Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 87
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our first beer in the Reserve Series, Melange A Trois begins with a wonderfully big Strong Belgian-Style Blonde Ale and moves into the extraordinary category through an additional 6 month French Oak Chardonnay Wine Barrel maturation. The essense of Chardonnay permeates while a subtle sweetness remains from the Ale itself. Oak tannins combine to create a fascinating mesh of dry, sweet, and wine-like character. One of our favorites!

(Beer added by: Gmann on 07-24-2010)
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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. 2014 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear lemon-yellow with 1/2 finger of white head, tightly bubbled with average retention and a delicate stripe of lacing.

S: Exteremly vinous nose with a lot of green grape along with apple, pear and light vanilla notes with herbal hopping

T: Flavor is beery but with a lot of Chardonnay character, light fruits like apple, pear, apricot; hop flavor is low and mainly floral and herbal, with low-medium bitterness. Vanilla and barrel-oak character is strongest at first and seems to wane with warming. Reminds me of a Bruery White Oak light with heavy grapes.

M: Smooth and very drinkable with low carbonation and medium body. ABV of 11.3% is barely noticeable.

O: Melange A Trois is a really unique beer that I am glad I had a chance to try. It is very flavorful and aromatic. It's not really up my alley so to speak, but those who like an interesting barrel character will like this beer a lot. Spendy but worth it for a chance to check it out.

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Poured a semi-clear golden body with one finger head and has a spicy, oaky, tart (wine-like with a white grape feel) aroma.
There is a light yeast presence that gives off a touch of orange citric one finds in a Belgian ale, but this beer has more of a sour taste/feel to it.
Touches of tropical fruit sweetness add balance but are in background to a not overpowering tart/sour beer that has a good amount of wood in it.
Finishes slightly sour but there is not enough sour/tart/acidic taste to this beer to where it becomes too hard to drink, instead always just leaving you wanting more and this comes partly from the fact that the sweet aspects are just enough to prevent a puckering beer.
Sharpness in the beer thanks to lively carbonation perk up the backend and I must say the ABV is hidden.

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Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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