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 ThreeLions
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

October 2013 vintage split with Hab11
Appearance: Quite a unique orange/brown color. Browrange? What? Looks like someone mixed apple juice with orange juice then stirred in some dirt. Rust color? Cool looking. C
Very subtle head. Interesting carbonation. Lots of bubbles on the bottom of the glass with only a few breaking free and rising g to the surface. Super tiny bubbles forming in the top third of the glass. Great activity for a year and a half old.
Smell: well alright. Great Brett funk right off the bat. Artificial grape like pixie stick smell but also red grape aromas too. Tart, sour, acidic. Background caramel notes from the barrel. Vinous. French oak. Quite a complex and awesome smell. Many layers and we'll balanced.
Taste: Not what I was expecting. Tastes like candy. Sour grapes. Candied sweet bitter fruit like a warhead candy. The smell was much better than the taste. The oak tannins came through to a fault in this. Not sure where to go. Not a big fan. The taste was disappointing here.
Mouth: carbonation is quite low. The bitterness and overwhelming oak tannin are off putting and it is also cloying.
Overall. The appearance and smell of this beer are really quite exceptional. The taste and mouth were both disappointing and unpleasant. Not what I was expecting. It's like all the bad parts of barrel aging with brettanomyces came together with this beer. It's unfortunate. Probably would not buy again. Well that's wrong. I would like to try thus fresh and note the differences but after a year and a half I'm not really a fan.

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Photo of 7Sport
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rating from an October 2012 750ml corked/caged bottle from my cellar

Just drank a 2011 bottle (02/12/15) and it was phenomenal. Taste score on the 2011 would be a 4.5 with a similar bump in the overall score. Not sure if it's the age or the particular vintage but the 2011 was a different beer, and by far my favorite (compared to 2012-2014) vintages.

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Photo of NateF90
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release in a red wine glass on New Year's. All I remember were the crazy cantaloupe and honeydew melon flavors, presumably from the brett. Would love to try again.

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Photo of FFreak
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Costco for ~$16. Poured into glasses and shared with friends who love Brett. This beer was wonderful. It has a fruitiness that I'd not experienced in a beer before because I believe it comes from the Brett rather than hops, which I'm more accustomed to. Pineapple, apricot, peach and some dried fruit and none of the horse blanket/straw I'd learned to expect from Brett. Just about perfect mouth feel and carbonation. Overall, this beer really floored me with how good it is.

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Photo of seedyone
1.5/5  rDev -64.2%

03/29/13 At Rattle N Hum on tap. Strangest assault on the ol' taste buds in a long time. Not sure what they were going for here as much as "let's just throw some stuff down the chute & see what comes out". IMHO this is an aimless taste profile. Befuddling at best. If it wasn't that I paid for it & the 9.5% ABV, I would have poured it on the floor as a wax remover. The only "notes" I'm registering are "don't waste your time & money on this focus-less nonsense".

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Community Tap (SC).

Flavor & Aroma: Plenty of red wine flavors with oak too. These also permeate the aroma where hints of barnyard smells detract.
Bottle in April 2016 cpfirms tasting

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Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with short head retention.
Sweet and very orchard aroma with mild funky notes.
Predominant flavor of apples and grapes fermentation, some elegant funkiness, oranges, Asian plum liquor, pear, bretta and white wine.
Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and tart sensation.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Outstanding beer, very elegant with amazing complexity and lots of grapes and bretta. It felt like a mix of a Saison and a Belgian Strong Golden Ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -4.5%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Light and fruity with a bretty funky earthy edge to it. Tannic and tart with a bit of a vinous character to it. Nice beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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 mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In honor of our family's impending trip to shores of Maine...
Poured into an Allagash small tulip glass: color is lighter amber, slightly opaque, copper hues on the glass edges, head is light tan and presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is tilted towards the tart, sourness of the brett yeast off notes, pear, maybe some sour grapes, with a subtle farmhouse funk with some biscuit.

Taste is more balance between the two yeast strains: immediate flavor is sour, tart brett like sourness; then there is transition to dryer farmhouse style crispness. I can't identify the wine barrel presence, but I'm sure the tilt in aroma and upfront flavor towards grape and pear like sourness is amplified by this. Almost forgot to mention that this beer has incredible flavor and presence with no indication its the strength. On second thought, i think the wine barrel aging has softened any esters or strong flavors from the strength.

Mouthfeel is a great balance again: sourness provides lingering intriguing flavors, while the softness from the wine barrels creates great presence on the cheeks and there is even the drying qualities from the farmhouse yeast.

Overall, a great beer, incredible flavor and complexity when you understand where its subtleties come from. And to top it off its strong and sweet but not overpowering, another great ale from Allagash.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, low carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: oak and dark fruit

Taste: oak, dark fruit, toasted malt, and hay

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light in body, medium carbonation

Overall: An excellent saison that tastes like it is mixed with a healthy helping of fruit juices. I think this beer is right up there with the best that Allagash makes. I would certainly get this on tap if again.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Dated October 2013. Cork hit the ceiling, but no gushing.

A: Amber/rose-colored body with good clarity. Scant white head that rapidly disappears. Light lacing.

S: Light brett with vinous quality. Grapes and more subdued stone fruit. Mild earth.

T: Tart initially with a dry, even-handed Brett character shortly thereafter. There is the presence of red wine and associated tannins. Mostly dry finish. Lightly hopped. Alcohol presence is average for the ABV. Tartness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Light-to-moderate carbonation with a fairly light body. Open on the palate.

O: Solid brew, if a bit less impressive than expected. Probably should have sat on this one a bit longer. I was hoping for a bit more complexity, but fans of wine barrel aging and brettanomyces will enjoy this.


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Photo of LeRose
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at beer pairing dinner event, 300 ml pour.

Can I just say OH MY and stop writing? This may get weird...this beer made an impression.

Appearance - an amber/coppery color with a compact head that quickly vanished leaving a ring around the glass. Visually pleasant.

Aroma - I now understand the term funk - this has it and I get it. Maybe some acidic fruit presence. Grapes, apricot, and almost graham cracker-like aroma or dark bread crust. Overall it feels "earthy" and connected, somehow rustic and comforting.

Taste - very tart initially, then this odd yet undeniably pleasant sensation that I assume is from the Brettanomyces. Definite imagery of the farmhouse... Then it gets dry and tannic and winelike with grape flavors, apricot sweetness just a little, some bready character. It's exactly as Allagash describes, but the description can't possibly capture the sensation and I am no better.

Mouthfeel - the tart is welcome, a great cleansing sensation, yet there is a smoothness. Then again it is drying. A big package of flavors and sensation that leaves me wanting more. And oh by the way it's 9.5%...really?

Overall this beer was a great experience to which I can hardly do justice. Each sip is a little different as the flavors play off one another. Sour, sweet, earthy/funky. Some beautiful stuff here that I think speaks to the skill of managing two separate fermentations, letting each contribute to the fullest.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with great clarity and a quickly diminishing head.

Smell is musty, vinegar like and malty. Kind of fruity with a kiss of malt vinegar.

In the taste, nice sourness, more of a winesque tartness. Wine and some funk, light oak. The body is light, carbonation is low.

Overall the flavors are sublime and it drinks really smooth. It was delicious and moderately complex, my review is nothing compared to this beer. It's hard to describe.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Notes: Just starting to understand wild ales. Limited review by design.

A - Arrived with a creamy, but slim head. Good retention and some thin lacing. Great color. Super cloudy golden orange.

S - Per the description, a nice mix of Belgian-style aromas, mixed with an acidic quality. Great level of potency, and quite pleasant.

T - I can't quite pick out the complexities here yet, because I am still mostly focused on the acidic nature of this style of beer. However, I did enjoy it, and it was definitely a nice blend of characteristics.

M - This was great. Really nice supportive carbonation.

O - This is first full glass of a sour beer that I've gotten through and enjoyed. It's a luxury, and not something that I see myself having a lot of, but I definitely look forward to more of these from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of antott0523
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated October 2013 into a goblet.

A: Deep amber with a touch of haze. Off white head disappears across the plane of the beer, but a thin ring remains around the rim. Effervescent when pouring, and settled to a more mild carbonation.

S: Beautiful balance of tart and sweet. Notes of a sour grape and pear juice, a touch of dried fruit including prunes, apricot, and papaya, and sourdough bread. The alcohol is subdued on the nose.

T: Initially well balanced with tart notes of sour grape and sweeter notes of dried fruit and bread. These attractive notes fade quickly to an an overpowering amount of alcohol. The finish is moderately tart and dry.

M: The feel similar to moderately dry champagne. The finish is dry with minor notes of tannin and grapefruit pith.

Overall: This is my first experience with red wine barrel aged ales, and my fourth or fifth experience with wild ales. The nose is amazing. But I am torn between the pleasant flavors and the unpleasant amount of alcohol on the finish. The beer is too delicate to withstand the presence of alcohol. If I can find another 2013 bottle I will age it for another year or so. If I can find another vintage I will definitely try it. Otherwise, and it pains me to say this because there are some really attractive elements to this beer, I would have no reason to buy this beer again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle. October 2013 vintage.

poured into a pair of tulip glasses.

Appearance: cloudy orange bodied beer with 1 full finger of white head. Head drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Wheat malts, lots of red wine and oak, yeast and peppery. Citrusy and fruity.

Taste: mild to moderate tartness. Nice grainy, wet hay, and yeasty flavors. Fruity and earthy brett flavors. Citrusy flavors mostly oranges, but a hint of lemons too and hint of black pepper. Vinous red wine. Deep oakiness. Finishes with mild tartness, vinous red wine notes, and those grainy wheat malts. Such great balance of all the flavors and everything is soo well integrated.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer almost medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. Drinks like its a low abv saison. doesnt become boozey at all. Soft and slightly creamy carbonation that has a little bit of driness to it. The beer has a supple and delicate mouthfeel that feels classy!

Overall: What a nice rustic saison by Allagash! A red wine barrel aged saison with brett! Yes please! $25 a bottle wow that hurts the wallet, but its definately worth its hefty price tag. It is such a great saison and the red wine notes are near flawlessly integrated into the saison! What a great beer by Allagash and its a shelf turd to boot!!!

Paired this beer with grilled chicken and coleslaw. What a great beer to pair with many different dishes! The beer doesnt overpower the food and it doesnt get boozey after a bite of food either. This beer is a class act all around wether you are just drinking the beer or having a food pairing with Interlude! I would recommend chicken, pork, any seafood, or freshwater fish paired with this beer!

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

A - Golden, hazed, thin white head actually has some retention and lacing.

S/T - Sour funkiness, floral, wine, a candy sugar mid palate, finishing with oak dryness and a mild sourness.

M - Lightish body, medium carbonation, finishes dry with a mild sourness, not overpowering.

O - Very enjoyable. I like the candy sweetness mid palate, and how the sourness is complementary to the flavors.

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Photo of pants678
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the red side with a white head.

Fruit on the nose, almost tart (can you smell tart?).

The wine barrels round out the brett on a beer I would not otherwise call a saison/farmhouse. Floral, oak and grapes that lends to a flavor that's not quite sour.

Lighter body with a crisp finish.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewed on tap 11/26
A: rosé side of golden, pretty cloudy, but I wasn't too careful with the pour. Popping the cork was easy and not much of a pop, if any when it released. The beer did get a small head with a more vigorous than normal pour. On tap pour had fair amount edge head and generated spots if lacing.

S: definitely get the wine notes, light tart grape in nature. I get some Belgian yeast as well, together forming a strange alternate scent of watermelon.

T/M: follows the nose, pretty much. Almost tastes like a wine up front, then a weak wine as the beer takes over. Apple, wine grape, and a surprising carbonation give the pour. The body is a bit light, but that helps make the beer refreshing. The ending does have a tart lime taste grab as it seems like the taste is dying. The draft pour was less tart and had more dry woodsy hop notes, but otherwise fits the bottle pour.

O: rated this a straight 4 before. Probably gonna end up just north of that. Wonder if the bottle was just a little off given the opening, but it didn't end up affecting my enjoyment. Tap pour changed no category rating.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma- A fruity sour wine aroma dominates the nose, with notes of spicy and musty brett.

Mouth feel- Dry on the tongue and lite in body feels like lots of carbonation.

Appearance- Hazy Light auburn in color with a hint of red. Off white head.

Taste- Dry fruity start lots of cherry other pit fruits (plum) with a tart sour cherry finish. No hop flavor and it was hard to taste much else over the tartness of the beer. If you didn't get it in the first couple sips your taste buds kinda only get the tart flavor.

This beer is good a glass is really nice and refreshing but not something I would have a lot and get drunk off of.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark golden in cool or with a thin fizzy off white head. Smell has a tart brett aroma With notes of white wine, apples, pears, hay, and some sweet malt. Taste is brett forward with earthy notes of barnyard, straw, and must along with a very faintly tart acidity and flavor of lemongrass. Light wine barrel, malt and peppercorn presence in the finish. Lots of dry brett and Belgian yeast meld with high amounts if carbonation, faintly tart acidity, and tannins to leave an overall well balanced beer

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a small white head.

S: Sour, salt, citrus, notes from the Brett.

T: Sour vinous notes, oak, and slightly fruity brett.

M: Mild-Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Solid sour offering from Allagash, worth a repeat and a pause.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pretty, amber color. Thin, white head doesn't fade away too much. It leaves minimal lacing,

S-Aroma is relatively soft but it's pleasant. Wild tartness is the first thing I notice. Musty and funky. Some pale-fleshed fruits and hay.

T-The flavor is even better. The tartness is amped up. A light lick of oak. The fruitiness and barny flavors are also more intense. Underripe fruit and zesty yeast. Brett flavors. Also some wine notes. A very wild Saison.

M-ABV hidden well. The carbonation really lifts the body up. It's sneakily drinkable. Lingering tartness. Tannic in some essences.

O/D-I really enjoyed this beer. Allagash makes some killer brews and this one is no different. Happy to have grabbed a pint of this. A bottle is it a bit too pricey. I was however, very happy with a pint of this wild Saison.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

August 2008 750 mL corked and caged bottle served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper in color with a spare light tan head that dissipates to nearly nothing after only a minute. Aroma is quite nice. The first first waff of aroma was pretty darn amazing; fruits in the fore, mostly pears, some oak and background funk. As the beer gets a chance to breathe the character changes a bit and turns more vinous and funkier. The taste is much like the aroma only it leans towards the funk and vinous aspects. When i say funk, I'm not going as far as all out horse blanket; the funkiness, while the dominant taste isn't excessive. Fruits remain in the background and there is a light breadiness that confirms the malt backbone. There isn't much hop character in either the the aroma or the taste but that may be due to the age of this particular bottle. Mouthfeel is good with a light-medium body. Alcohol presence is relatively low and not apparent in aroma, taste, or mouthfeel; its very smooth and the alcohol definitely sneaks up on you. The finish is fairly balanced, its a bit dry at first then some sweetness comes in the balance it out. Overall this is a pretty enjoyable beer. Its not the typical saison given the aging in wines barrels but has many characteristics of the style. If you have the patience to let it age for a few years you'll find a beer that mellows quite well.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,387 ratings.
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