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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
The beers pours great with a nice hazy golden straw color, a great white frauthy head and outstanding lacing on the glass (all the way through me drinking it). The beer smell outstanding with a great blend of citrus hops, banana, clove, and a somewhat buttery scent as typical with chardonnay. The taste is outstanding as you instantly get the great blend of the cirtus, hops, banana, and oakey flavors. It follows into a nice banana, clove aftertaste that just hangs around forever. The mouthfeel is very well carbonated, somewhat bitter from the chardonnay and hoppy flavors. Overall, WOW. I dont think any beer is a perfect 5 but this beer has come about as close as any that I have ever had. Now I got to get me some more. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1666) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Hazy gold pour, white head. Aroma of buttery Chardonnay, apple, oak, fruity ester. Taste is sweet, buttery Chardonnay, fruity ester, barrel, gold apple. Palate is soft, slick, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5134) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by Brigadier). Looks good; a semi-transparent golden orange with white head. Smells good too; Chardonnay, oak, and Belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with a fairly sweet backbone. Nice and smooth on the palate. Good beer, and doesn’t drink anywhere near the abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2013
750 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, white wine, vanilla, oak and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, white wine, oak, light vanilla and light citrus with a crisp dry lingering white wine finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Hoppy. Nice. This is a very nice beer dr a new to me brewer. Had a bottle with the beer geeks of NW arkansas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1650) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle shared. Taste was bits of white wine, some soft fruits, sweet creamy maltiness, and a slightly bit tart, floral, oak. Very complex in that I could not figure out all what was going on. Chardonnay was probably the front runner of the flavor though. This was actually a detriment to the beer as I, for one of the first times ever, though a beer was a bit much and somewhat brash. Good, but probably not worth the crazy price tag that it demanded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5247) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by?? Pours a hazy golden amber color with a large white head. The aroma and flavor have some sweet malts, vanilla, oak, vinous/Chardonnay character, yeast, mild tart with a light herbal note. The finish is dry with some additional fruit character. Interesting, would like to revisit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle, pours golden, aroma is much like a wine. Some grapes in there. Flavour was winy and a bit sour, overall interesting offering

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Cloudy straw pour with ring of bright white head. Bready triple esk aroma wiyh also bready flavor notes and refined lemon/vanilla sweetness. Reminds me of a lemon cookie. Pretty good, but def not worth thr price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours dark yellow and very cloudy with an inch of white foam. Big Chardonnay notes on the nose. Lots of the Belgian yeast thing on the tongue along with the wine thing. Has a warming quality on the finish. Very nice.

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