Allagash Interlude

Allagash Interlude

Rated 3.946 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Allagash Brewing Company

Portland, ME, United States

Style:  Saison

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Interlude- somewhere between the leap and the landing. It’s a jazz solo, the riffing, the unexpected improvisation. Rooted in a Belgian theme, Interlude soars from a second fermentation with our own Brettanomyces yeast. Then takes five in French oak wine barrels that once cellared fine Merlots and Sirahs. And then bottle conditioning. In all, an outrageous effort to make a bottle of beer. But then, if you prefer to swing with magnificent red wine notes and funky farmhouse flavors dancing in the undercurrents of a crisp, remarkable brew, then Interlude has that thing. C’est le gout, toujours! It’s the taste that is always an adventure.

ID: 20862 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank200
Overall Percentile99.6
Style Rank1 of 1253
Style Percentile99.9
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.7
Average Score4.081
Weighted Score3.946
Standard Deviation0.383

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  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Night out with Alexandria Brew Crewers and focused on dark selections, but I opened with light and sour. Clear amber gold with a ring, smells tart and earthy, like funky raspberries. The flavor is tart, but softened with sweetness, very clean and delightful. Thin and slick feel.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    First of all, HUGE thanks to my brother-in-law for bringing this Wish List gem back from Charleston Beer Exchange. 2011 version. Light ruby honey colored pour with initally a perfect beautiful tight near-white head, sustained 3/8" for the entire consumption, leaving long lazy streams of thick lacing. Constant carbonation. Wine-like nose, tart berries, oaken vanilla, Brett! and Belgian-y yeasts, cherries. Taste is Brett sour, tart and funky upfront, then a lightly tart then sweet cherry and berries flavor, red wine linger, white grapes, oak and woodsyness, very slight vanilla and spices. Very smooth, well-hidden 9.5% ABV; is it really a Saison? Whatever it is, it is wickedly delicious. Bravo!

  • SIGMUND 6906 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Shared 750(?) ml corked bottle at local tasting, vintage 2007, bought at Ølbutikken or Høkeren, Copenhagen, May 2011. Ale aged in oak barrels, ABV is 9.5%. Clear orange colour, moderate white head. Aroma of brettanomyces, sour fruits and apple cider vinegar. Medium sour flavour, brettanomyces galore, woody finish, decent hops. Interesting and unusual.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Another overpriced mediocre offering from Allagash. Bottles are both 5 weeks old, pours a hazy light copper colour, no head. Wood, earth, funk and sweet fruit dominate the aroma and the flavour. Alcohol can be detected.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Cask@GBBF2009. Deep amber colour with mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is slight brett along with fruits, wood and some slight berryish notes. Flavour is wooden sourness, some brett and also mild caramel malts and yeast in it. Very pleasantly sweetish sour brew.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    oooh shit! yaya! awesome smell, light funk, red fruit/berry, and woody maple sweetness .. . she's barking in morse code .. . dark ruby tan colour, medium strength lace pool .. . an intriguing brew, lots of complexities and fun flavours in this one.. light light sherry, brett, jolly rancher/warhead mix, young sour berry, light oak, and other light bitter bastards!! ... does your elbow hurt? yaaa? .. . . a wonderful beer that i'd buy all the time,but costing almost $23 a bottle, what can i say .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbytnont1Cc

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    now THATS a cool beer. ridiculously complex. the aroma was just great. wild brett & farmhouse fruity notes. so much going on in the mouth. imparts a pleasant sweetness from the wine barrels, wild tart flavor from the brett. one of Allagash's beers worth the price.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I’ll be the first to admit, that I think Allagash is vastly overrated compared to the price cost per bottle. This bottle though is fanfreakin’tastic. Fantastic sour aroma with funky bretty goodness. Oaky, green apples, Zours, with a rich fruit cocktail aroma too. Flavor has a superb sweet/sour/acidic complexity with oak, tropical fruits, dust, nougat with a touch of rum raisins.

  • PFOXYJOHN 676 reviews
    rated 4.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Enjoyed a 750ml bottle of this at the Brickskeller in DC. Poured a deep golden with a modest white head. Aromas of fruit and wood. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Complex flavors of cherries, vanilla, spice and grapes; oak up front with bitter circumscription. Race between sour and bitter to the finish.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.8 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    hazy golden with a low white foam. Fruity and tart aroma of bretts, citrus, white grapes and wood. Full and lively flavour of citric fruit, wild yeast, wood and white wine. Full bodied with a prickly carbonation. Long fresh finish of lemon and green grapes. Nice one!

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