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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (2942) - 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 (13538) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4969) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Courtesy of Milkmandan. This is a very odd beer but what seems to be an experiment has turned out to be a success. Interlude has one of the best aromas I have experienced in a beer. There is very strong cherry, wood, apples, and weird yeast and bacteria as if naturally fermented. Light red in color with thin foam. The beer is sour with light cherry, and gets more sour as it warms. Substantial body, and the high abv is completely hidden in the aroma and flavor. A great success.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Wow. Medium amber, hazy, nice head. Aromas of apple, oak, and faint sourness. Quite inviting to say the least. Flavor matches, but is far more complex than I can give it any justice to here. Cherry notes came out as well to play with the bacterial critters. The intermingling was fantastic. This ranks up there with the Russian River experiments in using brett. I was highly impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2006
very good - but very overpriced. Paid $19, itís good though. sweet aroma but itís mouthfeel is a litle watery, moght Iím being to critical due to the price. But itís good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5458) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2006
A hazy golden/amber with light foam and a decent lacing. A nice cross aroma between green apples, citrus and light yeast. A flavor that crosses me up with sweet and sour kinda like a sweettart with alcohol. Just a slightly foamy palate but damn good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
2005 vintage -- Thanks Kinz for sharing this beer at the "2nd Richmond Gathering". Awesome sour aroma, just about perfect. Nice ruby-gold bdoy with a light white head. Very surprising taste, mellow and sweet. Not at all like what the aroma would indicate, this is probably due to the oak ageing. Sweet fruity ending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet and quite sour aroma with some mild spice. Light souring with some sweet fruity flavors in the end. Thanks to Kinz for bringing this tasty brew to share.

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