Allagash Interlude | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash InterludeAllagash Interlude
BA SCORE
4.21/5
1,413 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,037
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,413
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
338
Gots:
291
Trade:
11
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage. Radiant mandarin orange with a sparkling visage thanks to an impressive number of Champagne-like bubbles. Things become much more quiet at the two minute mark, but not before a stunning crown of alabaster foam has been created. I can't think of a single American brewery whose heads are this consistently Belgianesque. A modest amount of sea foam lace graces the glass.

Brettanomyces has such a distinctive aroma that it was instantly noted as beer exited bottle. The flavor profile might be a different story, but at this point in the proceedings, I wish it had been left out. I was looking forward to smelling what the Belgian yeast and the Merlot and Sirah oak barrel aging were able to contribute. It's still a remarkably appealing nose, but it might have been stunning with less barnyard funk.

I feel the same way about the flavor profile. I like wild yeast just fine, but there's no point in attempting to add other, more delicate, flavors to a beer when they have to struggle mightily to be noticed. Having said that, the funkiness is controlled rather than out of control. It's still possible to appreciate the incredible craftsmanship of yet another outstanding, outstandingly drinkable, Allagash ale.

I agree with the brewers that the beer has 'remarkable wine-like qualities'. It seems to me, though, that it's more white wine-like than it is reminiscent of Merlot or Sirah. There's a tart white grape vibe motoring along beneath all the yeast, with unripe pears firmly ensconced in the sidecar. A welcome clove spiciness is the only evidence of the traditional Belgian yeast strain. I don't believe that I've had a double-yeasted beer prior to this one.

I can't believe that much candi sugar was used. The beer is minimally sweet early and dries out considerably as each mouthful progresses. It finishes crisp and tart, like biting into, again, an unripe pear. As far as any qualities that might have been gained from the oak barrel aging, I can appreciate only an indeterminate woodiness that I wouldn't have noted if I hadn't known the details of the beer's creation.

The body/mouthfeel more than holds up its end of the bargain. It isn't what I would consider stunning, but intense scrutiny fails to find any real flaws. It's amazingly supple and bathes the mouth in an appealing fashion. A perfect amount and feel to the carbonation is the icing on the BSPA cake.

Interlude may not rise to the stratospheric heights of some of the brewery's other offerings, but it isn't far behind. I'd like to see them mix things up from year to year, perhaps adding a little less Brettanomyces next time. I hope they continue to push the brewing envelope because I almost always love the result. Allagash is a national treasure.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had actually missed picking this one up the last time it was around, mostly because I had always seen other things that I had wanted to try more. This time though I grabbed a bottle the other day as soon as I saw it in the store. It was a January 2007 vintage, 750ml corked and caged bottle, which I was thrilled to be finally sampling. Served slightly above cellar temperature into an oversized wine glass, I proceeded to indulge myself.

Appearance - The pour was very nice with a ruby colored liquid being presented in front of me. Nice clarity as there was almost no haze to it at all, and the overall look was that if you had been looking through a gemstone, very nice indeed. A two inch high, off white colored head then rose up from the depths on this one and settled down nicely to about a finger high. Good retention left at least a half an inch layer throughout the entire session and coating amounts of side glass lace were visible throughout. Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up throughout the session and the overall look was just very nice.

Smell - The aroma caught me off guard at first to be honest. Rich, sour, tart, notes of Brett were the first thing I picked up on, and to be honest I was not expecting them at all. It was amazingly rich and complex, with a beautiful full nose to it. Lots of sugar to be found under the Brett, sweet hints of caramel and syrup were everywhere. A touch of cherries I could pick up as well. There was no oak at first, but after letting it warm up a few minutes, the oak hints really started to come out nicely and wrapped up with the sour funk, to produce a really wonderfully sweet, spicy, and tart aroma.

Taste - The flavor did not have the same level of sour funk that I experienced in the nose, it had much more of an oaky, sweet, and sherry like flavor to it would be the best way to describe it. It rolled across the tongue with the sweet essence of caramel, and lots of spiced oak like flavors, rolling through, some of the sourness could be picked up after a few minutes; however it was fleeting, as the sweetness came through and pushed it back. There was a nice touch of candy like flavor, especially in the finish as it rolled on back and left a smooth, coating follow though.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, medium bodied ale, it definitely was a little weightier then I thought it would be. Nice carbonation throughout the entre session, it never really felt dull, or slick at all. Nice consistency with an awesome follow through.

Drinkability - For a 9.5% Belgian strong, it was spot on. I did not pick up any alcohol in this one at all, and in fact it was smooth as silk. Rich creamy and complex flavors were the norm here and the Mouthfeel was superb, really letting the flavors pop on the tongue,

Overall I thought this was excellent. Definitely a different take on the style and the complexity was just excellent overall. I was shocked by how the aroma differed from the flavor though both were well above par. It's a pricy one at $20 a bottle, but it is something that is well worth a try. Another winner from Allagash.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mughugger for sharing this w/ me.
Decanted cool into a snifter served at Drafting room in Exton, Pa.

A - Amber/golden liquid w/ light head and thick streams of off white lace.

S - Strong brett odors, familiar horsey aroma

M - Tangy, woody and crisp w/ a tannic and light sour feel w/ low effervessence

T - Dry and oaky at the start w/ vinous and toasty ale notes. A white grapey sweetness coupled w/ vanilla oak nuttiness.

D - Great brett beer, very flavorful w/ wonderful oakey notes from the Syrah barrels, If you like brett you will like it. I would love a second bottle to make sure, haha.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -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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Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Allagash Interlude from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,413 ratings
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