Melange No. 3 | The Bruery

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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

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1,872
Reviews:
269
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/12/11 notes. Had at EBF up in Boston, MA. Was excited to see this on the list.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint, light carbonation evident, and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, oak, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malts. Alcohol is pretty strong.

t - Tastes of sweet vanilla and fruit, alcohol, oak, chocolate, and roasted malts. Lots of alcohol and a little too sweet, but still decent.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Thick body.

d - A decent beer but nowhere near the level of Black Tuesday. I have a bottle of Papier but haven't had it yet as I've heard it is very boozy, and I imagine it would be like this. Would give this another shot but wouldn't seek it out again; I'd imagine with more time it will get better, whereas BT is good to go right now.

4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5
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EDIT 09/25/12: Drinking a 2011 vintage in late 2012.

While there is a still a little bit of alcohol to it, it is nowhere near as boozy as it the first time I had it. Tons of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate to it, as well as bourbon. Nose is a tiny bit too sweet, but the taste and mouthfeel are amazing. Really nice beer; looking forward to getting a few more bottles of this this year and sitting on them a while.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

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Photo of ZEB89
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a slightly muddy dark brown color with a some reddish highlights and a thin layer of tan head.

S: The nose is quite sweet with plenty caramel and dark fruit notes with a touch of chocolate. The bourbon really comes through providing lots of vanilla and a bit of oak.

T: The flavor is quite sweet with the White Oak Sap really holding it's own against the beast that is Black Tuesday. Between the White Oak Sap and Papier, the beer has quite a bit of sweet caramel and vanilla with just a touch of chocolate to it. Both the bourbon, and alcohol flavors come through, but even at such a high ABV, it's not all that hot.

M: The body on this beer is massive, as you would expect from its components. Still, the low carbonation helps it from becoming too syrupy.

D: This beer is boozy and the flavor keeps you from forgetting it. However, it's still quite easy to drink--dangerously, even. I can't wait for the bottles to come out.

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Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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 paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Deep brown. No real head. Slightly transparent at the edge. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Boozy as hell. Bourbon and brown sugar. Much more brown sugar than barrel complexity, but it smells like candy. Some oak and vanilla, but mostly sugars.

Taste - Sharp alcohol, bright fruity flavor. Probably from the alcohol. Less brown sugar, more of a deep caramel flavor. Some light roast. Lots of oak in the finish. Dry, amazingly.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, boozy, rough, sharp and alcoholic. Might be the two margaritas and multiple beers I had before this, but it's pretty dry.

Overall - Delicious blunt object of a beer. Bourbon brown sugar. Great stuff, if nothing but sugar and alcohol.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer I have been wanting to try for years. I cracked this open with a good buddy during the football games this weekend.

The beer appears walnut brown with subtle burgundy highlights. Small off white head that leaves minimal lacing on the goblet.

Smell is phenomenal. Oak, vanilla, bourbon, malt, sugar cookies...wow...yes, please.

Flavor = silky smooth. Staggering! What just happened?!? I am instantly convinced that I need to fill a portion of my cellar with this delectable concoction. Go Patrick! A vanilla and toffee bomb. Black Tuesday emerges more than the White Oak and Papier. Wonderfully complex and insanely delicious. Beautiful milk and dark chocolates. Likely the best strong ale I have ever had.

Feel = give me more ASAP. Delicate and smooth. Hard to believe this is 15% abv. Lingering flavors of vanilla, bourbon and toffee.

Shocking. World class. So grateful to try it. My highest recommendation.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The perfect ending to an incredibly crappy day.
Pours a deep burnished brown with faint ruby at the edges and a smallish tightly bubbled khaki head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. The smell of bourbon and oak hit my nostrils as soon as I pop the cap off the top. Upon closer inspection I am greeted with light and brown sugars with a fair amount of dark pitted fruit and a hint of ethanol. the flavor is sweet up front with brown and syrupy sugar. Dark and light fruit come next along with a bit of vanilla and wood. The alcohol and bourbon come in next with a ferocity that won't quit. Long lingering tannic wood and alcohol burn long after the sweet liquid settles to the bottom floor. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet harsh alcoholic mouthfeel. Nice sipper, but there is no denying the alcohol content of this one. This is tasty but it needs some time to settle down.

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Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of stakem
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears brown in color with ruby around the edges to more of a orange color when held to the light. A tan cap sits atop with spotty lace clinging to the glass as it fades.

The aromatics initially are all barrel characteristics. Sweet smelling like vanilla mixed with coconut and a mild tangy alcohol inclusion. Burnt sugars like caramel or toffee give way to almost a raisony feel.

The taste is sweet with burnt sugar before the onset of barrel presence. Vanilla gives way to tangy booze inclusion. Some coconut, oak and caramel to toffee round things out with a mild amount of raisony dark fruits.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very nice brew that is so easy drinking I could probably tank a whole bottle myself. Only after the fact did I realize that Fruet is (I believe) a part of this blend and it makes sense as that brew is really felt in this and helps temper some of the more raw booze from black tuesday.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of chippo33
3.07/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

this beer tasted too booze style

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Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rab53
3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin, boozy, nearly flat. Thankfully, I can now pass over any future releases from The Bruery.

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,872 ratings.
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