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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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441 Reviews

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Reviews: 441
Hads: 1,289
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 314
Gots: 242 | 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:
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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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger high fluffy head. There was limited head retention and lacing.

S: This beer had lovely sours aromas with hints of red wine.

T: The beer was not as sour as one might have suspected from the aroma though the tastes of the red wine were present. For a beer this strong, the taste of the alcohol was nicely hidden.

M: A bit shy of medium bodied, this beer had moderate carbonation and a dry finish (probably from the red wine).

O: Enjoyable but not the best of the "brett" offerings from Allagash, probably would not pick it up again.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug. 08 Edition.

Poured into mini snifter.

Pours hardly any head. No retention or lace. Color is a hazed sunset orange.

Aroma: Some oak, sour flavors, lemons, yeast. Some barnyard funk. Lots of brett flavor. Pretty decent.

Taste: A lot of oak and brett. Lemon spices, farmyard funk. A little heat shows. It's not to bad, but for a wild ale I was expecting more than just a huge amount of brett.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, and thin. Some carbonation bubbles roll over the palate. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry spiced aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad beer. Not anything that I am overly impressed, but solid and I am glad I got to try it. However, I do wish it had some other bugs in it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

Hazy orange hue with a small head that recedes quickly. Honey, oak, brettanomyces, light funk, subtle fruit. Good flavor, though not as lovely as I remember upon sampling the draft version. Sweeter than expected, with a pronounced honey presence throughout. Nice brett quality. A solid beer. As is customary with me, I would prefer more sour & funk character in lieu of sweetness.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. It poured a murky, orange/amber color with a moderate fluffy and bubbly white head to it. The head faded but left some moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is tart, acidic and sour with a lot of the Brett coming through. It has a lot of floral notes to it with some tart fruits coming through as well. Very nice wild ale aroma.

The taste shows a good amount of the sharp, acidic, sourness to it. It also has a lot of tart, fruity, apple, pear, grape like flavors coming through as well. Some hints of spice seem to be hiding in the background. The finish really shows off more of those tart fruit like flavors and lingers nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors and was a very good beer overall. It had some very nice sour and tart flavors without becoming too extreme. Paired great with dinner tonight too.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a thin, white head and the beer itself was very cloudy and deep amber in color. The nose was musty, apple-like, and very much brett-driven. The mouthfeel was thick and full, very bubbly and scrubbing. I got a taste of sour apple and brett mustiness on the tongue. The finish was utterly sour and puckering and vividly comes back as I type this. It was a very memorable beer. This is a beer that will wake up the ol' palate and leave you thirsting for more.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2012 October. Solid pop off the cork with a little bit of nudging.

Really pretty body color, opaque with a real nice peach orange body. Lots of rising thin carbonation. Head is a little off white, kind of soapy but manages some retention and settles slowly to an easy finger puck.

Nose has a good pepper brett sense and nice hints of fresh squeezed lemon. A light sweet malt caramel hides in the back. Pretty solid and mouthwatering, with a jammy apricot sense of sweetness. Hints of sugarsnap cookies and dough also. Real interesting.

Palate is fairly solid on the fruit forward angle. Jammy apricot body with a nice round texture. Doesn't feel as carbonated as expected. Very big full fruit and rich mouthfeel with a nice density. Hints raw cookie dough which seems so odd but fun! Tannic quality is really nice if hardly noticeable, with a good softness.

Overall a real neat take and strangely not wine like, but with great wine character. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BARCADE BKLYN NY, on Allagash night 11-17-06, one look at this beer and you know something special is about to cross the lips, cloudy, light apricot with a crazy, puffy, tiny bubble head, leaving outstanding lacing/sheeting, funky, yeasty, floral nose. More funky woody,Brett notes, fresh, tasty, bold, complex, herbal, yeasty, spicy, my kind of beer, thank you Allagash and Barcade for this world class creation which was super to enjoy on tap!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 caged and corked bottle split with friends at compound summer 09, poured in some wine glasses. Been sitting on this for a spell. (re-write after a site crash)

Interlude 06' is golden in color with some orange hints and a touch of copper. With semi heavy pours only a faint cap was seen on the surface with a light beige look, no lacing.

Smells like a mildly funky wine barrel aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The brett has developed a bit more giving off some light funk, but nothing extraordinary. Red wine with dark fruits in the back.

The taste has really improved over the years, but I cant say that the brett has truely developed 100%, and at this point it won't get any better. This is mildly funky(very mild) and not even close to being tart, no acidity at all. BSDA is a good classification as it shows more of those qualities with ripe fruits, apples plums and pears. Belgian yeast, mildly bready. The wine barrel aging is my favorite part and blends nice with the fruit.

The feel is on the low end of the funky side with a mild spritz, the carb is at a nice level. A easy drinking Belgian strong that is kind of hard to identify. Crisp and refreshing. I only wish I had another bottle of this, I need more of this year.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. June 2009 bottle.

Appearance - Orange amber with a bit of cloudiness. Hefty white head with great retention. A pillow rests atop the body. Large sticky tracks of lace after taking a few sips.

Smell - Oh yeah. Bretty and funky. Not to the level of a gueuze, but still quite appealing. Strong wine presence, as well. Reminds me of Supplication, without the intense tart aromas.

Taste - Not as appealing as the aroma belies. A slight bit tart at the beginning, but it fades quickly. Not really sour at all. Some funkiness, but it's dominated by blander flavors (if that makes sense). A hefty malt flavor persists throughout. It's oaky and permeated by red wine flavors. It masks a great deal of the yeast characteristics. Finishes slightly bitter and vinous.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for the style. The malt backbone is stronger than I'd like it to be. The finish is very nice because the wine dominates. Without it, this probably wouldn't be interesting at all.

Overall - Not Supplication and not really close, even though this is very good. The gulf in class is vast, even if the numbers in this review say otherwise.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -4.5%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Light and fruity with a bretty funky earthy edge to it. Tannic and tart with a bit of a vinous character to it. Nice beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tour at brewery. Nice very complex beer that seemed more wine oriented in the nose and palate. Expect it would be a good food beer. Dry but not astringent/harsh. Unfortunately had to rush drinking it because we had to leave the part of the brewery where the tour tastings are done. May have had stronger impressions of the complex flavors if I had more time to savor. Still...clearly a very good beer and one I'd try again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with great clarity and a quickly diminishing head.

Smell is musty, vinegar like and malty. Kind of fruity with a kiss of malt vinegar.

In the taste, nice sourness, more of a winesque tartness. Wine and some funk, light oak. The body is light, carbonation is low.

Overall the flavors are sublime and it drinks really smooth. It was delicious and moderately complex, my review is nothing compared to this beer. It's hard to describe.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2012 vintage. Poured from a cork and caged bottle into a snifter, the beer is a ruby-tinged golden coloring with an uneven, sparse, quickly dispersing white head. Aromas of tart wine-like characteristics, cherry and grape sweet, woody notes, and some earthy character. Smells robust. Flavors are dark cherry sweet forward, with an effervescent body that keeps everything very light. Subtle cinnamon spice noted as you drink. Very sweet, crisp flavor profiles across the palate. The fruit characteristics diversify into grape, apple, and berry towards the end of the palate. The tart and sourness builds as you drink, with a slightly acidic building character. Fruits and esthers in the aftertaste, with a slight puckering feel in mouth. The finish is crisp, dry, and slightly astringent. Very drinkable, very robust.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Poured a perectly clear amber brown with little head but fantastic lacing. The smell was somewhat thin with a slight sourness a la Rodenbach, but delicate and balanced with wood and a touch of sweetness. Amazing taste. I had this on draft, and it really seems to change the flavor profile a good bit. Not like the smell at all. The sourness was way downplayed in favor of a fantastic creaminess- like a beer cream soda. Utterly creamy, and with a hint of sourness developing in the background, and a strong note of hazlenut on the finish. Utterly amazing- the transition from sour to nutty creaminess is magnificent. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and delicious. Wow! Such a fascinating brew. I could sip and sip.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured orangish burnt brown in color with pale yellow highlights with a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely spot out the brett character, acdic, citrusy, oaky barrel, and cherry fruit notes that let's you know there will be some tart flavors.

T: the cherry notes are more potent on the palate with oaky citrus accents but had a little vinegar character. It did however have a little acdic corky flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight fruity but acidic, oaky, citric, tart, and dry finish.

D: it drank really good and was a solid wild ale that I would definitely like to try again. It kind of reminded me of supplications little sister but the cherry flavor was more mild.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NutBrown for this brew.

Jan 2007 Bottle

Nice POP upon opening.

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy deep orange color, real nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some little islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of oak, and some caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty/yeasty, some oakyness/caramel. Full body, a well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, this one is very tasty, highly recommended. Thanks Alan.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EDIT: ratings edited on 1/9/2011, review not edited.

Bottle is 2010 vintage, poured in July 2011.

Pure amber yellow, reasonable size head.

Smells of brett, berries, dark grapes, red wine. Nice mix, not super aromatic though.

Wasn't sure if this would be sour or just funky in a brett way, but it's definitely a bit sour. Not mouth puckering but it's tart. Some brett funk too, but red wine is definitely in the forefront here. The barrel aging has really made this beer what it is, I can't imagine it would be all that interesting without it. The red wine tartness and brett work pretty well together.

This reminds me a bit of a less good Temptation using red instead of white wine. A nice sour but not one I'm going to pay $22 for again.


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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.