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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - 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 (757) - 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 (2626) - 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 (10873) - 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 (2122) - 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 (12112) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle (Cantillon Open Brewing Day): Spicy, fruity nose. Hazy golden with a white head. Suprising berrie notes in the flavour, along with typical estery spices. Smooth, with almost a tart finish. Refreshing, though alcohol shows.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10611) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2006
Bottled: Golden coloured. Light hazy. Small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma with some spices in the background. Has some citric sournotes. Flavour is quite woody and fruity. Sour again but with some distinct alcoholnotes, that gives warmth to lips and palate. Medium bodied. Has a dry and light spiced fruity and where the sourness is again present. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle: Caramel hued straw, initial pours yielded a nice foamy off-white head but now I get nothing, literally... nothing.   It almost appears still.   Oaken aroma, slight tart fruit, moreso unsweetened berries.   Quite tart on the tongue, oak, lots of oak.   Its like a flemish sour but without any of the fruitiness.   Fairly dry, but not as complex as I expected.   Dry, tart, but what else is there?   Body and mouthfeel are quite nice, especially if this was a Gueuze.   Finishes with only a hit of tart berries, otherwise remaining dry and rather uncomplex.   Enjoyable, but way overpriced for what it delivers.   Allagash Tripel is still the best.   I think I will have their Grand Cru next!



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