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RATINGS: 181   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


3.5
   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 I’m having a hard time getting into it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5335) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (689) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (721) - 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 doesn’t distract. It has a really lovely breadey effervescent mouthfeel with long linger. Moderate alcohol.

4.3
   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 it’s thing. Slight taste of alcohol but it doesn’t 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.

4.2
   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-

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (679) - 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 (4474) - 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 you’re 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 ’pop’ 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. It’s outstanding all around. I know it’s 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 (6569) - 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 there’s 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 Sam’s. Finally bit the bullet on some of these Nebraska pricey fuckers. First one down and I have to say it’s 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 I’d expected or hoped, and there’s more of that faintly yeasty and gamey thing coming through, just slightly too much perhaps. But it’s at that point that I realize, oh yeah, Cali buttery Chard. Good stuff.


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