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

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219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 76
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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Reviews by jmalex:
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I heard great things about this one on the Jamil Show on the Brewing Network. Excited to have these beers in my area.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a very hazy, pale gold color with a huge, rocky, white head on top. Lacing comes in the form of webs and curtains.

SMELL: A fine combination of fruity Belgian yeast esters and phenols. Peaches, apples, and lemon give you a full-on fruit cocktail of aromas here. Overriding the whole thing is a grapey undercurrent of the wine barrel.

TASTE: A bit sweet, but perhaps falsely so with all the wine and yeast flavors going on here. Oak tannins are strong leaving not much of an aftertaste and making you need another sip. It's a remarkable combination of flavors, but perhaps slightly overwhelming and out of balance.

MOUTHFEEL: The body seems thicker than it probably is, and the finish is dry and somewhat puckering. Carbonation is spot on medium-high.

OVERALL: Some really neat individual components combine to form a beer that isn't particularly cohesive. An interesting and enjoyable experience for sure, but it's gonna be a slow go to finish the 750mL.

A fine beer that's very well crafted. Give it try if you get the opportunity, but maybe not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:30:34 | More by jmalex
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Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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