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

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92
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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 83
Gots: 49 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This brew begins with an excessive amount of head, but is not gushing. Its hazy golden-yellow color shimmers perfectly in the light. Chardonnay and wood are obvious in the nose, but tropical fruit, nougat and nutty yeast are also in tow. It is silky smooth and a little creamy, with a fluffy, moderate-size body. With a little tartness, it is still very beery. Vinous character from the barrel plays strong, yet mixes well with the malt, alcohol and modest hops. Tartness and wood linger long into the aftertaste. Pretty damn amazing. This is a sipper that does not miss a beat.

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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a darkness snifter shared with fellow BA's at our last tasting.

pours out a hazy pale golden color with a nice white head. good retention with some lace left behind.

very vinious and wine like, lots of that chardonnay barrel coming through. some phenoly belgian yeast and a bit of sweet candied malt.

lots of white wine, grapey flavors, fruity, phenoly belgian yeast, very similar to the aroma. slightly tart. a bit of sweet candied malt.

medium bodied, a bit dry and tart finish.

a very nice belgian, so much of that chardonnay barrel coming through. very much like the other nebraska beers ive tried.

dogfishandi, Dec 12, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for sharing this one with me, VaTechHopHead!

Clear golden with a large, creamy, persistent bone-white head that lasts and lasts, eventually leaving thick ribbons and lots of stick down the glass.

Chardonnay grapes and oak dominate the aroma, along with a touch of citrus, and bready sweetness.

The grape and oak barrel character is dominant in flavor as well, along with a hint of an acidic tartness, mild yeast, and sweet bread.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Very enjoyable and quite interesting.

ehammond1, Nov 02, 2012
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my free Stella tulip glass (check 'em out online, you may still be able to score a freebie).

A: Beautifully packaged, wine-like label with a nice description of the beer, ample head, hazy orange color with very nice lacing and retention.

S: CHARDONNAY - from the moment the cap leaves its perch, French oak, orange peel, banana (it's a Belgian).

T: Orange peel, banana, oak, plum, raisin. Surprisingly - not incredibly boozy for a 10% brew.

O: A very nice beer that has taken on a lot of the characteristics of the barrels it was aged in. I recommend trying this at least once.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a pale Belgian, by far one of the best I have had.Lighter cloudy body, with a moderate head. Neutral aromas. Above average mouthfeel, very drinkable, and gentle masterful blend of the chardonnay barrelling taste and the Belgian blonde. A great and simple idea, well executed.

Sammy, Mar 06, 2011
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whatname, Nov 07, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Star, unusual find - flew under the beer dorks radar and is readily available

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - lovely pour, straw-golden body, heavy white foam with strong retention

smell: funky yeast, tart sugars, white pepper, pear, pineapple, citrus

taste: Hell yeah - this reminds me of NG unplugged saison with some age on it. Great tartness, vinous notes from the chardonnay barrel, oak, pineapple and citrus, dry bitterness, white pepper, belgian yeast. Is that what all beer from Nebraska tastes like?

mouthfeel: light, tart, good carbonation

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 30, 2011
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dbossman, Jan 22, 2012
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque straw, wonderfully beady head two fingers thick, after it dissipates there is a fine luxurious lace. It's inviting so much so that several people asked what I was drinking.

S: Fruity and sweet.  Grapes, dank Belgium yeast, and clear Chardonnay character.

T: White wine, peppery like some Saisons, oaky, honey and raisins.  There is a toastiness and a hint of clove.  Quite complex, but strong wine-like character.

M: Fine carbonation, crisp, dry and medium body. 

Overall, fantastic!

KMcG, Dec 26, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed apricot with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & average lacing

S: Pears with a bit of phenol, some breadyness & dirt too

T: Green apple skins, pears, chardonnay notes & dryness all over this up front, some lemon & grapefruit bitterness as well. Honey & white grape mix with pink grapefruit as this warms, also some very faint juicy fruit. More juicy fruit, tartness, & much grapefruit in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, becomes fairly fluffy as this warms, nice balance

Pretty tasty, not as good as the Hop God of the same ilk, but way better than most of the Chardonnay aged beers I've tried, goes down very easy

russpowell, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with myself and funkydelic during one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon, banana, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, banana, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor on this one is what surprised me the most with the bready and banana aspect going on. Really put this brew in another league with the other Belgian Strong Pales I have had in the past. The citrus aspect in the flavor and aroma was also quite pleasant and inviting to the beer. Really enjoyed this one.

thagr81us, Jul 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml bottle. Pours a bright yet hazy golden orange color, seems to have some yeast particles floating about. Beautiful pure white head the left a sheet of foamy lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet from pale malts and candi sugar which is quickly followed by some tart lemon/vanilla oak notes from the aging. It really takes on the Chardonnay character. Some pepper in the aroma as well. The flavor is of a sweet pale malt; sweet from the candi sugar. There is some clovey phenols, touch of banana and then the dry white grape lemony notes. Solid french oak flavors, lemon and a touch of vanilla; this gives the beer a nice tart/sour edge which helps balance the sweet belgian pale ale style. The oak is more subtle in the flavor which works quite well for the style. The BSPA has a moderate body with fairly soft carbontion and has a good balance between sweet and tart. Some slight ABV awareness during the tasting but fairly tame for 10%. An interesting brew, most likely well received by the sour/tart saison lovers out there. The chardonnay barrel aging works well with the style, gives it a nice edge.

Gmann, Jul 24, 2010
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Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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