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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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979 Ratings

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 247
Gots: 169 | FT: 14
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-15-2011 18:37:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/3/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grapes and other fruits, wild Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet flavors of grapes, caramel and citrus followed by a mild tartness. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a heart but not too heavy male character. There’s a mild but complementary hops presence which brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and complex Belgian-style beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 16:55:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small, light tan head on top of a cloudy, amber body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Lots of citrusy funk and musty cherries. Notes of orange, sweet malt and some toffee.

T - Tangy wheat and lactic acid with candied orange. Some toffee malt and light caramel in the middle. Finishes tart with sherbet-like notes of tropical fruit, lingering funk, and vanilla oak flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice beer that is easily drinkable despite its sour character and high ABV. It is nicely balanced between the complex, sour funk and the rich malt. The malt notes are quite rich and creamy for a sour beer and they are accentuated by the oak aging. The final impression is of a complex and somewhat saison like beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 07:04:19 | More by nickfl
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-17-2012 10:03:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-10-2014 16:53:03 | More by Jason
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-06-2013 01:07:39 | More by drabmuh
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mughugger for sharing this w/ me.
Decanted cool into a snifter served at Drafting room in Exton, Pa.

A - Amber/golden liquid w/ light head and thick streams of off white lace.

S - Strong brett odors, familiar horsey aroma

M - Tangy, woody and crisp w/ a tannic and light sour feel w/ low effervessence

T - Dry and oaky at the start w/ vinous and toasty ale notes. A white grapey sweetness coupled w/ vanilla oak nuttiness.

D - Great brett beer, very flavorful w/ wonderful oakey notes from the Syrah barrels, If you like brett you will like it. I would love a second bottle to make sure, haha.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 20:13:02 | More by Slatetank
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New York

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful mix of pale, Bret yeast, and oak barrel scents. It's tart, but nothing too intense. The oak mellows it out quite a bit. The taste is exceptional. It has a warm pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes sour with excellent oak notes. It has quite a complex palate. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. There is definately a lot going on here. The flavors are very intense and blend well together.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 16:53:51 | More by WesWes
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 17:16:35 | More by jlindros
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 22:00:02 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-28-2012 04:32:21 | More by SocalKicks
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:25:44 | More by mdfb79
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottling, Sampled May 2006
As I pour this beer I get an intense, bright, fruity aromatic note that most reminds me of strawberries. The beer appearance is an orangish, red-gold color, fairly hazy and topped by a frothy tan colored head. The up front fruitiness, while still in the nose, is drowned out by the austere, funky Brett notes in the main nose of this beer. Notes of berries intermingle with notes of earth and damp wood, as well as a note of sour acidity that is almost, though not quite, reminiscent of lemons. The intense fruitiness is really the striking thing, at least to me, about the aroma the typical funky Brett notes are of course here, but that intense, sweet berry fruit character is quite a pleasant balance to the funkiness.

The taste is initially pretty darn tart. I was not expecting this level of sour, though it is quite mild for most intentionally soured beers, but not necessarily ones that advertise the use of Brettanomyces. Again that berry note is here in the taste, it starts up in the middle of a quaff and lingers on through to the finish. Notes of green grapes and tart apples join the fresh berry notes to round out the fruit flavors that I find in the flavors. I wonder if the berry notes are from the aging in the wine barrels, but it seems so vibrant that I am just not convinced that it is from the wine barrel aging. The beer is fairly light, especially when one considers the alcohol content, and is easily quaffed, yet tends to linger and lightly stick to the palate. Of course there is a solid Brett character here as well, though it is not as prominent in the flavor as it was in the nose. Notes of musty cobwebs linger on almost ephemerally in the mouth as sharp almost urea-like notes cut through, but can not quite vanquish them entirely.

What an enjoyable brew this is. The balance of this beer is enlightening; fresh vibrant fruit notes intermingle with the funky wild yeast notes and provide an entirety to this tipple that the individual components could not hope to achieve.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 03:02:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 03:46:46 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-18-2011 18:46:52 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. wine-style bottle, bought for $19.99 at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA, Vintage January 2007,

A: Pours a slightly cloudy, light orange, with a fizzy white head, which hisses at first pour, with fair retention, though later pours leave a nice film after the head dissipates.

S: Interesting smell, banyard funk, what they call horse blanket, with grape juice, and strawberry, cherry.

T: Very complex taste. Have the BSPA background, with an estery taste, mixed with the funkiness, wet hay, and saddle leather from the brett. Coming in not as robust as I thought from reading the label, are sweet wine notes, tasty grape and strawberry. A great mix of flavours, it works really well. The sourness is light, pretty mild, but it's there, but just adds to the complexity of the beer.

M: Slightly acidic, tannic, and bone-dry from the brett character, but smooth and easy to drink. The sour character almost makes it refreshing for a 9.5% beer.

D: A great beer by Allagash, but at the price, I can't see myself buying it except for once or twice when it comes out each year. Still, it is a beer every craft fan should try at least once. One of the most complex beers I have ever had for sure. Thanks to Kenny at Hollingshead's for having the last stash of this at his Deli, I can't find it anywhere else in the Southland.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 19:15:16 | More by Halcyondays
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cap blew off the bottle with a slight twist to the cork....a minor amount spilled out. That said, there is little head, but it has staying power and leaves a gentle lace on the glass. Light amber and crystal clear.

Some sour cherry aromas, all-spice, cinnamon, slight nutmeg; some alcohol warmth in the aroma also.

More sour than most American Belgians (is that an oxymoron?). Much spiciness as described in the aroma is present in the flavor as well. This is an extraordinarily complex ale. The aftertaste lasts for a long time.

A potent concoction with a lovely blend of interesting flavors and smells. This is a strong ale and it shows in the alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 19:51:34 | More by smcolw
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

03-19-2013 02:23:56 | More by mendvicdog
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/10/07- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. 2007 release. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Caught between and brown and red hued color. 3/4 inch foamy white head which settles at a light rim. Leaves decent lace spots and patches.

Smell- A good amount of oak barrel scent with some added brett farm funk. Light citrus fruit nose with some random nice spicy notes.

Taste- About the perfect amount of oak. Not too overbearing like some aged beers. Really soft and lightly sweet apricot and berry flavors. Definite sweet and sour-tart at the same time. White pepper added toghether with a light hop zing combines for a really nice taste.

Mouthfeel- About the norm carbonation level which settles even more as the beer really warms to room temp.

Drinkability- Hey, the last of the rip off Allagash series turns out to be the best one of the bunch...still not at $19 (which is cheap as I have seen it for as much as $26). $12 would be a good asking price. A really tasty and complex beer nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 00:02:23 | More by GClarkage
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3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Interlude August 2008 vintage. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are extremely high; I love sours and I love Allagash. Acquired at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, California. No best before date.

Served a bit cooler than room temperature and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with very little vigor as I didn't want to punish it too much.

Not paired with food.

Cork pops out nice and loud, suggesting good carbonation even after four years.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head - fairly thin - with some fair cream and good overall retention. Poor lacing. Colour is a vibrant but nontransparent fig-amber with orange hues. It's a tough colour to nail down. Floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's got a good colour to it; I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Fig, orange (not orange peel), biscuity yeast, wild yeast, bacteria, bretts, hints of mango, tropical fruit esters - likely from the background subtle hops, some floral character (also likely from the hops), and fruity sugars. It's nicely subtle all around, certainly a sweet quality. Tropical yet very fresh. Some clean unobtrusive malts. Some booze might break through a bit there at the end; I'll see in the taste. The aroma does get stronger as it warms.

T: Fruit is what I notice first - orange peel, orange, and perhaps mango. Some clove. I'm shocked at how restrained the sourness seems. It's not horribly yeasty. I'm curious which brett strain was used; it walks a fine line between sour and funky - but invests seriously in neither. This is somewhat disappointing. Not as full bodied as it needs to be. Malts are clean and unobtrusive. Biscuity yeast does come through, but not as much as anticipated (or wanted). It has some subtlety, but does feel pretty simple for a sour from Allagash. I have to admit I expected better. No oak comes through. Maybe some white wine hints. The floral character from the hops is nice. It definitely needs more fig and more of the dark fruit promise that was present on the aroma. I do like it.

Mf: Undercarbonated. Smooth and wet. I'd like more crispness. It's just too damned thin to support the flavours. Pretty light on the palate.

Dr: I expected a phenomenal sour, and that isn't what I got. It's rather pricey for what it is. It hides its ABV extraordinarily well, but I'd sooner take a more affordable sour; I'm looking forward to the Supplication I'm drinking next. It's drinkable and I like it, but it just isn't world class. A decent offering from Allagash, but nowhere near the quality suggested by the hype. Maybe the four years of aging reduced the quality. In any case I won't be getting it again.

This tastes more like a farmhouse ale or a saison than a true sour or wild ale.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:42:23 | More by kojevergas
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-08-2013 07:21:39 | More by beernads
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy light golden amber color with a thin white head that quickly fades and some visible bubbly carbonation. Aroma is funky with lots of sour oak, with some dark cherry, strawberry, vanilla and hop notes. Very funkt and tart oaky flavor with plenty of hops and crisp apple and strawberry fruit flavor. Nice balanced and very quaffable. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 08:56:44 | More by corby112
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-15-2011 03:25:53 | More by imperialking
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, russett toned crimson with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light oak, vanilla, tart apples, melons, mild pineapple, earthiness, and citrus.
Taste mimics the aromas with light cherries found among the flavors.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front with honey and booze hanging on during the dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2007 15:22:29 | More by weeare138
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-17-2014 05:08:59 | More by MarkyMOD
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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