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Old Danish Braggot - Dansk Mjød A/S

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Old Danish BraggotOld Danish Braggot

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BA SCORE
86
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Braggot |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dbONE on 01-24-2009)
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
Photo of PatrickJR
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into red wine glass.

Don't take the numerical scores *too* seriously; this is only my second braggot so I don't have much to compare it to!

A - Slightly hazy amber-brown. Half inch of light tan head rises but falls quickly to a thin collar. Some lacing.

S - Ginger is the main component here with a moderate to mild honey aroma in the background. Very straightforward, not a hint of malt or anything else.

T - The nose gives this one away. Quite unique, but ultimately quite simple. Lots of honey sweetness upfront with some soft sweet bread providing the backbone. Ginger comes on strong mid to late palate and overrides the honey as it cuts through the sweetness. Mild to moderate medicinal bitterness in the finish with some slightly noticable alcohol.

M - I can't tell whether or not Old Danish needs to be thicker or not. On one hand it seems monstorously thin (but not watery) but on the other hand I wonder if increased body would lead towards a cloying beer as it is fairly sweet already. Carbonation is moderate high. As the brew has warmed a bit some of this has changed; carbonation is at a solid medium level and suddenly the brew seems to take on a decent medium body. Added a half a point. It works, but it still seems like it could be better in a way I haven't quite pinpointed.

D - Upon my first whiff after popping the cork, I thought this was going to be a sickly sweet mess, much like some meads I've had. Thankfully the carbonation alleviates this issue and the sweetness is kept in check very nicely. I've gone through almost the entire 500ml over the course of this review and hardly noticed. I don't know that this is anything I'd ever purchase again aside from occassional novelty or curiosity, but it's definitely a well-deserved experience. Two bad a half liter of this stuff costs ~$15!

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with honeywine and ginger.

A: Poured a deep honey-gold with an initial 2 finger off white, firm creamy topping that left a sporadic,spongey lacing behind. Beneath the deep coloring lied a healthy showing of carbonation that seemed to lazily linger about, slowly rising to the surface.

S: The ginger was evident on the nose as well as some graham crackers and a healthy dose of alcohol (very wine like). Dried honey adds to the overall sweetness while hibiscus flowers add some balance.

T: very sweet from the start, with the honey being fresh and warm combined with a noticeable alcohol warming. Fruity hints composed of pears, apples, and cantelope were also well noted here. Dried honey and toast, fresh apple cider add sweetness to the overall mix while some hibiscus flowers add gentle balance with a flowery bitterness. Overall per style was as good and complex as one ive every tasted. The beer finishes with a warm honey and booziness compliments of its 10.0%abv nature.

M: nice with a lively tingling carbonation presence. Very warming with a viscose consistency and alcohol warming.

D: Drinkability was good in limited proportions (a bomber will surfice here). Very boozy at 10.0%abv and sweet from the honeywine of course limits multiples. A rare style, but a very good showing at that. Has that old world feel to it and will definitely warm you on that cold winter day.

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first braggot. Ordered from Liquid Solutions. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Was a cloudy dark orange color. Some visible carb streams and slight lacing. Had an average sized fizzy beige head that settle into a collar and some central carb fed wisps.

The aroma was heavy on ginger with other spices like cinnamon and clove with honey as well. The ginger however was the major player and a bit too much for me. Not much hops. The taste was again dominated by the ginger but had more balance as the sweet from the honey cut into it. Also the other spices showed up more. I'm a big fan of meads so really enjoyed the finish on this one and it overtakes the ginger at the end for a sweet finish. Medium mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation tinkling the tongue.

Overall, this a really good and interesting beer. It's my first braggot so can't say how it compares to style but if it's a good representation than I'm going to have to find some more mead styles. Only wish is that the ginger was less dominant. I love it in foods but not in drinks for some reason. High recommendation on this one. Rotation: web order. It's pricey and hard to get so this may be my only one of it. Would definitely try on tap. Also would be more likely to buy if it was in 12oz format. At this ABV and price, the 750ml is too much.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure who brought this one to the big tasting a couple weekends ago.. but it made a big enough dent in my brain that I wrote a pretty descent review... thanks!

Pours a pretty deep orange... crystalline clear .. short lasting white head.

Nose is full of ginger... some honey essence is masked quite well by the spice.. some floral notes show too.

Flavor is again ginger-centric ... almost burning at some points... sweet and pleasant mead at the front and then the spiciness takes hold mid palate and finishes long and strong... the sugars pull the ginger across the palate and makes for an even burn.. yummy... reminds me of a chewy Chinese ginger candy a work friend brings to work, she gives them to me when my ulcer is going nuts... I wrote "apple cider essence/cyser", but for the life of me can't remember what I was thinking now.... a bit boozy with a medium body and prickly carbonation.

Thanks again... I would pick this up if it was available... I love spicy gingerales... and this was a nice alcoholic counterpart.

4/4/3.5/4/4

Photo of jsanford
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always enjoy taking on a style not typically recognized with the same kind of familiarity as others out there, and this is certainly among them...

A: I find myself kind of struggling to identify the colour... it's certainly brown, that's not a problem. It's more of a dull hue, without the glows of amber, red, gold, or yellow that most brews will typically carry (minus those that are black!). It's deep, but not particularly murky... like a 'foggy topaz', without the aforementioned 'glow.' Head is pretty standard... a bit challenging to get anything billowing on it, but at the higher alcohol, it's probably not going to happen. What forms does leave a litle ring to drop spots of lace behind.

S: Hugely floral upon pouring into the glass... like a fresh bouquet of flowers suddenly being presented. Once I can get through that, some of the deeper aromas are given a chance to really breathe and come out... some nice, smooth malts join in. Honey is a big scent, and any ginger that's present mingles with it without being too assertive.

T: Flavour is intriguing and, I find, a rather strong part of this specific brew. It's most certainly sweet, there's no denying that... but despite the sweetness, it doesn't become gooey and overbearing. Honey and malts take it home, pretty much hiding the fact that there's a hoppiness to it. Oddly, I perceive some of the flavours as being a bit like milk chocolate, which is not something I would expect. Like the nose, I find any ginger brewed in to be modest - more of an agent to smooth the sickly sweetness that could occur otherwise, really. Knowing it's in there, I would say that it's perhaps noted a little on the finish, but given a blind taste test, I would probably overlook it, honestly.

M + D: If it were any bigger in body, it would take an already intense drink well over the top and make it both incredibly cloying and a real struggle to finish. I'd still describe it as being 'medium-bodied,' though it is riding a very fine line to being 'full-bodied.' It would help to have some better descriptive phrases for mouthfeel, I suppose. There's a slight viscosity to it, which makes sense, but it doesn't come across as being as heavy in body as some of the more sizable Russian Imperial Stouts or barleywines. It's more 'slippery,' while otherwise having some fairly competitive fullness to it. Most certainly a sipping brew, and one that can certainly be appreciated over the course of an hour or a couple, even. It performs well both straight out of the fridge, and after a little time to breathe - in which time it really just opens itself up and lets loose like that friend that has a tendency to over-share. It works out alright in the end (strangely, kinda like that friend!) and can make for a very rewarding bottle to enjoy.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Hey, hey I need more wenches. Hey, hey more wenches and mead." - Alestorm

Last night my girlfriend and I had viking night. We listened to Scandanavian death metal, cooked lamb, and drank mead and braggot. Really.

Dark amber with a 2 finger tan head. Decent retention and foamy residue.

Aroma is fronted by honey and ginger. Intensely sweet malt - bottle says Munich and Vienna. The honey gives this beer a airy, floral quality and makes the sweet malt remeniscient of Fuji apples.

Honey and sweet malt dominate while the ginger adds some spicy heat. Dopplebock sweet, it reminds me somewhat of Smuttynose S'muttonator. Haven't had it in awhile thoug so maybe not.

My first braggot so I don't really know how to compare it. I'll assume it's good.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - mislabeled as a 1 pt. 0.9 fl.oz.):

Pours hazed copperish amber with an off-white head that lasts.

The smell is caramelish with honey, a subtle "English" hop aroma - herbal - with a "Continental"-type graininess. Spicy. Very interesting.

The taste is of caramel with honey and light, but noticeable, ginger. Nicely spiced. Alcohol shows in something of a wine-like way. Finishes dry.

A spot-on example of a Braggot. Malty with honey and spicing. Beer/meade mix. Sweet, but balanced. Very easy to drink for abv.

Photo of SeatsTaken
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dbONE
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a rare find in the back of the cooler. The bottle says the Vikings used to drink it and that it was a special treat for kings.
At treat it was the deep brown color held a soft thin head with little carbonation. The malt character is on the sweet side with the Vienna and Munich malts, but I think the blending of Honey Wine added a bit more sweetness in addition to the higher alcohol. Very faint on the hop side of things, the added ginger is more dominante on the palatte. As the glass warns the heat from the alcohol comes through as the sweetness drops a little.
A strong beer with out all the work, a nice one to along with a spicy meal.

Photo of BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of AgentZero
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of GreenCard
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: dark rusty brown, slight haze, very little head formation

Aroma: deep notes of Manuka honey and dark malts; raisiny

Flavor: quite sweet malty, honey punch; hints of some type of spice (possibly all-spice or mace); finishes sweet with a lingering dark honey flavor

Mouthfeel: full body, low carbonation, syrupy

Other comments: Yikes. This was not really worth the space it took up in my suitcase. Too sweet and heavy.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a turbid dank orange in the glass. Light lace paints thin but steady swaths on the tasting glass.

Aroma - fruit and spice hit as soon as the cork is removed. Smells very sweet, like a dessert beer. Light ginger is pretty easy to pick out after a few moments. The malt and 'the rest' I guess have an Anchor Christmas ale kind of smell, and it gets better and more fragrant with warming. The malts, spice and ginger are in such harmonious balance, very nice.

Taste - the malt and spice and sweet (much sweet) have an immediate impact on the palate. The honey wine and spice are a fine combo. Cinnamon and clove, anise, some sneaky coconut flavors mixing in at times with some potent abv. The swallow has some honey flavor, ginger, and belly warmth. Finished a touch prickly, only mildly drying, and deliciously warm.

Mouthfeel - heavy and heady, smooth with a surprising chop of crispness. A fine big body to match.

Drinkability - reminds me of hard Christmas candy. Oh yeah, I like this and would pick it up again in a heartbeat despite the hefty price. One for the cold temps, but this is a fine pick to celebrate the 15th anniversary for me and my bride. Cheers honey!

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Low C+

Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of SRossman
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Burnt copper. Vibrant. Almost opaque.

Smell: Spicy. Ginger dominates the nose with an underlying caramel sweetness. The honey is definitely there as well.

Taste: Gingerbrerad spice and honey. Some prevalent alcohol warmth. Sweet and smooth finish.

MF/D: Thinner body than I expected. Doesn't have the mouth coating richness I for some reason assumed it would have, but still very nice.

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Old Danish Braggot from Dansk Mjød A/S
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.