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

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outstanding
386 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:
386
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
81
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 386 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of GreenMind
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveB3014
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChipChaight
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of IceAce
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pencible
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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 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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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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?

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Photo of rickrem
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Dirt286
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Angerhaus
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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 snippydippy
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomMorris
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 386 ratings.
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