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Friday, November 27, 2015

Make Way for the Interlude!

Smooth and long lasting, there for the long haul. Sometimes beer just demands time and careful handling and they reflect that in their outcomes. Interlude by Allagash Brewing Company (50 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103 V: 800-330-5385  Web: is a blend of merlot and syrah mixed with beer to give a beautiful blend of flavors.  Served up at Rustico, this fantastic taste came wafting over to me three years after it began (three years?) and it had a total fermentation and conditioning time of 10 months. It takes a while for this beer to be labeled ready to go, but when the time comes, it is ready. It will bust at the seams, it is so ready.

Allagash Brewing Company's Interlude
It has an ABV of 10% and not information on IBUs. The Web lists is this way: 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 a myriad of 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 drying, almost tannic finish.  Grains were listed at caramel malt, red wheat and castle pils. Hops were listed as Perle and Strisselspalt.

On the Untappd app I briefly listed it as: You can really taste the merlot and the syrah in the original barrels. Smooth, serene with a deep sense of hops. The myriad really makes it. It listed it at 4.5 on Untappd.

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