RATINGS: 762   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Interlude- somewhere between the leap and the landing. Its 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. Cest le gout, toujours! Its the taste that is always an adventure.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2007
750ml Bottle: Very complex aroma is neither sweet nor bitter. I smell Marsalla wine, cloves, oak, light tannins, dark fruit, and a little malt. Poured amber in color with a small off-white head that diminished quickly. No lacing. Clear but hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is a little sweet and a bit tart but not bitter. Flavor is very complex. Starts a little sweet and fruit-like; then it becomes funky like blue cheese or Gorgonzola; finally its woody and buttery. Very different combination of flavors for this palate. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, buttery finish. Overall, the butter and Gorgonzola really throw me off.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
A vagrant fruit fly honed in on this as soon as I cracked it--always a good sign in my experience.Orange-amber body with moderate carbonation and a fading, sudsy white head. Great nose with prominent vinous-brett characters with notes of grapes, sour apples, grapefruit, and faint caramel. Nice tangy, briny qualities in the flavor with notable tartness and subdued oak like a well-oaked wine. Firm beer with qualities of tart fruit, ample bitterness, and caramelized fruit and malt sweetness. Nice Flemish sour and wine highlights here. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
Yes indeed. $20 a bottle. Ouch. Pours a lot darker than expected -- but not that dark -- but the aroma was just as I imagined it: heavenly. It seems with the top notch belgians, the aroma really is the place for the beer to shine, and shine Interlude does. Buttery vanilla, funky hay, tart grapes, and white chocolate dipped strawberries, the complexity and brilliance of the aroma is near unmatched.

Sadly though, its all downhill from there. But does that surprise anyone? Thats not to say this tastes bad -- not even close. Ive just yet to find a world-class beer whos flavor can match the subtle complexity of its aroma. Flavor is a lot more herbal, dry, buttery and bretty than the aroma, but lacks any sort of tartness. Big on the savory herbal qualities, but missing any sort of fruit. Yeast dominated, perhaps, but who can complain about that?

This truly is a world class beer, and I knew going in to it that I should probably cellar this bottle -- 6 months old -- for at least a year longer. But I couldnt help myself, and now, I am no doubt another $20 in the hole, because to not buy another one of these and cellar it would be plain foolish. And I am no fool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3626) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2007
thanks Vyvvy for this sample. pours hazy orange with a small fizzy white head. nose is awesome-cinnamon, brett, brown sugar, lightly aged belgian malt and twangy yeast here. flavors definately show the fruityness of the brett yeast mixed wit hthe shirahs cask. the finish is lightly metallic which is my only gripe about this beer. lots of grapes on the finish (red). pretty good but not the beer i was thinking it would be.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2007
This beer is OK. Has a strong taste of sour apple juice. Besides that it tasted like a decent enough Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 20, 2007
2005 - Deep dark golden body with a big white head; Big nose, very nice aromas, lots of brett, lots of oak, lots of warm unfiltered apple juice, lots of orange juice and peel; Big body, elegant with soft carbonation, complex and balanced; Super long finish with tons of aroma and character, warmer notes aroma wise and actually quite a bit of oaky cow. Amazing beer. Thanks jjpm74!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2007
The aroma is funky/fruity with some faint wood notes and a healty dose of sugar aromas. Smells nice, but not exactly what I expected. The body is bright orange/gold with a diminishing, but fluffy, white head. The fore is somewhat harsh and biting and assaults the tongue with hot alcohol. This subsides and it actually becomes quite soft and mellow. Oaky notes appear, but are very muted. Its mostly a dry, fruity, funky affair with some lightly herbal bitterness in the finish and an increasingly funky/sour asspect as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9280) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 2007 - Great looking cloudy peach and rusty golden orange colored body. Nose of old oranges, but that’s a small part of it – really it is mostly a musty yogurt and brett scent, soft and muddy, lightly acidic on the nose, but muddled would be the best word… it doesn’t really do much, just sits there muddled and the orange and brett smells don’t work together at all. Mildly crisp with a doughy orange and peach flavor, a little lactic, only slightly sour. Again it just doesn’t work, like it’s trying too many things, and it’s stuck between being a sour ale and being a sweet yeast-heavy Belgian golden. Still it certainly tastes good but it’s no godsend, it has it’s problems. The light yogurt and tannic flavors are nice, though.

2006 - a lot of apple, not green apple that you’d associate with acetylhyde, but a crisp red apple smell and flavor throughout the drink. Lots of biscuits and red apple skins, and a prickly and spicy brett character. I’m surprised at how different this is compared to both the 2007 and 2005... those two were more similar to each other, while this one is pretty different with all of the strange apple and candy sugar flavors.

2005 - Soft bretty nose, sweaty and fruity and spicy all at the same time - tart, dried fruit, banana and pineapple, lightly prickly and dry, Full, frothy, a bit of sweet honey as well. Quite good, but not huge development of brett.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (930) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
A very complex beer. It has a nice aroma of grape and light fruit. Tastes more like a Flemish Sour than a traditional Belgian Strong Ale. . . if there is such a thing. Anyway, there is a nice tannin, with a buttery finish (inclusive of the sour apple and crisp fruits).

   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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