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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,567
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 802
Gots: 659 | FT: 61
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.
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Edit: on tap at the bruery feb 2013.

The beer pours a dark brown with brown on the edge in the light. Keeps a ring of light head with some lacing on the sides.

Has a very big deep dark complex aroma with a hefty dose of malts, barley, alcohol complexity without too much heat, licorice, a bourbon like smell, leather strap molasses, brown sugar, maybe even maple in there. It's very big. I enjoy the complexity in the nose.

The taste is very smooth and has some great strong ale tastes but surprisingly without any annoying alcohol burn but still with the complexity. Has a flood of different sweet and savory tastes, mostly some raisins and prunes plus some old school candy like tastes/molasses. There's amazing amounts of savory malts in this as well, more than most other beers. Leather.

The feel is good, it's not as thick as I'd like but the lack of cloying heat is very impressive in a 15.5% alcohol beer.

This is a very nice beer, very unique and complex, certainly hard to get through a lot of this at once though, this is a beer to share Ike a sipping alcohol. Edit: on tap this opens up beautifully and really is quite stunning.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Bruery tulip. Still trying 'new' Bruery offerings to dictate my level of 'engagement' in RS this year. Thanks to cduckett16 for this in a trade.

A - the beer pours a murky deep brown in color; there are some lighter brown hints around the edges within the very quickly dissipating head; lacing is virtually non-existent

S - up-front, the beer smells like a bourbon-raisin punch to the nose; I get all the vanilla, "rich caramel" and oak that the label suggests I should; I also get some sugar cookie and general alcohol notes; the barrel aging aromas are prevalent

T - bourbon-soaked raisins; I recently had Fruet for the first time and feel like that is much sweeter than Melange; I get candied dark fruits and that sugar cookie flavor again; there are caramel, brown sugar, figs, toffee, and a hint of cherry in here; take all of those wonderful flavor notes and swirl them in to a vat of bourbon

M - this beer certainly provides that sticky sweetness I expected, but it's not at all syrupy, at least not to me; there is extremely little in the way of carbonation in the bubbly form, but I think the carbonation comes through in the overall mouthfeel experience; somehow, it's present without seeming so...like the fizz is there but concealed in all the complex flavor notes; the heat is noticeable but not overpowering

O - I'm glad I've already ordered up four of these bottles through RS; this is a really good and complex blend of what I anticipate to be three amazing Bruery beers...I've only had the White Oak. I'm sitting on a BT and Papier can't be too bad; that said, I wish the sweetness in Melange 3 shone through like it did with Fruet...hopefully that one is blended in to another Melange offering. Great sipping beer with numerous flavors present and a great balance of beer infusions.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,567 ratings.