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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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayhawk73 (12) - Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours a medium yellow with excellent lacing on the tulip glass. Nose is coriander, lemon, spices. Really amazing. Taste is same profile, really enjoyable. Feel is very smooth. Really enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPad

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3697) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle shared by Darrell. Hooray beer! The beer appearsa hazy golden yellow hue with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma offers citrus, wine barrels, white grapes, floral notes. The flavor brings grapes and white wine. The oak character is there, but light. Alcohol content is disguised very well. hard to believe this is 10% abv, other than just the slightest warming sensation in the finish. Overall, a really solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pouring at GTMW 2012 cloudy dark straw color big off white head. Aroma has some hay notes a light lemon zest and some corriander. Avg palate. Flavor is a bit musty finishes oddly sweet honey and ginger along w/ some sweet bread. A nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Sample from beerfest. Very hazy yellowish pour. Some lacing was left behind. Aroma was acidic, fruity, and lemons. Flavor was wine, apples, pineapple, and other sweet champagne notes. Very sweet beer. Different. Decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
750mL thanks to Travlr! Pours a full haze pineapple juice. Thicker, rocky, bright white head. Sheety and webby lacing. Nose is thick sugar, dough, yellow apple, some playdough, white liquor. Taste is thick sugar, yellow cake, very sweet. Finish is a bit cloying, big yellow cake sugar with lemon filling. Sweeeet as hell.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23971) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle hazy yellow color, large fluffy white head, soli lacing. Aroma of pineapple, orange juice. Taste is orange peel, nutmeg, raw white bread dough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours a hazy golden with large, bubbly head that is persistent. Prominent wine/champagne aroma with sweetness upfront with tart downturn and a touch of bitterness. Perhaps a touch of oak. Moderate mouthfeel and soft, effervescent carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (4395) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle. Nice and bretty, notes from the wine barrel. Some pepper and wheat. refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25806) - Malmφ, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small whit ehead. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma with weak woody hints. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor with woody wine hints. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty woody finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear yellow color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus, wood and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.


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