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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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very good

231 Ratings

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 72
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of nick76
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The aroma has honey with malt and yeast. The appearance is amber/red/brown with a thin head. The flavor is funky up front with a nice aftertaste. The palate is thin. Overall it's interesting but not great. This is a must try because the style is interesting but there are better things to drink out there.

Photo of mynie
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Make that two reviews in a row how got this from deltatauhobbit. I'm splitting it with a couple of PBR advocates. I told them it was a desert wine and they don't seem to know any better.

Limp pour, I think. I know nothing about this style. It's not ugly but it ain't pretty. Looks like lightly carbonated tea.

Smells the same, actually. Kinda pleasant, not much going on. Especially considering the alcohol content I'm amazed at how little is going on. Light nodes of honey along with a very sweet, smooth malt that reminds me of the malt syrup (like the kind you use for cheap homebrews). Smells almost like Nitrogen, like it came from one of them stout cans.

Tastes good, actually. Not great, but good. Different, that's for sure. It's really strong but it's also not very strong at all. It's like water on the tip of the tongue but it sticks to your throat in a bizarrely pleasant way. The feeling outweighs the flavor, so far as my immediate stock of my senses is concerned. But the flavor, like the feeling, is also very big in spite of being small. It's numbness, like oragel. It's also sweet like honey and malty like syrup. Strange.

What this has taught me is that people back in olden times were pretty messed up. Maybe its perplexing, muted intensity would be better served by letting it age a bit. But whatever. I'm glad I tried it and I'd be willing to try it again.

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

Bottle courtesy of deltatauhobbit - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and proteus93.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky orange, red, purple, copper amber - very strange hues in this one - with a fast-fading, likely alcohol-retarded white, bubbly head.

Aroma: Honey, berries, grass, like roasty notes, light, floral notes, other fruity esters. Faint spicy alcohol and spicy spiciness.

Taste: Sweet, but the breadyness comes through more than the simple sweetness. There's a present but not strong or overwhelming hop bitterness that is accompanied by some faint grassyness and a light, fruity note that's nice but fairly nondescript. There're also some spicy notes - cinnamon-esque, allspice - that are well-balanced with the rest of the beer. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, fairly creamy and even, with a light prickly feel lent either by the spices, the alcohol, the hops, or some combination of the three.

Drinkability: A good beer, and my first braggot - nice one to break in to the style with. Alcohol is prohibitively high enough that one of these is definitely enough, but it was a very enjoyable experience. Great balance of spices, malty tastes, and other fruity notes ... a very complex and interesting brew.

Photo of brdc
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Medium sized bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark copper in color, it produces minimal off-white head, even with a vigorous pour, and as the beer slowly makes it way down, no lacing is found.
Aroma is difficult to describe, lacking parallel in other beers. The first noticeable smell out of the glass is a brazilian soda made out of guarana (pureza), which is sort of a spiced sweetness. As it warms further, alcohol becomes more and more evident, some liquorice/cognac, but not really a lot of honey.
It is fairly thin on the palate, at least to what I expected (11 + ABV plus honey, I was waiting for something syrupy).
Flavor is also rather limited; feels like a watered down version of a mixture of a barleywine with whisky, some fruitness and warming alcohol, maybe some spices. Very hard to be more descriptive.
I am not impressed, at all, but will keep my second bottle for a couple of years to see if I can get a little more. Right now, a forgettable experience, but I am glad I finally had a chance to taste a braggot.

Photo of flexabull
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of barleywinebrewer, thanks again!

This is my first braggot.

Pours a dark and clear amber color with a faint white head.

Aromas are sweet, floral, and with a pronounced honey note.

Beer is very full, feels fully carbonated, with a prickly heat to it. Taste is slightly sweet, with a thick honey taste, there are some spicy notes, and a mineral like bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, a really full feeling beer.

Drinkability is good. This is an interesting style. It seems to lack some of the traditional beer flavors that come from malts and hops. This seems more related to a mead than a beer. But it's a tasty beverage, that I am glad I got to try.

Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first braggot, so there is nothing to compare it against. Actually, I was led to believe that this was a barley wine or perhaps some type of honied porter given the labeling. The beer pours a deep tawny copper color with minimal head. I dumped the beer into the glass to see if a head would emerge, and not much. There is a thin retention around the rim. The aroma is allspice, honey, alcohol, sweet malt, perhaps a bit of clove.

The taste is quite flat, not overly syrupy, which is a good thing, and a combination of a very strong mead, a barley wine, and a spiced beer. This isn't the most enjoyable or drinkable beer on the rack. The high ABV is quite pronounced from the nose and throughout. The BA descriptor labels this as a medieval concoction, and I guess I can envision it on a cold damp night bedded down in a castle in the northern climes, this stuff would warm the cockles. It would also kill any residual bacteria in the water used to brew it, which was an important consideration then. To modern sensibilities, this is just a really strong, potent, honey barley wine that has a big palate and a throaty burn on the way down. The good news is that it is less cloyingly sweet, and less syrupy than most other barley wines. It is plenty sweet though.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a vanishing head.

The smell is of caramel, cheesy mustiness and honey.

The taste is of caramel, cheesy mustiness and honey. Honey doesn't overpower, but appropriately dominates. Dryness balances sweetness, though it remains characteristically sweet.

A bit light, but with a bit of syrupy sweetness.

An interesting one to have as a sweet dessert. Pretty "sippable" for the high abv.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brassy orange with an infusion of cherry. Hmmm, I expected some shade of gold. The ecru colored crown is fizzy, unsticky and not very attractive. It falls to a thin disk in 30 seconds and doesn't look too shabby once it reaches that point. No lace makes it to the sides of the snifter.

The nose doesn't smell like much other than alcohol. That's to be expected given the ABV and the lack of aromatic ingredients. Pale malt never contributes much and the 'very small amount' of Target hops can't be expected to contribute after an estimated two years in the bottle. I would have thought 2000 lbs of wildflower honey would smell like... honey? Warming brings some Cognac-like fusels to the forefront.

I hate like hell to disparage something with such a rich history, especially with such limited experience, but I fail to see the appeal in braggot. A high-ABV ale that tastes like honey would be great, but there isn't much honey flavor to be had. While BABA tastes better than it smells, depth and complexity is in short supply. Not to mention flavor.

Brother Adam's comes across as a light-bodied, pale malty, sparsely hopped American barleywine. The brewery must have thought so too because they put 'Barley Wine Style' on the label. Warming ushers in a little more flavor in the form of light toffee and a boozy fruitiness. It isn't like I need to dig deep to figure out each and every nuance... because there aren't any.

This is definitely one of the lightest high-ABV ales in recent... or not so recent... memory. Here again, I expected something with a little honey-like stickiness. Since what substance starts each mouthful finishes each mouthful, an above average score is warranted.

I'm beginning to feel a bit better about Brother Adam's Bragget Honey Ale as the ounces slip by. Actually, that's probably the 11.8% ABV talking. Another few ounces and I'll be feeling charitably toward everyone and everything. Since this is the highest rated braggot on the site, I guess I'm just not a fan. Thanks Sudsdog.

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 ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via I think a raffle I won through Harpoon, which was donated by bennybrew along with some glasses. Thanks for the opportunity... Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a large glass chalice, formed a 1/8" beige head, over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven swirl, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Flavor is honey-tinged sweetness upfront, light fruitiness in the middle, and a moderate alcohol warmth to the close. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the drinkability is quite good. This one keeps me coming back for more.

7/11/04 - 4/4.5/4/4.5/4
22oz bottle obtained via trade with bennybrew. Thanks for the opportunity... Foiled cap, and sticker on taper of bottle says "Aged since 2001".

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of tan head, which practically vanished before my eyes. Dark amber shade to this brew. Aroma is sweet like most barleywines, but this one seems to be tempered a bit, probably due to the honey, with alcohol pervasive, as expected. Flavor is follows the nose, with a sweet taste upfront, followed by the alcohol, which seems to have the ride smoothed by the honey character. Nice effect. As a result, I think the mouthfeel is excellent, and the drinkability is enhanced by the interesting traits of this brew, making you come back again to make sure you enjoyed it from all angles.

Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale pours a dark, murky brown with a thin, tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is a sweet aroma, some fruit is noticeable. The flavor is kind of fruity and defininitely on the sweet side, there is kind of a slick mouthfeel in the finish. Alcohol is a bit noticeable. Hops aren't noticeable at all. Interesting, but I don't think I'd buy it again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-hued body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of white grapes, sugar cookies and, to a lesser degree, malt and honey. One single spritz of perfume. A dash of pear liqueur.

Taste: Honey sweetness with some bittering herbs, and tastes of pear juice and tangy white grapeskins. Sugar cookie dough. Sharps accents of flowers here and there and, though I hate to say it, lil' jolt of astringency. Considerably warming throughout. Interestingly enough, there're some bourbony notes along the way. Finishes with a honeyed sweetness and a touch of searing alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Unique and fairly interesting. For some, a good night cap, for others it's a good with-pizza beverage.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a dessert wine leaving that familiar sheen on the side of the glass that a strong alcohol or wine leaves. Its a nice whiskey color in the glass with a thin head and medium amounts of carbonation bubbles.

With a ridiculous amount of fermentable sugars coming from a ton of honey it is not surprising that this is a strong beer. It smells very sweet. However its not an overwhelmingly rich beer. Its sweet, yes that can't be argued, but its amazingly balanced. I get hints of vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol for sure and orange. Not sure where the orange comes from, that could just be a flavor I can't distinguish.

I really like this beer. I was hesitant to pick this up for a long time because I didn't know much about it. I'm glad I looked into it and grabbed a bottle since it was a worthy investment and a real treat. This is a sipping beer. If I had a fireplace and a comfortable chair I would be all set!

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a head that comes and goes, leaving a foamy ringlet for a while; dots of foam splash around the chalice

Smell: Fusel alcohol, with a distinct fermented honey aroma dominates; some caramel and vanilla in there as well

Taste: The opening flavor is like toast spread with honey followed by golden raisin intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the booziness builds and explores various malt and fruit flavors, such as cherry and pear; the finish is long and sweet toffee

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with low carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual brew that is an enjoyable sipper; kudos to the brewery for attempting the style

Photo of DIM
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: This is a clear golden amber color. It pours with a smallish white head that fades quickly.

s: Fairly mild nose on this one. Grape juice, cherries, and a bit of honey.

t: Oh, thank god! I tried some mead after I got this bottle and hated it. I've been dreading opening this, but it's quite good. Upfront there are some dark fruits, raisins, cherries and grape juice. There is alcohol and floral honey on the finish.

m: This goes flat too quickly, but it has a nice syrupy quality.

d: Thanks to barleywinebrewer for the chance to try this unique to me beverage. I'll look for more of this style in the future.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from WeisGuy.

A clear ale the color of very old bronze or very dark ruby and cola. Very little head formation.

Smell is a little sweet and strongly fruity. Spicy ethanol scent carries mostly pepper and wood smells and a faint trace of vanilla. Smells quite good.

Starts out sweet and malty with a noticeable bee pollen smell of honey.

Sweet and fruity at the start with some wood and vanilla aftertaste. After a while the taste of bourbon and oak appear making me suspect this was stored in a used whiskey barrel for some amount of time. Melon, brown sugar, figs, oak and a faint lemon trace. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is average to light.

Quite a tasty mix of ale/mead and one that leverages the strength of each without the negatives. Tasty and super smooth, send me some more!

Photo of AlexJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber pour with a sizzling white head that disappears very quickly, leaving no lace.

Aroma is a mix of subdued honey, toasty bread malts, and some mild fruitiness. All covered by a blanket of boozy rum notes.

Flavor is not as sweet as I thought, but there is a dominant sense of the honey. Some caramel toast, mild tropical and orchard fruit, and a mildly hopped finish with faint floral notes. Again the alcohol is hot and warming, does this age?

Body is near medium, with a slick mouthfeel and very light carbonation. A decent brew but probably not worth the price.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey/amber color with minimal head, a good flow for this beer with a little bit of legs, not much lacing.

Smell is sweet, can easily make out the honey, some other spiciness as well but can't make out exactly what.

Taste has a predominant malty feel with the honey really coming through. Not much hop bitterness to balance out it out, although I was expecting it to be more sweet than it was.

This beer is certainly a sipper as you can easily feel the alcohol taste in your mouth. It's a style that isn't done very often, but I'm glad that Atlantic does it right.

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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a clean/clear golden mahongy color, not much carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, which left some oil slicks behind. The nose is malty, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some spicyness, and caramel. The alcohol is present in this one. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad BW at that, a little different take on one though, but pretty tasty, recommended.

Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.

Dull, rustic amber with a distinct haze. Faint, creamy white head that moves to the sides after a moment, leaving a delicate pattern of film. Thinly spotted lacing with decent strength.

Sweet honey; mild vanilla whaffs. Ripe, vinous fruit: cherry, grape, apple cut by a swarming brandy-like alcohol presence.

Warming honey flavor without the intense honey-sweetness. Tropical fruit: melon, honeydew with a strong alcohol character; almost like a tropical rum. Dry in the finish; musty, toasted malts with hints of oak.

A full, medium in body; remarkably smooth and warming. Almost syrupy, with minor carbonation.

A creamy, slow sipping Bragget too mild in flavor to go back to, but by no means unpleasant.

Photo of Truh
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was asked to take a vow of celibacy with this one on 7/7/2007. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in an Allagash goblet.

Dancing and jumping bubbles cut to the quick and evaporate in a fire drill towards the sides. Little to no stick happening. Medium amber hue with a touch of haze, golden at the edges, and some very lazy carbonation doing the over the river and through the woods. Tangy taffy, cherry flavor, on the nose, with some great clover honey sweetness and a tight alcohol heat. Very sweet on the tongue, as expected for the style, with some spruce tips, a dash of garlic powder, fresh honey comb, and a tweaking alcohol spice of dark rum. Fairly drinkable despite its abv, though I am not sure my palate could take more than one of these due to its huge flavor.

Having just recovered from a nice summer flu, I felt it was appropriate to cut through the residual haze with this. Tried this for the first time on a memorable ski trip many years ago while also drinking bombers of hand-labeled DFH 90 Minute.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this has been sitting in the closet forever. I have really been dipping into the stas so to speak lately and this one is definatly no execption. I got this from barleywinebrewer back in the first barley wine BIF in January and had been saving it for a special occasion that never came, so I went for it tonight. Poured a very clear, honey colored amber with no head and no lace. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up in bubles from the glass throughout the session. The color on this was simply gourgeous, I had not seen anything this shade before, quite stunning actually.

The smell was strong with alcohol straight from the start. Once you got past that, there were very subtle honey aromas and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. A nice bready grain presence as well as grapes, pears, and a bit of fig could be detected, again though, lots of alcohol on the nose right from the start. The first impression of the taste was hot damn this is strong! No hiding of the 12% ABV on this one, hits you right from the start. Very hot feel, not alot of carbonation in this. It is smooth in the same way a good wine is. Had a definate mead like feel and taste about it. Flavors were were overshadowed a bit by the alcohol. which you really needed to fight your way through. I could detect the ever so slight hint of honey, and alot of the grape flavor in it. Hints of peaches or pears could be detected as well as alot of winter like spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. A very complex flacor profile for sure on this.

Overall this had to be one of the most interesting brews I have ever tried. Came off to me more of a spiced wine then a beer, but it was unique for sure. A bit hot and full of alcohol, but ot had a presence and a flavor that I had not expierence before, and I always appreciate that. Overall I would put this down as one you should definatly give a try to. It was original and worth a look.

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.77/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Perfectly chestnut with some chill haze. Head is a the color of newsprint and falling fast, leaving just a wash across the top and a ring around the glass.

S: White raisins, sour honey, strawberry jam, tea and violet.

T: Begins with flavors of dandelion milk, clover and some honey suckle. Then the beer gets odd…the flavor turns to what I can only describe as iced tea spiked with bourbon with hints of artificial sweetner. The alcohol is brutal…its so friggin strong its like taking shots of rubbing alcohol. After the swallow, the flavor of saccharin camps at the back of the throat. I can’t drink another sip.

M: Medium body, syrupy with fluffy aspects.

D: This beer is WAY HOT. They say it can age for years and I believe it. I would recommend all potential drinkers to store this one away for years to let it mellow. The alcohol flavors were way to rambunctious and need to chill the hell out. I hate to give this beer a bad review since I know with some years under its belt it could be something special…but in its current state its not.

Photo of kirok1999
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark honey, coppery with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Smells of honey upfront, slight spicyness, slight caramel, maybe a little orange blossom.
Taste does not disappoint. The honey comes through quickly, leaves a nice malty taste in the throat, earthy, musky, and complex. The alcohol is very well hidden, though my brain found it long after my taste buds. There's almost an astringent dryness in the finish that leaves you wanting more.
Not a bad brew. I paid $8.99 for a 22oz and might be tempted to buy another. It doesn't make the taste buds scream, "Wow", but it really is very nice.

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.