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

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104 Reviews
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
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
381
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
17.62%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
84
For Trade:
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 release. Golden Delicious apple yellow with Champagnesque carbonation and a massive crown of pearl colored foam that is as Belgianesque as any America-brewed ale has a right to be. Outstanding and extensive lace puts the finishing touches on an appearance that is eye candy in the extreme.

The aroma is remarkable too. One sniff was all it took to identify each major part of this chardonnay barrel-aged BSPA. On second thought, the oak isn't very prominent, but the others work together like hand-in-glove. Very little appreciable alcohol is an excellent sign.

Who the bloody hell are these guys!?! Melange A Trois (the first salvo in the Barrel Aged Reserve Series) is the second gobsmacker of an ale that I've had from Nebraska Brewing Company. Assuming all of their offerings are this delicious, NBC can give America's best brewers of Belgian-style ales (see Allagash and Russian River) a serious run for their money. True story.

There is unquestionable quality in each and every mouthful. This now 9-month old brew has held up incredibly well and tastes and feels like it will be damn good for some time to come. Supreme job of bottle-conditioning... but we're not ready to talk about mouthfeel yet.

The base beer is an extraordinarily well-crafted Belgian strong pale that features perfect balance between golden orchard fruit (pears, apples) and clove spice. The Chardonnay grape vinousness, while not as prominent as it was in Hop God, is still an indispensible member of the flavor profile. Oak is in the background, but isn't really missed.

Subsequent pours recreate the impressive and imposing crown, while blanketing the sides of the glass with even more sticky lace. The mouthfeel makes drinking this amazing elixir a summer breeze. It's light-medium for the ABV and has the expansive creaminess and lightly sparkly bubbles that Belgian ales are known for. Brewed in Papillion, NE? Mind-boggling.

On the strength of two out-of-this-world ales, I'm ready to crown Nebraska Brewing Company the single best 'unknown to most BAs' brewery in the country. Melange A Trois is at least the equal of Hop God, and might even be better. Both are superlative drinkers and make me glad to live in a neighboring state. Now, about distribution one state to the east...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dogfishandi
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a darkness snifter shared with fellow BA's at our last tasting.

pours out a hazy pale golden color with a nice white head. good retention with some lace left behind.

very vinious and wine like, lots of that chardonnay barrel coming through. some phenoly belgian yeast and a bit of sweet candied malt.

lots of white wine, grapey flavors, fruity, phenoly belgian yeast, very similar to the aroma. slightly tart. a bit of sweet candied malt.

medium bodied, a bit dry and tart finish.

a very nice belgian, so much of that chardonnay barrel coming through. very much like the other nebraska beers ive tried.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Star, unusual find - flew under the beer dorks radar and is readily available

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - lovely pour, straw-golden body, heavy white foam with strong retention

smell: funky yeast, tart sugars, white pepper, pear, pineapple, citrus

taste: Hell yeah - this reminds me of NG unplugged saison with some age on it. Great tartness, vinous notes from the chardonnay barrel, oak, pineapple and citrus, dry bitterness, white pepper, belgian yeast. Is that what all beer from Nebraska tastes like?

mouthfeel: light, tart, good carbonation

drinkability: good

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Photo of KMcG
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque straw, wonderfully beady head two fingers thick, after it dissipates there is a fine luxurious lace. It's inviting so much so that several people asked what I was drinking.

S: Fruity and sweet.  Grapes, dank Belgium yeast, and clear Chardonnay character.

T: White wine, peppery like some Saisons, oaky, honey and raisins.  There is a toastiness and a hint of clove.  Quite complex, but strong wine-like character.

M: Fine carbonation, crisp, dry and medium body. 

Overall, fantastic!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of 750ml bottle.

Appearance - Golden yellow hue.

Smell - Oak, Wine and Belgian yeast.

Taste - Wine, grapes, Belgian yeast, light fruits, champagne... WOW!

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - One of the best Belgians out there. Definitely the best Belgian Strong from Nebraska!!

Grade (A+)

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This brew begins with an excessive amount of head, but is not gushing. Its hazy golden-yellow color shimmers perfectly in the light. Chardonnay and wood are obvious in the nose, but tropical fruit, nougat and nutty yeast are also in tow. It is silky smooth and a little creamy, with a fluffy, moderate-size body. With a little tartness, it is still very beery. Vinous character from the barrel plays strong, yet mixes well with the malt, alcohol and modest hops. Tartness and wood linger long into the aftertaste. Pretty damn amazing. This is a sipper that does not miss a beat.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for sharing this one with me, VaTechHopHead!

Clear golden with a large, creamy, persistent bone-white head that lasts and lasts, eventually leaving thick ribbons and lots of stick down the glass.

Chardonnay grapes and oak dominate the aroma, along with a touch of citrus, and bready sweetness.

The grape and oak barrel character is dominant in flavor as well, along with a hint of an acidic tartness, mild yeast, and sweet bread.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Very enjoyable and quite interesting.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my free Stella tulip glass (check 'em out online, you may still be able to score a freebie).

A: Beautifully packaged, wine-like label with a nice description of the beer, ample head, hazy orange color with very nice lacing and retention.

S: CHARDONNAY - from the moment the cap leaves its perch, French oak, orange peel, banana (it's a Belgian).

T: Orange peel, banana, oak, plum, raisin. Surprisingly - not incredibly boozy for a 10% brew.

O: A very nice beer that has taken on a lot of the characteristics of the barrels it was aged in. I recommend trying this at least once.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kwkdmk
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of valkyre65
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bizoneill
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of daveytheformer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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