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:
1,406
Reviews:
454
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
332
Gots:
294
For Trade:
12
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jbertsch
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red in color. The aroma is a mix of wine barrel tartness, slightly foul funk, and some fruits underneath like cherry, apple, and apricot. The foul funk toes the line of "bad" territory but without ever getting there. However, it's noticeable on each sip and makes you at least wonder if something is off. I don't think it is...it's just a more challenging note beyond the usual barnyard essence from the brett. The flavor a mix of tartness, funkiness, cherry, apricot and bread. Mouthfeel is average. Not heavy but not too think.

A decent beer. But I can't help but feel there's significant room for improvement. Ultimately the $23 price tag renders this beer not worth the money (at least not for repeat purchases).

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of cliff1066
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed burnt golden color with a thin bone white head.

S: A bit of a musty an tart smell with notes of Brett, pear, white grape, pale malt and some cherry.

T: A musty funk right away with heavy white grape and triple notes. A definite touch o white wine in the middle with a finish that's heavy on the crackery malt and shows some brett as well. A kind of lingering tartness throughout that never turns sour. Overall a really tasty beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a 2008 bottle at cellar temp into a pint glass. The corked and caged 750 bottle is a bit of a gusher upon popping the cork. The beer is a bright clear copper to amber hue. There is some minimal beige to eggshell white heat the fades to nothing fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is some booze and dry woody notes with a hit of caramel and dark fruit. I think I get red grape or maybe a general vinous quality.
First sip reveals an average body with soft yet slightly sticky texture. The carbonation is mild and rolls across my palate.
The flavor is rich and malty with caramel, red grapes, some toffee, yeasty funkiness and dry popsicle stick wood notes.
I also get fair amounts of warm booze with each sip and by the end of the bottle it has caught up with me a little.
The beer is very interesting and complex, Im surprised by the amount of heat still left after 4 years, but it is an enjoyable late night brew.

I am glad I drank this now as I dont anticipate it would have improved any more.

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Photo of Dope
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

October 2012 batch, about two months old.

A: Pours a semi-hazy, light amber. Big fluffy light tan head. Fades somewhat quickly, leaving just a speck or two of lacing behind.

S: Lemons, apple and tart grapes with traces of other fruits. Some crackery malt aspect. In fact, I swear I get graham cracker sometime, like graham cracker crust to be specific.

T: Very tart grape skin, apples and lemons up front. Borderline sour (stronger as it warms up), but at least it's crisp. Kind of an oaky leather in the middle mixed with wine. Turns graham cracker in the lingering aftertaste with more traces of tart fruits.

M: Decently full bodied and smooth. Drying on the back end.

O: Tough beer to score. Initial hit is very sour like a wild ale or a really bad saison. But it slowly gets better through the taste - decent in the middle with a really pleasant graham cracker crust aftertaste. I tried not to knock it down too hard, it's well balanced, complex and it has some aspects that I enjoy. But it has some really off flavors too with the extreme funkiness and sour notes. I ended up drain pouring it but tried to give it a fair shake on the scores.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy light red with a few bubbles of white head that fades immediately. Slight lacing. I'll also mention here, this was the worst bottle ever as far as uncorking. Took forever, then broke and stuck to the sides of the bottle. Ended up having to push the cork into the bottle to have access and had to filter out cork all glass long.

Aroma features lots of brett with some lemon and spices. Getting almost no wine barrel charcter from the aroma.

Very bretty and fruity up front. Apple and lemon with a heavy brett funk and a bit of oak and spice at the end. I really didn't like this one at all when first opened, but as it approached room temp, some more flavors came together and was actually quite enjoyable by the end. I could use more wine barrel presence and felt it was very lacking. This is more funky than sour as it approached only "tart" in a liberal definition.

Medium mouthfeel. Reached a good creamy texture approaching room temp with a crisp finish from the carbonation. Finishes oaky and dry leaving a good aftertaste.

I had some issues with this beer, but in the end, once it approached room temperature it was a very nice beer although I still feel the wine character was lacking. I'd definitely drink this again after letting it warm, but probably won't go out of my way to get a bottle.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml of the October 2012 release

A: pours a beautiful hazy amber with some nice red ruby hues... Almost a finger if whit head, dissapates nicley and leavs some touches of lacing... Looks delicious.

S: tart Brett funk, along with some very nice vinous oak character. Tart notes of lemon and apple slightly soaked in wine...

T: delicious, tart Right up front gong into vinous oak notes, the blend between the wine and fruity yeast notes is superb here, I get notes of apple/pear, peach... Great complexity. Really nicley done.

M: medium creamy body with a nice lag carbonation with just a touch of a crisp bite in the end... Dry and oaky on the finish leaving red wine like notes in the aftertaste.

O: this is a delicious brew, excellent work with the yeast strains and barrels. Excellent balance and great flavor... Give this a try if you get te opportunity.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,406 ratings.
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