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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mélange #1 was the first in our line of barrel aged beer blends and continues to be one of our favorites. A curious blend of our bourbon barrel aged stout, Black Tuesday, along with our Flemish-style sour red ale, Oude Tart, this beer is unique and delightful. Forging flavors of toasty oak, vanilla and toffee along with notes of leather and dark fruit, both the full bodied essence of the bourbon barrel aged ale and the sour quality of our wild ale are present in this well rounded beer.

Mélange #1 was first released in a bottle in 2011, but was actually first served as cask ale back in 2008.

Added by Halcyondays on 09-07-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
561
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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181
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222
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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at their brewery when visiting a little while back. Oude Tart and Black Tuesday blend? Down! Huge imperial stout and Flanders red notes. Roasty coffee, dark chocolate, nutella, red wine, lemon and oak. Amazingly well balanced!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: Stone 17th Anniversary tasting glass
From: The Bruery in Placentia, Calif.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: July 4, 2016
Misc.: 2014 version (11.5 pct. ABV); Shared with Beer Advocate’s heresy22

Thanks, Chris!

Was super excited to get a chance to try this one. I forgot that I had a taster of the 2016 version at my most recent trip to The Bruery, but was excited to get to do a full review on it. I mean “a curious blend of our bourbon barrel-aged stout, Black Tuesday, along with our Flemish-style sour red ale, Oude Tart, this beer is unique and delightful.” This one is going to be good.

Poured a medium-to-dark brown murky color with about 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan head in the taster glass. Above average lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled sour cherry, chocolate, vanilla, cherry vanilla ice cream, toasty bourbon and toffee. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted tart cherry, bourbon, cherry vanilla, toffee, roasted chocolate, a touch of oak and rather boozy. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Overall this was a really good sour stout. I much prefer regular Black Tuesday and Oude Tart, but I did like this spin on it. (Overall - 4.00)

4.05 | 91 | A-

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass leaving minimal lacing
S: Smells of sour cherries, lactic tartness, caramel, oak, and a little roastyness from the Black Tuesday
T: Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with some nice lactic sourness and cherry notes, light vanilla and caramel, oak and leather at times as well. Swallow is sour cherries, dark malts, slight vanilla and oak with some lingering sourness
M: This beer is somewhat heavy with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: In this beer you can taste the sum of the parts. I don't know if it's better than when they're separate. Overall it's very good and the sourness is very nice. Definitely one to try and get your hands on if you like sour beers with a twist.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/13/2015. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, currant, plum, red grape, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, leather, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, currant, plum, red grape, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, leather, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate acidic/tannic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, currant, plum, red grape, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, leather, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from acidity/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/acidic/tannic balance mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible blended sour. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; very smooth to sip on for the big ABV and elevated acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured mostly dark black like you'd expect a stout to do, ruby-brown edges and a beige head. Aromas and flavors of bourbon barrel, chocolatey goodness, boozy fruit, and tart cherries and oak. Really great.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage, so about 18 months after bottling. East coast Bruery fan, this is my first Melange though. 750 ml at just below room temp, into Lickinghole teku.

Looks like a mix of BT and OT, unsurprisingly.

Smells a lot like Oude Tart. When I first cracked it, very strong vinegar, cherry, and leather notes. I noticed that thats all you get if your nose is deep in the glass, but if you back off you get almost exclusively bourbon, vanilla, coconut etc almost underneath it all. Pretty cool actually.

Mega sour bomb when first cracked. Really was hard to get anything else, considerably more sour than a fresh OT (or ToD). Once it mellowed/ I got warmed up to it, really picked up on some BT decadence.

I was interested to how much this would differ from tart of darkness, and I while I like that beer, this is much different. Benefits big time from the higher abv.

Fun beer. I didn't trade anything crazy for it, and am glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out something thinner than Black Tuesday, but still hella dark, thin 1/5" dark brown head. Aroma was a perfect melange if you will. Bourbon and leathery tartness. Plenty of chocolate, a small amount of vanilla, oak, cherry.

Taste was top notch, melanged if you will again, great balance between the two. Not as sour as Oude Tart, not as boozy and huge as Black Tuesday. Make no mistake, its still a giant beer. Brought plenty of cherry out.

My favorite Melange, easy and simple, just straight up a blend of two of the best beers in the world.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros. 2013 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of nice light chocolate, good sour tartness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice tartness. There is good vinegar bite with nice faint chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp, lightly flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was nicely acidic with good stout balance. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of vfgccp
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Originally had a 2013 batch on tap in 2014 and reviewed as a 4.8

Full review of 2014 batch in 2015 from a bottle.

A - A beautiful looking beer. Deep ruby red mahogany body with 2 fingers of khaki head. OK retention and lace.

S - Soft prune, raisins, and figs, with a gentle woody vinegar funk. Touch of milk chocolate and coffee grinds on the backend.

T - Dark chocolate, black cherries, light coffee, chocolate cream, tart cranberries, toffee, soft bourbon, and warm pumpernickel bread.

M - Full, smooth body with great carbonation.

O - An outstanding blend showcasing the best of both beers.

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Photo of rand
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL waxed-sealed bottle poured into a snifter

Rather than listing all of the nebulous flavor descriptors, it's more interesting to note how the blending process has arced the flavor profile. The more lactic aspect of Oude Tart is a bit less puckering, bending sweeter. Black Tuesday's oaky-chocolatey richness is somewhat tempered; not quite pedestrian but easier to parse. The entire flavor spectrum isn't exactly streamlined, but not as disparate as one would guess.

The end result reminds of unsweetened yogurt flavored with vanilla bean.

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Photo of Resuin
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter.

A: Pours a murky dark brown and leaves a couple fingers of light tan head. (3.75)

S: Tart cherries, leather, tobacco, caramel, brown sugar, plums. Smells like a flanders. As it warms some vanilla/bourbon comes out. (4)

T: Leather, tart cherry, raspberry, light toffee, vinegar. Not much bourbon presence in here. Pretty drinkable, mild tartness and acidity. (4)

M: Full body with a medium carb. Thick feel to it, definitely works. (4.25)

O: Interesting beer. I don't get much of the black Tuesday, I guess the oude tart takes over here. Leathery, tart berries, stone fruits and just a hint of sweetness. (4)

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large shared 2014 bottles (2 occasions).

Another odd blend of beers from The Bruery that, despite what one may expect, is a surprisingly successful blend.

Dark red brown body. Clear with a good if bubbly off-white head.

Somewhat unappealing funky aroma.

Taste: Complex, moderately tart, strongly flavored. Good balance although leaning strongly to the red side.

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Upper Lip (Bailey's) in PDX the other day. Am not a huge sour fan (and so didn't care for the regular Oude Tart all that much), but the combination of OT and BT made for a pretty interesting combination. The beer had something of a sour cherry, dipped in dark chocolate nose and flavor, which was pretty nice. Was surprised by the abv., as it really doesn't drink like a beer with nearly 10% abv. Not sure how much of this I'd want to buy or drink (as it was a bit spendy), but it was a treat to try it on draft the other day.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- Black in the glass but clear brown around the edges, one finger off white head

S-Oak, sour, cherries, dark fruits.

T-Rather sour, dark fruits and cherries, oak and leather. Some chocolate.

M-Medium to heavy, semi sour and nice carbonation.

O-A good beer, might not be worth the money but worthy trying once.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

must be the sour component. I just can't wrap my palate around this one. all 4 of us didn't finish our pour. Odd, because I liked both components individually...

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Photo of Domvan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black tuesday is such an awesome beer, this beer takes a twist as oude tart takes you on a sour ride. The body is definitely a lot thinner, but the tartness is quite enjoyable. A very interesting beer indeed

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.47/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Thick, viscous hybrid Black Tuesday / Oude Tart Sour? Both beers on their own are delicious and world class. This was all sorts or wrong. A muddled mess whereas no flavors from each beer complimented the other. Horrible mouthfeel for any addition of brett to a beer. Argueably the worst craft offering I've had to date.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. 2013 edition, came in at 11% ABV.

Mostly opaque black with a slight burgundy tinge. Thick, creamy 1/2" beige head. Settles to 1/8" with some thick lacing, comes back nicely with a swirl.

Aromas of cherry pie filling, balsamic vinegar, plums, baking spices, chocolate. A little leathery funk.

Tastes of tart cherry, red wine vinegar, tangy dark chocolate, leather. Finishes bitter & sour with some red apple skin and cherry pit.

Thick, slightly viscous body. Smooth. Lingers on the tongue.

Love it. Tasty and complex, unique, rich for a sour beer. Bruery is my shit!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Deep brown with garnet highlights around the rim. Basically opaque except around the edges. Forms a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly, and low visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon and oak, vinous, tart cherries and some acetic character, roasted malts with some chocolate notes.

T: Follows the nose well - tart cherry, acetic, restrained bourbon flavor, oak tannins, roasted malts, and a touch of chocolate. Finishes tart with lingering vinegar acidity.

M: Lighter body than the appearance suggested, but not at all watery. Carbonation sensation on the low side. Alcohol flavors are obvious, but certainly not overly hot.

O: Very tasty. The sour flavors from the Oude Tart dominate the Black Tuesday character, but it's a nice blend. Significantly easier to drink than I thought it might be. Recommended.

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Photo of JulioH
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This most likely is a variation of an oude tart. This one, however, has a strength that oude tart does not have. It makes it somewhat heady but very enjoyable. At the same time, this could be a regular ale, with a bit of a sour hit. Even though the flavors are different, they complement each other very well.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears dark brown in color with lighter brown clarity around the edges. A khaki cap fades leaving stringy patchy lace.

The aroma is distincticely like oude tart with all sorts of bacterial tang that go to straight vinous notes with additional fruity sour complexity. There is a dry oak presence also felt blending to raisons. A faint dusty chocolate grain note is the last thing to cross the nose.

The taste is tart yet bitter with herbal hops contrasted by a warming alcohol feel. Some chocolate grain aftertaste starts to feel almost musty as it warms up. The alcohol imparts a warming feel to this straight out the gate but it never feels like it is as big as it is listed as.

This is medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is strangely 2 beers I enjoy on their own but sadly no good aspects of either come out in the blend. It is strangely herbal and bitter which I dont remember being present in the base beers. I would not be quick to revisit this one but I can see how some would really dig it.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle poured cold and letting warm. Brown leather pour with ring of dirty brown head. Smell lacks of some dark fruit, leather and a hint of barrel. Taste is great but leans heavier on the oude tart than tuesday with crazy flavor mix of tart dark fruit, leather, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar leaning into a mild tart finish. Not puckering like Oude Tart. Feel is medium carb with a nice medium body.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 4.25 - dark mahogany basically opaque color with some dark red at the edges where it clears up a bit. Ran head that leaves lumpy lacing.
S 3.75 - sour cherries, acetic acid, slight vinegar,
T 3.75 - sour cherries, vinegar, maybe a tiny bit of chocolate/roasted malts in the background? But that's a stretch... it really must be a very small percentage black Tuesday because I get basically no stout characteristics
M 4 - very sour, it does what its supposed to do. Alc completely covered. Medium mouth feel. Aftertaste still just sour cherries, lemon.
O 3.75- its OK. I wouldn't spend 20 bucks on it again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from my trip to the brewery (Bruery?). Batch #3 (11% abv). Pours a dark and nearly opaque red with lots of cherry red light shining through the edges. Big sour cherry and vinegar aroma, chocolate, brown sugar. Flavor is black cherry skins, a little booze, tart vinegar, some strange flavors in the background I can't put my finger on that I assume comes from the Black Tuesday. Much more body that Oude Tart and not quite as much lactic tartness. Still sour but with an expected big sweetness to go along from the blend. Plenty of carbonation. Really neat blend that works despite sounding totally weird.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy mother of god! This is super complex and indescribable, but I shall try. All of the best parts of Oude Tart infused with subtle wiskey,oak and roast notes from the addition of some Black Tuesday. Oh, my, word. Amazing.

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