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RATINGS: 223   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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3.2
JulienHuxley (5807) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle tasted blind. Clear gold pour with white lacy head. Aroma is boozy, boozy fruits, raisins. Taste is super boozy, oak, pear, booze. Palate is dry, med bodied with good carbonation. Meh.

3.6
TizzleJizzle (791) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
Sampled from a 750ml bottle at the Big Texas Beer Fest. Poured an unfiltered golden with a cream top and a decent amount of lacing. Taste of alcohol, perfume, white wine grapes, and slightly tart. Average carbonation, medium body. Overall the barrel flavors are barely even noticeable limiting the complexity of what this brew should have been.

4.1
unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
this my friend gets 2 thumbs up Pours a cloudy gold with a slight, creamy white head. Pungent aroma of white wine, fruits and oak. Flavor is quite sweet with prominent alcohol/wine notes. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. A bit herbal. Finishes sweet with lingering chardonnay notes. Very, very good.

2.8
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Poured a hazy mellow yellow. Lacy head. Slightly tart in the mouth. Not terrible, but not great.

3.7
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle..pour is golden with a fading white head..Nose is oak, pineapple, spice, tropical fruits..Taste is wine, oak, spice, sweet, stale..

4
jhamp9 (1860) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Cloudy orange pour with big lasting white head. Sticky lacing. Aroma is strong over ripe fruits, white wine, and sweet bready malt. Taste is peach, white wine, dough, yeast, wood, and earth. Dry finish. Layers of flavor. Really good.

3.6
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. The aroma has a lot of white wine notes , tart juice. The taste has a big sweet orange with a big oaky taste. Not bad.

3.8
Homer321 (5071) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Finally a Nebraska tick! Bottle thanks to Beerman6686. Nose is full of peppery, spicy phenols. A faint crackery malt aroma. pours with a large, rocky, white head; hazy yellow in color. Taste is a wonderful compliment of spice, pepper, perfume, and a slight tartness. I don’t think I would have picked out any barrel character if not told it was there. There is an underlying slight grape like quality to the beer though, but might just be my head messing with me. Finish is dry and crisp. Quenching. Some moderate ear warming from alcohol, but always smooth, never hot. A dang nice gold ale.

3.4
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Tap. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow body with a small frothy off-white head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is a mix of heavy sweet malt, lots of oak, Belgian yeast, and a big if alcohol. The flavor is more dominated by the barrel than the malts or yeast. Really heavy raw oak tannins grab you right up front. The oak faded to a dense and sweet maltiness, and finally a fruity Belgian yeasy laced finish. A bit of a blunt force weapon on the palate, very intense levels of flavors. The alcohol gets to be a bit warming, especially on the finish towards the end of the glass and as it approaches room temperature. Heavy on the tongue with a clingy sweet finish and fizzy active carbonation level. Interesting beer, but I think any more than this 10 oz portion would be a bit tiring to take down.

3.9
NikkTwist (3223) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Cloudy light orange gold pour that, though well carbonated, was presented with no head at all. Vinous light amber fruits. White peaches. Apricot fuzz. Clementines. Lots of vinous oaky Chardonnay notes figure strongly in here as well. The nose has the complexity of a good fresh white wine. Just enough spicy hops to keep any sweetness in check. The listed 11.3% ABV is almost ridiculously well hidden. Feels like a juicy orange Mimosa.


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