Brother Adam's Bragget Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale

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239 Ratings

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 74
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002

Akin to a barley wine, we suggest this ale as an after dinner drink.

It has a truly unique & sophisticated flavor due to the use of wildflower honey as the catalyst for the production of alcohol. We simply use pale malt and a very small amount of Target hops in this Belgian style ale. The bulk of the body, color and sweetness come from the 2,000 lbs. of honey we add to the boil.

The Brother is cellared for up to a year before it is bottled, which helps to marry the flavors and create the complex palate in this Bragget.
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Reviews by smakawhat:
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bomber bottle into a snifter. My first Braggot!

A simple foamy slow forming head that rests and disappears at a good clip. Wonderful looking red and orange amber clear body with some small opaque quality. A whispy cloud rests on top with a minor collar of off white.

Bouquet is an obvious small honeyblossom. Mild spiciness and a hint of brown sugar. Got that honeycomb feeling going on, feels nice. Not a lot of noticeable heat for the high abv listed, feels clean and light.

Chase is a light bodied ale even a little watery. Prickly carbonation and beeswax like honey tastes. Sense of possible hop bitterness on the swallow with arefreshing almost brut champagne like crispness.

This is interesting overall. I was expecting this to be a bit heavy but it was anything but. I think the nose is better then the taste but it's a neat drink I must say. I would have to be in the right mood though to have this on occasion.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one gave off a quick, dissipating light brown head and sported a brownish body with just the smallest tinge of orange.

Smell – This sweetish beer reminds me of some red wines that I’ve tasted in the Northern Californian grape region, especially during “barrel tasting” time. It is sweet and sugary with some good malty scents and a light, easy alcohol presence.

Taste – This is very similar to red wine. The honey/mead aspect of the beer lends itself more towards the grapes. There’s a nice and easy alcohol flavor that compliments the malts and sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is maybe just a bit bigger than medium-bodied with a strong but very smooth alcohol sensation.

Drinkability – This is an easy-drinking Braggot and the first example that I’ve had. It is oh so tasty and went down extremely well for such a high ABV beer.

Comments – This was a 2001 vintage (according to the cap) that I tasted in early 2005 over at skyhand’s house. What a treat.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Claimed as a style of barleywine that dates back some thousand years in Wales, at face, this is one of Atlantic's more creative offerings. Brewed with both malted barley and fresh Maine honey from the Buckfast bee--a hybrid bee bred by Brother Adam, the Benedictine monk who devoted his life to the study and breeding of honey bees.

Pours somewhat dark, brown and leathery with shimmering amber hues. Carbonation is present, but moderate and quickly dissipates to a wispy trace. Dense and complex honey aroma with a spicy and nostril-warming alcohol, vanilla cookie wafer, wet earth, and subtle hop-leaf note. Syrupy and thick on the palate, with a creamy carbonation that tightens and pulls in a smooth and immensely complex honey and malt fusion. Toffee, caramel, booze-steeped cherries, golden raisins, raw honey comb, floral, toasty malts and a spicy and warming alcohol. Sweet, but not cloying. A bit husky here and there, with lingering tannins and sweet and toasty honey notes in the finish.

A most interesting twist on a Barleywine and resurrection of an ancient style. Pour into a snifter, allow it to warm, and enjoy like a fine spirit.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label makes note of the amount of honey in the beer, and how it might be enjoyed with dessert. I couldn't agree more. It was an amber color with no head to speak of. It had a sweet, grassy odor. The taste was sweet honey with a little hops in there. Felt OK in the mouth, but definitely too sweet for me.

Photo of sponberg
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bomber bottle with a face on it that will be familiar to anyone perusing the forums the last few months (aka bennybrew's avatar). Cloudy dark amber brown, almost Belgian dubbel in color. Great nose - honey, orange peel, alcohol, and an aromatic spiciness that totally tickles the nose.

Take a big sip. Ahh - there's that aromatic spiciness again, charging up the roof of the mouth and into the back of the sinuses, redolent of orange rind, dried strawberries (both from the honey - more regarding that anon) and dryish caramel, some smokiness (again the honey) almost akin to an Irish whiskey, with a luscious warming surge of alcohol that gets warmer as the beer warms. Finishes dryish, with toffee on the palate ane the alcohol almost numbing the perimeter of the throat (Yes, it's the beer for tonsillitis!) and more of those lovely aromatics. Delicious.

Re honey: My buddy Bob makes a goodly amount of mead, and does a pretty fine job of it. I shared this with him and my next door neighbor Bill. Bob tried a sip and got that "Oooh - I need to try making this!!" look on his face which happens VERY rarely. Bill, who is heading to Bar Harbor this weekend, is picking some up for his stash and (hopefully) mine.

Many thanks to the esteemed bennybrew for this fine elixir.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rust in color...less than 1/4 finger of white head. Some web-like lacing and the foam fades before my eyes in seconds.
Inticing in the nose. Cherries, raw honey, bananas...strikingly sweet up front.
Taste is where this one really shines...candied sugar, honey, rum soaked raisins, oak and some spicy hop finish drying up the back end.
Mouthfeel is thin, yet has a syrupy feel to keep the mouthfeel right for the style.
Pretty dangerous at almost 12%...a definite sipper, but you need to remind yourself to do so for most of the bomber.

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, yellow/brown in color, minimal head

Smell: honey, toasted malt, alcohol, wood

Taste: honey, toasted malt, and a touch of wood

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium/light bodied, mix of bitter and sweet

Drinkability: Love the sweet honey malt taste. A sipper but I could have a couple. Very unique as a beer and for the style. While the alcohol is not hidden, it is not as noticable for a beer with abv.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a hazy brownish-orange color with a small white head. The aroma is full of honey, but I also get some light floral notes. The flavor is more complex than the aroma. The honey and floral notes are present once again, but I also get a ton of sugary sweetness and some dark fruit notes. The alcohol is very noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As many beers as I have tried this is the first one I have sat down and actually studied it to review it. So bear with me on my first review.

This was a 2011 vintage, the servers at the brewery said that this beer taste better with age, and must be at least one year old before it can be bottled and served. Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

Appearence: Reddish-brown, little head and lacing, and did not notice much carbonation.

Smell: Very fruity smell, almost like a good wine, very similar smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: One of the smoothest beers I have ever tasted. Slight hint of alcohol present. the brewery also told me that the older it is the more alcohol can be detected when tasting it.

Overall: it was a very enjoyable beer, I was so impressed I bought a 2007 vintage to try on with family during a special event. By far one of the best beers I have ever had.

*Just adding that I had my 2007 vintage, not much a difference in the beer excpet a much more noticable alcohol flavor, still remains one of my top favorites.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage. Pours a beautiful reddish hue of amber with about a fraction of a seconds worth of head. Little teeny ring of foam around the edge.

Smells quite strong and fruity. Lots of cherry and grape to the nose.

Tastes excellent. Lots of big gobs of sweet fruit with a really strong alcohol backdrop. The honey makes it all come together. Definitely a little smoky and a little leathery. Feel the burn.

Mouthfeel is medium huge. Almost brandy like.

Too drinkable for such a big un. Be careful out there.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Chimay Chalice.

A-Murkey burned peach with virtually no head

S-Fruits, alcohol, malt and sweetness.

T-An almost overwhelming sweetness and nearly overpowering alcohol taste. This reminds me very much of when I was a kid, my grandfather put cracked corn and apple cider into an old whiskey barrel and fermented it and served it out as wine. Interesting, but not terribly enjoyable (Both the wine, and this ale).

M-Decent overall mouthfeel. Lighter than I expected but balanced overall.

D-Interesting, but I don't think I will be reaching for another anytime soon.

I was looking forward to trying this style, which I am not familiar with, and trying to give this the benefit of a doubt. It certainly is interesting, and I'm glad I tried it, but I can't really say that I enjoyed it very much. I'm a fan a barleywines, and I'm a fan of sweet ales (and in fact, had a bit of a desire for one tonight, which is why I broke this one out) but this just is not doing it for me.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of braggot in particular (and mead). This cellared version, I do not have a year bottled, poured a medium yellow honey mixture with lots of foam and lacing. Malty and also barleywine aroma(when the head settles) aroma, creamy to the tongue though tingling it. Smooth drinking though nothing exceptional in taste, tastes akin a lager. Honey on palate in aftertaste.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Note: I'm not sure of the age on this bottle, but there's a label that reads "Aged since November 2000" on the bottle. I'm guessing that it's about 2 years old.

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale offers a slightly hazy robe of ruby-tinged chestnut beneath a short lid of creamy off-white foam that drops rather quickly to a thin collar and leaves only minimal lace (obviously due in great part to its high alcohol content). The nose, however, more than makes up for its shortcomings in appearance! It's rich and lively; loaded with honey, malt, fruit, and alcohol! And as it crosses the palate it's just as creamy as one might imagine - except for the mild sting of the alcohol involved. It's warming, and you can feel it passing through the throat and into the stomach. More honey is present in the flavor, and it's nicely entwined within doughy, vanilla and almond-laced cookie-dough-ish malt. Spicy alcohol accents, some fruitiness (sweet white raisins), and a very limited bitterness round things out. It's quite rich and enticing, yet its alcohol can be limiting.

Photo of prototypic
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from ampzilla. Thanks, Andrew.

Sticker indicates 'bottle aged since 2005'

Brother Adam's Bragget is a nice looking rust color. It's very hazy and has a slight reddish tint. It's topped with an off-white head that's about a finger and a half deep. It falls rather quickly. Lacing was on the lighter end of the spectrum. I'm guessing there's too much abv for it to flourish.

The nose is very average. It's woefully underpowered. That's unfortunate. I was at least expecting a healthy dose of honey, but there's not much of even that to talk about. I am getting a little fruit. Smells like apple and pear to me. Alcohol is noted. No surprise there. To be fair, it doesn't smell like a beer approaching 12%. It doesn't smell bad, but it's far from good. Average.

The flavor is better. Much better actually. It does have a fairly prominent fruity flavor. Apple and pear seem to be the primary components. It's a little sweet, but that's attributable to its malty base. I'm getting a little more honey in flavor, but not nearly as much as I expected. There's an earthy quality to it that's very subtle. I'm not getting any hops, but this bottle is pretty old. Alcohol is blended pretty well for such a big beer. It's noticeable in flavor, but isn't warm or hot. I wouldn't have guessed 11.8% or anywhere near that. Maybe 8%-ish. It finishes sweet and fruity. It's not anything like I expected. There's not much depth or complexity, but it does have a nice flavor. I'll give it that.

With a little warming, Brother Adam's feels medium-bodied. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, and it is smooth. No real problems there. Drinkability is above average. The flavor is satisfying, but this is a big beer in terms of strength. I'm feeling it. But, it goes down really easy for its size. I might struggle with this bomber a bit, but I shall prevail.

Brother Adam's Bragget is pretty good stuff. I'm not a huge fan of the style, and it doesn't change that. But, it's pretty tasty given its limited range. It's really not deep or complex at all, but still tastes good. The nose needs work, but it performs pretty well otherwise. If you're looking to knock off the style, this is a fine place to do it. If that's not the case, it's still well worth a try.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I made two mistakes with this beer. First, seeing the bottle said to "sip it", I saved it for the last beer of the evening. Second, since no ABV was listed, just November 2000, I drank the whole thing. Brother Adam must have been pie eyed a lot. It had a nice amber brownish color. The first sip should have warned me about the ABV, but I paid it no heed. I really enjoyed the honey taste. Not too sweet, just right. Before I knew it, "Voila!", the bottle was gone. And so was I. That's right Venom, I finally got the Bragget.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Deep amber. Almost nothing by way of head. A few wisps. Sugary legs on the swirl.

Smell - Honey and lots of oxidized sherry aromas. Deep malt character. Burnt caramel.

Taste - Brighter honey flavor. Slight light fruit flavor. Still oxidized. Lots of honey. Some of the deeper malts come through, but less than the nose implies.

Mouthfeel - Boozy, but not too intense. Low carbonation. Oxidation is pleasant.

Overall - It's pretty good. Nothing terribly exciting, but nice flavors.

Photo of dgallina
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle. There's a bit of history about the style and no freshness date (not that it matters at this kind of strength).

Pours clear burnished oak with minimal carbonation and head, as you'd expect. The beer smells slightly smoky, full of sweet honey, raisins, and spiced cookie dough. Initial honey and raisin flavors give way to an almond-spiced dough center. The finish is big and rounded, full of stingingly strong spicy alcohol. Syrupy body with gentle carbonation. Becomes more viscous as it warms. Very nice accompanied with panettone (Italian Christmas bread) on a long cold winter night.

Photo of smurfyou
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard 22oz bottle into a snifter. I have no idea how old this is; there is no indication of bottling date that I can find. They claim to age it one year before bottling, and I have cellared it for about a year, so lets call this 2005-2006 vintage.

I had somewhat low expectations for this beer. The breweries products aren't widely distributed in my area and the label seems too ambitious about the contents. I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance was bland. Standard strong ale brown, with little to no head. Or what head did form was quickly dispersed. The smell intrigued me - at first not much; second whiff brought malty alcohol goodness; and the third revealed the honey sweetness as promised. I keep smelling it with every sip, which is a sign of goodness. Taste is the same strong malty alcohol goodness, balanced by the honey and some aged fruit background. Red grapes and plum but not overbearing. Very interesting and inviting. The mouthfeel could be described as below average but I don't expect anything notable in a barleywine (or braggot). I've still rated it low to balance the review. The drinkability is great. I wish I could remember where I bought it so I could pick up a couple more bottles.

This beer is surprisingly good. It does indeed have qualities of both a barleywine and a braggot and I heartily recommend it.

Photo of TAMU99
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Be prepared for this one.
Pours a rich brown, with an odd look for a beer. Fizzes like a soda and the foam dissipates as fast.
Very sweet, honey/mead scent quite reminiscent of port wine. Quite captivating. Spiced, but nothing stood out.
Taste - this is where to be ready - very similar to tawny port. Very sweet, all malt tones with barely underneath.
Feels thick like a porter but without the bite. Coats the tongue with a sweet finish.
Drinkability - yes...but. This one is great for desert, not so much a dinner beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a beautiful deep amber-orange. An aggressive pour yielded a late forming creamy beige head that was littered with macro-bubbles that soon dispersed to hardly a trace. Visible carbonation was very light, slow and lazy.

S: some spicy dry oranges, honey with some lingering alcohol fusels. The nose was rather light overall.

T: light with some spicy alcohol fusels and spicy oranges. There was some spicy apple cider, pears and honey notes that sweeten things up. Some hot and spicy alcohol is detected and felt on the finish as well some caramel. The finish was dry with some spicy alcohol laced fruit (melons).

M: very light, thin, slick almost watery in nature with a very soft carbonation.

D: Drinkability was ok, a very thin palate and spicy alcohol fusels may hinder things a bit but it does get better deeper into the drink.

Photo of bigjohn
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in trade from lostbearbrew, thanks! Aged since November 2000, so its about 5 years old.
Appearance: Dark ruby color pours out, with the faintest head. Nice looking beer, a little trepidation about the lack of head...has it gone flat?
Smell: Honey dominates the smell with a nice sweetness, hard to pick out any particular hop aromas, some spicyness.
Taste: Not flat after all, whew. Sweetness dominates here, as well as a pretty decent alcohol punch. Definitely feel the alcohol. Better as it warms somewhat, I would guess this one is best around 60-65 degrees. The honey is definitely the defining characteristic here, a nice herbal sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, very similar to barleywines.
Drinkability: Very tasty, but its a monster to finish a whole bomber of this. I think it might be better served in a smaller bottle, but thats just me. Certainly not going to have more than one of these, but an enjoyable experience throughout.

Overall: Good brew, unique to me anyway. I do not have any experience with braggot or mead, but I certainly will be on the look out for more since I enjoyed this one.

Photo of BeerSox
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: First time trying this style.

22oz bomber into 25oz snifter.

Opaque and cloudy mahogany hue with a one finger stone khaki head that slowly settles to a thick bubbly rim along the glass.

A mix of honey, fruit, and alcohol. Slightly tart.

They honey is both hidden and obvious at the same time. A lot of fruit flavor, like plum, is mixed in. The alcohol is well perceived - very warming. Full bodied, slightly acidic.

Somewhat of a tough beer to drink. Both sweet and sour at the same time, with a lot of alcohol in each sip. The bottle recommends sipping the beer, and so do I. Best served in a glass for sipping like a snifter. I'd say try it for yourself.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for knocking this one of my wants!

A - Deep bronzed amber color with a loose, tall bone head that lowered slowly with no lace. The color and clarity are beautiful.

S - Clove honey really comes out in the aroma with sweet pale malt and a mild earthy hop finish. A touch of Willamet hops in there adding rustic earthiness. Definitely barleywine backing to the added mead.

T - Very odd, unique barleywine/mead mix, Brother Adam's is heavy on clove honey with a big malty sweetness and earthy Willamet hop blend with caramel and toasted amber malts.

M - Medium-full bodied with a big sweetness and lingering hoppy bitterness/earthiness. A nice balance but a little cloying.

D - Cloying towards the end, it's most definitely better split. A very good beer though. I love mead and I love barleywine. The combo here is well-done.

Photo of skibumma70
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of sweet malt and light honey. Appearance is of a dark honey color, almost reddish. The taste is of sweet honey, almost sugary bread, light butterscotch, spicy mix. As it sits on your palate after a sip, it warms, probably from the higher alcohol content. Overall, this was very good. I had this with a good cigar, and it was the perfect compliment. It was pricey at $11 for a little over a pint, but it was delicious. I would buy a few of these if I come across them again, and put them away for a good drink with a stogie. I bought this after a tour of the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor last weekend.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange-brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates to patches and light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, honey, fresh and dried dark fruit, much like a honeyed English barleywine might smell. Flavor is caramel malt, apple and pear juice, honey, figs. Lingering finish of treacle and honey. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A honey forward ale, somewhat sweeter and more carbonated than mead. The honey flavor is well handled; this is only lightly sweet, but the honey flavors are distinct and pleasant. Light fruit flavors appropriate for a Belgian style ale. Unlike the aroma, the flavor is more mead-like than barleywine. Alcohol was lightly noticeable in the aroma, but covered well in the taste, this did not drink like a high ABV ale. I'm a mead fan, but most of those are drier than this and it is nice to taste good honey flavors in a pleasant malt base. Well done. This was a gift from a traveling friend and I don't expect to see it again, but I would very much like to drink this again. Nicely done.

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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.