RATINGS: 762   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Interlude- somewhere between the leap and the landing. Its 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. Cest le gout, toujours! Its the taste that is always an adventure.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
I honestly did not get red wine - I got huge wave after wave of chalky, dusty, leathery brett. Sweet too - an interesting combination. Good and wicked powerful and went down fast. Hefty body, slick almost, which was a strange sensation with the dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3539) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
This one pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is green apples with orange juice. I picked up a bit of bread crusts in the flavor. Not really anywhere near as tart as I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2879) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2006
A murky orange color. Strong malt vinegar, ginger, and spice aroma. The flavor is full of vinegar notes with a strong spiced apple presence. This bend itself toward the lambic side. Good shit, er beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
lemon, white pepper, anise, and good light fruits, pear. apple in the flavor. an interesting brew and mighty tastey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6191) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Cloudy copper, with a huge white head. Aroma of gingerbread and lemon. Very distinct notes of red wine and an earthy bitter finish. Maybe some sour funk, too, at the end. Sampled at Noogfest2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2653) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
2005 bottle picked up at Julios, from the stash in the back. $16 before the discount though. Poured a cloudy golden body with a huge frothy head. Aroma had quite a bit of everything. Spices and the bret yeast were most obvious, along with some pepper. Oaky notes are here, but not obvious or anything like Curieux. Finally there were minor notes of caramel and sugar. Whoa, quite a bit of complexity here. The flavors didnt come together as well as I hoped but it was a lot better than their other oak beers Ive had so far. If this aged it would probably be phenominal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 2005 Bottle - Golden straw color. Nice use of Brett in the nose balances with light strawberry, pear and apple fruitiness. Nice level of vanillan oak as well in the nose. Classic, creamy mouthfeel. The body is light, tart, sweet and really drinkable. More fruitiness blends with sublte oak and sherry notes in the body. Yum, yum this is another great one from Allagash.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Transparent and magnifying orangish-brass in color with a sudsy & clinging white wrung around the edges and only a spackle & sheaf on top. Aroma is just about as good as it gets. Souring chardonnay with an oaken underlay, lemon peel, sweet mandarin, sour apricots, and nutmeg & anise on lavender. Complexity is key here. Smooth oak appetencies line the mouth by means of flavor. Lemon rinds give an acidic sweetness while mushy bananas (easy on the sugar) help to round it out. Vanilla and cloves help with the smoothing, yet, lest to say, the chardonnay & pinot grape-like flavors pull the ale in a significantly souring manner. Orange and cotton blossoms impart a pillowy floralness with substance. Pepper, lilacs, coriander, lemon chiffon and winey oak keep adding nuances. Effervescence is at its zenith, invoking enjoyable titillations when parried with the margarine-like coating of the mouth. Complexity and perplexity intertwine. Styrian hop bite comes in on the backend, pursued by pepper, clover, oak and orange blossoms for the grand finale. Big thanks to tpkenned for landing me a bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 8, 2006
750 split with and provided by gputty. My GOD, I love this beer! Clear burnt orange pour, dense light beige head. Dense veil of white lace. Sweet, fruity nose - white grape, honeysuckle, sweet and sour brett. Wine notes are there, but blunted. The brett is soft in the mouth, a sweet funky muted tart flavor. Oak notes are there, as are berries and a mild tannic quality. Fantastic integration!

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