Mélange No. 11 | Bruery Terreux

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Mélange No. 11Mélange No. 11

Brewed by:
Bruery Terreux
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rollzroyce21 on 07-06-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by ThickNStout:
Photo of ThickNStout
2.26/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.75

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 6/12/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a murky, opaque, dark burgundy brown with just under two fingers of frothy beige head. A thin but full veneer lingers. The broad halo leaves a few thin smears of lace.

Aromas of anise, toffee, bourbon, spice and faint dates. It's crazy how much anise takes over the nose considering that both Sour In The Rye and Sucrè have big, bold aromas to them.

Whoa. What the hell is going on in my mouth?! Puckering sour, anise, toffee, cinnamon, oak and dark fruit. Almost no detectable alcohol. There is a whole lot going on but the anise and Sour In The Rye are so potent as to render everything else nearly obsolete.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is like someone dumped a shot of Jager into a horribly soured bottle of bourbon barrel aged old ale.

I think The Bruery and I will have to agree to disagree on this one. Independently, I am just fine with Jagermeister, Sour In The Rye and the anniversary series but they have no business being blended together.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.43/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe no reviews yet on this perhaps most controversial Bruery beer.

Pours an almost black cranberry with a fast fading thin khaki head. Nice to look at, especially with the head on it.

The nose is perhaps the single most distinctive nose currently in the beer world that's not hops. Namely, the smell is assertive rye bread - plain and simple. If you have any question what rye smells like - smell this beer! End of story. This beer is one to evaluate as it warms. The pure rye nose becomes much more complex and has layers of spices, chocolate, black licorice, plums and dates. Cinnamon underlies the nose but is very faint (which, at least for me, I find favorable not liking cinnamon all that much).

Mouthfeel is rich, medium bold bodied with nice carbonation and a sweet/sour/licorice/rye flavors all mixed into one.

Your first reaction will be to not like this at all. However, give it a chance and please let it warm at least a bit. The flavors really integrate and your initial negative reaction gets more and more forgiving to the point where you can't stop drinking it.

My first few sips/tastes I was really not a fan! Now, this review is being written several minutes after opening the bottle and as it gets a bit warmer - still cold/cool but not cold. This is a complex and unique beer that, as I sit here, I can't stop drinking and it's getting better and better with food.

In today's beer world where everyone is trying to emulate everyone else's success, The Bruery continues to be a leader and innovate - not follow. Yep, this is a weird one; I'm a fan.

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Photo of drewone
4.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the description I thought I was going to hate it - not a big licorice fan and could take or leave cinnamon. But overall I was surprised at how good it is - for me a nice balance, with out one flavor overly dominating. Cinnamon is very subtle, the sourness and anis balance each other. I hate to say it, but this actually does recall a cocktail, Can't say I've ever had another beer like it.

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Photo of stakem
2.1/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears mahogany in color with a fine head that goes to nothing fairly quickly.

This smells tangy sour with fruitiness and spice like licorice, then bourbon and something like oranges.

This tastes full on anise to the point of being rooted and earthy and lots of sour not quite acetic but more sour than just lemony lactic. Bourbon and oak is subtle but noticeable and makes this already strange beer even more disjointed.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. This beer is a trainwreck. I spent an hour on it and drank less than 6oz. I shared it with 4 other people and noone could drink more than a couple sips. A huge waste, more than half the bottle went down the drain. If drinking sour jager sounds like a fun time to you, you might love this. We all hated it.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freshflesh
4.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pjvie
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
1.88/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What the hell was the Bruery thinking with this? Upon cracking the 750 I got hit with the anise. Why? Why is there anise?

It absolutely dominates the nose, the flavor, the aftertaste.

Medicinal tastes like this. This is like Jager, but soured.

And for a few moments, I almost like it and then, nope, it's fucking anise.

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Photo of mhenson42
2.31/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
2.11/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I've had this twice now (buddy had two bottles) about 1 year apart. Yep, they both sucked horribly. Soured anise? Holy lord. I love the Bruery, but whoever ok'd this blend was frickin' drunk. This should never ever be made again. Soured anus.

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Photo of nataku00
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SHODriver
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep brown with some reddish highlights topped by a dense two finger head that fades to a small pool with minimal lacing
S: Smells of anise with hints of sourness. That's really it on the nose with this one. Slightly sour black licorice with hints of Jaeger.
T: Taste is some really bright acidity on the front with the anise notes, slight sour cherry as well with a little funk and caramel. Slight leather as well but the anise keeps coming back. Swallow is more acidity with some slight funk on the finish and some lingering anise.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium with a slightly thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little prickly which is fine and the beer finishes on the dry side.
O: Overall this one is kind of an odd duck. It has some nice acidity to it but the anise really doesn't do the beer any favors. I think this one without the spice additions may have been killer but the need to add more layers kind of ruins it. Definitely not one to seek out but it would appear that the anise has at least faded over time to let some other flavors in. I have a bunch of these so I guess we'll see if it gets better with time.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rand
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL poured into tulip

Look - An opaque copper-red in color, a medium pour produces a quick, foamy head that leaves scant lacing

Feel - Fairly viscous and oily for a sour beer, obviously from the barrel-age blend. Plenty of carbonation to keep the palate clean between sips.

Nose - One of the more unique arrays of aromas you'll come across in a beer. The sour rye is the dominant aspect, but it's quickly obvious this isn't their 'Sour in the Rye' brew. The added dates and cinnamon give this a middle-eastern flare, with strong notes of oak and anise edging bouquet. Not as much alcohol as you'd expect...it seems the bold aromas mask the booze.

Palate - Very tart up front, slightly vinegary. All of the added ingredients are easily parsed (the bottle says there was added cinnamon, anise and dates) but aren't completely congruent. Not totally divergent either, but it's not the easiest beer to quaff. The added dates yield a generic, ripe fruit tone, and the contrast of citrus and cinnamon and anise is reminding me of some kind of desert that didn't quite come out the way it was expected. Finishes long, with sweet and sour residue lingering.

Ambitious beer, but the flavor profile lacks harmony. I'm not sure the added anise helped much, I might have tried it with just cinnamon and dates. Still, there's a lot going on in this beer and it might benefit from a couple years on the cellar.

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Photo of jlindros
2.47/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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Nice foamy creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, little lacing decent legs, dark cooper mahogany color.

Nose is pretty bad, sour malts and soured fruit, into big clashing cinnamon and anise that overpower everything, licorice kicks the sour in the rye in the balls, boozy alcohol, cinnamon bark and tree bark, and a weird vanilla.

Taste starts very sour again, tart fruits, sour malt, tart candied fig and date so sweet and sour, tangy, little like sweet and sour sauce, little cinnamon bark in the background, more anise licorice thing smashes everything in the face. Finish sticky flemmy and little booze, tons more cinnamon and anise, tart candy dark fruits again.

Mouth is med to heavier bod syrupy, some booze, decent carb.

Overall bleh, no need to say more.

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Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeff1973
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlabs
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a fan of sour ales at all, so my review for this isn't that good..not much flavor(very slight bourbon) on this, and you get the anise/fennel taste on the back end..I don't detect and cinnamon or dates in this at all..but again my pallete doesn't take to sours too well

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.8/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Auburn appearance, solid 1/2" of off white head on it. Aroma was tart, sour, and licorice. I thought this was bad, but it was about to get epicly worse. The relatively high degree of sourness to it kind of hit how shitty the licorice was.

If you can get past the domineering amount of licorice, then you can detect notes of toffee. Bitter dark fruit notes that are still getting pushed around by the licorice.

This is the first melange beer that sucked. And it really sucked. If you ever thought like an imperialized version of warm but infected Jaeger was a good idea, then this is your jam.

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Mélange No. 11 from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 58 ratings