Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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.

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Photo of manaconn
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. I first found it three(?) years ago on draught at The Dive in Worcester and immediately I fell in love with it.

It has a nice rich color, slightly tinted red. It's a little surprising at first. It has a tang about it that I have yet to find in any other beer. It's on the sweeter side of beers but not overly sweet.

It's super hard to come by, I have not been able to find a bottle on shelves, try as I may. I think that's attributed to the fact that it's just so delicious and it's only brewed in very small batches. I have been able to get it when it's released to The Dive/Armsby Abbey, it'll last for about a week once a year, and one time at The Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, in 750mL bottle form last year.

I know I should go on about how wonderful it is but I'm running on empty right now.

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Photo of rdickey
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange into a tulip; fine white one-finger head.

Smell: There's lots going on here, but I can't identify all of it. There's a definite funk to it, and tart cherries come through across the top.

Taste: Wow. I will confess that I was overwhelmed on the first taste. The tartness comes through loud and clear, but it's not overpowering as it sometimes is in a grand cru; here it's more subtle and just tasty. The Brett provides a funky hop backbone that I just love. Follow George Clinton's advice and let the funk flow through.

Mouthfeel: Fabulous. Medium-bodied with high carbonation, which is spot-on for this beer.

Drinkability: It's a good thing I had only one bottle of this because I would have drunk it until I lost consciousness. It's that good, and although you feel the high ABV, the tartness makes it so quenching that it goes down smooth. If it's not obvious, I really like this beer and, even though it may not be for everyone, would urge everyone to give it a shot at least once.

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Photo of Hefe
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip from corked and caged 750ml bottle courtesy of the fine folks at Frisco's Grille in Columbia, MD.

This is exceptional, absolute beer drinking Nirvana. The beer, a hazy luminescet gold. The head, pale white and thin, touches of lacing grip the glass. The aroma, decadant, with shades of currant, plum, red wine, spice. The flavours, lightly tart, vinous, orange peel, currant, earth. Beautifully done....

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Photo of LauraAlberts
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at an Allagash Dinner at EVO's Pizza in North Charleston with Rob Tod of Allagash. EVO's paired the Interlude with Caramel Truffles/SeaSalt/Parmagiano - out of this world amazing. I bought a growler for $20 -that included the growler and fillup of Interlude - great price.
The following evening (today) I opened the growler and had it with BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Three Cheese Macaroni Pie, and Vegetables.

Appearance: Dark Burnt Orange, Ruby tones like that of a Tawny Port. Poured into a twelve ounce chilled mug. Little to no head.

Smell: When first opened from 34 degree cooler, Coriander, White Pepper, Caramelized Pear. As it opens you get more fruit: Strawberry & Chocolate covered Cherry

Taste: 1) Initially: Fresh out of the cooler - the white pepper and coriander are present.
2) After ten minutes: Caramelized Pear starts to develop and grows.
3) After dinner: The beer has opened up considerably. The age effect of the Plump Jack Sirah barrels really put the wine edge on this beer. An array of flavors step out: Grapes, Toast, Malt, Caramelized Pear, Strawberry, Cherry, & White Pepper.
4) The end of the growler: Hints of yeast and bready flavor on the finish.

Overall: I highly recommend this beer for wine drinkers/lovers. Not that it's a wino's beer - it lacks the filling carbonation that most beers have so you are able to eat a meal or drink several pints without the bloat or filling feeling.
This beer has soft fine tannins with a dryness on the tongue and a slightly dry finish. It pairs well with spicy foods like Thai, Spicy BBQ, or Smoked Salmon. Perfect with Thanksgiving food like Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole, etc...
Sip & enjoy on the dock, over dinner, or by the Growler - easy to drink!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice it forms a thin white head above an orange body. Fine carbonation sticks to the side of the glass.

Nice!! that was my first thought. Second was that I feel like I've tasted a beer with similar characteristics. Orval. It has alot of the belgian pale ale hit points and then jacks it up with some wild type yeast that brightens the day. A light fruitiness is spiced into submission only to have a wild and vinous (sour) backside. Extremely complex and as it warms there is wooded, dry type feeling to it. Awesome.

Notes: My favorite from Allagash and one of my favorite of all time. Price tag is worth every penny.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazingly complex and unique beer, Interlude pours out medium amber with a fluffy white head that stays for a bit, before settling to a very thin ring, leaving no lace to speak of.

Aroma is striking and undergoes a complete metemorphasis as the beer warms. Chilled, it shows tart grape, Flanders Red sour funk with plenty of Brett, oak, light fruit, and saison spice. As it warms, sweet fruit emerges, red berries, ripe grape, toasty oak, and firm red wine notes. Either way, it's a joy to sniff.

Flavor follows the same pattern, subtle sweet/sour Brett tartness, much milder than the nose let on, with plenty of fruit, espicially strawberry, raspberry, and crushed red grapes. There's a definate saison quality, crisp, refreshing, and mildly spiced. The oaky red wine tannins provide a lasting finish. Very complex and utterly drinkable, no trace of it's claimed 9.5% abv.

Body is medium, with a light, airey mouthfeel and crisp, smooth texture. Feels almost fluffy on the tongue. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Fabulous stuff here, I love it!

Props to gabe for sharing this treat!

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Photo of nlmartin
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a 20 ounce wine bottle.

Appearance: The beer pours a pleasing cloudy orange. The head was white and about an inch high. The head quickly resolved into a ring of foam. There was patchy lacing remaing on the quickly emptying glass.

Smell: There is a sea of smells going on with this beer. There is a pleasing musty (yeasty) smell combining with spicy coriander, citrus, berry and a oakey smell.

Taste: A spicy funkyness greats the tongue. There is definately a sour dough yeastyness to the beer. The merlot taste comes out pretty heavily in the beer. I am going to have to have more of this. Suffice it to say this is one complex tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied. There is a nice level of carbonation present.

Drinkability: This is one dam fine beer. The alcohol is listed 9.5% I cannot tell in the taste, smell, or mouthfeel. This beer is definately good now. I wonder how another year or so would make the beer taste. Perhaps some more of the dryness would come out. Overall a definate treat now.

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Photo of alf212
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have long anticipated this beer. With the prices in Indy, this beer cost me $23. As I pop the cork, it looks as though it might be a gusher, as bubbles race into the neck of the bottle, but no such problems here. Big head on the pour, leaving nice lacing. The beer is a toasted golden color.

I got a whiff of this beer the instant I popped the cork, and the odor grows stronger as I pour. Brett, spices, very slight vanilla, along with the oak, and wine. The smell is intoxicating. The taste does not disappoint, and is just as deep. This beer is sour, but all the other flavors make you forget about the Brett. Vinous fruits, vanilla, oak, and the spices of an earthy Saison make this one of the best beers I have ever had. Mouthfeel is smoothly carbonated, and incredibly full.

I am pleasantly reminded of Supplication from RR as I drink this, and I am off to eat goat cheese and lobster tail with the rest of the bottle.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An absolutely amazing beer, although I think you'd have to like this style to really appreciate it. I bought two bottles at the brewery last week, and will be heading back for more. It is a faint hazy orange color with a small head that remains present, and no lace. The fun begins with your nose. Initially spicy/tart, it becomes sweeter and more fruity as it sits. The first impression on tasting is one of cloves/cinnamon, yielding to a fruity taste, and ending with the tannins of the barrel. It's nicely carbonated, and is very pleasant in the mouth. Extremely drinkable, a beer to savor.

By the way, I sampled this at the NEBF last October, and don'y remember it tasting this good.

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Photo of dino213aa
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review is of the January 2007 edition.

A: Hazy with a ruddy amber complexion. Minimal head which dissipates quickly. Minimal even lacing. The hue is basically perfect for a farmhouse ale.

S: An incredibly fruity and funky bouquet that can be smelled immediately after uncorking. I stored this beer chilled and still it proved beautifully aromatic. There is a wonderfully subtle floral note under some stronger fruit notes.

T&M: Sometimes nuanced flavors are great, but this brew delivers exactly what you paid for. The sourness of the brett and farmhouse yeasts, the fruit of the merlot and the tannin of syrah. This brew is not timid. As for the mouthfeel, it's everything a farmhouse brew should be. Crisp yet full-bodied. Body and alcohol perfectly balanced in a way most breweries cannot achieve. Even the aftertaste is perfectly fruity and tart and pleasant.

D: This beer is incredibly drinkable and gratifying. My only slight complaints are in the lack of head and the price point. At $23 a bottle, I don't see myself buying this one as much as I'd like.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle date is 9/2011 - poured into a snifter

A - Pours an orangish, copper color with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S - I can smell the funk from the Brett right away, along with some earthy oak-like smells too.

T - Upfront it is pretty sour from the Brett, but not overpowering. That is followed by a funky "horse blanket", barnyard taste, and finished off with a smooth, oaky taste from the red wine barrels. The taste is very complex, and it made me want to continue to sip more and keep seeking out flavors!

M - The carbonation is very fine and almost champagne-like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied as well, and really compliments the whole package.

O - I think I paid $21.99 for a 750ml bottle, so it's not something I can afford to drink every day. But... if you are looking for a VERY fine example of a barrel aged, farmhouse Brett beer - I would suggest this over just about any other beer out there.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

December 2007 bottle

Pours a very hazy copper/orange color with a decent sized head, fades fast, no lacing, thin cover of foam left.

Smell has a yeasty aroma, some funkiness going on, sweetness contributed from the fruity aromas, no hint of alcohol which is nice.

Taste right off the bat has a sour/tartness, slight wood aspect but isn't overbearing like some beers aged in barrels, subtle fruit tones that don't beat you over the head, lots of carbonation which I usually don't like but works very well with this beer, very crisp, can't make out the alcohol so it is well hidden.

A very great tasting beer, if only the head had better retention with aroma release, it would probably push it to a perfect score.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick off white head on a clear darker orange body.
S- A huge complexity in the nose right away. Light oak, almost a white wine aroma, little bit of funk to it, light sour notes, hints of alcohol that tingle the nose just a little, and just such a big blend of other aromas that you just can't pick out.
T- The wine flavors do come through. Almost more a white wine flavor. Oak can come through too. Light warming from alcohol in back of throat. Yeast comes through, light fruits like orange, very light hints of some kind of funk, light bitterness is left on the tongue from a mixture of grass and light earthy hops. There is just so much to this beer that I don't think I can pick out each flavor. It is very complex and nothing is over powering.
M-Medium body with light champagne like carbonation.
D- I think this beer is great and gets better the more you drink of it and the more flavors you can figure out. I don't think this is just a relaxing beer to have that you could drink every day but it is a great special treat and one you would want to sit down and think about. I think I would pay the money for it again but it wouldn't be a lot.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. 2007 vintage Pours a virtually translucent amber-red with a thin film of off-white head. Smells sweet, fruity, and sour/acidic. Tastes fruity, bready, and sour/funky, but not overwhelmingly so. Flavors are extremely subtle and balanced. Medium-bodied with surprisingly low carbonation. Wow. This beer is the most unique beer I have ever encountered, unlike any other beer I've had. Delightfully sour/funky, but not a sour bomb. Nothing wrong with this beer, very well-crafted doubt. Even at the cost, (about 17$ per bottle), I would not hesitate to buy up more. Can't wait to see how it ages (have a bottle of 2007 and 2005 aging now)!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice looking beer with a deep copper color with some orange highlights. When the bottle was opened a little bit spilled out immediately. When it settled down it was still a half finger of white head.

S: Tons of fruit. Apples were dominant. Nice brett funk right behind it. I don't know if my nose was playing tricks on me but I did get a touch of lacto as well. The brett and fruit were really playing well off each other.

T: Just like the nose. The brett is right up front but the fruit lays in wait. The complexity was really off the charts. The brett was a little sour but more funky than anything else. I think the barrel aging smoothed this beer out nicely.

M: Classic super dry brett mouthfeel. Still very light and refreshing.

D: Reminded me of a Gargamel light. Really an excellent Wild Ale. I really do like Allagash's strain of brett. At $18 a bottle it was a pricy treat but a damn fine beer.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2, 2008:

December 2007 bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Deep golden-orange, small off-white head, nice classic looking lace.

Smells strongly fruity, fresh and bright, deep and complex. Toasty cedarlike wood and creamy vanilla are perfectly integrated with custardy tropical fruit, apple, honey, flowers, leather... Outstanding, one of the best aromas I have experienced.

Tastes like fresh and dried tropical fruits, honey, wood, vanilla. A touch of tartness. A modicum of minty grassy hop flavor. Brown apple slowly develops. Perfect balance. Rich and wonderful. Long complex fruity finish.

Full soft fine carbonation. Some minerality, and a bit of astringency in the finish. A pleasure to drink.

Ridiculously good beer.

Dec 9, 2012:

December 2007 bottle, bought at the same time as the bottle reviewed above, and cellared. The profile is quite similar, surprisingly it hasn't changed much, but it is a bit subdued, not quite as exuberant as it was fresh. Was probably better fresh, but still a very tasty and complex beer.

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Photo of illidurit
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2007 bottle poured into the trusty Duvel tulip. A nice goldenrod body fills the glass, topped by a slightly fizzy white head of one finger. Due to the champagne-like carbonation of this beer, the head dissipates quickly to a thin halo and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: My nose catches a big shot of vinous champagne aroma. White grapes, brett, funky apple.

T: A round sourness is the result of the brettanomyces here. Spicy, lemony, a bit oaky, citrus zest. Very complex and very delicious.

M: The champagney carbonation really works nicely here. The body is light but not flimsy. Very crisp and clean finish.

D: Drinking a 750 of this beer is no problem. The alcohol is hidden well and the flavor is just succulent.

Incredible beer, hats off to Allagash. This is their Temptation.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 version.

A- Pours a kinda dark but clear amber-orange. Head dissipates real fast.

S- Smells almost like a sour beer, makes sense with the addition of Brett to this beer. Very white wine acidic-like.

T- Also tastes quite like wine and beer put together. Actually really hard to describe. Overall sweetness but balanced well with wine-like acidity. Has a definite belgian yeast finish to the brew.

M- quite light, refreshing, packed with flavor. A Really interesting good beer.

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

Appearance: This beer poured a nice golden-ruby reddish color with a huge fluffy off white cloud of head.

Smell: The smell was dominated by a musty funkiness(in a good way) with nice hints of fruit and yeast.

Taste: Despite the strong funkiness of the beer I was still able to detect a vinous quality which I assume was from the Merlot and Sirah barrels. The wine added hints of white grapes while the yeast used added a nice sourness to it. Nice hints of cloves and pepper were also detected.

Mouthfeel: Nice crisp and tart finish with a medium body.

Overall: This beer is incredible. I only wish we could get this in New Orleans.

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Photo of jhu1995
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. Pours a burnt orange color with a thick, fluffy head that lingers - impressive for the higher alcohol content. Smell was mostly tropical fruit - pineapples mostly - with a hint of alcohol. Taste was outstanding with lots of flavor - pineapples, funkinesss-wild yeast characteristics, and vanilla and butterscoth flavors. The flavors blended really well together. Was velvety smooth on the mouth with some slight sweetness. Would call it medium-bodied. It was very drinkable and left me wanting more. Will definitely seek this one out again.

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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 Phatz
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely magnificent. The highlight of my evening at Capone's. The sour apple Brettanomyces tartness is terrific.

Appearance: served in a small snifter with a frothy cap that lasts the last the duration of the beer. The color changes when back lit to various shades of orange. Gorgeous in each.

Smell: French oak and tart apple cider, pear and Brettanomyces funk in a glorious enticing manor force me to drool like a dog. WOW.

Taste: I love that sour. Wow! The wild yeast and sour funk is very controlled so it delivers the fruity side and only a gentle degree of farmhouse Lambic attribute in the sour and lactic notes. It is very vinous, red and white wine dry and cidery, with a champagne attribute as well. Some peach flavors come through the Belgian yeastiness and a beautiful aftertaste lingers perfectly.

Mouthfeel: The tartness nips with out biting and releases just in time so it is a mixture of sweet and dry and overall interesting.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night. At 9.5% ABV I will be sipping it and the night will end early but nonetheless I love this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Ehouse
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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