Melange No. 3 | The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
1,874
Reviews:
269
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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834
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762
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Photo of MTKATL
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msumike89
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeMarinello
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eddiehop
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kidzord
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rabbott2
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VikingBeer
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pazzo's in Lexington.

Pretty amber-brown pour, with a laghtfy off-white head that persists for a few minutes. Not as much lacing as expected, but it's a small glass. Legs are decent, not great, but it's a Belgian-style brew, so I'm not expecting a huge body.

This smells like a house where bourbon-pecan pralines are being made, so fantastic. I can pick out some pepper, cherries, a whiff of smoke, and brown butter. Very promising, indeed.

Taste is expectedly superb. At first, this may not seem as complex as expected, but let it warm, savor slowly, and let the aftertaste develop - this beer's various flavors reveal themselves slowly. I don't get much more than a hint of "Black Tuesday," mainly a few notes of coffee and chocolate, but more old ale/wheat-wine notes: huge bourbon/oak barrel flavors up front, pecansand walnuts, raisins (golden and dark), hints of pepper and cinnamon, brown butter, a hint of worcestershire sauce, that aforementioned bittersweet chocolate and coffee, and a touch of cherry and pear. Again, many of these flavors are so subtle they don't show up right away, but appear over many sips.

All these flavors are built on top of a moderately-carbonated beer with a medium-full body; it's a very substantial tipple, but if you're looking for a body as thick, rich, and viscous as, say, "Bourbon County Barleywine," you will find this a bit thin. Outstanding, if surprisingly subtle.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown that's nearly black with a small light tan head that fades to a small collar with minimal lacing
S Smells of bourbon barrel goodness with notes of caramel and vanilla with some oak. The beer itself provides some toffee, light fruitiness and roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee.
:T: Taste is slightly roasty up front with some coffee and chocolate with some toffee and fruitiness toward the back. Nice oak notes with caramel and vanilla come through well too. Black Tuesday is evident in this beer but the anniversary and white oak add some nice complexity as well. Swallow is roasted malts and espresso with some lingering barrel oak, caramel and vanilla and toffee as well as some of that fruitiness. There are hints of coconut in some tastes as well.
M: Pretty full and velvety in the mouth with soft carbonation and a dry finish.
O: Overall this beer is amazing. the flavors and complexity are just off the charts. This beer rocks the house so if you have access to it you need to buy some.

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Photo of evanfox81
3.03/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Billy_Bars
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryant21
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmf5581
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConnorSimpson41
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of g00ey
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at The Salted Pig in Riverside, CA. Was the 17.3% alcohol version. If you like big boozy barrel aged beers, this is your brew. A perfect sipping beer. Amazingly smooth for such a high ABV.

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Photo of soco89ziegler
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rizzy17
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nuggetz
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thamajam
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wulfie85
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent melange. Each of the flavors comes through very well and blends together very well also. Everything I would expect from a barrel aged Bruery beer for sure.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,874 ratings.
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