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Melange No. 3 | The Bruery

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Melange No. 3Melange No. 3

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.30%

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not the cheapest growler I've ever bought, but I figured this was my best shot of having Melange #3 in New York.

A - Solid ruby brown with a nice amber-red frame when placed against the light. Thin light tan head.

S - Aged oak, pipe tobacco, hazelnut, rich milk chocolate, blackberry jam, and woodsmoke. Like a campfire with s'mores and someone smoking a pipe next to you. Yeah. Like that.

T - The bourbon is subtle, mostly evident in the hazelnut and vanilla notes. The main event is a berry/plum/cherry medley with light coffee, cocoa, nougat, and a hint of lemon zest. finishes with a smokey sweetness.

M - Sticky and medium heavy. It coats your mouth anew with each sip. The alcohol stings just a bit.

O - This is one opulent SOB. I've never had Black Tuesday, but this is definitely my favorite of the Bruery beers, a perfect night ender. Reminds me of an old-world barleywine, but the flavor wallop and many different notes make it hard to classify. What it is is frigging delectable.

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

2013 vintage poured from fridge temp to tulip. Pours dark brown with slight transparency. About 1cm of head that faded quickly. Very attractive beer. Smell is bourbon, vanilla, fig, caramel. Amazing. Taste is bourbon, very sweet, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel. High alcohol is apparent, but is beautiful with the strong complexity of this beer. I love it. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. Highly recommended.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz/750 ml wax dipped bottle acquired in a trade with surge1311
Served in a tulip

The liquid poured a deep, translucent mahogany color and was topped by a one-finger, creamy, bubbly, light tan crown. Within seconds, the head faded to a clingy, frothy ring. Decent retention for something with such a high ABV. Spotty droplets of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was more subtle than I anticipated. Boozy, whiskey-like notes dominated initially. Lots of intense woodiness. Dark fruit notes (currants and raisins) were also quite apparent. With time, some sweet bourbon and brown sugar notes came forth as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma became much punchier and more interesting. The boozy, bourbon notes really intensified. Lots of vanilla, brown sugar and spices as well.

There was definitely more going on in the flavor profile than in the aroma. Loads of bourbon and vanilla goodness hit hard right off the bat. Intense brown sugar notes and dark fruit flavors. Raisins and plums came through strongest. Good dose of caramel and maple syrup as well. The finish was quite boozy but surprisingly mellow for a beer of this magnitude. All in all, super tasty and surprisingly drinkable.

The liquid contained a fine, mild effervescence and was creamy, smooth and supple on the palate. Given the beer's high ABV, I was expecting something much more syrupy and viscous.

In many ways, this beer seemed far "smaller" than its 15% ABV would indicate, but its intense and complex flavor profile was outstanding. The blending of three different beers in this "black & tan" seemed to lend a number of interesting characteristics to this brew. The folks at The Bruery really do know how to make consistently excellent high ABV beers better than anyone else.

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Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 1,922 ratings
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