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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
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1,389 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 779
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

birchstick, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Beeradelphia, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly muddy dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a thin layer of tan head that immediately dissipates. Big time Alcohol lacing left on the glass.

Aromas are super sweet with plenty caramel and dark fruit notes with a touch of chocolate. The bourbon really comes through providing lots of vanilla and a bit of oak. I am searching for more of the Black Tuesday and/or White Oak, but only finding large quantities of the syrupy Papier.

The tastes begin quite sweet as well with sweet caramel and vanilla dominating with just a touch of chocolate to it. As it warms the bourbon and alcohol flavors come through, but even at such a high ABV, it's not all that hot.

The mouthfeel is on the med-heavy to heavy with minimal carbonation. The finish is super chewy and bordering on syrupy sweet.

Overall I enjoyed the small quantity of his beer that I sampled (around 6 oz) and frankly that is all you need. It is really really sweet and would be a task to consume in large doses. I wish there was more of a Black Tuesday and or White Oak presence to balance the super sweet Papier. It's just really not that complex for the rarity/cost it takes to acquire.

claspada, Aug 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

SteelersX, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of dgilks
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown-amber colour with some foamy tan head. Nice lacing.

Sweet chocolate and fruit. Caramel. Oak. Bourbon. Candy. Just awesome.

Oak and bourbon dominate this thing. Tons of malt. Toffee. Fruit. More barrel. Chocolate. This is just amazing.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Beautiful.

A delicious beer. The combination of caramel and fruit just works. Lots of barrel and spiritous goodness. Nice.

dgilks, Aug 14, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mystery bottle at Jon's turned out to be Melange #3. Been waiting to review this.

Dark, caramely pour yields minimal head. White ring up top disappears quickly. Lots of malt and caramel in the nose carry through to the taste. Big booze component helps coat the mouth & soothes my throat as I drink. Thick, sticky body helps bring the complexity forward.

Tasty but not amazing, and I can't drink more than a couple ounces of this. Still enjoyable!

brystmar, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dbhog for sharing his allotment with me. I've had sips of this beer at a couple of tastings & couldn't wait to have a full pour. Well, half-pour at least, if I cracked this open without my wife she'd shiv me in my sleep. Kidding! I think. 22 oz. bottle.

Pour is black with a bit of pop on top, more than I'd expect from a brew this big & dark. The smell rolls the instant the wax is breached - wow. Massive bourbon & vanilla fringle with chocolate & sweet fruits. Yumza.

Melange No. 3 is just sublime. Hot alcohol seems appropriate rather than daunting & is right up front. Huge whiskey presence with attendant vanilla. Sweetness has a gravitas that mocks lesser beers attempts at killing diabetics. The Papier is distinct in the middle, dark hard fruits & more sweetness, here molasses & brown sugar. Toffee. Malts. Jeeeesus, so much going on. The ending is hot alcohol & more whiskey. Despite the ABV & the ridiculous, over-the-top shit going on here, I could easily take a bomber by myself. And probably will the next time my wife is out of town. Shhhh. Don't tell her.

This is easily a top-shelf beer & possibly one of my favorites of all time. Just beautiful. I could drink this every night.

maximum12, Aug 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

dlello2, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

duxky, Aug 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

alamode, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. The latest edition (15% ABV). Served in a snifter.

Pours a translucent cola brown with half a finger of light beige foam. Settles to a frothy ring. No lacing left behind.

Aroma reminds me mostly of the Bruery anniversary old ales. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate with bourbon notes. I suppose I get some of the fruity and floral notes from the White Oak Sap. Slight alcohol burn.

Flavor is quite similar to the old ales as well, at least at first. Intensely sweet initial flavor with strong dark fruit and sherry notes. It seems the Black Tuesday emerges through the middle and finish as a more roasted malt character appears. Floral, fruity, and spicy wheat malt are there too. The finish dries up with some port-like alcohol notes, but the sweetness never goes away and lingers through the aftertaste.

Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Kind of thick and syrupy.

Overall this is another big and tasty beer from the Bruery, and I enjoy the idea of blending, but it isn't better than the stand-alone components.

brotherloco, Jul 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

bluesplit63, Jul 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BrokenStones, Jul 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Reagan1984, Jul 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

AutumnBeerLove, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep, opaque mahogany brown, produces a thin, wispy beige head, leaves no lacing, but does leave some nice legs when it's swirled.

S- Wonderful aroma of figs, raisins, burnt sugar, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and sweet bourbon. It's boozy and sweet but not overly so, the aroma is complex and incredible. As it warms a rich dark chocolate aroma becomes more evident.

T- Lots of sweet flavors of bourbon, vanilla, fruit and molasses. The finish has some really great chocolate and vanilla flavors, with a bit of wood tannins drying it out. The sweetness is nice and sticky but doesn't overpower the other flavors or become cloying, the bourbon and alcohol is similarly handled, everything is kept in perfect proportion.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation with a thick, rich, decadent feel. The finish has a mix of tannins and boozy warmth.

O- A damn delicious beer, has a lot of the best aspects of the Bruery's big, rich beers. This stuff is a real treat and is an awesome, complex sipping beer.

WillCarrera, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

JebediahScooter, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great dark brown color with lighter highlights and an excellent head for a beer of this gravity. Very cloudy - not sure if this was because it was in the fridge for a week or from bourbon barrel aging or something else.

S: fantastic sweet smell of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee

T: very sweet after a while, but you get all of the wonderful flavors of toffee, bourbon, and sweet malt along with some rich fruit.

M: thick, but balanced with solid carbonation.

O: solid beer, but too sweet. I shared the bottle with one other, but half of that is way too much. Should have shared with 4 people. Still an excellent beer.

Holland, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

skunk242, Jul 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Kaydogg, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

kevwcamp, Jul 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Jpwv, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

leodarko, Jul 05, 2012
Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.