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RATINGS: 175   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 2011 World Beer Tasting Championship – Regional Champion – Barrel Aged Beer 2011 Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Category 2011 Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer – Silver Medal Strong / Double / Imperial Pale Beer Category 2012 United States Beer Tasting Championship – Regional Champion – Barrel Aged Beer 2012 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal – Barrel Aged Strong Beer 2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Bronze Medal – Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer 2014 United States Open Beer Championship – Bronze Medal – Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2168) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11260) - 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

3.7
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Hazy yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma and taste of fruit pepper and red wine. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6122) - 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?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Sampled at FoBAB 2010 (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice golden bright transpaarent hue, a nice frothy bright white head laces well. Aromas are wet oak and citrus, chardonnay fruitiness and light sweetness, sweet bread, touch of spice, mellow bready and pale malts, pear, apple. Initial is spicy, lighter bodied, pear and apple, wet bread, finish is dry and and mellow, champagne, light tartness with doses of citrus, apple, bread dough, light spice, oaky chardonnay with touches of peach, butter, and nuts coming through. The barrel really makes this beer. Finish is lovely, lingering oak and chardonnay, dry and fairly clean and refreshing with fairly deep complexity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled @ FoBAB 2010. Aroma of white oak, white wine. Taste is very strong of white wine, oak, yeast, very tart/sout and a great sour linger. Carbonation is velvety smooth, but overall pretty boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3383) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy yellow brown with a big, clingy meringue head. Nose is chardonnay, yeast and oak with floral hints. Medium body with a faint sparkle. Taste is very vinous with strong chardonnay. Base brew adds yeast and grass blending nicely with the wine. Crisp and dry with a touch of lingering malt sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14089) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle @ Papsø-Grand-Tasting, September 2010. Pours cloudy orange with a frothy white head and lacings. Brett, orange, fruit and oak. Very vinous. Full bodied. Dry end. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2010
thanks riversideak! Great oaky chardonnay nose, sunny golden. gentle wine character, mellow body, wine stands out wonderfully


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