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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our first beer produced in the Reserve Series, 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!

2009 US Open Beer Championships Silver Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer Category
2010 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Category
2010 Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer Gold Medal Strong / Double / Imperial Pale Beer 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
2015 United States Beer Tasting Championship Regional Champion Barrel Aged Beer
2015 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Category
2016 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Category

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2017
Hazy golden pour with a fluffy single finger head. Tons of lace present. Aroma of chardonnay, big time wine notes. Medium bodied. Taste has a lot of wine notes, chardonnay specifically. Really feels like a wine beer. Hard to distinguish where the wine starts and the beer ends. Finish has some bubblegum like qualities. Belgian yeast strain for sure. A bit of a solvent or higher alcohol note in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2017
Opaque gold with a white head. Belgian yeast aroma with earthiness. Flavor is wheat malt or character like such from the yeast. Full flavor but medium body. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darbeer75 (860) - 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 (1287) - 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 (3199) - 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 (5292) - 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 (1548) - 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 (522) - 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 (2091) - 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 (2706) - 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.


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