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Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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896 Ratings

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%

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 Fubar1453


4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage uncorked on valentines day.

A: Golden orange with a good creamy head.

S: Red wine and apple cider. Really interesting.

T: Same as the smell, its a sour red wine mixed with apple cider. Absolutely no alcohol. The sourness lingers in the back of the throat and I found myself puckering at times. This is the most interesting and complex beer I've ever had.

M: Right amount of carbonation, very crisp.

O: An awesome beer, I ate steak tips with this and it was absolutely incredible, grab a bottle of this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 19:53:36 | More by Fubar1453
Photo of schinebd


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle in a large Duvel tulip glass

Appearance - Brownish red with a fluffy head at pour that recedes into about 2 cm of white head that retains for the long haul. When I take a sip the head coats the back of the glass in a sheet of white...magnificent.

Smell - Fruit, spice...everything nice.

Taste - Absolutely superb. Immediate tartness gives way to white grapes and pears. The finish brings forth the oak wine and nicely complements the sweet fruits that hold up the bulk of the body. That's the short version...I could write a dissertation about the different flavors contained in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and very lightly carbonated to really bring the flavors to life in the mouth.

Drinkability - I wouldn't believe the 9.5 ABV if I didn't get a little buzz from bomber. Quenching, dry and delicious...a dangerous recipe when combined with the high alcohol content.

Passed up many opportunities to have this beer up until now...not sure why. I know Russian River's sours get a lot of buzz here in the north east, I guess because they are scarce in the area, but we take for granted what great brews we have coming from places like Allagash that are so easy to come by out here.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 03:43:17 | More by schinebd
Photo of scorched


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a whiskey-sized bottle (750mL), this was sealed with a champagne-style cage-thingy and a champagne cork. Very classy. Strangely enough, we were able to seal it up once immediately after pouring it, but after a second pour, we were unable to put the cork back in. So, we had to finish the entire bottle... too bad. :)

This pours a nice orange with a nice, big head, which dissipates into a nice, tight lacing around the glass. It was poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass, because the bottle suggested to be "poured slowly into large open-mouthed glass).

The smell is quite complex with notes of sweet, and some flora.

The taste is just as complex; a bit sour with some grapefruit and another unidentifiable spice. A bit boozy, as identified by the 9.5% abv listed on the bottle. The first sip goes down and burns a bit, as it is whiskey smooth.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. Highly carbonated yet tame.

Definitely drinkable, but as we found out after polishing off the bottle, it will put you in your place with its alcohol content.

Definitely try this one. Fancy enough for wine drinkers, but beer enough for beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 04:14:01 | More by scorched
Photo of SHerninko


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle at BYOB in Phoenixville, PA (Thanks Owen)

*Appearance is a nice gold color, light saison with some reddish ting.
*Smell is fruity, bubbly, raspberry.
*Taste is like a bubbly wine - Charddonay with a red fruit from the wine barrels.
*Mouthfeel is like a champagne, very carbonated from the Bretts. A bit of a bite from alcohol and bubbles.
*Overall--Good saison taste, the aging in barrels adds to its appeal. I would not seek this again unless someone wanted a bubbly wine tasting beer or to show this as an example of something you would never think to call "beer".

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 15:24:04 | More by SHerninko
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, June 2009, drank 11/6/09, poured into an Allagash chalice. A tight two finger head receds to nothing, a bright perfectly clear, copper hued body. The nose is fairly complex, tart tropical fruits, some nice funkiness - that damp cardboard thing goin on, also some sweetness around the edges, hard to pin down. The taste is great, tart, funky, pineapple, many layers, I am having a hard time pinning them down, but very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with a light carbonation. Yum, this one really does it for me, I love the tart tropical fruit flavors I am getting, goes great with my duck confit panino and belgian fries!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 14:12:30 | More by GrittyMug345
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma- A fruity sour wine aroma dominates the nose, with notes of spicy and musty brett.

Mouth feel- Dry on the tongue and lite in body feels like lots of carbonation.

Appearance- Hazy Light auburn in color with a hint of red. Off white head.

Taste- Dry fruity start lots of cherry other pit fruits (plum) with a tart sour cherry finish. No hop flavor and it was hard to taste much else over the tartness of the beer. If you didn't get it in the first couple sips your taste buds kinda only get the tart flavor.

This beer is good a glass is really nice and refreshing but not something I would have a lot and get drunk off of.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 23:23:07 | More by i4ourgot
Photo of SuperWhite92


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours just shy of an amber color with a brilliant white head on top. Smells strongly of brett funk with a hint of oak barrel as well. Tastes slightly sour and tart, full of tannins. Somewhat fruity, and with a crisp belgian pale backbone holding it all together. Really an amazing beer. Mouthfeel matches the smell and drinkability is phenomenal. My favorite allagash brew so far. I wish this were more available to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 18:40:02 | More by SuperWhite92
Photo of mckeowbc


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was wowed by this beer and the individual marks probably don't do it justice. It was a big, complex, Belgian style beer. Really enjoyable and definitely something special.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color. The little bit of head dissipates almost immediately and the beer leaves only a little lacing on the side of the glass.
S - The smell is very fruity, sour, notes of citrus. Very reminiscent of champagne or white grape juice.
T - Taste is complex and fruity. I tasted a lot white grape juice and champagne, other caught more of the citrus. Very little to no hoppiness.
M - Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, but not thick.
D - Very enjoyable, high alchocol content cuts down on the drinkability though.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:17:01 | More by mckeowbc
Photo of IrieJackalope


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

August 2008 release

I was expecting a lot out of this brew, and although it didn't disappoint, it didn't deliver to level I was hoping.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Belgian goblet. The beer has a hazy golden, almost red, tint to it. Foams up pretty nice upon pouring, but doesn't leave too much lacing behind. Aroma is pleasant, but slightly disappointing. There's a good deal of funk, but not a whole lot of the tangy and sour notes that I would expect out of a barrel age, Brett fermented wild ale. Taste is nice as well, but falls a bit short of my expectations. There's a smoothness to the beer that is pleasant, but it lacks the lively acidity that I was hoping for. It's a very balanced beer, but gets to be a little boring after a while. Overall, this is far from a bad beer, but didn't strike me as wonderful. Perhaps I went into it with the wrong mindset, but I probably won't be dropping the 22 bones to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 06:09:51 | More by IrieJackalope
Photo of alf212


4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

August 2008 bottle

Appearance: Hazy ruby orange. Not much head retention but tonsa bubbles from the carbonation

Smell: Sour grapes n berries. Very very funky n yeasty with some malt but it's really all bout the berry funkiness with this beer. Exceptional taste. I haven't tried too many other wild ales but IM really digging this. I love saisons but this really just took it to another level with the taste. Two words Refined boldness

Drinkability: very dry champagne finish that keeps you coming for more and more. It's very refreshing and easy to drink

Definitely worth trying out. It's a shame its so expensive or I'd be drinking this all summer. Definitely a good beer to let wine drinkers know what's reallly good

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 02:47:49 | More by alf212
Photo of iguenard

Quebec (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage

( 41/50, 9.5% alc/vol, Degustation Alpha BDT) Body is dark red, blood red with a generous but dissipating head of cream color. Aromas are of an old oak barrel, dusty and dry. Notes of balsamic vinegar rise to the nose along with ice cider whisps. Deliciously belgian, Flemish aromas. Wonderful achievement for an american beer. Brettanomyces - belgian wild yeasts - abund in this complex nose. Raspberries and gueuze-like acidity pucker the tongue and play with a deliciously fruity, vinegary alcoholic profile. Reminds me of a duchesse de bourgogne, only cooler, and more fruity. The body is rather light, with a citric demeanour that gives lightness to a body that otherwise is controlled by its vinegar tartness. Dry and puckering. Dry, puckering, sweet and tart raspberry-flavoured sour beer. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 18:51:48 | More by iguenard
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 750 ml bottle w/ my brother. Pours with a fairly small, white head that dissipates after a few minutes into a thin layer. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Color is a gold/amber, pretty clear, effervescent. Smell is out of this world. Some definite wild-yeast aromas going on - reminds me of a gueuze in a lot of ways. Aroma is some lemon, mixed with a bit of jolly rancher green apple and some watermelon. Taste falls a bit flat. The funky sourness promised by the nose isn't really reflected in the taste. Taste is some caramel and some spicy hops, but the finish is a touch of sourness and substantial alcohol burn. The booziness is fairly prominent and hurts the drinkability. But the aroma is fantastic. Definitely worth trying, especially since they used a Brettanomyces strain from Maine. If they could tame the alcohol a bit and get just a touch more sourness, this would be world-class.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 00:11:47 | More by evantwomey
Photo of astrasday


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 750 ml. bottle into an oversized wine glass. Hazy golden/orange hue with white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Smell is quite complex. Fruits: over-ripe pineapple, apples and white grapes. Wood, yeast and (oddly enough) bubble gum. A tinge of alcohol. In one word--sweet.

Taste has my head spinning. What is going on in there? Sweet yeast gives way to a sour, white wine flavor where the oak can easily be discerned. Tannins are present as well with just a light tinge of bitterness. The finish, ultimately warms up to a sweet and sour flavor that is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Crisp but full at the same time. Carbonation is just what you want from a BSPA: tight and unobtrusive.

A highly drinkable offering. While you can't necessarily taste the 9.5% ABV, there is a boozy quality that makes me want to pace myself. A solid beer--especially when considering the delicate nature of a belgian strong aged in oak.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:21:11 | More by astrasday
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2008 batch poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a reddish amber. Cloudy and magnificent.

Brett, Brett, Brett! One sniff and it assaults the senses. As it warms I get a little more fruit, but the funk still dominates.

Oak barrel aging is evident. The funk is definitely up front, with some citrus underneath. Just the perfect amount of sourness.

Crisp and refreshing, the beer definitely hides the abv pretty well. I just wish it wasnt 20+ for a bottle...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 03:45:47 | More by zminor
Photo of pecokid


4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sublime horse blanket nose. No rough edges to overpower other than plenty of carbonic acid. Out of a corked and caged 750 ml December 2007 bottle into a Spiegelau tulip glass. Storage was not ideal but never got above room temp. Orangish amber colour, not cloudy but not crystal clear either. Peppery and citrus simultaneously. I wish I could savor this bottle for the whole evening but alas, chores beckon.

PS, that is not a typo, I had the will power (or stupidity) to hold onto this bottle for over five years.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:18:45 | More by pecokid
Photo of Ehouse


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Saucer served in an 8oz glass.

A: Golden, hint of orange. Almost approaching an amber. No head at all.

S: Sour, wild aroma but relatively mild.

T: Sweet, tangy, and sour all at once. Very enjoyable and a great contrast to other beers. To me, it was much more balanced than a Belgian lambic, despite the sour tones.

M: Very low carbonation, almost like drinking juice with a splash of tonic water, but without the acidity associated with tonic water.

D: I could drink this beer all day. The sourness is no overpowering, but actually very refreshing. Wishing it came in more than a 8oz serving!

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 19:36:50 | More by psujmatt
Photo of treznor


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

September 2010 bottling.

Pours a hazy golden amber color.

The nose has the expected bread flavors from the Brett with a few floral notes.

Lovely full-bodied taste. Almost structured like you would expect a wine to be, but not quite to that level. Opens up quite a lot as it warms up with even a bit more funk.

Really quite a trip as it warms up over the course of time.

Not something I'd drink every night, though probably more a factor of cost than desire...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:06:02 | More by treznor
Photo of Squatchito


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark golden but bright, light shines nicely in it. Poured into a baby sniffer, with little to no head, a fine white bubble that dissipated quickly. Little to no carbonation bubbles to speak of.

S - fruity and bright, the Belgian Brettanomyces yeast is prominent here. A light note of sour apples combines with notes of lemon, orange, and even grapefruit.

T - very typical of a Belgian Strong, bright and light. A nice mix of sweetness and sourness makes your mouth both water and slightly pucker at the same time. The high alcohol content (approx 9.5%) is almost unnoticed, as there is almost no heat to the tongue.

M - silky smooth and easy to swallow. Tart and tangy, but still has some sweetness to balance.

D - very smooth and easy to drink. Deceptive in its potency. The sweet/sour combo mentioned earlier makes you want to come back for more. Just dances all over your taste buds, a really vibrant feel.

A very excellent Belgian Strong from the folks at Allagash. Well worth a taste, especially if you enjoy sour ales, or just Belgian ales in general. Deliciousness in a glass, YUM.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 01:19:24 | More by SanAnMan
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled December 2007.

A- Carmel/Reddish with a cold haze. Poured with little white head.

S- Sweet sharp wild yeast stink, a good chunk of oak

T- Red wine? Lambic? what is it? We'll its good hella good. Drinks like a nice dry red wine lambic. More calm notes are beat-up by the wild yeasties. This kid tastes balanced across all dimensions, an amazing feat when working with wild yeasties.

M- Subdued/elegant carbonation level. Flows across palate giving each receptor something new to discover. This beer is complex and likes to give you a workout. No harsh bitterness involved.

D- Slamin! I could hang with this baby all night at a nice dinner pace. No boozy barley wine alc feel.

This beer is rad. I was really apprehensive about a return to wild yeast for myself. I was pleasantly surprised I need to grab a few more of these for dinner parties.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 23:18:10 | More by IndustrialCanine
Photo of TheAngryBurrito


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle of the 2012 release on New Years day and I am aging two more bottles to be opened in 2014 and 2015. Pours a cloudy light orange color with almost no head. Starts with an orange peel flavor and finishes with an oak bitterness and mild sour notes throughout. Overall it is a little more bitter than I would have liked and I think aging will give the sourness time to build to a more pleasing level. Purchased at Valley Beverage Company in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Re-Review: I tried this again on tap and it was a totally different experience. The Brett flavors were amazing with a perfect balance of fruit, yeast, and sour. Revising score significantly.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 14:59:10 | More by TheAngryBurrito
Photo of judzillah


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage 750 ml bottle.

Pours with big fluffy white head, but fades quickly with very little lace. Really great coppery orange color.

Smells very sweet, but in a fruity way, not an artificial or molasses way. The alcohol comes through in the smell as it warms, though faintly.

Both the brettanomyces and the red wine notes come through in the taste. Very well balanced between sweet and sour, with very little bitterness. Not nearly as strong tasting of the brett as some other beers made with the yeast I have tasted. Superbly drinkable! The 9.5% doesn't come through at all, even as it warms. The mouth feel is a bit prickly, but the carbonation fades quickly. Overall, a tremendous, complex, and delicious beer. Expensive (over $16!), but pick it up if you see it!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 01:02:56 | More by judzillah
Photo of beerman55

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 17:24:11 | More by beerman55
Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.