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Melange No. 1 - The Bruery

Melange No. 1Melange No. 1

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

293 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 293
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Black Tuesday and young Oude Tart.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-07-2008)
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 4.25 - dark mahogany basically opaque color with some dark red at the edges where it clears up a bit. Ran head that leaves lumpy lacing.
S 3.75 - sour cherries, acetic acid, slight vinegar,
T 3.75 - sour cherries, vinegar, maybe a tiny bit of chocolate/roasted malts in the background? But that's a stretch... it really must be a very small percentage black Tuesday because I get basically no stout characteristics
M 4 - very sour, it does what its supposed to do. Alc completely covered. Medium mouth feel. Aftertaste still just sour cherries, lemon.
O 3.75- its OK. I wouldn't spend 20 bucks on it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 04:35:16 | More by ISmith87
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from my trip to the brewery (Bruery?). Batch #3 (11% abv). Pours a dark and nearly opaque red with lots of cherry red light shining through the edges. Big sour cherry and vinegar aroma, chocolate, brown sugar. Flavor is black cherry skins, a little booze, tart vinegar, some strange flavors in the background I can't put my finger on that I assume comes from the Black Tuesday. Much more body that Oude Tart and not quite as much lactic tartness. Still sour but with an expected big sweetness to go along from the blend. Plenty of carbonation. Really neat blend that works despite sounding totally weird.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:26:28 | More by BMMillsy
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
11% ABV, #0096 09/27/13, "Mélange No. 1 will age gracefully for many years when cellared properly. Best stored and cellared around 55°F in a dark place. Ideal serving temperature is 50°F. Best served in a tulip glass."

A - Mélagne No. 1 pours ruby mahogany in color with a black drop shadow, filling the tulip with an inky beer that's topped with a long-lived ivory foam. Fingers of lace creep up the glass but are washed down by alcohol legs.

S - Oude Tart forward, Mélange No. 1 has the distinct aroma of a Flanders-like sour with strong tart acidity. Biting at the nostrils, the acidity brings sharp cherry skin and mild funk with it but no distinct characteristics of yeast and, as it warms, it's cut short by brown sugar-like sweetness from the Black Tuesday blend, creeping in the back. One quarter stout, three quarters #sourpower!

T - Extreme acidity dissolves the tongue with biting sourness! Toasted malt, distressed leather, and wet oak provide some balance while distant stout attributes of chocolate and faint sweetness give the beer a feel of conservatively cocoa-dusted sour cherries.

M - Mélagne No. 1 is so bone dry it becomes hard to swallow with the amount of thick saliva my throat is producing to counteract! This beer is crazy dry from the front to the back as bold sour acidity clamps onto the tongue with serious grip. Alcohol barely manages to poke through the complexity of this beer but it's dryness piles on everything else on the finish as it trails off with just a hint of warming, thinning heat.

O - Mélagne No. 1 is a barrel-aged blend of Oude Tart and Black Tuesday that, through and through, feels more like Oude Tart with a splash of Black Tuesday than a blended beer. Sharp cherry skin tartness and acidic sourness are at the forefront of every aspect of this brew, chiseling away at the enamel on your teeth and subduing your tongue into #sourpower submission. Expanding on the subtle chocolate and brown sugar-like sweet hints of Black Tuesday by adding a considerable amount more would be a welcome shift in the beer's blend, really opening up it's own uniqueness rather than a feeling like a half-assed cuveé. But, BUT! You won't hear me complaining about drinking this sour-as-hell beer; it's exactly what I live for; it could just be better.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 19:17:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a blend of two of the most unique and delicious beers from the bruery, thanks to drlovemd87 for busting out some cellar treats for our new years eve party. this takes everything i didnt like about oude tart (its insane acidity, its front of tongue focus, and its intense carbonation) and smooths it out with black tuesday, one of the best big stouts going. the chocolate from the stout balances the acid quite a bit, and its relative heaviness settles the carbonation down enough to make a much more drinkable, let alone interesting, beverage. still rather red in color, i wonder what percentage the blend it, probably not fifty/fifty. i think its a little oude tart heavy, as the cherry notes and burgundy sour properties come through more i think in nose and taste than the bourbon and chocolate notes of the stout, although those are what tempers the intensity of oude tart and makes me like this blend better than it. a lot less body than black tuesday on its own, the balance between sour and sweet is right on the money, and the layers of flavor keep coming long after the swallow. maybe not quite as cohesive as it could be, i still taste both beers as individuals here, but this is downright awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 19:23:35 | More by StonedTrippin
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very aggressive head with audibles coming from the high carbonation. I expected carbonation since this is finished with a high attenuating yeast, but for some reason was still surprised at the high levels of carbonation..

A: Massive head pour and tons of bubbles that quickly settle to just the edges. Hazy Brown, not black, cloudy looking and dirty water blend of a sour ale with a stout.

S: Smells of sour lactose and American Oak, some light bourbon hints and vanilla. Some dark malts and bourbon scents are there in the background.

T: Extremely tart and green apple flavored. Sour Cherries, lemon rinds, leather. teeth lacquer removing sourness. This is much more carbonated than Oude Tart, slightly stinging the tongue on first taste, then later giving hints of a stout mixed in , but the sweetness that would be there from the Black Tuesday is eerily missing. Perhaps eaten by the Oude Tart yeast and leaving me with this tongue stinging finish.

M: Light , airy, tongue stinging highly carbonated.

O: Overall its a highly carbonated blend of Oude tart with a stout, but hardly recognizable as Black Tuesday having anything to do with this. Id drink it again, but not a whole bottle to myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:07:24 | More by alpinebryant
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Waxed 750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 9/28/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours opaque chestnut with a thin pale head. Thin halo and no lace.

Smells of tart cherry, acidic citrus, a little roast and faint barrel.

Taste follows the nose well - tart cherry skins, light lemon, tannis leather, roast malt, chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and a little booze. Interesting and enjoyable.

Oily, medium-heavy body with light carbonation. Tart, oaky and mildly roasty finish.

As others have mentioned this is very Oude Tart forward but has a nice Black Tuesday backing. The additional body, roast and sweetness imparted from the stout blend well with the tartness of the Flanders red. Worthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:59:12 | More by ThickNStout
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MCain04

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Popped this open for share, thanks Nate, about an 8 oz pour. Pours a dark brown body with a thin tan head. Smell is tart, cherries, lacto, white grapes, some bourbon, vanilla, and sweet malts. Taste is oude-tart forward with apples, grapes, cherries, and other sour fruits. Behind these flavors are the big base of black tuesday which imparts some chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Honestly though the black tuesday is subdued. Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth. Overall I'd be curious to know the proportions of the blends, this tastes like 75/25 oude tart. Regardless, it works well, I really loved this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 21:55:04 | More by MCain04
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

A- Pours a burgandy color that settles into the glass as a very dark burgandy. Large foamy and frothy head that lingers around and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Sour funk, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, toasted oak, sweet hint of vanilla.

T- Lots of funky sour coming through with dark tart fruits, sweet cherries, oaky vanilla, hints of chocolate. The sour comes through way more than the Black Tuesday, but the split is pretty nice.

M- Medium carbonation, with the high sour carbonation balancing out the smooth imperial stout. Actually very sipable.

O- A very nice beer. The sour and the big imperial stout play off of each other nicely. I would be interested to see this one as more of a 50/50 blend, but it is very nice as is.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 18:01:07 | More by stephenjmoore
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Very deep murky red. Small cream head that doesn't last. Wispy surface.

Smell - Cherry sour, slightly acetic. Oak. A touch of chocolate. Interesting and very nice.

Taste - Oude Tart is definitely more prevalent. Great dark fruit sourness. Cherries, cranberries, caramel, and oak. The Black Tuesday here provides some vanilla and dark malts, but it really just tastes like Oude Tart with more malt depth and a subtler acidity.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for a sour, but not sweet. Medium carbonation. A little sluggish.

Overall - BT seems to be just what Oude Tart needed to bring out its best qualities. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 13:15:09 | More by Alieniloquium
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml burgundy waxed bottle poured into 5oz taster cheers Matt for bringing it by

A clear reddish brown not much for head or lace but some bubbles kicking around

S teriyaki beef jerky with a hint of soy, smoked meats faint but I couldn't shake it after I found it, molasses, burnt brown sugar, cherries both sweet and sour, bourbon barrel but no smoke, fruity hints I can't place, purple candy, slightly sour, plenty going on

T slightly more sour with just a little coco I didn't smell, other then that it mimics the smell, complex and a little confusing

M silky and smooth, not quite creamy with more coco on the finish than at any other point, slight tang and a lingering slightly sour finish and slick after the fact

O left me thinking at every sip and I never really figured it out and I tried believe me

A strange complexity that I never fully understood but enjoyed trying, worth seeking out as its unique in many ways

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 04:37:31 | More by wordemupg
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a huge bubbly mocha head that slowly recedes.
I can smell the fruity tartness as soon as I wrangle the bottle opener through the wax and pop the top. Tart cherries with a roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel background. Light oak and vanilla mixed with spirits. The flavor feels more stout like than the aroma lead me to believe. A solid sweet coffee caramel and chocolate with a hint of molasses and smoke. Up front I get a pleasant dark dried fruity/cherry tartness that at first seems to belong in a stout but the tartness builds towards the end of every sip. Light lactic bite and little to no hops to be found. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet tart almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer, it is certainly unique and I enjoyed it. I really like both of the base beers in this blend, but I question whether the sum is greater than the parts here.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:26:08 | More by johnnnniee
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claaark13

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the unexpected hookup with a longtime want, Cory. Poured at cellar temp into a Bruery tulip.

A - Dark, murky brown with a creamy 1/4" tan head. Head retains its beauty well.

S - Lots of sour, funky cherries. Some soothing vanilla fights through, as well as mild cocoanut. The cherries seem to have a pineapple going along with them. I don't know how else to describe it. Slight amount of vinegar as well.

T - Oude Tart, then Black Tuesday. Sour cherries, leather, vinegar, sour bite, then some RIS flavors begin to show with notes of molasses and mild vanilla. The Oude Tart really takes this over. The Black Tuesday seems to add to a little bit of backbone flavor. Oak dryness comes out a little in the finish along with some green apples lingering in the distance.

M - Medium all around. Pretty good. BT definitely adds thickness here.

O - I'm not sure how it falls into one category or another though. It is more like an infected stout than anything else. I think that they put too much Oude Tart in here. My issues are that the Black Tuesday does mostly nothing but add a slight amount of aroma/flavor/mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 02:42:28 | More by claaark13
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litheum94

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Deep black with some brown. Thick tan head. Settles to a small but dense cover. Minimal lacing.

Smells exactly like a mix of BT and Oude Tart. Tart, citric sourness. Vanilla bean and dark chocolate. Some spicy chocolate when I inhale deeply.

Bright citrus tartness, biting and tart. The stout portion starts to come in, chocolaty and fruity, with cherry flavors.

Exactly what it is advertised as: a perfect blend of Oude Tart and Black Tuesday. Very tasty and unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 01:07:52 | More by litheum94
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ehammond1


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery RS Initiation Party 2012

(Aged for 1 year)

A dark brown and cherry red with glowing red edges. Thin half-inch light tan head atop. This leaves dots of stick on the glass.

Acidic, aromatic sour. There's plenty of sweet fruit aromas, particularly cherries and grapes, along with a mellow woody aroma, and some mild chocolate.

A delicious sour with lots of cherry and wood character with a lingering dark chocolate note on the finish. Delightful.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A fantastic blend. I sincerely wish I could drink this whenever I chose.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 17:25:55 | More by ehammond1
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drewone

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle at the 2012 reserve society initiation party.

Very dark, with a tinge of red. Subtle sour /sweet smell. Very nice taste - I like Melange 3 better but still pretty nice - I would say I enjoy both melange 1 and 3 better than straight BT. With this beer the sourness dominates a little more that the Black tuesday - cuts some of the sweetness. Warms up nice. In retrospect would have loved to do a side by side with Tarts of darkness. One of my favorite of the nights, the only beer I took any real notes on.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 04:30:52 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing is present on this one. Smell is quite sour, funky, and tart with some vinegar aromas and slight cocoa. Taste is sour, funky, and tart up front from the Oude Tart with a subtle cocoa flavor on the finish from the Black Tuesday. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer but the Oude Tart is the more dominant beer in this blend.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 23:29:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Phelps

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Pours from the bottle a caramel-brown that unites in the glass into thick dark chocolate. The head, frothy and dense, gets to about two fingers in height, dips to one finger, then sets up camp for the night. Cocoa-colored, it’s as thick and soft-looking as a fleece blanket.

The aroma is intense, and I can pick it up from about three feet away. Toasted oak and chocolate syrup are the biggest contributors, but cherry, grape, balsamic, vanilla and a bit of toasted coconut are also noticeable. Pretty damn good.

And so is this. The Oude Tart seems to have taken over, as balsamic, cherry and vinous oak are much more potent. A bit of toasted coconut and the slightest hint of chocolate are noticeable. Roast settles in long after the swallow.

But the mouthfeel’s the most amazing aspect. I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered a softer, silkier body. A shade under medium, with soft, pinching carbonation, and nearly no noticeable alcohol content. Each sip feels like I’m drinking liquid satin.

As blends go, the flavor of Melange 1 is a little too far toward the sour side of its ingredients. But the Black Tuesday does a nice job of rounding out the sour’s rough edges, and it feels GLORIOUS.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:36:32 | More by Phelps
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claspada

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of JMRSN from a recent swap.
Pours a turbid and murky brown with a fair amount of red highlights and a big fluffy tan head that recedes quite rapidly.

Aromas begin with chocolate notes from Black Tuesday right away; a pleasant richness and sweetness that goes along nicely with some roasted malt flavors underneath. The Flemish sour notes emerge more as it warms and provide provides some mild cherry notes as well as a hint of tartness and acidity.

The tastes begin with thick roasty and chocolate flavors then soon after you are greeted by the cherry sourness. The chocolate and roast components don't seem to be quite as powerful as they were on the nose. As it warms they become more assertive but are pleasantly balanced with the cherry sourness. Not getting much or any bourbon or barrel notes except for a light oakiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. A fairly smooth and creamy feel on the tongue overall.

Overall this was a pleasure to enjoy and experience this beer. When this was first released I read that the Black Tuesday was quite dominant, but with over a year of age on this now, the sour aspects are just as strong, maybe even more dominant. I am not totally sold on this beer; while it was very tasty, I think both base beers are better on their own. Definitely worth a go if you are able to acquire or sample on draft but there is no need to jump over hoops to track it down. Recommended, but not one I ever NEED to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 16:06:02 | More by claspada
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Tuesday / Oude Tart Blend

Appearance: Pours black with a reddish tint, decent head, some lacing
Smell: Tart cherries, funk, vinegar. More Oude Tart than black tuesday
Taste: Again, must be mostly oude tart in the blend, and they are not particularly well intergrated. Cherries, oak, bourbon, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation
Overall: Not crazy about the blend, but I am not a big fan of either base beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 04:19:14 | More by craytonic
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gory4d

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruddy brown, high tan head. The smell is sour, lots of herbal and tannic notes. Taste is very sour to start, with a robust chocolaty character as it warms. It's moderately carbonated, thick in body. All in all a good Flemish ale, though not a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:15:12 | More by gory4d
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

1.98/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Black pour with a nice khaki colored head.

Crazy acetic signature Bruery funk. It actually becomes offensive. Rotten cherries. Beneath it I can find some chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and alcohol.

Soy sauce…wait no…fish sauce maybe? Sweet malty chocolate, like a Whopper. Grotesquely sour rotten cherries and raspberry jam gone bad (if it can go bad this is what it would taste like). Vinegar. Alcohol well hidden with a quick finish. This was pretty bad. I can't believe the reviews it gets.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:21:36 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of my Lost Abbey stemware. 750ml bottle.

A- Pretty much pitch black with a touch of reddish hue. A healthy tannish mocha head forms up. Tiny bubbles dance up the side of the glass endlessly.

S- Sour cherries and chocolate. Some serious oak and funkiness. Not as much bourbon or black tuesday as I expected.

T- Wow, this is amazing! An amazingly smooth but sour chocolatey cherry flavor. The Black Tuesday really just enhances the flavor of Oude Tart and gives it some more dimension. A little touch of oaky bourbon, but the sour cherry flavor is really the star.

M- Spot on. Perhaps a little fizzy, but the way this beer melds together is perfect. The stout softens the biting sour character and just makes it stupendous.

O- Overall this was a great beer. I had some aprehension when opening it, but it really worked. I'd love to see it with a touch more black tuesday as I think my only complaint is that it was a little too fizzy and sour.

-GFunk

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:25:29 | More by Gfunk720
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phichifiji00

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark Brown with reddish hue. White head that quickly fades.

Smell: Sour cherries, vanilla, oak, funk.

Taste: Chocolate, oak, cherries, sour, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth/Creamy.

Overall: Very drinkable. Good complexity. The 9.5% ABV was well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 21:36:28 | More by phichifiji00
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.08/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from the RS. A lot of my friends here seem to like this, but I found this rather awful, as did the other people I shared it with.

Dark brown with a brown head that hangs around a while, this beer looks decent. The nose is quite dominated by the Oude Tart. In fact, it's like Oude Tart Gone Wild. Seriously sour, acidic, acetic and vinegary, the bugs have gobbled up all the Black Tuesday character there is. The palate is sour, rather exceedingly so with a sharp vinegar sourness, chocolate, mild caramel and some oak. Very sharp, there's also some acetone. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this is too sour for its own good. This is definitely atrocious, and split 7 ways, there was 12+ oz remaining, and at $25 a pop, an awful experience. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 05:10:02 | More by DefenCorps
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Anaz

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Dark brown fading to cola color at the edges, fine head, minimal lacing.

S- Sharp, tart aroma, earthy, toasty oak, dark fruit aromas.

T- Initial tart shock with dark chocolate and sour cherries with a boozy rush, kind of like what a cherries jubilee should taste like, but never does. Cola and coffee flavors emerge after the initial onslaught, with spicy earthy flavor, aged vinegar tartness and tannic oakiness leave long, looong lingering finish like a shot of digestif sipping vinegar after an amazing dessert. This may be too tart or vinegary for some, but I find it just awesome. A beer that has a lot going on for a long time, but still is mouthwateringly delicious every sip.

M- Mildly carbonated and tart, with medium-light body and a a bit of tannin.

O- I love this beer and I am very thankful to have more of it. This is going to be a beer to celebrate with and drink slowly with my brothers. A beautiful blending of two beers that manages to have an character of its own.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:29:20 | More by Anaz
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Melange No. 1 from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.