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

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392 Ratings
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:
392
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
82
For Trade:
3
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.72/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Good initially, after taste is not good

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The brew pours a slightly hazed goldenrod hue, and is capped with an inch of white pillowy froth.

S/T - The nose immediately greets me with white grape; I do not find this particular aspect of white grape that is suggested to be very pleasing, so I am not initially enthusiastic. With the bias of my high-hopes quelled, I accept this beer for what it is: a fairly nice BSPA which has been muddled with some mediocre grape flavor. Aside from the white grape, the base beer is quite pale, with just a hint of caramel sweetness and fruity-spicy Belgian yeast notes. The nose carries a bit of buttery vanilla, as I get past my Chardonnay objection. Still, the tannic notes imparted by the Chardonnay were unhelpful to this profile.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel and really nice carbonation.

O - A bit disappointed in this one, but overall it is still a decent brew.

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3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strange after taste. Okay overall. Was expecting more from the ratings.

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3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the guys at Freetail for sharing another bottle from this fine brewery.

A: Pours slightly hazy golden/orange color. A massive white head forms, and gently recedes with a ton of sticky lace.
S: Tart fruits, vinous grapes, and oak up front. Dry crackers, and a substantial buttery flavor in the finish.
T: A mix of tart fruits, oak, dry crackers and a bit buttery malt flavor. Almost like diacetyl.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and very dry. Good carbonation. Easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable. A good beer to sip on.

I have like everything from Nebraska Brewing that I have had so far. I do like this, but not one of the better beers in the Reserve Series. Still very much worth a try.

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3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -16%
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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Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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