Melange No. 3 | The Bruery

Melange No. 3Melange No. 3
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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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Photo of mothman
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Old Guardian Glass.

Pours an off white head. Color is a murky caramel brown.

Aroma: Rich and malty. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, cherries, plums, raisins, and other fruits. Very sweet and warm. Chocolate and caramel as well.

Taste: Cherries, bourbon, oak, chocolate, caramel. Reminds me a bit of an old ale (cherry adam). Then I get some raisins, plums, dried fruits, and vanilla. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warm. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty with bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Smooth.

Overall, this is simply an amazing beer. Reminded me of an old ale, but much bigger. Very good and extremely drinkable for being 17%. I was impressed.

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Photo of DrBier
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -32%

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks a ton to portia99 for cracking this. batch #1.

Light fizzy head covering, actually a decent head for 15+%,, dark murky coke brown colored beer.

Nose brings lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, candi sugar, sweet dark malts, little chocolate, light roast, touch of booze and a sweet awesome malt.

Taste brings sweet malts, lots of malts esp darker malts, little nutty, bit boozy, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, little roasty flavors, caramel, candy and candi sugar, molasses, bit of brandy soaked raisin, light fig, and a rich toffee, with more bourbon on the finish. It's fairly sweet and a bit boozy, but hits right on for what it presents, and is surprisingly drinkable.

mouth is heavier bodied, a little syrupy, decent carb and a bit boozy.

Overall an awesome beer! lots of great flavors, rich and malty, a bit syrupy, chewy, great vanilla, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, etc. And surprsingly drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle.

A: Pours a very deep brown bordering on black with a fairly nice head and whisps of lacing as it goes down.

S: Quite sweet. Amazing how all the different components of the three beers come out. Can absolutely simultaneously sniff out the Black Tuesday, Papier, and White Oak, all of which are great beers in their own right.

T: Sweet, caramel malt alongside dark, roasted chocolate malt and a good dose of bourbon and oak. Surprisingly not hot at all in the flavor department; however, my nose feels the slightest alcohol burn after swallowing.

M: Thick and fairly chewy. Remarkable how little alcohol presence there is for a beer of this strength.

D: Only gets better as it warms up. Delicious all around. Great to savor its complexity throughout and keep discovering new flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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

On tap at The Bruery tasting room on 3/21/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep and dark cranberry with a 1/2 finger of angry, reddish, burnt mocha colored head. Thin creamy retention that flares up beautifully, just absolutely COATING the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. This just has an awesome dark & stormy look to it but I don't think that it fully prepares you for what's next. HOLY SH*T! The aroma on this is just freaking outrageous! Bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, smoke, brown sugars, toffee, molasses, oaky tannins, wet tobacco, and a stiff waft of heat. Do I need to continue? Seriously?

The taste is quite frankly...HUGE. Warming bourbon mixed with dark fruits, vanilla, and oak up front, smoked meat and tobacco leaves in the middle, with a sticky finish of blackstrap molasses and brown sugars that just STICKS straight in the mouth. Unbelievable power and complexity here. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with an enormous creamy carbonated feel up front and then a more viscous layer underneath which carries all of that tangy tasting sweetness along. And I still can't get over that this beer is 15% ABV. It literally drinks more like it's in the 9-10% range. Oh, it's definitely warm and a sipper for sure but I've had 15% beers that have had some really low drinkibility because of it. This luckily isn't one of them.

Wow! Just wow! It's been a while since I've awarded three 5's to a beer (only three beers prior to this that I've reviewed) and this one is real close to four for me, with between a 4.5-5 on the mouthfeel as well. This is just a TREMENDOUS blend, one of the best beers that I've ever had, and is hands down my early pick for favorite of 2009. Two weeks later and I can still taste the tang in my mouth. Patrick Rue and this brewery are the real f**king deal folks.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-brown pour into a snifter, a half-finger of dense tan head sank to a ringlet, leaving some spots on the glass. A lot of sweetness in the nose, fruit and sugars, notes of burnt caramel, black cherry, with a decent vanilla component, woody, though not overly boozy. Taste of dark sugars--brown sugar, caramel--sweet and artificially fruity, cherry cough syrup, rum raisin, notes of vanilla, slight coconut, pretty thick with booze. Kind of messy, and though while there was some heat, it didn't nearly feel like a 15% beer. Body was medium, mouthfeel was slick. A decent offering.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has really nice bourbon, toffee, butterscotch, raisins, burnt sugar and some booze. Taste follows with the bourbon and toffee with a slight tart, dark fruit note like dried raspberries. Not too sweet, really well balanced. Medium body and carbonation, slightly sticky. A really nice strong ale with lots of bourbon but also quite boozy.

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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this one the other night. 2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured brown in color with a thin sticky head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of sweetness to it with some strong notes of caramel and brown sugar with some lighter wheat malts. It's got a good dose of boozy alcohol to it coming along with the bourbon. It's got some good flavors going on, but also feels overly sugary and boozy at times.

The taste follows through with more of the brown sugar and caramel sweetness with some added dark fruit flavors to it. I get a little bit of the wheat malts of White Oak to it as well. The bourbon comes out in the finish adding a boozy, alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being too way overdone. Overall, it was a decent beer but I didn't think it was better than any of the beers that went into it. The sweetness, alcohol heat and high carbonation were just overdone for me, even for the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of vfgccp
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Ticked on tap at a 4.9.

2014 bottle opened 2015

A - Beautiful chestnut brown body. Light khaki head pours a finger high with OK retention and low lace.

S - Beautiful as it warms. Cocoa nibs, rum raisins, soft milk chocolate, silky vanilla, warm bread crust, fresh caramel, cream, maple syrup, Belgian waffles, toasted macadamia nut, and sweet black cherries.

T - Rich and deeply complex. Cognac, sweet raisins, molasses, pumpernickel bread, roasted almond, decadent blueberry compote, rich cream, tart black cherries, and soft maple syrup.

M - Warm medium frame with a silky smooth backend. Perfect carbonation for the profile.

O - Absurd.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atrocity
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%

Dark pour, thick mouthfeel, can tell the high abv.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of drewone
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Melange No. 3 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 95.4% out of 100 with 1,882 ratings
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