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Interlude- somewhere between the leap and the landing. Its 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. Cest le gout, toujours! Its the taste that is always an adventure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Thick, murky golden orange pour topped with a soft white head. Strong nose of coriander, tart strawberries, spice and just a hint of band-aid and mustiness. The flavor is a mix of coriander and sour fruit that ends sour, peppery and dry. Notes of earthy mustiness are detectible. The palate is outstanding: crisp at first yielding to soft and creamy. An excellent Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
This Belgian Ale pours a light amber color from a 750ml cork topped bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of oak and funk. A medium bodied Belgian ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of oak, and funky, some leather. Some apples as well. Touch of alcohol bite. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle: Red brown color, off white head. Aroma was sour, brett, some oak. Flavor was sour wih some caramel, oak. Nice sweet/sour finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
I honestly did not get red wine - I got huge wave after wave of chalky, dusty, leathery brett. Sweet too - an interesting combination. Good and wicked powerful and went down fast. Hefty body, slick almost, which was a strange sensation with the dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
This one pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is green apples with orange juice. I picked up a bit of bread crusts in the flavor. Not really anywhere near as tart as I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2006
A murky orange color. Strong malt vinegar, ginger, and spice aroma. The flavor is full of vinegar notes with a strong spiced apple presence. This bend itself toward the lambic side. Good shit, er beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
lemon, white pepper, anise, and good light fruits, pear. apple in the flavor. an interesting brew and mighty tastey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Cloudy copper, with a huge white head. Aroma of gingerbread and lemon. Very distinct notes of red wine and an earthy bitter finish. Maybe some sour funk, too, at the end. Sampled at Noogfest2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2360) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
2005 bottle picked up at Julios, from the stash in the back. $16 before the discount though. Poured a cloudy golden body with a huge frothy head. Aroma had quite a bit of everything. Spices and the bret yeast were most obvious, along with some pepper. Oaky notes are here, but not obvious or anything like Curieux. Finally there were minor notes of caramel and sugar. Whoa, quite a bit of complexity here. The flavors didnt come together as well as I hoped but it was a lot better than their other oak beers Ive had so far. If this aged it would probably be phenominal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 2005 Bottle - Golden straw color. Nice use of Brett in the nose balances with light strawberry, pear and apple fruitiness. Nice level of vanillan oak as well in the nose. Classic, creamy mouthfeel. The body is light, tart, sweet and really drinkable. More fruitiness blends with sublte oak and sherry notes in the body. Yum, yum this is another great one from Allagash.

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