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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2007
2007 bottle. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma of light citrus, pepper and grassy dry hops. The next wave is a more mature vanilla, yeast, stonefruit, perhaps some cidery notes too, wickedly complex. Brilliant fluffy (yes I know its 9%) medium-bodied mouthful. Big jammy fruitiness in the flavour, not overwhelming, and well complemented by some bretty notes and a light-to-moderate tartness, a perfect balance of fresh herbal hops come though too. Finish is almost crisp, alcohol is not there at all. This blew me away, an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joaj34 (3) - USA - JAN 10, 2009 does not count
Amazing - simply amazing. This is my favorite Allagash (alongside the HM). The sour and malt work so well togather and itís a beautiful orangish/caramel color. The aroma suggests an open ferment but could use a touch more oomph. Still, itís amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2316) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Holy cow, this is killer beer! With an aggressive pour, I get a small to medium sized, cream colored head that soon settled out and no lace. Color is a hazy apricot. Aroma is fantastic, literally, with yeast, Brett, malt, wine fruitiness, caramel. Flavor is like aroma and has the acid from the yeastoids and gas to cut through the sweet malts and residual sweetness of the wine barrels along with the bitterness of the hops and yeast. Complex. Body is very good and too the carbonation. Finish is like flavor and includes alcohol warming. Would be good both before and after a great meal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1007) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours a rich golden orange color with a white head. Tart, fruit, spice, funk and oak aroma. Apple, pear, apricot, orange, tart, funk, oak, spice and yeast flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a fruit and tart finish. 2013.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2006
This beer was enough to bring me out of hibernation, for the time being, at least. I enjoy wine, though Iím not a connoisseur, so this beer was wonderful to me. The appearance is innocent looking -- innocuous -- with a quickly dispersing head and a bright, inviting ruby-tan color. Itís kind of the color of tanned leather. The aroma has a lambic quality, with some cherry sourness and hints of the Syrah from the barrels used to age the beer. Very winey. The flavor is bright, but rich. Itís a little like a cross between a sauvingon blanc (bright, crisp, peary) or champagne and a merlot (oaky, rich, serious). There are still beer qualities, though, especially with the yeastiness that you donít find as much in wine. The palate is crisp. The beer dances across the tongue like a bright white wine or champagne. Thereís a little bit of pear and sauvingnon blanc in the palate, as well. Itís nicely balanced and lovely. Mmmmm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours hazy copper with an off-white head, aroma of spices, citrus,fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is fruit, smooth, carbonated, oak flavor, bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 14, 2006
2005 bottle. Nice aroma, a little bit fruity and yeasty. The color was a clear gold/yellow. The flavor was somewhat complex, there was apple and some sugars there. It was very much like a dry cider from Brittany. The mouthfeel was very light with a pleasant bitterness at the finish. This beer was very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 3, 2007
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. This is my favorite Allagash beer. Pours a cloudy orange color with a big bubbled roustabout head. Amazing think about this beer is that it has just about every aroma and flavor in the book. The version I had was called Kriek Interlude and had the requisite cherry infusion. Lots of tannins and wine flavors to boot. Complex with some tripel characteristics, this one is hard to taxify.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2012 Draft at Jerryís. Darker golden with good, creamy, white head / Bright nose of estery, winey, violets, honey, and funk / Medium body, tart, with good balance and dry finish / Flavors of violets, Sauternes, cherries, apples, oak, butterscotch, barnyard with plenty of manure / A great sour/wild ale.

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