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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle: Caramel hued straw, initial pours yielded a nice foamy off-white head but now I get nothing, literally... nothing.   It almost appears still.   Oaken aroma, slight tart fruit, moreso unsweetened berries.   Quite tart on the tongue, oak, lots of oak.   Its like a flemish sour but without any of the fruitiness.   Fairly dry, but not as complex as I expected.   Dry, tart, but what else is there?   Body and mouthfeel are quite nice, especially if this was a Gueuze.   Finishes with only a hit of tart berries, otherwise remaining dry and rather uncomplex.   Enjoyable, but way overpriced for what it delivers.   Allagash Tripel is still the best.   I think I will have their Grand Cru next!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2006
Clear amber-foxy orange; dirty-ornge head, receding. Apricot champagne nose, very obvious alcohol, winey, some wood and white candi sugar. Dry, woody, caramel and fruity - but as to which fruit?? Retronasal, Iíd say peach. Medium bodied, alcohol burn, warming and medium - dry. Strange beer, fine, accomplished, but - well itís adventure; it wanders a bit around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Pour is hazy deep golden with thin tan head...smell is sour, apple, vinegar, brett, muffins...taste is sour and funky, but I really donít get the flavor...I was the only one at the table who thought the nose was the most interesting and delicious part of this beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours hazy copper with a two finger thick creamy off-white head, aroma of belgian spices, citrus, fermented fruit, and slight alcohol presence. Flavor is fruity, smooth, moderately carbonated, fermentation, slight wood flavor, mild bitter hops on the bottom of your tongue and a slight fiery burn on the way down your chest.Good body, great brew. Allagash like Unibroue has mastered the art of great belgian style brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2821) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
On tap at the EBF... Aroma:citrus hops.. Appearance:Light hazy orange,light head... Flavor:acid,citric,citrus.Tatse lie a mixe of a geuze and a tripel...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Apple cider, sour aroma. Dimensions of Curieux, triple, funkified by a barrel to impart citric notes. Amber, hazy, ring of head. Fruity and lambic-suggestions. Nice one, very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle from jjpm74. Now, I was really looking forward to this one. I knew that it would be good, but I didnít expect it to be as good as it was. Nose-apple cider vinegar, citric zest. Tawny brown body with a lasting thick film of bubbles. Moderate sweet, very light soap, light brett, very complex. Sudsy. The flavors are layered like an onion-you peel one back and get it figured out, and there is another one right under it to decipher. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
Just as stunning as expected to look at, it jumps out of the bottle a pale gold, creating waves of white foam that sticks around the glass edges. The brett tickles the nose with its dryish pineapple, limey, exotic musty flavors, while the wine barrels offer a different floral to look at. Iím at first surprised by the syrah and merlot declared origins as the grape character certainly seem paler, tarter, not overly tannic and juicy enough. Gentle mineral character remind of salt briefly, but the fruits offer flavours to match, notably in the shape of sweet berries, banana, apple. Crunchy in its yeastiness, like an elaborated pie crunch slowly heads toward sourdough territory as the tartness grows, remaining centered on the vinous fruitiness and oaky elegance. Soft rounded body drinks easily, light-medium in size with delicate if very active carbonation. Despite the juicy profile being pretty sweet initially, it dries out a fair bit toward the finish. Restrained, peaceful. This is delicious and a revelation to one who thought their barrel experiments never approached the originals, I may not enjoy it as much as their triple, but few other brewers would have this as my second favourite of their lineup. As playing with wild yeasts is quickly becoming the next fad of the industry, it is excessively pleasant to see experts like Rob Tod making some of the first steps and defining benchmarks examples after which others should inspire their desired quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 23, 2006
MMM. tried this at the brewery. very unique and interesting. has a complex flavor, its kinda light colored, with a medium head. Taste is slightly yeasty, with hints of cherry and tart rhubarb, with a hint of grapes and wiskey. very interesting, a nice beer to sip on after dinner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Pours golden with a short lasting tan head. Good lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is quite strong with hints of wine, oak, citrus, banana, cloves, strawberry and cherry. Taste is really nice and quite sweet with the banana, cloves, wine and oak coming out initially. Then the cherry and strawberry come in later. The palate is very creamy and quite sugary. Powerful wine and oak combination on the palate resulting in a good warming effect. This beer is terrific. Too bad it is so damn expensive.

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