Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room

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Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Nebraska, United States
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #4,770
4.14 | pDev: 8.94%
Aug 26, 2022
Nov 16, 2008
Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsMelange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
Notes: Our first beer in the Reserve Series, Melange A Trois begins with a wonderfully big Strong Belgian-Style Blonde Ale and moves into the extraordinary category through an additional 6 month French Oak Chardonnay Wine Barrel maturation. The essense of Chardonnay permeates while a subtle sweetness remains from the Ale itself. Oak tannins combine to create a fascinating mesh of dry, sweet, and wine-like character. One of our favorites!
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bought from the Rare Beer Club. And with 304 ratings from across the country, a lot of other BA-ers probably scored this gem from Rare Beer. But interestingly, there are a wide variety of opinions. Not everyone agrees with Melange's complexity and integrated whole. And I suspect that Nebraska took a few releases before they got it right.

As for my copy, it Looks pretty; but I like a more active foam, and the barrel probably dissipated these protein swirls. Smells are apples and oak and Chardonnay; citrus notes around the edges, but this Smells of wine. Tastes are balanced in that they are distinct, but all play nice together... which is why we wink at this name. Amazingly, this ABV is not in my face and instead offers a dry, lingering fruitiness that apples and grapes do best.

I had Melange with appetizers and the meal (a vegetable stew) and a salad and chocolate cake. All pairings were satisfying, except the chocolate was a stretch. While price is a consideration, I would definitely consider Melange again.

My copy was 2021 vintage. I believe Nebraska has cultivated a peppery yeast for Melange that is as good as the best from Belgium. I'd like to try others from Nebraska Brewing, particularly since they seem so comfortable in the Belgian tradition; having more than a few successful saisons and wits. They are accomplished micro-brewers and have brought craft culture to the Great Plains and from across the pond. For that, they get some very good Overall Hugs.
Aug 26, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 11, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by VashonGuy from Washington

Sep 13, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jul 26, 2021
Rated: 2.25 by Dicers from California

Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Soft yellow body, semi-hazy; tons of carbonation rising slowly; thick and billowy head, white, dense, and creamy. Huge wheat and cracker aroma; dry hardwood, oak; mild esters as the beer warms up; a bit of herbal / spicy / earthy scent going on, too. Rich and malty taste; biscuit; a nice layer of chardonnay barrel aging in the background; phenol and earthy spiciness; low hop bitterness. Heavy body; very soft and velvety; spongy; semi-dry.

Although there is no bottling / production data on the bottle, whatever the beer's creation time-frame, it all boils down to being one incredible drinking experience. For my palate, it's the malt and yeast that are the highlights. The chardonnay barrel aging is noticeable but really more in the background, at least taste-wise. The body is incredibly smooth and rich. Without a doubt, an extremely satisfying Belgian golden strong ale.
Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by archero from Texas

Sep 14, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from 2014ish

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a clear golden yellow topped by a dense and fluffy two finger white head which retains well and leaves excellent lacing as it fades.
S: Smells of fruity esters, hints of white wine with a hint of tartness on the nose, nice peppery spice, and a little bit of mustyness
T: Taste is fruity up front with some orchard fruit notes, a nice hit of peppery spice, light and dry cracker malt like sweetness with some nice wine barrel notes intertwined which bring in just a little tartness and melon. On the swallow it's a lot of wine barrels and oak with some lingering orchard fruits and peppery spice.
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer finishes quite dry.
O: Overall this is a really well executed beer that has held up well to over five years in the bottle. Really nice complexity and flavor with no signs of oxidation or falling off. Definitely worth a try if you can find it and don't mind the price.
Oct 08, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by stortore from Illinois

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 23, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Apr 05, 2018
Rated: 4 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Apr 05, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by WormGod from New York

Feb 12, 2018
Rated: 4 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a large beer, this one is a very hazy gold color with a white and foamy head. The aroma is wild...funky and wine...wood and spice. There is some distant fruit and a little some malt scents. Complex. The taste is semi-dry with fruit (skins) and woody, winey notes. Full in flavor. Rich in body. Nice brew.
Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by bshefftz from California

Jan 10, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by omahawk from Nebraska

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by BryantForestry from Texas

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

Oct 05, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by skiking70 from Maryland

Aug 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Hazy orange-copper with a thick white meringue settling to a collar.

Smell is nutty earth, citrus and apple.

Taste is deep and rich, at least for a style I'm not as familiar with, with caramelized nuts, spicy phenols, grass, citrus, apple and pear. Unfortunately, I'm not getting a whole lot from the French oak chardonnay barrels.

Semi-dry finish is a little hot, but middle body is frothy and soft.

2014 vintage
Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Three and a half finger head, clear light golden honey body.
Peppercorn, honey-like, bell pepper, white grape, fresh bright woodiness, lavender-y vanilla aromas. Spicy yeast or hop character, bits of apple and pear fruitiness.
Flavors of honey, peach, apple and grape fruitiness, oak and white wine. Light bitterness, dry, tea-like finish with yeast and hops and oak.
Very carbonated mouthfeel, though it doesn't help it loads for me.

Great beer all around. Not quite mind blowing, but really great.
Jun 24, 2017
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, creamy, extremely long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: A very nice aroma of Belgian-style yeast, red wine, light fruit, a bit of oak, and a funky quality.

T: Tasted of a lot of light fruit (pears, in particular), a lot of the advertised red wine, a good shot of Belgian yeast, some citrus (orange), and a bit of pepper as well. An incredibly complex, powerful flavor with a lot a of character. The addition of the red wine somehow works well.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a very lively carbonation. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely one of the more interesting American BSPAs I've tried. Well worth a try.
Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jun 16, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Feb 18, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by fosters9 from New York

Feb 03, 2017
Rated: 4 by deac83 from Texas

Jan 03, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Dec 04, 2016
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Finally opened up my 2010 vintage!

A- This has an amazingly nice looking head that is off white in color and starts out about 3 fingers thick....nice uniform bubbles retains very well, settling into a one finger thick head and becomes pillowy dense! The color of the brew is yeast hazed bronze with soft carbonation rising to the top and the lacing is alright...nothing special in the grand scheme of things. Overall, this is a well above average looking Ale!

S- There is plenty of Chardonnay barrel sweetness that borders on the fence between wine grapes and tropical/orchard fruit (banana, apricot, pears).....smooth dry spice (pepper), hints of wild funk, and a peachy apple finish. This is rich and very much like a fine wine overall!

T- Initial flavors of oaked Earthiness, Chardonnay wine robustness, creamy biscuit/yeast upfront, slightly boozy in the body, and the yeasty tartness that makes this style what it is, and the finish becomes fruity, with apricot kernel, citrus rind, and throughout, there is a hint of butterscotch and vanilla. Perhaps a soft hopped bitterness ensues on the finish

M/O- This is a highly drinkable Ale that is medium/full bodied, and has awesomely tight carbonation that reminds me of a sparkling Chardonnay spritzer! The alcohol, while noticeable, doesn't overpower but it sure hits you after a glass! This really should be reserved for royalty....I think I fit the bill!! It is so smooth on the palate I cannot believe it....this ages very well for those that may have an older bottle. Will definitely seek this out again if the opportunity arises!!
Nov 07, 2016
Melange A Trois - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 416 ratings