Melange No. 9 | The Bruery

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Melange No. 9Melange No. 9

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sour ale was the winner of our Hoarders Society blending competition. A combination of our sour blonde, Sour in the Rye, and White Oak Sap along with Ginger and Coconut.

Hoarders Society exclusive for 2014

Added by rudzud on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 230
Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a surprisingly clear amber body with a fizzy paper white head that disappeared as quickly as it got here. No lacing or retention with this head.

S - Oak, acidity and citrus. May'be some ginger spices. Coconut is not to be found. Seems like the blend without the adjuncts is dominating. Typical bruery blonde/oude tart combination.

T - Very tart, acidic, bright and citrus on the first sip. Ginger spices and oak peak in midway. Coconut comes on at the end when the tartness fades away somewhat.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Has a very dry finish.

O - Really the only disappointing aspect of this beer is the smell, which to me was dominated by the tartness. But, man this is one tasty beer!

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Photo of rand
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 wax-sealed bottle poured into a Rare Barrel wine glass

A: Copper-tan in color, a medium pour produces a small head the quickly recedes to a film. Barely a trace of lacing.

S: More tart than expected, citrusy. There's a zesty floral note, possibly from the ginger, although it doesn't smell specifically like ginger. Oak and alcohol round the bouquet.

T: The flavors are tart and zesty as well, and this is well blended - not much of a 'Melange' here, at least on the palate. And you cannot really parse the added ginger and coconut. INstead, there is plenty lemony sourness, unripe berries, oak and a bit of alcohol. Quite singular on the palate, with a short, sour finish.

M: Light and effervescent for an 8% sour beer.

From reading other reviews, I may have sat on this too long to pick out the added ginger and coconut, but it doesn't matter. This beer is delicious as it is. It's really tart, but refreshing in small sips. Well done.

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Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, the reviews are surprisingly low for this one. I didn't get much ginger, but this is basically Sour in the Rye with Coconut, and it is freaking amazing. I would love to get another bottle of this. 4.5/5

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears clear copper in color with no visible head formation.

The aroma includes ginger and basic bruery blonde sour notes smelling lemony lactic and acidic with vinegar aspects. Really not much else going on but maybe a little brine.

The taste is sour bordering on acidic with a sharp lemon twist that blends and seemingly camoflauges the ginger addition but its there with some sips. No grain backing, no barrel character and very well integrated alcohol.

This is medium to light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall not bad but also not something I feel like I need more of. I keep trying these Bruery AWA's thinking I gotta like one sooner or later and that is just rarely the case...

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Photo of mschantz
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden orange with minimal head. A swirl can kick up a begrudging head. Orange grapefruit and just a hint of coconut on the nose. Taste bring a very interesting combo of tropical fruit and coconut - like a tart piña colada. Very unique and interesting beer. Finish is exceptionally clean.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks!

Radiant orange body with a thin cap that hisses and fades within seconds. Coconut, yeast, funk, oak, alcohol, tropical fruit aromas. Lots of coconut in the flavor. Sweet coconut milk with a potpourri of tropical fruits, to include pineapple, mango, melon, guava. Quite tasty indeed.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a pale golden apricot color with some minimal froth.
(S)- Big notes of ginger and coconut with a great fruity tartness.
(T)- A great tartness overall. Taste very similar to the greatest fruit salad you ever had. Big notes of pineapple and coconut with a slightly creamy center.
(M)- A great carbonation level. Great tartness and fruit combo with just the right amount of spice.
(O)- By far, one of the Bruery's best blends to date. Great tartness with an even better fruit profile.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a murky honey color with a modest head that leaves a squiggle of lace

Smell: Lactic tones of coconut, ginger, oak and lemon

Taste: The combination of the lactic sourness and the coconut dominates the front end, with the oak, lemon and ginger tones developing in the middle; the Bourbon is subtle, but makes an appearance in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There are a lot of beers out there these days and so many of them have similarities to other beers so it is exciting to come across something that is truly different - a coconut sour!

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Color is a dense (golden) orange, with a small white head. The lacing is subtle upon the head’s quick dissipation

S: Aroma includes that of coconut oil, vanilla, ginger, oak, lemon, pineapple, fruits of sorts, and has a lactic acid/sourness to it. Quite tropical, unique, and cumbersomely interesting

T: Lactic, acidic, sour and tartness are present in a fashionable manner. Luscious complexity of tropical flavors, hints of wood, and accompanies of lemon, pineapple, coconut, vinegar, ginger, coriander, and butter and coconut notes. The coconut plays a big role here, and does a superb job. Letting this sit/warm up a bit provides for a unique experience of intricacy

M: Medium to Full body, and light to medium carbonation

O: I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this fella, but I myself thoroughly enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it to those in search of something beyond the ordinary. Letting it warm up a bit before delving into it, and spending a fair (not obnoxiously) amount of time with each sip, is key to enjoying Melange #9

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is pale, hazy, golden coloring, with no head. Nose of white grape, coconut, tart notes, toasted grain, and subtle sourness. Flavors are very tart, with chardonnay, apple, a toasted grain backbone, and hints of cinnamon spice. Light, crisp body, with a very tart and dry aftertaste. The finish is clean, dry, and crisp. Very nice. A lot of white wine characteristics. Solid.

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Photo of champ103
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

A: Pours a hazed orange color. A white head forms, and fizzes out in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted coconut with some lactic milk, sugar, malty sweetness, lactic acid. Not enjoying the nose.
T: Yep, not particularly enjoying this. Coconut for sure, toasted malts and a lactic acid, spoiled milk flavor that I don't like. Really sweet, the coconut milk like favor, acidic tartness, and sugary sweetness do not mesh for me.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. A sticky, dirty, muddled mouthfeel. Not something I care to drink again.

No definition here at all, and not something I enjoy. The Bruery is always worth trying, but you will undoubtebly get misses and messes like this. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold wax-capped 750mL bottle acquired through the Hoarders Society. Bottled 1/29/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a hazy, almost completely opaque, orange hay color with some token pale bubbles that start at a finger and a half but quickly disappear. No retention. No lace.

Aromas are tart with oak, ginger, hay and just a hint of sugar.

Flavor is sour with an over arcing tartness. Luckily I allowed it to warm a bit before reviewing- the flavors open up quite nicely as the regrigerator's chill wears off. A nice toasted coconut flavor intermingled with rye, hay, oak, vague marmalade, ginger, faint vanilla, ocassional traces of bourbon, a hint of caramel and very little alcohol presence. The sour macaroon description from a previous review is pretty accurate.

Medium feel with a sharp pop on the tongue yet not exactly much in the way of carbonation. Tart wet hay, coconut milk, rye, barrel and a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Less a Melange and more a Sour in the Rye remix. It retains most of SITR character with a pleasant twist of coconut and subtle ginger. Still an enjoyable brew. I don't know that I'll hold on to my last bottle much longer because I don't want it to lose the coconut that really makes this beer special.

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Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a muted, fruit juicy looking, pale orange and golden, tropical looking, hazy body with a short half finger cap of fizzy white head that barely lingers before completely disappearing without even a trace of a collar or lace.

S - Lots of stuff going on in here. Nilla Wafers up front topped with coconut. Tropically fruity, touches of pineapple, orange marmalade, ginger. A bit yeasty, a trace of sweet malt base, a little bit woody, marginally tart/sour - far less than expected.

T - Sour happily comes out in the flavor giving a lightly puckering and mouth watering experience - not super intense...just about right, I think. Huge coconut - a mix of pulpy and toasty flavors. Ginger isn't quite as forward in the flavor profile, but still manages a big presence - spicy against the coconut and sour flavors. Lightly fruity in the sourness - still getting pineapple in there...a bit of a pina colada effect going on. Can't say I am getting any trace of time in a bourbon barrel as shown on the label however, although I am questioning myself on this on occasional sips - sometimes not sure if I am getting a bit of gingery bite or bourbon warmth. At any rate, you will at the very least have to search for the bourbon.

M - A bit on the thin side, definitely light in carbonation...not still - definitely noticeable life, but it is barely kicking. Lighter intensity sourness - enough to water the mouth, but not much beyond that. Nice, mild ginger spicy feel that comes and goes depending on the sip.

O - A bit of an unusual beer. Lots of nice tropical notes, rather intense coconut character, mild ginger spice, and a mid-level sourness. Rather enjoyable. Goes down easy for an 8% beer - somewhat candy/dessert-like beer. A beer where the sum is greater than the parts - I really like this and find that the overall is higher than the individual components - has some flaws, but overall, it works pretty well for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, funk, and slight ginger and coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with sour ginger and coconut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a much better ginger and coconut presence in the taste.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml waxed bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8% ABV

A - Hazy rustic honey colored with a head that audibly fizzles out into nothing almost instantaneously - it must be pretty damn acidic!

S - With it's vanishing head, it's hard to grab a nose from the brew but suggestions of pineapple and toasted coconut overlap wet straw and a lightly tart funkiness.

T - Toasted coconut lightly dusted with cinnamon crosses the tongue with a slightly sweet caramel maple syrup-kissed malt background and funky acidic finish.

M - Light and undercarbonated for the audible fizz the beer's head lets out, this tart beer finishes with a lovely dryness and nod to puckering sourness.

O - Melange No. 9's interesting blend of coconut, cinnamon, and maple works splendidly in this "light" sour that finishes slightly still and tart for a completely unique brew.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge coconut nose with a hint of tartness and some earthiness. The coconut is right there for you almost like coconut water or milk. The ginger gives a sharp bite and some spice to help balance. The tartness is a tad lactic and mostly in the finish. This beer was really interesting. I would recommend to anyone who jumped on the coconut beer craze. This has huge coconut flavor. My first ginger experience in a beer like this, and it really added that spice and almost earthy quality. I couldn't drink a lot of this as there is a lot of flavor and plenty of sweetness alongside that acidity, but it sure was fun to try.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

murky dark golden color with not much of a head. smell of the typical golden sour with a lot of coconut on the back. taste is extremely complex. its definitely got that SITR base but with a good amount of coconut and ginger...all three flavors are easily distinguishable and blend so well together. not super puckering but just enough...VERY drinkable. even better as it warmed. medium body with mild carbonation

overall i definitely enjoyed this more than i thought i would. i want another.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud.

Starts with a decent fizzy head that fades instantly, hazy orange murky slight reddish beer.

Nose is loaded With coconut, raw coconut and milk like, little yam like earthy note and sweetness, little macaroon coconut, sweet caramel candy malt, hint of tart fruit and sour malt maybe.

Taste is very nice, lots of coconut again, mostly raw coconut with little toasted note, coconut milk and earthy water, plenty of sour blond, little tart fruity note, mild sour malt with little caramel touch. No ginger though, very light toasted vanilla oak barrel, very faint bourbon. Finish is a little sticky, more coconut milk and sour malt, little tart fruit and sour blond, mild acidic note.

Mouth is med bod, little sticky and syrupy, mild flemmy, little coconut oily feel, decent but lighter carb, very light warming booze.

Overall pretty delicious.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden honey hue with a one finger head that fades almost immediately to leave no head, halo, or lacing.

S - Aromas of the typical sour blonde bruery aromas, followed by loads upon loads of raw and roasted coconut. Not getting much ginger, the coconut is more raw than toasted.

T - Taste is super sour blonde, very very tart, and then WHAM coconut. Enormous coconut notes, the bourbon is super faint, as is the ginger. The coconut flesh and milk are super super prominent. Like a tart sour macaroon!

M - Mouthfeel is lightly crisp, coconut oil. Actually kind of contradicts itself.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, but much more sour and tart than I would have liked. Still, this was a tasty beer.

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Photo of DJButters
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow just a quick glance at the reviews and now after about a year, I finally have a beer worth reviewing.

I won't waste time going down the taste list, please review ddb to to that. However I will let you know that this is a very drinkable sour, coconut forward, mild and fun. Not to sweet, yet you will have enamel left and your insides will not be rotten. One of the best sours from Bruery... Pop and enjoy, or send to me

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Melange No. 9 from The Bruery
4.16 out of 5 based on 230 ratings.
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