Menage A Trois | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BuckeyeNation on 02-17-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dark tawny that resembled apple cider since it was more brown than orange. The compact cap was light beige, brittle-bubbled and short lived. As expected with a head that looked nothing like foam, there wasn't a trace of lace.

The nose was somewhat indistinct, but did smell sour and apple fruity. I'll explore the lack of focus below when I discuss the flavor. Any beer that is a mixture of three different beers is unlikely to have one strong, distinct personality. That's a pretty persuasive argument against mixing as far as I'm concerned.

This beer is a combination of three different Rock Bottom beers, as the name would suggest: Oak-aged Fallen Angel Abbey Ale (a 10.5% BSDA that is unreleaseable in this state unless diluted), a red ale (of uncertain name) and a saison. I've chosen to categorize it as a saison since that's such a catch-all category.

Like the nose, the flavor was something of a muddle. It tasted as if the best qualities of each beer had been laid low by the other two beers; a clash of wills rather than a cooperative venture. It was darkly fruity and tasted of unsweet dates and bruised apples. Sour-tart just won out over bitter; sweet didn't even show up. A few of my other single word impressions (according to my notes) were woody, rustic, herbal and earthy.

There was the slightest hint of alcohol on the finish, but the Fallen Angel's wings had been clipped so severely by the addition of the other, lower alcohol beers that it failed to make an impression in either a positive or a negative direction. The body/mouthfeel was light-medium and minimally mouthsticky, while the cask-conditioning gave it an appropriate softness.

I fail to see the attraction in the mixing of most beer. The combining of three such disparate styles strikes me as a waste of time, effort and good ale. Although this beer isn't completely without merit, its lack of anything even remotely resembling a cohesive personality means that I'm unlikely to order such an 'experiment' again. Just like the act for which it was named, Menage A Trois sounds exciting, but is (probably) more trouble than it's worth.

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Menage A Trois from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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