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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Interlude- somewhere between the leap and the landing. It’s 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. C’est le gout, toujours! It’s the taste that is always an adventure.

   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 (5673) - 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 I’ll 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 GABF 2006. The beer pours to a hazy glowing golden body with a nice white dense head. The aroma has alcoholic cinnamon, pears, apples, smell is quite nice. The flavor is sweet, nice pear, and tart apples with some light oaky malt. The palate is creamy and lightly alcoholic. Very nice. 9, 3, 8, 4, 17 = 4.1
2005 vintage bottle sampled in late June, 2008. The beer pours to a dark golden bronzed amber body with tons of visible carbonation and a thin fizzy white head. Sexy color and vibrancy. Love the carbonation. The aroma is amazing! Sour starfruit is perfectly blended with oak, Belgian yeasts that aren’t overly done, and lightly vinous notes. Smells kind of like a gueuze/kriek/saison. The flavor is very, very nice. Tart leathery acid up front that blends into an Orval-like saison and yeasty tart starfruit. Pears, orange rind, lemons meets oaken red grapes. No one component is too sharp. Superbly balanced. The palate is surprisingly not over carbonated for this beer. It’s really carbonated, but it fits this beer to a T. Medium bodied with a great malty texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
cloudy dark straw colored pour small white head some lacing. Instant bret flavor sour berry notes some dough. Nice well coated palate. Odd sour pberry flavor almsot sour farmhouse like.. wine like notes dry wood in the finish. Great original taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2006
750 ml bottle 2006 vintage. Hazy amber and orange color with a off white head. Red wine notes with a dry after taste, a very good beer!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 28, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 2005 bottle. Hazy, golden-amber appearance; light head formation, decent retention, attractive lacing. Brett in the nose is balanced with the vinuous qualities: tartness and red wine; full, appetizing, complex nose. The belgian profile underneath seems to suggest an abbey tripel: plenty of spice, pepper, yeast; all of which is well-balanced by the barrel aging and secondary fermentation; the tartness is engaging without being overwhelming (shows the reserve of Russian River); the vinuous qualities are well-blended, showing Burgundy/Merlot qualities, light tannins, and oak. So many magnificent things going on with this beer: a light toastiness, a vinuous profile, a belgian tripel background. All balanced nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Pours a light amber into a trappist glass. Sour barnyard and rose aromas. Fizzy, dry and crisp with a fruity wine (white/red/rose) flavor. Tart, quick wild yeast finish.

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