Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

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4.21/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,069
Reviews:
456
Ratings:
1,424
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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337
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Trade:
11
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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.

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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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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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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,424 ratings
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