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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
Peppery brett character over green apples, peaches, vanilla, oranges and spring flowers in the nose. Lightly hazy orange-copper coloured body is topped by a shy white head that recedes rapidly to a ring with scant lacing. Juicy citrus character is sweet up front before being joined by strong vanilla and leafy notes leading throught to a tart finish. Musky, peppery brett character is notable especially in the aftertaste along with lingering grainy malt notes. Occasional hints of alcoholic fortitude along the way. Very dry medium body with somewhat low carbonation and fair alcohol warming. A bit sticky. Snifter. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Julioís Liquors, MA, Feb-06).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2006
Bottle. Just reading my notes and remembering the beer makes me happy. Slightly hazy orange gold pour. Nice citrus and sweet malt aroma, with a good amount of other light fruits and some yeast. Similar flavors with some vinous tart notes and some light funky earthy yeasty notes that werenít there in the aroma. Tart dry finish, a tad acidic. This was a very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 17, 2006
Poured into my De Rocs glass from cork finished bottle. Musky, horse blanket of a nose. Some candied malt quickly overshadowed by red fruit and vanilla. The vinous character proceeds with champagne-like carbonation and a smooth malty finish that jumps up at the end with earthy hops and sourness. Just wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2006
Medium sized tan head, fizzy, drops out quickly but does leave behind a fair amount of lace clinging on for dear life. Hazy orange brew with a sweet glow. Nose is citrusy, light peaches, wood, lightly vinous with a grainy maltiness. Body is medium, carbonation is prickly with a creamy follow up. Fruity flavors of peaches, hint of apple and melon, grape,esque. Lightly tart, faint brett, lightly musty and woody notes rounding it out. Dry, fruity finish. Kool!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldstock23 (11) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2006
Incredible. Served in a tulip Duvel goblet. The brett pushes this beer into an excellent state - the evolution with the oak accent is perfect. Has grape-like vinuous sweet notes with a black pepper edge behind them. Complex, and well worth the $20.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver, Somerville, NJ. Lovely bottle with hang tag. As I uncork this one, the pressure is so intense that the cork flies at about 100 mph after a ear-ringing pop, hitting the ceiling, then the floor, then the door. I did my best Fred Eckhardt impression and "listened" to this beer, and as the head dissipated, the beer made a sound not unlike the sound a womanís nether region makes when she gets nude and turned on and then repeatedly closes and opens her legs. Lovely, indeed. The pour was impressive, a hazy coppery color with some ruby hints, showing a 1-finger off-white head. The aroma is intense, and starts with a big cherry/berry blast to the olfactory cells, followed by a nice oaky bourbony funky burst, and some lambicy cobwebby malts, cabernet, and a large dose of that Cantillon smell. The flavor is fruity, on the citric funky side, with a solid mid-palate oaky bourbon element, and also some caberney hints. This one, as it warms, assumes multiple taste qualities, at one time or another resembling a lambic, a cabernet, and finishing as an oaky bourbony creation resembling Makerís Mark as it warms to ambient temperature. The only comparable beers I can think of would be Stewartís Decathlon and Cherry Bourbathon. This one is unique, delicious, and worth the 17 bucks I paid for it. Now, if youíll excuse me, Iím off to listen to something else besides beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2006
Bottle at ZBF. I guess "brought" by Rob Tod, IIRC. But presented by Lorenzo from BBB. This was the only American beer of the 8 or so brought that I really wanted to try. Came out a hazed gold. The aroma was the first thing I noticed. It came across surprisingly sour and fruity. I remarked that it was almost "lambic-ish" at one point. Some woody notes and wine coming through as well. Taste is also tart and fruity with light wood notes, yeast, and soft flowery notes. Body is medium and has a mild carbonation feel. Thereís some dryness in spots and a lingering tartness. Finishes much the same - tart fruits, flowers, yeast notes, light wood, white wine and a bit of leather. I need a full bottle of this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2006
Poured a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty aroma and light citrus is mixed with just the right amount of yeasty funk. The flavor is very balanced both sweet and tart. Finish is dry but acidic. Lively mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2006
Crisp, Dry and Glorious. The lack of tartness makes this a unique creation. The wood gives it texture and the brett some lively aroma. Every sip is perfectly in balance. The volume of ingredients doesnít overwhelm, but the refinement in the process makes this a jewel. Thank you BeerYum!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy and cloudy amber color ale with a medium white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of Brett is quite strong with some sourness and some sweet white wine characteristic. Taste is quite sour with some tart and oak flavouring. The wine oak aging can definitely be notice but does not overtake the beer. Funky Brett brings a nice finish to this beer. Alcohol is not noticeable but Iím not sure that the high level of ABV really brings anything more to this beer and would probably have preferred a slightly lower ABV (6.5%-7.5%). Another great American wild ale that even though is excellent is still one notch below the RR Temptation.

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