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

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242 Ratings

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 79
Gots: 47 | 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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2/5  rDev -51.6%

brez8791, Dec 08, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

mconner666, Jun 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Dactrius, Mar 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

beagle75, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Bustersuess, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The brew pours a slightly hazed goldenrod hue, and is capped with an inch of white pillowy froth.

S/T - The nose immediately greets me with white grape; I do not find this particular aspect of white grape that is suggested to be very pleasing, so I am not initially enthusiastic. With the bias of my high-hopes quelled, I accept this beer for what it is: a fairly nice BSPA which has been muddled with some mediocre grape flavor. Aside from the white grape, the base beer is quite pale, with just a hint of caramel sweetness and fruity-spicy Belgian yeast notes. The nose carries a bit of buttery vanilla, as I get past my Chardonnay objection. Still, the tannic notes imparted by the Chardonnay were unhelpful to this profile.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel and really nice carbonation.

O - A bit disappointed in this one, but overall it is still a decent brew.

ktrillionaire, May 31, 2011
Photo of TonyTalon
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

TonyTalon, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the guys at Freetail for sharing another bottle from this fine brewery.

A: Pours slightly hazy golden/orange color. A massive white head forms, and gently recedes with a ton of sticky lace.
S: Tart fruits, vinous grapes, and oak up front. Dry crackers, and a substantial buttery flavor in the finish.
T: A mix of tart fruits, oak, dry crackers and a bit buttery malt flavor. Almost like diacetyl.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and very dry. Good carbonation. Easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable. A good beer to sip on.

I have like everything from Nebraska Brewing that I have had so far. I do like this, but not one of the better beers in the Reserve Series. Still very much worth a try.

champ103, Feb 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

justintcoons, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Hellpop65, Saturday at 04:54 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

APB, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

JJWIGHT, Oct 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

thegerm87, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of ChrisPro
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6
Blind beer #3 from sholland119

750 mL capped bottle into my Narke tulip shared with my wife

A - Murky dark straw with a gorgeous three fingered cream colored head. Pretty sure the cap would sit on this pillow-top. Lacing just covers the glass as I drink. Beautiful beer. Wish it was slightly more clear...Okay, so that was just chill haze. Looks perfect after warming. 5.0

S - Hello brett! We've got some hay, a bit of lemon, tons of fresh-baked bread yeasty notes. Saison/farmhouse is where we're at from the nose. 3.5

T - Interesting...Kind of like lemon pudding to start, then an incredibly funky taste on the back of the tongue as I swallow. It's almost like saurkraut for a second. Then lemony-vanilla finish, with kind of an oaky taste. maybe even some bourbon? Possibly this vanilla just from virgin oak barrels. Still thinking an oak-aged farmhouse ale of some sort. This is incredibly complex to say the least. (sadly, one sip and my wife informs me I'm all on my own on this 750)...Later after warming, there's a ton of grape going on here. Really tastes like a sparkling wine with brett. Chardonnay anyone?. 3.5

M - If this beer were a superhero, its name would be Superfizz! This thing is like accupuncture on my tongue, but actually works. Sadly, there is quite a bit of heat that work against it. 3.0

O - Tons going on with this beer and it seems like a great example of the style. Sadly, I'm just not a huge fan of the style, but this beer makes me wish I liked them more. Definitely more drinkable as it warms and I like it more and more. The weird funky yeast reminds me of that distinct fantome, so that'd be the only guess I have, but the brown 750 rules that out. Pretty awesome beer to drink blind. 3.5

If I had to guess something, maybe the evolution migration fall 2011 aged in chardonnay barrels.

The reveal: 2010 Nebraska Melange a Trois

Well, got the chardonnay barrel right but never would've guessed this. With 10% ABV, this beer beer actually drinks much better than the heat indicates. Pretty solid beer.

ChrisPro, Jan 09, 2012
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3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange-tweaked gold, trickle of bead. Head is whispy, not much left but comes back decently with a swill. Quite nice.

Smells quite Belgian. Touch of honey, with organic lawn notes, some rubber and slight acidity. Bit bitter/phenolic, but refreshing enough.

Taste is far more on the bitter side, with a big champagney tartness upfront, then a big spice hit midway - notes of pepper and clove, then phenolic rubber and aged riesling on the back. Really quite vinous, and enjoyably complex.

Quite fizzy, a little stripping back. Too lively, like a hooker on crack.

Decent notes, nice complexity. A good wine-beer bridger.

laituegonflable, Aug 06, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a massive head; both the retention and the lacing were impressive, as curtains of foam covered the side of the tulip

Smell: The most vinous beer I have ever smelled, with white grapes on the nose, fusel alcohol and hints of oak

Taste: Opens like a wine starting to go to vinegar, with white grape, starfruit and pear, up front; by mid-palate, the acidity takes over, bringing a layer of surprisingly tart vinosity that builds after the swallow, along with touches of oaky vanilla

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Really wanted to like this beer more than I did but the combination of the tart fruit and the fusel alcohol did not work for me; impressed by the quality and inventiveness of the brewer and look forward to trying other beers from this brewery

brentk56, Sep 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

whatname, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

claspada, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Birdlegs, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

CCutch, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Rhettroactive, Feb 08, 2013
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Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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