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): 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours murky, orangy-gold, with a quick falling white head of various sized bubbles.
Tart, fruity, funky and musty in the nose.
Oh, yea- say hello to my little friend- Brett.
Coriander, cloves, strawberries, laced with hay spritzed with orange oils.
Aromatics peel apart like a belgian onion.
Medium body, carbonation on the lower side for an Allagash, creamy and crisp.
Pallet is loaded with tart fruits and a woody dryness.
Bitterness lends a complimentary quenching quality alongside the mildly puckering esters.
Pallet continues drying, crisp, and spicy.
Quite grassy and earthy, and bold but not out of balance.
Finishes dry, refreshing and organic.
Buckets of karma go out to Delirium on this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've tried many times and never gor around to reviewing. This sample is from a cask at Sunset grill and tap in Allston, MA. I tried 3 just to get it right...

An amber to ruby colored body with a big head.

Smell has some fruit in it, sour brett, pale malts.

Sourness is noticeable throughout, with some cherrry and other fruit characteristics in the background. Finish reveals the malt, which tastes more like just oats or barleys than malted barley. In the very end I can detect just a touch of alcohol, but it's weak.

Mouthfeel is hard to grade on casks for me, but this is somewhat viscous and a little dry from the sourness.

Extremely drinkable, a great beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could be wrong, but does this beer taste remarkably like the Folie Wood Aged brew? That's not a bad thing, by the way.

Pours a light orange with a white foam crust. Surprisingly long lasting. Absolutely splendid vinegar/citrus smell about it. Some green apples mixed into that aroma.

The taste is pure sour funk. Again, some green apples (maybe pears?), vinous characteristics, and citrus with a vinegar twist. Wondrous.

I'm becoming a real sucker for these sour beers. This one is nicely carbonated, with a splendid mouthfeel. Allagash has let me down a bit recently, but this one hit the mark.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense fiery orangish scarlet color with a highly carbonated head and overflow upon un-corking. The white head leaves a thin yet full layer of lace on my glass.

Ripe with fruit and funk. Notes of oak, berry, spice, earth, leather and tropical yeasty notes with some stone fruit thrown in. Very complex aromas.

A fine beer indeed. Thick and creamy on the middle ending with a burst of carbonation that dives even further into some glyceryl notes. Leathery earth ridden with a belgian spice and yeast shading everything. So fruity and succulent with a multiplex of fruit happenings. Some alcohol shows on the finish in the throat and chest but don't let this deter from the experience this complex beast brings to the table. Too bad I don't enjoy Belgian ales more.

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4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

purplehops hooked me up with this one as part of BC2. big thanks stan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. 2005 vintage. sampled dec 31/07.

pours deep orangey copper colour with a small off-white head. the head drops fairly quick with almost no lace.

aroma is great. light brett funk. orange and tangerine. very fresh. hints of merlot and syrah. bit of leather and tobacco leaves. hint of lemon.

taste is great. solid brett presence. leather and a bit of horse blanket. tangerine and orange peel. hint of caramel. white bread. bit of alcohol. raw oak. vanilla in the edges.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is great. the brett funk is balanced and not overpowering. nice fruity character coming from the barrels. balanced and very nice overall. thanks stan!

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review dated 5/4/2009. Tap at City Beer Store in SF.

Attractive hazy golden-amber appearance with a foamy off-white head.

Funk, malt, and fruits on the aroma.

Flavor was pale malt, oak, funk, light fruits, green apple, and a Bretty sourness that is much less biting than more hardcore sours like some of the Russian River stuff.

I like that - too sour is just not enjoyable sometimes. (2011 note: I now disagree with this perspective, but that was my viewpoint back in the day). Smooth palate.

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

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light bronze with a full, lasting foam. Lots of depth in the nose, with hints wine stained oak, fruit and funk. Lots of taste, with hints of oak, a caressing funkiness and light fruits. Vinous character, showing light hints of red fruits. Authentic and unique. It's quite an ale.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Green Street Grill, Cambridge, MA
Served in a wine glass

The beer poured a nearly clear, glowing, orangey-amber color with absolutely no head nor any lacing.

The nose was remarkably fragrant. Funky with strong horse blanket notes. Some wet hay and lemon appeared as well. The tartness was nicely matched by a good dosage of rich malts and ripe fruits. Somewhat caramel-like. Slightly grapey with subtle notes of oak.

The taste was perhaps more interesting and complex than the nose, but the flavors did not meld together as well as I had hoped. The beer was funky on the front end with Brett and horse blanket notes. Slightly fruity with a noticeable biscuity malt presence. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile turned quite dry and a bit sharp. I picked up a surprising amount of piney hops in the center, and they crescendoed into the pithy and bitter finish. Tons of oaky, tannic, red wine notes came through on the back end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, sprightly effervescence. This seemed to compliment the flavor profile quite well.

Although I enjoyed this beer and I can appreciate the efforts made by Allagash to concoct a creative version of an American wild ale, the end product did not come together quite as well as I had hoped. Perhaps putting some age on a bottle of Interlude would result in a beer with a more rounded, and better integrated, flavor profile.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,405 ratings.
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