Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
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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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Photo of JulioH
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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 newk340
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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+%...

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of Mora2000
2.96/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed and capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours out a murky chestnut dark, deep red / brown color. A nice layer of light tan colored head with some tight, retentive bubbles. Bits of spotty lace and some nice sticky legs left on the glass after a swirl.

Big sweet aromas. Big caramel, maple sweetness. A range of different dark fruits; plum, fig, vanilla, maybe a bit of butterscotch. Some nice smooth bourbon barrel aromas, becomes pretty boozey as it warms.

Follows the aroma. Lots of caramel and maple sweetness that blends so nicely with a range of dark fruit/ stone fruit, figs and bourbon barrel. Such a nice sipping beer, never becomes astringent.

Thick, and very sweet. Smooth, light carbonation which helps on the overall smoothness of the beer.

What a beer, so thick, sweet, and full of flavor. The bourbon mingles with the sweetness of the beer so nicely, very rounded flavors. A top notch beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

Dark, murky brown with a small-to-moderate-sized light khaki colored head. This doesn't leave much cling down the glass, only an oily sheen.

The aroma is sublime: red wine and oak notes initially, especially at colder temperatures, but then the aroma really opens up nicely as the beer warms: dark, decadent chocolate; roasted coffee beans; molasses; dark fruit character; and caramel. Big, bold, expressive, complete.

I've never tasted a beer like this, and each component shines as the beer reaches room temperature. The decadent chocolate notes and mild roast lead the way (Black Tuesday), but are complemented extremely well by sweet and rich caramel, toffee, and candy bar flavors (White Oak Sap), along with bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but hidden fairly well, considering the ABV, which sits at 15% on the label, but I'm sure it's actually (much) higher.

Full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Rich and decadent. Coating and thick.

Simply fantastic. A unique, style-bending blend.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2011 RS party. Lighter than BT, a light brown, deep caramel color. Aroma was very much vanilla, super reminiscient of BT.

The % of BT in this beer really dominated the taste profile, I didn't taste much, if any of the other beers. The tree sap and/or white oak came in soft. Maybe a little more dark sugar and fruit feel to it, but it was barely above negligible. Drinkable enough, was smooth, probably hid its alcohol slightly better than BT, which is saying quite a bit.

The BT and Coton parts just dominate this beer, the white oak doesn't come across as much as I'd hoped. But with so much BT, its a damn good beer, and somehow hid the Coton heat more than Coton itself, maybe that's the role the white oak beer played in this one, other than the slight wood feel to it, but that could have been from the others too.

Toffee and caramel just all over this one.

Photo of rudylaw
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Brasserie Jo during the CBC. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head... which is fairly thin. Not the most attractive of beers... but who really cares?

Smells of chocolate, raisins, toffee and a fuckload of heat! Having Black Tuesday prior... I can pick out that particular sweet aroma. Getting past the booze, this smells darn nice!

So much burn in this. Dark fruit, toffee and rum cake. Again, this is a touch hot... but I'm still grading it a 4.5 because it's incredibly complex. This is great now, but may be amazing in about 20 years.

Full body with a splendid mouthfeel... but that 17% destroys any drinkability. Looking forward to the bottle version.

Photo of timc100
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012

A: Pours out a gorgeous murky ruby brown (yes, I think that's pretty) and leaves a surprisingly substantial head. Beige with big, barrel aged bubbles, big alcohol legs, pretty sticky. Has a much darker appearance in the glass than the pour - very dark ruby with no light getting through

S: Damn! Huge, huge boozy aroma of caramel, figs, raisins and bourbon. At first the chocolate from the BT comes through, but as it warms it turns into a big BW. The bourbon is very intense and enticing. Big rich caramel and some vanilla. It is very woody as well - nice charred oak and oaky vanilla. It smells more like a liquor than a beer.

T: Huge and very, very sweet, but thankfully not cloying. Rich caramel, dark fruits, and chocolate sweetness. Very boozy, the bourbon comes through strong. It finishes sticky and sweet leaving a coating in the mouth. Really nice warming sensation on the back of the mouth and throat.

P: Usually I am put-off by big beers that don't have an incredibly viscous mouthfeel, but the medium-full mouthfeel on this works perfectly. Incredibly smooth, very soft carbonation - almost none, decently sticky, chewy, long lasting finish.

O: I'd call this a barleywine, and a great one. One of the most bourbon intense beers I've had and I loved every minute of it. A big, sweet boozy monster that is incredibly well balanced.

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 SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage - might not have aged so well. Would love to try it fresher.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle shared with Andrew and Nick. Rich and complex. Dark bottled with bubbly head. Above average mouthfeel. The imperial stout, the Black Tuesday is the centerpiece, some chocolate, A sour finish. Somewhat like a good red wine (though with tannins).A sipper and one I would have again.

Photo of augustgarage
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap a few times starting with one of the first kegs to ever make it out of the brewery when Blue Palms was still young. Never thought I'd see it in a bottle. Let's see if it lives up to my memories...

Poured from a waxed-and-capped 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

A vigorous pour fills the glass with a rich cordovan tinted bole, more or less opaque with a small but surprisingly persistent beige head. Creamy, fine, even lacing. Very good retention.

The aroma glows with toffee, vanilla, caramel, spices, tobacco, and a long list of barrel notes...fully intoxicating.

The flavors deliver all the same as the nose from red velvet cake to cinnamon to toasted artisan bread to prunes to rosewater...and on and on...jammy esters and a gentle roastiness emerge next. The finish is perhaps the only flaw, being rather too sweet (almost like a brandy).

Smooth, not-quite-full-bodied mouthfeel...not at all hot despite the sky high ABV.

A stunning desert drink, and a little goes a long way. A shame about the sweetness...I feel like the blend could be tweaked just a bit to achieve a more perfect balance.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recent vintage. 750ml waxed and capped bottle poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger frothy cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is opaque dark brown. Lacing is spotty and sparse with low cling but thick, oily legs. Good looking beer. Nice head for the style.

Nose is hot, boozy. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and fudge. Incredibly sweet and decadent. A bit over-the-top in my opinion but that's to be expected here. Decent. But I would've preferred a little more complexity and the subtlety to detect that complexity.

Opens vanilla beans, syrup, and maple. Very sweet and hot. Some chocolate and cocoa powder in the middle. Fudge too. A touch of rubbing alcohol appears as this one warms to room temperature but it smooths out nicely into more chocolate and vanilla. End is molasses and hazelnut. Finish is sweet with a vanilla cream aftertaste. The blend is very apparent in this beer.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Silky, heavy, oily, and viscous in the mouth and hot but smooth going down. Finish is messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Unmistakably a big beer. Nice.

Unlike Melange 1 which I thought was a disaster, Melange 3 is a beer that seems to be a sum bigger than its parts. The vanilla of White Oak perfectly complements the Black Tuesday and makes it a touch thinner. Good complexity and although its a bit hot, this is a solid beer nonetheless. Worth seeking out.

Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep deep brown. when just sitting it is pitch black but there was a little bit of light able to get through. Faint carbonation during the pour that rises about an inch but then quickly falls. No lacing but there is a ring that sits nicely atop the beer.

S: Very sweet with loads of raisin and prune notes. Some woodiness and a boatload of vanilla. Brown sugar and molasses notes.

T: The initial flavor is of sweet molasses and caramel followed by dark fruits. The white oak aspect is definitely noticable and actually a bit more present than most other flavors. The bourbon is there but not super strong but there is a little bit present in the finish

M: A little bit goes a long way with this one. The tiniest of sips unleashes a world of flavors. It is boozy but that is more likely from the barrel again and not from fusol alcohol. A little more creaminess would have been a nice touch

D: a very slow sipper that is quite enjoyable but huge. I dont think it would be wise to even have as much as i am enjoying right now but i would love to try this again and think that this would be definitely be better on tap

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the 2nd annaversary party.

Pours a cloudy brown. Light head. Little lacing.

Aroma of bourbon, cocoa, brown sugar toasted sugars.

Tastes awesome. Just as it smells. Sweet but nice. I'm about to get another taste.

Mouthfeel is great. Light carb. Not too thick.

Overall an awesome brew. Can't wait to get some bottles

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was fairly black with some cola brown mixed in. nice creamy head covered it.

very sweet with an abundance of vanilla, plum, fig, and raisin. nice bourbon mixed in.

very sweet up front with the dark fruit kicking in. some faint tobacco and oak. lots of vanilla and bourbon. with this was some alcohol as the booze kicked in. very boozy in the finish.

fairly smooth up front with a mild carbonation that turned to alcohol burn through out the mouth.

pretty delicious but tasted young, really could use a good few more years to mellow out a bit.

Photo of nickd717
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alfrantzell and largadeer.

Pours clear dark ruby in color with a small tan head leaving a lasting ring.

Great aroma with bourbon, wood, vanilla, prune, and some berries. Alcohol noticeable.

Flavor is very complex and great, with just a little too much alcohol present. Caramel, toffee, roast, dark fruits (fig and prune), coconut, chocolate, wood, bourbon, and vanilla. So much going on.

Medium-full bodied and boozy with lasting alcohol.

A very nice beer overall. Not utterly mind-blowing, but excellent. A sipper for sure.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Deep brown. No real head. Slightly transparent at the edge. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Boozy as hell. Bourbon and brown sugar. Much more brown sugar than barrel complexity, but it smells like candy. Some oak and vanilla, but mostly sugars.

Taste - Sharp alcohol, bright fruity flavor. Probably from the alcohol. Less brown sugar, more of a deep caramel flavor. Some light roast. Lots of oak in the finish. Dry, amazingly.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, boozy, rough, sharp and alcoholic. Might be the two margaritas and multiple beers I had before this, but it's pretty dry.

Overall - Delicious blunt object of a beer. Bourbon brown sugar. Great stuff, if nothing but sugar and alcohol.

Photo of Kegatron
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery tasting room on 3/21/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep and dark cranberry with a 1/2 finger of angry, reddish, burnt mocha colored head. Thin creamy retention that flares up beautifully, just absolutely COATING the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. This just has an awesome dark & stormy look to it but I don't think that it fully prepares you for what's next. HOLY SH*T! The aroma on this is just freaking outrageous! Bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, smoke, brown sugars, toffee, molasses, oaky tannins, wet tobacco, and a stiff waft of heat. Do I need to continue? Seriously?

The taste is quite frankly...HUGE. Warming bourbon mixed with dark fruits, vanilla, and oak up front, smoked meat and tobacco leaves in the middle, with a sticky finish of blackstrap molasses and brown sugars that just STICKS straight in the mouth. Unbelievable power and complexity here. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with an enormous creamy carbonated feel up front and then a more viscous layer underneath which carries all of that tangy tasting sweetness along. And I still can't get over that this beer is 15% ABV. It literally drinks more like it's in the 9-10% range. Oh, it's definitely warm and a sipper for sure but I've had 15% beers that have had some really low drinkibility because of it. This luckily isn't one of them.

Wow! Just wow! It's been a while since I've awarded three 5's to a beer (only three beers prior to this that I've reviewed) and this one is real close to four for me, with between a 4.5-5 on the mouthfeel as well. This is just a TREMENDOUS blend, one of the best beers that I've ever had, and is hands down my early pick for favorite of 2009. Two weeks later and I can still taste the tang in my mouth. Patrick Rue and this brewery are the real f**king deal folks.

Photo of davod23
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In celebration of finishing my dissertation slides, I headed down to the Bruery for a couple glasses of this wonderful brew.

Pour is very dark brown, with a one-finger tan head. A swirl of the glass indicates that it's pretty thick. Plentiful, thin spotty lacing left on the sides of the tulip glass.

Smell is quite sweet: brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and an undeniable smack of bourbon and alcohol heat. Very nice. I can definitely pull the Papier and the Black Tuesday out of this.

Taste is fantastic. It's quite sweet, which was expected, but it's not cloying. Sweet, sugary candy flavors are there in abundance, but the oak and bourbon flavors counter them admirably. Perhaps an undertone of rich melted chocolate. The sweetness I can definitely see coming from the Black Tuesday. A bit of warmth on this one too, which I attribute to the Papier.

Mouthfeel is wondrous. Spectacular. I put this on par with the best mouthfeels I have experienced with any beer. Although it is thick and viscous, it is not heavy. It has a... I don't know how else to say it... fluffiness that keeps it light on your palate despite the massiveness of the brew. I think that the White Oak Sap really shines here on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, considering what this beer is. I had three 4 oz pours - if I wasn't driving, I would have had another one or two. The sweetness and booziness might slow some people down... but not me.

Highly recommended. Looking forward to this being in bottles next year.

Photo of richloma
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No way this is 15%. Really good

Photo of DonDirkA
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.