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RATINGS: 166   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


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3221) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BadAprilia1000 (256) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (907) - - AUG 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-11-12- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a hazy golden orange colored brew with a one finger white head. The head has a good level of retention giving way to a nice level of lacing. Smell – The smell was big of lighter fruits and yeast ; with the fruit being of a sweeter orange, grape and pear nature. Mixed with these aromas were some lighter bready notes and an oaky and spicy aroma. Overall the aroma was quite pleasant. Taste – The taste starts out with a good biscuit base with a good presence of a grapey wine like flavor. As the taste advances yeasty flavors come to the tongue with flavors of citrus and pear coming to the tongue, with the grape all the while grow stronger in nature. This sweeter fruit flavors reach a maximum more toward the middle of the taste, with it at the end declining a bit. The main reason for its decline was that other flavors of a spicy and oaky flavor start to come to the tongue. In the end a light boozy taste enter the profile and with the fruit, biscuit, oak and yeast flavors create a very pleasing taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the crisper side with it being moderately creamy, but yet with a prickly carbonation level. Very appropriate for a style and nice for the fruit flavors of the brew; overall giving a dry and crisp mouthfeel. Overall – A very nice Belgian style ale. It has fantastic transitions in the taste, with all being very smooth and pleasing. While it is quite tasty, for the price it is a bit over-rated. If you can get it at an affordable price (under 25 dollars for a bottle) then I say go for it, but if not then your much better off going for something more time true and affordable in a Belgian.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6645) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014. Very hazy medium gold. Honey, cooked pear, lightly estery, light pepper in the finish. Tripel in character. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (825) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Hazy golden big white head. Aroma is strong yeasty, slight fruity. Yeast dominates, but some light fruit.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (3806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle - Tart and funky stone fruit. Cloudy orange with a frothy head. Sweet, tart, citrus and a light bitterness. Almost like a Tripel in taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (572) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle shared by Tony at RBAG. Hazy yellow pour with light white head. Aroma is mild funk, a bit of stoned fruit, some mild yeast. Taste is stoned fruit, mild bitter presence, some sour funk, bitter finish. Tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Light dried hay pour with a small ivory foam that left the glass quickly. Some tart citrus, breadiness, oak, raw cane sugar, and candied oranges. Definite winey notes. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3268) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a hazy apricot with a nice eggshell head. Malty aroma has a strong note of sour fruit and a hint of yeast. Flavor has a malty core that supports notes of hops and sour fruit plus a hint of yeast. Firm, fizzy texture leaves a tingly and somewhat sour finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (679) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2014
750 bottle @ $19.99. Golden ale pour with not much lacing and a small head. Cotton candy nose followed with some tart green apple. Taste starts with a mild sweetness, immediately followed by dry white wine flavors. A astringent finish. Very tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Just a really nice beer all the way around. Start with a perfect amount of Belgian yeast flavor (and note the color being surprisingly straw pale yellow in color). Add the perfect amount of barrel aging flavor, with hints of white wine as well -- and this is hard to do. No alcohol heat. Just goodness.


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