Friday, January 11, 2013

Melange a Trois (Nebraska Brewing, Papillon, NE)

I picked up this bottle last summer on site at Nebraska Brewing on my way to Denver.  For various reasons, it sat in my fridge waiting for the perfect night, which never came so I'm finally partaking now.

Lingering fluffy white head with vacuous bubbles over a shimmering orange Belgian strong ale.  Layered spice in the nose, seemingly from the yeast, on top of the oak and sweet fresh bread.  Exquisite fresh malt, spicy puckering twang, pepper mixed with green apple, clean oak and a counterpoint sweetness before finishing dry.  Drink slow as the 10% ABV is completely hidden.

Light, complex, refreshing and challenging all at the same time. Sometimes, a beer can live up to the hype.


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