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): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two yeast strains were used to create this unique 9.5% ABV Belgian style ale. The first, a Belgian farmhouse yeast, establishes the flavor foundations of a classic Belgian-style ale. The second, a house strain of Brettanomyces yeast, brings it to the next level contributing an intriguing myriad of flavors including pear, apricot, graham cracker, and bread crust. Finally, a portion of the Interlude is aged in French Merlot and Sirah oak barrels, which impart a distinctive vinous plum character and a drying, almost tannic finish.

Added by brewandbbq on 01-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,397
Reviews:
453
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
332
Gots:
288
For Trade:
12
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a small tasting thanks to jslot39, thanks Justin.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, brett, oak, fruity malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of oak, sour cherries, brett, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice Allagash beer with some nice sour cherries in the smell and taste. Would like to have again.

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour from a 2009 bottle is a hazy light amber color with a finger's worth of white foam.

S: A very nice lactic acid presence combined with a nice must and barnyard funkiness. Some apple, white grapes, and mild citrus round out the nose.

T: The flavor has a nice lemony lactic acidity to go along with a mild but impressive funkiness. The grapes are present in the flavor as well, providing a nice vinous character that works well with the oak.

M: As I previously mentioned the beer has a nice dryness and tannic character which I enjoy in a wild ale. The carbonation level is moderate and works well.

D: A nice offering from Allagash. I found it to be slightly more enjoyable than Confluence and some of their other beers. I'd definitely recommend this one and would have no problem with having it again.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 2009 bottle drank in March 2011.

A - Clear, clean, gold. Nice lace on a low white head.

S - A fairly straight forward grassy, tangy, sweet-tart candy aroma.

T - Tart apples, oak, vanilla, honey. Sour hay.

M - Medium light body. Dry finish, but mildly so for the style.

O - Overall the flavors show restraint and balance, and have some nice beveled edges instead of dominating your palate.

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

This poured with a thin, white head and the beer itself was very cloudy and deep amber in color. The nose was musty, apple-like, and very much brett-driven. The mouthfeel was thick and full, very bubbly and scrubbing. I got a taste of sour apple and brett mustiness on the tongue. The finish was utterly sour and puckering and vividly comes back as I type this. It was a very memorable beer. This is a beer that will wake up the ol' palate and leave you thirsting for more.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized wine glass at Durty Nellie's.

Finally getting another shot at Interlude, and it's on-tap. (Interestingly, the news that they've got some Darkness kegs downstairs intrigues me further...) It pours a slightly hazy golden orange topped by a quarter-finger of white foam. The nose comprises apple cider, light Brett, mandarin oranges, lemon zest, and cinnamon. The taste holds notes of lime, orange zest, light nutmeg, pepper, mild Brett, and a few sparse cobwebs. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, a nice bit o' wildness, but a tad mild on the flavor (I was looking for just a pinch more pop, so to speak). Good times, nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

Hazy orange hue with a small head that recedes quickly. Honey, oak, brettanomyces, light funk, subtle fruit. Good flavor, though not as lovely as I remember upon sampling the draft version. Sweeter than expected, with a pronounced honey presence throughout. Nice brett quality. A solid beer. As is customary with me, I would prefer more sour & funk character in lieu of sweetness.

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. June 2009 bottle.

Appearance - Orange amber with a bit of cloudiness. Hefty white head with great retention. A pillow rests atop the body. Large sticky tracks of lace after taking a few sips.

Smell - Oh yeah. Bretty and funky. Not to the level of a gueuze, but still quite appealing. Strong wine presence, as well. Reminds me of Supplication, without the intense tart aromas.

Taste - Not as appealing as the aroma belies. A slight bit tart at the beginning, but it fades quickly. Not really sour at all. Some funkiness, but it's dominated by blander flavors (if that makes sense). A hefty malt flavor persists throughout. It's oaky and permeated by red wine flavors. It masks a great deal of the yeast characteristics. Finishes slightly bitter and vinous.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for the style. The malt backbone is stronger than I'd like it to be. The finish is very nice because the wine dominates. Without it, this probably wouldn't be interesting at all.

Overall - Not Supplication and not really close, even though this is very good. The gulf in class is vast, even if the numbers in this review say otherwise.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Light and fruity with a bretty funky earthy edge to it. Tannic and tart with a bit of a vinous character to it. Nice beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EDIT: ratings edited on 1/9/2011, review not edited.

Bottle is 2010 vintage, poured in July 2011.

Pure amber yellow, reasonable size head.

Smells of brett, berries, dark grapes, red wine. Nice mix, not super aromatic though.

Wasn't sure if this would be sour or just funky in a brett way, but it's definitely a bit sour. Not mouth puckering but it's tart. Some brett funk too, but red wine is definitely in the forefront here. The barrel aging has really made this beer what it is, I can't imagine it would be all that interesting without it. The red wine tartness and brett work pretty well together.

This reminds me a bit of a less good Temptation using red instead of white wine. A nice sour but not one I'm going to pay $22 for again.

8.1/10

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,397 ratings.
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