Mélange No. 3
The Bruery

Mélange No. 3Mélange No. 3
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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #4
Ranked #280
4.44 | pDev: 9.01%
The Bruery
California, United States
Mélange No. 3Mélange No. 3
Notes: A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.
Reviews: 305 | Ratings: 2,038 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Reviewed as: American Strong Ale
Glass: Pure Project 16-oz. brandy snifter glass
Price: $15.00
From: From a Facebook San Diego beer trading group
Purchased: Dec. 29, 2020
Consumed: Jan. 8, 2021
Misc.: Bottled on Sept. 16, 2015

Picked this up from someone from a San Diego beer trading group when he was trying to get rid of some stuff. Bought this one for $15 and another for $10. The main reason I bought this one was that I had it twice before, giving each taster a 4.25 on Untappd (Nov. 8, 2015 and Feb. 12, 2016) at The Bruery in Placentia, Calif. Online description I found read “Mélange #3 is a blend of three bourbon barrel aged strong ales. White Oak Sap, a wheat wine, our Anniversary Series old ale and our imperial Stout, Black Tuesday, join forces in this luxurious strong ale that links some of the best characteristics of each of the contributing beers. Chocolate, dark fruits, oaky vanilla and rich toffee-like character reach through the bourbon veneer for an intensely satisfying quaff.”

Poured a very dark color with two fingers of frothy khaki-tan frothy head. Calm setting underneath with no noticeable head. Below average watery lacing. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled leathery oak, boozy bourbon, crayon, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, sticky molasses, dark fruit, date, cocoa and hints of coconut. Was getting most of that 17.3 pct. ABV. Much smoother out of the bottle. Got so much better as it went down. Crazy because probably started at a 4 and moved to a 4.5. (Smell - 4.25)

Unlike the nose, the taste was nowhere near 17.3 pct. ABV. Got chewy caramel, toffee, leathery oak, milk chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, sticky molasses, smooth bourbon, chocolate syrup, cocoa and some coconut. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Just another solid offering from The Bruery. Excellent. (Overall - 4.25)

4.34 | 96 | A

Jul 25, 2021
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Generous BD gift from beer geek pals! No date on the label or etched in the bottle. Its15% which I believe puts it circa 2011 or so.
Look: well, Black and Tan. Very little head as expected.
Smell: butterscotch, toffee, dark fruit.
Taste: like the nose. Gonna steal my buddies take….caramel whiskey!

Jul 16, 2021
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DvdP from Netherlands

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark brown, some carbonation. Smells heavy bourbon, oak. Thick, heavy, some boozyness but normal Bruery-level, warming. Taste is tobacco-herbal barrel, umami, rich.

Oct 25, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/02/17 This one has done some hard time. Nearly 4 years.

Pours a thick looking dark brown. This looks like chocolate pudding not only in color but in density. No light penetration whatsoever. A finger of smooth looking khaki head appears on an aggressive pour. Then fades on the quicker side.

Nose is bourbon for days. I'm just a sucker for this sort of thing. Bourbon, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and other words you associate with sweet confectionery decadence. Taking a whiff of this, some might be able to guess it sits at the high side of the ABV spectrum. But for 16% this covers it well.

Taste follows to a tee. Smooth caramel and butterscotch introduced by a brief impact of bourbon and followed up by the effervescent quality of booze evaporating on your tongue. I'm not sure if I get any stout presence at all. No roasty malt appears, but for a brew pushing four years, it makes sense.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Smooth and rich. Carbonation still present which is nice to see. Very calm bubbles. Of course the sheer volume of alcohol creates a drying quality that does a solid job of contesting any sort of cloying from the sweetness.

Overall this brew is heavy handed, but absolutely delicious. Time may have made this one a touch linear or removed the nuance, but personally there is no way for me to know. This is a dessert, a treat, pure unabashed and unashamed decadence. Share this with friends. Or if you don't have any, share it with enemies and they will ally with you in no time.

Sep 26, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a milk chocolate brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored. somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very nice aroma of booze, malt, caramel, dark fruit, and some citrus notes

T: Tasted of a decent amount of dark fruit (raisins, plums, in particular), a little bit of citrus fruit (orange, in particular). a good shot of bourbon (not overdone ), a tinge of caramel (quite sweet, but not cloyingly so), and a woody quality. This is a fairly aggressive, complex, and enjoyable flavor. Quite tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done and easy to like beer. Drinkable.

Aug 29, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This looks like murky brown river water. There’s a fingernail of beige around three quarters of the rim. The aroma is of barley, bourbon, and a massive wallop of wheat. I’m tasting a massive wallop of barley, wheat, and bourbon. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and very boozy!

Jul 27, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a cloudy very dark brown. The head is tan and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is bourbon vanilla and sweet dark malt.

Taste is super sweet bourbon vanilla.

Jul 25, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review # 1400

I cannot believe that I have made it to 1400, on my way to 1500. The beer is from 2017. The temperature of the beer is 55 degrees. The pour of the beer produced a one-fingered creamy and billowy head. The beer's head retention is average. The color of the beer is a light tan head. The color of the beer is SRM 16, a medium-dark brown with reddish hues. This beer is beautiful.

The initial aromas in the beer are bourbon, alcohol, toasted malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, raisins, oranges, leather, tobacco, oak, resin, floral esters, burnt sugar, a touch of herbal, and bready.

The flavors in the beer are bourbon, alcohol, toasted, malts, raisins, figs, leather, wheat, caramel, molasses, toffee, raisins, oranges, tobacco, oak, resin, floral esters, burnt sugar, earthy, bready, and a touch of solvent.

The mouthfeel of the beer is warming and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is incredible. The blend they achieved in this beer is nearly perfect. The beer has depth and flavors are harmonious. This beer is deserving of this review. I wanted an impressive beer to celebrate 1400, and that is what I got. Phenomenal beer.

May 03, 2020
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BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage, poured into a 10 oz snifter, color is a deep, murky amber with little light penetration. Smell is richly sweet, caramel, brown sugar and molasses, little bits of raisin and other dark fruits. Taste is just as appealing, big and decadent, rum cake, chocolate notes, more molasses, with a wonderful malty backbone. Feel is out of this world, despite being nearly 17% abv there's no hint of booziness, absolutely zero oxidation, and the low carbonation provides a chewy and sticky mouthfeel. Yet another hit from the Bruery, and at 7 years old it's a real treat.

Mar 13, 2020
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

O.M.G. A real stunner of a beer. I haven’t reviewed one here on BA for a while, but this deserves recognition. Elegant look and a nearly overwhelming aroma, super boozy and tangy with caramel and vanilla. A taste explosion detonates in my mouth, flinging toasty malt ale notes, fruit and pepper in all directions. It seems to have nearly every sugar tone in the world, without being too sweet at all. Feel is very nice, a sufficiently excellent place for all this flavor to call home. If you see this, get it, then drink it.

Nov 20, 2019
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: none

Look is a murky brown, with ever so slight red. Medium tan head and little remaining lacing.

The smell is savory, and that's not too common. It's almost like taking a bite out of a fresh plum. Raisins that haven't been overly desiccated, too. The sugar isn't too intense, and it just pairs with the savory so well. Plenty of caramel. Slightly floral and spicy.

The dried dark fruits in this are awesome. There are raisins, again. Currants and slightly bitter prunes. Moderately smoky. It is boozy, but it doesn't detract much because the rest of the flavors are so strong. This is the closest thing to a Madeira wine I've run across. Delicious.

Carbonation is well integrated. The aftertaste mostly matches the taste, but late on the bitterness and smokiness dominate, and those aren't quite a pleasant combination. And as far as the aforementioned alcohol, it is a sixteener, so all things considered, it's reasonable.

Oct 20, 2019
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pants678 from California

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown, tan foam.

Alcohol, malt.

Caramel and chocolate and booze -- like an old ale with a good dose of black malt. Finishes a bit cough syrupy, though. Rich.

Thick but not stout-y.

Sep 06, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark maroon mahogany syrup with a ring head around the glass that laces and sticks well. This strong ale was heavy on the Barleywine side of the spectrum and smelled and tasted like a powerful cousin. Knowing the heat these Bruery brews pack, I aged this one 2.5 years and that was just right!

Jun 24, 2019
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BurtStL6 from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the most fascinating beers I’ve ever had. Big bottle I cellared for almost a year on a whim.

Big bourbon flavor up front with a fruit wheat wine finish.

Very surprising and well done

Dec 29, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2017 vintage, bottled 2/01/17 stamped on bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with almost an inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like brown sugar, toffee, caramel, fig, raisins, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, with toffee, caramel, dark bread, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, oak, earthiness and chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's a bit boozy, but for being 16.3% ABV it's not quite as boozy as I was expecting at that strength. With that being said, I know I'm feeling it after finishing a bottle. I thought this was a pretty good and tasty strong ale, definitely worth picking up if you come across some! $29.99 a bottle.

Dec 24, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Poured a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and toffee. Big bourbon taste with vanilla and oak and vanilla.

Dec 17, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the 14 beers we have had in one session of some bad-ass tasting brew.
This is definitely a bold and big beer. Very complex it shows notes of nuts, dark fruits, bourbon, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and other subtle notes. Remains boozy and hits you harder afterward. Still a great treat

Nov 06, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

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

A-A nice hazy brown color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant bourbon and caramel hints
T-The taste follows the nose with pleasant bourbon and caramel flavor notes
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well balanced beer with a gentle but strong kick

Jul 22, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating from the 2017 release but having had previous vintages in both draft and bottle formats. This is one of my favorite Bruery releases, and the beer that originally got me into blends of stouts and barleywines or old ales. It absolutely combines the best attributes of Black Tuesday and the Bruery anniversary old ales, plus some light twinges of golden ale brightness from the White Oak. It's a real balancing act, playing the mild tartness and acidity of an old ale and wheatwine against the richness of Black Tuesday, while managing not to cancel anything out. The result is just as bombastic as the component parts.

Jul 18, 2018
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morimech from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a finger of head that quickly settles. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee, and leather. Very flavorful beer that packs in a healthy dose of toffee, caramel, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla. Nice combination. Alcohol heat and flavor are strong which is not surprising. Thick and creamy body. Softly carbonated.

May 26, 2018
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Badger2121 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours great. Smell and upfront I get raisin. Feel has some pop and fizziness. Get more chocolate on the back. Definitely can feel the alcohol on the finish. Awesome beer

May 13, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/snifter glass.

Creamy two finger tall topped head, that does settle down quite softly and somewhat quickly. Faint tan color on top settling to a good 3mm collar, it marks an opaque body of deep walnut red, to a sort of dark rusty color.

Real nice aroma. Borderline exquisite but not getting there entirely but makes for a good ride. Chewy sensing dark fruits of dates, with a good oaky mix. Has a very wine like aroma strangely with a good mixing amount of caramel and sticky toffee like flavors. Very large date and raisin quality with a slight touch of oaky cinnamon. Quite impressive.

Very delicious and expressive palate. Oaky mid palate with light touches of barrel character. More sensing milk chocolate and touches of raisin to raspberry quality, somewhere in the middle kind of flavors if one could say. Creamy to touches of playful fizz like tight hinting mouthfeel,with a warm caramel that drapes nicely over the tongue. Hints of purple grape sweetness, with a rich oaky caramel in the mix too.

Quite and unexpected mix going on, but very enjoyable. Dangerously addictive.

Feb 25, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with fine chocolate colored foam.

Woah, Nelly, there is a lot going on in the nose! Some cocoa mingles with cherries, leather, bourbon, vanilla and figs. As it warms, more fruity notes appear.

Taste is massive, almost overwhelming. Most of the notes from the nose return but with a vengeance. Massive in the best possible way.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily, but well carbonated.

Overall, an incredible beer, well worth the money, and one that may be worth getting again, despite the price tag.

Feb 20, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 7/3/17.

Pours near black and opaque, with a two inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, oak, figs, dates, raisins, malt, licorice, prunes, brown sugar. Smells really incredible. The taste mostly follows the nose- malt, bourbon, figs, dates, prunes, raisins, caramel, brown sugar, light molasses. No alcohol. How? Smooth, a great full body, well carbonated.

Just awesome. So many deep flavors and aromas. My only complaint is that I didn’t buy two. Hope this comes around again.

Feb 18, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

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

A: This poured an opaque dark mahogany with quickly dissipating light tan.
S: It smelled like rum raisin and honey wheat bread and nougat, with some toasted coconut and chocolate and nutty toffee.
T: It tasted like caramel and nougat and chocolate, with some honey wheat bread and toasted coconut and rum raisin. It had a clean sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Great big body.
D: This was a fantastic brew with complex and well integrated scent and taste. Rich and delicious, like a Milky Way and Mounds bar wrapped in raisin bread. The body was great, and the finish was surprisingly smooth, so it was easy to drink. But this beer must be sipped. Age may help, and it could certainly last some years, but it doesn't really need it. This beer met the hype and is worth the price. Recommended if you can find it.

Feb 02, 2018
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