Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

Brewed by:
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 dd43
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tobelerone
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joepais
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PicklesBeer
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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%

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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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Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

January 2007 Bottling

Interlude poured a hazy copper that glowed orange when held to the light. A 1 finger white head formed on the pour that faded to a thin cap with chunky edges. Minimal slow rising carbonation bubbles. Leaves chunky drink lines after each sip.

Scent begins with goldenrod and that barnyard funkiness. Mild tart cherries and a touch of lemony citrus. Maybe it's my imagination but when I take deep whiffs I pick up mild oak. Very complex aromas that I've only scratched the surface on.

The flavor is more complex than the aroma. Things begin with a slight lemon rind bitterness. Mid palate I get hit with a wave of that funkiness along with hay. Mild citric flavors come through toward the end finishing up with orange rind and a solid hop snap on the swallow. Again, I've only scratched the surface on the complexity of flavors.

Lighter body with a slight stickinesson the tongue. Mild alcohol on the swallow as this beer warms.

The flavor makes this an easy drinker but the complex flavors will wear out the tastebuds.

A truly complex beer with a great idea behind it. I'm looking forward to trying Allagash's other special releases. A really great concept behind this beer that I look forward to drinking again.

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

Served on tap at the Draught House into a half-pint glass. Served way cold. It took awhile for me to warm it by hand.

A - Murky, hazy orange color. No head or visible carbonation. Slight lacing.

S/T - Apple cider smell. Almost tastes like they mixed sparkling white wine, sparkling apple cider, and ale. Having said that, it is dry, tart, but not sweet. Very crisp, grape, green apple, and slight pear taste. Tastes like it was aged in white wine rather than red wine casks. Oak comes through as it warms, but I never tasted the Merlot.

M/D - Light body with crisp carbonation. Lingers on the lips. You can feel the alcohol warmth. This is my first wild ale, so it is difficult to compare. I usually associate sourness with something gone wrong, but this is a pleasant tartness. Very refreshing. Can't drink too many of them due to the alcohol. The half-pint was a nice serving size. Definitely recommend this beer, particularly to other wild ale newbies, and I would have it again.

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

Pours a reddish brown apple cider color with a one finger head that disapates almost instantly, leaving a ring of foam around my glass producing great lacing. Aroma of oak, red wine, funk and slight vinegar. Taste is tart and fruity with a finish of oak and redwine. This is a fantastic sour, just behind Russian river's Consecration in my opinion.

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

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a clear reddish copper orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that diminished quickly into a thin layer of residue that lasted throughout and produced some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma had a Farmhouse funkiness to it, with a sweaty grain malt, some wild yeast and had notes of sour grapes, red wine and a nice woody oak.

The taste was sweetly acidic, quite tart and very fruity right off and then became sweetly sour with a strong wine characteristic and a hint of wood at the end. The flavor stayed with you for a nice long time after the swallow, allowing for a nice sour grape finish.

Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body and very dry in texture, like a nice Merlot with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a very unique tasting strong ale, one like I have never tasted in the past, but definitely plan to do so again in the future.

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Photo of smurphy77
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance after poured from tap - nice deep golden color with a head that persisted forever.

Smelled pretty funky. Tasted pretty fantastic. Not sure if it comes from the barrel aging in wine casks or not, but this beer was quite complex. Sharp, spicy flavors dominate early, then subside into a very distinct sourness reminiscent of cherries and dried apricots. The taste of alcohol is detectable but not overpowering.

Very enjoyable beer, but the flavors are so strong that I don't think I'd drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of Tylerhurlburt
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a nice and clear amber orange color. The look is really nice and has a nice metallic hue to it.

The smell is pretty good. The aroma has a nice complex mixture of notes that make this a beer worth drinking in warm temperatures at night. The beer has a nice pear and apple note that are fairly strong with a nice plum note from the wine barrels. The apricot note is definitely there and has a nice tartness to it that is pretty restrained when compared to most other wild ales. The tart also seems to blend in well with a tannis note.

The taste is pretty good as well. The taste starts off with an apricot note and a nice mild tart note from the bret. The plum note is a lot more distinct and noticeable compared to the smell; it's stronger and a bit more sugary. The tannis is still there but weaker. The non-Bret yeast strain has a stronger appearance in this beer and comes off as a honey graham cracker, which is an interesting note when it contrasts to everything else.

The feel is good. The beer is certainly smooth and the carbonation gives it a nice softness to the beer. The beer almost goes down a little bit like wine with a slight dry aftertaste to it.

Overall, a very good beer and definitely worth the cost. It's a very nice blending of beer and wine that borrow the best of both styles to create a broadly appealing beer.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,397 ratings.
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