The Bruery Melange 3

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“Mélange #3 is a blend of three bourbon barrel aged strong ales. White Oak Sap, a wheat wine, our Anniversary Series old ale and our imperial Stout, Black Tuesday, join forces in this luxurious strong ale that links some of the best characteristics of each of the contributing beers. Chocolate, dark fruits, oaky vanilla and rich toffee-like character reach through the bourbon veneer for an intensely satisfying quaff.”

Final Rating: 4.63/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks Scott for trading this to me a couple years ago. I think this is a 2013. Bottle says 15%.

Pours a muddy brown opaque body with not much of a head, it’s off white and reduces quickly to leave pretty much nothing but a very faint ring. Good amount of sediment. /

Aromas are outstanding.. complex.. rich.. molasses, vanilla, lots of dark fruits to the point of being reminiscent of a heavy red wine, nutty, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, bourbon, chocolate, crazy amount of complexity coming through here, letting this warm up really woke it up.

On the tongue it’s equally as complex and rich.. overall its super sweet with notes upfront of molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, chocolate cake, lightly boozy bourbon, followed by chocolate chip cookies, char and roastyness, syrupy malt extract, finishes sweet and rich. Body is heavy with low carbonation.

This is the definition of a dessert beer.. sweet, rich, and complex, you could spend forever analyzing the flavors and nuances of Melange 3. Very nice.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze

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Like any traditional geuze, Drie Fonteinen’s Oude Geuze is tart, earthy, and incredibly complex, but also spritzy as champagne and greatly refreshing.

 

Final Rating: 4.49/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a fizzy, effervescent white head that reduces rather quickly but leaves a nice layer of foam. Little lacing.

Aromas are very inviting – hay, funk, tart green apple, lactic acid, white wine, oak, lemon, citrus.

On the tongue it’s perfectly balanced for a gueuze, lemony tartness, green apple and white wine, farmhouse funk and hay, light bitterness, and a very dry, nearly astringent finish. Mouthfeel is very refreshing, highly carbonated, and medium-light. Crisp, champagne-like.

Overall a solid beer. Really nice, preferred to some other gueuzes I’ve had. Benchmark of the style.

 

Treehouse Juice Machine

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“Juice Machine was originally devised and brewed to support our very first trip to Extreme Beer Festival in 2014. We’ve revived and tweaked the original recipe on a 60 BBL scale and brought new life and experience into the idea of an obscenely hop saturated yet juicy and delicate Double IPA. It is essentially a marriage of the King Julius malt bill with a hopping intensity schedule similar to that of Very Green. The use of Magnum, Columbus, Amarillo, Citra, and Galaxy creates a deeply complex drink with unapologetic flavors of tangerine, mango, lime, papaya, and grapefruit with waves of dankness. Hop burp nirvana, indeed.”

 

Final Rating: 4.62/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Tree House tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery a couple weeks ago.

Pours an orange-juice color super hazy body with a pretty big foamy white head that reduces slowly to leave lacing and a little retention.

Aromas are quite juicy (hence the name), oranges and grapefruit dominate, citrus and guava, bursting tropical fruit.

On the tongue is big bursting tropical fruit, lots of guava, pineapple, tangerine, watermelon, graperuit, .. all of them. This is so juicy it’s awesome. Very very light bitterness on the finish.. the hops aren’t bitter, just flavorful. Mouthfeel is medium with pretty low carbonation. So juicy like.

Loved this beer, as the name implies this is just a tropical fruit bomb. Nothing bitter about this beer, just juicy.

Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy DIPA

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Double Galaxy is an American Imperial Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Galaxy hops from Australia.  7.8% abv.

Final Rating: 4.53/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery a few days ago.

Looks beautiful.. pours a hazy golden orange body with a big, frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave moderate lacing and some chunky retention.

Aromas are super inviting, bursting citrus, pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit. On the tongue is a delicious cornucopia of fresh hop notes, tons of citrus and grapefruit, light pine on the follow through with a light resinous hop zing on the finish that sits on the tongue for a while. Medium body and low-ish carbonation. Wish it was a little more carbonated but that’s really not a big deal.

Overall delicious, another winner from HF. Clean, crisp and nicely balanced, easy to drink. Recommended.

Westbrook Barrel Aged Mexican Cake

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Westbrook Bourbon Barrel aged Mexican Cake is a 10.5% ABV American Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and habenero peppers.

Final rating: 4.31/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Mexican Cake tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a jet black inky body with a dark brown 2 finger head that sticks around for a while before reducing to a ring of foam, not much lacing.

Aromas come through as it warms up, start off slightly muted but near room temperature I get a lot of cocoa, dark fruits, hot peppers (pretty heavy), some soy notes on the aroma.

On the tongue is milk chocolate, cocoa powder initially, lots of hot peppers on the follow through that creates a light burn on the tongue, caramel and vanilla, bourbon, and on the finish is a light roastyness that sticks around for a while. Body is medium to medium-heavy, pretty rich and lightly boozy, low carbonation.

Overall a very nice experience, the heavy peppers and burn combined with the bourbon/vanilla made this very complex.