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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

1,315 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,315
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 770
Gots: 621 | 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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 2011 vintage I presume.

4.0 A: Black color in the glass, but it didn't look so dark during the pour. Oh well. Two fingers of beige frothy head. Retention is very good given the ABV, but nothing is left with regard to lacing.

4.5 S: Intensely sweet with huge dollops of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Lots of oak and vanilla in this. Leathery bourbon booziness. Fair amount of chocolate and dark fruits with emphasis on prune and fig. The aromas from the base beers blend quite well together.

3.5 T: Again, intensely sweet. The decision to drink this alone was a bad one, but I will persist. Anyway, this reminds me a lot of straight up Black Tuesday in that the sweetness goes unchecked and the booze is almost as bad. However, both the sweetness and booze are a little lower in magnitude. Anyway, a lot of caramel, toffee, molasses again. Chocolate, fig, plum, prune, melon, vanilla, and oak. Leathery bourbon, brown sugar, butterscotch. Huge all around.

4.0 M: Syruppy heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety creaminess. The only problem is the amylase coagulation that is going on.

4.0 D: An intense beer. I got through the whole bottle and it wasn't so bad. Yes, the sweetness is trying, but the flavor profile is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:53:36 | More by DavoleBomb
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2012 22:10:58 | More by BeRanger
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curly31989

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

04-03-2012 03:24:48 | More by curly31989
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -9.9%

03-31-2012 20:36:02 | More by WeisGuy
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-31-2012 04:15:38 | More by mikereaser
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b3shine

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized snifter (thanks for the trade, Bob). Looks solid; deep and complex. Smells tasty too; bourbony and heavy. Tastes great; this beer is probably better than its average review suggests. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a damn good beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:01:10 | More by b3shine
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II, not my first time having it, bottle is from 2011.

A - Pours deep brown bordering on black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving small strings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malts and bourbon, that would be the black tuesday, oaky syrup, white oak, and lots of dark fruits, the papier. They really do smell amazing together.

T - Starts off with a mix of sugary sweetness and dark roasted malt quickly giving way to hints of dark fruits, warm bourbon and plenty of dry oak tannins. The finish has plenty of sweet heat to it, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Big and boozy through and through with moderate carbonation. Plenty of sweet booze holding strong long after the finish.

O - I have always enjoyed this one. It has all the flavors I enjoy and the blend works very well. This one is still a little too boozy, can't wait to drink the others in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:50:04 | More by orangesol
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DCon

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1 PT. 9.4 FL OZ-750ML bottle of this w/ friends @ 4 Hands Brewing Co in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Orange/Blue Checkered and Striped label w/ Melange upside down on the right side of the "3" into a 12oz 4 Hands Snifter. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- A deep bourbon aroma begins this aroma for the Melange 3. Then light coffee is introduced. Whatever the ingredients, this aroma burns the nostrils!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has the darkest amber/light brown body and leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Deep bourbon once again and very malt heavy. Combination of so many ingredients just makes it a strong, complexed brew. Finishes medium-high in bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, and alcohol is well hidden! Very surprising.

Overall Impression- Now just to enjoy all three of these individually... Very wild combination and not sure how they were able to hide the huge ABV but made the experience even better. Enjoy if given the opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 20:33:03 | More by DCon
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle of the most recen batch, sent to me by my RS trustee JRSD and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Melange #3 pours black, but not quite as deep as, say, an imperial stou. About two fingers of light tan foam come together to form the head. Retention is just average, and lacing is basically nonexistent. The nose is heavy on caramel and bourbon, with some nice, subtle vanilla and oak undertones. The taste really steps things up and has more layers of complexity. The bourbon takes a little bit more of a backseat here, as vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate form the centerpiece of the flavor profile. Bourbon and wood come in and lend supporting roles. The touch that really adds the final touch is the hint of figs and cherries that creep in during the finish. The body is full and creamy, though not nearly as syrupy as I might have anticipated a 15% beer being. The carbonation is barely there, just enough to make itself known. Melange #3 is a delicious beer from The Bruery, and one that shows the possibilities of artfully blending beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 06:07:31 | More by axeman9182
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rempo for this long (really long) time want! Opened this up tonight to celebrate my first cycling race and the completion of my goal to not be DFL (Dead F'in last) in the race...
Melange is not black, rather deep, deep brown, with dark red auburn highlights. A decent off tan/light tan head sits atop the ale, it actually never fades completely from sight. Smells strongly of alcohol, hot alcohol, but barrel too, caramel, toffee, lots of vanilla and chocolate. Coconut too! Really fine smelling beer as I love bourbon bombs. The taste too is great, toasted marshmellow, caramalized brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, yes bourbon too. You do get a touch of alcohol in the flavor. Thick and heavy mouthfeel, almost oily and slightly cloying....though what would you expect? Super tasty ale here.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:30:10 | More by pmlondrigan
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billyshears

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-25-2012 16:14:25 | More by billyshears
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-21-2012 23:06:10 | More by hoppymcgee
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claaark13

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 3/20/12. 2011 version served in a HF tulip at just shy of 55 degrees. Thanks Cory.

A - Dark brown with a head that rises over an inch, then fades into thick off-white lacing. Beautiful.

S - Somewhat complex. Dark malts, molasses, oak, caramel-like bourbon notes. The caramel and vanilla really come out when you dig in there a bit. There is some sweetness evident, maybe more than I'd like. However, I'm liking this a lot.

T - First two sips were a little sweet upfront, but was too interesting to put down. Sweetness from the wheatwine upfront mixed with the spices from the strong ale (Coton this time around?). This transitions so smoothly into the middle/finish. Maybe a little bit of raisin in there. The Black Tuesday begins in the middle, yet really shines in the finish with those chocolate, oak, caramel notes shining through. Slightest clearing of the nose, but no real burn. Some vanilla lingers with the slightest dryness of the oak. Great transition and development of flavors. Do I love this? I think so?

M - Somewhat thick with enough carbonation to make it drinkable. I honestly couldn't ask for a better feel for this style. Thick, yet drinkable.

O - I'm really having a tough time giving this beer anything short of a 5. I had a long day at work, I've been looking forward to this one for quite some time, it is my b-day and I haven't eaten dinner. All of those combined probably give me a skewed perspective, so I'll hold off on the 5 until I get an additional opportunity to sit down with another bottle.

Consumed on 3/26/12. 2010 vintage. Not sure where I got this, but thanks to whomever provided. Poured at cellar temp into a HF tulip.

A - Pours dark brown with a medium head, mostly comprised of bubbles instead of foam. This leads to eventual lacing. Looks nice with the thick legs after the bubbles go away. 4.0.

S - Getting some sweet notes, some spices and then some caramel coming through quite strong. There is a hint of vanilla, but mostly caramel. Smells more like a sweet old ale than anything else. 4.0.

T - A sweet beginning suddenly clears the nostrils. I knew I should have held off for another year. Some spices come through, bits of a brown sugar, raisin and then some caramel and vanilla kick in. The vanilla, again, is subtle. Caramel and heat in the finish. As the flavor develops, more dryness is evident int he finish. 4.0

M - A lot like the '11, but maybe a tad thinner. 4.5.

O - Not as good as the '11 at this point. Hotter, not quite as smooth. Still a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 22:50:07 | More by claaark13
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

03-19-2012 00:08:08 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pours dark brown with a bare tint of burgundy, a ring of dense sand colored head. No lacing but good retention.

S: Loads of brown sugar, dark chocolate and dark fruit, rich caramel, barrel spice, bourbon and coconut, and bourbon soaked raisin.
The oak backbone supports the nose very well. Intense graham cracker as it reaches room temp.

T: Lots of red cherry and dark chocolate syrup, raisin, a little oak and vanilla, caramel. Wonderful stuff, finishing with some sweetness on a long, elegant finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation, high for the style but it seems to work. Imparts a warming sensation from the alcohol, which is noticeable but mild.
Texture reminds me of cough syrup even though it's not particularly full bodied.

O: Delicious, complex, and dangerously drinkable. The fruit and complexity moderate the sweetness, but like Black Tuesday the sweetness is a limiting factor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 20:53:34 | More by pmarlowe
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Wowcoolman

California

5/5  rDev +12.6%

03-18-2012 14:39:13 | More by Wowcoolman
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OneBeertoRTA

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-17-2012 18:43:25 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-16-2012 01:30:10 | More by Beerontwowheels
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lokieman

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from champagne bottle to tulip....

A: Dark brown resembling very much a quad. Very little head with the 15% abv that's to be expected and a good amount of carbonation coming off the bottom of my glass...

S: Smells of sugar soaked dark fruits and you definitely get the booze in the nose. Vanilla with a dark chocolate backbone hits you once you get past the booze and the fruit...

T: Very complex brew...I'm having to take a few seconds to absorb the flavor and try to put it into words. A lot of quad notes hit you up front with a slight cherry tartness. Definitely know that this is a boozy brew in the middle but then a roasted sweetness coats the mouth and leaves you with a nice finish. For a 15% brew the alcohol is really not as noticeable as it is in the nose. Very nice...a sipper for sure.

M: This is the one knock I have on this beer. It's missing that velvety, honey feeling in the mouth that I thought for sure would be present. A little more carbonation than I would have predicted and a little thin. Mouthfeel isn't really congruent with the rest of the features of this beer. By no means does this ruin the experience...just think they missed the target a bit with this aspect of the beer.
*Edit*: As this beer warms the mouthfeel starts to develop into that classic thin honey, Belgian viscosity. Definitely improves with some time in the glass...

O: This beer is very hard to come by in my neck of the woods and I was very grateful to be able to obtain a bottle. This beer is wonderful and if it were readily available I'm sure I'd have a few in the cellar...but unfortunately it is not. For my money I'm not sure it's worth the price you pay. For the cost of a couple bottles I could grab a case of Rochefort 10. Don't get me wrong...it's very good but just not on the same level as some of the Firestone Walker blends I've had. I would definitely drink this brew anytime it was put in front of me and I am very glad I had the opportunity to try it. Just wish it wasn't so damn expensive. These guys do a great job no matter what the cost and I'm looking forward to more Bruery offerings in the future...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:20:31 | More by lokieman
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raymo55

Michigan

5/5  rDev +12.6%

03-13-2012 00:24:35 | More by raymo55
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PatrickSwayze

California

3.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Melange 3 

A: A midnight brown poured into a 3oz snifter

S: A behemoth of booze and vanilla osk. Zero hop presence

T: Big bold and boozy and with crazy mad sweetness. Vanilla and oak murder the taste buds leaving tour tongue lathered in a syrupy mess

M: This thing is stupid sweet. Not as bad as some of special edition Nogne-Ø's but up there. You feel as if your dehydrating at a remarkable rate as you throw back this sucker.  

O: This beer could have been amazing, if it had only been a tad bit more dry. The flavors are there, the mouthfeel blows.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:31:43 | More by PatrickSwayze
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wyatt

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

03-12-2012 03:50:00 | More by wyatt
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pschul4

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-11-2012 15:21:08 | More by pschul4
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jorgemir

California

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-11-2012 04:55:33 | More by jorgemir
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srandycarter

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown, raw prune juice color. Not much head...whisp of smoke on surface. Ring around side, no lace.

S - BOOZE, molasses, brown sugar, cooked dark fruits, wood, vanilla and soy sauce.

T - YUM! Big cooked dark fruit flavor, alcohol heat, vanilla wood. Most of the smells and them some.

M - Hard to handle this hugeness, but they seem to have pulled it off. Good carb, balance, good everything.

D - Nasty ABV but doesn't tire easily!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:18:09 | More by srandycarter
Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,315 ratings.