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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 255
Gots: 172 | 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 beerman55

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

07-19-2008 17:24:11 | More by beerman55
Photo of alexgash


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

07-09-2008 00:32:27 | More by alexgash
Photo of SQNfan


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

06-26-2008 23:51:59 | More by SQNfan
Photo of MSchae1017


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

06-13-2008 01:51:05 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of Crosling


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

06-09-2008 02:19:49 | More by Crosling
Photo of MisterClean


4.43/5  rDev +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.

05-17-2008 00:52:59 | More by MisterClean
Photo of kiya


3.23/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

05-07-2008 01:47:29 | More by kiya
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

05-06-2008 10:28:44 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

3.18/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

05-02-2008 18:58:35 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of mynie


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

04-29-2008 03:31:29 | More by mynie
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.05/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

04-18-2008 19:17:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

04-18-2008 17:30:32 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

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?

04-12-2008 00:51:06 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of rdickey

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

04-09-2008 23:33:34 | More by rdickey
Photo of John_M


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

After reading some of the other reviews of this beer, I almost didn't get a glass when I saw it on tap at Mahaffey's the other night. Most of the reviews describe a strong sour component, something I generally despise in beer. Still, this is an Allagash beer, and with their strong reputation I figured what the heck, I'd give it a try. Thank God I did.

The beer pours a very enticing peach apricot color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks quite impressive. The nose is very complex on this beer, and I pick up flavors of vanilla, orange, mango and papaya. There is also a slight sour funk aroma, but when paired with the other aromas, it gives this beer almost a wine-like quality. The beer tastes every bit as wonderful as it smells. IMO, this beer has just the right interplay of sour and sweet. The sour is just a side note really, and adds complexity to this otherwise moderately sweet beer. The beer has a nice soft mouthfeel, and I get flavors of cherry, mango and vanilla. The beer is a bit warming from the abv., but the alcohol is really not too intrusive in this beer. The finish is long and smooth.

This is just fabulous stuff; one of the best and more interesting beers I've had in quite some time. Probably my very favorite Allagash beer ever.

04-03-2008 20:06:58 | More by John_M
Photo of Overlord


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

I could be wrong, but does this beer taste remarkably like the Folie Wood Aged brew? That's not a bad thing, by the way.

Pours a light orange with a white foam crust. Surprisingly long lasting. Absolutely splendid vinegar/citrus smell about it. Some green apples mixed into that aroma.

The taste is pure sour funk. Again, some green apples (maybe pears?), vinous characteristics, and citrus with a vinegar twist. Wondrous.

I'm becoming a real sucker for these sour beers. This one is nicely carbonated, with a splendid mouthfeel. Allagash has let me down a bit recently, but this one hit the mark.

04-01-2008 08:33:57 | More by Overlord
Photo of sinistrsam


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured a hazy copper-brown with a medium offwhite head and good lacing.
The smell was very complex, with hints of bubble gum, phenols, citrus, and sour cherries. Very good.
The taste was much of the same; sour cherries, citrus, candi sugar, honey and bread dough.
The mouthfeel was bittersweet to start, with a major tanin presence, biting and sour, fading to sweet and tongue-coating. Medium-bodied.
Overall, very complex and very drinkable.

03-31-2008 14:30:05 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of IntriqKen


4/5  rDev -5.2%

I'm disappointed.
This is so typically a Belgian Pale Ale that it disappoints me. I was expecting something 'special'. The oak barrel aging is so subtle it is almost none existent.

I have to apologize because this is probably exactly what they were attempting to achieve.

Perfect color...nice head retention...flavors are absolutely Belgian....oak is present but very subdued..not overpowering at all. Merely blended to create a slightly different dimension.

Good..maybe great in what they attempted.
Still...I'm disappointed.
I was hoping for someing...'more'.

Rating it straight '4's' is because the qualifier for 4 is 'good'. It's good. But almost to the point of being 'average'.

03-31-2008 02:59:12 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of gford217


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

December 2007 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Poured a nice hazy golden with a big fluffy white head.

S: Talk about bringing the funk. It was like walking into a horse barn after a heavy rain. Smells much like a Belgian Sour to me. Certainly complex.

T: Much like the smell. The seriously strong funky taste overpowers all else. Extremely sour with a hint of lemon and possible some light fruits, though it's tough to get through the funk.

M: Definitely complex and highly carbonated. The tartness goes on and on.

D: Well, I'm certainly intrigued by this one. I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of sour ales, and this skews heavily in the sour direction. I have to give Allagash credit though as I've never tasted anything like this. Very unique.

03-29-2008 02:14:54 | More by gford217
Photo of Ehouse


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

A complex beast of a beer. Immediate hit of carbonation followed by flavors of funky fruit, cherry, apple, plum, bread crust, oak, and barnyard. No I've never tasted a barnyard, but seriously it has this lingering flavor of how a barnyard smells, minus the shit. A dry, crisp finish with lingering tartness. Overall an AMAZING beer.

03-23-2008 23:10:10 | More by Ehouse
Photo of Flyer


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

This is an excellent beer, and yet I was a little disappointed, because I had HUGE expectations based on my love of the other Allagash oak-aged beers and the price -- $19 (compared to $14 for Curieaux). It pours a golden ruddy color with a good head, nice lacing, and a continuous stream of fine bubbles. Big aroma dominated by oak and Belgian-y floral notes. More of the same flavor-wise, with some late fruity notes (cherry? peach?) and maybe a little anise. A pleasantly bracing sharpness hits the back of the palate late. Not as complex as expected, but still very very good. Truly, I do heartily recommend this, but I enjoyed the Curieaux and the Musette more.

03-22-2008 19:16:04 | More by Flyer
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

feel the funk... hazy dark orange with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lace. brett, spice, pepper, vanilla and more contribute to the georgeous nose and extremely well balanced taste. medium body with a smooth flow and just a hint of sour in the finish. booze is pretty much undetectable. the price hurts a little, because i wish i could drink beer like this all day every day. fantastic.

edit: 10.15.10... drinking an august 2008 bottle that has been stored properly. brett really, really coming out and blending with what i call "blood of the earth" scents and tastes from the wine barrels. really morphed into a very well-balanced, complex beer, but the sour has gone spicy and the wood has really come out. it'll be cool to see where these bottles go after a few more years. cheers!!

03-11-2008 04:51:26 | More by timtim
Photo of Squatchito


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

December 2007 bottle into Delirium Tulip.

A: Hazy, burnt orange in color. Aggressive pour, very little head, gone almost right away, and no lacing to speak of whatsoever.

S: Crazy, this stuff has so many aromas it is hard to pick out the biggies. Definitely pick up a fruits, oak, and spicyness.

T: Like the smell, this has a LOT of stuff going on. Fruity and malty, but not overly sweet. It has a nice earthy malt character as well. Fairly tangy with notes of alcohol showing up mid-late.

M: Mid-light body with a nice dance on the tongue carbonation that compliments the tartness.

D: This is pretty complex. I have killed the bottle over the course of about 4 hours, and had it with dinner. This isn't an everyday thing for me. I don't even know if a once a month sort of thing. I certainly enjoyed it, but most likely when I buy another it will be aging for a while.

03-07-2008 01:12:19 | More by Squatchito
Photo of flexabull


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

2006 bottle courtesy of brandoman63, thanks again!

Pours a clear and light gold color, with a decent white head.

Smell is potent and strong. Lots of brett funk, lemons, sourness, and hay.

Taste is brett funk dominant. Taste is creamy, malt forward, and crisp. But most of the flavors are funky, spicy, very sour, tart, with some lemon zest. This is an interesting tasting beer, but it's needs a bit more balance, and a bit less funk.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and full in the mouth.

Drinkability is ok. This is a pretty nice and interesting beer to sip. But there is too much brett yeast flavors for my tastes. I think this is probably not balanced enough for me, and I know the price tag is too steep as well.

02-25-2008 02:58:44 | More by flexabull
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

New Years corked bottle tasting extravaganza with grub and biegaman! Big thanks to grub for opening this one, this is 2005 vintage!

Pours a cloudy amber/blood orange, thick off white head, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is funky, vinegar, fruits, wine, oak, salty, strawberries, cherries, caramel, some acidity, insanely complex. Taste is also insane, acidic, lemons, vinegar, vanilla and oak, cinnamon, spices, caramel, biscuits, grapes, wicked good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth and goes down easy. Insanely good and complex. Thanks a ton for sharing Russ!

02-21-2008 01:09:17 | More by Viggo
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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