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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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1,544 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,544
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 799
Gots: 654 | FT: 62
Brewed by:
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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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.