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

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92
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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 Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BKotch
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarter1221
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of enrique_m
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of chrisgachot
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnpalisi
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UcDru
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of w5baron
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taospowder
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jacobus79
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TcGamby04
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrobb6
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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

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

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

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

Photo of Bristopher89
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Homebrew
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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