ClubGonzo’s Melonmel

Mead/Melomel, 15% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Melonmel, mead batch no 19.

I had more fun making artsy photos of this mead than drinking it.

The King of Puns presents a melomel with melon, called Melonmel!

In the glass it’s crystal clear and has a nice golden colour.

The aroma isn’t very strong, but that it’s ok with me, because it isn’t particularly pleasant. You know the smell of the bin the day after you threw in some melon rinds? Yep. The rotting fruit totally overpowers the honey.

The strong flavour of rotten fruit and rotten leaves is equally offensive. Are there even some rotten fish(!) in there? Ouch.

Up till now I’ve had the impression that too old meads just get faint and boring, but this one has just turned bad.

Conclusion: For all I know this once was a decent mead, but now its drainpour. Good pun or not.

Aroma:      3/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      2/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    4/20
Ratebeer score: 1.6/5.0

2 comments on “ClubGonzo’s Melonmel

  1. Well, this was a surprise once again, and important lesson learned: drink your melomels (fairly) fresh kids! When I presented this to some of the folks at the 2014 Ratebeer gathering in Halden, they all thought it was great. It stayed good when sampled in 2015 as well, although perhaps a bit lacking. When I had it last time, in July 2016, it was dull and without much melon flavor to it. And now, it has apparently gone rancid! 😛 I had some 7+ melomels from acknowledged American meadmakers a while back with similar strange results, so I guess the conclusion is that the longevity of a melomel depends a lot on which fruit/berry it relies on; melon may not be a strong contender, it seems.

  2. Pingback: ClubGonzo’s Absolutely Banana | Beer With Me

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