Mélange No. 15
The Bruery

Mélange No. 15Mélange No. 15
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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #98
ABV:
14.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,409
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 19.39%
Ratings:
86
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 31, 2021
Added:
Jun 07, 2016
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  16
SCORE
88
Very Good
Mélange No. 15Mélange No. 15
Notes: Inspired by rocky road; brewed with walnuts, cacao nibs from TCHO and vanilla into rich, bourbon barrel-aged barleywine and old ale to mimic the flavors of the rich, nutty dessert. Lactose was added to impart a marshmallow character and an extra creamy mouthfeel.
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4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

Look: dark ruby/copper, plush off white head on the pour.
Smell: obtained a few bottles. 1st was infected. 2nd was wonderful. Chocolate, vanilla, nutty, richness. 5 years in, mellow as hell.
Taste: like the nose. Fantastic.

Mar 31, 2021
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2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

About to get all pastry old ale up in this.

Pours a brown color, looks kind of thin. Smells like chocolate chip cookies, in bourbon. Smells like that possibly short evil girl who likes decadent shit with a red wine note to it.

Taste oh no, I thought it would start to separate that stuff into more discreet feels like marshmallow and walnut compliment the chocolate bourbon cookie note. Unfortunately, it set a record for the strongest unintentionally soured beer I've ever had. Thinned out body and a bunch of cranberry and chocolate sensations. Ugh. What a bummer. A little bit impressed that an infection could survive in this high alcohol environment. Shit I dunno if I even got my money back for this one. Drank what we could, in November 2017.

Aug 24, 2020
 
4.08 by cd34 from Illinois on May 29, 2020
 
4 by edthehead from New York on Sep 24, 2019
 
4.04 by BAsbill from California on Aug 22, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/19/2016. This was infected as noted in other reviews, but not too bad. Pours a hazy dark ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, cream, cocoa, walnuts, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, leathery/musty/lacto funk, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, cocoa, walnuts, vanilla, lactose, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, cream, cocoa, walnuts, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, leathery/musty/lacto funk, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness; and Brett, bourbon, oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, cream, cocoa, walnuts, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, biscuit, brown bread/crust, dark fruit, cherry, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, leathery/musty/lacto funk, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, cocoa, walnuts, vanilla, lactose, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast flavors; with a nice malt/tart/sourness, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness balance. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is good. Mild puckering sourness and tannic astringency through the glass, but not overwhelming. Mild increasing warmth of 14.8%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged infected strong ale for being infected. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, cocoa, walnuts, vanilla, lactose, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast flavors; smooth and easy to sip on slowly for the huge ABV, with the modestely acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. From an imperial dark sour standpoint this was really enjoyable. The initial strong ale malt/barrel character is noticed in the nose and the front of the palate; but the Brett and Lacto take over immediately and clean the sweetness on the finish. Got better as it warmed.

May 06, 2019
 
4.5 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Jun 10, 2018
 
4.06 by Beer21 from Florida on Mar 15, 2018
 
3.83 by BEER88 from Washington on Mar 09, 2018
 
4 by 2GOOFY from California on Oct 21, 2017
 
2.97 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Oct 07, 2017
 
4.71 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2017
 
3.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jul 31, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by nickfl from Florida

This is over the top infected, real good and sour. Everyone else I had it with hated it, I actually didn't mind it, but it would clearly work a lot better if it wasn't sour.

Jun 29, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml

A- pours a clear deep ruby-brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that has short retention

S- big marshmallow aroma up front with lots of sweet vanilla. Sweet caramel and toffee mix with bourbon barrel and plenty of booze

T- sweet caramel and tobacco up front give way to creamy marshmallow and vanilla sweetness. Mid-palate gives plenty of bourbon barrel, the finish gives more caramel and a linger of toasted nuts

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a long boozy linger

O- pretty good blend with a noticeable walnut presence

May 27, 2017
 
3.59 by Zonian1 from Ohio on May 24, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by crob3888 from California

At nearly 15% alcohol it is incredible that I get no alcohol heat here. And the pour almost seems thin when you're expecting motor oil; but the mouthfeel is impeccable. The aromas and flavors are too: walnuts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, some coffee, and good amounts of dark fruit flavors come through as well.

May 20, 2017
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1/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by dannyhipps from California

Infected beyond belief... picked this up to share with my wonderful wife on our 20th anniversary... she's always loved walnuts, and hey, Rocky Road ice cream cuz we're old school like that...

on the bright side, I'm enjoying the aftertaste of battery acid with hints of rancid cherry yogurt showing through... yay.

May 18, 2017
 
3.75 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on May 16, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by SomethingClever from Ohio

750 ml bottle poured into snifter

A: good clarity, caramel body very little head as you pour light off white khaki.

S: lots of sweet bourbon, toffee, vanilla, caramel. Vanilla is fairly prominent.

T: lots of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel very sweet a little alcohol heat too.

M: medium bodied to slightly watery a little more carbonation than I expected.

O: this beer is sweet it's boozy and it's not bad, really wish I had shared it with someone. I'm surprised how much chocolate comes out in the front I'm wondering if I'm mistaking some of the chocolate for some of the walnuts because the finish is definitely walnuty.

Apr 30, 2017
 
4.79 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Apr 15, 2017
 
1.6 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Apr 04, 2017
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1.97/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by nataku00 from California

Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a finger of quickly dissipating tan head.

Aroma: Tart cherries and vinegar? Hmm, not in description

Taste: Definitely infected, just sour and not in a pleasant way. Some of the vanilla and cacao still in finish, but the taste is just all apple cider vinegar.

Really disappointed in this infected beer. Description sounded interesting, but the tastes and aroma was all infection.

Apr 02, 2017
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1.54/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
by rspauldi from Texas

It appears like Infection is setting in on this beer. The tart cherry flavor was really off putting. I didn't get any aroma or flavor of walnuts. Took a few drinks and poured the rest down the drain.

Mar 15, 2017
 
4.2 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Mar 14, 2017
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1.75/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
by SpeedwayJim from New York

750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku.

When a beer is this bad, it doesn't deserve a proper review. The light sourness/tartness that previous reviewers were alluding to has developed into a full blown infection at this point. There some walnut aromas present but make no mistake, this beer is ashy with hints of white and dark vinegar. The high ABV mixed with the tartness just makes things worse. Body is much lighter than it should be for the style and way too carbonated.

I've always forgiven the Bruery for their sours because their stouts, barleywines and old ales have been top-of-the-line. However, when you start to make infection mistakes with your bread and butter style and still selling to to the consumer at $30 plus/per bottle then its over. What a disgraceful showing.

Feb 24, 2017
 
4.25 by Matt141 from Texas on Feb 23, 2017
 
3.5 by topdown from California on Feb 16, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

Liquid, boozy rocky road ice cream.

Walnuts come through when it warms. Body that of an old ale or barleywine, so don't expect a thick stout here.

Feb 06, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ThickNStout from Georgia

Gold foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 7/19/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, deep red with about two and a half fingers of manilla head. Splotchy surface, full collar, a few dashes of lace.

Sweet aromas of vanilla, toasted nuts, bourbon, a mild, creeping sour funk, lactose and some cooked sugar. Not a fan of that semi sour element but even with that going on in the background this smells excellent.

A hearty smack of booze is initially apparent in the flavor and reminders of that substantial abv crop up throughout. Bourbon-soaked walnuts, cocoa, caramel, milk sugar, slightly funky wet wood, vanilla and some of that familiar Bruery house yeast in the background. As in the nose I may not like the subtle signals of possible infection but this is still damned tasty.

Full, almost sticky feel with light carbonation. The aftertaste is like bourbon-doused rocky road with just a mild oaken funk.

I always appreciate The Bruery's commitment to a theme. This rocky road Melange is some solid work. I detect a subtle creeping funk but this was still a mighty enjoyable brew. I will be drinking my other bottles in short order rather than cellaring them.

Feb 01, 2017
 
4.24 by Hugonaut13 from Illinois on Jan 22, 2017
 
2.62 by siege06nd from Virginia on Jan 21, 2017
 
2.37 by billab914 from Virginia on Jan 21, 2017
 
4 by scottiethebody from California on Jan 20, 2017
 
3.84 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp to Bruery snifter. Pours a golden brown with good carbonation. Smell is vanilla and cocoa, with a hint of sourness (hope this isn't bad). Taste is interesting, for sure. I'm picking up the lactose and the walnuts, but I'm not getting much bourbon. I think it's a bit sour and perhaps on its way out, which is a bit disappointing. Mouthfeel is quite nice, although perhaps a bit thin.

Jan 15, 2017
 
4.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jan 12, 2017
 
4.21 by dddddddd from Washington on Jan 11, 2017
 
4.25 by fthegiants from California on Dec 30, 2016
 
3.75 by sweemzander from Illinois on Dec 21, 2016
Mélange No. 15 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 86 ratings