Melange No. 1 - The Bruery

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 190
Gots: 214 | FT: 25
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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

Mélange #1 was the first in our line of barrel aged beer blends and continues to be one of our favorites. A curious blend of our bourbon barrel aged stout, Black Tuesday, along with our Flemish-style sour red ale, Oude Tart, this beer is unique and delightful. Forging flavors of toasty oak, vanilla and toffee along with notes of leather and dark fruit, both the full bodied essence of the bourbon barrel aged ale and the sour quality of our wild ale are present in this well rounded beer.

Mélange #1 was first released in a bottle in 2011, but was actually first served as cask ale back in 2008.
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Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.47/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Thick, viscous hybrid Black Tuesday / Oude Tart Sour? Both beers on their own are delicious and world class. This was all sorts or wrong. A muddled mess whereas no flavors from each beer complimented the other. Horrible mouthfeel for any addition of brett to a beer. Argueably the worst craft offering I've had to date.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.81/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Scalene for this one. By way of light whale BIF 2. Shared with capra12 and schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Melange 1 looks pretty standard for a strong ale. Low carbonation, little head, with patchy and near no lace but nice legs. Nice dark color with a reddish tint though.

Nose is acetone, vinegar, citrus, and chocolate. I can't get much else from this one as the acetone is very off-putting and covers all the other flavors. Its aromatic, which is good, but the aroma itself isn't the greatest.

Beer is tart citrus, vinegar, chocolare, and ascetic red fruit. Taste almost completely Oude Tart like but with an infusion of roasted malt and chocolate that oddly, doesn't add much to the flavors but instead, enhances the vingary aspects of the beer. Not a successful blend in my opinion.

Beer is medium bodied and oily and silky in the mouth and goes down filmy and smooth with a messy finish and an aftertaste that lingers. Not as heavy as most other Strong Ales I've had but still pretty good.

This is another confused beer. Surprisingly, the Oude Tart flavors almost completely take over the robust Black Tuesday ones. I'm not a huge fan of sour dark beers and this doesn't chance my mind one bit. Too much sour and not enough stout in this one. I'm glad to have had this but not nearly worth the trouble.

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Phoenix Club at the Bruery event.

Very dark brown in color with a one finger tan head.

The aroma is interesting with both beers in the blend evodent. Chocolate, caramel, sour cherries, roast, and molasses.

Big rich and interesting flavor, not a great blend but still very tasty. Big-time stout flavor, roasty and chocolatey, with rich sour cherries. Oh yeah, and -bals. -Bals, -bals, -bals I love 'em! I like how the Bruery accepts "-bal" as the correct abbreviation.

Full-bodied with slight acidity and medium-low carbonation. A really enjoyable beer, as strange as it is.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

Appearance:Very dark brown with a thick beige head. Reminds me of a lighter shade of Black Tuesday.

Smell: At the cooler end of the serving temperature I primarily get Oude Tart's acetic notes. As it warms Black Tuesday's roasted malts, vanilla and a slight hint of bourbon come through.

Taste: A combination of Oude Tart's acetic notes combine with Black Tuesday's vanilla, bourbon and coffee liqueur notes also coming through in the taste. The aftertaste finishes with a combination of the two beers.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with Oude Tart's fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: An interesting combination. Slanted more towards the Oude Tart, but those who have had Black Tuesday will be able to sense it's presence. The beer makes me long to open up a bottle of each individual beer used in it's makeup. More of a sour than a stout.
11/21/2013 update of 2013 Vintage. One of the best beers I've had regardless of style. (4.5) overall

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to beeruser for sharing this one at one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a red hue while being almost black (if that makes any sense) with a two finger light tan head that subsided slowly to one finger. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and diacetyl. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, cherries, butterscotch, and brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew without a doubt. Just imagine you get a Black Tuesday that is infected (in a good way), that is pretty much this beer. The flavors going on here REALLY compliment each other really well and makes this one very easy on the palate and keeps you coming back for me. It also helps that the aroma is quite excellent as well. Get this on your palate!!!

Photo of trappistlover
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle shared at Dak's Final Four Tasting). Pours a hazy dark caramel with off-white head. Around is sour with cherries and chocolate. Taste follows suit with sweetness from Black Tuesday and sour from Oude Tart. Medium bodied with a slick texture. This is a super beer!

Photo of claaark13
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of unitmonster
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bruery sometime near Xmas 2010, at Bruery RS party in January, and in bottle at Bruery 3rd anniversary party.

A - Dark looking stout that pours a good head. Has some reddish color from the Oude Tart.

S - Sour, yet chocolatey and stouty. Very confusing smell, but its delicious.

T - Wow! This is like tart of darkness on crack. Oude Tart flanders style taste up front with tart yet satisfying sour, then finishes off with some chocolate Black Tuesday.

M - Surprisingly light and carbonated for having BT in it.

O - One of my top 5 beers. Thank you Bruery!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really thrilled ot have a bottle that i could actually open, party of the bday weekend hold over, served into a mikkellar glass.

the darkest pour with a huge tan head that just drops all over the sides of the glass and leaves an enormous amount of lacing. the first smell is simply stunning as a rich, dark stout comes forward with loads of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts which gets wrapped around raspberries, cherries and tart cherries that are simlply everywhere. what a wonderfull blend of flavor when you get fruits and deep roasted malts together, just stunning! one of the best beers i have had in a while, whay a weekend!

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery. Opinions on this beer were mixed, but I loved it.

It's a dark reddish-brown in the glass, nicely carbonated and topped by a dense off-white cap.

The nose is like chocolate covered cherries. Acetic acid is noticeable but mild, but there's plenty of bourbon barrel richness from the Black Tuesday component.

The two seemingly clashing styles blend well together. Chocolate and caramel flavors from Black Tuesday meld nicely with notes of cherries, raspberries and balsamic vinegar from Oude Tart. It's more sweet than sour, but it's significantly lighter and easier to drink than Black Tuesday.

A very interesting and enjoyable beer, I'm looking forward to bottles of this.

Photo of JulioH
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This most likely is a variation of an oude tart. This one, however, has a strength that oude tart does not have. It makes it somewhat heady but very enjoyable. At the same time, this could be a regular ale, with a bit of a sour hit. Even though the flavors are different, they complement each other very well.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.


Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- Black in the glass but clear brown around the edges, one finger off white head

S-Oak, sour, cherries, dark fruits.

T-Rather sour, dark fruits and cherries, oak and leather. Some chocolate.

M-Medium to heavy, semi sour and nice carbonation.

O-A good beer, might not be worth the money but worthy trying once.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of fegelFatso
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing blend of two of the Bruery's best beers!

Photo of claspada
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.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.04/5  rDev -50.7%
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.

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

Shared with the GF in celebration of receiving my diploma. was originally gonna crack a Kate, but shes coming up later this week! this might turn into a celebration big beer week.

thanks to t0rin0 for the proxy, thanks Bobby

love the label! 750 poured into bruery snifters

A- Looks real good. dark red hue with a finger of beige head. it appears theres a lot more oude tart in this guy than black tuesday.

s- mmm, if you like oude tart you'll love the way this one smells.tart up front with the bourbon and chocolate notes on the back end.bourbon and stout come through much more as it warms

t- very much like the nose, tart upfront and the bourbon and chocolate in the rear, very good mesh of flavors. i love both beers and they actually taste great together. bt comes through a bit more as it warms, yum

m- more on the thinner oude tart side than thicker black tuesday, but still pretty thick carbonation is real good. coats the tongue.

o- Fantastic beer! glad i finally got to try it. i probably should have saved it as i imagine ill try it some point in the future down at the bruery. however i did miss this guy at the rs initiation celebration and the gf loves oude tart. perfect to celebrate. still though i think i would have enjoyed a bit more stout and a bit less bruin

if you like these 2 beers definitely seek this one out.

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

A good overall beer.

Smell was bourbon, tartness, some coffee, fruitiness. Taste was great. You can definitely pick out the constituents of this beer. Notes of dark chocolate and plum paired with lambic sourness.

I would drink this again, but no way would I be able to consume a 750mL bottle.

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

must be the sour component. I just can't wrap my palate around this one. all 4 of us didn't finish our pour. Odd, because I liked both components individually...

Photo of Buzz3d
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer blew my mind at the Bruery tap room. Very bummed they weren't serving growlers of it :/ 5 star

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Melange No. 1 from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.