Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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4.98/5 rDev +20.3%
Poured from the 750ml bottle to an Ommegang tulip glass. Hazy yellow in color with about two fingers worth of white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, white grapes, light oak and an obvious tart presence. Taste is perfect. You get a little of everything from sip to sip.. Belgian yeast spice, Floral notes, orange peel, some vanilla and oak subtleties. Slightly acidic and tart. Well carbonated, dosent detract from the complexities at all. This is pretty much everything I want from a beer. Price tag is steep so it's not something I'll be drinking as much as I'd like.
02-16-2012 00:21:54 | More by JustinMatthew
4.78/5 rDev +15.5%
Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, yellow-hued body with a foaming, tall, white head.
Smell: The chardonnay wine barrel treatment is simply bulging in the aroma, ahead of the lightly sweet-scented golden barley and hint of finely fragrant herbs and flowers giving a quality of hand-crafted artisan soaps, the kind people keep in an ornate bowl in the bathroom, are in small shapes, and you're not allowed to use.
Taste: A wonderful blend of sweet, soft as cream barley and a great chardonnay with a gentle oakiness. Floral accents, a hint of citric lemon vanilla creme, and some perfumy touches. A little, bright 'pop' of acidity. Light spiciness and some more oak showing on the wine spritzed finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated, very easy and breezy along the tongue.
Overall: The chardonnay character is pairing perfectly with the strong golden ale with just the right amount of carbonation. Hardly any showing of the supposed 10% alcohol. It's outstanding all around. I know it's early still, but can I go ahead and declare my favorite new beer of the year?
01-11-2012 17:34:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.75/5 rDev +14.7%
This is a world class beer. The barrel aging is top notch. Truly wonderful vanilla, honey, oaky smells and flavors shin in the nose and the taste. Beautiful mouthfeel, beautiful appearance. Incredible taste.
It is always amazing to be stopped in your shoes by a beer that makes one sit back and realize the beauty of great craft beer.
Get this at all costs.
09-14-2011 23:43:27 | More by Patrickbrusil
4.72/5 rDev +14%
Poured into Chimay goblet....
A: Pours a golden yellow cloudy hue with a nice three finger frothy white head that lingers throughout the entire beer. Only knock is that its a little hazy, but everything else looks amazing.
S: Reminds me immediately of Duvel with the bright fruit esters of apple and peach and the yeast comes through along with some nice pale malt and floral hop on the finish. The Chardonnay really transferred beautifully to the nose as well, can definitely pick it up and seems to marry well with the beer.
T: This stuff is incredible! Seriously this might be a one up on Duvel, like drinking the already nearly perfect Duvel but with some nice oak and chardonnay notes layered in there as well.
M: Smooth and nicely carbonated, head retention adds to creaminess of the feel. Can't find the 10%.
D: Too drinkable, this stuff goes down in the blink of an eye, but oh so smooth and well balanced! Forget about RR Temptation, this is the best pale aged in oak imo!
10-02-2010 13:11:25 | More by RedBrewer83
4.63/5 rDev +11.8%
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...
03-13-2011 13:39:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.63/5 rDev +11.8%
This a grat beer to kick off my New Years celebration.
A: Beautiful golden straw colour with a full slowly desecending froth.
S: The smell is heavy with chardonnay.
T: The chardonnay comes through in the exact amount that I wanted so that it compliments without overpowering.
M: Light and fizzy on the tongue reminding me of wine.
O: I'm really glad that I tried this beer because it reminds me just how versatile beer is to great creativity combined with quality craftmanship.
01-01-2012 00:24:12 | More by randylangford
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
Melange A Trois has a big, frothy capping characteristic of the style, the kind that to even attempt at sipping basically necessitates a snorkel. If you fell in you'd float. Despite retaining some glow, the beer looks as though it spent months in a barrel; the gold colour has lost entirely all its transparency and is no more clear than a rock.
A distinctive, complex yeast is the ballast for any Belgian-inspired strong golden ale, but this offering has so much more to it than that: the prevailing tartness of wild critters (whether a strain of wild yeast or bacteria from the barrel or both); the buttery, vanilla-cream sweetness and oak-wood must of Chardonnay barrels; the combination thereof the two which is as flattering as it is distinctive. Simply alluring.
The brewery doesn't specify a source for their Chardonnay barrels, but easy money says it's a California winery. This mouthfeel has enough butter that it could be spread over baguette. Think Napa or Paso Robles, and all the creamy (literally), big, oak-y, buttery (almost cream-soda) flavours you'd expect to find in those regions' flagship Chardonnays.
The flavour and aroma both are buffed up with steroidal oak and pure-fat butter. The more typical flavours of dried herbs, warmed white bread crust, vine-ripe hops still serve here as understudies, but the tastes of fleshy pineapple and stone fruit (white peach, nectarine) are in the spotlight. Spicy phenols hardly factor in given the musty, vanillin oak.
With robust flavours of apple and citrus, I'm sure this would make an ideal partner for seafood pasta, roasted chicken and all the cliche meal partners to consider, but I think it is best enjoyed on its own. Food would only take away from an already complex, layered ale. (Food afterwords, mind you, isn't such a bad plan given it's a 10%, 750ml bottle!)
I'd expect something like this from a Bay Area brewer - not because their proximity to the wineries, but because they have to struggle just to stay in the same place. Why a brewery in Nebraska of all places would challenge themselves with such an adventurous undertaking I'm not sure. What business they have in pulling it off so fantastically I've truly no idea.
I’m past the days where barrel-aged beers impress me simply because they’re barrel-aged. Sure, it's neat but so what? Doesn't mean it's good! Melange A Trois, however, is a truly memorable, ingenious, and exemplary offering that makes the case that barrel-aging beer can be an art form. The "melange", if you ask me, is a combination of innovation, complexity, and plain and simple carefree enjoyment. A shame to only do it once...
08-11-2012 21:16:03 | More by biegaman
4.58/5 rDev +10.6%
Very excited to see this beer come to PA after enjoying a Hop God in NYC last month.
A-Pours a slightly hazy gold, with fine carbonation, a fluffy white head and great sticky lacing.
S-Sweet fruits, mainly white chradonnay grapes but also some pear. Good helping of oak barrel as well. Some Belgian yeastiness.
T-Belgian yeast and nice oak barrel bite but this is dominated by sweet chardonnay grapes and a little bit of white pepper. Deliciously flavorful and complex. Alcohol is not really even detectable.
M-Light bodied with medium amounts of fine carbonation.
D-Absolutely delicious, insanely drinkable.
07-30-2010 15:56:31 | More by sholland119
4.56/5 rDev +10.1%
This bright, yellow-gold brew is topped with a bountiful white head.
Piquant light, fruity notes float between a background of spice, grain, yeast and faint alcohol.
The taste is complex and redolent of ripened light fruits (pear, green apple, orange, lemon), a dose of spice, faint oak, and grain.
Well carbonated, medium-bodied and finishes dry with a noticeable chardonnay heat that quickly resigns itself to more lingering notes of fruit and a hint of diacetyl.
One of the most flavorful beers I've had in a while. And one that makes me want to go to Nebraska, a thought that has never really crossed my mind until now.
06-11-2014 00:00:31 | More by stephens101
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
Quite an interesting little treasure i stumbled upon. 25oz into snifter, what else is new?
Melange is Golden/yellow, slightly cloudy, micro bubbly. Had a good head and lacing...impressive for an aged beer. Smells of sweet, and sour. The barrel aging is evident immediately. A boozy champagne/belgian strong. This is a sipper, had a tart sourness about it backed up by a light sweet and dry champagne finish...really beautiful. Overall this is a must purchase. It's really a unique styling of beer, that i can say is the first of this genre (other than the matured sake cask beer, this is waay better). For 30 bucks, if you have the means, i suggest giving it a try. Preferably with a pretty gal you've had your eyes on for a while.
09-29-2011 22:47:12 | More by Brewmeist
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours a pale honey gold with a milky, dense few fingers of head... perfect retention and healthy abundant beading.
The nose is pretty imposing - ripe figs, white grapes, soft woods, faint cherry, lilac, boozy honey, delicious.
Translates quite nicely onto the tongue. Big white grape notes, some vinegar-y booze that doesn't dominate, light fruits, floral bits. I can't even begin to dissect the flavors without considering the PERFECT mouthfeel. I can't stress this enough. All these flavors occupy the best consistency I've ever encountered in the style. It makes for such a lovely beer to drink.
Extremely well done.
06-13-2012 00:28:53 | More by yamar68
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
750mL bottle (2010) into a tulip.
Pours a clear lemony golden color with a thick, sudsy white head that leaves behind beautiful, sparkling lacing. Bright, effervescent carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass. This is a damn gorgeous beer, spot-on for the style.
Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, fresh lemon zest, and banana peel. As it warms the wine starts coming through.
Taste brings forth the vinous, slightly tart/sour Chardonnay barrel aging. Wow. Green apples and white wine blend wonderfully with the pale malt and Belgian yeast. Carbonation brings a sharp dry bite and a clean finish.
Overall just a delicious, special beer I'm glad I had a chance to try.
03-01-2012 04:53:03 | More by draheim
Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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