Mélange No. 3 | The Bruery

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Mélange No. 3Mélange No. 3
Mélange No. 3Mélange No. 3

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Black Tuesday, anniversary ale, and White Oak Sap.

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Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 2,010
Photo of BurtStL6
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of darktronica
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Badger2121
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of stortore
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste: intense, boozy, complex, oak, bourbon wine, warming finish. Same with the nose. Dark mahogany hue, mostly clear, light n head some sticky lace on glass.Full body. A heavy hitter for a cold winter day.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark cola brown that appears black, fluffy head that fades almost instantly, lots of carbonation. Aroma is robust & layered - starts out with classic warm bourbon quaffs - caramel, vanilla, toffee - with some blackstrap molasses & charred malt underneath.

Taste follows the same pattern, though you get more of the Black Tuesday flavors, along with some cola phenol, grape, dark berry to support the desert bourbon & husky, dark malt. Plays with sweet & savory notes in sn expert fashion, a multi-faceted concotion, way beyond your standard BBA beer.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 8/1/16, from notes. 2015 bottle

L - Pours a cola brown color. It appears cloudy and thick with no head.
S - I get notes of bourbon, oak, alcohol, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar.
T - Flavors are sweet and tangy. Lots of heat. Caramel and maple syrup.
F - A little thick and chewy. Coats the mouth. Some burn afterward
O - There is just a lot going on.

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Photo of mschrei
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 edition. Nothing outstanding to look at, dark, brownish edges, not much in foam or lacing, cloudy and almost dirty looking. Big barrel smell, a lot of sweetness, chocolate and molasses. Taste – wow. It's got a lot of sweetness with chocolate and maple, but it's got a roasty stout and tart/bitter old Ale combo with a date/raisin like fruitiness, and underneath it all is a barrel presence that doesn't overpower the other flavors. Just an awesome blend. Feel is magnificent. It's oily, but not too oily, it's boozy but goes down smooth, it's got a big filling feel but isn't heavy. Wish I had another to see how it would be in a year, but I think I drank it at a damn fine time.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Evwr have a Bruery anniversary ale? Then you know what this looks and smells like; sweet, caramel, fig, danger. You just know this is gonna be a big beer. Taste is mostly reminiscent of barrel aged barleywine, very sweet, no booze heat at all, surprising at 16.3% abv. Definitely a smooth, delicious sipper.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black but with a reddish hue. Viscous texture and a light tan head. Looks pretty good.

Smell and taste are fantastic. Nice chocolate brownie like smell mixed with a bit of cherry and caramel malt with a light hop bitterness combined with a slight fruity alcohol to it. The taste is also brownie like with a chocolate and caramel mix with a slight cherry. No hop bitterness in the taste but definitely some light alcohol as the stinger at the finish. Caramel is fairly present as the center.

Feel is thick and heavy yet drinkable. Very tiny fizzy carbonation but no burn.

Fantastic. Wonderful blend.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head. Smell is thick and malty with hints of wood and booze (vanilla-esque). Sweet, thick, sticky, a slight red wine oakiness with caramel/toffee sweet vibe and dark fruits like raisins/prunes. Slow sipper with boozy heat on finish but real enjoyable.

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Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown brew, but noticeably lighter than a black stout, which one might expect based on Black Tuesday. Head production is solid, and retention is excellent, settling out at about 1/4 finger after several minutes.

Big, powerful nose: bourbon, toffee, caramel, oak, brown sugar, prunes, red grapes, coconut (from the bourbon), port wine, roasted barley, coffee; perhaps a touch of chocolate. Really deep, complex, and inviting.

Flavor mostly follows, with a slightly sour edge only hinted at by the nose. Prunes and raisins; honey; bourbon; toffee and caramel; vanilla; nuts; oak, red grapes, red wine. Thickly sweet and rich finish: chocolate, brown sugar, white chocolate, and cream.

Thick, hot, lively, smooth. Definitely a sipper, but more approachable than some of their other huge brews. Dangerously so, in fact; I could down this much like a 10% stout.

This is a very good beer, but compared to the base beers, I feel slightly disappointed. The slightly sour edge is a bit uninvited, as well - although I'm by no means implying this beer is infected. It also fades a touch as the beer warms.

Very nice, but at this price, I would only revisit if I were sharing with friends who had never had it.

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Photo of rypkr
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Preface - I have absolutely NO business drinking this beer right now. I've already imbibed in a fee other beers but this one just kept staring at me in the cellar. Welp... yolo.

L - voodoo teku pour. Light brown. Extremely and perhaps overly fizzy head. Lacing is uncharacteristic watery for a bruery beer and leaves little behind.

S - alcohol and plums. Vanilla, bourbon, and then oak. Cherry and grain alcohol. Faint butterscotch and toffee aromas but not as present as their stouts.

T - first sip tasted like a caramel apple. Then following is oak, vanilla, pure ethanol. It's hot. Foremost, this reminds me of eating a caramel apple at a fair... while sipping everclear. As it warms there's semi-ripe red cherries, a faint tartness, lots more vanilla. Still loads of sweetness, but not offensive which somehow the Bruery always pulls off. This is a 2017 but I swear I'm tasting a little carboardy oxidation. How long are these aged? Very tasty on the whole.

M - Above average carbonation for a huge beer. Perhaps frothy.

O - I had to go back and look to see what this was classified as... because if they're calling this a stout or a barleywine I'm pissed. Fortunately it is listed as an American strong ale, which is very accurate and not misleading like a lot of beer classifications can be. It's top notch per style and I'll definitely enjoy the rest of this... but I think I enjoy their stout based high abv beers more. Having said that...

Value - $30.99 will be a hard revisit here. Maybe in a year or two I will but I had thoughts about grabbing another of this whioe still available to cellar longer. After drinking it, and it is good, it's not really worth that cost to just sit in the dark and chance possibly getting better.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brownish black color with tan colored head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose brought to mind boozy prunes.

Taste - Chocolate leaps to the front on the taste, with vanilla, hazelnut, and tobacco notes. The overall profile is both oaky and boozy with a pleasant warmness.

Mouthfeel - For a blend, the beer had a great pleasant thickness.

Overall - Trully, this is an expensive sipper.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has really nice bourbon, toffee, butterscotch, raisins, burnt sugar and some booze. Taste follows with the bourbon and toffee with a slight tart, dark fruit note like dried raspberries. Not too sweet, really well balanced. Medium body and carbonation, slightly sticky. A really nice strong ale with lots of bourbon but also quite boozy.

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Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this fresh on tap. A bottle, cellared for a year or two, might be better (if the booziness mellowed a bit more). There's a very nice caramel undertaste to it

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/26/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Lightly increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but never overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, nuttiness, dark fruit, cherry, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; and with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Mildly warming alcohol from 16.3%, with minimal barrel booziness. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged blended strong ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. More of an old ale on style, but still has nice levels of chocolaty roast presence. Perfect balance of barrels; adding plenty of complexity to the base blend, without being boozy or overly tannic. An insanely enjoyable offering.

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