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98
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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darbeer75 (636) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Aroma: bready with some chardonnay notes; Appearance: cloudy golden pour with creamy white head that lingers; Taste: several layers of taste including chardonnay, fruitiness, oakiness, belgian spice, etc. Palate: medium body with long, oaky finish; Overall: delicious and complex; would definitely buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wombat23 (892) - Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Shared 25.4 oz. bottle. Pours a murky golden color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, honey and white wine. Taste is fruit, pear, yeast, honey, Chardonnay and oak. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2965) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Damn, whats it been, two or three years since I had a threesome? I gotta work on that. Fruit, bread and yeast with lots of tannins. Better than most wine barrel finished beers Ive had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4994) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2016
750 ml. Hazy golden-amber body has some nice bubble activity that holds up a half inch of billowy foam. Really nice looking beer. Nose is a pleasing blend of orange, honey, pear, earthy spicy yeast and white wine. Flavor is the same mix with some oak in the finish. Medium-plus body has smooth medium-plus carbonation and a nice balance. Just a touch of the big abv comes though. I believe theyve tweaked the original recipe in a good way with a bit of dark malt and/or candi sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jflopsu (1341) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pours a bright yellow -orange with white head a visible sediment. A citrus, spices, and yeast. A sweet taste of fruit malts, citrus, yeast, wheat, spices, and white wine. A sweet malt and yeast aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (471) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 2, 2016
On draught. Pours a hazy orange amber, with a moderate white head that lasts. Nose is Belgian yeast and banana. Taste starts like a classic Belgian strong ale, but finishes quite dry, with a wine taste. You can really taste the oak. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1999) - Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2016
appearance: clear bright gold, creamy white head, even some lacing. aroma: honey smacks and golden grahams, with lemon, vanilla, grass, pepper, apple skins, and kiwi. taste: sweet, slightly grainy, with floral honey and general cereal character; theres some white wine notes (more like a hint of apple cider vinegar), with some woody notes too. finish: slight bit of alcohol heat, with lingering yeasty esters, some sweetness, and a bit of white wine echo. notes: Alcohol was incredibly well-hidden. Strong, but incredibly flavorful with a deceptive palate. 750 from the Rare Beer Club.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2632) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Hazy golden, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is pepper, yeast, fairly fruit, like wine barrel. Medium bodied, peppery, fruity, yeasty - tasty. Grossly overpriced at $25/bottle but really nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5235) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 30, 2016
light golden amber, malty some dried orange, very estry buscuity, dried apricot, like a wheat wine amazing depth. Light body. Fucked up. Really good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7654) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2016
750, capped (I think). Thanks so much, E! What an awesome treat. Pours a cloudy medium gold with a loose but lasting off-white head. Sweet grain nose, plenty of white wine, a bit of oak, some light lemon and tiny hint of wet grass. Creamy medium body with moderate carb. White wine, bit of light lemon, sweet grain, and tiny hint of wet grass way in the background on the mid palate. Mild slightly tangy finish.


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