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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerm719 (190) - 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 (1769) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (904) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a hazy golden body, plenty of suspended yeasts The cap is thin and leaves patchy lace. Aroma is chardonnay, and oak up front with sweet candi sugar, and spicy yeasts coming out as it warms. Flavor starts off a ball of wood, alcohol, and chardonnay, with the flavor rapidly changing towards the blonde ale attributes. Overall its rather interesting, not a big wine fan but i like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (3123) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Hazy golden orange in color with foamy white head... Aroma of white wine grapes, Chardonnay oak... Light citrus notes... Flavor is light citrus, grains, Chardonnay oak, finishes kind of harsh, alcohol bite on palate... Okay ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (1414) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Cloudy gold pour, decent white head that holds its own. Nose is Belgian yeast and white grapes. Sweet, but not cloying. Middle is soft biscuit malt, chardonnay essence, subtle Belgian yeast still lurking. Finish is smooth and warming. I did not want to like this, grapes and beer dont usually do it for me, but this was so balanced. Went great with a homemade chicken pot pie.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PMgep (275) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle bought in NYC. Cloudy golden colour, taste of yeast, alcohol and Chardonnay in a good way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (10132) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Tap at El Bait Shop. Murky amber pour with a smaller white head. Oak and wine / grape notes. Rich. Medium slick palate. Very tasty stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1771) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy, almost opaque gold with a white, creamy, fine-grained head. Big nose; fleshy, perfumed, bready, and spicy, its reminiscent of both its sources; you can smell the Chardonnay as well as the Belgian blonde. Very smooth on the tongue, with low carbonation; it starts out savory, like mild tart cheese on fresh wheat bread, then shifts into an earthy, mushroomy, buttery creaminess. This is a chameleon of a brew, its primary palate moving through multiple elements -- but butter and tartness stay with it. The finish is sauteed mushrooms with herbs and just a tinge of hops bitterness. Really astonishing in its complexity. Bravo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1430) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Poured from bottle 2/8/14 thanks Adrian. Pours cloudy yellow with a thick head. Aromas of fruit and tart citrus. Taste is somewhat sweet with hints of alcohol chardonnay and hint of spice. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6963) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2015
750 from Adrien during his Going away party. Nice hazy gold color, lasting head. Aroma is oaky, strong yeast notes and a mild funky Chardonnay. The flavor shows a strong alcohol note with the yeast strong in character with a pale grain backing. Chardonnay barrel is noticeable and blend well together.


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