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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 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
2005 bottle courtesy of TurdFerguson and Beeryum: Pours a clear golden bronze with a nicely-lacing thin white head. Aroma of cheesy funk with a nice caramel malty character and some Belgian yeast. Starts semi-sweet, turning more dry, earthy and slightly floral with some good mild barnyard complexity. Finishes smooth and tart with nice lingering dry cheesiness that hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullduck (5) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 This ale is a fantastic meeting of beer and wine. As soon as you open a bottle, inhale the aroma and instantly you will detect the flavoring incorporated from the wine barrels. My only question about this beer is why has no one done this before and when are they going to do it again?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Cloudy golden. Medium head. Honestly smells like sausage that has been marinating in good wine. A little spiciness and lots of wine. Very unique yeast taste that I canít compare to any other beer Iíve tasted... The wine notes are prominent, but not overwhelming. Worth the money.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Thanks Dr. Bill. Pours with a slightly cloudy orange-amber body topped by a medium thick to thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sour and tart with a note of lemon and a nice funk. The flavor is sour yet floral...it loses a lot in the flavor. Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 Cloudy orange-copper body with a small off-white head. Smells fruity and sweet, like some kind of dessert. Taste is very fruity with a lot of tropical fruits and red apples. Honeyish sweetness along with some residual fruits sugar, rather sweet. Nice clean body despite the fruits extravaganza. Some tartness coming from the apples flavour. Warm alcohol presence. This interlude wasnít long enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
Amber hazy body with mid sized head. Aroma is oaky with yeast. Flavour is citrus and malty with some cedar and toasty bread. ots of spices hit in the middle with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (2935) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 Re-rate, Dec 2009, bottle from SL: Are you kidding me? I loved this thing and after having it, exclaimed, thatís a darned fine one, best Ally has done (gee, said that in my original review - at least Iím consistent!), up there with some RR brews, although not quite as over the top (which in my mind isnít a bad thing!). Wow, dark fruits, cherries, some slightly sweet notes in there, dry, oaky, tannins, vinous/red wine, brett funk, slight tartness. Just a great "bruin" type flavor with that Orval-brett type thing supporing the base beer. Fantastic even if pricey! Original rating: By far, this is the best Allagash brew Iíve had to date. Poured an amber color with a small modest head that didnít lace impressively. Appearance was the most plain part of the beer. The aroma was excellent, cherries, grapes, and apples with a touch of funk as it warmed. The flavor was way complex, cherries, vanilla, some hints of wine, and oak. The funk was almost absent initially (50F) outside of some musty presence. As it warmed, a very light and subtle barnhouse funk came out, but it certainly wasnít the feature. Mouthfeel was intially thick and syruppy, but this thing thinned and became a delight after a few minutes (55F?). The carbonation was moderately done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
Vibrant copper-amber colour, with haze. Nice woody, bretty smell to it. Big, fruity, woody, toasty character. Complex with late alcohol to round things out. Interesting brew. Sorry about the notes, I was enjoying it more than studying it. Some beers are just like that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
04.28.06 750ml bottle at Paulís Pre-TAPNY. Why in the world is this beer so expensive? I only ask because I really wish I could buy a bunch of it, but no way at over 17 bucks a bottle. The beer is a beautiful blend of sour wood, brisk and herbal hops, perfume-like hops and yeasts, and estery age. Perfume, wood, cherries, sour, and fantastically drying finish. Amazing, complex, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2006
750, Hennepin glass, Noogfest. Hazy golden amber hue topped by a smallish white frothy head. Enormous bubblegum/banana aroma with strong cinnamon and wet leather undertones. Firm, lactic type sourness further below in the aroma. Aromas translate well to the flavor and a bright cherry and champagne like flavor finds its way into the finish. Soft herbal elements. Very well integrated, the wine and woody oak is a compliment and never overbearing. Smooth and velvety texture with lively carbonation. Beautiful.

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