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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 773
Gots: 621 | FT: 58
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 02-14-2009)
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Reviews by DonDirkA:
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

The nose has a ton of barrel to it. Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, a boatload of dark chocolate, coconut, molasses, some dark fruit (dark red cherries, plums, dates, currants) and some burnt brown sugar. This has a crazy complex nose to it. There’s so much happening. The barrel aging is up front and very evident but there are little bits and pieces from all the component brews. The taste is like what I imagine water tastes like in heaven. Bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, dates, plums, coconut, cherries, raisins, brown sugar, roasty, smokey notes, some booze (but very well hidden for 15%) and a thread of caramel running underneath. The body is incredibly full with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and mellow carbonation (indicative of barrel aging).

This brew is amazing. I have been sitting on it for a long time because I wanted to wait until I tried all the components (Black Tuesday, Anniversary and White Oak sap). Its not as boozey as you’d think and its definitely pretty easy drinking (from an alcohol heat perspective) the flavor is very strong and full and that makes it a sipper. All I can say is I need as many of these as I can get my hands on.

09-02-2013 09:27:09 | More by DonDirkA
More User Reviews:
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4.2/5  rDev -5.2%

One of those great beers, it's greatness laying in the fact that you need to share this bottle.

Pours a dark beer. A few bubbles form at the top. Smells like fortified old wine. Tastes like wine too, but bitter. It is an ale and it has a lot of strength. A bit heady, sure to knock you out. Mouth feel is a bit syrupy and thick.

06-10-2014 01:13:12 | More by JulioH
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4.54/5  rDev +2.5%

The appearance was very dark muddy brown with a centimeter of head. It smells fruity and nutty with the addition of booze on the nose. It tasted great, fig, plum, and a nicely balance hops and booze. Very earthy. Overall, great with bbq as I had it... Ready to have another bottle.

03-10-2014 23:10:13 | More by MacTeo
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

08-11-2013 02:39:35 | More by DanGeo
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

08-08-2013 21:42:14 | More by steenkampa
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

05-17-2013 22:12:41 | More by abeerdude
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-13-2014 12:59:32 | More by Schlais
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-08-2013 22:13:12 | More by SkiBum22
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

04-20-2014 03:03:27 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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4.93/5  rDev +11.3%

Flight at the Bruery.

A: A dark hazy maroon/brown. Little to no head and relatively little lacing.

S: Wow, what can't I smell? Plums, prunes, caramel, toffee, and maybe even a little bit of chocolate. Deliciousness all around.

T: Perfect. Absolutely delicious blend of caramel and toffees, dark fruits permeate the mouth. Worth the several bottles I bought.

MF/D: Extremely smooth with relatively little carbonation, but couldn't believe the ABV. Certainly tasted strong, but not 15+%...

03-06-2012 04:18:39 | More by newk340
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4.88/5  rDev +10.2%

First off, congrats to hophead84 below me for knocking out 25oz. of this monster. I had 2 glasses and questioned my ability to drive automobiles or any heavy machinery.

I have to say that in a year of beer hype going through the roof with over hyped barrel aged so and so's, this was the one beer that truely did not disappoint. It was like hearing everyone talk about inglorious basterds, and having it still demolish your expectations.

I could have drank this all night and not flinched... in fact after my first one disappeared so fast, a fellow BA and i both noticed how remarkable easy this was to drink (a characteristic that i think all of their big beers have). I will admit, I can see where those who are not crazy about big beers or are unwavering hop devouring machines would not get along with melange, but i can assure it did me just right. If its still there tomorrow, I think I'm going back...

11-28-2009 17:35:29 | More by gregmoscetti
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

03-11-2014 02:43:16 | More by freshflesh
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

04-27-2014 22:40:45 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-10-2014 01:19:57 | More by warnerry
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

11-21-2011 05:34:30 | More by Callmecoon
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

02-07-2012 01:40:35 | More by TimoP
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-28-2011 22:51:19 | More by jisom123
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-07-2013 20:27:30 | More by Snikwad1020
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

07-27-2013 01:03:39 | More by Edvice04
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

07-06-2014 05:57:58 | More by aquazr1
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

12-21-2011 02:41:13 | More by Hoops4life511
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2.93/5  rDev -33.9%

Thanks to SaucerSam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with some red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is extremely sweet. I get a ton of brown sugar and molasses notes, as well as some wood, maple and vanilla. Unfortunately the flavor is just as sweet as the aroma. I get a lot of dark fruit and oak, as well as some brown sugar. I get some maple notes as well. I know Black Tuesday is a part of the blend but I get no roasted malt or chocolate notes. Very boozy. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and low carbonation. I am very glad I got to try this one, but it was way too sweet and messy for my liking. Still, definitely a unique brew.

11-12-2012 02:07:49 | More by Mora2000
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

08-17-2013 18:31:27 | More by BrandonDZ
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

10-24-2013 03:29:35 | More by thaghost
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-30-2014 17:37:00 | More by Prospero
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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.