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): 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

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Ratings: 1,407 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2012 bottle

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a deep orange with a slight reddish tint and a finger of dense off white head that retains well
S: slightly tart on the nose with a bit of red wine, a slight funk and some chalky brett
T: barnyard and funk up front with a bit of tartness, slightly fruity, a little oaky, some peppery spice and a bit of yeastyness. swallow is a lot of tannins, oak, horseblanket and funk. slightly tart on the swallow as well
M: soft and slightly prickly carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. very dry finish
O: A great beer. I could swear that this one used to be classified as an American Wild but either way it's fantastic. A bit steep but the flavors and complexity are worth it.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Birthday gift from Cleanfeet--great gal. Finally got around to opening this gem.

Pours a golden amber in color. Remember the scene in Jurassic Park where they find the mosquitos in the dried sap. That is what this beer looks like--but with constant carbonation and not static bubbles of air. Thick white head that receded to a few islands. Some haziness but it is a bottle conditioned beer. Nose is full of pepper and spice. Just a hint of heat from the alcohol.

Absolutely great full flavor. At first sweet but then quickly followed by a clout of spices (pepper, clove, cinnamon). There is also some nice sourness going on. Not enough to make me pucker but enough to make me run my tongue across my lips. Really get some nice flavors from the yeast--quite juicy and chewy actually. Also got some nice fruit: apricots and peaches. Kind of a grape juice feel to it--syrupy. Some nice flavors from the oak (not sure what the word is though). Nice dry finish that completes this beer perfectly. Such a nice digestive beer and to work slowly through the whole night.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite from Allagash so far. Sour, wine, yeasty, spicy, it's all there in a beautiful melange. Had on tap at Prime 16 and I wouldn't hesitate to have again. Beers like these are what made Allagash famous.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sheenisgod
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gatch
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meadhall in Cambridge for 12 Brewers of Christmas.

A: Hazy blood orange with shades of brown. Small off-white head.

S: Wonderful sour nose. Like a lambic. Sour, funk, barn. A lot of brett and some barrel.

T: You get the Tripel right away but it's subdued and pushed aside by barrel, wood, funk, yeast, earth, sour fruit, booze, and brett. More of the Tripel base shows itself as it warms. Seriously delicious.

M: Crazy smooth, properly carbonated, huge flavor. A fun beer to drink. Every sip is special.

O: This is everything I was hoping it to be and more. They nailed the style and the barrel/aging/brett component perfectly. Been waiting to try this for years and it completely surpassed my expectations.

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Photo of srw
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky orange-tinged amber with a surprisingly small white head.

S: Sticky citrus, cakey esters, some gamey notes from the brett, dry wine barrel tannins, a bit of pleasant acidity.

T: Very dry vinous tannins dominate the flavor. Light dark fruits from the barrel, oak, slightly fruity brett (a bit of pineapple), ghost of pale malt sweetness. Dry and tannic in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: While tasty, I would have liked to see a bit more of the base saison shine through.

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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 dunix
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Jamato14
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of claytong
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of micropale
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of lic217
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sloelco
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This should be interesting. 2005 bottle lurking in the bottom back corner of the beer fridge. How did that one stay around this long???

Pours a strong honey gold. A little on the hazy side, but to be expected. Thin layer of head dissapates quickly. Strong, active carbonation present.

Nose is rather meady. Lots of fruit. Yeasty, ripe cherries, and honey all come through. Rather complex character.

Very tart on the hit. Lots of grape character from the merlot casks. Sour finish, reminiscent of some French farmhouse ales. Alcohol comes out rather modestly at the very end. Probably went a year too long, but this is still a very good and very interesting beer.

Easy drinker and an excellent bottle to share.

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Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of SweetChicken
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,407 ratings.
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