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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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4.2
reggiedunlop (3717) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is subtley spicy...sage and anise with some tropical fruits. Flavor is more yeasty/spicy...still fruity...notes of oak and white wine. Mouthfeel is full and silky with a fruity/winey dry oaky finish.

2.4
madmitch76 (24360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
29th January 2011
Hazy gold beer, good white head. Light very dry palate. Sweet sugary fruit salad sweets. But it’s hard to swallow as the beer is so chalky dry. Finishes frothy and very dry with obvious alcohol. A bit of a mess.

3.5
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Draft. Golden hazy pour with white foamy head. Nice Chardonnay oak and light tart aromas. Flavor doesn’t exactly match, woody with some light vinous tones.

3.1
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2012
On draft at GABF 2012. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is sweet malt, huge wine and oak, big white grapes and a light tartness. Flavor is huge sweet malt, huge vinous qualities, not very tart but big sweet malt and a strange yeast bringing it together. There is a lot going on in this one, but it’s big and boozy with all kinds of tart and sweet.

3.6
fletchfighters (1519) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2012
750 ML bottle Hazy golden yellow orange color with a big white head that slowly fell to film. Decent lacing. Great nose. Bread, citrus zest, spice, apple, pear and oak. taste is pretty much the same but added into this are notes of sourness and buttery Chardonnay. Still quite crisp though. Mouthfeel is fine but a bit too long on the barrel and too much butter came into this from the wine. Very distracting and threw the beer out of balance. Still crisp and creamy though. Think I would have like this more with a different barrel. Got a lot of buttery notes and found it distracting. Good take though

3.9
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2012
On tap at GTMW. Poured cloudy light peach with a nice off-white head. The aroma was sweet with white grapes and bready notes leading.. a touch of tart berry toward the back.. soft-ish overall and very well balanced. The flavor found a primarily bready base, with tart vinous notes, black pepper, oak, and a touch of vinegar around.. balance was spot-on. Medium-bodied with high carbonation on the palate.. tangy, warm, and engaging.. loved it!

3.7
bytemesis (8226) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a large foamy white head that slowly dissispates with decent lacing. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and malty with notes of white grape and orange peel. Flavor is about the same, quite sweet with some citric astringency. Not bad at all. ABV is well hidden throughout.

3.3
mcberko (17178) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a hazy golden / blond with a medium white head. Aroma of biscuits, white wine, brett, and oak. Flavour begins with lychee-like light fruits, transitioning to the chardonnay white wine, and then some yeast notes on the finish. The ABV is well-concealed at first, though burns at the end the more you drink. Not my idea of the best white wine incorporated BA beer. Quite thin, boozy and very carbonated. Still, solid stuff.

3.9
jbeatty (1247) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle, 08/21/2012. Pours hazy orange, cider-like, dense thin head, curtains of lace. Aroma of pineapple, pear, apple, light spices and herbs, oak and chardonnay notes. Taste has big chardonnay quality, apple and mild sweet malts, spices, dry bitter finish with a touch of heat. Medium body. Nicely done.

3.2
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
In short: A Belgian blond ale with a very strong woody white-wine character cider notes. Interesting even if not really my thing
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed approximately one year after purchase
The look: Clear golden blonde body topped by a small white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass. Last glass of the bottle was cloudy
In long: Nose has plenty of woody white wine with notes of apples. Here you don’t simply smell Chardonnay Wine Barrels, the beer downright smells like a very oaky glass of white wine. Taste is a little pure white-wine than the nose hinted on. Lots of oak, medium tannic, some dry white-wine, lots of apples and apple skin (dry cider sensation), a woody spiciness. Overall I thought this beer had a little too much chardonnay and cider flavors to it. For many this beer can be a exquisite treat, but for someone like me who doesn’t like white-wine to start with, this beer was not all that good. I may regret buying this beer but don’t ask me if I’m bitter, because I’m not, or maybe I am, I don’t know, I’ve never tasted myself, you’re a freak.


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