Allagash Interlude - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 436
Hads: 1,268
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 312
Gots: 235 | FT: 13
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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 akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler filled last night (6/19) at Capone's. It was opened last night for a glass or two, so this has been exposed to air on separate occasions.

A: The ale is a brilliant hazy orange-esque color. Brown highlights darken the ale in patches. The head has been the biggest casualty, never building up in any manner.

S: The ale's tart aroma is as strong as ever, showing off a huge batch of brett that is just waiting to make you pucker up. A dry red wine aroma wafts out of the tartness to further dry out the nose.

T: The combination of brettanomyces and red wine barrels is deadly! The distinct flavors from each meld together to create an incredibly complex drink. The brett creates a barren landscape of tartness that few things can emerge from. The flavors are intense and scalding, stripping the tongue of its ability to taste. As the tastebuds recover, another dominant flavor emerges to counter the brett. The red wine barrel aging has imparted an intensely dry vinous flavor to the beer, giving it a unique red grape finish. In between the brett and wine, the beer shows off a funky saison-like consistency, but only if you allow it to warm in your mouth. If cold, that component of the ale will slip away undetected.

M: The mouthfeel is so complex that words don't seem to do it justice. There are so many big flavors at play here that you can not be disapoointed.

D: The ale is satisfying from first to last, with a flavor explosion that is rarely even seen in a beer. The ale is pricy but it will knock your socks off.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 2009 bottle drank in March 2011.

A - Clear, clean, gold. Nice lace on a low white head.

S - A fairly straight forward grassy, tangy, sweet-tart candy aroma.

T - Tart apples, oak, vanilla, honey. Sour hay.

M - Medium light body. Dry finish, but mildly so for the style.

O - Overall the flavors show restraint and balance, and have some nice beveled edges instead of dominating your palate.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage received a long while back from bullywee... thanks a ton Kenneth. Poured into my Delirium goblet... Nice white head... very clear orange brew.

Lemony ... vinous... dusty brett... tangerine essence... a bit of tropical fruit ..

Great mix of sweet and sour... oaky tannins ... wet hay ... a bit of dusty basement... nice orange essence mixed with some white grape... peach juice and green apple skin...

Surprising body for such a carbonated beer.

This is very very interesting.... It is going to take a looong time to really sit and enjoy this bottle. I have one more that I am going to let sit for another couple years before opening... Thanks again Kenneth.


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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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a dark golden color with a light head.

smell is slightly tart, unexpected. taste is big sour notes with hints of berry fruits. wow this is lovely. I wasn't expecting the sourness at all, I love it. medium bodied with light carbonation.

overall love the taste on this one. recommended highly.

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

This bottle is the 2010 vintage and courtesy of thagr81us from a massive trade back in September. Thanks Calton!

It pours a medium bodied and cloudy dirty auburn in color with a slight white lacing around my snifter. The nose is very dry, funky, bretty, with an interesting fruity tartness which is almost melonesque. Perhaps it's aged hops? Regardless, it has more fruit in the nose than I anticipated. The flavors are extremely dry and funky. It is barnyard galore and a brett bomb. You get some slight fruit like sweetness but this is all dry brett. It drinks fine but like I've said, is almost too dry. Overall it's a nice sour and has enough going on to keep you interested throughout. I wouldn't say it's worth the $20 pricetag though...

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

750ml bottle purchased somewhere, probably Julio's or Yankee Spirits/Sturbridge. Corked and caged, with elaborate, somewhat wordy hangtag.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangy copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, largely due to continued effervescence rising in a fury from the bottom of the glass, with lacing consisting of various bits of foam throughout. Aroma is tart and fruity, with underlying spiciness. Taste is fruity upfront, with the tartness in play as well, with oak, spices, and alcohol warming coming on towards the swallow. Mouthfeel is dueling dry and sweet, yet somehow makes it work, and drinkability is good. These brews pique my interest and curiosity keeps me coming back.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Orange/amber with a slight chill haze that cleared up as it warmed. Off-white foam settled quickly to a thick ring with a skim of fine bubbles, then wouldn't go away. A bit of chunky lacing. Fruity aroma with some tart funk, sour cherry, sugary malt sweetness, apples, and mild alcohol. Moderate bitterness, a little funk, oaky with cherry notes, a bit of alcohol towards the end with lingering booze. Sugary sweetness and tropical fruit filled out the middle. Medium bodied, fairly light but with a bit of stickyness. Alcohol warmth was a little rough to start with. Carbonation remained spritzy throughout and it had a grainy malt texture. It really opened up as it warmed - I definitely suggest serving at cellar temperature or above. Quite tasty and interesting, though the finish was a little aggressive.

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Photo of Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Good bubbling, but not much in the way head or foam. Bronzey/copppery color.

Sweet green grapes, and ripe purple grape aromas. Some wine and some wood for an overall faintly tart fruity and earthy aroma.

Tart upfront and in the middle. Tart grapes and young red wine f;avrs. Then some woody, toasted water cracker flavors pop up to help round out the funk and Earth. Not too tart, and just a little warm. This was a nice sipper with great carbonation.

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

June 2009 bottling, 750mL corked and caged, with a light dusting of yeastie particles on the bottom of the bottle. The cork pops with very little effort but there is no gushing. The beer pours a bright orange-copper, clear with SRM of 4-5, 1 finger of large celled foam on top.

It smells really rich with bret aromas, not unlike some of the better DeProef bottles I've had (at least that's what it reminds me of). Barnyard funk and horseblanket mix with more caramel malt character than you'd expect from this light colored beer. Maybe the best description is 70% DeProef and 30% Consecration, something like that. Not to take away from its own unique character, it's just that these other world class wild ales are the most convenient descriptors.

It tastes just as good, all the funk from the aroma with a satisfying but light sour bite, and a hint of tart Smarties in the aftertaste. As it warms I get more wood in the flavor, oak and earthiness, nice combinations of flavors.

It's lightly carbonated, a little peppery mouthfeel, matches the style nicely. The 9.5% ABV isn't noticeable, very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Hotoberfest - sampled multiple times.

Pours a hazy golden color with a pillowy two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet medium malts with large amounts of ripe pear aromas. Also present are mild amounts of funk - wet hay mostly - with hints of grassiness. The funk aromas intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly grainy yet sweet medium malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of sweet pear flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit as the pear flavors tarten up a bit and becomes more funky - wet hay as with the aroma. The funky flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer however the different flavors didn't seem to meld terribly well. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of claspada
2.4/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2010 version bottled in September according to the bottle.

Pours a clear, coppery body with a medium-sized, ivory-colored head. Little to no lacing present after the head recedes.

Aroma begin with an overwhelmingly dominant Brett smells; funk and hay with a dailed up musk factor and old, tired oak vessels with a lesser note of sour apple.

The tastes begin with light pilsner maltiness and a syrupy sugar sweetness get quickly dislodged by a powerful tangy tartness and coarse astringent tannins. Splash of sour apple vinegar. Slight notes of white grapes and a touch of sour-tasting wheat malt and more Brett yeast flavors with a small hint of booze. Oaky finish with a slap of acidity and chock full of tannins.

The mouthfeel is a hair above medium-bodied with medium to low carbonation. Quite the tongue-coating mouthfeel with an unpleasant overly astringent, unbalanced finish.

Overall I really did not enjoy this sour ale from Allagash. In fact I think this is probably the least enjoyable sour ale I have ever had. 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. There were no wine barrel flavors and the acidic, tangy flavors were just too disjointed and left me wanting so so much more.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this 2009 batch from the 22oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

This beer is a bright dark orange that is a really nice color with a light white head that is about a finger high but has bad retention. Ok lacing.

The aroma is sour but its not a pleasant sour its kind of piney and bitter. The taste is very similar to the aroma, sour with a bit to much bitter and pine.

The feel is ok, not totally drinkable.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Very good lacing.

S: A robust aroma of red wine, fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, fruit (pears, apricots, apples), malt, and a healthy dose of red wine. There's also a definite oaky quality which adds an interesting dimension to the flavor. A complex and powerful taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another solidly made, drinkable beer from Allagash.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish amber brown body with minimal head that leaves lace on top of an oaky, woody, malty aroma but also has some floral hops, sour fruit and funk. Body is more of the same as I get a smooth, somewhat creamy medium bodied beer that has this puckering sour sweetness; I get this rush of sweet caramel malts that have some thickness (yeast/bread) along with light fruits (grape and tropical like pear) and this rush of a sour, almost tart finish. Very well balanced and I was shocked at the almost 10% ABV. I don't want to say "wine-like" but it reminded me of a heavier white wine w/ the sweetness being prevelant and the plush fruit taste afterwards.

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

2007 vintage, corked and caged, obtained via some sort of trade/bif but who can remember

upon popping the cork, this one started gushing out of the bottle so i naturally cut the losses by taking the foam to the dome...all things considered, maybe only a couple ounces escaped

appearance: poured into a snifter - this is an absolutely radiant beer with a glowing orange body and a full wave of beige suds and lovely lacing - sexy

smell: strong vinous aromas, strong notes of funky brett yeast and oak blasts...deep and complex as would be expected from the allagash brand

taste: The effects of oak wine barrels leave this ale vinous to the point of a fine wine. The funky Brett tones play out really nicely in this beer and the oak is rather subtle. The sour tones are minimal and complimentary. It's just an all around solid beer

mouthfeel: active and alive, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from August 2008 that Dan was kind enough to share. God, I love this beer and am thankful for having had the chance to try an aged version.

Mostly clear orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful beer

The nose is excellent. A blend of citrus, red wine, a mild Bretty bandaid,this beer also has honey a little caramel and plenty of funk. Some spice is present (white pepper, mace) and the red wine character is excellent. Funk is mildly grassy and mostly barnyard-like. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable

The palate opens with plenty of Brett with a blend of clove and Bandaid and plenty of citrus with an orange juice-like character. Some more fruit - I get a flavor that reminds me of peach juice - and some spice coming through mid-palate and along with the clove, there's a nutmeg/mace like character. The red wine is also noticeable, lingering on into the finish that is drying with a little citrus, spice and bandaid as well. Excellent stuff, this is the best Allagash beer out there.

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Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dec 2007 bottle, a whopping $25, at By the Bottle in Vancouver. Poured into my new Lost Abbey goblet, Interlude is a clear rusty amber, with a tight bubbled off-white head kept alive by a steady stream of lazy bubbles, leaving nice lace. This is my 700th review, and I haven't had anything special for the last few arbitrary whole number milestones, but I figured now is as good a time as any to bust this expensive bugger out. Of course, expectations are sky high, based on both the price and the potential for the style - I love funky, barrel aged Belgians, and Saison is my favorite style. As it turns out, this one falls way short on both accounts....

Smell is pretty soft, even after letting it warm from about 45-65F. Vinous and a bit acidic, a little sweet, like a Flander's Red, with hints of cherry and booze.

Taste is not like a Flander's Red - the brett merely provides a sharp, horsey bite on the finish that leaves a lingering aftertaste. There is some nutty, caramel malt sweetness, and a touch of plastic phenols and slight chalkiness on the finish, which is tannic. A little fusely, especially at 9 months old. No overt fruit, must have been the malt and/or esters on the nose, it's actually pretty bland over all, like generic wine with a musty bite. Only it's priced like a good wine, which is really outrageous, and leaves me feeling like I wasted my money. I'd be interested to see if this develops more depth with a couple years under it's belt, but at $25 a pop, I can't justify the experiment - especially when it's nothing special to begin with, and can just as likely getter worse.

Mouthfeel is thicker, a little syrupy, a wine like viscosity like sugary blush.

Drinkability isn't that hot, cramped by the outrageous price it was even harder to enjoy then had I only paid $10 for it, which is certainly a fair price compared to many of the other brett beers being put out by US craft brewers. But to charge what they do, they need to be offering a masterpiece, not a test batch.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle poured into large wine glass. thanks to Wiid.

A - Pours a cloudy, hazy orange-gold with some slightly bunt hints. The white, bubbly head turns into a hazy film with decent retention as the beer leaves a crazy amount of spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Scents burst out onto your senses, delivering some funky yeast, light oak, sweet citrus, a bit of booze and some light breadiness.

T - Complex, beginning with plenty of tartness, a bit of oaky smoothness and assorted fruits such as orange and apricot. The flavors move into lactic sourness with bitter tendencies and some wine characteristics including grapes. The 9.5% alcohol is masked incredibly well, as the beer closes with a touch of warmth and a dry, woody finish.

M - The overall feel almost defies beer, sparking dry, light, and bubbly touches which almost resemble champagne at points.

D - Smooth and appealing, as each sip further spurs on the urge to consume more.

This is a fantastic take on the wild ale by Allagash, I just wish it wasn't $20 for a bottle.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split in a snifter. 9.5% ABV, "Open cautiously, pour slowly", 2009 Dec.

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this nice wild with us so early in the am!

A - Bright and clear golden amber in color with a dense off-white head. Lower retention but some nice lace clings to the edge of the glass.

S - A bit of red apple inside some very wild, funky essence of a floral, linen-like candle. Barnyard and horse blanket are present but seem a little mellow with the age on it.

T - Smooth wine hints with grapes and a little apple as well. The wild barnyard funk is nice but mellow from age. Very nice blend of flavors.

M - Nice tart finish that's not overly done. Good balance with strong carbonation and a lighter body.

D - Good beer with good balance and nice drinkability but it's definitely one better to share with a few other "wild" friends.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pretty, amber color. Thin, white head doesn't fade away too much. It leaves minimal lacing,

S-Aroma is relatively soft but it's pleasant. Wild tartness is the first thing I notice. Musty and funky. Some pale-fleshed fruits and hay.

T-The flavor is even better. The tartness is amped up. A light lick of oak. The fruitiness and barny flavors are also more intense. Underripe fruit and zesty yeast. Brett flavors. Also some wine notes. A very wild Saison.

M-ABV hidden well. The carbonation really lifts the body up. It's sneakily drinkable. Lingering tartness. Tannic in some essences.

O/D-I really enjoyed this beer. Allagash makes some killer brews and this one is no different. Happy to have grabbed a pint of this. A bottle is it a bit too pricey. I was however, very happy with a pint of this wild Saison.

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

Pours an interesting reddish orange hue, somewhere between a blood orange and grapefruit, minimal spots of head. Scent was quite fruity, white and red wine, with notes of tropical (mango) and citrus (tangerine), notes of musty hay, damp wood and dry oak - quite unique. Flavor was quite exquisite, the notes of wine grapes work wonderfuly with the notes mango and tangerine, the woodieness of the beer contains both musty notes from the yeast and dry, toasted notes from the wine barrels. Light notes of vanilla and grahmn cracker provide sweetness. Medium bodied, carbonation is under control, quite dry on the palate. Quite the standout beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. December 2009 on the label.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden caramel amber color. Produced a good off-white head. Some lacing here and there.

(S)- A big dry funk with a light crisp fruits of an apple or lemon character. Some hay barnyard characters. Even some very subtle woody dark fruits way way in the background.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A tart crispness of the fruits and hay dry funk combo with that super subtle woody dark fruits in the background.

(M)- A good lively carbonation level. A good balance; not overly sour/funk/or fruity, but a harmony of them all.

(D)- I like this wild ale. Its got a harmonius balance and feel with a solid drinkable body. Would be curious what a few years of age would do to it.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.