Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude
BA SCORE
4.21/5
1,413 Ratings
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:
#1,038
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,413
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
338
Gots:
291
Trade:
11
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Photo of mjaskula
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a sniffer. The beer is a clear golden copper, effervescent, with a slightly tan head. The head thins to a film and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

The immediate aromas out of the bottle and initial pour were strongly pear and strawberry, backed with that signature brett funkiness. Flavor is tart and fruity at first, again leading into the bret funk. The bret character isn't as in your face as some other wild ales. The bret brings some grassy and earthy flavors to the mix.

The mouthfeel dries up quickly leaving you wanting more. The drinkability seems good after the first glass, but bret usually wears on me pretty quickly. Overall this is the most enjoyable wild ale I've had.

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Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz. in a stemmed wine glass at Oxbow on Saison Day.

Appearance: A hazy copper/amber with no noticeable head. Some lace. Nice look.

Aroma: Vinous. Big grape presence. Also crackers, funk, maybe even olive oil. Good stuff.

Taste: Very appealing saison with a very nice wine note. Grapes are there on the palate. Earthy, almost brothy.

Mouthfeel: A sipper. Not harsh, though. Fair amount of flavor.

Overall: Very appealing aged saison with a unique flavor profile. One to sip and savor.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emmasdad
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a fan of Allagash, but their beers are unavailable out here, so my opportunities to sample are limited. Having recently picked this one up in a trade, I was excited to renew my acquaintances with this brewery. Pours a medium golden color with a little white head that hangs around for quite a while. Aromas of brett, white grapes, light oak, pears and green apples. Light bodied, crisp, tart, white wine, apples and well-hidden alcohol. Another great beer from Allagash.

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Photo of Budlum
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J_K
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Definitely a lot going on in this complex saison. Funky and tart. Well balanced and well enjoyed!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter. This is a translucent reddish golden color, extra fizzy with an inch of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is sour and acidic with lots of lemon and brett. Taste is acidic lemon at first with a burst of oak flavor in the finish. The interesting mix makes for something similar to an iced tea flavor. Alcohol is present, but not enough to hinder drinkability. Mouthfeel is very carbonated.

This is good... maybe not as complex as some other varieties of the style, but tasty.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amazingly complex. The Brett notes are present but not overpoweringly so. Definitely some earthy funk. Nice level of tartness here, again very restrained. Definitely some puckering pear in the flavor. The barrel qualities are also balanced nicely in that there's a Pinot noir impression and an oaky touch that play off the fruit notes in the aroma and taste. Dry on the finish, quite astringent actually, and the booze comes through but just a bit. Very faint traces of alcohol legs in the glass, not much head after the initial fat finger. The wine characteristics announce themselves more as it warms up. This is a beer you can sit with for a good long while and pick apart.

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Photo of BillCheck
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tobelerone
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joepais
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass it was a little less carbonated than the bottle I had but it was to be expected from a cask pour. The brew was a slightly cloudy burnt orange with a light ring of bubbles at the top of the glass.

I got aromas of funk and fruit, berries and blankets LOL. It has a great nose ant the flavor is up there too it is a nice sour. Not to mouth puckering and fruity enough to keep it real drinkable. The feel in my mouth was great but it needed some more carbonation.

Two glasses of this was my limit but I enjoyed every drop. It is somewhat pricey but worth it for a special occasion

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Photo of Eddiehop
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pickles2393
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

One of Allagash's experimental beers, Interlude is fermented with a Belgian Farmhouse yeast and a house strain of Brettanomyces. The beer is then aged in French merlot and sirah oak barrels and bottle conditioned.

Pours a rich, golden amber, topped with a massive tight, white foam head that retreats to a respectful lacing. Nose is full of complex oak characters, cheesy and distinct wine notes, with a soft floral and bready background. Medium bodied with a big creamy palate. The carbonation is lively but smooth. Top notes of wine are more than apparent, but beneath, there are unique beer characteristics of ripe stone fruits--a mélange of apricots, peaches and plums. Cracker and bread flavors follow, thanks to the Brett. Deep-rooted foundation of oak provides a sharp, dry edge. Wine-like tannins appear as the beer warms. Soft white-bread flavors and faint grape notes present towards the slow finish.

A fantastic example of the diversity of American brewing, and a primo crossover beer for wine drinkers. It is complex and bold enough to challenge most wines on its own or when pairing. Stand it up against a stinky cheese, smoked salmon or charcuterie plate.

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Photo of let8it8grow
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Justin-m
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear light amber beer with a half finger head, sampled at Julio's Liquors in Westborough MA.

Aroma was mainly of apples, although it was a bit estery. I didn't get any of the Brett funk that other people did, don't know why.

Taste was light sweet malts, again no funk. A bit of fruitiness, and a tad dry. Didn't pick up any tannins either.

Mouthfeel was wonderful... it was very light, went down easily. The alcohol was well hidden. Usually this style seems somewhat syrupy to me.

Drinkability is excellent. Did I want more? Hell yes. Would I shell out $16 for a bottle of this? For special occasions, easily. This was a well crafted beer. Everything knit together perfectly.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Sweemzander for this one. The second breakfast beer to get us going.

A: golden orange, small off white head, tiny soapy lace ring,

S: tart apples, lemons, mild funk, hints of barn yard, just a touch of wood comes through as it warms

T: flavor was bit sweeter than I expected, mild green apples and lemons but a solid amount of sweet apple as well, lightly funky, hints of wet straw and wet wood, fairly easy on the tongue

M: light to medium body, plenty of carbonation

D: very easy drinking, this would be a great starter wild for someone whos just getting into the style, hard to beleive this is 9.5 abv, I found no trace at all

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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 PeterIngemi
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml of the October 2012 release

A: pours a beautiful hazy amber with some nice red ruby hues... Almost a finger if whit head, dissapates nicley and leavs some touches of lacing... Looks delicious.

S: tart Brett funk, along with some very nice vinous oak character. Tart notes of lemon and apple slightly soaked in wine...

T: delicious, tart Right up front gong into vinous oak notes, the blend between the wine and fruity yeast notes is superb here, I get notes of apple/pear, peach... Great complexity. Really nicley done.

M: medium creamy body with a nice lag carbonation with just a touch of a crisp bite in the end... Dry and oaky on the finish leaving red wine like notes in the aftertaste.

O: this is a delicious brew, excellent work with the yeast strains and barrels. Excellent balance and great flavor... Give this a try if you get te opportunity.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,413 ratings
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