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Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brewandbbq on 01-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,056
Reviews:
456
Ratings:
1,420
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
337
Gots:
293
Trade:
11
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Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October 2014 Bottled: Pours cloudy orange/copper color with a lot of bubbles racing up the sides of the glass to a 2 finger foamy off white that looked like soap water with a lot of bubbles in it, leaving minimal spotty lacing. I love the sizzling sound it makes after poured into the tulip glass.

Smells sour and grainy up front, with red wine, woody oak barrels, sticks/twigs, cherry and other dark fruit, tart green apple, sour white grapes, some musty and funky notes and light peppery spices. This is extremely complicated and very hard to nail down more aromas, as this is a mix of sour, funk, barnyard (wet horse hair), light spices, grains, wood/barrels, flowers and fruity notes. Hard to process, but nice to inhale.

Taste is just as dynamic as the nose, with the sour and grainy fruit/grain combo also up front, transitioning to coffee like chocolate malts for a second and then getting oaky and woody with the traces of red wine and the barrels showing through; the next wave is tart green apple, rotting pear or rotting green grapes, champagne, metallic yeast and some slight funk, wet cardboard, candied sugar or fruity candy like a gummy worm, earth, dirt, mud and pigpen wet hairs for that barnyard essence, and then some zesty lemon and orange peel like a mix of citrus hops, active brett yeast and finally spices like pepper, coriander, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and cardamom. Each sip is different and like the nose it is hard to get a handle on all the flavors. It's a super nova of flavor which pretty much explodes onto your palate so that you just have to take it in and enjoy it for what it is, a crazy complicated beer that is still evolving in the glass as you sip it yet designed so well that it hides the 9.5% ABV perfectly.

Mouthfeel is creamy but on the thin and watery side, with a lot of grainy notes that give it some texture and some spices to give it kick, but the tart fruit, funk and sour notes keep this a moving target on just settling in and expecting a standard saison drinking experience. The barnyard/farmhouse flavors and smells came through, but were just part of this cyclone of tastes which to me were mostly fruit with everything else acting as accents for the outstanding base.

This beer grew on me and got better with every sip. The brett and red wine barrels added some really great flavors, and the constant guessing how the next sip would be made this a wonderful drinking experience. The bottle was a little pricey, but this was a great beer overall and a lot of fun to drink.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sulldaddy
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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 mac31
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tulip on draft

Lovely red wine accents imparted in the entry, carrying through the mid-palate. Souring from the Brett is wonderful: aged, mellowed, mature, balanced. Nice familiar oaky/woody notes to round out and soften the beer. Hay, barnyardy funkiness adds a nice layer of complexity. I love the subtle funkiness of this brew. Low carbonation. I love low carbed beers. Alcohol is well covered, specifically by the tannins. Dry and tannic in the finish. Really funky finish as the beer warms up. This sour does not appear rushed or young in any way, which is much appreciated. The drinkability of this beer is exemplary. There isn't much (if any) from Allagash that I haven't liked. This doesn't change my perception. A great beer.

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Photo of mckeowbc
4.29/5  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.

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Photo of Baab200
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Jawelch1986
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ronan201
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love Allagash! If you see it on tap, try it!

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Photo of Ihadbeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage December 2009. Once the cork popped, I got a nice whiff of funk and Brett. It pours a hazy golden-orange color with some beautiful carbonation. The head is medium size and white as snow. Scent is wonderful with some very strong resemblance to wine. There are some heavy grape aromas, as well as oak and sour funk. I also get apples and cherries as well. First sip is yeasty and funky...you can definitely taste the Brett in this one (which isn't a bad thing). Not as sour as the nose tends to imply, but rather pleasantly tart. There are some flavors of oak, grape, Belgian yeast, and apple...leaves a champagne-like aftertaste. There is also a nice alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and full bodied. Drinkability is scarily high for a 9.5 beer. Would love to see how some more age would treat this beer.

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Photo of McMatt7
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Distinct copper with a minimal fizzy khaki head dying to a moderate ring.

Smell is round and delectable grape, cherry, red wine, and light oak with a little black pepper.

This tastes quite tart, actually a little acetic, with woody, dark oak, cherry, grape, and savory red wine. There are notes of an almost hoppy pine accent with black pepper and blackberry.

This is both acidic and boozy which gives a slight burn as my only real knock on this beer, which has an otherwise perfect bitter bite to compliment all the waves of fruit, wine and tartness. Interlude becomes substantially more funky with the final pour.

The feel is quite frothy and light on the palate, but full. Very rarely do I see 10% on this kind of beer, but whoa, it drinks almost like a fine wine so it might as well be pushing the boundary.

2015 vintage

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

A: light orangy gold in color with a small amount of bright white head, good lacing.

S: a bit of sourness stands out, funkiness, a bit of hay, some zestiness and cherry as well.

T: wheaty with a hit of sour citrus, some Belgian spice as well and some alcohol.

M: crisp, good carbonation, dry, a bit of alcohol.

O: a very good ale, close to a wild but not quite. Would characterize as a good and approachable entry to sours. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lopezchris77
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

so much character to this beauty, lucky enough to find it on tap at the farmhouse Burlington. pale in color, unassuming, and even drab, but one sniff confirms its place amongst the top dwelling wild ales of the word. a ton of jammy red wine essence, the barrel character is first and foremost here, with the brett right behind in tow. the flavor is a little different, with the yeast way out ahead of the red wine, almost strident in its assertiveness, packing both alcohol rawness and oaky maturity, its truly a weirdo in the best sense of the word. flavor features more base malt than anticipated, with some amount of wheat and the brett before other yeasts. its super dry but doesn't lose its fruity red wine character. I am impressed with the subtlety of the alcohol, and all the cherry character of the booze. enough body for all the flavors to hold up, but it still seems light to me for some reason. carbonation is relatively up beat too. complex as they come, and different from the wild ale crowd. something special here.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marioluck
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psujmatt
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Petegrieco
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,420 ratings
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