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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Cloudy straw pour with ring of bright white head. Bready triple esk aroma wiyh also bready flavor notes and refined lemon/vanilla sweetness. Reminds me of a lemon cookie. Pretty good, but def not worth thr price.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (4505) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours dark yellow and very cloudy with an inch of white foam. Big Chardonnay notes on the nose. Lots of the Belgian yeast thing on the tongue along with the wine thing. Has a warming quality on the finish. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
magsinva (1206) - Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
bottle from DiarmaidBHK - Pours cloudy golden with a finger of white head. Aroma has the influence of the Chardonnay barrels with a wheaty yeasty thing going on. Taste is sweet, it hides its alcohol well. Palate is creamy. Overall, solid.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3126) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Fruiit, apple, pepper on the nose. Hazy uelow in color, white head. The flavor is fruit, yesst, spicy. The finish is pepper, spice. Medium in body. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremyh70 (1098) - Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2013
A hazy yellow with good head and lacing. Light aroma of citrus and oak with tannic wine smell and some alcohol. Can taste the Chardonnay and oakiness with some sweet citrus and alcohol flavor and warmth. Full mouthfeel with high, crisp carbonation. Flavors do not meld perfectly but has a unique taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (1010) - - FEB 23, 2013
2013 bomber to snifter. Pours a hazy light yellow. Aroma is citrus and a slightly sweet acidic smell. A little oakiness. Taste is a sweet citrus with a little Chardonnay. Alcohol and yeast come through with a little bitter. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jahshuwuh (567) - USA - FEB 23, 2013
Light golden orange color. Finger of white head. Sweet citrus smell, with some notes of wine. Has a dry wine taste with a lot of carbonation. Some sweet citrus with a alcohol finish. Some yeastiness in the after. Overall not a great balance of flavors. The wine barrel character doesn't fit with this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (2377) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Thin head. Cloudy. Fizzy. Spices. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Well balanced. Has a wine taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle @ Steves Foco, picked up at the brewery. Pours a hazy, orangish golden appearance with a white head. Light Chardonnay, somewhat oaky, floral, stone fruit, apricot aroma. Slightly tart, mild barnyard, apricot, peach, light vanilla flavor with a dry, fruity finish. Solid.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from City Swiggers, UES. Pour is cloudy gold, moderate and lasting white head with a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is of chardonnay, oak, yeast, lemon peel. Taste is vinous with a definite chardonnay character, yeast, lemon, and oak. Def some light spice maybe peppercorn or clove. Medium body with a light sour oak finish. Overall a great mouthfeel and nice age. Probably could use another year to mellow.


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