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Melange No. 8 - The Bruery

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Melange No. 8Melange No. 8

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 94
Gots: 35 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 02-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The eighth in our Mélange series of blended beers - this robust ale is a marriage of our bourbon barrel aged anniversary ale along with White Oak Sap (our bourbon barrel aged wheat wine), along with locally roasted Geisha coffee from our friends at Portola Coffee Lab.
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3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Todd for the share.

Poured a murky, dull, milk-and-coffee color, with a thin off-white head; minimal retention and lacing. Sugary aroma, toffee, coconut, coffee grounds, some herbal/floral/vegetal hops. In the taste, caramel and toffee, cold/old coffee, notes of vanilla and oak, coconut, raisin...kind of all over the place, with no balance or real "direction." Some booze and medicine in there as well. Medium body, messy mouthfeel. Just another Bruery beer.

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3.24/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Expectations were high. Reviewed from notes taken last weekend.

A: Pours no head at all. Body is a dull orange-brown. Translucent; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Somewhat appealing, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Sm: Clean yet musty. Peach, some alcohol. Tropical fruits. Mild tropical fruity hop character eliminates any opportunity for pleasant floral hop notes to surface. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Estery. Some phenols. Pineapple. Mango.

T: Fusel alcohol is rampant. Peach. Mango. Tangerine. Light vague pineapple. Biscuit and grainy malts. Poorly integrated bourbon. But there is some nice oak and vanilla notes, which come through more as it warms. No yeast character comes through. Not getting any coffee character at all. ABV is poorly hidden. Acidic. I like it generally overall, but it's quite a mess. Lacks balance. There's complexity, but no subtlety. Unrefined.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and somewhat acidic. Boozy and hot. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Suits the flavour profile alright. A bit weak; the mouthfeel struggles to support the many notes resting upon it.

Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV, but alcohol is quite noticeable. Unrefreshing. Enjoyable for what it is. I'd like to get it again in a less crowded bar so I could go more in-depth.

B-

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Melange 8 from The Bruery out of Placentia, California.

Score: 84

2013 vintage bottle served in an Upland snifter glass and enjoyed on 07/03/13.

Appearance: The color of the beer is a yellowish-green-brown caramel color that kind of looks like a melange of the colors on the label. Pours a thin ring around the glass of off-white head. Poor lacing, OK retention. 2.75/5

Smell: Coffee is the first thing I notice upfront, but it is ultimately not the most prominent or lasting element of the aroma. Immediately after the coffee is sweet caramel, sweet vanilla, toffee and a little oakiness. Nice medley of sweet aromas with some coffee to balance. The coffee is not very roasty, but it is appealingly pleasant. 4/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells with substantially less coffee and more sugary sweetness. Quite malty. Some alcohol warmth and a little booziness too. At first, I thought the barrel and malty sweet flavors made for a nice mix, but the sweetness really layers and grows on you in a negative way. This beer quickly borderlines cloying. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, quite low carbonation. Unnecessarily sweet, but this is The Bruery. Sticky on palate. 3.75/5

Overall: Even by The Bruery's standards, this beer was a sweet mess. There was not nearly enough roasty/bitter coffee to offset the overbearing sweetness of the brew, and none of the people present when this bottle was opened could finish more than a few ounces before giving up. It is not a bad beer, but it's one that gets undrinkably sweet as it layers, and nearly a third of this bottle was ultimately donated to the drain at the end of the night. If you own a bottle, I would recommend trading it away. I wish I had my forty bucks back.

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Bottle opened on 6.20.14

Coffee, some bourbon, vanilla. Somehow don't mesh well here.

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Melange No. 8 from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.