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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,208
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 285
Gots: 221 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,208 | Reviews: 433
Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 2007 bottle.

Appearance: Hazy, murky amber. The head starts out strong but eventually settles into a small cap of white concentrated around edges.

Smell: Sour fruits, brett, red wine and a bit of barnyard funk. Remarkably layered and complex, the aroma continues to reveal new elements as it warms.

Taste: Sour green apple, black cherry, lemon peel. Very fruity, but more tart than sweet (nowhere near lambic tartness, however). Brett is present but not overpowering. Oak and red wine notes come out toward the finish, particularly in the aftertaste. Barrel-aging has treated this beer kindly; the nearly 10% ABV is hidden remarkably well. I couldn't detect a trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a bit slick, soft effervescence.

Drinkability: The intense complexity makes this a slow-sipping beer, though it's entirely enjoyable. It's a beer best shared with someone; more than one glass might be a bit too much, but less than one glass leaves you wanting more.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 2007 release.

Decided to finally open this bottle after having a couple glasses of Orval. It seemed to be a logical progression somehow.

Body is a high-clarity amber orange, tinted the color of clover honey. A few lazy bubbles work their way into ascension. Once the bottle was opened at cellar temperature, it foamed, and weakly threatened to gush. Into a tulip glass it foamed up to the brim, then rapidly faded to a skim. Not alot of lacing or great head retention, but the color is nice.

Cheesy, mildly wild aroma. Celery, damp stones, soft ripened cheese at first.

Complex flavors, buttery cheese, vaguely fruity, straw, wild yeast definitely. It's on the restrained end of the wild spectrum, but lends enough to make it interesting (with the odd band-aid note). Honey and pear in the aftertaste. Not getting much sourness or even tartness. Very well balanced and integrated overall. I'll be getting another one of these for a special occasion, I just had to see if it lived up to the hype, and it does. For fans of wild Belgians, Saisons, etc.

I'm guessing this would pair well with a blue cheese, or Morbier and pears.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized wine glass at Durty Nellie's.

Finally getting another shot at Interlude, and it's on-tap. (Interestingly, the news that they've got some Darkness kegs downstairs intrigues me further...) It pours a slightly hazy golden orange topped by a quarter-finger of white foam. The nose comprises apple cider, light Brett, mandarin oranges, lemon zest, and cinnamon. The taste holds notes of lime, orange zest, light nutmeg, pepper, mild Brett, and a few sparse cobwebs. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, a nice bit o' wildness, but a tad mild on the flavor (I was looking for just a pinch more pop, so to speak). Good times, nonetheless.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stunning! From the fruity Brettanomyces nose to the lightly chalky and vinous notes in the finish, Allagash's Interlude seduces!

With it's hazy-but-glowing orange body and creamy yellowed-white cap it beckons! The head retention is quite good, bolstered by streams of very-fine gently-effervescent natural bubbles rising from beneath. It eventually drops to a wide collar and whispy surface covering, but the initial walls of solid lace remain.

The aroma is the siren song here; beautifully delicate, bright, fruity, and funky all at the same time. "Barnyard" is just too ugly of a word to describe the rich Brettanomyces character, yet it's perfectly justified. Wet-straw, horses, mud, a bit of manure, and damp wood all come together with a waft of juicy summer fruit (strawberries, tangerine, apricot, papaya) to make one beautiful, delicate, but wide-ranging portrait.

In the mouth it's gently effervescent, caressing the tongue more than bristling against it. It's light-medium in body; supple rather than crisp, and slick across the palate.

The flavor starts with a combination of softly sweet, just slightly honeyish malt, and juicy fruit (apricot, tangerine, papaya, melon). It's intense with sugar and tartness and fruit! As it warms and the tartness softens and the sweetness spreads, the woody/earthy/funky character of the Brett becomes apparent. It may be an acquired taste, but once you're hooked it's enough to lead you blindly straight into the depths of hell. Quite enticing!!! The woodiness and vinous character of the oak barrels appears in the finish, along with a sublime bitterness and touch of yeasty chalkiness. It lays in the mouth, but dully, and without really disturbing anything. The bitterness fades, and really all that's left is some chalkiness and oaky dryness.

I remember thinking when I bought this that it was expensive, but having tasted it I'd gladly pay more - although I hope I don't have to as I intend to buy more!!! It ranks right up there with the other Brett and oak enhanced ales coming out of the US, and in my opinion it's a little more rounded, softer, and more drinkable. The alcohol is never noticeable, and there's enough Brett character to satisfy even the die-hard fan without becoming sharp. It's rounded, well-balanced, and interesting! Superb!

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
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-

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.34/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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