Mélange No. 9
The Bruery

Mélange No. 9Mélange No. 9
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The Bruery
California, United States
Wild Ale
4.3 | pDev: 9.77%
Dec 11, 2021
Feb 02, 2014
Mélange No. 9Mélange No. 9
Notes: 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
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4.26 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2021
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2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania


Jun 29, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mwilbur from Minnesota

2017 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear golden hue with fizzy 1/2 inch white head that quickly recedes.
S: Prominent ginger (a la ginger ale), coconut, and sour base note. Hints of sour lemon and tart strawberries.
T: Tart/sour slaps you...in the tongue. As this settles, spicy ginger, mildly sweet coconut, sour and acidic lemon, tart strawberries, and a hint of oak tannins lingers in the background.
M: Light body. Super tart and sour with elements of spice, creamy sweet, and fruity. Drying oak tannins. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Super refreshing and nice sweet and spice notes. The sour and tart strength makes you slow down and enjoy the sips. Very nice summer brew!

Jun 29, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a golden color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is tart, like Apple cider. Tastes like Apple cider. Very tart but refreshing. Smooth tasting. No hoppy bitterness at all. Good summer brew.

May 16, 2020
4.12 by smithj4 from New York on May 09, 2020
4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Apr 05, 2020
3.41 by RickS95 from Indiana on Apr 04, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

Pours a lovely burnished honey color with a loose, off-white head. Nose expresses notes of ginger and acetic acid. The taste on this beer is super tart - we're talking a tartness that will take enamel of teeth. There are also hints of coconut with are really quite pleasant and interesting. Mouthfeel is Light in body with a lively carbonation and an overpowering astringency. Overall, flavorful but too acidic.

Jun 01, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

Batch One

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep golden orange topped by a half finger of dense and rocky white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of light sourness, oak, ginger and coconut with a slight vanilla undertone
T: Taste is a nice bright sourness followed by the cocount and ginger along with that slight vanilla note from the barrels. Nice pleasant sourness throughout while the ginger and coconut play a nice supporting role. On the swallow there's more coconut and ginger with some lingering pleasant sourness, oak, and vanilla.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent but on the low end while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is a fantastic blend with some great adjuncts. The balance of flavors here is really superb which gives this beer a great amount of complexity. Still drinking well after all these years and one of my favorite blends that they do.

Mar 21, 2019
4.31 by sd123 from Georgia on Sep 29, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

One of my more favorite Melange beers, this one is all tropical sour bourbony. A color somewhere around copper and amber with a full on 4/5" white head and good retention especially for a wild ale. Mild oak notes, coconut, lime, ginger and bourbon jump out in the nose. Definitely one of the more unique beers out there.

Taste continues with the same deliciousness that was in the aroma. I really like the interplay of coconut, lime, lemon, ginger and bourbon, yet it has a sourness in the (3-4) range on a 1-10 scale, which is nice restraint from the Bruery. No tongue ripping here.

The body is nice and light, I like the blend of a sour blonde ale with Sour in the Rye and barrel aged wheatwine. The bourbon kick to it is light and totally makes sense with all the other flavors going on here. The alcohol isn't even perceptible. This beer just crushes everything it set out to do.

Jul 12, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

I am stoked to try this beer. I have wanted this beer for a while now. Poured into my Bruery glass at 40 degrees. A two finger head with fair retention. The color of the beer is an amber color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. A few carbonation bubbles persist.

The nose of the beer is tropical, oak, yeast, vanilla, ginger, bourbon, earth, floral, citrus, and honey.

The flavors are bourbon, earth, floral, citrus, honey, earthy, ginger, coconut, wheat, tropical, oak, yeast, and sea.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and bright. The body of the beer is light, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer is awesome. The flavors blended well. The balance of this beer is incredible. I wish I had more.

Jan 11, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Phil-Fresh from California

A: Lots of barrel vanilla, moderate coconut, light spice and sourness.

A: Copper color, clear with a thinnish uneven head that quickly forms a fine ring around the glass.

T: Vanilla flavor, coupled with toasty coconuts, lots of barrel character, slightly sweet malt, light spice and a slightly sour finish.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer has a great coconut, and vanilla profile with an interesting barrel presence that is nicely offset by a moderately light clean sourness.

Nov 14, 2017
4.09 by vfgccp from New York on Sep 14, 2017
3.78 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Aug 23, 2017
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Jun 25, 2017
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Dec 28, 2016
4.08 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Sep 28, 2016
4.03 by nawpnawp from California on Aug 17, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cvm4 from Mississippi

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!

Jun 08, 2016
4.4 by JoshBrews from Missouri on Jun 03, 2016
4.5 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 20, 2016
4.5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on May 17, 2016
4.48 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Feb 03, 2016
4.46 by buyyourfreedom from New Mexico on Feb 03, 2016
4.31 by M_chav from New Mexico on Feb 03, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rand from California

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.

Jan 15, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by tclipse from Virginia

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

Dec 12, 2015
3.73 by BostonPhilly from Massachusetts on Dec 02, 2015
4 by pisano from Massachusetts on Nov 30, 2015
4.15 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Nov 08, 2015
4.96 by chamawaiian from North Carolina on Aug 26, 2015
3.51 by EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona on Aug 10, 2015
4.64 by The_Wozz from California on Aug 09, 2015
4.63 by Ilpalazzo from California on Jun 22, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stakem from Pennsylvania

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...

May 28, 2015
4.49 by Beer4B from Florida on May 26, 2015
3.93 by acurtis from New Jersey on May 07, 2015
4.61 by NeilFlaiz from California on May 05, 2015
4.59 by AndyEdgar from Illinois on May 01, 2015
Mélange No. 9 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 246 ratings