Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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.

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

25.4 oz. wine-style bottle, bought for $19.99 at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA, Vintage January 2007,

A: Pours a slightly cloudy, light orange, with a fizzy white head, which hisses at first pour, with fair retention, though later pours leave a nice film after the head dissipates.

S: Interesting smell, banyard funk, what they call horse blanket, with grape juice, and strawberry, cherry.

T: Very complex taste. Have the BSPA background, with an estery taste, mixed with the funkiness, wet hay, and saddle leather from the brett. Coming in not as robust as I thought from reading the label, are sweet wine notes, tasty grape and strawberry. A great mix of flavours, it works really well. The sourness is light, pretty mild, but it's there, but just adds to the complexity of the beer.

M: Slightly acidic, tannic, and bone-dry from the brett character, but smooth and easy to drink. The sour character almost makes it refreshing for a 9.5% beer.

D: A great beer by Allagash, but at the price, I can't see myself buying it except for once or twice when it comes out each year. Still, it is a beer every craft fan should try at least once. One of the most complex beers I have ever had for sure. Thanks to Kenny at Hollingshead's for having the last stash of this at his Deli, I can't find it anywhere else in the Southland.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After reading some of the other reviews of this beer, I almost didn't get a glass when I saw it on tap at Mahaffey's the other night. Most of the reviews describe a strong sour component, something I generally despise in beer. Still, this is an Allagash beer, and with their strong reputation I figured what the heck, I'd give it a try. Thank God I did.

The beer pours a very enticing peach apricot color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks quite impressive. The nose is very complex on this beer, and I pick up flavors of vanilla, orange, mango and papaya. There is also a slight sour funk aroma, but when paired with the other aromas, it gives this beer almost a wine-like quality. The beer tastes every bit as wonderful as it smells. IMO, this beer has just the right interplay of sour and sweet. The sour is just a side note really, and adds complexity to this otherwise moderately sweet beer. The beer has a nice soft mouthfeel, and I get flavors of cherry, mango and vanilla. The beer is a bit warming from the abv., but the alcohol is really not too intrusive in this beer. The finish is long and smooth.

This is just fabulous stuff; one of the best and more interesting beers I've had in quite some time. Probably my very favorite Allagash beer ever.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Poured a perectly clear amber brown with little head but fantastic lacing. The smell was somewhat thin with a slight sourness a la Rodenbach, but delicate and balanced with wood and a touch of sweetness. Amazing taste. I had this on draft, and it really seems to change the flavor profile a good bit. Not like the smell at all. The sourness was way downplayed in favor of a fantastic creaminess- like a beer cream soda. Utterly creamy, and with a hint of sourness developing in the background, and a strong note of hazlenut on the finish. Utterly amazing- the transition from sour to nutty creaminess is magnificent. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and delicious. Wow! Such a fascinating brew. I could sip and sip.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish amber brown body with minimal head that leaves lace on top of an oaky, woody, malty aroma but also has some floral hops, sour fruit and funk. Body is more of the same as I get a smooth, somewhat creamy medium bodied beer that has this puckering sour sweetness; I get this rush of sweet caramel malts that have some thickness (yeast/bread) along with light fruits (grape and tropical like pear) and this rush of a sour, almost tart finish. Very well balanced and I was shocked at the almost 10% ABV. I don't want to say "wine-like" but it reminded me of a heavier white wine w/ the sweetness being prevelant and the plush fruit taste afterwards.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, russett toned crimson with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light oak, vanilla, tart apples, melons, mild pineapple, earthiness, and citrus.
Taste mimics the aromas with light cherries found among the flavors.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front with honey and booze hanging on during the dry finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger thick cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet/sour fruit nose. Flavor is complex it is almost sour fruit, almost apple, maybe some merlot, clean finish. High ABV is hidden. Wicked pricey - $22.00 for a 750ml corked bottle (2006) from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of corby112
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy light golden amber color with a thin white head that quickly fades and some visible bubbly carbonation. Aroma is funky with lots of sour oak, with some dark cherry, strawberry, vanilla and hop notes. Very funkt and tart oaky flavor with plenty of hops and crisp apple and strawberry fruit flavor. Nice balanced and very quaffable. Excellent.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin, creamy head and very mild carbonation.

Smell is definitely sour in character with a bread-like (almost biquity in nature), and sweet malt, pear, and some grapes. There's alot going on in the aroma.

Wow! Taste is where this beer really shines, it's very unique, unlike anything I've had so far. Starts with a tart sour character that hits the tongue immediately and without mercy. The sourness caused my mouth to salivate like crazy, and because of the tart sourness, it was very puckering. There's a slight sweet bisquit malt and has a prominent grape-like taste that counterbalances the sourness. There's also some oakiness in the background. The grape taste mimics that of a red wine, go figure since this was aged in wine barrels!

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, leaves a wet, puckering finish in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good. Overall it's a perfect balance between sweet and sour. The flavors hit the tongue in layers, it's very deep, complex, and leaves you wanting more. I bought a bottle to add to my beer collection, I may try to get a few more bottles of this stuff. Overall, a really cool beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear light reddish hued body with a sea of swirling tiny bubbles to support a sticky off-white head. There is a good bit of lacing after each sip.

S- This beer has a smell of fresh rain leading into a musty light fruit hint. There is a note of wet wood and a nice vinegar note to follow up. A note of red apples comes through in the vinegar as the beer warms.

T- The soft sweet malty hint blends into a dry red wine tannin flavors with alight chalk hint to it. The beer finish with an odd but tasty plastic flavor almost like cheesy hops. The finish has some tastes of nectarines and apples skins blended together as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light sticky texture and no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer has some nice mysterious complexity and a good flavor but the plastic note at the end is a bit odd yet interesting.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler filled last night (6/19) at Capone's. It was opened last night for a glass or two, so this has been exposed to air on separate occasions.

A: The ale is a brilliant hazy orange-esque color. Brown highlights darken the ale in patches. The head has been the biggest casualty, never building up in any manner.

S: The ale's tart aroma is as strong as ever, showing off a huge batch of brett that is just waiting to make you pucker up. A dry red wine aroma wafts out of the tartness to further dry out the nose.

T: The combination of brettanomyces and red wine barrels is deadly! The distinct flavors from each meld together to create an incredibly complex drink. The brett creates a barren landscape of tartness that few things can emerge from. The flavors are intense and scalding, stripping the tongue of its ability to taste. As the tastebuds recover, another dominant flavor emerges to counter the brett. The red wine barrel aging has imparted an intensely dry vinous flavor to the beer, giving it a unique red grape finish. In between the brett and wine, the beer shows off a funky saison-like consistency, but only if you allow it to warm in your mouth. If cold, that component of the ale will slip away undetected.

M: The mouthfeel is so complex that words don't seem to do it justice. There are so many big flavors at play here that you can not be disapoointed.

D: The ale is satisfying from first to last, with a flavor explosion that is rarely even seen in a beer. The ale is pricy but it will knock your socks off.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. December 2009 on the label.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden caramel amber color. Produced a good off-white head. Some lacing here and there.

(S)- A big dry funk with a light crisp fruits of an apple or lemon character. Some hay barnyard characters. Even some very subtle woody dark fruits way way in the background.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A tart crispness of the fruits and hay dry funk combo with that super subtle woody dark fruits in the background.

(M)- A good lively carbonation level. A good balance; not overly sour/funk/or fruity, but a harmony of them all.

(D)- I like this wild ale. Its got a harmonius balance and feel with a solid drinkable body. Would be curious what a few years of age would do to it.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a dark golden color with a light head.

smell is slightly tart, unexpected. taste is big sour notes with hints of berry fruits. wow this is lovely. I wasn't expecting the sourness at all, I love it. medium bodied with light carbonation.

overall love the taste on this one. recommended highly.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pretty, amber color. Thin, white head doesn't fade away too much. It leaves minimal lacing,

S-Aroma is relatively soft but it's pleasant. Wild tartness is the first thing I notice. Musty and funky. Some pale-fleshed fruits and hay.

T-The flavor is even better. The tartness is amped up. A light lick of oak. The fruitiness and barny flavors are also more intense. Underripe fruit and zesty yeast. Brett flavors. Also some wine notes. A very wild Saison.

M-ABV hidden well. The carbonation really lifts the body up. It's sneakily drinkable. Lingering tartness. Tannic in some essences.

O/D-I really enjoyed this beer. Allagash makes some killer brews and this one is no different. Happy to have grabbed a pint of this. A bottle is it a bit too pricey. I was however, very happy with a pint of this wild Saison.

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

750ml bottle purchased somewhere, probably Julio's or Yankee Spirits/Sturbridge. Corked and caged, with elaborate, somewhat wordy hangtag.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangy copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, largely due to continued effervescence rising in a fury from the bottom of the glass, with lacing consisting of various bits of foam throughout. Aroma is tart and fruity, with underlying spiciness. Taste is fruity upfront, with the tartness in play as well, with oak, spices, and alcohol warming coming on towards the swallow. Mouthfeel is dueling dry and sweet, yet somehow makes it work, and drinkability is good. These brews pique my interest and curiosity keeps me coming back.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Very good lacing.

S: A robust aroma of red wine, fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, fruit (pears, apricots, apples), malt, and a healthy dose of red wine. There's also a definite oaky quality which adds an interesting dimension to the flavor. A complex and powerful taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another solidly made, drinkable beer from Allagash.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, low carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: oak and dark fruit

Taste: oak, dark fruit, toasted malt, and hay

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light in body, medium carbonation

Overall: An excellent saison that tastes like it is mixed with a healthy helping of fruit juices. I think this beer is right up there with the best that Allagash makes. I would certainly get this on tap if again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle. October 2013 vintage.

poured into a pair of tulip glasses.

Appearance: cloudy orange bodied beer with 1 full finger of white head. Head drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Wheat malts, lots of red wine and oak, yeast and peppery. Citrusy and fruity.

Taste: mild to moderate tartness. Nice grainy, wet hay, and yeasty flavors. Fruity and earthy brett flavors. Citrusy flavors mostly oranges, but a hint of lemons too and hint of black pepper. Vinous red wine. Deep oakiness. Finishes with mild tartness, vinous red wine notes, and those grainy wheat malts. Such great balance of all the flavors and everything is soo well integrated.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer almost medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. Drinks like its a low abv saison. doesnt become boozey at all. Soft and slightly creamy carbonation that has a little bit of driness to it. The beer has a supple and delicate mouthfeel that feels classy!

Overall: What a nice rustic saison by Allagash! A red wine barrel aged saison with brett! Yes please! $25 a bottle wow that hurts the wallet, but its definately worth its hefty price tag. It is such a great saison and the red wine notes are near flawlessly integrated into the saison! What a great beer by Allagash and its a shelf turd to boot!!!

Paired this beer with grilled chicken and coleslaw. What a great beer to pair with many different dishes! The beer doesnt overpower the food and it doesnt get boozey after a bite of food either. This beer is a class act all around wether you are just drinking the beer or having a food pairing with Interlude! I would recommend chicken, pork, any seafood, or freshwater fish paired with this beer!

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

Pours an interesting reddish orange hue, somewhere between a blood orange and grapefruit, minimal spots of head. Scent was quite fruity, white and red wine, with notes of tropical (mango) and citrus (tangerine), notes of musty hay, damp wood and dry oak - quite unique. Flavor was quite exquisite, the notes of wine grapes work wonderfuly with the notes mango and tangerine, the woodieness of the beer contains both musty notes from the yeast and dry, toasted notes from the wine barrels. Light notes of vanilla and grahmn cracker provide sweetness. Medium bodied, carbonation is under control, quite dry on the palate. Quite the standout beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Good bubbling, but not much in the way head or foam. Bronzey/copppery color.

Sweet green grapes, and ripe purple grape aromas. Some wine and some wood for an overall faintly tart fruity and earthy aroma.

Tart upfront and in the middle. Tart grapes and young red wine f;avrs. Then some woody, toasted water cracker flavors pop up to help round out the funk and Earth. Not too tart, and just a little warm. This was a nice sipper with great carbonation.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a flute; December 2009 bottling

Pours an amber color with a firm off-white cap. Some spider web lacing as it retreats. Solid retention.

The nose is of oak, sourdough bread, granny smith apples, cider vinegar, pungent cheese, and wine notes. Amazingly complex and broad. One of the best noses I have come across.

More wine up front on the palate than the nose. Fruity underneath (granny smith apples, peaches, apricots) with a cider vinegar flavor as well. The oak lends a sharp, crisp drying quality.

Medium body, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, but it mellows to a smooth finish. Some vinegar notes linger along with the dryness of the oak.

This is a high quality wild ale. Broad, complex flavors and aromas. Highly enjoyable.

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

Bottle from August 2008 that Dan was kind enough to share. God, I love this beer and am thankful for having had the chance to try an aged version.

Mostly clear orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful beer

The nose is excellent. A blend of citrus, red wine, a mild Bretty bandaid,this beer also has honey a little caramel and plenty of funk. Some spice is present (white pepper, mace) and the red wine character is excellent. Funk is mildly grassy and mostly barnyard-like. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable

The palate opens with plenty of Brett with a blend of clove and Bandaid and plenty of citrus with an orange juice-like character. Some more fruit - I get a flavor that reminds me of peach juice - and some spice coming through mid-palate and along with the clove, there's a nutmeg/mace like character. The red wine is also noticeable, lingering on into the finish that is drying with a little citrus, spice and bandaid as well. Excellent stuff, this is the best Allagash beer out there.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Orange/amber with a slight chill haze that cleared up as it warmed. Off-white foam settled quickly to a thick ring with a skim of fine bubbles, then wouldn't go away. A bit of chunky lacing. Fruity aroma with some tart funk, sour cherry, sugary malt sweetness, apples, and mild alcohol. Moderate bitterness, a little funk, oaky with cherry notes, a bit of alcohol towards the end with lingering booze. Sugary sweetness and tropical fruit filled out the middle. Medium bodied, fairly light but with a bit of stickyness. Alcohol warmth was a little rough to start with. Carbonation remained spritzy throughout and it had a grainy malt texture. It really opened up as it warmed - I definitely suggest serving at cellar temperature or above. Quite tasty and interesting, though the finish was a little aggressive.

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Photo of Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Years corked bottle tasting extravaganza with grub and biegaman! Big thanks to grub for opening this one, this is 2005 vintage!

Pours a cloudy amber/blood orange, thick off white head, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is funky, vinegar, fruits, wine, oak, salty, strawberries, cherries, caramel, some acidity, insanely complex. Taste is also insane, acidic, lemons, vinegar, vanilla and oak, cinnamon, spices, caramel, biscuits, grapes, wicked good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth and goes down easy. Insanely good and complex. Thanks a ton for sharing Russ!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this 2009 batch from the 22oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

This beer is a bright dark orange that is a really nice color with a light white head that is about a finger high but has bad retention. Ok lacing.

The aroma is sour but its not a pleasant sour its kind of piney and bitter. The taste is very similar to the aroma, sour with a bit to much bitter and pine.

The feel is ok, not totally drinkable.

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Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, this is killer beer! With an aggressive pour, I get a small to medium sized, cream colored head that soon settled out and no lace. Color is a hazy apricot. Aroma is fantastic, literally, with yeast, Brett, malt, wine fruitiness, caramel. Flavor is like aroma and has the acid from the yeastoids and gas to cut through the sweet malts and residual sweetness of the wine barrels along with the bitterness of the hops and yeast. Complex. Body is very good and too the carbonation. Finish is like flavor and includes alcohol warming. Would be good both before and after a great meal.

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Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
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