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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 799
Gots: 651 | FT: 62
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of newk340
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flight at the Bruery.

A: A dark hazy maroon/brown. Little to no head and relatively little lacing.

S: Wow, what can't I smell? Plums, prunes, caramel, toffee, and maybe even a little bit of chocolate. Deliciousness all around.

T: Perfect. Absolutely delicious blend of caramel and toffees, dark fruits permeate the mouth. Worth the several bottles I bought.

MF/D: Extremely smooth with relatively little carbonation, but couldn't believe the ABV. Certainly tasted strong, but not 15+%...

Photo of amrozga
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of waltersrj
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - 2011 Vintage (Thanks Dan!)

Pour: Deep, dark cola brown with red/golden hues throughout and a small, off white, slightly bubbly head.

Nose: Fusge brownie, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, raisin, darker fruits, cherry pits, slight toffee and coconut.

Taste: Vanilla, cherry, fudge brownie, slight abv, raisin, oak, coconut, spice, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily, slightly viscous, and sticky.

Overall: This beer is fantastic, a blend of 3 great beers that is better together than as parts. Really great...could drink nightly

Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tyler_mn
3/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Jrocc128
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of iskeptopotamus
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Kuemmelbrau
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy dark brwoen with a small tannish cap

S: Immediate boozines stings the nostrils, chocolate, caramel, raisin, oak and vanilla.

T: Delicous and amazing! Booze soaked fruits and chocolate covered raisins, bourbon, oak and vanilla just like the nose. I also get a nice Earthiness with oak.

M: Big body, loads of flavor

O: Just delicous and I see it being cellar worthy for sure

Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BillHilly
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GregSVT
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a murky brown with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is definitely Black Tuesday with huge notes of vanilla, molasses, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, and bourbon but there are also different aromas in there like graham cracker and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is very interesting with the main components being BT but I can definitely pick up the White Oak and Anniversary ales in there as well. Nice notes of vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, citrus, and a slight tangy rye like flavor.

M: The feel is on the thinner side of medium with a nice slick finish that lasts on the palate for a long time.

O: Another beautiful beer from The Bruery. The blend really gets all the best aromas and flavors from the base beers. Mouthfeel suffers a bit but that's a small complaint.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to try this

The beer pours a deep dark brown. Little lacing and no head. Very mild nose, figs, tobacco, raisin and intense sweetness. The taste matches with incrediblly ripe fruits, but the burp is a hoppy molasses. Strange beer, but almost consistent with an old ale description. The booze are consistently hidden, but catch up to you. I honestly don't know how they hid >15% in this beer. Definitely a tasty beer, but I wouldn't charge more than $20 by any means.

Photo of augustgarage
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap a few times starting with one of the first kegs to ever make it out of the brewery when Blue Palms was still young. Never thought I'd see it in a bottle. Let's see if it lives up to my memories...

Poured from a waxed-and-capped 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

A vigorous pour fills the glass with a rich cordovan tinted bole, more or less opaque with a small but surprisingly persistent beige head. Creamy, fine, even lacing. Very good retention.

The aroma glows with toffee, vanilla, caramel, spices, tobacco, and a long list of barrel notes...fully intoxicating.

The flavors deliver all the same as the nose from red velvet cake to cinnamon to toasted artisan bread to prunes to rosewater...and on and on...jammy esters and a gentle roastiness emerge next. The finish is perhaps the only flaw, being rather too sweet (almost like a brandy).

Smooth, not-quite-full-bodied mouthfeel...not at all hot despite the sky high ABV.

A stunning desert drink, and a little goes a long way. A shame about the sweetness...I feel like the blend could be tweaked just a bit to achieve a more perfect balance.

Photo of drabmuh
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 beer on the "Top Beers - American Strong Ale" list. Served in a Bruery tulip because the end of the world is coming and I want to go out in style. It should be stated that this is one of my longest and most elusive wants.

Beer is brown, hazy, thin tan head of small bubbles, head breaks and pulls to the walls of the glass. A little lazy looking but it is a blend of three barrel aged beers, what was I expecting?

Here we go! BOURBON! And brown sugar, caramel and roast, mild woodiness and oak and some booze / alcohol as well. Smells like awesome.

Beer is heavy in my hand, I can feel the density and the gravity as I raise my glass to my mouth, although the beer finishes a little thin and dry the forward flavors are sweet bourbon, mild spiciness on the late palate, sweet, dry finish, lingering sense of almost corriander and citrus. Heavy throughout, nice nutty oakiness on the backend as well. About as complex as a beer can get. I love it. And I should know, I'm a certified beer server.

Photo of Captainren
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of John11486
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of mthomas84
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of roblund
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Very dark in color, but there is a semi-red tint around the sides of the glass. Almost no head.
Smell: Strong sweet aroma of vanilla along with some woody oak aroma. Liquor aroma of brandy comes to mind.
Taste: Whoa! Unbelievable vanilla taste. Like a vanilla custard taste. Some oak and bourbon characteristics, which would be woody and some spice. Slight burn down the throat, but extremely mild for 15% ABV. Smooth vanilla lingers on the palate long after the last sip.
Overall: This is an unbelievable beer by The Bruery.

Photo of Destral
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 1,541 ratings.