Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot - Rogue Ales
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3.84/5 rDev -1.3%
A: Pours a dark reddish-light brown with crimson highlights under a solid 1-finger thick off-white, slightly pinkish head which fades to a thin cap and yields semi-rings and spots of lace.
N: Grainy, sweetness, floral, fruity berries.
T: Berries up front, mild honey sweetness, faint heat, caramel, faint citrusy hops.
M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes with some berry infused heat.
O: Very unique and interesting. Creative. Like the mild sweetness from the honey, the hidden ABV makes for a dangerous long lasting bottle.
08-27-2014 03:24:47 | More by wethorseblanket
4.45/5 rDev +14.4%
My first try of a new style. I'm psyched because a little internet research reveals this as a very old style of beer stemming from Wales, as mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from 852 A.D. (levying a certain tax or fine on a property holder- among other things, Welsh ale is distinguished from "fine ale"). The Welsh name is rendered "bragawd".
The label lists 17 ingredients, mostly produced by this brewery. These include: 2 varieties of honey, several of homegrown malt, Munich malts, homegrown rye, "Rebel" hops, "Pacman" yeast and "free-range" coastal water.
Poured from a 750 ml (25.4 ounce) crown cap bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of a creamy white head with a tinge of crimson. This reduces fairly quickly to a thin coating of froth. The beer is a deep ruby brown, a bit hazy, with high carbonation.
The aroma really develops as you sip it, and as it warms. At first, the aroma is very clean and only faintly berry-like. As sipping progresses, the aroma becomes much more complex and perhaps more obviously berry-like, but never overwhelms. The flavor is rather malty, with a strong backbone of molasses-like flavors and dark fruit. Accentuating the malt is a complex, dark berry taste that is not overly sweet or fruity. Strong notes of medicinal plum and dark cherry probably stem as much from the malt and yeast as from the marionberry additions. I notice fermented honey flavors more in the initial sips, but I believe it provides yet another "backbone" and is very well integrated. The alcohol is well-hidden and serves to accentuate the fruit, malt and honey flavors.
A dangerously easy drinking beer, and quite possibly the strongest beer I have yet sampled (although technically not a straight beer, but rather a mix of fermented malt (beer), honey (mead)- and possibly also fermented marionberry? (wine). A great attempt at an old and scarcely known style for which this brewery deserves applause. Bravo!
08-06-2014 04:22:17 | More by archyquaffer
3.85/5 rDev -1%
audible sizzle as the head fizzles, the head retreats into an O-ring with haste, brown hue with highlights of ruby and almost purple tinge, the high alcohol content lays its legs along the glass, a studied glance reveals plenty of carbonation fleeing the depths to escape into the ether
tart berries, a touch of the alcohol lurking underneath, some malt tone factors in, aged honey notes are also apparent. this almost reminds me of the maneschevitz wine I was subjected to in temple as a youth (oy)
definite dominance of fruit flavor, followed by some honey sweetness which then leads in some slight bitter notes that are tempered by the carbonation, no real sense of the monster ABV lurking here (just some warming in the ole gullet), the more I sip the more this
reminds me of red wine, it has that tart bite but yet strong tight finish (but the malt and honey seem to smooth it out), nearing the end of this bomber I am getting some subtle apple flavor as well as a good idea of how strong this stuff is! In terms of body this is medium
in case I missed that...
wow, the interesting factor on this beer is off the charts. It is an experience unto itself. Did I love it ? hmmm. No. Did I appreciate the craft that created such an interesting brew ? Hell yes. This one is hard to grade but man is this thing worth checking out. Definitely try this, to call this a fruit beer would be an injustice, this thing is a unicorn. Rogue proves once again
why they have been around so long. They take chances and some times they create some crazy weird off beat thing that rocks.
08-04-2014 04:45:38 | More by Ego
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
22oz bottle poured into a glass, it has a Maghony color body with a small thin head. The smell has a honey and fruit aroma. The taste has a tart berry flavor up front with a little honey. It also has a little hop flavor on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is good and overall a flavorful beer. This was my first braggot.
08-02-2014 03:00:32 | More by chefhatt
4.21/5 rDev +8.2%
my girlfriend picked this one up because she liked the bottle (i admittedly like it too), and she loves fruit beers. havent had much braggot either, so i opened this up with much anticipation. it ours a dark purple to mahogany color, dense and hard to tell if its cloudy or just too think to let any light shine through. the head is pinky cream colored, and fizzles out rather quickly. an aroma of fresh pulped berries and sticky sweet meadow honey arises, with very little real alcohol heat or harshness, which surprises me at this strength. i taste the berries first in the flavor, and while i havnt had much experience with the marionberry, it reminds me of a cross between blueberry and blackberry and elderberry here. its deeply purple, skins tart like wine grapes and elderberries, but the fruit appears to be very sweet, and in combination with the honey, its gorgeous, almost medicinal in that i feel like its almost good for me, despite the alcohol. honey is fresh and floral and different from other honey beers because i can actually taste it. its sweet but never offensively so, and its actually pretty well carbonated despite looking flat. it drinks heavy though, especially as it warms, turning into almost english barleywine, bu the fruity character remains dominant. i liked this beer far more than i ever though i would, i have a new appreciation for both the fruit here and the braggot style, which i need to find more of and continue this trip. id like to see more rogue around shelves in colorado, everytime i have a new beer from them it surpasses my expectations. this is awesome stuff.
07-27-2014 15:04:18 | More by StonedTrippin
Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot from Rogue Ales
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