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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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2006
This beer was enough to bring me out of hibernation, for the time being, at least. I enjoy wine, though Iím not a connoisseur, so this beer was wonderful to me. The appearance is innocent looking -- innocuous -- with a quickly dispersing head and a bright, inviting ruby-tan color. Itís kind of the color of tanned leather. The aroma has a lambic quality, with some cherry sourness and hints of the Syrah from the barrels used to age the beer. Very winey. The flavor is bright, but rich. Itís a little like a cross between a sauvingon blanc (bright, crisp, peary) or champagne and a merlot (oaky, rich, serious). There are still beer qualities, though, especially with the yeastiness that you donít find as much in wine. The palate is crisp. The beer dances across the tongue like a bright white wine or champagne. Thereís a little bit of pear and sauvingnon blanc in the palate, as well. Itís nicely balanced and lovely. Mmmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
katrinaez (121) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Multi faceted. So many taste levels. Sour and sweet, bitter and hops. The wine barrel flavor really coMes out at the end. You taste the tannins and can feel the velvet grapes. A bit sour. Had in the bottle. 2013 Oct.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (194) - - DEC 25, 2014
Bottled. Pours a beautiful orange golden color with a persistent white/beige head around the edges. Looks awesome. Aroma is cherries, sour yeast, some funk, Brett is noticeable. Flavor is more Belgian strong ale. Definitely some sour and tart, cherry, wheat, tiny bit of banana. Really very good. Slightly tart finish. Sour notes really are delicate and prevalent without being overwhelming. The red wine barrels add a nice element as well. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2146) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2014
On tap at TCT (SC). Plenty of red wine flavors with oak too. These also permeate the aroma where a bit of barnyard notes detract.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (5090) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Tap from JCís. Amber body. Nose is beautifully vinous, cherry and Merlot grapes, wood, Skittles-type candyish nose, black currant, lemony citrus, great mild fruity Brett aroma with only light-medium funk at this point. Lightly tart on the nose, very light acetic, and my salivary glands are fully activated in anticipation. Light-medium body, wild and dusty, lightly dirty, clean fresh bread from the middle through the aftertaste along with that slight, pleasant bready lacto-like character. Sour but not puckering, more like lightly tart, very little in the way of lactic or acetic character on the tongue, but the red wine is really the dominant flavor, only eventually giving way to strong barrel wood (tons of lightly-toasted oak, little bit darker at times); a good one here, courteous Merlot and something like Cabernet amid a swirl of accumulating but gentle Brett funk. Rustic charm, genre-spanning, very interesting and characterful, but balanced and very drinkable (medium body at most but nooo sign of alcohol and thereís an intense zesty freshness that reminds of citrus rind and pith). Aftertaste is bone dry with musty grape skins and medium-to-advanced bitterness. Wonderfully complex and well worth a try!

Just incredibly moreish and drinkable, really dangerously so. To think, this was originally supposed to be a saison!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1052) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Draft at lures, pours hazy yellow with white head. aroma is funky bread and yeast, light grape. Taste is similar with a nice dry and tart funk finish. well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (602) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2014
Sampled from draught (at Draught 55). Wow. Brilliantly complex fruity flavour totally masks its on-the-floor strength. A beer that could use warning labels (as it is dangerously delicious).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2014
750ml bottle pours a bright hazy orange with an off white head. Tart fruit brett yeast and oak taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (1055) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Pours a rosy orange color with a floral wine aroma. Taste is clean, with a wine and oak barrel flavor. Some hay, and grass notes throughout the beer with a crisp aftertaste. The alcohol content is well hidden which makes the beer enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2462) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2014
On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine. Light and fruity with a bretty funky earthy edge to it. Tannic and tart with a bit of a vinous character to it. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerdedDave (513) - - OCT 7, 2014
cloudy amber color; fruity aroma; excellent mild, sour fruit flavor; maybe just a hint of red wine and oak; a fantastic beer

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