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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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On tap and for sale only at the Bruery, a blend of Black Tuesday and young Oude Tart.
Batch 1 - 9.0% abv
Batch 2 - 9.5% abv
Batch 3 - 11% abv

Bruery Description:
Mťlange #1 was the first in our line of barrel aged beer blends and continues to be one of our favorites. A curious blend of our bourbon barrel aged stout, Black Tuesday, along with our Flemish-style sour red ale, Oude Tart, this beer is unique and delightful. Forging flavors of toasty oak, vanilla and toffee along with notes of leather and dark fruit, both the full bodied essence of the bourbon barrel aged ale and the sour quality of our wild ale are present in this well rounded beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a glass filling three-finger thick head and then procedes to grow another two-fingers in height above the glass; the head is a brown tinged, dark tan color. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows opaque, though a touch lighter brown in shade, when held up to the light. The aroma smells of toasted whole grain roasted malt, burnt fruit, a light tartness, some musty, perhaps even musky notes as well as a sort of floral sour fruit note (that is more unripe than ripe), perhaps it is plum (as it warms this plum note becomes even more noticeable), touches of cola, spicy clove character and dark cocoa notes. This beer smells more of the roasted, dark grain character than of the funkiness of a sour beer, but the two combine to form a pretty smooth smelling beer. The fruitiness seems to get wrapped up in an almost, ripe, cheese like note; definitely farmhouse though not overly funky and heavy on the muskiness.

Soft and creamy textured, the beer is definitely fairly sour (though it is actually quite tame compared to the Santa Fe #5 I just had), but this mixes with a rich, cocao and dark maltiness that really smoothes things out quite a bit. I really canít believe how malty this beer is; especially up front of each sip, it almost has a richness to it. The body is actually fairly light textured for how malty this beer can seem at times; it is lightened up considerably in the finish as the sour beer takes over by contributing a lactic tartness that combines with a light, burnt grain acidity as well as with a bright fruitiness that reminds me of plums. There is quite a bit of whole grain, brown bread toasty character in this beer, especially in the middle of each sip. The finish seems to focus on the sharper, roasted, darkly toasted, Stout like notes that even manage to add some roast grain bitterness to the finish. Lots of sour fruit notes are in this beer, it is more of a non-descript fruitiness, but if I had to describe it plum certainly seems the best descriptor, but perhaps also touches of oxidized cider, a hint of kiwi somehow as well as a fermented, yet still lightly sweet, raisin juice; this last is almost to the point of making this vinous, like a fruity oak-aged red wine, maybe even port like at times. Speaking of oak, there does seem to be a touch of structured woodiness to the finish that provides a touch of astringency, and now that I am thinking of it, there is a definite, oak-derived spiciness that provides some peppery heat in the lingering finish. Other spice notes of clove and allspice provide some turpene structure to the woody pepper notes. A really soft, subtle note suggest at some plasticizers, though this is barely perceptible.

This is an interesting mix of dark chocolate, malted grain character, somehow piquant but subdued tartness, and ripe fruitiness. I wasnít quite to sure what to think of a mix of Imperial Stout and Flanderís type sour and I still donít; I am enjoying it though, even though the right side of my brain keeps on thinking that these flavors I am getting canít quite possibly work together, but my left side says that they do. This beer is a fascinating experience; I almost want to describe it as sloppy genius, the individual components certainly donít work together, but somehow as a whole they do. This could have been a complete train-wreck, but in the end it isnít remotely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2011
Shard by dschiller. Brown in color tan head aroma roast caramel. Flavor is sour roast caramel funk. Interesting in a good way..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10037) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Dark brown pour. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries! Flavor is sweet/tart, chocolate, cherries, wood...what a neat beer! Thanks dstructo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Dstructo. Murky brown pour with a small tan head. Sweet chocolate/fruity aromas. The taste is outstanding with chocolate, dark roasted malt, and tart cherry flavors. One hell of a blend....

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2011
750mL bottle shared at a tasting. First to rate out of bottle, wooo! Actually, what awful dreck this was, a new low standard for special-release beer. I love sour beers but to add ridiculously acetic bile into a chocolate burnt overly sweet beer makes for a a monstrosity. Just because something is full of sourness doesnít make it good. The acetic quality was all over the place and was able to cut through the Black Tuesday. However, surrounding the awful acetic beer was a sweet molasses that made it actually a turn off. I could not take more than a few sips. This is not a sour beer but a horrible infection mixed with overly-sweet imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
On tap at the Phoenix Club. Brownish black beer with an interesting mix of flavors. The rich chocolate syrupy quality of BT with some sourness of the cherries. Sounds good but really not that special in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1 (1372) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a tan murky brown with a slight tan head. Being a mix of Black Tuesday and Oude Tart, it pretty much does look like what I imagine it would if you mixed the two together. The smell if actually kind of funky with a very different blend between roasted malt, chocolate, and oak with a fruity sour quality. Interesting to say the least. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The flavor is good given the odd blend of these 2 beers. Starts with some roasted notes with caramel and chocolate that quickly transition to some fruity tartness. Surprisingly balanced in my opinion. Not sure how they make this work, but it works.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation Party. Less is more. Our opinion on this was "Why waste BT by souring it?" It made for an interesting taste, but only as a novelty, not something I would want to drink much of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3595) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
On tap at the Phoenix Club at the Bruery event. Very dark brown in color with a one finger tan head. †The aroma is interesting with both beers in the blend evodent. Chocolate, caramel, sour cherries, roast, and molasses. †Big rich and interesting flavor, not a great blend but still very tasty. †Big rich stout flavor, roasty and chocolatey, with rich sour cherries. †Oh yeah, and -bals. -Bals, -bals, -bals I love íem! I like how the Bruery accepts "-bal" as the correct abbreviation. Full-bodied with slight acidity and medium-low carbonation. A really enjoyable beer, as strange as it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12234) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
A: The pour is not exactly the most beautiful of things, like most of the Melange series. Sort of turbid and murky brown with a fair amount of red highlights and a quick-to-vanish tan head. S: I pick up the chocolate notes from Black Tuesday right away. This gives the beer a pleasant richness and sweetness that goes along nicely with some roasted malt flavors underneath. The young Flemish sour provides some mild cherry notes as well as a hint of tartness. T: The tartness is subtle on the flavor and is mainly in the form of cherries. The chocolate and roast components donít seem to be quite as powerful as they were on the nose, at least initially. But as the beer warms, the imperial stout starts to dominate. A decent amount of alcohol comes through on the palate as well. M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation. A fairly smooth and creamy feel on the tongue overall. D: I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked it, but it didnít really wow me. Nonetheless, an interesting blend and experiment.

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