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Melange No. 1 | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#1,827
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
573
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/28/17 draft @ ChurchKey Washington, D.C.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 9/27/2013.

A: Pours a very dark raisin brown with a frothy, billowing, active, fluffy tan head that frothed up after the pour and took forever to slowly fade into a thin film.
S: Oude tart notes of musty basement and tannic cherry skins/pits dominate. Slight musty oxidization. I get a hint of caramel. Musty and and lightly tart smelling. Cherry skins dominate.
T: Oude tart flavors of musty cherry skins still dominate the flavor but the stout adds a depth and dark thick heavy quality to the flavor profile. I wouldn't think there was Black Tuesday in this if I didn't know it as I really don't get any obvious barrel aged stout flavors. Rather, like I said, the stouts adds a deep rich base to the tart cherry and damp basement/musty wood flavors. Hints of caramel and maybe vanilla. Just a touch of booze warmth in the finish. Caramel and wood in the aftertaste along with dark cherry pits.
M: Full body, tartness is easy and smooth and doesn't overpower the mouthfeel. Finish is lightly drying and lightly tannic. Carbonation is very soft and tight but also frothy and ample, and this drank much better with some of it burned off. Alcohol is hidden very well, drinks very smoothly.
O: Very easy to drink with smooth and balanced flavors, but I'm a bit disappointed in that I thought the stout would stand out more, but regardless, still very delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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3.81/5  rDev -8%
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4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
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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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Melange No. 1 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 573 ratings
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