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
Ratings:
1,410
Reviews:
455
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
292
For Trade:
12
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4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deebo
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear reddish amber color white a small white head. The aroma is very close to a red wine. The taste is tart fruit an a red wine finish.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Prohibition Pig Brewpub, June 30th, 2017.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a sturdy golden bronze color with a cap of a little white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Sly somewhat messy lace.
The aroma had some graham cracker and bread crust playing with a light apricot and then a super strong red wine that seems to be bugging my nose a bit. Even as it warmed, the red wine overtook the apricot, graham cracker and bread crust.
The flavor leaned into the vinous to semi-sour quality boldly to pummel out the graham cracker/bread crust tone. Aftertaste was bit strong on the red wine.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV did feel as projected. Vinous harshness was a bit stronger in this than expected.
Overall, for a beer from 2014, I would have thought it would have smoothed out more by now, but seemed odd to me that it had the vinous strength it did. Guessing Allagash doesn't fool around when aging Interlude. My numbers are nice, though I'm not a fan of wine.

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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Walleybeer
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spoild
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whitetale
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Obtained a growler of Interlude 2012 (!) at Applachian Vintners in Asheville two weeks ago. Poured into crystal tulips.
Color is copper. Small white head with some lacing.
Aroma is fruit and a little sour, almost like a tart cider. No sweetness detected.
Taste is tart apples and pears. Maybe some grape in the background? The complexity of this beer is very well balanced. No alcohol taste at all - good for a 9.5%. As others have said, there are layers upon layers of funk and fruit. They build off of each other and keep coming up as you drink. Each sip reveals another layer of something you didn't get before. Improves as it warms. Being a 2012 this has had some time to smooth and grow. The Brett has done wonders.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and tart. Medium carbonation (maybe from being in the growler?). Middle is a little sweet then the finish is dry and tart with a little fruit lingering. Did I say very well balanced.
Overall very, very good. Truly unique, even unbelievable. Definitely a sipper but well worth the time. Am glad I found it. I may never find the 2012 again but I'll keep looking. Seek it out.

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Photo of groleau
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 gobuccos
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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