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Lanark Blueberry Mead - Trafalgar Ales & Meads

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BA SCORE
76
okay

15 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 26.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trafalgar Ales & Meads visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Braggot |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mrcasual on 04-08-2014)
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle caged-and-corked, picked up at the LCBO; best before Oct. 2014. My mead experience is fairly limited, but since I've never tried a braggot (or any of this brewery's many meads), it seemed like a worthwhile pickup. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, purplish-red colour, quite hazy and topped with a half-finger of soapy, pink-tinged head. It disappears fairly quickly, leaving behind a collar of froth and a thin film on the surface. The aroma is relatively subdued, but includes highlights of honey, blueberry muffins and red licorice candy. Seems fine so far.

My first impression? Not bad. Honey sweetness and some tartness from the blueberries provide an almost candy-like beginning, with the latter half of the profile featuring more wine-like notes. There is some tannic astringency which lingers into the bittersweet finish, with a slight warming effect from the ethanol felt in the throat. Medium-bodied, with the lack of carbonation emphasizing the brew's wine-like nature. Not super-drinkable; definitely a sipper, and if you're a fruit wine or red wine kind of person this might be up your alley.

Final Grade: 3.43, a B-. Trafalgar's Lanark Blueberry Mead didn't blow me away, but it's still one of the better products I've had from them. With no other braggots under my belt to compare this one to, this review is basically just a subjective opinion - so to boil it down, I'd say this one is worth at least one try if you're a fruit wine fan, or otherwise curious. The price is fine if you compare it to a similar volume of wine. Something more suited to a hot summer day than a rainy April one, but an interesting diversion nonetheless, and one of the few things in the Trafalgar portfolio I'd be interested in trying again.

thehyperduck, Apr 22, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.1/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a light blue-ish color mead which is very still. Aroma of gross blueberry notes with overly sweet ester. Taste is absolutely atrocious with no balance and gross notes with blueberries barely standing out. I don’t’ recall having tasted such a bad mead in my life. My buddy homebrewed mead is better than this crap.

Phyl21ca, May 17, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

WillAndSarah, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish purple colour with a slight haze, very little visible carbonation and no head, just a little purplish white foam.

S: “Quincy’s Big Fat Yeast Rolls” Said my wife when she came in the room. However, I get red wine, tannins, red grape skins, a little sweetness, fruity but difficult to distinguish blueberries, definite red fruit. Alcohol also present. Really like a sweet red wine.

T: Red wine, grape skin, tannins first hit the palate, then it all lightens out to a more watered down version of a wine with added sweetness. The very light carbonation reminds me it’s not a red wine at least I’ve tasted, followed by light fruitiness. Again, difficult to distinguish blueberries. Light drying presence on the end. Little yeastiness.

M: Thick for a beer, medium light for a wine, very little carbonation, and a dry finnish.

O: Hard to open cage and cork. The cage was of tough wire, much tougher than all Belgians I’ve had, and the cork broke off leaving me to use a knife to finish the job. When finally unplugged, an explosion of purple filled the room ceiling to shirt to floor. Hence the Quincy’s roll smell in the room on my wife’s entrance. However, really unique. My first in this style so I don't have any to compare it to, but look forward to trying more!

patre_tim, May 02, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

RedAleMan, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of SebD
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: It has a ruby/amber color to it. It has a thin light pink head that dies down instantly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of blueberries and faint honey. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet blueberries, faint honey and a light earthiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel,

Drinkability: It's very smooth but accompanied by bland flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of TheGreenBuddah
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Closer too wine than beer could probably only drink one or 2. Seams like it could be a great beer to pair food with if you have the knowledge of pairing. why does this make me type a novel to ruin the short and sweetness of it take my comment......

TheGreenBuddah, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $5.50 CDN. Served chilled into a wine glass.

Appearance - A slightly hazy, pinkish, purple color with very few bubbles and absolutely no head. A few bubbles sit and the glass and rise to the surface but more like a fizzy wine like appearance than anything beer related. A wisp of wisp of soapy residue lingers on top.

Smell - Fruity and vinous notes strike together in harmony, the aroma is not entirely blueberry but in its own way its unmistakably blueberry because there's nothing else that smells quite like this.

Taste - Starts sweet from honey I take it, then a moment of blueberry transitioning to the vinous grape taste and the dryness in the mouth normally associated with wine. Pretty tasty and fairly sweet, maybe even too sweet, but does have a nice subdued warming feeling.

Mouthfeel - Extremely low carbonation as expect, and while there is a sort of syrupy coating of the mouth, I find this falls a bit flat. However after a couple of sips the alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Overall - A tasty foray into the world of mead, however I find this too wine-like to satisfy my beer cravings. Nice use of blueberry though.

DenisKolkin, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of knoseworthy
3/5  rDev -1.3%

knoseworthy, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of evil_liver
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

evil_liver, May 02, 2014
Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

paulish, May 30, 2014
Photo of DaPan
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

DaPan, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.44/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass, poured a pickish ruby colour, little head produced and some whispy film was all that remained.

S - mellow blueberry notes, with a floral honey character, also a bit of unpleasant sourness, spiced pears, a bit of a floral aspect, pretty restrained, lightly spiced and tart, pick up some of the sweetness.

T - a slightly tart start, spiced honey character, thinning out. A sweet blueberry note, a bit too candied but combined with the spices it works decently. Toward the finish it is mellow with a bit more honey meady character, quiet and lightly spiced. It is unique, but feel it could use a bit more body to carry the flavour through.

M - quite light, low carbonation, a bit syrupy and sweetish, which is the main detractor, a bit sticky on the finish but otherwise a decent desert sipper mead with some good flavour.

Not a bad mead/braggot, has a decent flavour profile, if the aroma were bolstered and the body didn't resemble carbonated fruit juice that would really improve the overall impression. The flavour of the honey and blueberries is actually surprisingly refreshing but overall the complete package could be improved, still I wouldn't say it was a bad representation of the style. Definitely pick up both on the honey and blueberry character, and they offer an interesting compliment to each other.

mick303, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of masonir
2.25/5  rDev -26%

masonir, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of M-girard
2/5  rDev -34.2%

M-girard, Jul 04, 2014
Lanark Blueberry Mead from Trafalgar Ales & Meads
76 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.