Mélange No. 8 | The Bruery

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Mélange No. 8Mélange No. 8

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The eighth in our Mélange series of blended beers - this robust ale is a marriage of our bourbon barrel aged anniversary ale along with White Oak Sap (our bourbon barrel aged wheat wine), along with locally roasted Geisha coffee from our friends at Portola Coffee Lab.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 02-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by frenchblood21:
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4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Hoppin Frog tulip. Date of review is 6/7/14.

Appearance- So I have officially never seen this color of brown. It is beautiful in it's own special way. It reminds me of a color only a mother could love, and I love it. Dark white head disappears almost right away.

Smell- Blueberry, coffee and chocolate in that order. It smells quite sweet. Just a hint of pear and bourbon in the background, but the sweet coffee steals the show.

Taste- Taste VERY good! It is sweet, but not puckeringly sweet. WAY more bourbon than in the nose. Bourbon, white peaches and caramel/toffee round out the flavors.

Mouthfeel- Maybe a bit too sweet, but again, not punch-you-in-the-mouth sweet. Thick and chewy, kinda like oatmeal. Very little, almost no, alcohol burn. For a 14.5% beer, that is impressive.

Overall- I have about zero experience with Bruery beers, but this one is great. I am glad I asked for this specific beer in a trade with my California buddy. Great offering from a world-class brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SanFranJake
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jeonseh
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark reddish brown ale with no head

S - Caramel, coffee, syrupy sweet, oak, maple, light booze, and brown sugar

T - Caramely, light dark fruit, vanilla, and brown sugar sweetness. Coffee lingers in the back with a good malt presence. Slight booziness and orange peel in the finish

M - Thick syrupy body with little carbonation to it.

O - Really interesting old / strong ale that tastes like a Bois with coffee added. Definitely works better than expected

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Photo of acurtis
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nickqb7
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. 750ml waxed (too much) and capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dirty .5 finger cream colored head with little retention. Beer is a cloudy, muddy brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick and huge, oily legs that really stick around. Not much to look at.

Nose has hints of stale coffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, booze and dark fruit. Complex, rich and syrupy. I wouldn't expect any less.

Opens chocolate, cocoa powder, fudge and molasses. Caramel and booze sweetness in the middle covers a soft backbone of dried, dark fruit. Some coffee rind in the end with more syrup, brown sugar, and molasses at the finish. A touch of tartness from the coffee in the aftertaste along with boozy sweetness. Tasty!

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Boozy and smooth in the mouth and goes down heavy and hot. Finishes surprisingly clean with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Big and bold.

Another big beer from the Bruery... sometimes I think the Strong Ale category was created for Patrick Rue. Regardless, this blend is fantastic. Great complexity with a full, menacing body that really ties things together. Though the coffee has almost completely dropped out of it, its still worth trying.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Medium khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Coffee, a very green coffee. Bourbon and sweet caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramel and bourbon up front. The coffee blends well. Very sweet. Less green on the coffee. Darker, almost chocolatey malt.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet, as always, but not as much as the other diabetes bombs.

Overall - Yummy. As always, I'm a sucker for Bruery sugar.

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Photo of gr8zehaman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of IKR
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy dark-amber color with a modest light beige head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Brown sugar notes, vanilla and bourbon from the bal-aging, closely followed with coffee aromas. I also picked up some spicy/pepper aromas.

Taste: The brown sugar notes, vanilla and bourbon from the bal-aging, and coffee notes from the nose carries over to the taste. The barrel influences, base beers and coffee notes are well integrated. The beer is very clean tasting and has a crisp moderately dry finish. I was able to pick up the mild spiciness from the nose in the taste profile as well. I also picked up some mild fruity notes as well. Fairly dry compared to most high ABV Bruery beers, with the coffee lingering in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden, especially in light of it's listed ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation, appropriate for the taste profile.

Overall: An interesting, tasty strong ale. the coffee addition is a unique touch and is well integrated in the taste profile. The high ABV should make it a sipper, but the well integrated and complex taste profile, along with the restrained alcohol presence make it go down too easy.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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