Old Danish Braggot - Dansk Mjød A/S
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3.05/5 rDev -20.2%
1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded silver hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average as I quite like the style. 10.1% ABV confirmed. 2013 vintage. Reviewed as a braggot because the label clearly identifies it as such.
Served cold – straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Smooth consistency. Fairly soft complexion. Head retention is pretty nice - about 3-4 minutes.
Body colour is a semitranslucent quasitransaparent amber of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible. Nice even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for the style. I’m looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Heavy honey. Some vague spice. Pale and amber malts. Maybe a bit of ginger.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
T: Heavy honey sweetness - it comes off rather raw. Sure, there's some malty backbone, but it can't hold a candle to the honey. Generic floral hop character. Some ginger, sure. Painfully simple for a braggot. Brings the mead, but not really the beer. Not real balanced.
Lacks complexity, intricacy, subtlety, and nuance. Average duration,intensity, and depth of flavour. Cohesive enough, but far from gestalt.
No yeast character comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Nice thickness. Decent body. A biteen overcarbonated. Has a decent enough presence on the palate.
Not oily, astringent, harsh, or hot. It does have some alcohol warmth.
Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.
Dr: Downable and enjoyable, but far from a great braggot. I certainly wouldn't buy it again. It's passable but underwhelming. There's nothing remarkable about it. Ultimately, it's a bit too sweet.
12-24-2013 07:21:28 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev +6%
Appearance- Pours up a slight bit of head that has no real retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is very muddy and almost dark amber which shows as a hazy medium amber when held up to the light. There is no lacing.
Nose- Oh boy, this is going to be interesting. Aromas- whiskey, brandy, and mead. Yes, there's some alcohol here. Honey and white wine. Smells like cheap mead with some tequila notes. Bubblegum and honey. There were some cherry notes earlier. They become somewhat chocolate when smelled from the bottle. Caramel? Hints of cough syrup? None of these are negatives but if the palate follows the nose, it could be a problem. After some time, these nominally negative characteristics meld together to form a quite enjoyable aroma.
Taste- Initially, it seems more subdued than the nose. A huge dose of honey but it tastes real (not like some honey wines that try to pass for mead) and then not much else. I was expecting to walloped with sweetness and alcohol but that didn't happen. The nose is reflected but it is much more subdued. There is cherry and some brown sugar. Ginger shows up on the finish and helps to cleanse the palate so that this doesn't become too cloyingly sweet. As I drink it more and more, the ginger becomes more present and recalls ginger ale. It's not terribly complex but has a lot of balance. I'm enjoying this much more than I thought I would. I know some Beer Advocates eschew beer cocktails but I could see this working perfectly as a half and half with some real ginger ale or ginger beer. This seems to be a good representation of the style even though I might question whether this is a beer or not. Some notes of cinnamon start to appear. White grape is the obvious flavor note I have not mentioned.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and syrupy but with just enough carbonation to cut through both of those. The carbonation structurally defines the texture in a way that improves the braggot. Somewhat vinous- duh, it's mixed with honey wine.
Drinkability- While this is not as sweet as I expected, the sweetness still does give one pause. However, the ginger is essential in rendering this obstacle as surmountable. The alcohol is well hidden but this does not make this beer dangerous as its very nature prevents it from being chuggable. That and the price. Almost 16 bucks.
Overall- I liked it much more than I thought I would. The honey wine (or mead) used seems to be high quality. The ginger is essential for balance. If you can drink a Moscato, this will be no problem. This is sweet, this is a honey bomb, but it is manageable.
07-27-2013 02:55:43 | More by artoolemomo
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
Found this is my traditional Christmas stocking, always stocked by my most excellent wife, who goes out & buys weird stuff I wouldn't have bought myself. Big 750ML bottle split with said wife.
Pour is dark orange, trending towards red. Fairly clear, with a few good-sized floaters that I'm just going to assume are bits of honeycomb. Nose isn't strong; honey, with whispered suggestions of spice.
Old Danish Braggot takes the sweet cake; this is a dentist's paycheck in a bottle. The expected honey wallop doesn't disappoint, as huge sweetness envelopes the mouth. Nice mid-palate spicing, which must be the advertised ginger; restrained, which is appreciated. And that's it. Might be one of those beers that should come in a 6.3 oz. bottle. It might be tough to get down a whole half-bomber by the time I get to bed.
Not the best braggot I've had, but certainly interesting. If sweet is your thing, tally-ho, if not, don't even look at the bottle. Good beer...or whatever.
02-09-2013 02:57:09 | More by maximum12
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
Old Danish Braggot pours a clear ruby red with a small, fizzy head on top. The foam settles down to a thin sheet on the surface leaving a few spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is loaded with honey. There's some subtle notes of caramel malt and ginger also present.
Each sip of this full bodied beer is syrupy and soft with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with honey dominating. Spices, ginger and cinnamon, along with some sweet caramel malt finish off each sip. It reminds me of a sweet Christmas cookie. Once gone the honey and ginger lingers on the palate.
This is a very tasty sweet brew. Definitely different and should be enjoyed with dessert.
07-02-2012 01:08:31 | More by WanderingFool
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
750ml bottle served in a snifter.
pours a mahogany shade with ruby highlights while yielding a short-lived beige head. interesting nose offers distinct notes of honey, sweet malt, and ginger characters out of the gate which combine with secondary notes of spice and alcohol. just really... interesting.
taste brings more of the same. very sweet; comes dangerously close to cloyingly sweet but thankfully doesn't quite get there. close, though. honey, ginger, spice, and sweet malt round out the flavor profile. full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.
overall a unique beer. i don't have a ton of experience with the style but overall it's a somewhere in the 4/5 range. and while i'm glad to have tried it, it probably won't be a repurchase, especially at this price point (nearly $20.00).
(originally reviewed: 09-13-2011)
06-20-2012 20:27:37 | More by BostonHops
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
A: Pours a cloudy golden amber in color with a half finger thin white head. The head reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer pretty quickly. Moderate lacing is observed.
S: Intense aromas of honey with some hints of malts and spices. Also, there are some subtle spicy/ginger smells in the background.
T: The flavor is very honey forward with the spices/ginger in the finish (almost like the spiciness you get from a rye beer). Hints of flavors like allspice, light malts, and ginger.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.
O: A new style that I had not ever had (nor reviewed) before today. Very interesting with the mixture of the honey/mead-like flavor and the spices. Glad that I tried it but not sure that I would describe it as easy to drink. I would like to try this beer again along with some others in the style in the future. Not something that I be able to have multiple of these in a single session.
03-04-2012 13:19:43 | More by dbrauneis
3.63/5 rDev -5%
A: The beer is hazy caramel in color and poured with a thin head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface along with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong aromas honey and sweet malts in the nose along with hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of honey along with notes of ginger and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some hints of syrupiness and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste of this beer, which makes it relatively easy to drink, but it is probably better sipped. I’m not sure if I could drink an entire bottle of this so it is probably better shared with friends.
03-04-2012 01:02:28 | More by metter98
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
This Braggot was had in a tulip glass.
Appearance- Two-fingers width of an off-white, churned butter colored foam holds on for a long time. The puffy and thick head is nice to look at.
The Braggot is an opaque, dark amber with a smidgen of copper highlights. I am a little surprised to see some carbonation columns in the glass.
Smell- Honey is the most evident scent to pulled from the nose. The malt seems to be imparting a wheat bread aroma with some general spiciness.
Taste- Honey is evident with a bit spice, almost cinnamon and even ginger. After that, the bready malt also folds itself into the palate.
The finish lingers on the honey and oxidized spice character. I would have liked the malt to have a bigger play on the palate. However, it is still close enough to a good mead, I am not going to complain too hardily.
Mouth feel- This one is slick, and has a medium to light body. Slick is fine, but it feels too thin to really inspire a quick, follow up sip.
Overall- The beer aspect of this Braggot takes a back seat to the honey and spice character. This would be a really nice offering around the holidays with the cinnamon and bready quality.
02-21-2012 00:55:23 | More by Pintofbrown
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Bell's tulip. Features the world's shortest cork!
A - A half-finge of light tan foam settles to a thin cap, collar, and tiny spots of lace. Lightly hazy dark-orange brown body.
S - My initial impression was that this smelled like Halls Cough Drops. Medicinal, with notes of ginger, eucalyptus, honey, and perhaps a faint touch of alcohol. It's actually a bit evocative of Christmas cake. This is definitely more of a mead than a beer in the aroma department.
T - I think the taste is a bit stronger, as it shows off some of the caramel malt and toasted grain character of the beer component without obliterated it with medicinal flavors. Honey character is nice and avoids being cloying, imparting some floral spring blossom flavors. Finishes a big like a ginger cough drop, but at least it isn't very boozy.
M - A tad thin for the ABV, with more of a medium body. Carbonation is lower, and the texture is very smooth and lightly chewy and bready. Clean finish and only minimal alcohol warmth.
D - I'm not a big fan of the aroma, but otherwise this is a solid braggot. Would probably pair nicely with Christmas cake, but I'm just not a huge fan of these flavors. I'll still to my Kuhnhenn braggots in the future.
01-22-2012 00:18:00 | More by MasterSki
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
A-coppery red color with a nice white fluffy head.
S-honey and malt. slight hint of ginger.
T- honey wine with a nice brown ale mixed in. Ginger on the back side of this one. not my favorite braggot but good.
M-not sure how much of this one I can drink but good.
01-21-2012 02:15:18 | More by danedelman
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
This brew poured out as a nice brown color with a fizzy tan colored head. The head has a light retention to it leaving a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer is a little boozy but has a sweet malt and honey aroma. The taste of the beer has a very nice sweet flavor, very smooth and had just a hint of spice to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and has a nice smooth texture to it. Overall I found this brew to be quite nice. Highly enjoyable as the brew warmed up.
10-11-2011 00:24:10 | More by Knapp85
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Having a difficult time deciding how to rate this since I've so little experience with these beers. Poured with a small, fine, light tan head and a bit of lace. Color is a cloudy, cherry amber. Aroma is malt, honey, ginger. Flavor is similar to nose, quite sweet with slight carbonic tang to cut and balance the imposing sweetness. Body is I'm thinking what it should be and carbonation is ok. Finish is like flavor, tapering to faintly ginger tinted honey of good length. Not bad; good dessert beer.
10-02-2011 22:29:21 | More by drpimento
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
750ml bottle served in a snifter.
pours a mahogany shade with ruby highlights while yielding a short-lived beige head.
really interesting nose. distinct honey, sweet malt, and ginger characters out of the gate combine with secondary notes of spice and alcohol. just really... interesting.
taste brings more of the same. very sweet; comes dangerously close to cloyingly sweet but thankfully doesn't quite get there. honey, ginger, spice, and sweet malt round out the flavor profile. full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.
overall a unique beer. my first braggot so i lack a sample base, but in terms of general enjoyment i feel it's firmly in the '4' realm. and while i'm glad to have tried it, it probably won't be a repurchase, especially at this price point (nearly $20.00).
09-13-2011 02:38:17 | More by perrymarcus
2.83/5 rDev -25.9%
750 C&C bottle split with some friends courtesy of David. Poured into a Cigar City Snifter. Think this bottle has a couple of years on it.
Poured a dark orange-amber with a creamy white head. Huge aromas of honey-sweet malt, spicy ginger and a touch of oxidation. Really phenomenal nose, the ginger is amazing. Too bad the good vibrations from the nose don't carry into the taste, just a cloyingly sweet mess of honey, malt, and ginger. Like a poorly-made ginger mead at this point, I'm sad to say. Mouthfeel is big and sticky, with a full body and low carbonation. Overall I think this may have been good at one point, but it's a sweet mess now.
09-04-2011 21:48:01 | More by jsanford
Old Danish Braggot from Dansk Mjød A/S
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