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 DonDirkA
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose has a ton of barrel to it. Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, a boatload of dark chocolate, coconut, molasses, some dark fruit (dark red cherries, plums, dates, currants) and some burnt brown sugar. This has a crazy complex nose to it. There’s so much happening. The barrel aging is up front and very evident but there are little bits and pieces from all the component brews. The taste is like what I imagine water tastes like in heaven. Bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, dates, plums, coconut, cherries, raisins, brown sugar, roasty, smokey notes, some booze (but very well hidden for 15%) and a thread of caramel running underneath. The body is incredibly full with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and mellow carbonation (indicative of barrel aging).

This brew is amazing. I have been sitting on it for a long time because I wanted to wait until I tried all the components (Black Tuesday, Anniversary and White Oak sap). Its not as boozey as you’d think and its definitely pretty easy drinking (from an alcohol heat perspective) the flavor is very strong and full and that makes it a sipper. All I can say is I need as many of these as I can get my hands on.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Stevedore
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle bought to a recent tasting by Doug and Shaun. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/31/2013.

This beer pours a thick dark brown body, with minimal white head and retention. Looks rather viscous, but otherwise looks like any other barrel-aged barleywine (even though this is most certainly not a barleywine).

The smell on this is just awesome. Up front, I can smell that bourbon heat! And then there is that strong aspect that reminds me of white chocolate, but not quite- I don't get as intense of a vanilla scent in the nose like I did in the actual WC.. but its a very sweet, vanilla coconut scent that is cut rather well by the chocolatey flavour which I imagine is the BT contribution. There is a nice caramel, perhaps toffee contribution in the nose which is probably from the Anniversary ales. Very pungent, complex and fascinating nose.

The flavour profile is also very complex. I get less of the bourbon and quite a bit more of the toffee, caramel flavours that cut the white oak sap contribution's straight up vanilla/coconut sweetness by quite a bit to make it a more interesting, varied experience. There is less of the bourbon flavour, but the aftertaste is definitely a BT contribution. I don't know how else to describe this beer, but it is an absolute treat.

Definitely a big bodied beer, OK carbonation, and a small bit of heat. But nothing indicates to me that this is a 15% ABV beer. Nothing. It's smooth yet is absolutely a sipper. But extremely flavourful and creamy.

This beer is an absolute treat. Would definitely recommend sharing one bottle with friends, preferably friends you like! Very interesting, complex and big beer. Typical of the Bruery's best offerings.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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