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Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

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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.

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

On-tap 1/3/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grapes and other fruits, wild Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet flavors of grapes, caramel and citrus followed by a mild tartness. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a heart but not too heavy male character. There’s a mild but complementary hops presence which brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and complex Belgian-style beer to drink for a long time.

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

First time using the new rating system for reviews. Let's give it a shot. Change is good.

On-tap @ Barcade in Brooklyn, NY.

10 oz pour served in a medium-sized red wine globe-shaped glass. Beautiful, slightly hazy, orange, plum color. Very small head that possibly suffered from a lack of carbonation. Unfortunate, as I have a feeling it would have really enhanced the overall experience of the beer.

Right off the bat, the complexity of the aroma can be detected. Lots of ripe fruits, notably apples, plums, and apricots, with some mild citrus in the background. Plenty of sour funk but not overwhelming.

The flavor was sweet, fruity, and sour. A little bit of bready malt to balance things out. Coats the tongue well. Quite refreshing and easy on the palate for such complexity.

A really interesting brew that blurs the lines between saison, gueuze, and red wine. Would love to try it out of the bottle next time to see if the carbonation issues are resolved.


Edit (7/22/2015): Split an October 2014 bottle last night. The original review holds up but carbonation was still low. I noticed a lot more oak coming through as a result of the barrel aging. An interesting brew with lots going on. Not worth the $20 bottle price to me, but worth giving it a try if you find it on tap.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,416 ratings
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