Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 816
Gots: 690 | FT: 70
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 02-14-2009

A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.
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Ratings: 1,626 | Reviews: 247
Photo of IMFletcher
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this is boozy. But spectacular.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this as part of a 14 bottle Bruery tasting and this was definitely one of the standouts!

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super smooth beer considering alcohol%. Nice sweetness to this. Didn't taste barrel aging , but it didn't matter. Very good.

Photo of slm728
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle on 3/27/15...unbelievably tasty beer

Photo of Getalegup
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Introduced to to some new craft beer guys. Lots of booze smell but super balanced flavor. Mostly caramel flavor, some chocolate and Boise but so balanced. Great beer.

Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown color with a thick tan head with short retention.
Elegant aroma with notes of bourbon, oak, coconut and oak.
Sweet, intense and delicious flavor with notes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramels, some dark fruits and cherries. Dry, sweet and roasted aftertaste.
Full liquorish body with appropriate carbonation. Incredible how they hide its 15% abv.
They performed well this blend. It is a concentrate of roasted and bourbon flavors. It is sure sweet, which is a characteristic of their brand, but it is one of the few exceptions I applause.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery, poured into mini-snifter (which would prove to be plenty). Appearance is dark reddish-brown with a tan head, streaks, and minimal lacing, which is not unexpected for such a high abv beer. Aroma is powerful butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, cocoa, bourbon heat, roasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and oak. Taste is very sweet with toffee, vanilla, and fig up front. Some oaky bitterness, but not balanced whatsoever. And heat, but less than the 15% on the bottle prepared me for. A sipper, certainly, due to both booze and sweetness. Full bodied, thick, slightly oily texture, low carbonation, sweet, warming finish.

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mild bourbon, nice vanilla, some dark fruits. Little bit of chocolate.

Photo of parris
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 bottle, definitely showing it's age but still very tasty. Milkshake brown color, toffee, cinnamon, boozy flavor/aroma. Tiny amount of vinegar comes through, but it sort of adds to the overall experience.

Photo of trippytbta
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great blend. One of my favorites from Bruery.

Photo of Desp59
2.43/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad but still too much for me. All of the bruery stouts are a bit crazy.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sante Adairius snifter, which I only just purchased yesterday at the brewery, and so am still in the mood to brag about a little. Adding SARA to the Santa Cruz area has somehow made weekend destination-trips to the beach even more perfect.

Joined the Preservation Society just a few months ago and was given an opportunity to buy some extras. When Melange #3 turned up right away, pretty much had to act.

Black Tuesday doesn't cut through on this one, not like it does in Melange #1 (albeit as a sour). Wouldn't have necessarily guessed it was in there. Doesn't read as a stout. A little bit in the nose, maybe. Drinks like a barleywine, like strong ales sometimes do. Brown sugar. Sticky toffee. Boozy. Delicious.

Just don't expect big notes of Black Tuesday. Of the three base beers, the anniversary ale is the dominant. Drinks closer to Sucre than anything else.

Photo of mr-jj
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery

Presentation: Poured a hazy dark mahogany with very little head or lacing. Very viscous.
Smell: Definitely bourbon - with cocoa, vanilla, toffee, some dark fruit. Really complex.
Taste: Follow the nose with a lot of complexity - cocoa, roasted coffee, sweet caramel, raisins, some toffee, some dark fruit. A little boozy, but not much considering the ABV. Finishes with a bit of oakiness.
Mouthfeelj: Medium body - lighter than expected. Moderate carbonation. Very creamy texture. Surprisingly little alcohol burn.

Overall: Really, really good. Lots of complexity and intensity. It's a huge beer.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, boozy sweetness. Almost a jammy quality. People say this is too sweet, but I think the alcohol cuts through and balances it, then again, I don't mind sweetness. For such a big beer it doesn't feel sticky. No alcohol burn. think I preferred Fruet to this, but barely.

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to F2brewers for this one. ***2013 Vintage***

***My 1000th review on BA***

Decent small head with a dark leather brown body, aroma is of sweet bourbon. Taste is deep; brown sugar, caramel, strong maple tones. Almost no carbonation which kills the mood a bit but overall very enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a murky-looking, copperish amber color with a fingers worth of off-white head that dissipates in the blink of an eye.
S- The first notes are of sweet bourbon oakiness, pecans, caramelized nuts, toffee. Secondary aromas are of raisins, dates, figs, some apple. Complex for sure. Another swirl and more of the booze-infused burnt caramel comes through.
T- Way more fruity sweetness than expected! The apple cider, pear, maybe some grapes, make their presence known again. Really boozy heat comes through as well, though not surprisingly at 16.9%ABV. The toffee and caramel notes tend to not be as prevalent in the taste here as they are in the nose. Not getting any chocolate at all from the Chocolate Rain blend. A typical "Old Ale" leathery, woodiness comes through on the back end of the sip.
M- Lighter mouthfeel with some moderate carbonation. Not much bitterness and some heat from the booze adds a little burn.
O- Amazingly complex beer! A bit on the boozier side but still a nice sipper.

Photo of M_chav
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a transparent rust color and aroma suggests a BA barleywine. The booze is strong, definitely a sipping beer to share with friends. Lots of wine barrel flavors with the sweet bourbon profile is nice but not what I expected. I get a lot of pine/earthy flavors deeper into the pour but the sweetness is intense, almost too intense. Still a beer to be appreciated and shared.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours about a finger's worth of head which is gone in about a minute. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a light chestnut brown that gives off tones of deep maroon in the light. No lacing has been left behind so far. Leaves no lacing.

Nose- A captivating and very promising aroma. Lush red fruits and figs are the dominant notes but that isn't all- this beer has one complex nose. Prunes, raisins, vinous notes, red grape. Some chocolate, caramel, tobacco, and toasted coconut from the bottle at the beginning but this fades into an ever more sharply fruit profile- think pears and apples. Some coffee and tobacco from the glass. Swirling shows more pear which has a more dominant presence than I would have expected. I wonder if it is the Cuir. Some heat, a little bourbon.

Taste- Starts off with a light touch of pear and then the tongue is assaulted with actual melange of heavy notes very reminiscent of the nose but the heat is much stronger. Lots of bourbon, candied fruits, and stone fruits. Good amounts of vanilla, caramel, coconut, and toffee. Some chocolate in the background. A good amount of oak and a whole lot of booze. A bold mix of bourbon and an earthy red. Nice amounts of tobacco and smoke make this beer really interesting. I'm not sure how old this bottle is (it's at least a year and a half) but it's still very spunky and brash. I could see this being cellared for quite some time. Does mellow a bit and begins to blend. Heavy cinnamon on the tongue after the finish. Easily a very good beer, maybe even great. I'm thinking A, A+ right now. It almost tastes like what I imagine my ideal imperial dubbel would taste like.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied which is a little surprising for such a rich odor and aroma. However, it doesn't really seem thin. I think the lively carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue and matches the booze well, prevents this. Slight hints of syrup also smooth out the feel.

Drinkability- The fair amount of heat is mostly a positive- this would be very dangerous otherwise. I don't know if I would pay 30 dollars a second time for this but it seems reasonable for a first time buy. I would definitely take Bois over this.

Overall- Very good to great beer but I think the booze knocks it down a notch. Definitely worth a try if you don't mind the hit to the wallet. But I could see how some one could pass on this deliciousness.

Photo of ILMbrew
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

A bit sweet. Some bourbon comes through but it's tough to overcome the creamy sweetness here.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%

A- Dark, muddy brown body that let's some light shine through. Thin ring of off-white bubbles coat the edge of the glass, but virtually no head to speak of.

S- Lots of toffee and booze on the nose. Hints of caramel and bourbon. Big, full nose that has a lot of strong aromas and a lot of alcohol.

T- Big flavors that really come out and hit you. Bourbon, caramel, toffee, sugary syrup, roasted malts, some roasted coconut, hints of dark fruits. A really huge sipper.

M- Full bodied, boozy, low carbonation, sugary and syrupy.

O- Just a huge beer that has a lot of complex flavors. I thought it would be slightly darker and more roasty, but it really does not disappoint.

Photo of FutureMan91
5/5  rDev +13.1%

World class flavor

Photo of macrosmatic
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 2013 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a caramelly brown color with a thin off-white head and low visible carbonation. Very hazy.

S: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Quite sweet, moderately boozy. Some sticky malts, dry tannins from the barrel.

T: Bourbon and barrel character with huge vanilla and dry tannins. Toasted caramel, sweet roasted malts, a moderate dark fruit character. As it warms, some mixed sticky fruit flavors come out - reminds me of what I would expect a fruitcake would taste like, although I've never tried one. Finishes drier/less sweet than expected, but still possesses some ethanol sweet burning character.

M: Medium-bodied, carbonation sensation on the low side. Alcohol presence is obvious but seems well-hidden with respect to the listed ABV.

O: I enjoyed this one. It was a surprisingly easy driver for such a huge beer. Nothing I'd always need on hand, but a nice blend for sure. Glad to have tried it finally.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2/5  rDev -54.8%

Courtesy of Kyle..thanks for the chance bud!

In a few words...a complete mess. Silly abv, cloying bomb of sweet syrupy alcohol that rockets then crash lands in spectacular disunion. A blend not worth a celebration...a bottle worthy of the drain. Not good...

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA Black_Rider for the hookup on this bottle as part of a massive trade. I've been curious to try this one for awhile and it did not disappoint. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a thick coating of burgundy wax around the neck and crown and a bottling date of 10/28/13 engraved on the side. Poured into a comically large 30+ oz snifter glass.

Appearance - A fairly aggressive pour yields a finger of fluffy khaki foam that dissipates in no time at all--maybe 60 seconds, and leaves just a smattering of film intermittently along the surface of the liquid and a ringlet that eventually disappears as well. Body is a deep sienna brown that looks even darker without holding the glass up to the light. Lacing is completely nonexistent.

Smell - There is a nice blend of sweeter aromas along the lines of toffee, caramel and coconut, but there is also a pretty noticeable booziness that gives an impression reminiscent of harder liquors, with some astringency and a little bit of bit that clears the sinuses. Interestingly enough, when I first caught a waft of the aroma coming out of the neck of the bottle, I thought I picked up on a bit of tartness, but smelling it out of the glass, no such impression is present.

Taste - More of the wonderfully sweet suggestions of the aroma come out in the taste, with strong notes of caramel and coconut, and a slightly more subdued impression of toffee. There is also a nice bitterness that reminds me of burnt sugar, but not overpowering, sort of like the light char you get on marshmallows that you keep over the fire just a bit too lone. And there is a rye-like sourness to the flavor as well--not like you'd expect from lacto or any kind of infection, but a rounder, more bready sourness. It provides a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied, with low carbonation; just enough to give it a dynamic feel on the tongue. There is also a slight viscosity--a little oily--to the feel.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer. I know every non-sour barrel-aged beer from The Bruery seems to be a crapshoot these days, and I must admit to some reservations knowing that Melange No. 3 included a portion of White Oak "sap", but I'm extremely happy that I took the time to procure this beer. It's easily one of the best blended ales I've had the opportunity to sample, and I only wish I had tried to grab another bottle of it.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by yours truly at Curran's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown, almost like liquid Werther's candy, with no head or lacing.

Smells like sweet bourbon, caramel liqueur (if that exists?), brown sugar, toffee, and booze. Smells decadent and sweet, which is how it translates flavor-wise.

This one is a world-beater, so unbelievably tasty. So much caramel and toffee here, the chocolate monstrosity that is Black Tuesday is in full force, but it is overshadowed by the caramel/toffee invasion that is supplied by White Oak Sap and the anniversary ale. So much vanilla and oak as well, as well as the expected bourbon push, sweet, slightly smoky, but full of coconut and vanilla goodness. Just out of words to describe how good this is.

Full bodied, but not too thick, creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

This one absolutely blew me away. Bravo!

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.