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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Thanks to the Ohio crew at the JP release. Poured a cloudy golden color. Great nose, funk, yeast, bit of dough. I believe I described the flavor as "rounded" while drinking it. Great soft funk that clings to the barrel, soft cherry and vanilla. I showed up and had a glass of this minutes later. Thanks crew, hope you had a safe drive home!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 9, 2009
The color is a cloudy orange amber with no head or streaks left on the glass. The aroma is strong and full of malt mixed with the right amount of hops. There is also a nice sour and bready note in the aroma. The flavor is full sour yeast with a mix of lemon citrus and caramel malt. The citrus sticks to your palate like gum on a shoe. Overall it was a great brew and has some interesting flavors mixed with carbonation and a well balance of malt and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2011
Amber orange with small white head. Fantastic aroma of yeast, red fruits, grass, sugar. Medium full body with some carbonation no alcohol. Flavor does not quite live up to the aroma, sour grass and cherry, maybe some tannin but not much in the way of wood. Interesting and good but was expecting it to be more complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2008
2007 Bottle: There was lots of carbonation in this bottle. Very crisp and refreshing with a wonderful herbal funkiness running throughout. It was well-balanced with plenty of flavor running through the midpalate and long finish. Quite a nice way to end the night.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rayg1 (583) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 This wonderful brew was shared with ross. It pours a cloudy orange with a nice lasting white head. Smell is oak and tart fruits. The aroma is very pleasing actually. Taste is mellow funk with some spicy notes comming in before the fruitiness of pears come in. I liked this stuff alot and will buy again if I can find it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lothore (581) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- 750 ml Bottle, corked and caged. When opened a jet of bubbles overflows and leaves one running for the sink. It pours a beautiful tangerine color with a small, unassuming eggshell head which fades to just about nothing. Looks like a tropical sunset. S- Smell is fainter than that of other brews with brett although it does have a sour cidery nose with hints of apple and pear along with a touch of sweetness. T- Tastes predominately of mixed fruits apple is at the forefront followed by citrusey tangerine tones that end fairly sour. Bready and earthy with hints of its boozy nature hiding beneath the bouquet of flavors. M- Mouthfeel is sticky and fairly viscous with a bubbly champagne like carbonation even after quite a bit escaped when it was opened and with a hearty pour. D- This is so complex itís hard to say that it is drinkable. As others have said I think there is a bit too much going on with this one. The Belgian pale aspect of it has some amazing flavors that get a little undercut by the brett. If one focuses just on the wild ale characteristics of this brew still something is left to be desired with balance. I think this one comes close but falls short in the fact that it is just trying too hard to be too many things. I like complexity but sometimes its good to master simple things then throwing a bunch of different fairly good aspects together. While I am pretty hard on this brew, it was excellent and I commend the people at Allagash for putting it together. With some minor adjustments it could be up there with some of the better Russian River wild Ales. Was it worth $20? Iíd say probably not but if youíve got the itch sometimes you just have to scratch it. I might buy this one again if it were in the 12 dollar range.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (578) - truckee, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
Peach amber red color. Light fresh fruit smells. A fruitty tartness with a slight bitter underneath. Wet leaving a light sticky coat behind.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Great beer that exceeded all my expectations. The bret is so strong and pungent it overtakes the beer, but there are lots of complex flavors of green apples and some light spices or nutmeg, smoke, and cinnamon. Great beer that goes down wet and smooth for itís large ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 14, 2007
750ml bottle.
Pours a hazy, fiery copper amber with a quickly building fizzy head that almost as quickly recedes to a 3-bubble layer. Aroma is grassy sour like a farmhouse ale with leafy, earthy hops, straw, and a substantial bit of sweet malty goodness. Flavor misses the mark a bit for me with a funky corn-adjunct-like sour-mash flavor that seemed out of place. Other flavors taking their turn were a subdued but prickly hop bitterness, grassy grains, clover, a touch of acetic acid and plenty of candy-sweet malts. Finishes with a full mouthfeel and a dancing, tingly palate. I wasnít quite as wild about this beer as most other reviewers, but like just about everything else Allagash puts out, itís a pretty solid hit.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
woodychevy (558) - - MAR 13, 2011
Tried it on tap at Smoky Oak Taproom. Just not having a good week with Belgians. Pours cloudy and light- taste sort of threw me off. I mean, I drink beer for the taste. Want my beer to taste like beer. A bit too out there for me. For the more adventurous types this one. Give them full marks for bottle conditioning- was the perfect amount of carbonation.


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