Menage A Trois | Crabtree Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by denver10 on 07-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Beaver13:
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3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a small fizzy off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet sugary malts and some vinous fruit and dark fruits and leather with some spiced molasses.

The flavor is sweet sugary honey with some vinous alcohol and a little roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer but extremely sweet and treacly.

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Photo of blindpiggie
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty excited to try this beer after reading the good reviews. Crabtree is my neighborhood brewery, but I haven't been too excited about their recent releases so I was looking forward to being (at least mildly) blown away by this one.

I found this beer to be really unpleasant because of the stupifying amount of sweetness. I have no idea what the ABV is on this, but it's nowhere near enough to cut through the saccharine cloud that hangs over every second of tasing the beer. If one was able to get past the sweetness, however, you would find a beer with exceptional depth and complexity. The plum and merlot barrels provide the context and then right in the middle you get the distinct taste of a whiskey-aged stout. It's sadly one of those fascinating beers that I'd never want to drink again. The beer looked pretty uninspiring from the pour, and I actually thought it was flat from the almost nonexistant head.

Overall: an extremely interesting attempt at a blend of lower ABV barrel aged beers, but the lack of balance of sweetness to the other flavors makes it almost undrinkable.

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Photo of incubuscience
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of brystmar
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mac! 12oz bottle with no bottling date or even ABV!

Oaky, caramely, boozy aroma seems to blur the lines between barleywine and BA imperial stout -- even though there's no barleywine component. Honey and brown ale base probably contribute to this.

The blend is exceptionally pleasant: each flavor seems to complement the others, coating my mouth with residual sticky nectar. Leans toward the sweet side while remaining drinkable. Complex and delicious. Yeah, I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of appetiteforparis
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of denver10
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A blend of the Boxcar Brown aged with plums in Merlot barrels, a Whiskey barrel aged version of their Oatmeal Stout, and Northern Colorado Wildflower Honey fermented with Boxcar Brown in Merlot Barrels.

Pours a deep brown with khaki head and nice lacing. A great big, rich aroma. A huge dose of honey, some plum, some brown sugar, and both some whiskey barre and wine barrelsl. A big, sweet flavor. Honey sweetened plum, burnt toffee, and whiskey barrel. The finish leaves your mouth full of melted caramel mixed with some raisins (I hate raisins but enjoyed this). A nice full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice brew and probably my favorite that I have tried from Crabtree so far. The oatmeal stout component doesn't quite come through at all here but that certainly does not detract.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter. Purchased sometime in 2013. From the label, "Three barrel aged ales mingled as one."

Appearance: A straight down the middle pour produces a quickly fading cap of light beige colored head. Body is a reddish brown that glows ruby red when held up to the light.

Smell: Up front you get a big wine sweetness with some whiskey barrel in the middle and uncut honey. Crystallized plumbs and prunes come to mine along with vinous alcohol.

Taste: So sweet. Heavy wine up front with oaky barrel, in the middle sweet stone fruit and vanilla/marshmallow whiskey barrel, finishes with quite a bit of honey. While some malt and faded hops due poke out the mead is the star of the show.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Warming with a low carbonation and a surprisingly light/medium body. Sticky.

Overall: The highlight for me was the nose, as you get nuanced notes from all the barrels: big merlot barrel up front with some oaky whiskey in the middle. With that said I kept wanting more in the way of malts and hops to carry the beer (mead/braggot/whatever) through. The mead used in the blend takes the main role, so approach as a blended mead instead of as a blend of beers. Tastes more like a fine port than anything else.

Edit: absolutely killed with some blue cheese.

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Photo of FishPondManager
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an epic blend of barrel aged beers. this was 9 bucks for a 12oz at the brewery in greeley. it pours a really cloudy and flat looking redish brown color, dense and chewy, with a small tan head on top that slowly fades out. the nose is quite fruity, im picking up the plums for sure, and also bery sweet from the honey addition. flavor is extraordinarily complex. bourbon in the middle is pretty intense, but just for a second, plum fruity flavor is also quite strong. definitely also picking up acidic tartness from th merlot barrels, and the smoothness of the oatmeal stout blend really pulls everything together. the problem for me was the sweetness, like a spoonful of molassas on the finish, a little spice but a ton of raw sugar, almost to a fault. it was not freakishly alcoholic, despite being somewhere around 11.5% abv. without all the sugar, this would have been award worthy in my opinion. light carbonation and a full body make it a sipper and a good candidate for sharing. a nice holiday time brew. i was really impressed with this overall. so much happening, it might also be a nice one to age.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jnardone235
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Menage A Trois from Crabtree Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 14 ratings