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The Bruery Melange #9

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Melange #9 was created by your peers at a special blending competition held in November 2013 for our Hoarders Society members at the time. Each team was given access to a slew of our barrel aged beers and were allowed to bring in pretty much any ingredient of their own to add to the mix. The winning blend is a sour ale, using both our sour blonde ale and Sour in the Rye, with a hint of sweetness from White Oak Sap. Coconut and fresh ginger was added to the blend just a few days before packaging, generating a super fresh, tropical spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Sampled June 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces an unevenly, one finger thick, off-white colored, quickly dissapearing, fizzy head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a clear honey hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of vanilla, toasted coconut, woody / spicy oak, spicy candied ginger, as well as a sort of green peppercorn note that is likely derived from the same.

Prickly, despite being low in carbonation, and the finish is a bit sour, with a definite ginger bite, but also has rounder, softening, coconut flavors that linger in the finish. Touches of vanillin, a supporting woody flavor, lots of toasted coconut flavors, some soft citrus like notes, and lots of fresh cut wood flavors are present here. The body is actually fairly rich for an 8% sour beer; I wouldnít call it heavy, but it has a texture and heft to it that clings just a bit to the palate.

This is a very interesting beer, though I am not entirely sure that it works. It is a bit simplistic in its focus on coconut, oak, ginger and sourness, a bit too clean maybe. It could certainly use a bit more carbonation, and the sweet vanillin, and toasted coconut notes donít quite meld perfectly with the ginger and sourness, but it isnít all that far off either, and is pretty enjoyable. This is a beer to experience for sure though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4073) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2015
Golden colour, white head. Malty aroma, light sour, wheat, very spicy. Sour flavour, spices, spicy ginger, candy. Sour finish, candy.
(from 75cL bottle @ RBESG í14 London Grand Tasting, Moncada tasting room)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4195) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2015
From my backlogg: RBESG 2014 in London, grand tasting. Hazy golden beer with a minimal head. Sourish rubber grassy spicy floral aroma. Sour rubber grassy ginger caramell floral flavour. Really a nice sour beer :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (707) - - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Chunky appearance. A cloudy apricot hue with hardly any head thatís packed with floating white specks. The aromaís also odd. Sour in the Rye is in the forefront, then I get banana, coconut, ginger, vanilla, butter. Itís too sour, though. The underlying stuff (coconut, ginger) is there, but below intense lemon and vinegar acidity. Coconut creates kind of a rancid butter flavor. The tartness feels like it rips the enamel off your teeth. Very low co2. Medium-light body is runny and buttery. Tone down the sourness and the flavor additives might come out more. From what Iíve seen so far, though, Iím not sure whether coconut can ever work well in a sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (8489) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle - Flowery notes and apricot. Cloudy gold with a think white head. Fruity, aspirin, stone fruit and a nice tartness. Not sure I get the subtle coconut.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
Donít really get this one. The coconut comes through in the nose like the suntan oil aisle at the supermarket, but it falls flat on the palate. Kind of a mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3084) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks! Radiant orange body with a thin cap that hisses and fades within seconds. Coconut, yeast, funk, oak, alcohol, tropical fruit aromas. Lots of coconut in the flavor. Sweet coconut milk with a potpourri of tropical fruits, to include pineapple, mango, melon, guava. Quite tasty indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6818) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2015
375, capped and waxed. Thanks, J! Wow, what an awesome treat. Pours a very slightly hazy dark brown with very little head and no lace. Big tangy sweet nose showing caramel, peaches, and very clear ginger--almost smells like ginger ale after you swirl it. Coconut in the background. Sticky, medium-thick body with lively carb. Caramel, peaches, bright sweet ginger, and then a big coconut finish. Tastes like you dropped a bunch of shredded fresh coconut on your uvula right before you swallowed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39783) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2015

Bottle 750ml. @ RBESG 14 Grand Tasting at Moncada Brewery, Unit 1 Middle Row, Kensal Town, Greater London, England W10 5AT.

[ As The Bruery Melange #9 ].
Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate yeasty, candy, fruity, spicy, alcohol notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic with a long duration, sweet fruity, candy, spicy, tart wood, fruity spicy. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20140809]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3119) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle - Pours hazy golden with a ring of white head. Nose is fruity with light whiskey, sweet bread, and a little tartness. Taste is ginger, lemon curd, coconut--tart, but real smooth and integrated. Slick and smooth with light carbonation.

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