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

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BA SCORE
92
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221 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 77
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
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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BuckeyeNation

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4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 release. Golden Delicious apple yellow with Champagnesque carbonation and a massive crown of pearl colored foam that is as Belgianesque as any America-brewed ale has a right to be. Outstanding and extensive lace puts the finishing touches on an appearance that is eye candy in the extreme.

The aroma is remarkable too. One sniff was all it took to identify each major part of this chardonnay barrel-aged BSPA. On second thought, the oak isn't very prominent, but the others work together like hand-in-glove. Very little appreciable alcohol is an excellent sign.

Who the bloody hell are these guys!?! Melange A Trois (the first salvo in the Barrel Aged Reserve Series) is the second gobsmacker of an ale that I've had from Nebraska Brewing Company. Assuming all of their offerings are this delicious, NBC can give America's best brewers of Belgian-style ales (see Allagash and Russian River) a serious run for their money. True story.

There is unquestionable quality in each and every mouthful. This now 9-month old brew has held up incredibly well and tastes and feels like it will be damn good for some time to come. Supreme job of bottle-conditioning... but we're not ready to talk about mouthfeel yet.

The base beer is an extraordinarily well-crafted Belgian strong pale that features perfect balance between golden orchard fruit (pears, apples) and clove spice. The Chardonnay grape vinousness, while not as prominent as it was in Hop God, is still an indispensible member of the flavor profile. Oak is in the background, but isn't really missed.

Subsequent pours recreate the impressive and imposing crown, while blanketing the sides of the glass with even more sticky lace. The mouthfeel makes drinking this amazing elixir a summer breeze. It's light-medium for the ABV and has the expansive creaminess and lightly sparkly bubbles that Belgian ales are known for. Brewed in Papillion, NE? Mind-boggling.

On the strength of two out-of-this-world ales, I'm ready to crown Nebraska Brewing Company the single best 'unknown to most BAs' brewery in the country. Melange A Trois is at least the equal of Hop God, and might even be better. Both are superlative drinkers and make me glad to live in a neighboring state. Now, about distribution one state to the east...

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03-13-2011 13:39:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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