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): 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#234
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
1,940
pDev:
9.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.16/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to jedwards for sharing. This beer has been a long-time want (and thanks to Callmecoon for sending a long a bottle in the Movie Night Part II BIF - definitely plan on cellaring this). Pours a brownish-amber with no head and no residual foam. Nose expresses cocoa, molasses and a suggestion of booze. Taste reveals toffee and cocoa notes - I'm definitely getting the wheat wine and stout characteristics here; however, the old ale qualities aren't really popping. That said, the sugary sweetness of this beer practically makes my teeth hurt. Mouthfeel is medium in body with just a kiss of carbonation. Overall, this beer is fantastically complex and decadent. A small pour definitely goes a long way.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of maximum12
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dbhog for sharing his allotment with me. I've had sips of this beer at a couple of tastings & couldn't wait to have a full pour. Well, half-pour at least, if I cracked this open without my wife she'd shiv me in my sleep. Kidding! I think. 22 oz. bottle.

Pour is black with a bit of pop on top, more than I'd expect from a brew this big & dark. The smell rolls the instant the wax is breached - wow. Massive bourbon & vanilla fringle with chocolate & sweet fruits. Yumza.

Melange No. 3 is just sublime. Hot alcohol seems appropriate rather than daunting & is right up front. Huge whiskey presence with attendant vanilla. Sweetness has a gravitas that mocks lesser beers attempts at killing diabetics. The Papier is distinct in the middle, dark hard fruits & more sweetness, here molasses & brown sugar. Toffee. Malts. Jeeeesus, so much going on. The ending is hot alcohol & more whiskey. Despite the ABV & the ridiculous, over-the-top shit going on here, I could easily take a bomber by myself. And probably will the next time my wife is out of town. Shhhh. Don't tell her.

This is easily a top-shelf beer & possibly one of my favorites of all time. Just beautiful. I could drink this every night.

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Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown color with a thick tan head with short retention.
Elegant aroma with notes of bourbon, oak, coconut and oak.
Sweet, intense and delicious flavor with notes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramels, some dark fruits and cherries. Dry, sweet and roasted aftertaste.
Full liquorish body with appropriate carbonation. Incredible how they hide its 15% abv.
They performed well this blend. It is a concentrate of roasted and bourbon flavors. It is sure sweet, which is a characteristic of their brand, but it is one of the few exceptions I applause.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Lucoli
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

despite a few reviewers saying that taking this on alone was a mistake, i've been thinking about popping one of these for the past week or two...and tonight, well...why not? poured into a bruery snifter.

a - brew poured a soft purple that settled into the glass much darker and ominous. my hard pour yielded a generous cream colored head that slowly fizzled down to a thin skin on the surface of the glass with some nice bubbling. swirling the glass leaves some boozy slime, but no real sign of lacing. looks more old ale than any of the others in the blend.

s - WOWIE ZOWIE! black tuesday shines through. some grape and old ale characteristics as well, but having tried chocolate rain last night, that black tuesday base is still fresh in my head and i immediately noticed it here. really nice caramel smells as well with a hint of vanilla too...the chocolateness of BT works well with this. what a wonderful smelling blend.

t - cherries and figs with a wash of booze. caramel is strong and drives the sweetness with some vanilla on the tail. a dessert beer and a treat. really impressive blend. the old ale seems more dominant in the flavor, but BT is there as well. syrupy and strong. the 15.5 is hardly noticeable in my opinion, but to say that this isn't a huge beer would be a huge lie. delicious. i am VERY impressed.

m - smooth and rich. bold and flavorful. leaves a boozy tingle, but doesn't feel 15.5% by any stretch. really easy drinker for such a big beer. the sweetness isn't as intense as i had expected.

o - overall, not sad that i took this on by myself at all. loving every sip. in fact, my wife took a sip and really dug it and she grabbed a glass, so not such a solo effort. gotta give the bruery credit...created a huge beer that both my wife and i can dig. my wife normally runs from barrel aged. kudos on a job well done and psyched to have a few more of these.

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Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egrace84
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BDeibs
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red no head.

Aroma: Nut, oak, chocolate and raison.

Flavor: Sweetness bording on cloying, alcohol present. PLenty of complex malt character of chocolate, caramel, and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Thick

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Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mig100
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BAsbill
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Resuin
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a teku glass. This is a 2012 version.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and leaves about a finger of off-white, light tan head.

Smell: Bourbon, hint of cherry, plum, vanilla, raisins, figs, cocoa. Solid aroma.

Taste: Matches the nose nicely: bourbon, vanilla, plums, oak, cherries, molasses. Plenty of alcohol present. Very sweet.

Mouth-feel: Medium to low carbonation (solid for this beer) with a medium, creamy body (a bit syrupy).

Overall: A solid BIG brew. Very, very sweet but this one has some nice flavors: the vanilla, oak and dark fruits play together nicely. Perhaps a tad hot, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2011 RS party. Lighter than BT, a light brown, deep caramel color. Aroma was very much vanilla, super reminiscient of BT.

The % of BT in this beer really dominated the taste profile, I didn't taste much, if any of the other beers. The tree sap and/or white oak came in soft. Maybe a little more dark sugar and fruit feel to it, but it was barely above negligible. Drinkable enough, was smooth, probably hid its alcohol slightly better than BT, which is saying quite a bit.

The BT and Coton parts just dominate this beer, the white oak doesn't come across as much as I'd hoped. But with so much BT, its a damn good beer, and somehow hid the Coton heat more than Coton itself, maybe that's the role the white oak beer played in this one, other than the slight wood feel to it, but that could have been from the others too.

Toffee and caramel just all over this one.

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Photo of pkalix
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 1,940 ratings
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