2017 Mélange 5 by The Bruery

Rating: 6/6
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2017 Mélange 5 by The Bruery is a 15% ABV Hybrid of 90% Old Ale and Wheatwine aged in bourbon barrels with 10% Rauchbier.

Label:
DAMN THAT DBJW

This trip down memory lane is rauch-y blend of our bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style ale anniversary ale and smoked beer.

It’s dirty business, rubbing shoulders with friends in the BBQ business. But we’re rolling up our sleeves and revisiting a favorite from an anniversary weekend years ago. Using malt smoked on our friend’s house smoker, we brewed a smoked beer and blended it with our bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style ale and anniversary ale. The result is a woody, smoky, blend you’ll want to sink your teeth into.

==Introduction==
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Released to Reserve and Hoarders Society, this is the newest entry in the awesome Mélange series of beer. Each one unique using different ingredients mainly including White Oak Wheatwine, their Anniversary Old Ale and/or Black Tuesday Imperial Stout. This time around, they blended a smoked beer adding some different kind of complexity to the beer. So far, I haven able to bring a good amount of these beers to the website and hope to continue the trend. I think there is no doubt in my mind that this series of beers have been nothing but pure exceptional gold. Let’s see what the smoke adds to the already awesome beer, cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit raisins, plums, raspberries, smokey oak, whiskey, bourbon, BBQ, honey, marshmallow, pecan pie, waffle cone, flan, sweetened condensed milk, Cadbury cream eggs, capirotada raisin bread pudding, smoked rye bread, nutmeg, oranges, tobacco, vanilla and bacon.
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Flavors:
Maple syrup, BBQ, smokey oak, bourbon, whisky, dulce de leche caramel, caramelized bacon, honey ham, vanilla, toasted coconut, oranges, leather, molasses, tobacco, chocolate, Cadbury cream eggs, capirotada raisin bread pudding, toasted coconut, piloncillo sugar cone,burnt sugars, butterscotch, plantains, Belgian Candi sugar, dark fruit raisins, plums, clove spice, anise, coriander spice hints, smoked rye bread, nutmeg, flan, sweetened condensed milk, marshmallows, pecan pie, Raspberry chambord and waffle cone.
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Aftertaste:
Finishes with BBQ, pulled pork hints, smokey notes, Cadbury chocolate caramel cream eggs, vanilla, honey, chocolate, and caramel. No alcohol in the taste, hazy orange full body, smooth, chewy, creamy and velvety mouthfeel with a sipping drinkability.
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Overall:
An exceptional brew. As, always, very complex like the other Mélanges and the Rauchbier does add some new complexity to the blend that makes it very enticing. Malty sweet and smokey notes to balance. Overall, like the many Bruery beers, it is a dessert on its own. Highly recommended.
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Anime Corner:
Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown was chosen in this pairing as I wanted to mainly pair with the colors of the beer with the orange, black and brown colors. It was also an opportunity to bring this character to the Bruery series of beers as I have not used her in these pairings in the past. To prevent repeat characters, it is always hard to find all the needed characters. I think additionally, her colors and traits like complex personality would go great with the beer as well.
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DF*Dub by Oak Highlands Brewery

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DF*Dub by Oak Highlands Brewery is a 7.1% ABV German Dunkelweizen

Label:
Dunkelweizens are the brunette siblings of Bavarian Hefeweizens. Dark, complex and slightly cloudy, DFDub starts with banana and cove aromas and finishes crisp and clean.

==Introduction==

Got this little can from my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. Dunkelweizens are a style that were one of my favorites before the Quad. I still love the style so when I get a chance to try them I am definitely all over them. So far, the best ones I have tried are directly from the source in Germany. This one comes from Oak Highlands and this would be my first time trying one of their beers. I can only hope it is just as awesome as what I have had in the past. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit raisins, bananas, clove spice, caramel, fruit cake, smoked peat, coriander, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, mango hints and oranges.

Flavors:
Bananas, Chocolate notes, smoked pat, clove spice,wheat bread, coriander, dark fruit raisins, prune hints, candi sugar notes and brown sugar.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with some spice notes and dark fruit hints. No alcohol in the taste. Brown medium body, smooth, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A decent brew. While it is not the best Dunkelweizen I have tried it is still pretty decent. I think the problem for this one is that it is not full on bursting with German complexity. So maybe for someone that drinks light beers would enjoy this one. It would be like a gateway beer into craft. The flavors are there but but quickly fade. It is worth trying but I would go with a Dunkelweizen like Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner.

Anime Corner:
Inori from Guilty Crown was used in this pairing as I wanted something to pair with the color of the can but also something that could complement the fruity flavors of the dunkelweizen. While this beer is pretty light, some of the colors of the ingredients do stand out in the picture like the light darkfruit.

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Mango Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing

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Mango Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing is a 5.5% ABV Hefeweizen brewed with mango.

Label:
We believe in making our fresh craft beer from only the finest ingredients. And guess what? It’s really good. Winning a gold medal at the LA international Beer Competition in 2014 proved it. It’s so delicious, you’ll have to resist drinking it too fast.
==Introduction==

Obtained this beer at craftshack.com. By the looks of it, I was really intrigued as I thought how cool the flavors of citrus, banana, clove spice and coriander would play with mango. I definitely had to try this beer and so I got it. In fact this is my first beer from Garage brewing and I really think it will definitely be awesome. It may give me some home brew ideas and see what to expect with this beer. So let’s take a look and see what it offers. Cheers!

Aromas:
Good mango aromas, wheat, coriander spice, mild grains, orange, citrus, banana notes, clove spice, pineapple and cane sugar.

Flavors:
Coriander spice, wheat, citrus, mango notes, grains, mild yeastness, cheese hints, orange notes, pineapple, cane sugar, lemon peel and funky notes.

Aftertaste:
Coriander, citrus, funky notes earthy notes and mild mango. No alcohol in the taste, cloudy and hazy gold body, easy to moderate drinkability and a moderate mouthfeel.

Overall:
A less average beer. I don’t know why but this one just didn’t sit right with me. The mango aromas were awesome but the flavors were something else. It wasn’t bad, but maybe mango just doesn’t play well with heffeweizens. Typically, I love heffs and I love mango so it surprised me. I might have to try it again to make sure it wasn’t the bottle but like I said, maybe mango and heffs just don’t work. I’d recommend a try if you are willing. Maybe your palette may like this one.

Anime Corner:
Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown was used in this pairing as I wanted to show case some of the colors of the beer but also the use of tropical mango to show case the awesomeness of this German style heff. I think the colors really complemented the beers well even if the beer itself wasn’t what I thought it would be. Great pairing, okay beer.

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