Melange No. 3 - The Bruery
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Reviews by davod23:
4.68/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2009 01:41:57 | More by davod23
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4.45/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 06:44:19 | More by LambicPentameter
Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.