Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude
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Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2012 vintage. Poured from a cork and caged bottle into a snifter, the beer is a ruby-tinged golden coloring with an uneven, sparse, quickly dispersing white head. Aromas of tart wine-like characteristics, cherry and grape sweet, woody notes, and some earthy character. Smells robust. Flavors are dark cherry sweet forward, with an effervescent body that keeps everything very light. Subtle cinnamon spice noted as you drink. Very sweet, crisp flavor profiles across the palate. The fruit characteristics diversify into grape, apple, and berry towards the end of the palate. The tart and sourness builds as you drink, with a slightly acidic building character. Fruits and esthers in the aftertaste, with a slight puckering feel in mouth. The finish is crisp, dry, and slightly astringent. Very drinkable, very robust.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been looking forward to this beer. Hopefully it meets the expectations! Bottled October 2012. The beer pours a copper hued orange with a thin ecru collar. There is little carbonation seen in the glass, but there was a strong pop of the cork.

The smell is a wonderful scent reminiscent of funky runny cheese. The Brett has done its work creating the expected farmyard and horse blanket funkiness. Underneath that intense scent is a touch of apple, pear, and candy sugar.

The flavor is similar with a strong Brett forward flavor, but moves on to a spicy and well seasoned flavor of white peppercorn and clove. The finish is the only brief moment where the character of the red wine barrels comes through. There is a brief acidic or tannic like bite that rounds out the flavor with a resounding snap readying you for the next sip. The mouthfeel is surprisingly well carbonated despite little action in the glass. Typical Belgian like voluminous effect of tiny bubbles of carbonation. I've always enjoyed that effect and it comes into play well in this beer as it pushes forth the flavor progression.

As with many Allagash beers it is pricey, but leaves you feeling it was worth the pinch in your pocket.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a dark golden color with a light head.

smell is slightly tart, unexpected. taste is big sour notes with hints of berry fruits. wow this is lovely. I wasn't expecting the sourness at all, I love it. medium bodied with light carbonation.

overall love the taste on this one. recommended highly.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Original Gravity on 6/21/13.

Pours an opaque orange with little head. Aroma is typical sour: lots of berries (blue, straw, rasp) and put fruit (apricots, nectarines) along with the typical farmhouse aromas of straw, earth, and spice. I even get some sweaty horse with a swirl as it warms. Flavor starts with pungent Belgian Pils and spice, followed by astringent alcohol, vinegar, and some slight tartness. The bitterness is grassy and vinous, earthy, barkish. Lots of nuances in the bitterness which is interesting and rare, imho. Some of this is from the oak, which is balanced and not overdone. Feel is slightly watery with a very dry finish.

This is a real treat, though I wish I could get some more sourness in the flavor. The alcohol is warming but not overbearing and the Belgian flavors and dryness is balanced. The beer achieves most of what it's setting out to accomplish. It's quite the tightrope walk and mostly successful.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 1,411 ratings
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