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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pkavulak (21) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Aromatics that jump out more in line with a Champagne than an Ale. Chardonnay character is huge. Some tart, sweet aspects in the palate. Wonderfully golden, light lacing on the glass. Aging extremely well. Batch 1

   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?

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SetauketBrewer (37) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Great beer! Beautiful golden color with a nice head of light effervescent bubbles. Wonderful wood flavor from the barrel while not overpowering the flavor of the base golden ale. White wine dances on the tounge with lemon. Definitely need to get another bottle of this soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2010
750 from Caponeís. Pours hazy dark straw toward canary with 2f off white head. Nose is spicy yeasty, tangeriney citrus fruit, oaky and white winey. Tastes very complex, with assertive chardonnay, oak, grapefruity citrus, yeasty spice, and very well balanced with a very unique flavor profile. This one is my Nebraska cherry buster, and it is damned good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark gold with a fluffy head that subsides to a thin yet dense cap. A few visible pieces of yeast sediment float around the goblet. Aroma: Faint white wine, vanilla, fruit, funky sour yeast. Taste: A sharp vanilla tannic oak note to start, a white wine bite on the front of the tongue. Spices, banana and euro hops. Has a great subtle sour note that weaves in and out through the entire session. Mouthfeel: Full bodied with average carbonation. Overall: I was blown away by this beer. Very well done, very complex, super tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pras (420) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Tasted at Savor. I knew that this is a brewery I had to sample. Surprisingly, there was no line at their table. Enough of that, now to the beer. Poured a light yellow. Oak came through along with the white wine notes. Sweetness comes through but isnít overpowering. Beer is nice and in balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy gold with white fizzy head. Aroma of white grapes, very aromatic, some faint funk. Flavor is very nice, light malt, fruity, white grapes. Mouth feel is light-medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, a very good beer, I very much enjoyed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2153) - 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.

   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.

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