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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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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 essence 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!

2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Bronze Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer
2012 United States Beer Tasting Championship Regional Champion Barrel Aged Beer
2012 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Barrel Aged Strong Beer
2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Category
2011 World Beer Tasting Championship Regional Champion Barrel Aged Beer
2011 Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer Silver Medal Strong / Double / Imperial Pale Beer Category
2010 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Category

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2011
75cl bottle, thanks ? Medium white head, lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, funk, some straw. Taste is moderately sweet, funk, some straw, grape, light lemon. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear gold with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma and flavor is heavy malt (biscuit, cookie), medium hops (floral), peach, pear, and barnyard. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
This is probably the most vinous beer Iíve ever had. It almost tastes exactly like a glass of chardonnay. Very fruity grape aroma . Dry oaky flavor. Creamy and woody. Lots of chardonnay and honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Sweet vinous nose with lots of honey and chardonnay. Taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly sour, some light vinegar, lots of white wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011
This pours with a frothy, white colored head that sits on top of a hazed, amber-gold colored beer. The beer smells lightly tart, definitely yeasty, a definite oak influence, there is a chardonnay fruit like character as well as a hint of vanillin and some buttery-oak character. I was expecting to be able to smell some Brettanomyces influence and funkiness, but the nose is quite clean.

My first sip has me noticing a big vanilla flavor to it from the oak as well as a solid chardonnay grape fruitiness and even tartness (this seems to be from the grapes rather than from any wile influence). This beer is not really funky at all & I have had to recalibrate my expectations of this beer. This drinks quite a bit smaller than the 10% alcohol would suggest, there is some viscous heft to the texture, but it is definitely light for its strength.

After tasting this beer, the vanillin in the nose comes out quite a bit more prominently. This beer has a very nice chardonnay character, but it would definitely benefit from some funkiness; it is good as it is, but that canít keep me for wishing for more. This is perhaps the best chardonnay character in a beer that I have had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
cloudy body, with a moderate head. Neutral aromas. Above average mouthfeel, very drinkable, and gentle masterful blend of the chardonnay barrelling taste and the Belgian blonde. A great and simple idea, well executed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours a three finger tight, white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is funky sour fruit, flavor is sweet and tart fruit, Not finding any white wine flavors. High ABV is hidden. Warming. Good but not worth $23.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julioís Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark gold with a fluffy head that subsides to a thin yet dense cap. A few visible pieces of yeast sediment float around the goblet. Aroma: Faint white wine, vanilla, fruit, funky sour yeast. Taste: A sharp vanilla tannic oak note to start, a white wine bite on the front of the tongue. Spices, banana and euro hops. Has a great subtle sour note that weaves in and out through the entire session. Mouthfeel: Full bodied with average carbonation. Overall: I was blown away by this beer. Very well done, very complex, super tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Hazy yellow-orange, smooth white foam. Aroma is plastic, alcohol, spicy. Taste is spicy, fruity, a bit of plastic. Weird phenolics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2011
After having tried the NBC Hop God and Apricot au Poivre, The bar has been set pretty high for this brewery. Lots of honey and melon aromas. Very rich palate. Flavor is fruity - pear, maybe, and honey. Good, but not as good as the other two. Still, Iíve been very impressed with this brewery.

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