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Melange No. 1 - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
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482 Ratings
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 185
Gots: 202 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-07-2008

A blend of Black Tuesday and young Oude Tart.
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Ratings: 482 | Reviews: 79
Reviews by 0110x011:
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4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary Party, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a super cloudy dark brown. Red highlights pop out when put up to the light. Almost no head at all, and in turn, no lacing.

S - Big Flemish Red fruitiness pops out first, with raspberry and vinegar aromas, and some earthy funk. The Imperial Stout plays a huge role, adding a darkness to the fruit (blackberry), and adding soft cocoa aromas. The RIS really adds a whole other layer of depth to this beer. Very nice.

T - The Flemish Red and RIS flavors seem a bit more integrated on the palate, with the blackberry, raspberry, and cocoa flavors all hitting at once. Some earthy funk and spice play a part as well. The RIS did little to calm the sour zing, which provides a nice balance to the fruit flavors.

M - Medium body. Big, champagney bubbles make for a lively mouthfeel, and keep it dry. Medium-short finish.

D - I could take this stuff down all day, no problem. My 4oz sample disappeared long before i wanted it to.

Another tasty surprise from Patrick & Co. One can only wish that the insane sours coming out of this place will be bottled someday. Highly recommended!

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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.

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Pours out a thinner brown than Black Tuesday, certainly the Oude Tart makes up the larger portion of this beer. Thin to almost no head to it, so thin, the color seemed opaque.

Aroma was dazzling, the best of the best, bourbon barrel aroma, chewy chocolate, vanilla, sour red fruit.

Taste was amazing, again, all the qualities of Black Tuesday (without the heat) and the best qualities of Oude Tart. Certainly the sourness is not as high as Oude Tart to itself, but this 'melange' of beers works oh so nicely, no one aspect of either beer dominates, other than the appearance is closer to BT. Really appeared to be more of a Cherry Chocolate Rain melange with Oude Tart (or Oude Tart w/ sour cherry) more than anything, cherry flavor was very well integrated here.

Really enjoyed this on tap at the initiation party, waited to have a larger sampling of it before I wrote a review, because I seemed to be in the minority of people who thought it was excellent. Now, after a much larger sampling size in a different format, I'm very confident, this is an excellent beer aimed at my tastes.

Funny, I thought Black Tuesday was so awesome (and still do) and yet, every variation of it, I've loved even more. Just keep cranking 'em out Bruery, love 'em.

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