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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

221 Ratings

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

PEBKAC, Nov 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Barley76, Nov 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

RblWthACoz, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly murky looking gold color with a really nice white head on top. The head was foamy and soft looking, it also had a good retention but not much lacing. The smell of the beer is of course an assault of honey aromas with a touch of malt in there too. No hop aroma at all. The taste of the beer betters as it warms up but at no point in time does this beer disappoint in this category. The beer is more malty when it's cold, as the beer warms the honey profile really shines through. The mouthfeel is very smooth, it's soft and very easy to drink, low carbonation but just enough to keep it alive and the booze comes out a little more as the beer warms. Overall I thought this was a very nice example of a Braggot, I would personally enjoy aging this beer and seeing how it evolves over time.

Knapp85, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

corneliustoad, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in December 2011 and was recommended to hold onto it for a while. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, with a reddish tint to it, two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of honey, sweet dark fruits, sweet fruity malts, and toasted malts. Very sweet, but very nice.

t - Tastes of honey, fruity malts, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, bready malts, grains, and light alcohol. Nice but the alcohol is still there quite a bit. A step fown from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth from the honey.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. The honey is there and makes the beer smooth, but some alcohol is pretty prevelant in the taste. Think some more time would have done this one well, but still a pretty nice beer.

mdfb79, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

mendvicdog, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a woody amber with a small light tan head.

S: Raw honey and dark fruit esters. Sweet but a little drying.

T: Not quite as full as the nose. Dry vinous notes and semi-sweet honey, big solvent alcohol in the finish.

M: A bit thin, light carbonation.

O: The thin body and booziness detract, although the beer is interesting.

Etan, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

valdieu2, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Cavanaghty, Aug 13, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. This is my first beer in the style. Thanks to Adam for the bottle.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cap is magnificent; I really like the design.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, pretty good cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a murky pale copper with red tinges. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Honey, rich plum, awesome dark fruit and biscuity yeast, caramelized clean and amber malts, and ripe cherry. Very fresh yet musty and inviting. Complex. and intriguing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bright plum, ripe vibrant fruit, some honey, cherry, clean malts, tea, berry, light vague floral hopping, and pleasant caramelization. Some hints of grape. Fantastically balanced, featuring full complexity and striking subtlety. Built very well; I quite like it. Nice biscuity yeast. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick, if a bit filling. Nicely carbonated. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like this and look forward to trying more beers in the style. I'd love to age some of this. It's somewhat port-like in its sheer fruit brilliance.


kojevergas, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

guezarka, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After noticing the ABV on this beast, I figured I better have it on a night I don't have to go to work the next day.

Allow me to make this disclaimer: this is my first braggot, most likely I won't know what I'm talking about.

Into my chalice:

A: red/brown/copper colored body that leaves a small off-white almost light tan film of a head with lumpy valleys, some ever so small bubbles trickle up making a clear ring around the top.

S: sweet, its mainly the honey that comes out very strong. Some yeasty wheat tones come out as well. The alcohol comes out in the smell.

T: honey once again trying desperately to block the alcohol, but I definitely notice the alcohol in the taste.

M: smooth and wet, a good medium carbonation feel yet a slight harshness on the tongue

O: though I can feel the alcohol burn going down, this is almost hard to believe this is a beer. This is definitely a dessert beer for two reasons: 1) the sweetness 2) the abv will help you sleep. I would definitely get this again.

BeerKangaroo, Jun 28, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber (into a glass? Didn't write it down).

A: Pours a reddish brown copper color. Forms only a ring of foam with minimal active carbonation visible.

A: Sweet, yeasty, with a wheat aroma also.

S: Flavors of grain/barley, with a sweet, slight fruity (apple? banana?) flavor also. A bit vinous with alcohol burn near the end.

M: Round, smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is enough to detract a little from my enjoyment.

O: A good and drinkable brew, whether it's a Honey Ale, Braggot or Barley Wine.

macrosmatic, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Exiled, May 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Perilousleigh, Mar 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Lawnboy33, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jh1982, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 22 ounce bomber was received in a trade with BA umfskibum. Thanks Josh. There is no date on the bottle but I have had this bottle in the cellar for the better part of a year. Atlantic Brewing's website gives a lot of useful information on the brew. Brother Adam's is described as a Belgian-style ale brewed with pale malt and wildflower honey and is cellared up to a year before bottling. The cap and neck of the bottle were wrapped in gold foil. It is being served at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

The cap was removed and the bottle was partially poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Less than a finger of head forms atop the brew and quickly disappears. Lacing? Forget about it. The brew is deeply copper colored with only a hint of effervescence visible through the glass (the initial pour was fairly clear though the remaining pour was quite hazy). It looks like a high gravity barley wine. Other than the nice deep color, it caries little added distinction

Although this beer is likely two years old, it still smells incredibly alcoholic. If it was brewed with equal parts honey and barley as the label says, the alcoholic aroma should come as little surprise. Still, I would have thought some age would have mellowed it out. Sweet aromas of caramel and plum waft from the brew, as does the impression of candy sugar. In that regard, it smells like a cross between a British old ale and a Belgian quad. The combination smells quite similar to paint thinner. The complexities are compelling, but unfortunately the very forward alcohol overpowers the proceedings.

The flavor is very good. Though the alcohol is very immediately noticeable, it is much more in balance with some other very strong flavors than the aroma would imply. Maple syrup is an obvious reference. Hints of raisin and plum add some complexities. Woodiness emerges in the finish, filling the nostrils with a pleasant aroma. Hoppy bitterness? Forget about it. It is very sweet: both sugary and alcoholic. The overall effect is quite delicious and a dead ringer in flavor for a fine British old ale.

Despite the great taste of this brew, the real kicker is the mouthfeel. Being half honey, there was a lot of sugar available for fermentation. So although this has a lot of the flavor and complexity of an old ale, the body is surprisingly light. Though it's actually medium bodied, it has more flavor than anything in its weight class which is cause for deception. The carbonation is unsurprisingly mild. Though purists may call foul, I find this beer to be easy drinking and somewhat refreshing while still being intensely flavorful. And though the alcohol manifests strongly in the aroma and flavor, there is no burn going down and minimal warmth overall.

My general impression of Brother Adam's Braggot is quite positive. I don't know what this normally costs but I recall trading off the shelf local beers to acquire this bottle; as such, I'm compelled to declare it to be an excellent value. The alcohol content is not listed anywhere on the label or Atlantic Brewing's website but considering the aroma and taste I think I can safely assume this is 10%+ ABV. This is perhaps the best combination of high gravity and easy drinking that I've encountered. 22 ounces is more than enough to share with one or more friends. This is easily accessible for many palates and highly recommended.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I easily give two Schlitz for this great bragget. I'm glad that I waited until the winter months to consume this bottle, though it is light enough in feel for year-round consumption.

weizenbob, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pamola, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

EastCoastHawkeye, Nov 24, 2011
Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.