Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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Reviews by jmalex:
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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4.49/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a hazy, medium golden amber with a beautiful three finger fine white head with great retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of white wine, Belgian yeast and faint oak. Flavor is Belgian yeast, light grape, apple and pear juice; oak influence of vanilla and butter, slight tartness, Belgian and earthy spicing, absolutely delicious. Medium bodied with great creaminess. This is one of the best barrel aged Belgian ales I've had and possibly the only wine barrel aged ale that I totally loved. I'm a big fan of whiskey barrel aged ales, but wine barrel ales are often too tart and vinous for my taste. The Belgian ale base of Melange A Trois completely supported the flavors of the vinous oak, and incorporated them excellently. A totally enjoyable ale. This is the first time I've seriously contemplated moving to Nebraska. A fine production.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2013 05:07:36 | More by LiquidAmber
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml brown bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, OR. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich. At the time of drinking it was about 18 months on from when I bought it.
Pours a slightly hazed, but brilliantly golden colour, with a firm, solid head of pure white that stays slick and pleasant across the top of the glass. Carbonation is a little loose, detaching itself in erratic waves when the glass is tilted. Lacing forms languid strokes down the side of the glass. Overall, it looks very good.
Nose is great: bright, tight tartness with supple undertones of chardonnay and oak. Slight carbonic funk comes through, and there's a cleanness to the malt character: again suggesting deep white wine.
Taste is very clean and smooth. Moderated tartness permeates from front to the back, and there's never a spike of it meaning it meanders and hides amongst the other notes that come and go. There's a peach/stonefruit character on the front that is bright and pleasant, while on the back the oak is in fine fettle, giving a broad smooth finish. Some Belgian phenolics punctuate the very end, leaving a slight medicinal note. It's very good.
Feel is pretty smooth, but given a bit of life by the phenolics on the back and the slight acidity. Alcohol heat is nowhere to be found.
Overall, this is really cracking stuff. It's very complex, but blended into a delicate smoothness that belies its 10% ABV. This is a really exceptional beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 01:41:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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