. Touch of sour-tasting yeast, a small hint of booze. Oaky finish with a slap of acidity and chock full of tannins. Argh!

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite the tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Here's my problem, I found it to be overly tart, sharply so, and a bit heavy on the oak. For me, this left the overall taste to be rather disjointed, with nothing really coming together for me.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

December 2007 bottle

Pours a very hazy copper/orange color with a decent sized head, fades fast, no lacing, thin cover of foam left.

Smell has a yeasty aroma, some funkiness going on, sweetness contributed from the fruity aromas, no hint of alcohol which is nice.

Taste right off the bat has a sour/tartness, slight wood aspect but isn't overbearing like some beers aged in barrels, subtle fruit tones that don't beat you over the head, lots of carbonation which I usually don't like but works very well with this beer, very crisp, can't make out the alcohol so it is well hidden.

A very great tasting beer, if only the head had better retention with aroma release, it would probably push it to a perfect score.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2007 vintage.

a - pours a pure golden color, layer of fine sediment at bottle of the bottle, dense two-finger ivory head, retention around the edges and decent lacing, lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top

s - pretty funky on the nose, some apple, pear and spice, a bit of oak, not much alcohol in the aroma

t - sweet and funky up front, though the funk is less pronounced on the palate than on the nose, some apple and tropical fruits on the midpalate, finish has a bit of spices and strong honey along with a bit of oakiness and a mild alcohol presence, the alcohol is evident on your breath afterwards, very complex and interesting

m - mild carbonation, medium-bodied, very nice alcohol warming effect on the palate, fairly dry on the finish

d - fairly drinkable for the 9.5% abv, not overly harsh on the palate despite the brett, the alcohol is readily evident however, which limits the drinkability

Excellent beer all around. Quite complex on the palate and well balanced...the funk is well integrated and not overwhelming. I'm not sure it's worth about $20 a bottle, but then again, what is?

WeisGuy, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of rdickey
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange into a tulip; fine white one-finger head.

Smell: There's lots going on here, but I can't identify all of it. There's a definite funk to it, and tart cherries come through across the top.

Taste: Wow. I will confess that I was overwhelmed on the first taste. The tartness comes through loud and clear, but it's not overpowering as it sometimes is in a grand cru; here it's more subtle and just tasty. The Brett provides a funky hop backbone that I just love. Follow George Clinton's advice and let the funk flow through.

Mouthfeel: Fabulous. Medium-bodied with high carbonation, which is spot-on for this beer.

Drinkability: It's a good thing I had only one bottle of this because I would have drunk it until I lost consciousness. It's that good, and although you feel the high ABV, the tartness makes it so quenching that it goes down smooth. If it's not obvious, I really like this beer and, even though it may not be for everyone, would urge everyone to give it a shot at least once.

rdickey, Apr 10, 2008
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.