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RATINGS: 163   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Wow....pours egg shell frothy head. Cloud orange yellowey color. Just the look of this beer is perfect. Aroma is lemon, oak earth, malts. Flavor is perfectly balanced, sours and oak and chadonnay alcohol hints with a nice pear fruity flavor that ccomes through. Right amt of spicieness. This is just about one of the best beers i may have ever had. Truly great ! Wow....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012

Name: Melange a Trois
Date: March 09, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy white head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma, candy sweetness, sweet fruityness, winey sweetness, bitter orange peal
Flavor: sweet winey flavor, candy sweetness, phenolic spicyness, light oak, touch of bitterness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Sampled at the Trail Magic release party. Pours hazy dirty yellow with off-white head. The aroma is slight oaky tartness with some herbal and floral notes and lots of apple. Flavor is herbal and woody with a honeyish backbone. Some mint character floats around in there. I was really looking forward to this beer, but Iím having a hard time getting into it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (4869) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Straw yellow pour with creamy white head and lace. Sour malt and paper, a hinto brown sugar. Medicine, apple sour, and bread. Medium body with good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (671) - USA - MAR 5, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 A: peach, grapefruit, acidic wood, app: murky golden with.slight green hues, great lacing , proper head. Taste is calm at first some nuts and fruit. Some hop, enough. Bright acidic fruit with slight wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (687) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2012
750 mL bottle at St. Anselm BK. A straw yellow beer with billowy white head that lasts. Aroma is very well rounded pale malt, lemon, grass. Lightly sweet with lemon herbal floral hop flavors. The chardonnay barrel comes through but doesnít distract. It has a really lovely breadey effervescent mouthfeel with long linger. Moderate alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Trois poured a golden orangish color with a fluffy white head. Spotty lacing is left throughout the glass. The smell on this beer is fantastic. Belgian yeast, apples, pear, grapes, and oranges. The oak chardonnay barrels give off a nice grape aroma. Lovely. The taste is just as good if not better. Spicy yeasty bite up front. The fruits explode and the oak barrel does itís thing. Slight taste of alcohol but it doesnít interfere at all. A mixture of sweet fruit and tartness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light. I was sad to see this beer go. I would of loved to had another bottle of this stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Golden body with a white head. Nice sour smell that imparts on the the taste. Can taste the barrel alot and hides the ABv well-

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (665) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours translucent yellow with a small white head that has ok lacing. Nose is honey, lemon, orange, clove, oak. Medium sweetness at the beginning, later rather dry. Tannic. Fair bit of alcohol burn. Medium body, rather oily texture, moderately carbonated. I like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4348) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, yellow-hued body with a foaming, tall, white head.

Smell: The chardonnay wine barrel treatment is simply bulging in the aroma, ahead of the lightly sweet-scented golden barley and hint of finely fragrant herbs and flowers giving a quality of hand-crafted artisan soaps, the kind people keep in an ornate bowl in the bathroom, are in small shapes, and youíre not allowed to use.

Taste: A wonderful blend of sweet, soft as cream barley and a great chardonnay with a gentle oakiness. Floral accents, a hint of citric lemon vanilla creme, and some perfumy touches. A little, bright ípopí of acidity. Light spiciness and some more oak showing on the wine spritzed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated, very easy and breezy along the tongue.

Overall: The chardonnay character is pairing perfectly with the strong golden ale with just the right amount of carbonation. Hardly any showing of the supposed 10% alcohol. Itís outstanding all around. I know itís early still, but can I go ahead and declare my favorite new beer of the year?

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