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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 – 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


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3689) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Draft. Golden hazy pour with white foamy head. Nice Chardonnay oak and light tart aromas. Flavor doesn’t exactly match, woody with some light vinous tones.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5061) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Tap. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow body with a small frothy off-white head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is a mix of heavy sweet malt, lots of oak, Belgian yeast, and a big if alcohol. The flavor is more dominated by the barrel than the malts or yeast. Really heavy raw oak tannins grab you right up front. The oak faded to a dense and sweet maltiness, and finally a fruity Belgian yeasy laced finish. A bit of a blunt force weapon on the palate, very intense levels of flavors. The alcohol gets to be a bit warming, especially on the finish towards the end of the glass and as it approaches room temperature. Heavy on the tongue with a clingy sweet finish and fizzy active carbonation level. Interesting beer, but I think any more than this 10 oz portion would be a bit tiring to take down.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Cloudy light orange gold pour that, though well carbonated, was presented with no head at all. Vinous light amber fruits. White peaches. Apricot fuzz. Clementines. Lots of vinous oaky Chardonnay notes figure strongly in here as well. The nose has the complexity of a good fresh white wine. Just enough spicy hops to keep any sweetness in check. The listed 11.3% ABV is almost ridiculously well hidden. Feels like a juicy orange Mimosa.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1417) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Lots of alcohol doesn’t dampen the experience of this full-flavored, winelike, oaky, sour fruit-laden, dry and delectable belgian.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3529) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick off white head. Funky vinous nose with some minty notes. Flavors of tropical fruits and some cheesy bits. Tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2151) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2014
Tap at the Watering Hole. Aroma is boozy, bit of veg. Taste is good, booze, sweet, fruity, mushrooms, cheesy and a bit funky. Vanilla. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6635) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2014
Tap at Watering Hole. Bright golden color, fine, thick head, cloudy. Nose of vanilla, wood, vinegar, grapes. FLavor is oily vanilla, white grapes, lemon, sweet, tart and bitter. Not great, but interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3516) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Lightly sweet and spicy aroma with light wood notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity at the start with a dry and spicy middle and a very pronounced grape and wood note at the end.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
First Nebraska beer of the night. Not sure what to expect. Aroma just barely hints at being sour but there is no sour present in the flavor. Fruity, with coconut and oak, and a nice belgian golden underneath. Very good brew, if a little overpriced. Super smooth like the others."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (837) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Poured from a 750 mL bottle with a date of 03/01/2014. Aroma is a nice blend of fruit esters and oak character. Moderate stone fruit with some light tropical fruit that works well with some drier white wine notes and oak tannins. Hints of alcohol spice along with some light phenolic notes of coriander. Pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a big, thick white head that shows pretty decent retention. Fairly high lacing with moderate legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some light caramel malt notes and some bread. Quite a bit of stone fruit character with some tropical fruit notes as well. Nice chardonnay addition that adds a drier fruit character. Medium light oak notes with light oak tannins and light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, I am not a huge fan of the base beer but it works well with the wine barrel character. A sweet beer with a drying barrel and wine character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BadAprilia1000 (282) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Pours a hazy straw color with a decent sized head that laces fairly well. Aroma is huge, yeasty bread with tons of fruit, pear, tart green apple, white/green grapes, sweet orange, almost more like oj than the whole fruit, a bit of spice, and a ton of white wine on the finish. Taste is extremely different from most beers I’ve had. Notes of oj, pear, green grape, very tart green apple all up front, the middle turns to that strong white wine tanginess, then the finish comes in perfectly balanced with an odd peppery note with yeast, bread, and biscuit with a great oak finish. Crazy good beer, slightly pricey but worth it for a good occasion or to share with a friend who also rates, a much different mix of aromas and flavors than anything I have had.


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