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Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Marionberry BraggotRogue Farms Marionberry Braggot

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  11.42% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Dave_Treat on 06-02-2014

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Photo of don1481
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tall curvy glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark red with hints of purple. Lots of bubbles floating up. Surprisingly translucent for the color. Big off-white/tan head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves little to no lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Berries. Honey. Sweetness.

Taste: That's... different. The honey and berries are there, absolutely, but are very much balanced by the hops. It's got a little bit of a bitter bite to it that plays very well with the sweetness. I don't taste the 11+% ABV at all.

Mouthfeel: Very clean. Doesn't linger at all.

Overall: I'd refused to try another Rogue after the Pumpkin Ale incident last October out in Virginia Beach until I saw this. It's pretty nice overall and makes me more willing to try more Rogue varieties again.

Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very dark beer for what I'm thinking is a fruit beer, though the definition of braggot doesn't specify fruit. The pour is a dark brown, cola colored. Dirty tan head up top, with better than average retention. No lace to speak of. Great looking beer.

Pretty amazing smell with lots of spices and fruity flavors, a whiff of alcohol and caramelly malt. Smells like a fruity, dark Belgian.

The taste matches the scent characteristics, full of fruity, spiciness with some caramelly malt and alcohol playing along nicely. Again, think fruity, dark Belgian beer. Dark ripe fruits, not the girly stuff.

Way up there ABV provides warmth throughout. This beer packs plenty of sweet, offset mostly by the spices and heat from the alcohol for balance. Bitterness is there, but only as a bit player. Medium- to heavy-bodied, but somehow it starts off with an almost watery feel before everything kind of takes over. Carbonation and heat make up the lingering finish.

In addition to the cool purple bottle, this Rogue beer provides plenty to like. I could get used to this.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a purple body. Interesting.
The aroma is Marionberry pie with barley. Pretty good.
The taste is quite sweet overall. Lots of Marionberry flavors and honey. Good balance though but the hops never quite make it through.
The texture is soft and a little creamy.
It's an uncommon style and this is an enjoyable drink.

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a purple hued brow, looks scarlet when backlit, with 2 fingers of tan head. Pretty nice lacing & head retention,

S: Berry notes, plus clover honey, herbal & medicinal notes

T: Berries mostly tart, dryness, a bit of woody bitterness & little boozey burn with honey notes up front. Honey & floral notes as this warms, some medicinal notes as this warms, some red wine notes as well, especially dryness, woodyness & some tanin. Finishes dry, tart, herbal, with a little bit of berry sweetness & a kiss of honey

MF: Fairly hefty with slight carbonation, becomes a bit slick as it warms

Fairly complex, but drinkable enough, probably the best example if this style I can remember having

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy purple red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blackberries and honey are present in the nose; the berries seem to become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors of marionberries are stronger than those of the honey.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The honey in this beer makes it a slow sipper but for the most part it isn't overly difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: poured into an oversized wine glass to a deep brown with some slight purple hues topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades to a small mat and collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: smells of spices, honey sweetness and berries
T: taste is marionberries, spices, piney hops, honey and malts. swallow is a little alcohol, more hops, berries, caramel and some toasted malt flavors
M: this beer has a medium weight on the palate. carbonation is soft and slightly prickly and the beer has a drying finish
O: I think this beer is pretty good. the flavors and complexity are there but it does have a lot of sweetness.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%

750ml bottle.

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purplish brown colored concoction with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells mildly spicy with a honey and brown sugar scent. Mild berry scent. Never met a Marion berry so I don't know what it would smell like.

Starts out bittersweet with a bread after taste. Berry with a fairly strong hop bitterness for the style. Mild honey and brown sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK

Overall an OK try once experience.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

750 ML. 26 plato. 17 IBU. 84 AA. 32 L.

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, murky brown and smells like honey and malt. Has a thinner mouthfeel than I anticipated for this style, but that's not to say that it's light; it's still quite heavy and rich. It's quite fruit forward with dark berries, cherries and plum notes that drifts into a mild bit of honey. The honey quickly gives way to the hop bitterness and dark maltiness, but never really goes away; it makes a second appearance at the end.

Overall, a complex, heavy beer that would go well with a stinky cheese and strong bread.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy purplish red in color with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of marionberries (reminds of cranberry and blackberry) which intensifies as the beer warms up along with lighter aromas of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of honey and just a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of marionberries - slightly tart. There is a light to moderate flavor of alcohol in the finish which lingers for a bit. No perceptible bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Easier to drink than I expected due to a lighter amount of sweetness than I expected for the style. Alcohol could be a little better hidden but the strength of this one makes it a slow sipper.

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brown ale flavors, nut, chocolate and berry. Not the worst thing I've had from Rogue.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a purple bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, muddled, amber-brown coloring with a thin, low profile, tan head. Aromas of rich honey, sweet berry, floral and herbal highlights, and rich caramel notes. Flavors are tangy and richly sweet forward, with a blast of berry sweet and tart on the forward tongue, a solid caramel and honey backbone, and a vegetal and herbal highlight. Full bodied and smooth, with a tangy sweet blend of marionberry and honey in the aftertaste. The beer has a slight edge from subtle carbonation which helps clean the finish a bit, but there is still a considerable linger on the smooth feel. Good beer.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big blackberry, cherry, red grape, raisin, plum, honey, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, and fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of tart blackberry, red grape, raisin, plum, cherry, honey, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart blackberry, red grape, raisin, plum, cherry, honey, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, and fruit flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly dry/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited braggot style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, and fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a brownish red amber with a fine-grained foam for an attractive package in the Affligem stubby chalice. Fizzy and zingy on the tongue. Full-bodied but not sticky.

This is a big mouthful of beer. Plums and molasses with a little bitterness. I don't taste too much actual berry flavor, but there is a deep fruity flavor that goes well with the powerful honey taste. It's sweet yet elegant. This is more of a liqueur with all that honey but the malt is part of the deep body. Hot with alcohol, which helps the unctuous mouthfeel somewhat.

Recent reviewers have made good comments. If you're going to try a Braggot this will give you a good introduction. But it's definitely a fat, brawling, remarkable beverage. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in OB, San Diego.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of MLDucky
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When first poured it was a hazy purple tone. Nice smell of berries lingered, but upon taste, the flavors were muddled for me. I on't know if I let my bottle sit too long, but the nose did not match up to the taste for me.

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark brown, with a quarter inch head that quickly dissipated

S- Boozy and little bit of oak

T- Booze, caramel, toffee, and berries to a lesser degree

M- For such a boozy smell and taste, it has a surprisingly thin mouthfeel

My first time trying this style. It seems close to a barleywine. Good for the summer months. This was not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be. I would try others of this style, but I probably wouldn't come back to this one.

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A really good looking brew. Deep, dark walnut body with toasted highlights. Fine off-white head has ok rendition and lace.

S - Molasses, tart berries, touch of burnt honey, Crystal-Light berry mix.

T - My first braggot - it's definitely interesting. Drinks a boozy English barelywine. Booze, buckwheat honey, caramel, molasses, brown bread, peaches, and plums.

M - Smooth with a boozy kick and low on carbonation.

O - Not necessarily my favorite style, but definitely not my least favorite either. It's a strong, fruit-forward beer with it's sweetness balance by warm alcohol.

Photo of Urk1127
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into stout glass. Pours a dark purple almost like the color of the bottle but much darker. No head but some lacing. The smell is alcohol, dark fruit like raisins and plums and toasty. Taste is alcohol heat up front then roasty malt and dark fruits. Fig, plum, dark berries. Mouth feel was slick and medium. With decent to little carbonation. I ending up drinking the whole thing in one night but it was a slow process. It was better a little warmer than completely cold. It was my first and maybe only braggot for a long while I haven't seen many. Just this and Sam Adams honey queen. But I would also not buy it again, but I did enjoy the experience

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a purplish brown body with two finger head and some lace patches.
The aroma is mostly honey and berries and then this sturdy, malt base that comes across as breadlike.
This is a smooth, thick bodied beer that I must note is a dangerous sipper because the new version is over 12% ABV and I cannot detect any alcohol at all.
The berries give off a sweetness that complements the noticeable honey sweetness but also a touch of sourness for balance. There is also a minor floral hop bitterness on the finish so it doesn't finish overly sweet.
Also, a touch of bread or chewiness in the beer so it's not a think, sticky, sugar bomb.
Well balanced beer that is probably not for everyone but I liked it and would recommend it to anyone who likes sweet drinks.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brownish musty rust color with a tiny fizz of foam on the top of the brew. The head fades almost instantly leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and boozy with a huge hot alcohol aroma mixed with darker fruit aromas of cherry, boysenberry, raisin and what I am assuming is marionberry (but this I am not 100 % sure of as I have never actually smelt marionberry). Along with these smells are some other lighter aromas of a roasted malt nature as well as slight herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a fruity and berry flavor being a mix of some raisin and cherry with the berry flavor being a mix of blackberry and, what I assume is, marionberry. These fruit flavors make a base taste for the brew remaining throughout the entirety of the taste and maintaining a constant intensity. At the start, the fruit is mixed with some roasted malt and a bit of a more bitter woody and oaky boozy tastes that brings a bit of dryness and bitterness to the taste. As the taste advances however, some honey and caramel flavors come to the tongue, with the loss of some of the more roasted flavors. With the boozy flavor steadily gaining intensity all through the taste, and getting enhanced even more at the end, one is left with a berry-fruited and sweet and hot oaky boozed flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a brew of 11.4 % this one actually has a bit of a thinner body (but by no way that thin) with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the fruity flavors of the brew, these two feel characteristics are nice for keeping the brew more drinkable, balancing out and complimenting the more slow drinking warming boozy tastes rather nicely.

Overall – While at first I was a little put off, it really grew on me sip after sip. It has a complex flavor profile with a good balancing feel and a rather intriguing smell. While fairly pricey, this is certainly one to try if you get a chance.

Photo of confer
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a strong ale. The alcohol is very obvious.

Photo of imscotty
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

A: Poured with a firm tan head that lasts some time with fair lacing. The beer is fairly dark with an almost purple hue.

S: A pleasant aroma and subtle of berries, spice, some malt and perhaps honey sweetness.

T: Wow, the flavor is unusual and assertive. The berry flavor hits the correct level I think, assertive without being overwhelming. The beer is sweet, but not really malty, there is a spiciness without being peppery, there are some flavors that are red wine like and other non-beer like flavors that are hard to categorize. Not really any hop profile to speak of. This beer is very unusual. There is a medicinal flavor to this beer (like Robitussin) that I did not enjoy. My friends gave this a pass so I had to finish the whole bomber by self. After some time the medicinal flavor went from being slightly off-putting to a chore to put down. I would suggest this beer be enjoyed in small quantities.

M: Medium mouthfeel, fairly well carbonated. This beer seemed to have a non-beerlike texture that I cannot describe. It seemed to coat my mouth and stay there without being sticky.

O: Definitely an adventure and worth trying to appreciate the range of tastes beer can provide. I admire the audacity and craftsmanship that went into this beer. My hats off to Rogue. Still, I would not seek out again. Pretty bottle.

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Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.