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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

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 91
Gots: 31 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 02-24-2013)
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-04-2013 00:09:59 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and lots of roasted coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a lingering coffee flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some very nice coffee aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 19:27:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-11-2013 17:44:50 | More by Thorpe429
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-22-2013 02:46:21 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-31-2013 19:51:47 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-08-2013 05:04:34 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-02-2013 06:04:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-03-2013 06:34:10 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Sean I think. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind a few specks of lace. Murky dark brown-amber body. Impressive head for the ABV, but a bit homely body-wise.

S - Massive coffee, oak, and bourbon. I don't think I would have ever guessed the base beers from the aroma, although it's pretty obvious that it's a few of Bruery's high ABV offerings. Potent, and borderline rough; this beer actually singes the nostrils. Subtle this is not.

T - The taste is significantly better for me, as some of the sweet malt characters from White Oak Sap and the anniversary Old Ale balance out the intense wood and coffee flavors. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and booze-soaked honey cake mingle with bourbon, coffee, oak and vanillin.

M - Full-bodied, chewy, with medium-low carbonation, and an oaky, dry finish. There's some lingering coffee grit amid the residual stickiness. Pretty hot at this stage.

D - A bit too much for me out of the gate; needs more than a month of age I guess? A definite slow sipper. I'd like to revisit this in six months and then a year to see how the alcohol and coffee flavors subside and other flavors emerge. Complex for sure, but not as enjoyable as Melange No. 3.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 03:14:22 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-13-2014 15:28:21 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-02-2014 13:02:55 | More by SocalKicks
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with rudzud.

Pours a big 1 finger head, that fades semi slowly, very little lacing which disappears quickly too, dark murky cranberry chestnut solid like cartoony color.

Nose has lots of fresh coffee to start, nice great roasted espresso, not over roasted either, nice dark choc cocoa like, plenty of vanilla barrel, light bourbon and coconut, dark caramel, some dark fruits like fig raisin, more of the melange 3 coming through the more it warms and the more I nose, it starts to get a bit nutty, and boozy too,

Taste stats with big malts again, stats more with melange 3 again, big sweet syrupy malts, dark toffee, caramel, nutty, chewy, etc. Coffee comes through nicely, fresh roasted espresso beans freshly ground and brewed but not heavy either, with light bitterness. A bit if cocoa, dark dried fruits with fig and touch of bourbon soaked raisins, more barrel with bourbon and nice vanilla barrel flavours, hint if coconut too. Booze cuts in with warning slightly tingly but part for course in the melange, light alcohol taste even but clean booze. Nice fresh coffee lingering in the finish, quite a bit of tingly booze lingering, plenty of dark malts, little syrupy but not too sweet, bit if dark fruit and bourbon barrel still lingering.

Mouth is full bod, rich, semi syrupy and thick, decent carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall awesome! Def an ugly duckling, great flavors and aromas, plenty of Melange 3 in there with great espresso on top. It took a little time to warm up, but once it did it was awesome. Glad I have more of this, but not sure if I should age since the coffee will die off, or the booze to quite down a bit and all the flavors meld like Melange 3. Tough decision, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:15:15 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 11:25:05 | More by Rifugium
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zestar

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-11-2013 05:44:31 | More by zestar
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-18-2013 11:38:23 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
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-

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 20:26:34 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-22-2013 21:50:58 | More by imperialking
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a muddy brown clouded color of pond water with a finger of tan head that fades back to a thin film supported by rising bubbles.

The aroma is sweet like vanilla, caramel, toffee, coconut, oak and has some earthy coffee notes. It smells almost like cotton candy with some tangy booze notes.

The taste is boozy, mildly tangy with oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee and an earthy coffee inclusion. Coconut is present before getting to a solvent/neutral burning alcohol character. A little molasses and raison character emerges as it warms.

Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Quite a boozy enjoyable sipper that is very unique. It has that big alcohol/barrel aged wheatwine feel with just enough coffee to mix things up and be perplexing. I dont love this but it sure is interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 16:25:55 | More by stakem
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-03-2013 17:38:41 | More by duceswild
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside Melange No. 3.

The beer is light brown with a small beige cap. Watery coffee appearance. Much lighter and thinner looking than Melange No. 3. The aroma brings a healthy dose of java along with prominent alcohol. Oak and vanilla play supporting roles. Coffee and rich, heavy beer. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Not as amazing as I had hoped, but alas, my expectations were too high. While I do prefer Melange No. 3 over 8, this is certainly a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:09:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-26-2013 06:13:44 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-11-2013 14:34:28 | More by Gonzoillini
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-07-2013 00:57:05 | More by billab914
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HopHead84

California

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

5/24/2013

Bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A: Dark reddish brown and murky with a finger of beige froth.

S: Brown sugar and maple sweetness combine with nutty toffee, earthy coffee, bourbon, and a touch of spiciness. The coffee smells great with the sweet Anniversary and White Oak Sap mingling beneath. Big sweetness and big coffee. Honeysuckle and apple are evident as the beer warms and the coffee comes out.

T: Really heavy on the coffee, but in a good way. Roasty, earthy, nutty coffee combines with brown sugar, chocolate, maple, and bourbon. Caramel and earth are pervasive. Alcohol imparts warming and a subtle sting in the finish. The coffee cuts the sweetness and makes this more quaffable than you'd expect. By the end of the glass I'm stumbling over invisible obstacles as I make a nervous, drunken, slightly faster than socially acceptable beeline to the bottle to pour myself another.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky with alcohol warming.

Overall: This is great, but if you're not a fan of coffee I don't think you would like it. It's a combination of flavors you'd not expect to meld as well as they do. I hope The Bruery does more beers with Portola.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 03:13:07 | More by HopHead84
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-12-2013 04:32:50 | More by TurdFurgison
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Melange No. 8 from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.