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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA Black_Rider for the hookup on this bottle as part of a massive trade. I've been curious to try this one for awhile and it did not disappoint. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a thick coating of burgundy wax around the neck and crown and a bottling date of 10/28/13 engraved on the side. Poured into a comically large 30+ oz snifter glass.

Appearance - A fairly aggressive pour yields a finger of fluffy khaki foam that dissipates in no time at all--maybe 60 seconds, and leaves just a smattering of film intermittently along the surface of the liquid and a ringlet that eventually disappears as well. Body is a deep sienna brown that looks even darker without holding the glass up to the light. Lacing is completely nonexistent.

Smell - There is a nice blend of sweeter aromas along the lines of toffee, caramel and coconut, but there is also a pretty noticeable booziness that gives an impression reminiscent of harder liquors, with some astringency and a little bit of bit that clears the sinuses. Interestingly enough, when I first caught a waft of the aroma coming out of the neck of the bottle, I thought I picked up on a bit of tartness, but smelling it out of the glass, no such impression is present.

Taste - More of the wonderfully sweet suggestions of the aroma come out in the taste, with strong notes of caramel and coconut, and a slightly more subdued impression of toffee. There is also a nice bitterness that reminds me of burnt sugar, but not overpowering, sort of like the light char you get on marshmallows that you keep over the fire just a bit too lone. And there is a rye-like sourness to the flavor as well--not like you'd expect from lacto or any kind of infection, but a rounder, more bready sourness. It provides a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied, with low carbonation; just enough to give it a dynamic feel on the tongue. There is also a slight viscosity--a little oily--to the feel.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer. I know every non-sour barrel-aged beer from The Bruery seems to be a crapshoot these days, and I must admit to some reservations knowing that Melange No. 3 included a portion of White Oak "sap", but I'm extremely happy that I took the time to procure this beer. It's easily one of the best blended ales I've had the opportunity to sample, and I only wish I had tried to grab another bottle of it.

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