Beyond Braggot - Sprecher Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
Came in a nice snifter - copper colored and a good head. My first of this style. The honey dryness and long mouthfeel is evident with the distinctive malt taking part as well.
I enjoyed the beer but went into it without much for preconceived notions of what it's supposed to be.
Well worth drinking and something I'd recommend to others.
04-12-2014 17:27:06 | More by teal
3.69/5 rDev +3.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter.
11% ABV, 2014, "This product can benefit from extended aging when properly stored."
A - Fantastic clarity allows Beyond's bright, gorgeous ember color to glow like the core of a fire pit. The short but dense off-white cap of foam that forms lingers for quite some time considering the alcohol contained in this beer.
S - For a light-in-color beer, 11% is a feat so it comes as no surprise that there's a little fusel alcohol warmth to this beer but the hints of nail polish remover are subtle in comparison to the bold maltiness going on. Toasted bread generously smeared with wildflower honey is sprinkled with a blend of spices that don't call out any particular kind.
T - Beyond is as malty as they come for how light this beer appears; a combination of fresh white bread sprinkled with spice and drizzled with pine sap balled up and slices of toasted white bread slathered with melted caramel and thinly spread honey combine for a sticky sweet flavor. The honey is almost completely fermented out into alcohol, however, leaving little left for taste and, like the aroma warns, solvent alcohol crosses the tongue in flavor, leaving an odd delicate fruitiness on the palate.
M - Due to the sheer maltiness and honey to ferment up to 11% for how light the beer looks, there's plenty of residual sugar left over; that is to say, this is a full-bodied beer. Light carbonation keeps Beyond from feeling flat or syrupy while warming alcohol adds a touch of thinning characteristic to the finish for somewhat of a balance. It's reminiscent of a gently spiced mead meets an English Barleywine - Braggot!
O - I commend Sprecher for stepping outside their box with Beyond - this is clearly a far cry from most of the beers they produce in terms of both style and alcohol percentage, of course experimentation doesn't always yield incredible results. Beyond is a Braggot, a style of beer not-so-often brewed that incorporates large quantities of honey (or beer blended with mead and spices). In Beyond, both aromatically and in flavor, the honey seems to be almost entirely fermented out leaving little little more than a lip-smacking sweetness behind to co-exist with the large malt bill. The combination of the two isn't breathtaking but it's certainly not awful either - it could use some time for the alcohol to mellow - I think that time would do this beer some justice. At the end of the day, Beyond might be polarizing to most because of it's uniqueness but, take a brief look into what a Braggot was and possibly could be (as it often varies by those who blend it on site) and you'll see Sprecher's Beyond is an attempt to be pondered if not respected for it's dangerous drinkability.
04-15-2014 00:49:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.26/5 rDev +20%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottling. Date stamp 0000 38095 140561731
Appearance: A deep amber color. Such strong color makes me think its hazy but I just need to hold it up to the light to see the color better and the light showing this is a clear but dark enough to begin to cloud the light out. Off white thin head upon poured died back fairly quickly to leave a ring at the edge and an occasional island of lacing.
Smell: Complex. Fruit, floral, herbal, bready, honey, boozy.
Tastet: Lots of flavors. There is during the sip of this something woody to me which creates an unusual smell/taste sensation for me. The taste reminds me of the smell of a lumber yard. How's that for a beer that gives you synethesia? But nose and taste are connected so maybe not so weird. Along with that woody taste/aroma, there is honey-lemon tea, bready sweetness from the malt, some alcohol notes, and some bitterness at the end. And then about a minute after the sip blooming in my mouth is a definite orange and citrus + a hint of pine bitter/hop taste that starts to form. Very very unusual, but I am finding I rather like it.
Mouthfeel: Slick and slightly creamy. Light carbonation and a bit sticky.
Overall / Drinkability: A definite slow sipper. Pretty quickly after the first few sips I can start to feel the alcohol. So one is enough per night. But so very interesting that I keep wanting to go back and sip more and figure out all the flavors. I think I should have laid in another bottle of this and let it age. This has such complexity that I think it could keep me interested for a very long time. Truly and amazing beer.
07-13-2014 22:23:31 | More by damndirtyape
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong honey, citrus hops, sweet malt, yeast, wood, and slight grass. Fits the style of a Braggot. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of honey, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of hop, slight pale malt, wood, and slight grass. Overall, good strong honey flavor; best Braggot I've ever had.
08-11-2014 15:58:05 | More by Tone
3.94/5 rDev +11%
12oz bottle of the 2014 bottling of Beyond. Thanks to Matt for bringing this one over. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 3/29/2014.
App- Pours a clear, fairly bubbly amber-copper body with a minimal half finger white head with minimal retention. No lacing. Looks very much like a mead, actually.
Smell- Fairly sweet, a good bit of sweet honey with clean bready pilsner malts. A bit of citrus and pine hop presence. Not complex, but certainly a nice nose.
Flavour- very similar to Kuhnhenn's braggot. Honey, faint mead-esque sweet booziness, bready caramel toffee malt sweetness slightly cut by some semi-fruity hoppiness and some earthiness. Mostly sweet and mead-ish, but certainly very interesting.
Mouthfeel- Closer to a mead than an ale in the sense that it's smooth but thick with low carbonation. Slightly boozy but not overly so. Very easy to drink, way too easy for a 11% ABV beer...
Overall- Despite the fact that this is a Sprecher beer, this is actually pretty good for the style though I've only had Kuhnhenn's take. It's up there with Kuhnhenn's version, which was boozier and just as interesting.
03-30-2014 08:22:26 | More by Stevedore
Beyond Braggot from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.