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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

1,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 780
Gots: 622 | FT: 57
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 wordemupg:
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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml red waxed bottle poured into tulip 3/7/13 cheers alpineclimber for the bottle

A dark cola liquid until held to the light where it glows a deep maroon, to my surprise a thumbs width of foam lasts for a few sips leaving a single partial ring. not as dark as I was expecting almost being able to see the other side of the glass under the foam and I can see plenty of bubbles and a little sediment

S barrels strong with some wood, bourbon, vanilla, and a little booze but I'd never guess how strong it actually is, loads of caramel, a healthy dose of chocolate fudge, a little molasses with a hint of plum, sugar coated raisins, and maybe some dried cherries. plenty going on and I'm liking it, quite sweet and the booze is well hidden

T much more booze and a little anise I wasn't smelling, burnt brown sugar and slightly more oak but a little less bourbon, and very faint coffee, didn't quite live up to the nose but that still leaves some tasty liquid

M very thick and syrupy, just enough bubbles to give it some life and sticky on the lips, tannins are noticeable but slight, a numbing effect with a little heat, this finish isn't that strong but its complex

O lots going on and I have little to complain about, there's some booze popping up here and there but all things considered they made a massive beer quite drinkable. I've had my nose in my glass for a while now and its very impressive and if the flavor could've followed at that level this would've been one of my all time favorites

this one lives up to the hype and I'm just stoked I got to try it, lots going on and although I might regret it tomorrow I had no problems taking this monster down solo. I'd love to have another bottle to lay down for a decade but I feel lucky because I got to try this bad boy

wordemupg, Jul 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of JulioH
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

JulioH, Jun 10, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

MacTeo, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

DanGeo, Aug 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

steenkampa, Aug 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

abeerdude, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Schlais, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

SkiBum22, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

BubalooBrewMaster, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of newk340
4.93/5  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+%...

newk340, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

gregmoscetti, Nov 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

freshflesh, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Sam_Gladieux, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

warnerry, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

jisom123, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Snikwad1020, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

BillKuhnel, Sep 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Edvice04, Jul 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

aquazr1, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Hoops4life511, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
2.93/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

BrandonDZ, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

thaghost, Oct 24, 2013
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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.