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RATINGS: 744   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007. Unclear orange - white head. Apple, pear, fruity, flowery, winegrapes, licorice, yeasty, light acid, wheat. It sounds strange - but is actually very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle, 2007, 9.5% at KØ07. Acidic and vinous aroma. Hazy dark orange colour. Small white head. The flavour is not as acidic as suggested by the aroma, but nice with some earth. Peppery aftertaste. Actually well-balanced in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14326) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
Tap at Capones Annual Black Friday event, Norristown PA, 29/11/13. Lightly hazed golden amber with a moderate off white covering that dissipates to edgework. Nose is dark fruit, straw, lemon sherbet, bitter orange, brown sugar. Taste comprises tangy apricot, pineapple, tarte orange rind, citric dipped straw, light caramel notes. Medium bodied, fine carbonaion, dry closure with yeasty and bitter tropical notes in the finale. Decent tarte Belgian affair with a little booze, the 9% is well integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
A: The pour from a 2009 bottle is a hazy light amber color with a finger’s worth of white foam. S: A very nice lactic acid presence combined with a nice must and barnyard funkiness. Some apple, white grapes, and mild citrus round out the nose. T: The flavor has a nice lemony lactic acidity to go along with a mild but impressive funkiness. The grapes are present in the flavor as well, providing a nice vinous character that works well with the oak. M: As I previously mentioned the beer has a nice dryness and tannic character which I enjoy in a wild ale. The carbonation level is moderate and works well. D: A nice offering from Allagash. I found it to be slightly more enjoyable than Confluence and some of their other beers. I’d definitely recommend this one and would have no problem with having it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
Vibrant copper-amber colour, with haze. Nice woody, bretty smell to it. Big, fruity, woody, toasty character. Complex with late alcohol to round things out. Interesting brew. Sorry about the notes, I was enjoying it more than studying it. Some beers are just like that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13483) - DENMARK - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle, 2007. Clear dark yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeast, wine and brett. Flavour is malt, yeast, brett, medium dry, wine, wood, medium carbonation, little sweet, hop and medium sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2007
Bottle at Københavnske øldage 07. Golden / Orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, sour, spices. Flavour is dry, sweet, sour, apple, spices. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12968) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle - 2007 January. Slight explosion of cork. Aroma is Iightly sour in an apple way. The color is a slightly hazy orange tinged amber. The white head left very quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles. Thinnish body with very mild carbonation (surprising, given the explosive cork removal.) It is well carbonated, it just is that there is no bite whatsoever. The flavor is sour woody, with some citrus, and some caramel malt floating along in the complexity. It is mildly astringent, and some bitter seems to complement the sour. Really very tasty. With the astringency it does resemble a red wine with wood or tannin. Very good ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (12515) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 (2/23/08, 750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Given how much as my wife and I loved this beer the first time we tried it, I had to acquire another bottle from that initial batch, which we let sit for far too long (even though part of the delay was due to Kathy getting pregnant and then being a nursing mother). Aroma is medium sweet, the brett is stronger than the wine now, but there’s still some pear/cabernet sauvignon, together with some tropical fruit, funk, light lemon. Taste is mild sweet, oaky white wine, some Brett, berry, tropical fruit. Some alcohol warming in the finish. Medium-full body with some syrup, light acidity. With the disappearance of the red wine characteristics, my appreciation of this beer is sadly diminished. Nevertheless, it still is a lovely beer. (8/4/7/4/15)

(2/4/06, 750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Cloudy golden body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, vinous (grape, plum, some cherry, light tannins), light duskiness. Taste is medium sweet, vinous (merlot), some oak, brettanomyces, dusky, white grape. Very fruity, and the brett imparts a white wine characteristic. Medium body, some effervescence. Truly a fusion of beer and wine -- unique just how much the wine qualities are imparted in this beer, well beyond what a wine cask can provide. (9/3/8/4/17)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bomber corked bottle. Poured a deep amber with a small rocky off-white head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Heavy tart fruity and cask aroma. Medium body with an oily texture. Good complex tart fruity with a small bitter finish of long duration.

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