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Melange No. 3 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,499 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 788
Gots: 649 | FT: 63
Brewed by:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer I have been wanting to try for years. I cracked this open with a good buddy during the football games this weekend.

The beer appears walnut brown with subtle burgundy highlights. Small off white head that leaves minimal lacing on the goblet.

Smell is phenomenal. Oak, vanilla, bourbon, malt, sugar cookies...wow...yes, please.

Flavor = silky smooth. Staggering! What just happened?!? I am instantly convinced that I need to fill a portion of my cellar with this delectable concoction. Go Patrick! A vanilla and toffee bomb. Black Tuesday emerges more than the White Oak and Papier. Wonderfully complex and insanely delicious. Beautiful milk and dark chocolates. Likely the best strong ale I have ever had.

Feel = give me more ASAP. Delicate and smooth. Hard to believe this is 15% abv. Lingering flavors of vanilla, bourbon and toffee.

Shocking. World class. So grateful to try it. My highest recommendation.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared by Huhzubendah.. Thanks Matt!

Pours a dark amber with a one finger cocoa head. Great lacing on my snifter. Nose is butterscotch, caramel, toffee, Vanilla, burned toast. Taste is the same profile... Super smooth, with an incredible taste to it. Feel is perfect. Where's the alcohol? Overall, a really amazing brew with a slight alcohol burn. This is a strong beer, and very stealthy alcohol-wise. I literally fell asleep for 30 minutes after enjoying this brew.... Not for the faint of heart. Cheers!

Photo of jegross2
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Melange 3 from The Bruery. This is a blend of Black Tuesday, White Oak and Papier. This is only the second beer that I have ever tried from The Bruery, the other one being 100% Barrel Aged Cuir -- which was divine. The Bruery is probably best known for their highly sought after Russian Imperial Stout -- Black Tuesday. I should have a bottle of all three arriving in the mail soon!
Score: 97

Red waxed 2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with caramel highlights at the top of the glass. One finger of frothy off white/cream colored head that settles into a ring around the glass. Light lacing -- leaves behind some oily brown residue on the side of the glass that slowly drips back down -- but that is to be expected from a 15.5% ABV beer. 4/5

Smell: There's a ton going on in the aroma. From the first pull I get tiramissu, vanilla and brown sugar. There's definitely some molasses in there too. I cannot put my finger on exactly what type, but there's a distinct type of cake aroma here. I wish I could pin down which cake I'm thinking of. Further whiffs reveal raisin/dark fruit and some chocolate. There's a smooth leathery bourbon aroma in there too, but no real "alcohol" booziness in the nose, which is surprising because this one is a 15.5% ABV beer. 4.5/5

Taste: Wow. The flavor to this is divine. Upfront I get some vanilla flavored cake of sorts with alcohol warming, but no alcohol flavor/bite. There's some brown sugar and molasses here, as well as bourbon soaked raisins. Lots of sweet malty flavors present, but this beer is not overly sweet -- it is very smooth, balanced and complex. There are some other dark fruit flavors and some chocolate in the background as well. Lots of creamy vanilla. Lingering finish of bourbon and dark fruit. I cannot get over how smooth the bourbon flavors in this beer are. They are very mellow (rather than aggressive) and "palate soaking" at the same time. There is no "boozy sting" to the flavor at any point. I'm surprised so much alcohol can be so well hidden. 5/5

Mouthfeel: High-medium bodied, no carbonation. Mouthfeel is viscous, sticky and a little chewy. Finish is sweet. 4.5/5

Overall: An excellent blended beer -- probably the best blended beer that I have ever had.

Recommendation: Everyone needs to seek this one out.

Pairings: Digestif. Could go great with some buttery nuts like cashews or peanuts or almonds.

Cost: $35 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle shared with Andrew and Nick. Rich and complex. Dark bottled with bubbly head. Above average mouthfeel. The imperial stout, the Black Tuesday is the centerpiece, some chocolate, A sour finish. Somewhat like a good red wine (though with tannins).A sipper and one I would have again.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared bottle poured in the back of Valentino's pizza shop. The packaging is fantastic, great label.

Melange No. 3 pours a gorgeous dark, reddish brown. Light barley pierces the liquid, but what does come through is a deep ruby red. It looks rich.

A quick sniff is just a precursor of what's to follow. I got loads of dark fruits covered in chocolate. Sweet, but not overly so.

Whoa. There's vanilla, beautiful oak over tones yield to complex fruits and touches of oak. It gets better with every sip. Now comes a little bublegum. This blend is an emotional experience to say the least.

Light, but in a good way - not thin.

This is a blend for the ages. There is nothing about this beer that is overdone. It's a perfect blend. The Bruery just convinced me to buy in to the Reserve Society.

Photo of ptykozoon
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lacing, thin note of a head.

Orange, caramel, maple.

Very sweet, almost too decadent! Vanilla and bourbon, orange and a bit of black licorice. All flavors are balanced well, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, ABV presence is not as shocking as the rumored 15.5%.

Worth the money? Close. One of the most well made stouts with this kind of punch I've ever had. Definitely one of the best Bruery standouts.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of lurpy1
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was privileged to try this at a recent tasting.

Pours a brownish black, some head.

Smell...wow...vanilla, chocolate, molasses, licorice, malt, booze, more booze, and some booze. it's all in there. Great!

The taste definitely runs hot with alcohol, but the underlying sweetness is very complex and makes for a great experience.

Mouthfeel is very indistinct, as would be expected for a mashup feel like this. Could have been a bit thicker, but wouldn't have been itself.

Great beer, really grateful to try it.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recent vintage. 750ml waxed and capped bottle poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger frothy cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is opaque dark brown. Lacing is spotty and sparse with low cling but thick, oily legs. Good looking beer. Nice head for the style.

Nose is hot, boozy. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and fudge. Incredibly sweet and decadent. A bit over-the-top in my opinion but that's to be expected here. Decent. But I would've preferred a little more complexity and the subtlety to detect that complexity.

Opens vanilla beans, syrup, and maple. Very sweet and hot. Some chocolate and cocoa powder in the middle. Fudge too. A touch of rubbing alcohol appears as this one warms to room temperature but it smooths out nicely into more chocolate and vanilla. End is molasses and hazelnut. Finish is sweet with a vanilla cream aftertaste. The blend is very apparent in this beer.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Silky, heavy, oily, and viscous in the mouth and hot but smooth going down. Finish is messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Unmistakably a big beer. Nice.

Unlike Melange 1 which I thought was a disaster, Melange 3 is a beer that seems to be a sum bigger than its parts. The vanilla of White Oak perfectly complements the Black Tuesday and makes it a touch thinner. Good complexity and although its a bit hot, this is a solid beer nonetheless. Worth seeking out.

Photo of charlzm
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Haven Gastropub, Pasadena CA on December 28, 2011.

Beer presents as an extremely dark brown (not quite black) topped with an extremely fine one-finger tan head that provides outstanding sheeting.

Aroma is rumlike and strongly alcoholic. Vanilla and oak also present.

Beer is sweet and strong with alcohol (my guess is bourbon). Dark, wheat bread and lots of booze. Touches of wood and vanilla. Lots and lots of brown sugar, rum and a touch of toffee.

Beer is thick but not excessively so.

A tough one to drink due to its sweetness and alcohol content, this is the beer equivalent of a port wine. Sip and relax and don't make any plans.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Alex for letting me buy some of his allotment. Cheers friend! 2011 version, taken on alone.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a ruddy, reddish hue. An interesting thing I notice (and haven’t before when using this glass) is there is a “ball” of beer in the center of the glass which light does not pass through, though it does penetrate about ½” all the way around the glass giving a nifty light/dark contrast I’ve not seen before. About half a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a mellow pace, leaving slight lacing.

Smell – As with most big –bal aged Bruery beers, heavy oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Sweet candied sugar, figs and raisins, and slight cocoa.

Taste – Loads of sweetness up front coming from both brown sugar and the dark fruits. The vanilla kicks in mixed with the oak and a bit of char. Very little roasted flavors though, however, I do pick up slight cocoa, toffee, and cherries at the end. Oh, and of course a massive amount of bourbon presence.

Mouthfeel – Insanely thick body; reminds me of syrup. Lower carbonation, chewy.

Overall – Honestly the mouthfeel and heat of this beer does it in. The feel is just too heavy and syrup like for this beer to be enjoyable to me. In addition, while this is still a young beer and high ABV, the alcohol het (in both taste and feel) is higher than I remember BT or BA Cuir (or regular Cuir for that matter). Lastly, it is sooo cloyingly sweet. This is a beer I feel has potential to age, however, as of now I find it somewhat of a hot mess. I should not have opened this bottle by myself...

Photo of cpmichael
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a NYE celebration. Poured into a Founder's snifter. 5 oz's worth.

A: Pours a darkish brown/mahogany, thin lace of white foam that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells sweet, with dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and hints of dark chocolate.

T: Tastes very sweet, figs and raisins with vanilla and bourbon. The oak characteristic was very noticeable, in a good way. Hints of chocolate a discernible.

M: My only knock on the beer is that the sweetness and thickness of this beer make this a sipper and a sharer. The alcohol wasn't overpowering in the least, which is good, but it was just so damn sweet.

O: This is an awesomely complex and tasty adult beverage and I am grateful to have been allowed to try this special beer.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.