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RATINGS: 166   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a large foamy white head that slowly dissispates with decent lacing. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and malty with notes of white grape and orange peel. Flavor is about the same, quite sweet with some citric astringency. Not bad at all. ABV is well hidden throughout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6259) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a hazy golden / blond with a medium white head. Aroma of biscuits, white wine, brett, and oak. Flavour begins with lychee-like light fruits, transitioning to the chardonnay white wine, and then some yeast notes on the finish. The ABV is well-concealed at first, though burns at the end the more you drink. Not my idea of the best white wine incorporated BA beer. Quite thin, boozy and very carbonated. Still, solid stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle, 08/21/2012. Pours hazy orange, cider-like, dense thin head, curtains of lace. Aroma of pineapple, pear, apple, light spices and herbs, oak and chardonnay notes. Taste has big chardonnay quality, apple and mild sweet malts, spices, dry bitter finish with a touch of heat. Medium body. Nicely done.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
In short: A Belgian blond ale with a very strong woody white-wine character cider notes. Interesting even if not really my thing
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed approximately one year after purchase
The look: Clear golden blonde body topped by a small white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass. Last glass of the bottle was cloudy
In long: Nose has plenty of woody white wine with notes of apples. Here you donít simply smell Chardonnay Wine Barrels, the beer downright smells like a very oaky glass of white wine. Taste is a little pure white-wine than the nose hinted on. Lots of oak, medium tannic, some dry white-wine, lots of apples and apple skin (dry cider sensation), a woody spiciness. Overall I thought this beer had a little too much chardonnay and cider flavors to it. For many this beer can be a exquisite treat, but for someone like me who doesnít like white-wine to start with, this beer was not all that good. I may regret buying this beer but donít ask me if Iím bitter, because Iím not, or maybe I am, I donít know, Iíve never tasted myself, youíre a freak.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayhawk73 (12) - Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours a medium yellow with excellent lacing on the tulip glass. Nose is coriander, lemon, spices. Really amazing. Taste is same profile, really enjoyable. Feel is very smooth. Really enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPad

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2443) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle shared by Darrell. Hooray beer! The beer appearsa hazy golden yellow hue with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma offers citrus, wine barrels, white grapes, floral notes. The flavor brings grapes and white wine. The oak character is there, but light. Alcohol content is disguised very well. hard to believe this is 10% abv, other than just the slightest warming sensation in the finish. Overall, a really solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pouring at GTMW 2012 cloudy dark straw color big off white head. Aroma has some hay notes a light lemon zest and some corriander. Avg palate. Flavor is a bit musty finishes oddly sweet honey and ginger along w/ some sweet bread. A nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Sample from beerfest. Very hazy yellowish pour. Some lacing was left behind. Aroma was acidic, fruity, and lemons. Flavor was wine, apples, pineapple, and other sweet champagne notes. Very sweet beer. Different. Decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
750mL thanks to Travlr! Pours a full haze pineapple juice. Thicker, rocky, bright white head. Sheety and webby lacing. Nose is thick sugar, dough, yellow apple, some playdough, white liquor. Taste is thick sugar, yellow cake, very sweet. Finish is a bit cloying, big yellow cake sugar with lemon filling. Sweeeet as hell.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (10000) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle hazy yellow color, large fluffy white head, soli lacing. Aroma of pineapple, orange juice. Taste is orange peel, nutmeg, raw white bread dough.


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