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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (674) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4400) - 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?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6134) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2011
12/31/11. 750mL bottle courtesy scotchzi! Hazy orange pour with a creamy tan head that sticks. The aroma is a slam of Belgian yeast - fruity and funky - and thereís plenty of candy sweetness and just barely a hint of tartness. Something also reminds me of green apples. The flavor is also particularly Belgian - yeasty, fruity, and ever so slightly tart and woody. Not bad!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2011
750ml from Samís. Finally bit the bullet on some of these Nebraska pricey fuckers. First one down and I have to say itís a yummy beer. Faintly cloudy deep golden pour with a thick rocky head. Very ripe yeast in the nose, almost like fresh oven rolls with butter (but no diacetyl, Jack) along with sharp spice, lively blonde ale zing, and a nice woody complement from the Chard barrel. Body is nice to savor, just a bit of spice and heat on the palate. Taste is not quite as dry as Iíd expected or hoped, and thereís more of that faintly yeasty and gamey thing coming through, just slightly too much perhaps. But itís at that point that I realize, oh yeah, Cali buttery Chard. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
bodegajohn (4) - LaCrosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011 does not count
Bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours a nice frothy that settles into moderate lace. Nose full of white wine and malt. Great effervescent mouthfeel, taste is a hodgepodge of fruit and malt. Tingly finish that lingers for just the right amount of time. Easily drinkable and even more enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2282) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
This is compliments of Paulo from the Archives, gracias. Poured with a nice, off white, fine, foamy, thick, frothy, off white head that lasts and plenty of lace. Color is a slightly hazy, burnished yellow amber. Aroma is a fragrant mix of yeast, fruit, hop, malt, bread dough. Flavor is much like nose with carbonic tang; yeast and carbonic tang standing out. Body is just as it should be, ditto carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6111) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2011
bottle, champagne, white wine notes, very winey. Strawberries, melon, sweet maltiness with a powerful white wine flavor. light coconut notes with a slight sour twang. Pretty complex & enjoyable. Nice score Ryan

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dagimp (733) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Poured from a 75cl into a brandy snifter, just to be fancy.... Pours a beautiful golden with a tad bit of white head that never goes away. Aroma is nothing short of magnificent. Lite and saucy, funky, sour, tangy, flower and fantastic. One of the best aromas Iíve ever smelt on a beer. Mouthfeel is rather thick (itís a 10% beer after all). Slightly tangy as well. The carbonation is just enough to bring it together without making it fizzy. Taste rather sweet. Iím polishing off a bottle myself and towards the end itís getting cloyingly so. That being said, the flavors are really great. Champagne, grapes, mango, pineapple, funk, mild booze, lolly pop, chalk, white wine all meld together. This was a really top notch beer. I would like to have seen it about 7-8% abv to get rid of the sweetness, but thatís just my .02. Even for the price, Iíll be buying this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4509) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes leaving sticky lacing to coat surface. Sweet caramel and oak aromas. Sweet, dry caramel and grape front to back turning to a slightly bitter and lasting oak finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4135) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2011
750. I think my review was erased with the alias was put in. Nice and dry Belgian ale with fantastic yeast tones.


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