Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #73
Ranked #1,254
4.24 | pDev: 9.91%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a lighter orange, golden color. Glistens w/ transparency, fast rising carbonation bubbles. Finger thick, slight off white colored head, creamy tightly packed bubbles. Slight alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Sweet fruit notes, tangerine, apricot, pear, and melon. Dry tannins, oak, sweeter red wine grape, juicy plum, vinous. Slight funky yeast, grassy, crackery bread.

Taste- Tart red fruits, plum, grape. Vinous quality, red wine tannins. Sweeter tropical fruit notes, apricot, melon, lingering juicy pineapple. Funky yeast on the finish, grassy, musty, dry oak and juicy fruits.

Feel- Medium feel, creamy and sweet at times, but leaves a lingering dryness. Moderate carbonation level.

Overall- Incredibly complex w/ well integrated flavors. Lots of tart fruits mixing with a great vinous quality, then balanced out with sweet tropical fruit notes. If that wasn’t enough the funky yeast comes through on the finish and helps dry the beer out. Mouthfeel is wonderful, creamy yet dry. Astoundingly drinkable for the higher abv. Allagash ALWAYS impresses me every time i drink one of their beers, and this one is no different.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It has an autumn gold color, very little head retention but very bubbly like a champagne. Aroma has a sweet mulled cider with accents of pear, white grape must and just a bit of the Brett funk. Flavor picks up a lot of the wine barrel from the aging, though I got almost all Shirah and not much Merlot, which is fine by me as I'm not a merlot guy. Sharp grape must, faint oak, some more dry pear and the Brett is just delicactely floating in the background, accentuating the soft tartness of the grape notes but not overpowering anything. Very dry and crisp finish, good medium carbonation that isnt too fizzy. All in all, another excellent beer from Allagash. I think they might be the best brewery out there when it comes to incorporating Brett into their concoctions. All the flavors here accentuate and play off each other like a good jazz riff, a little beer, a little wine, a little champagne and a litle brett, all perfectly balanced and in harmony. Awesome.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 - Nicely deep toned orangey rusted color. Thickly firm medium sized capping of dusty yellowed foam plants itself well on top for a good length. Keeps a heavy skim and large foamed up collar always present. Thin sheets of lace and long stretchy strings coat the glass with nice decor.

Funky Brett sourness pours from the bottle and can be wiffed with ease. But getting past that is hard as its potency is quite booming. White wine, high ended sour stuff with a bit of funky bardyard notes of fresh hay and the animals that eat it. Some apple and berry tendencies emerge as it settles with time and warmth as does a bit of alcoholic warmth.

Thankfully the taste is far more balanced and quite nice here. Geez, where to start...its well-rounded, full, bold, spicy, zingy, and full of fun popping flavors. A nice array of mild going sourness and funky spice balances very well together with a pleasingly complex fruit salad of grapes, apple, berries, citric peels, and melon. The dryness is perfect, it lets loose as it finishes letting more of the sweet fruityness shine through along with a bit of soured funk twinge and bite. They balance is amazing and very welcome in a beer like this.

Body is quite full, if not more so. Boldly forward and always developing more and more character and body as it goes. Delicately sour and dry, and If I dare say, its very handsome.

Another class act brew by Allagash! A truly enjoyable sipper if there ever was one.

Thankx to franksnbeans for the hook up!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of STEG
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chilled into an allagash flute, a golden orange hue, words cant describe it but it's a really nice color.

Smell has tart cherries tart pears and tart plums with some green apple in there as well along with the noticeable brett funk

Taste is more of the same, tart fresh fruit, oranges, pears, green apple, raspberry and lime.

Mouthfeel is ight highly carbonated comparable to a spritzer or seltzer. This beer also has a very dry finish as well.

Very drinkable given the percentage and the fruity dryness keeps you coming back for more.

I was starting to think allagash beers wern't worth the premium price point but this certainly changed my view.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Sampled: 9.30.06

**(2005 Vintage)**

Brew is a clear light orange under very little head and leaving even less lacing.

Smell is woody and winey. Tart apples mingle with the molasses malts.

Taste is tart & sour at first. This mellows into some earthy vanilla and woody sweetness. Wine notes diminish with a slight bitterness upon swallow. Despite the small head retention, the beer feels like medium to high carbonation, but sits light in the mouth. The alcohol is warming and present, but never overstates itself.

This is another sipper to enjoy from Allagash. Fans of tarter sours might like this more than say, the tripel styled Curieux, or heavier Musette. Certainly going for blending and fuzzying of that line between beer & wine, but doing so with success and quality.

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Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle: There was lots of carbonation in this bottle. Very crisp and refreshing with a wonderful herbal funkiness running throughout. It was well-balanced with plenty of flavor running through the midpalate and long finish. Quite a nice way to end the night.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of zachpaschal
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of seedyone
1.5/5  rDev -64.6%

03/29/13 At Rattle N Hum on tap. Strangest assault on the ol' taste buds in a long time. Not sure what they were going for here as much as "let's just throw some stuff down the chute & see what comes out". IMHO this is an aimless taste profile. Befuddling at best. If it wasn't that I paid for it & the 9.5% ABV, I would have poured it on the floor as a wax remover. The only "notes" I'm registering are "don't waste your time & money on this focus-less nonsense".

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Ed2
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sulldaddy
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a 2008 bottle at cellar temp into a pint glass. The corked and caged 750 bottle is a bit of a gusher upon popping the cork. The beer is a bright clear copper to amber hue. There is some minimal beige to eggshell white heat the fades to nothing fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is some booze and dry woody notes with a hit of caramel and dark fruit. I think I get red grape or maybe a general vinous quality.
First sip reveals an average body with soft yet slightly sticky texture. The carbonation is mild and rolls across my palate.
The flavor is rich and malty with caramel, red grapes, some toffee, yeasty funkiness and dry popsicle stick wood notes.
I also get fair amounts of warm booze with each sip and by the end of the bottle it has caught up with me a little.
The beer is very interesting and complex, Im surprised by the amount of heat still left after 4 years, but it is an enjoyable late night brew.

I am glad I drank this now as I dont anticipate it would have improved any more.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2008 that I brought out to share during a tasting with Dyan, Trey, Josh, and Kyle. Beer number 19 of the tasting, and number 10 on day 2.

The cork almost pops itself out of the bottle, so pressurized is this beer, as is the theme with Allagash sours. Orangey and pinkish hues highlight the body of the beer, and spritzy lacing adorns the sides of the glass.

The aroma is clearly the base of a saison. Pepper and spices highlight a farmhouse funk and underlying brettanomyces character. There are also notes of citrus and the Merlot and Shiraz barrels that Interlude was aged in. The palate is extremely well-balanced. The brett gives a clove-like character to the already nicely spiced flavor from the pepper and other spices. Peach esters highlight the flavor just before the red-wine blend kicks in during the finish.

The sour and funky character is somewhat understated, as this is a saison first and a wild second. The finish is dry and satisfying. Easily my favorite regular offering from Allagash, this trumps the 2009 that I had on tap recently. I would like to grab a couple of these to age to see how they develop.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
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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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009. Drank November, 2013

Appearance: a reddish orange color. completely opaque. it foamed up when i opened it but very little foamy tan head when poured. a lacing stays behind around the edges. a pretty tasty looking beer

Smell: immediately hits with vinous characteristics. fruity and oaky. very light brett funk. its a good smell but just a bit weak

Taste: opens up grapes and wine-like flavors. develops into a oak and brett flavor. those flavors dominate but cover up a nice yeasty belgian flavor. very complexity beer that comes from the aging. if you don't look hard you could miss the underlying beer.

Mouthfeel: pretty light. some feel from the saison. but a lot of brett funk and wood left behind

Overall: a great and complex beer. a bit pricy but is a nice treat when you are in the mood for something like this. I'd love to do a side by side of this age and a fresher one to see how it develops

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Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1450 ratings