Melange No. 8 | The Bruery

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Melange No. 8Melange No. 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
36
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Nice rich amber body with a small head that rings the glass. Boozy bourbon barrel notes on the aroma, some sweetness, vanilla. Taste comes in with big malts, sweet and mildly tart, alcohol warmth. A warmer for sure. Excellent use of the bourbon barrels here.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoshBrews
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cvm4
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a murky muddy brown body with a one finger tan head. Not much lacing or retention to the head.

S - Dominant smells of coffee and alcohol heat. Working my way through some oak, bourbon, caramel and dark fruits. Very nice.

T - Caramel and dark fruits start off. Moving to vanilla, bourbon and oak. Before the finish, the coffee shows up. It has a sweet and mildly tart finish (guessing from the white oak sap).

F - Medium bodied and medium to low carbonation. Some definite alcohol heat, but it's not too bad. There is a sweetness, but it's not cloying to me. It has a dryer than wet finish.

O - The coffee has faded on the taste. But man, this is such a decadently sweet treat!

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip to a muddy brown with a finger of light tan head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and vanilla with some oak
T: Taste is caramel and toffee with some dark fruits. Nice vanilla notes with just the faintest hint of coffee. Oak comes in as well to provide support. Slight tartness from the white oak sap as well. Swallow is dark fruits with notes of plums, slight coffee a little tartness and some lingering vanilla, caramel and oak. It's a little boozy but still pretty mellow.
M: Medium in the mouth with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: A sweet and boozy decadent treat from The Bruery. Picked this up in a cellar sale and while the coffee has faded this one is still a very nice beer with some great complexity that may be better than the sum of its parts. I'm sure with some fresher coffee notes this was exceptional.

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Photo of IpeeA
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucnifter
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmdellafave
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brown (with black flecks) wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's society. Bottled 1/16/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a muddy orange hued brown with about two fingers of ecrue froth. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin surface haze and a healthy collar around the edge. A couple pin points is as close as this comes to lacing.

Huge coffee aromas are immediately apparent. Sweet bourbon is not far behind, followed by toffee, caramel, that dark-fruity and semi funky Bruery house yeast and some cereal grains. A fairly strong boozey character lingers in the background but this smells great.

The bourbon comes out first in the flavor with rich, bittersweet coffee not far behind. Oak, caramel, toffee, faint vanilla, dark fruit, Bruery yeast, wheat bread, a mild char and a firm kick of alcohol. Bold and rich with layers of flavor. The alcohol warmth keeps this a sipper but this is far from too hot to thoroughly enjoy.

Fairly heavy, semi syrupy feel with moderate carbonation. Coffee, bourbon, toffeeand caramel coat the tongue for a rich, lingering finish.

Melange 8 drinks similar to Melange 3 with the booze toned down and coffee replacing Black Tuesday's roasty presence. This bottle has handled the 2 1/3 years gracefully with no worries of the coffee having faded too much. An excellent and original take on coffee beer that I'm happy to have tried.

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Photo of Rubenjr
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EB1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeezie
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nightrain87
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Boston_Steve
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Melange No. 8 from The Bruery
4.1 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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