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

Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsMelange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #12
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,576
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.65%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
408
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Nebraska Brewing Company
 
Nebraska, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsMelange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
Notes: 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!
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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

Bottle from 2014ish

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a clear golden yellow topped by a dense and fluffy two finger white head which retains well and leaves excellent lacing as it fades.
S: Smells of fruity esters, hints of white wine with a hint of tartness on the nose, nice peppery spice, and a little bit of mustyness
T: Taste is fruity up front with some orchard fruit notes, a nice hit of peppery spice, light and dry cracker malt like sweetness with some nice wine barrel notes intertwined which bring in just a little tartness and melon. On the swallow it's a lot of wine barrels and oak with some lingering orchard fruits and peppery spice.
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer finishes quite dry.
O: Overall this is a really well executed beer that has held up well to over five years in the bottle. Really nice complexity and flavor with no signs of oxidation or falling off. Definitely worth a try if you can find it and don't mind the price.

Oct 08, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a large beer, this one is a very hazy gold color with a white and foamy head. The aroma is wild...funky and wine...wood and spice. There is some distant fruit and a little some malt scents. Complex. The taste is semi-dry with fruit (skins) and woody, winey notes. Full in flavor. Rich in body. Nice brew.

Feb 03, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
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

Jun 26, 2017
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BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Jun 24, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

Jun 21, 2017
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
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!!

Nov 07, 2016
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SargeMcCluck from Texas

3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

Aug 02, 2016
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crob3888 from California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Jul 03, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a nearly opaque gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like dry and tart white grapes, with some musty oak and unripe apricots, and a little vinegar.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and tart white grapes and musty oak, with some unripe apricot and vinegar. It had a clean tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily with smooth natural carbonation. Great body.
D: This was a delicious and complex brew, with hints of saison accenting the sour light Belgian character. The body was solid and the finish was relatively smooth. So it wasn't difficult to drink, although this beer should be sipped. Age may help. Perfect for a warm spring day. Recommended.

May 07, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy Peach and gold color with a white head. GREAT lacing!
S- Citrusy and peppery with the oak and tart funk of Chardonnay.
T- Peachy with orange citrus. White pepper, and nice oak.
M- Medium with light -medium carbonation.
D- A gracefully aged Belgian that lets the barrel shine while being really drinkable. Great beer.

May 05, 2016
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear yellow (with a hint of orange hue) with high carbonation producing a beautiful 2+ inch frothy white head. Excellent retention. Nice thick lacing too. I rarely hand out 5's, but this is perfection.
S: Musty, barnyard funk, and minerals hit the nose from a couple feet away immediately after the pour. Definitely draws you in. Sweet citrus (orange and grapefruit), chardonnay, white pepper, honey malt, dry cracker, and a hint of vanilla and oak. Wow! Has a ton to offer here.
T: Soft sweet orange, must and funk, and white pepper yeast hits first. Then dry cracker, honeyed malt, and chardonnay enter the fray. Followed by oak and vanilla...and lemon curd. And a spritz of grapefruit at the end to round it all out. With warming, almond and clove emerge. Follow through on the promise of the aroma...and then some. Multilayered.
M: Musty, funky, subtly sweet, and with a buttery (vinous) feel. A touch of tartness from the chardonnay. ABV is absurdly well hidden. Medium-heavy body. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: Wow...wow. This was quite the treat. A well thought out and crafted brew. Loads of complexity with extremely well hidden ABV...and yet still amazingly drinkable. Serve at about 50 and take your time enjoying this one. Fresh bread and fruit in a bottle. One of the best beers I've had in the last few years. Well done, Nebraska BC! Seek it out!

4/19/19:
Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. 10% ABV. Bottled on 201st day of 2018.
A: Pours a beautifully clear orange-yellow hue with high carbonation producing a 2+ inch billowy white head with excellent retention. (5)
S: Melon and chardonnay, white pepper, soft vanilla, orange, honey malt, and a hint of soft oak. (4.5)
T: Melon, chardonnay, and white pepper hit first, followed by musty barnyard funk, soft orange, honey, and soft oak. (4.5)
M: Medium body. Soft and supple with a bit of oily feel too. Vinous feel too; mildly dry throughout. Hints of citrus sweetness, funk, and wood. Lingers nicely on the palate. ABV is imperceptible...dangerous. (4.5)
D: Still an amazing brew. Not quite the super outstanding experience of the first bottle. One difference was that was a 750 mL bottle. ABV also was dialed down 1.3%. Not sure if that made a difference. If you are in the vicinity of Omaha, go get some. (4.5)

May 01, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 ounce bottle. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Definitely more of an amber than a straw blonde look. 3F head with good retention and lots of lacing and a cap.

S: Yeast, lemon, orange, vanilla, oak barrel, chardonnay, and light malts all make an appearance. Kind of a super Saison.

T: Light citrus up front along with vanilla. Chardonnay and the oaky barrel come in for the finish. Almost no alcohol evident.

F: Medium-bodied, light to medium-carbonation. Well-balanced. Very little heat for 11% ABV. Most impressive. Oh yes, be careful on this, as you will want to drink it faster than you should.

O: Very nice aged Belgian. Solidly constructed with good flavors and balance. Who knew Nebraska could produce this?

Apr 21, 2016
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rickrem from California

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely something different.

Not really a bit Belgian fan but this one was quite varied in style.

Light golden in color with a fairly white head. ( on Draft ) Decent lacing all the way down.

Aroma and taste was quite different from what I expected. Didn't have the 'root beery' taste that I equate to a lot of Belgian styles. This was more in the line of a Bier de Garde for me. Almost a great after dinner beer with a touch of sweetness. Really picked up the oak / chardonnay aspect.

Overall, something different and surprisingly tasty.

Apr 17, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice creamy and white head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice clear medium yellow that is nice to look at but nothing to look at.

The smell and taste are incredibly fantastic. The beer has some really nice vanilla notes that come out really strongly in the smell and taste; making it the dominant note but it's not so strong as to bury the other notes. The beer has a light orange bitterness that mixes well with the banana like notes from the Belgian yeast,. The wine notes are fairly strong, such as the vanilla, and the white acidic grapes give off a light tart apple note. Overall, it's a very good mix of different notes coming together to make a pretty good beer.

The taste is wonderful and hovers between wine and beer. It's a medium bodied beer but it's on the lighter side of medium. The beer also has a very nice fluffy feel from the carbonation. The feel is more creamy like a chardonnay.

Overall, a very good beer and worth picking up at least once. The mix between the two creates a unique beer that manages to capture the best parts of wine and mix it with the best of Belgian ales. Go for it.

Apr 12, 2016
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tempest from New York

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

My bottle was aged roughly 15 months. There's a hint of oxidation, but at this point it adds to the spicy character. This beer is dry and smooth with a big oak aroma. The flavor is doughy, a little buttery (not like diacetyl), with dried citrus peel and mild oak. This doesn't have the typical acidic bite of a Chardonnary barrel beer. It's far too easy drinking for the strength, not that I'm complaining.

Mar 30, 2016
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KatyBeerGuy from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Surprisingly not much head. Orange/brown color. Fairly carbonated. Nectar like quality of taste, smooth, and saison-y.

Very good.

Mar 26, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap. Pours a slightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a plentiful creamy head that leaves lots of lacing behind.
The aroma is a bit like a wine-infused Saison with grape and barrel notes alongside a bit of farmyard funk. Also hints of spice and ripe tropical fruit.
Tasty brew with some slight tart grape, some yeasty funk, a bit of very ripe mango sweetness and a hint of mild pepper.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry and refreshing.
Outstanding.

Feb 28, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I shared this bottle on New Year's Eve, enjoyed chilled in a flute-type goblet

The color is a hazy looking golden with voluminous white head with lace that sticks to the glass. The smell has a lovely citrus and vinous character with aroma that has a hint of floral/honey-like ester perhaps from the chardonnay with slight tropical yeasty ester. The feel is very good, wonderful with light funk and smooth woody tannin and juicy sour tanginess with slight malt with combination of yeast spice and fruit quality.

The taste has a tangy tropical flavor with juicy pineapple-like semi-dry yet fruity with some barrel flavor with chardonnay adding a light sweet vinous element and gentle woody accent in the middle with slight spice from the yeast and low malt sweetness as it finishes mostly dry. Overall I think this is a great blend of mildly sour and wine-like flavor with tropical fruit from the yeast adding nice complexity.

Jan 02, 2016
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enrique_m from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a wine glass and it poured a light golden color with about 3 inches of head. You get the chardonnay smell right off the bottle and the taste is the justpp like the smell with a nice bitter finish. Overall this beer taste and feels like a champagne champagne so it's a good substitute.

Jan 02, 2016
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

THe pour is the color of 24 carat gold with a think, lively and long lived head that is tinged gold as well. The head is taking forever to settle. The head eventually thins down to a nice, shaving cream rich level of foam. The lacing is more of a blanketing, too thick to stick.

The nose is crisp Chardonnay with oak notes that have a hint of what i suspect is Challenger Hops. There are also notes of grass, pine, wet earth and Floral notes hinting at a lot of fructose.

The taste is dominated by the chardonnay flavor of the cask aging with some bitter hops in the finish. I would rate the taste as Interesting, The combination of the Belgian style ale, strong hops and Chardonnay results is flavor that reminds me of a sour. SInce i do not like sours, I am not digging the flavor.

The moutfeel is very rich and one of the better parts of the beer that belies the belgian style it is based on.

Overall it is a fascinating experiment, but not a very rin kable beer. KEep trying Nebraska Brewing. I think you are on to something. However, I believe you can do better.

Oct 25, 2015
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blindtiger24 from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wine, apple juice, belgian yeast, esters on the nose. Foamy pure white head. Golden, hazy, some carbonation. Wheat, strong belgian yeast and spice flavors, and white wine. On the juicy side initially, but some dryness from the yeast and spice. Creamy. Warm on the throat.

Aug 20, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian yeast. Tastes a lot like wine. Oak and tannins. Grapes. White wine. Champagne yeast. Green apples.

Very much like a wine or champagne. Solid offering.

Jun 28, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy copper gold with a 2” sticky foam collar. S: Fruity, musty, wine notes. T: Light malt, slightly sweet, light funk, light apricot to peach, Belgian yeast. F: Medium body with very fine, soft carbonation. O: the carbonation and body make this beer stand out.

Jun 23, 2015
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argock from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. 2014 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear lemon-yellow with 1/2 finger of white head, tightly bubbled with average retention and a delicate stripe of lacing.

S: Exteremly vinous nose with a lot of green grape along with apple, pear and light vanilla notes with herbal hopping

T: Flavor is beery but with a lot of Chardonnay character, light fruits like apple, pear, apricot; hop flavor is low and mainly floral and herbal, with low-medium bitterness. Vanilla and barrel-oak character is strongest at first and seems to wane with warming. Reminds me of a Bruery White Oak light with heavy grapes.

M: Smooth and very drinkable with low carbonation and medium body. ABV of 11.3% is barely noticeable.

O: Melange A Trois is a really unique beer that I am glad I had a chance to try. It is very flavorful and aromatic. It's not really up my alley so to speak, but those who like an interesting barrel character will like this beer a lot. Spendy but worth it for a chance to check it out.

Dec 24, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky gold with an off-white head. Tons of barrel in the nose, both the wood and the chardonnay. Get some earth, black pepper, belgian yeast, booze, and citrus zest too. Taste is a clone of the smell, very barrel forward but has complimentary notes with it. Carbonation is a little high, but good yeast and spiciness, booze leakage feel natural in this style.

Dec 09, 2014
Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 408 ratings