Melange No. 3 | The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Floydster on 02-14-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
258
Ratings:
1,820
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
842
Gots:
752
For Trade:
87
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Reviews: 258 | Ratings: 1,820
Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Melange No. 3... a brewery only selection I am lucky to be enjoying thanks to a very good friend of mine. A mixture of Black Tuesday, Anniversary Ale and White Oak Sap, weighing in at 15.5%- this one will make it truly a night to remember! In the glass, this concoction is a deep garnet, yet still manages to let some light through. A tan ring encircles the glass. Very alluring indeed.

The aroma is an intoxicating hodgepodge of earthy sweetness... Vanilla, bourbon, molasses, oak barrel, leather, coffee, cinnamon & spices, milk chocolate, and bold malts. It's simply incredible. As the flavors blissfully overwhelm my palate, I am nearly at a loss for words. This is one godlike beverage! It begins with a juicy, syrupy sweetness, before the warm, roasty, and strong alcohol waves envelop the taste buds. Everything previously mentioned aspect somehow balances out... It's a minor miracle. The Bruery says this a black and tan... what a joke. Black and Tan for your last wish on this earth perhaps! It doesn't *feel* heavy, but as soon as it goes down I'm left with a sensation that says, boy was that strong! It feels so silky and velvety in the mouth though!

Overall, I would recommend this for anyone who loves barrel aged beer, sweet, or strong ales. Very unique blend of astounding components. Loving life right now, Happy New Year 2014!

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Photo of BWood
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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 JulioH
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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 MacTeo
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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 SierraFlight
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of abeerdude
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SanFranJake
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of newk340
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flight at the Bruery.

A: A dark hazy maroon/brown. Little to no head and relatively little lacing.

S: Wow, what can't I smell? Plums, prunes, caramel, toffee, and maybe even a little bit of chocolate. Deliciousness all around.

T: Perfect. Absolutely delicious blend of caramel and toffees, dark fruits permeate the mouth. Worth the several bottles I bought.

MF/D: Extremely smooth with relatively little carbonation, but couldn't believe the ABV. Certainly tasted strong, but not 15+%...

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Photo of lateralundertow
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, congrats to hophead84 below me for knocking out 25oz. of this monster. I had 2 glasses and questioned my ability to drive automobiles or any heavy machinery.

I have to say that in a year of beer hype going through the roof with over hyped barrel aged so and so's, this was the one beer that truely did not disappoint. It was like hearing everyone talk about inglorious basterds, and having it still demolish your expectations.

I could have drank this all night and not flinched... in fact after my first one disappeared so fast, a fellow BA and i both noticed how remarkable easy this was to drink (a characteristic that i think all of their big beers have). I will admit, I can see where those who are not crazy about big beers or are unwavering hop devouring machines would not get along with melange, but i can assure it did me just right. If its still there tomorrow, I think I'm going back...

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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