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Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels | Nebraska Brewing Company

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Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsMelange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
nebraskabrewingco.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first beer in the Reserve Series, Melange A Trois begins with a wonderfully big Strong Belgian-Style Blonde Ale and moves into the extraordinary category through an additional 6 month French Oak Chardonnay Wine Barrel maturation. The essense of Chardonnay permeates while a subtle sweetness remains from the Ale itself. Oak tannins combine to create a fascinating mesh of dry, sweet, and wine-like character. One of our favorites!

Added by RedHaze on 11-16-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,971
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
394
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
81
Trade:
3
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Photo of BryantForestry
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skiking70
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-copper with a thick white meringue settling to a collar.

Smell is nutty earth, citrus and apple.

Taste is deep and rich, at least for a style I'm not as familiar with, with caramelized nuts, spicy phenols, grass, citrus, apple and pear. Unfortunately, I'm not getting a whole lot from the French oak chardonnay barrels.

Semi-dry finish is a little hot, but middle body is frothy and soft.

2014 vintage

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three and a half finger head, clear light golden honey body.
Peppercorn, honey-like, bell pepper, white grape, fresh bright woodiness, lavender-y vanilla aromas. Spicy yeast or hop character, bits of apple and pear fruitiness.
Flavors of honey, peach, apple and grape fruitiness, oak and white wine. Light bitterness, dry, tea-like finish with yeast and hops and oak.
Very carbonated mouthfeel, though it doesn't help it loads for me.

Great beer all around. Not quite mind blowing, but really great.

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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, creamy, extremely long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: A very nice aroma of Belgian-style yeast, red wine, light fruit, a bit of oak, and a funky quality.

T: Tasted of a lot of light fruit (pears, in particular), a lot of the advertised red wine, a good shot of Belgian yeast, some citrus (orange), and a bit of pepper as well. An incredibly complex, powerful flavor with a lot a of character. The addition of the red wine somehow works well.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a very lively carbonation. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely one of the more interesting American BSPAs I've tried. Well worth a try.

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Photo of dms1767
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened up my 2010 vintage!

A- This has an amazingly nice looking head that is off white in color and starts out about 3 fingers thick....nice uniform bubbles throughout....it retains very well, settling into a one finger thick head and becomes pillowy dense! The color of the brew is yeast hazed bronze with soft carbonation rising to the top and the lacing is alright...nothing special in the grand scheme of things. Overall, this is a well above average looking Ale!

S- There is plenty of Chardonnay barrel sweetness that borders on the fence between wine grapes and tropical/orchard fruit (banana, apricot, pears).....smooth dry spice (pepper), hints of wild funk, and a peachy apple finish. This is rich and very much like a fine wine overall!

T- Initial flavors of oaked Earthiness, Chardonnay wine robustness, creamy biscuit/yeast upfront, slightly boozy in the body, and the yeasty tartness that makes this style what it is, and the finish becomes fruity, with apricot kernel, citrus rind, and throughout, there is a hint of butterscotch and vanilla. Perhaps a soft hopped bitterness ensues on the finish

M/O- This is a highly drinkable Ale that is medium/full bodied, and has awesomely tight carbonation that reminds me of a sparkling Chardonnay spritzer! The alcohol, while noticeable, doesn't overpower but it sure hits you after a glass! This really should be reserved for royalty....I think I fit the bill!! It is so smooth on the palate I cannot believe it....this ages very well for those that may have an older bottle. Will definitely seek this out again if the opportunity arises!!

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4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SargeMcCluck
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours wheat-gold with three fingers of head. Lots of retention and lacing make this a very pretty thing indeed.

The chardonnay is immediately apparent on the nose, layering with yeast, malt, orange, sour pear, and oak to make for a unique aroma. Reminds me of boozy French pastries, crepe suzette.

Again, the chardonnay remains upfront on the tongue, pairing a sour, vinous character with the richer notes of buttery malts, oak and vanilla. I found this combination quite divisive, but kudos to craftsmanship all the same.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light golden color with a fluffy white head. Tons of Chardonnay barrel character; vinous, wine, grapes, and earthy oak qualities. Extremely dry finish. Very good beer.

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Photo of Nick29
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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