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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
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2006
The aroma of brettanomyces greets the olfactory bulb as soon as the cork pop. The visual cortex processes a murky orange-copper body topped by a fizzy off-white head that laces the glass in big weeping sheets. Further olfactory processing reveals some woodiness and vinous notes. Letting the taste buds in on the fun is well worth the wait. Funky barnyard flavors come out at first then some more vinous flavors, especially post swallow. The palate is wine like, other than the fact that is is carbonated of course. I like this one a lot. This is truly a beer to show wine aficionados what beer can do, this is as close to wine that I have ever tasted a beer. Lets see a wine that tastes even remotely like a beer (that is enjoyable!).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2006
A sweet sour floral smell that really got my senses going. Surprisingly different taste from smell. Light and bitter with a citrus feel. Complex beer with a fruity carmel crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Aroma is of yeast, flowers and caramel. Looks a hazy orange/yellow. Notes of alcohol, flowers and what I assume is the oak. Not as pleased with it as what I had hoped, but a very interesting beer. Nice for a walk on the aged side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Rusty copper, fizzy off white head. Ultra complex nose of lemon, oak, and funk, with underlying vinous tones. Spicy hop tones play out upon further warming with added soft notes of sourdough bread. Flavor has more spicy hops notes up front that fade into a tangy citric, funky vinous, lightly sour oaky tone. A thinking mans beer without a doubt. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, light farmy tart finish. Very well put together beer, but the $18 per bottle price tag will make this a one time deal...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5285) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Starts out with a little bit of a sour aroma. The taste is not thick, but fairly light. Sweet and a little spicy, I mislabeld this at first as a tripel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2006
WOW. Pours out a delightful golden color. Flowery and hoppy nose. The use of merlot barrels is very apparant. I taste sour light port, citrus and yeast. Nice sour acidity all throughout. Very enjoyable. Probobly the most interesting belgian strong ale I have ever had. A great effort!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2006
on tap. pale golden. sour smells off apple. taste crisp and you can def. taste the wine barrels. sexy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pale yellow, slight haze with a small head. Aroma is sour, dry with lemon, yeasty/brett as well. Taste is big sour citrus. Very acidic. Lemon, kafir maybe? Balanced sweetness. Light body, appropriate I think. A little astringency in the finish. Nice non-cherry take on sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Fairly thick pouring liquid. A dark golden to amber color that has a slight haze that added to the look of thickness. A tall cream colored head. Thick dense rings of lace. Crisp tart apples, oak, attic/dry barn floral soap and apple peels all come to mind with a sniff of this one. Reminds me of my youth and going to the apple orchard to pick up apples in the fall and watching the sorting and making of fresh apple cider. Should likely get another point just for that, but Iíll refrain. The first sip is a real eye-opener. Not the sweet cider flavors I was expecting. Just looked at Oakes notes and I concur, but I will continue. Light sweet malt is quickly swept away by a rush dust from the granary. This really does leave a nice sheet of foam on the glass. Light citric backdrop which keeps this one lively. This has some of the qualities of RR Temptation, but lacks some of the depth. Enjoyable, but missing that little something extra. I will really enjoy the last half of this bottle unfettered with stroking the keyboard.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Hazy orange body with a thin, tan head that quickly dissipates into the ether. The aroma is fantastic! Sweet, fruity and full of yeasty ester goodness. Lovely Brett stylings of hay, mango, vanilla, honey, vanilla, oak, earthy Noble hop resin, fresh dough, sweet oranges and some light spice like grains of paradise. The body is lively and fairly smooth considering the ample carbonation. The flavor is sweet up front with layered malt smoothed by oak and vanilla. The Brett adds a fruity, tart yeast element before a rather pronounced hop bitterness at the end. Upon further examination, there is virtually no detectable alcohol presence whatsoever. This is a smooth, flavorful, elegant yet aggressive, beauty from Allagash. All the Belgian Brett lovers will dig on this something fierce, I would think.

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