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RATINGS: 164   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2392) - 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 Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1785) - 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 (5073) - 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, I’ve been very impressed with this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6211) - 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 (5794) - .....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 (9790) - 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 (2331) - 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 (8907) - 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 (2126) - 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.

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