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Interlude- somewhere between the leap and the landing. It’s 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. C’est le gout, toujours! It’s the taste that is always an adventure.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 26, 2006
750 ml bottle (2005), corked and caged, from Julios in Westboro, MA (Feb 2006). Luminous maple-bronze, slightly oily-translucent, with fine hints of yeast flecking, it is topped by a fragile white large-bubbled fizzy head that leaves scant scraps of lacing...the nose is huge and strong, a mix of old wine in the musty damp cellar and fresher barnyard and spice scents, all floating in a sweaty, leathery bath....tart brett is certainly evident at the front of the palate, but sour lactic qualities and musty grains dominate, with light citric qualities appearing late and touches of caramel also present in the moderately carbonated, somewhat slick body....peppery, dry and somewhat mineralic/metallic at the finish, the alcohol is barely noticeable....aromatic compounds gel much better as it warms, but I feel this will come together better with a little more time in the bottle. Pretty damn interesting as a work in progress.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2006
750ml. bottle. Hazy orange color with a decent off white head that lasted. Really nice funky aroma of Brett, oak, peach and a touch of balsamic vinegar. Flavor was unfortunately sweeter than expected, as I would have preferred a more tart beer. Still tasted very good with some tropical fruits, oak, vinegar, Brett and wood.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2450) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Nice copper color. Small white head on top. Whistling and crizzling fizzy carbonation. Intense grapefruit, orange and yeast nose- as it warms up some marcipan traces come through too. Tiingles the tip of the tongue. Fruity, apricot taste- medium intense. Ncie and refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Hazy apricot. Thin but resiliently creamy and rocky white foam. Musty and irony aroma with hints of honeydew melon, mace, wool, straw, brett, and buttered oak. Soft carbonation gently prickles the palate. Understatedly sharp, initially, with an herbal snap of yeast blanketed by a pillow-soft malt and buttery oak foundation. Brett character is short-lived, but packs enough force to cut the softness, depositing dusty crushed-mineral grittiness to the prominent malt huskiness. Lightly toasted hay harmonizes with the buttery oak. Immensely juicy and vinous, but the presence of tannins is minimal, which allows a supple medley of tropical fruitiness to glow. Carbonation softens and the silkiness peaks at higher temperatures. Malt character is exceptionally focused, rich and bright, and accentuates a late hint of tart pineapple as the flavors evolve. Finishes much fluffier than it is dry, with full-fledged pepper dusted malts and lingering bandage phenols. Just a superb beer that’s highly appetizing due to the subtle acidity and fairly light weight, but equally satisfying due to the restrained dryness and assertive malt richness. More sour depth is all this really needs. Thanks, Clark!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2006
Cleam amberish-yellow beer with creamy off white head. Aroma is fruity and soft lactic. In the nose the touches of peaches and apricots are working well with the fine hints of flowers and the wood accents. The taste is well balanced, and is a good comprmise with the fruity side and the wood. The lactic part is bringing a nice freshness in the brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - MAR 19, 2006
Yeasty nose, lactic and funky already. Dark copper color, fizzy foamy head (really fizzy). Sweet heavy body, orange and apricot tastes. Just enough lactic sourness to counter the sweetness. Spicy end. Complex for sure and a good balance. Something "New World-ish" about it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
Hazy blonde gold with a thin white head. Pleasant funky farmyard aroma, lactic acid, fruity apple notes. In mout, like a sweet white wine, with honey notes, lactic acid, citrus, lemon. Smooth mouthfeel, really enticing. Excellent! At EBF 2006.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2006
2005. I was skeptical on purchasing a bottle that cost more than $20, but then I remembered that this is a really consistant, really solid brewery, so I figured what the hell. Cork pops off with ease, and the smell of fruits just fill the nearby area where I was sitting. Pours out a light red color with a minimal head. Taste is fruity, smooth, malty, and all sorts of other things going on here. This is so drinkable, and so refreshing, that it almost reminds me of other styles of beer, fruit beers or flemish sours, to be exact. The fruitiness of the merlot is there, for sure. Such a rich and fulfilling beer that I do not even care that it cost what it did. This is a serious beer for serious beer drinkers, and if you don’t like it something may be wrong with your tastes. I am really glad I have another bottle of this to sit down for a while, because this thing will continue to develop for many years to come. Perfect beer, perfect blending of all the elements that make beer what it is, and just down right incredible. Ignore the price tag, and buy yourself a bottle of this wonderful beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 (750ml bottle, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours a cloudy burnt orange body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of apple cider vinegar, citrus, and vinous. Flavor of apple, citrus, alcohol, and oak. Does not have the farmhouse qualities that I expect in a Belgian-style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Cloudy amber pour. Acidic aroma similar to cider vinegar, note of orange zest. A midly sweet flavour coasts as it finishies with a warm note.


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