Interlude
Allagash Brewing Company

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From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #141
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,727
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.98%
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
1,002
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 17, 2022
Added:
Jan 15, 2006
Wants:
  351
Gots:
  296
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Two yeast strains were used to create this unique Belgian-style ale. The first, a Saison yeast, establishes the flavor foundations of a classic Belgian-style ale. The second, our house strain of Brettanomyces yeast, contributes myriad flavors including pear, apricot, graham cracker, and bread crust. A portion of Interlude is aged in red wine barrels, which imparts a distinctive vinous, plum character and a dry, almost tannic, finish.
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Rated: 4.32 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by scottyshades from Florida

Apr 29, 2022
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Rated by hopley from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
3000th Beer Rating on BA!!!!!!!!

2012 bottle, 9.5%, cork and cage 750 ml bottle, drank out of a bulbous wine glass on 12/23/21. Just spectacular!
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 26, 2021
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2016 vintage
Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.76 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Shared 750(?) ml corked bottle at local tasting, vintage 2007, bought at Ølbutikken or Høkeren, Copenhagen, May 2011. Ale aged in oak barrels, ABV is 9.5%. Clear orange colour, moderate white head. Aroma of brettanomyces, sour fruits and apple cider vinegar. Medium sour flavour, brettanomyces galore, woody finish, decent hops. Interesting and unusual.
Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
What is this, a double saison? 10.4% and a 4.24 average, this outta be interesting.

Pours a darker color than almost any saison, guessing this took some barrel notes with it to the extent that it literally turned the saison beer darker. Or maybe its just a maltyboi. Or both. Anyways, its this mixture of dark amber and brown. Not much for head retention, maybe 1/4" white at its peak, but really settles a lot less than that. The aroma had more of a belgian quad than it did saison vibe. But there was a bit of fruitcake like breadiness in the nose, seems this one has an ample amount of brett character/nose.

Taste brings all the dark fruit in the world into a beer with no dark fruit, no doubt the wine barrel brings a lot of that, but also this belgian yeast that doesn't seem like a saison yeast at all (more qua, bspa or bdsa). Mouth feel has a grip load of alcohol heat to it, not something I want in a 'saison'. But this isn't much of a saison, its more like a wine barrel aged quad. Not sure I really 'get' this saison.
Sep 17, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2017 vintage. Poured from a Cork'n'Cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy pour... brown/amber color (looks like apple cider) with thin fizzy/barely there head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Tart and fruity. Red wine and the cellar it's stored in.

T.F: Modestly tart... red wine and oak, grape must, funk, and plum. Dark fruits... leather, baking cherry, and black pepper. Medium bodied... light carbonation and sticky on the tongue. Complex... more red wine and fruit to finish.

O: An absolutely fantastic red-wine barrel aged brew. Great complexity and flavor... easy drinking despite some tartness and brett. Outstanding.
Jul 30, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Bottled on 07/27/16

Notes of funky red wine, oak barrel, mild leather, slight acetic vinegar, barnyard farmhouse, hay, straw, spice, toasted bready malts, graham cracker, caramel, toffee, vanilla, dried fruit, tart apple, pear, apricot, cherry, plum, pineapple, with floral earthy herbal hops
May 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Mar 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Feb 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Jan 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.98 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by InfernoBoss from California

Jan 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by AMCimpi from New York

Dec 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by mcrawford from Michigan

Nov 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Nov 02, 2018
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Cloudy copper, not much head to speak of, no retention or lace
Very vinous, but not winy. Brett derived fruitiness, some wine aromatics, hint of phenolics.
Flavor is very wine-like, but doesn't remind me of any wine I've had. Maybe it's the bit of malt backbone. Otherwise, follows the aroma.
Definitely doesn't feel like a 10.6% beer. Dry, the bit of tannins from the barrel keep in cleansing, no booziness
Dang good. Not something I'd drink all the time, but definitely enjoyable here and there.
Nov 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Panda_Rock from California

Sep 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.87 by Nate139 from Virginia

Aug 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by Jps715 from New Jersey

Aug 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.67 by PJHOY from Ohio

Aug 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.98 by lmalave715 from Pennsylvania

Aug 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.51 by jdg204 from Pennsylvania

Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2018-07-08
750ml bottle served in a pair of snifters. 2017, bottled on 06/01/17.

Pours a murky, flat, brownish-red. No head, little carbonation. Smell is rich, tart, cherries and/or red wine.

Taste similar, but with a strong brett funk in the background. Kind of interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and flat. Overall, it's a tasty and interesting beer, but it needs some carbonation.
Jul 09, 2018
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Rated by VforVinny from California

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tastes more like a mild sour but that's not a bad thing.
Jul 02, 2018
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Rated by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vinous, light tartness, plum, earthy Brett, grape, white pepper, oak, vanilla
May 23, 2018
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Rated by JeannieVolpe from Alabama

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Super sour!
May 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by ptat from Delaware

Apr 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by festizio from California

Apr 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by chriswjr from Massachusetts

Feb 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by mattycasey from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2018
Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1464 ratings