overall
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98
style
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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (5827) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2016
750ml bottle shared by Chris D. Poured a clear bright sunlight yellow gold with a smaller to average sized bright white head. Aroma of spice, bubble gum, pepper, rotting citrus, odd fruit. Flavor is the same, very yeasty. Body is medium to fuller, average carbonation that lasts and a lingering aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (1668) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Hazy straw color, medium frothy white head. Nice sweet all spice aroma. Medium body with a nice sweet flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (1779) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Aroma of cloves with a hint of citrus. Pours a cloudy peach color with a lasting white head. Taste of cloves, and citrus. Medium body with a lasting clove finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ozzy70 (918) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Tap at Brix, west Omaha location. Pours golden with a off white head. Aroma was fruits, orange. Taste was sweet, orange and citrus. Nice one.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1654) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Half a year of chardonnay barrel aging has given has given Melange a Trois a vinous and slightly earthy note. Yeast notes are bright with fruit esters and bread sweetness. Flavors have some spice and a hint of tropical hops. This would be a lovely Belgian Ale for a meal. Its big enough and complex enough to stand up to rich dishes and compliment bold flavors. Or, in the true spirit of the Melange a Trois, perhaps this beer would be best enjoyed in the post-coital afterglow with two attractive companions.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (1845) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Draft/Fest. A- Banana, citrus, wheat. A- Yellow color, hazy liquid, white head. T- Banana, creamsicle. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, flavorful finish. O- Like a fruity ice cream. Good flavors and not over complicated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4341) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2016
19 Jan 2016, bottle. hazy yellow. nose is faintly tart, some lemon rind, sweet, floral. thin/med body and mildly fizzy. belgian ale yeast and alcohol but not too big. sweet, earthy, some yeast. cant say i notice much of the barrel aging but perhaps that is what tames this from the typical big alcohol in the belgian strong ale. nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5793) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2016
On tap. Comes a somewhat cloudy gold with a nice white head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and yeast. Taste is grapes, yeast, spice, malt, and some oak. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerm719 (178) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Nice hazy color. Typical yeast and spices. Chardonnay barrel really shines through. Big beer, not overly complex but enjoyable. I like it !

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1621) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Frothy dimpled head over a hazy straw colored pour. Aroma of coriander, tart bananas, spice. Similar taste, not at all boozy considering the ABV. Breathy, bready finish with sweet, dark fruit maltiness, grapes. Complexity increased greatly with warmth.


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