Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Marionberry BraggotRogue Farms Marionberry Braggot

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very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  11.42% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dave_Treat on 06-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by chefhatt:
Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of leroybrown10
2.12/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown. One finger, light tan colored head. Some haziness.

Fruity aroma with some cherry, raspberry, and gooseberry. Some herbal notes to go with honey and candied sugar.

Very unpleasant flavor. Bitter sourness, over cooked vegetables and rubbing alcohol.

Mouth feel is horrid. Perhaps the worst I've ever experienced. Oily, bitter, acrid, and noxious on the tongue.

This has a pleasant appearance and a decent but unremarkable aroma. Unfortunately, the flavors are nothing like nose and the mouth feel was gag worthy. This was a drain pour.

Photo of don1481
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +11.7%
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 -8.5%
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 +8.2%
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 emerge077
2.06/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark purplish brown, interesting color but that's about it.

Smells like grape candy and alcohol. Blech.

Tastes like grape candy, Robitussin, and oxidized malt. Bad, just bad.
Harsh feel, the booze is obvious and it's rough. It's like grape flavored four loko meets sloe gin fizz. Pretty nasty. Glad this was a post-party freebie, I'd never buy this.

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 +6.4%

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 +2.1%

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 -19.4%
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 EmperorBevis
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unusual in every sense and to every sense, certainly an unique experience & on the whole enjoyable

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 +2.4%
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 kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rogue “Marionberry Braggot.”

BOTTLE: 750ml purple painted brown glass bottle with branded black pry-off pressure cap and eye-catching label purchased at a local H-E-B grocery and served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, TX.

Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I’m not huge on the brewery but I always smile upon seeing more braggots in the world. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. Off-white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Average complexion and consistency. Average (~2 minute) retention. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark brown. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Dull and unappealing.

Appears adequately carbonated. It’s far from unique or special looking for a braggot, and isn’t much to look at in general.

AROMA: Subtle but lovely berry notes. Clover honey. Faint smoked malt; it’s a unique smoked character and goes well with the pleasant caramel aromatics. Flowery notes. Floral hop character. Some hints of wood. I don’t find any true mead or infused notes. The berries are a highlight for me, but I crave more presence. It’s got a nice sweetness, but Rogue didn’t go overboard. It’s slightly tart (likely from the berries). I’m finding none of the 11.42% ABV evidenced in the aroma, which is damned impressive.
It’s an intriguing aroma for a braggot. I’m very excited to try it. Inviting and of average strength.

No yeast character, off-notes, or overt alcohol is detectable. Hop presence is minimal (which is to style).

TASTE: The wildflower honey lends this flavor profile a natural cohesion, but does venture into cloying territory by the late second act. The berry notes are pleasantly fruity, and lend this beer some interesting tartness, but don’t feel as seamlessly integrated as they should given this is a braggot. While the aforementioned honey blends well with the caramalt and Munich malt base, it’s still not mead-like – which is definitely disappointing in this style. The light woody smokiness of the aroma is largely absent here, but I do find it in the early second act when I look for it.

It’s not a herbal or flowery as I hoped it’d be, but it does have some generic floral hop character. The tartness in the third act is more noticeable as the beer comes to temperature, and I find it grows on me.

This beer does an excellent job of concealing its high ABV. I’d guess this was maybe 8% if I tried it blind. Unfortunately, the flavor profile in general isn’t real well balanced, in large part due to the inherent artificiality of many of its constituent notes; what were these added “natural flavors?” Was the marionberry juice from extract/concentrate? It definitely doesn’t taste genuine throughout, but then this IS a Rogue beer…
It’s not complex or intricate for a braggot by any means, and the fundamental failure of the berry notes and honey to deliver on the promises of the style really hold this back. The tartness of the berries is the only subtle aspect of the beer I pick up on, and the flavor profile is surprisingly bereft of nuance given the style, which is usually defined by the potential implicit in blending rather than (and/or in addition to) brewing.

This isn’t off-note free; some drinkers will be unable to drink much after recognizing a distinct cough syrup-esque note hiding somewhere in the tart berry character. Never a good thing. It edges closer to grape as the beer comes to temperature, making it more and more intolerable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, aptly thick, syrupy, and full-bodied. This texture does a decent job of supporting the taste, but overall presence on the palate is underwhelming.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, boozy, astringent, hot, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Better perhaps than I expected given the brewery behind it. The artificial taste holds it back considerably, but then we’re used to that from Rogue (or, by now, we should be). To its credit, it does a damn find job at concealing its near wine level ABV, but I wouldn’t encourage friends to pick this up, and the price is laughable given the (lack of) quality. The cough syrupy off-character, once recognized, is hard to ignore. That said, I’ll finish the bottle alone without much effort, and I’m grateful it isn’t the cloying mess many drinkers have come to expect from this brewery. I love to see another braggot in the world, but this may well be the worst one I’ve tried to date. I’d hate for someone new to the style to use this as their benchmark going forward. The pink paint marketing gimmick (and nonsense “Rogue Farms” label) will continue to work for Rogue, but I wish they’d put more effort into the beer inside the bottle.

BOTTOM LINE: Not recommended, especially if you’re new to the style.

C-

(2.59)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +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 +3.5%
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 +18.4%
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 -22.9%
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 -0.3%
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 tb4475
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too sweet and syrupy for me.

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot from Rogue Ales
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