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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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:
Mélange #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 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 (1367) - 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 (616) - 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 (3592) - 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 ’em! 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 (12010) - 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 don’t 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 didn’t really wow me. Nonetheless, an interesting blend and experiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
On draft at The Reserve Society Barrel Tasting event. Poured a brownish red color with tan head. Aroma was mild chocolate with a sour twaing. Taste was mild alcohol mild sourness with chocolate. very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Batch 2. On draft at the barrel tasting. Pours with a nearly black body and a massive tan head that stays. Aromas are massively vinous and sour with a bit of funk, bourbon, toffee, wood, tobacco, and chocolate. Flavors are sour yet still rich with vanilla and acid. Cherry, wood light chocolate and an extremely vinous note. Like a slightly more rich and less sour version of Consecration or one of Lost Abbey’s dark sours. Dry and acidic. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at the Bruery’s 1st anniversary party 5/16/09: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a wispy-lacing beige head. Aroma of toasty dark caramel and earthy semi-tart black cherries. Starts with decent carbonation with milky mouthfeel and light caramel sweetness with some grassy hay and tart cherry complexity before a semi-dry finish. Could use a little more crispness and tart balance in the finish, but still an interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
On tap during Bruery’s BA Papier release. Medium sourness. Dark brown color. Nice tan head that lingers. Mostly lactic sourness, but a little acetic. Some oxidation. Some acetylhyde. Low funk. Pretty good. Mildly sweet, or an illusion of sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
I ordered this up with trepidation. Stout and Flanders together conjures up a battle of different styles. This is a lovely beer. The bold malty stout complements the sour wonderfully. Sampled at the Bruery’s One year anniversary party.

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