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
Ratings:
390
Reviews:
106
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
81
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 390 |  Reviews: 106
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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750ml bottle to an Ommegang tulip glass. Hazy yellow in color with about two fingers worth of white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, white grapes, light oak and an obvious tart presence. Taste is perfect. You get a little of everything from sip to sip.. Belgian yeast spice, Floral notes, orange peel, some vanilla and oak subtleties. Slightly acidic and tart. Well carbonated, dosent detract from the complexities at all. This is pretty much everything I want from a beer. Price tag is steep so it's not something I'll be drinking as much as I'd like.

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Photo of JEdstrom
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BruceHartford3
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mwilbur
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, yellow-hued body with a foaming, tall, white head.

Smell: The chardonnay wine barrel treatment is simply bulging in the aroma, ahead of the lightly sweet-scented golden barley and hint of finely fragrant herbs and flowers giving a quality of hand-crafted artisan soaps, the kind people keep in an ornate bowl in the bathroom, are in small shapes, and you're not allowed to use.

Taste: A wonderful blend of sweet, soft as cream barley and a great chardonnay with a gentle oakiness. Floral accents, a hint of citric lemon vanilla creme, and some perfumy touches. A little, bright 'pop' of acidity. Light spiciness and some more oak showing on the wine spritzed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated, very easy and breezy along the tongue.

Overall: The chardonnay character is pairing perfectly with the strong golden ale with just the right amount of carbonation. Hardly any showing of the supposed 10% alcohol. It's outstanding all around. I know it's early still, but can I go ahead and declare my favorite new beer of the year?

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Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a world class beer. The barrel aging is top notch. Truly wonderful vanilla, honey, oaky smells and flavors shin in the nose and the taste. Beautiful mouthfeel, beautiful appearance. Incredible taste.

It is always amazing to be stopped in your shoes by a beer that makes one sit back and realize the beauty of great craft beer.

Get this at all costs.

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4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet....

A: Pours a golden yellow cloudy hue with a nice three finger frothy white head that lingers throughout the entire beer. Only knock is that its a little hazy, but everything else looks amazing.

S: Reminds me immediately of Duvel with the bright fruit esters of apple and peach and the yeast comes through along with some nice pale malt and floral hop on the finish. The Chardonnay really transferred beautifully to the nose as well, can definitely pick it up and seems to marry well with the beer.

T: This stuff is incredible! Seriously this might be a one up on Duvel, like drinking the already nearly perfect Duvel but with some nice oak and chardonnay notes layered in there as well.

M: Smooth and nicely carbonated, head retention adds to creaminess of the feel. Can't find the 10%.

D: Too drinkable, this stuff goes down in the blink of an eye, but oh so smooth and well balanced! Forget about RR Temptation, this is the best pale aged in oak imo!

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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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