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Review by everetends on 09/18/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 4 9 2007
Drinking this one to the memory of my good friend Heather McCloud and a great man Charlie Brown. 750 ml bottle I won back in the day for the LNBA FH league, can't remember who sent it though. Served up in a tulip.

A: Has a dark orange color to it that is more matte than glossy. Held to the light, it stays mostly the same color except for a little more vibrant orange color sneaking out. The body is hazy but I am not seeing any real carbonation activity. With each splash of liquid into the glass, it creates about a finger of foam but it disappears as quickly it comes. The look is ok.

S: This smells nice. The brett comes out nicely and is jsut huge. Just so much funk and barnyard awesomeness. It has a really wonderful tart cherry and citrus fruit quality. Its sweet and tart, but well balanced. Behind all that I am getting a little champagne and some wet wood. Its really hard to explain because it is so complex, but it is very nice.

T: Once again, crazy complex. When I first poured it and took that first sip, it was more sweet than I expected. I initially got hit with a vanilla caramel presence. Once I let it warm and breath, these two flavors meld into everything else going on in here. There is a nice amount of funk that has an almost saison like hint to it. Tart cherries, lemon, orange, and some type of berry is coming through. There is a sweet/dry white wine presence that is a lot like a riesling (a good one). Just has a nice grape quality to it. Picking up a little strawberry and champagne (you sexy devil). The oak really shines with that vanilla presence, but it also just has that wood flavor to it. It is crazy how much I am probably missing here, but it is just amazingly complex.

M: Light side of medium in body, but even though the look didn't have carb to it, it is absolutely there. Higher carb factor, making this bright but still allows the beer to be wonderfully dry. Not getting any heat from the ABV at all. Aftertaste is that nice, varying funkiness.

OA: This may be one of the more complex beers I have ever experienced. Almost each sip makes me believe I am finding something new or different. Sometimes the flavors are amazing, sometimes they don't always work, but it is one hell of a drinkng experience. This may be one of the better beers I have ever experienced from Allagash. Just one hell of a beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 09/02/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2010
2006 - Nicely deep toned orangey rusted color. Thickly firm medium sized capping of dusty yellowed foam plants itself well on top for a good length. Keeps a heavy skim and large foamed up collar always present. Thin sheets of lace and long stretchy strings coat the glass with nice decor.

Funky Brett sourness pours from the bottle and can be wiffed with ease. But getting past that is hard as its potency is quite booming. White wine, high ended sour stuff with a bit of funky bardyard notes of fresh hay and the animals that eat it. Some apple and berry tendencies emerge as it settles with time and warmth as does a bit of alcoholic warmth.

Thankfully the taste is far more balanced and quite nice here. Geez, where to start...its well-rounded, full, bold, spicy, zingy, and full of fun popping flavors. A nice array of mild going sourness and funky spice balances very well together with a pleasingly complex fruit salad of grapes, apple, berries, citric peels, and melon. The dryness is perfect, it lets loose as it finishes letting more of the sweet fruityness shine through along with a bit of soured funk twinge and bite. They balance is amazing and very welcome in a beer like this.

Body is quite full, if not more so. Boldly forward and always developing more and more character and body as it goes. Delicately sour and dry, and If I dare say, its very handsome.

Another class act brew by Allagash! A truly enjoyable sipper if there ever was one.

Served In: Goblet

Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 4 8 2009
750ml. Bottle
$13.99
Sam's Downers Grove

January 2007 Bottling

Interlude poured a hazy copper that glowed orange when held to the light. A 1 finger white head formed on the pour that faded to a thin cap with chunky edges. Minimal slow rising carbonation bubbles. Leaves chunky drink lines after each sip.

Scent begins with goldenrod and that barnyard funkiness. Mild tart cherries and a touch of lemony citrus. Maybe it's my imagination but when I take deep whiffs I pick up mild oak. Very complex aromas that I've only scratched the surface on.

The flavor is more complex than the aroma. Things begin with a slight lemon rind bitterness. Mid palate I get hit with a wave of that funkiness along with hay. Mild citric flavors come through toward the end finishing up with orange rind and a solid hop snap on the swallow. Again, I've only scratched the surface on the complexity of flavors.

Lighter body with a slight stickinesson the tongue. Mild alcohol on the swallow as this beer warms.

The flavor makes this an easy drinker but the complex flavors will wear out the tastebuds.

A truly complex beer with a great idea behind it. I'm looking forward to trying Allagash's other special releases. A really great concept behind this beer that I look forward to drinking again.

Reviewed: 4/9/07

Price: $13.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by flyingtaco on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 11 16 4 8 0
Originally reviewed on 01-15-2009. August 2008 corked and caged 750. Quiet little pop of the cork and into a Duvel tulip.

Very nice honey color with only a slight haze topped by almost bluish Champagne 1/2-finger head that reduces to yeasty wisps quickly. Moderate carbonation rises steadily. Next couple of pours - slightly bigger head but not significantly.

The wine barrel aging shows - nice oak with dry tannic grape feel. Brett is solid but austere at first - there's a Champagne yeast electricity to this. Mild hop pine with a little soap and leather - maybe not "horse blanket" but this time "horse saddle." Good, dry woody scent. Let this warm a bit 'cause the sour notes really take a while to emerge.

The funk is definitely there from the Brett but at first it's not as sour as expected - almost a bit of a light dessert wine feel - not an Aussie muscat sticky or anything but more the tone of a Moscato d'Asti. Very woody - carbonation brings out very light oak and accompanying vanilla. At first pour a little colder than ideal the vanilla sweetness elbows out the sourness of the Brett, so be sure this warms quite a bit to get the fullness of the sour and the Saison yeast as well.

The feel is a little strange at first - a little Saison, a little sour and a little Belgian Strong Pale Ale. First blush - a bit of all three but not enough of either one. Again, let this warm to let the true funk and sour tang emerge and round it all out.

At first I didn't find myself rushing to finish this one, but letting it warm for about 20-30 minutes I was all over it. To me, this deal can't be too warm, but if it's colder you're really missing out. Well-constructed.

Serving type: bottle

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 0
A - Pours a hazy apricot colored body. Starts with a big, fizzy off white head that is soapy looking. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but some stays along for the ride.

S - Big tart and sour notes are evident before I even hold my nose over the glass. Cherry and lemon sour. Slight notes of red wine and oaky vanilla. Fantastic!

T - Much lighter than the nose would have you think with the huge sour and tart nose, but still tons of flavor going on. Cherry and vanilla work with the obvious red wine oak with masterful balance. Sour cherry, lemon and raspberries with brett working its magic. A little earthy funk and some slight bitterness. All of this mingles in and out with the sour notes really taking center stage.

M - Medium bodied with tight carbonation. Great for the style.

D - I don't know why this isn't classified under Wild Ale, because that is what it is. Great beer that I wish I had regular access to.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/24/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
Jan 2007 bottle tasted for this review.

Color is copper. Dark golden color. Smell is fairly inviting with a distinct citrus at first. Then a slight sour and very slight alcohol. Hops are there too. Taste is very much like the smell at first, with the citrus front and center. Then it changes to a slightly acidic and hint of alcohol. Might mean this bottle needed some extra time in the cellar to tame the alcohol. But I have another one for that. Maybe get a slight oak taste in the finish, but nothing like it might be implied when you consider it was aged in oak barrels. Feel is about what you expect for the style.

Overall, it's good. But seems to me that another decent while in aging might benefit this one. It's been almost a year for it now. And might benefit from another year too, in order to bring the alcohol finish down even more. But another very good bottle from Allagash to be sure.

Update:
This one certainly calmed down the alcohol after it was laid down for 1+ year. However, the citrus and sour were almost totally gone in this one after being cellared. Even moreso than the RRBC sours that lose their tart qualities after some age. The malts REALLY seemed to come out in this one after 12-18 months of aging.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 0
Thanks to markgugs for this one. Pours a medium dark copper, and really cloudy. Smell and taste is a lot like a Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga (The Firefly). Sour fruits with a crisp finish.

Served In: Pint Glass

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