Mélange No. 12 | The Bruery

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Mélange No. 12Mélange No. 12
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4.36/5
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163 Ratings
Mélange No. 12Mélange No. 12
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mélange #12 is a uniquely debonair blend of some of our favorite strong ales that have been allowed to age gently in bourbon barrels for an average of nearly 22 months. Once these barrels were carefully selected to blend, we chose to enhance the beer and barrel flavors with three of our favorite ingredients: cacao nibs, vanilla beans and hazelnuts.

Added by Rollzroyce21 on 06-03-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
163
pDev:
5.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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39
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55
Trade:
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3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours the typical murky brown body with a khaki one finger head. The body is probably on the darker side of Bruery old ales.

S - Hazelnuts and cocoa nibs greet you at first. The barrel aged characteristics (oak and bourbon) come on with the vanilla as well as caramel complimenting them. Really a dessert treat on the nose.

T - Just like the nose. A good helping of hazelnuts, cocoa nibs and caramel at first. The base BA beer peaks through bringing with it bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark fruits.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. There is some abv heat, but it's so smooth and barely noticeable.

O - This is a home run! Perfectly blended and the adjuncts compliment it.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown which is nearly black and topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of hazelnuts and chocolate with some caramel and vanilla from the bourbon barrels with some slight oak. There's a little dark fruit going on as well in the nose.
T: Taste is chocolate and hazelnuts with caramel and vanilla. Hints of oak and some dark fruits with a little toffee followed by more chocolate and hints of coffee and roasted malts. Swallow is more chocolate and hazelnuts with some lingering coffee and roasted malts. There's some lingering oak, caramel and vanilla on the finish as well.
M: This beer is full and smooth in body with soft carbonation that is perfect for the style and ABV. This beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this is a killer beer. The flavors and complexity are phenomenal and it's a pleasure to drink. It may have a lot of booze but it hides it well. Probably best to split with friends but I'm taking care of this one solo. Definitely one to try and get your hands on if possible.

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4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml light brown 2015 bottle poured into tulip 16/8/16, cheers billverstien for sending the bottle

A dark brown with some copper highlights when held to the light, short lived noisy tan foam leaves no lace as expected, wide legs all over the glass, shes a big one

S bourbon barrel galore, almost smells spiked with the stuff, boozy sting, lots of cocoa and a little fudge, vanilla, I'm not getting much hazelnut but some in the background, some sugar coated raisins, maybe just a hint of sweetened coffee, much like many Bruery monsters its more like a chocolate liqueur then beer

T slightly ore nutty then the nose, burnt caramel, cocoa comes out even more but so does the booze, more wood, some tobacco, faint char, its hot but delicious

M thick, syrupy, sticky, enough bubbles to keep it form feeling flat, shes got some heat going down and it hits your head and chest just the same, a little numbing on the lips and gums, woody finish lingers

O lots gong on in this enjoyable sipper, boozy at times but you know what your getting yourself into when you crack a 17% monster

Another wonderful massive barrel aged monster from The Bruery. I'm pretty happy I have this one to sip on for the next few hours, I'm not gong to get board of this stuff before I take down the bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -3%
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4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.62/5  rDev +6%
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Mélange No. 12 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 163 ratings