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Mélange No. 3 | The Bruery

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Mélange No. 3Mélange No. 3
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#369
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
2,008
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,008 |  Reviews: 292
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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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 BWood
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like a good woman. Great color, smells good, nice head, and changes your state of mind when your with her. I love this beer. Glad I bought a case. I think it will get better with age.

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Photo of MacTeo
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was very dark muddy brown with a centimeter of head. It smells fruity and nutty with the addition of booze on the nose. It tasted great, fig, plum, and a nicely balance hops and booze. Very earthy. Overall, great with bbq as I had it... Ready to have another bottle.

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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 SierraFlight
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery, poured into mini-snifter (which would prove to be plenty). Appearance is dark reddish-brown with a tan head, streaks, and minimal lacing, which is not unexpected for such a high abv beer. Aroma is powerful butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, cocoa, bourbon heat, roasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and oak. Taste is very sweet with toffee, vanilla, and fig up front. Some oaky bitterness, but not balanced whatsoever. And heat, but less than the 15% on the bottle prepared me for. A sipper, certainly, due to both booze and sweetness. Full bodied, thick, slightly oily texture, low carbonation, sweet, warming finish.

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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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Photo of stwok21
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most intriguing, complex beer I've had.

A: all the vanilla, caramel, toffee you can get from a bourbon barrel

T: so much going on... in a wonderful way

O: the most pleasant, vibrant, complex, "aged/old" beer I've had

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Photo of JulioH
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of those great beers, it's greatness laying in the fact that you need to share this bottle.

Pours a dark beer. A few bubbles form at the top. Smells like fortified old wine. Tastes like wine too, but bitter. It is an ale and it has a lot of strength. A bit heady, sure to knock you out. Mouth feel is a bit syrupy and thick.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II, not my first time having it, bottle is from 2011.

A - Pours deep brown bordering on black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving small strings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malts and bourbon, that would be the black tuesday, oaky syrup, white oak, and lots of dark fruits, the papier. They really do smell amazing together.

T - Starts off with a mix of sugary sweetness and dark roasted malt quickly giving way to hints of dark fruits, warm bourbon and plenty of dry oak tannins. The finish has plenty of sweet heat to it, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Big and boozy through and through with moderate carbonation. Plenty of sweet booze holding strong long after the finish.

O - I have always enjoyed this one. It has all the flavors I enjoy and the blend works very well. This one is still a little too boozy, can't wait to drink the others in the future.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SwG237
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HereforBeer
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of TechBrew
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ThurmondTX
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of OlieIPA
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed roughly 10-12 oz. of this at the Bruery today and served around 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: A dark brown liquid that appeared to have some beefy and syrupy-like body to it; basically an exact clone of the Papier (in appearance), but with more head and lacing. The head had a creamy color to it, as did the lacing. Unfortunately, the retention of both the lacing and head was on the weaker, but never the less...Melange #3 was good looking brew.

S: Sweet bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, and wood are the main components that I picked up. There also is a touch of vanilla and caramel at the tail end of each whiff. Even though it's a little hot off the nose, all the malts do a good job of masking the 15% ABV.

T: Tons of bourbon upfront with an explosion of brown sugar, green apple, green grape, and molasses. You can definitely pick up the candied sugars from the Black Tuesday, but most of the beer takes on characteristics more similar to the Papier than anything else. I personally love the flavor Melange #3 gives off, almost Firestone anniversary-ish, but I found a white zinfandel quality that made it a little too sweet for my palate to handle.

M: Creamy, chewy, full-body, with mild carbonation; perfect!

D: The 15% ABV was covered up exceptionally well, but I found that fruity sweetness (mentioned before) to be a bit too much at times.

Overall: An exceptional beer which I can't wait to try again. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

despite a few reviewers saying that taking this on alone was a mistake, i've been thinking about popping one of these for the past week or two...and tonight, well...why not? poured into a bruery snifter.

a - brew poured a soft purple that settled into the glass much darker and ominous. my hard pour yielded a generous cream colored head that slowly fizzled down to a thin skin on the surface of the glass with some nice bubbling. swirling the glass leaves some boozy slime, but no real sign of lacing. looks more old ale than any of the others in the blend.

s - WOWIE ZOWIE! black tuesday shines through. some grape and old ale characteristics as well, but having tried chocolate rain last night, that black tuesday base is still fresh in my head and i immediately noticed it here. really nice caramel smells as well with a hint of vanilla too...the chocolateness of BT works well with this. what a wonderful smelling blend.

t - cherries and figs with a wash of booze. caramel is strong and drives the sweetness with some vanilla on the tail. a dessert beer and a treat. really impressive blend. the old ale seems more dominant in the flavor, but BT is there as well. syrupy and strong. the 15.5 is hardly noticeable in my opinion, but to say that this isn't a huge beer would be a huge lie. delicious. i am VERY impressed.

m - smooth and rich. bold and flavorful. leaves a boozy tingle, but doesn't feel 15.5% by any stretch. really easy drinker for such a big beer. the sweetness isn't as intense as i had expected.

o - overall, not sad that i took this on by myself at all. loving every sip. in fact, my wife took a sip and really dug it and she grabbed a glass, so not such a solo effort. gotta give the bruery credit...created a huge beer that both my wife and i can dig. my wife normally runs from barrel aged. kudos on a job well done and psyched to have a few more of these.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richloma
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No way this is 15%. Really good

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 2011 vintage I presume.

4.0 A: Black color in the glass, but it didn't look so dark during the pour. Oh well. Two fingers of beige frothy head. Retention is very good given the ABV, but nothing is left with regard to lacing.

4.5 S: Intensely sweet with huge dollops of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Lots of oak and vanilla in this. Leathery bourbon booziness. Fair amount of chocolate and dark fruits with emphasis on prune and fig. The aromas from the base beers blend quite well together.

3.5 T: Again, intensely sweet. The decision to drink this alone was a bad one, but I will persist. Anyway, this reminds me a lot of straight up Black Tuesday in that the sweetness goes unchecked and the booze is almost as bad. However, both the sweetness and booze are a little lower in magnitude. Anyway, a lot of caramel, toffee, molasses again. Chocolate, fig, plum, prune, melon, vanilla, and oak. Leathery bourbon, brown sugar, butterscotch. Huge all around.

4.0 M: Syruppy heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety creaminess. The only problem is the amylase coagulation that is going on.

4.0 D: An intense beer. I got through the whole bottle and it wasn't so bad. Yes, the sweetness is trying, but the flavor profile is pretty good.

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Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Mélange No. 3 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 2,008 ratings