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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Shared bottles thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Vintage 2007 pours hazy orange gold, off-white head. Aroma is merlot, blue cheese, slight acetone. Flavor is creamy blue cheese, merlot, slightly sour tangy fruit. Total score would be a 3.4. Vintage 2005: same appearance as 2007. Aroma is slightly tangier. Flavor is merlot, blue cheese, woodsy, yet not as creamy and no acetone trace. Total score: 3.5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Nice tangy palate cleaning flavor, this is a tasty beer that does not seem show itís 9.5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2007
750ml via trade. (Thanks to whoever sent this!) Pours a hazy amber with a huge fluffy off-white head. Nose is all about the sour. Boy, i just donít have the palette for these sour beers, as honestly i have trouble detecting much of anything under the sour. There are flavors there, but to me, these sour beers just have such overwhelming....well..sourness, that anything else is difficult to detect. So...i get sour cherries..sour apples..sour oak....even sour strawberries...no malts or hops whatsoever. Body is medium, carbonation is high. As far as enjoyment....it is ok, but i think the oak and the sour flavors sort of work against each other on this one. Maybe aging would help? I have no idea. This isnít bad, but is nowhere near the enjoyment i have gotten from most of the RR sour beers i have sampled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
very nice beer...but for the price im not sure its anything spectacular. that said, i enjoyed the beer in which i definitely got a wine-like juiciness that made it very easy going down. no sign of the 9.5%ABV...i have another bottle aging...hopefully that bottle will show more of the brett character in the future...because i didnt get much of it in this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2006, 10/13/07: Light amber w/ a lasting white, medium sized stand of fine and tight bubbles. Bretty & floral aroma w/ a hint of lime leaf Bready malt, wood oak, hints of red wine. Spicy yeast (peppery) and more floral. Well balanced flavor, lightly woody flavor, earthy, very mildly tart; Bready malt... Crisp flavor, dry finish w/ a woody and herbal aftertaste. Fruity from the wine barrel and yeast. Lighter medium body, medium carbonation, warming alcohol. Not bad... A bit more aging might help smooth out the rough edges. Would probably go well with some salmon or other light fish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger: Hazy copper pour with an off white head. Musty yeast aroma. Some earthy/farmhouse hints as well, with leathery subtleties. The flavor has a mild brett presence, notable lemon undertone (not citrusy lemon, more rind character) Has a mildly candyish malt back and a slightly oakey finish. Well made, but not as complex as I had hoped for. The brett hasnít kicked up yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4221) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Jan 07 bottle. Pour is orange/gold with nice (slightly fizzy) white head. A bit of fruit such as apple and sweet berry. Oak, sweet malt, caramel, and the alcohol did come through. Hints of funkiness. Good beer and complex, just not anything incredible.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of fruits with light acidic notes. Flavour of fruits and spices with light acidic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
pours golden with small white head. smells funky grape wineness. taste has small notes of oak but is dominately acidic, tangy, tannin and white grape. i also pick up some sour apple and pear. i appreciate it but it gives me heart burn.

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