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Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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167 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Malts - Pale
Hops - Alchemy
ABV: 10%
IBU: 20
OG: 23 P

Released April 2010

(Beer added by: jdense on 04-05-2010)
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Wetpaperbag, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Kahlerbock, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and tangy nectar. Honey flavor is quite pronounced but the fruit and spice give it some competition. Long nose of flowers and orange marmelade. Modest carbonation in the golden brew. Thick and rich in the mouth, though not sticky. Lots of residual sugar, and the honey flavor makes it taste even sweeter. But that's what you came in here for. Fruit could be anything, but it reminds me of sugar cane and canned peaches. Dates, with that same intense sweet flavor as honey. But a surprising bitter edge finally creeps up in the aftertaste. Still you'd never call it hoppy. It 's a good one for dessert in a glass.

This seems like it fits the description of the style. I guess I will have to try some other Braggots. You could do a lot with the wealth of fruit flavors people have tried with Saisons and other styles.

mactrail, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

buckyp, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

haveasam, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Ralphs66, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden glass with sparkling clarity. Holds only a wisp of white foam that leaves little lace.

Smell: Pear, Prickly Pear (kind of a slightly funky grape), and a floral honey.

Taste: Alcohol is a bit hot (I've held this bottle for well over a year) and up front, but followed by a sweet honey lemon suave. Lots of fruit flavors (lemon, lime, grape) in the finish along with a white wine taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, little tannin pucker in the finish.

Overall: Mead meet beer. The mead takes front seat and drives the train bringing lots of sweet fruit and heady alcohol. A lot of wine flavor here, might be good for luring the wine drinkers to the light.

HardTarget, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Poured a hazy orange with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a relatively still looking beer. Very sweet aromas of honey, malt, and pear, with a bit of spice. Taste follows the nose closely, bit of pear, bit of honey, but VERY sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky and full, with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Overall a decent Braggot, the prickly pear was a nice addition, but this was may too cloyingly sweet. No thanks.

jsanford, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bought and cellared since the release. Clear gold with lazy spritz but no significant head or lace. Flat ginger-ale vibe.

Smell is sweet, malty, a little caramel, as well as a bit of pithy mineral, and dare I claim desert flower fruit. It's a little cloying for my taste.

Taste is pretty good, a nice integration of the honey and the malt, which is mild. A bit phenolic, some plastic, but a nice little touch of the fruit on the finish saves it from being sub par. Not a big braggot / mead fan, this one is strongly in the mead camp, but it's got enough complexity to hold my interest.

Mouthfeel is slick, dry, on the light side, aided by the light malt and high attenuation. Really drinks a lot like a mead.

Drinkability is okay if you're a mead fan, this one really only flirts with faint bread characters that remind of the grains. I like the cactus fruit for a little complexity, as pure honey is just sugar and lacks character. The light body and very smooth alcohol aide it's cause, no off flavors, but I'm not wowed.

ccrida, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Anonx
4.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has a great level of sweetness that does not take away from the beer. There is a nice consistent beer taste with an after taste of honey and a slight taste of pear. Great light orange color, and a nice crisp taste. Great job on this interesting beer.

Anonx, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for about 1.5 years...

Pour - viscous, like wine, very little head, leaves some legs in the glass. Honey colored.

Smell - honey, light citrus, grapes and caramel. No oxidization smell which is nice.

Taste - one sip and this warms all the way down the bottom of my stomach. That 10% can't be tasted but it sure can be felt instantly. Sweet, with lots of honey and light fruit flavors. Sort of reminds me of a wheatwine a bit. Very smooth and a little more unique than some of the other big beers I've had lately.

Overall - I liked this a lot - much more than I thought I would. At 10% it drank very easy and was very, very smooth going down. Good stuff and a nice one off from Widmer.

indiapaleale, Aug 25, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/19/10.

P: Pours a darkish golden color with a very faint head that bubbles out quickly. A light ring is left, but not much else.

A: Toasted malts, clover honey, apricots and red Twizzlers. I assume the Twizzler smell is from the prickly pear.

T: Toasty, biscuit malts lead into a nice, not overly sweet honey flavor. A little bit of burnt caramel mingles with prickly pear sweetness to linger on the tongue. No hops evident, and it hides the ABV well.

This is my first foray into the style, and I enjoyed this brew. Great flavors, not overly sweet, and good drinkability.

litheum94, Aug 08, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle, poured into a New Belgium snifter. Paired (nicely) with spicy adobo chicken pasta.

A: Thin, golden honey colored liquid with just a hint of haze. A very small amount of white head fizzled quickly away, and there is no head or lacing.

S: Lots of honey and pear, spices and apples/apple juice. Maybe hints of malt and alcohol but that could be a stretch. In a way it smells like a fruity white wine or light scotch whisky.

T: Follows the nose; apple juice, honey, spiced pears...there is some spiciness and heat on the way down. Lots of toffee creaminess as well.

MF: Thin, watery-sweet mouthfeel. Touches of carbonation and alcohol mix well. Starts fizzy/carbed but finishes smooth and still and creamy like a mead.

O: My first braggot, I liked it and can really see drinking this beer with other people and in small doses because of the sweetness.

Scotchboy, Aug 08, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an ultra-clear gold with heavy carbonation. Has a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Apple juice, pear, honey and sugar.

T: Starts out sweet with honey, pears and some floral notes backed by toffee. Hints of dark fruit and perhaps some coriander lurking in the background.

M: Medium bodied, sticky, crisp and prickly on the tongue.

O: This was my first Braggot so it was nice to have something different. Sort of strange yet uniquely enjoyable at the same time. The alcohol is hidden well.

justintcoons, Jul 31, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey orange color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and some tropical fruity aromas. Taste is of biscuit/malt, some fruit flavors, and mead and honey. This beer has a decent carbonation level with a smooth and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice honey flavors. This is the first beer I have tried of this style and I would be open to trying other braggots in the future.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a fluffy inch of head that recedes rather quickly to a skim after about a minute

Smells of sweet candy fruitiness(might be the prickly pear..? never had one), some mild spiciness, and honey.

Some candy fruit in the taste, honey, pale malt, biting spice, big alcohol backside which seemed to mellow out before the end of the glass which definitely made the beer more pleasant.

Medium body, medium carb, and a lot of alcohol heat in the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Not something I would drink very often, but I am happy to have tried it. Nice change of pace from their typical offerings.

Sixofsigmas, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice fluffy foamy head formed on pour, decent lacing. Color is a deep amber/copper color. Lots of carbonation

S- Light spices, bread, sweet apple and pear, and faint alcohol

T - Pretty interesting. This reminds me a of a lighter version of Dogfish Head's Sah'tea, minus the tea. Lots of light spices, sweet honey and fruit, and some bread like qualities. Little alcohol tingle at the end. Pretty refreshing actually.

O - I'm glad I got a chance to try this, since it is a one time brew and its over a year old at this point. This beer didn't age too well though, and I wish I could try a fresh batch. Still a solid beer, and I just couldn't resist picking up a $6 bomber of a style I've never tried before.

davey101, Jun 11, 2011
Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.