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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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247 Reviews
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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,720
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 839
Gots: 719 | FT: 81
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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 rodmanfor3
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a nice mix of bourbon, malts, caramel, toffee, chocolate, heat, sweet miso soy sauce, and raisins with other dark fruits.

A nice blend of barleywine-like flavors upfront with straight Black Tuesday taste toward the end.

Basically a sweeter, lighter version of Black Tuesday.

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Photo of BWood
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like a good woman. Great color, smells good, nice head, and changes your state of mind when your with her. I love this beer. Glad I bought a case. I think it will get better with age.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fortunately, I had some help with this bottle, for obvious reasons. Though it certainly was a good beer, I was expecting more. The mouthfeel was much lighter than I was anticipating for such a boozy beast. Similarly, there wasn't nearly as much heat as one might expect. Very sweet, which probably helped smooth it all out. Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't go through the hassle trading for it again.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage

L- Dark, dark brown, basically black.

S- When I finally made my way through the wax and opened it up I was a bit concerned. It smelled hot - burnt my eyes a bit. Also a bit of toffee, bourbon, dark chocolate.

T- Wow. Right out of the fridge it was still hot. Yet smooth. Is that possible? But as it warmed the flavors really opened up. Sweet caramel and butterscotch. Delicious bourbon. Dark chocolate. Quite complex but they all play very well together. The alcohol that I got on the nose is there but tones down a ton as it warms. Really, really smooth. Sweet but not sticky sweet. A sipper for sure but very enjoyable.

O- Fantastic beer. Maybe my favorite Bruery offering so far and my first Melange No. 3. I'll be picking more of these up in the future for cellaring purposes and hoping for similar results. Just fantastic.

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Photo of Tidesox28
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We opened it with about six months of age on it. I probably should have waited longer. Fairly boozy, but in the best way possible. Such a well balanced beer. Smooth, despite the alcohol. Would love to taste with a couple years on it.

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Photo of qtheking
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 batch cracked in August 2015. Simply amazing that this beer is almost 17% with almost no burn and full of flavors of all three of the blended beers. As many say the the sum is better than the parts.

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Photo of Domvan
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, if you like Black Tuesday, this beer is for you. The dark thick pour and richness from black tuesday was all evident. White oak sap and some of the anniversary beers available before 2013 were also mixed in. This sweet mix of booze is a great beer and should definitely be shared.

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Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red no head.

Aroma: Nut, oak, chocolate and raison.

Flavor: Sweetness bording on cloying, alcohol present. PLenty of complex malt character of chocolate, caramel, and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Thick

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Photo of Sintech
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

22oz Bottle.

First time enjoying a Melange. Dark brown hue. Nose is quite complex . Taste is a rich sweetness and is incredibly complex. Low attenuation. Thick and chewy. Very, very nice beer. Highly recommended!!


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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of parris
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kinda blurred the lines between barrel-aged liqueur and beer for me, but can't deny it was tasty as hell, offering rich caramel/chocolate notes, mixed in with a touch of bourbony coconut. It's strong, to be sure, but not boozy hot either. Really an achievement of a brew.

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Photo of M_chav
4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2/5  rDev -54%

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...

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.