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RATINGS: 755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Interlude- somewhere between the leap and the landing. Itís 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. Cíest le gout, toujours! Itís the taste that is always an adventure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Botolph (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Another terrific beer from Allagash. The nose indicates the oak aging immediately and itís not hidden in the palate either. A very tasty, tangy beer. I had it on tap. I think it could benefit from a little time in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2007
bottle, 2006. Pours a hazy amber color with a soapy white head. Aroma is decent - brett, orange peel, green pepper, slight spiciness, interesting light malt backbone that adds a pleasant sweetness. I thought this beer was way to acidic at first, but it grew on me. Lots of apple and grapefruit in the flavor - thereís a decent spicy component, but it seems to block some of the other complexities here. I can hardly taste any oak, and I donít get any red wine flavors either, but maybe thatís a good thing. Decent finish, I wish there was a bit more bitterness, but that spiciness dominates. Overall, not bad, but not worth what I paid for it. Worth having once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerist (14) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2007
2006 - 750ml. Pours a applejuice-golden color. Fizzy white head lasts for only a little while, but then descends to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is brett and a touch of green apple. Taste is slightly alcoholic with a notable brett presence. Apples/fruit are also evident as are some saison-like spices. Itís a little hot overall in the finish, but not bad. This almost has a hint of a standard Fantome taste, IMO. Palate is a little thin and fizzy. Overall, this is a good beer. Nothing mind blowing, but good nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2007
750ml Bottle: Very complex aroma is neither sweet nor bitter. I smell Marsalla wine, cloves, oak, light tannins, dark fruit, and a little malt. Poured amber in color with a small off-white head that diminished quickly. No lacing. Clear but hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is a little sweet and a bit tart but not bitter. Flavor is very complex. Starts a little sweet and fruit-like; then it becomes funky like blue cheese or Gorgonzola; finally itís woody and buttery. Very different combination of flavors for this palate. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, buttery finish. Overall, the butter and Gorgonzola really throw me off.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
A vagrant fruit fly honed in on this as soon as I cracked it--always a good sign in my experience.Orange-amber body with moderate carbonation and a fading, sudsy white head. Great nose with prominent vinous-brett characters with notes of grapes, sour apples, grapefruit, and faint caramel. Nice tangy, briny qualities in the flavor with notable tartness and subdued oak like a well-oaked wine. Firm beer with qualities of tart fruit, ample bitterness, and caramelized fruit and malt sweetness. Nice Flemish sour and wine highlights here. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
Yes indeed. $20 a bottle. Ouch. Pours a lot darker than expected -- but not that dark -- but the aroma was just as I imagined it: heavenly. It seems with the top notch belgians, the aroma really is the place for the beer to shine, and shine Interlude does. Buttery vanilla, funky hay, tart grapes, and white chocolate dipped strawberries, the complexity and brilliance of the aroma is near unmatched.

Sadly though, itís all downhill from there. But does that surprise anyone? Thatís not to say this tastes bad -- not even close. Iíve just yet to find a world-class beer whos flavor can match the subtle complexity of itís aroma. Flavor is a lot more herbal, dry, buttery and bretty than the aroma, but lacks any sort of tartness. Big on the savory herbal qualities, but missing any sort of fruit. Yeast dominated, perhaps, but who can complain about that?

This truly is a world class beer, and I knew going in to it that I should probably cellar this bottle -- 6 months old -- for at least a year longer. But I couldnít help myself, and now, I am no doubt another $20 in the hole, because to not buy another one of these and cellar it would be plain foolish. And I am no fool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3541) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2007
thanks Vyvvy for this sample. pours hazy orange with a small fizzy white head. nose is awesome-cinnamon, brett, brown sugar, lightly aged belgian malt and twangy yeast here. flavors definately show the fruityness of the brett yeast mixed wit hthe shirahs cask. the finish is lightly metallic which is my only gripe about this beer. lots of grapes on the finish (red). pretty good but not the beer i was thinking it would be.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2007
This beer is OK. Has a strong taste of sour apple juice. Besides that it tasted like a decent enough Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 20, 2007
2005 - Deep dark golden body with a big white head; Big nose, very nice aromas, lots of brett, lots of oak, lots of warm unfiltered apple juice, lots of orange juice and peel; Big body, elegant with soft carbonation, complex and balanced; Super long finish with tons of aroma and character, warmer notes aroma wise and actually quite a bit of oaky cow. Amazing beer. Thanks jjpm74!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2007
The aroma is funky/fruity with some faint wood notes and a healty dose of sugar aromas. Smells nice, but not exactly what I expected. The body is bright orange/gold with a diminishing, but fluffy, white head. The fore is somewhat harsh and biting and assaults the tongue with hot alcohol. This subsides and it actually becomes quite soft and mellow. Oaky notes appear, but are very muted. Itís mostly a dry, fruity, funky affair with some lightly herbal bitterness in the finish and an increasingly funky/sour asspect as it warms.

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