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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle:   Straw in color, cloudy, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   Tangy, tart, vibrant nose.   Slight woodiness, rather floral on the tongue.   Fruity, bright, warming, alcohol isn’t biting but it is noticeable.   Has this peach/apricot skin aspect to it, along with some barrel aged character.   This is really intriquing.   Chardonnay aspects appear on the backside.   This is from Nebraska???   Almost has a meaty Tripel like appeal to it.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly full.   Finish shows some candied citrus peel like characters.   This one is really interesting.   Hard to fit this one into any particular category. &Nbsp Its like a Belgian Golden, yet somewhat like a big Saison, and then again like a Tripel.   Lots of depth to this one.   Happy to have tried a beer from Nebraska, moreso one this good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Thanks Scott .. . Pours a shimmering gold yellow .. pillowy head, lacing is a light meringue splatters .. . quite fizzy, almost duvel like .. . flavours of wood, honey, spice, belgian yeast, and tattoo gun tip .. . A nice nice beer but it needs to calm down a bit to really make it great .. . You were supposed to be here guarding Bernie!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
A hazy blonde golden ale with a thin creamy white head. In aroma, a smooth lactic and creamy malt, perfumey and smooth. In mouth, a nice creamy sweet perfumey malt with coriander, cloves, ornage peels, belgian and smooth. Shared with Orlando crew, Jan 6 2011.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow honey gold with a large, fluffy and frosty white head. Nose of oak wood chips, Chardonnay, light honey and light floral notes. Taste of light honey, oak wood chips, Chardonnay and light apple notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle… Hazy yellow ale with a large, frothy, white head. Grainy, pale malt nose with nuances of very old cheese and shoe funk. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. The flavor is a bit too sweet, although the high abv is not at all front-and-center. Notation of honey. Subdued, tannic bitterness. Finishes crisp, mostly sweet, and then dry. There was an awful lot left on the table here as much more could have been done to make this baby interesting. Mundane. Bottle courtesy of Beerlando!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2104) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle at the December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours dark gold with a foamy white head. Aromas of fleshy white stone fruits and white wine. Also some woody and floral notes. Peachy flavor with a touch of oaky butteriness as well as the unmistakeable chardonnay character. These guys threw a lot of stuff at the wall for this beer but somehow it all stuck. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2010
Cloudy golden with a lasting white head. Somewhat yeasty aroma with fruit and berries and a floral touch. Sweet fruity flavour, with a bit of berry tartness, but way too sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
FoBAB - still chugging through my backlog. Pours blonde with white head. Aroma of citrus, oak, spice. Nice beer, dry finish. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Hazy yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma and taste of fruit pepper and red wine. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
FoBAB 2010, Bottle: Pours a clean brilliant golden hue with a frothy head and very nice lace. The aroma has notes of honey, butterscotch, pear, white grape, pepper, cardamom, biscuity and pils malts, hint of caramel, and some dusty oak vapours. The taste is not as sweet nor struck by butterscotch that the nose led on. Sure there are some sweet malt but those are craftily balanced by acidic fruits, popping spice, straw pils malt and even a bit of a "peat like" smoky tones. Rolls on the palate like a smooth liquor. The finish is light tannic and mostly clean. The biggest surprise of the fest for me, I got the glass only because I was in the neighborhood for the Oak Rye IPA. It turned out this was the better and more different brew! Yeah again for Nebraska Brewing... where were these guys when I lived in Bellevue?

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