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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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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4.5
pras (602) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Tasted at Savor. I knew that this is a brewery I had to sample. Surprisingly, there was no line at their table. Enough of that, now to the beer. Poured a light yellow. Oak came through along with the white wine notes. Sweetness comes through but isn’t overpowering. Beer is nice and in balance.

3.6
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
The pour is a pale straw color with a soapy white head. Heavy on the lemon zest aromas with a touch of oak, coconut, and vanilla. The wine is there, too. Some sugar and fruit notes, though there is a bit of fake lemon character to the aroma, too. The flavor is a bit sweeter than expected, but nice. Sugar and bready malt to go with a fair amount of oak and barrel character. A subtle tartness and lemon peel flavor to it.

4.2
jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottled. Pours a hazy golden-orange with white head. Tart, peach, grape, strawberry aromas. Flavors of champagne, oak, and vanilla. Great beer. You can definitely taste the white wine influence with the wine barrels, but it complements the style very nicely.

4.6
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Wow....pours egg shell frothy head. Cloud orange yellowey color. Just the look of this beer is perfect. Aroma is lemon, oak earth, malts. Flavor is perfectly balanced, sours and oak and chadonnay alcohol hints with a nice pear fruity flavor that ccomes through. Right amt of spicieness. This is just about one of the best beers i may have ever had. Truly great ! Wow....

4.1
kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012

Name: Melange a Trois
Date: March 09, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy white head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma, candy sweetness, sweet fruityness, winey sweetness, bitter orange peal
Flavor: sweet winey flavor, candy sweetness, phenolic spicyness, light oak, touch of bitterness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

3.5
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Sampled at the Trail Magic release party. Pours hazy dirty yellow with off-white head. The aroma is slight oaky tartness with some herbal and floral notes and lots of apple. Flavor is herbal and woody with a honeyish backbone. Some mint character floats around in there. I was really looking forward to this beer, but I’m having a hard time getting into it.

3.5
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Straw yellow pour with creamy white head and lace. Sour malt and paper, a hinto brown sugar. Medicine, apple sour, and bread. Medium body with good carbonation.

4.4
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAR 5, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 A: peach, grapefruit, acidic wood, app: murky golden with.slight green hues, great lacing , proper head. Taste is calm at first some nuts and fruit. Some hop, enough. Bright acidic fruit with slight wood.

4.1
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2012
750 mL bottle at St. Anselm BK. A straw yellow beer with billowy white head that lasts. Aroma is very well rounded pale malt, lemon, grass. Lightly sweet with lemon herbal floral hop flavors. The chardonnay barrel comes through but doesn’t distract. It has a really lovely breadey effervescent mouthfeel with long linger. Moderate alcohol.

4.3
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Trois poured a golden orangish color with a fluffy white head. Spotty lacing is left throughout the glass. The smell on this beer is fantastic. Belgian yeast, apples, pear, grapes, and oranges. The oak chardonnay barrels give off a nice grape aroma. Lovely. The taste is just as good if not better. Spicy yeasty bite up front. The fruits explode and the oak barrel does it’s thing. Slight taste of alcohol but it doesn’t interfere at all. A mixture of sweet fruit and tartness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light. I was sad to see this beer go. I would of loved to had another bottle of this stuff.


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