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

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BA SCORE
82
good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 10
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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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-10-2012 01:46:23 | More by buckyp
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Faina

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-05-2012 03:44:51 | More by Faina
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haveasam

New York

5/5  rDev +38.9%

12-20-2011 03:30:55 | More by haveasam
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-10-2011 04:07:26 | More by rab53
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-03-2011 18:44:28 | More by deapokid
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-26-2011 23:36:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-25-2011 22:43:18 | More by Ralphs66
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-20-2011 19:09:03 | More by DoctorB2B
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Rempo

Indiana

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-19-2011 16:52:30 | More by Rempo
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-18-2011 21:56:25 | More by waiting4lunch
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2011 21:18:31 | More by richbrew
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HardTarget

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:57:51 | More by HardTarget
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jsanford

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 04:13:38 | More by jsanford
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ccrida

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 06:02:17 | More by ccrida
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Anonx

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:14:05 | More by Anonx
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 13:07:33 | More by indiapaleale
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litheum94

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:40:08 | More by litheum94
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:36:51 | More by Scotchboy
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 18:44:57 | More by justintcoons
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 06:06:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Sixofsigmas

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:29:13 | More by Sixofsigmas
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davey101

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 04:04:02 | More by davey101
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Brothers Prickly Pear Braggot is a sweet and alcoholic braggot with a grassy vegetable flavour.

A: Orange colour and a 1 cm head that fades quickly. 3.5

S: The smell is grassy with a hint of alcohol. 3.5

T: Honey flavour a hint of vegetable grassiness. The aftertaste has the same grassiness but with more alcohol. 3.5

M: Pretty flat. 3

O: Decent enough. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:48:40 | More by vandemonian
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kevosbob

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This unique beer would be a wonderful summer treat while lounging in the sun and sleeping the day away. This special ale is brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company and is number two in their Brothers’ Reserve series. A honey ale brewed with prickly pear juice boosts this light ale to have a 10% alcohol by volume. This summer delight is truly “One-of-a-Kind” and one I’m happy to share.

When tasting this beer it pours a nice golden-orange color with little to no head retention. The smell will remind any beer connoisseur of a sweet mead but with a mild grain aroma and a pleasant aroma of tropical fruit and alcohol. If I didn’t know better, you could probably serve this as a fancy $12 shot in a swanky Las Vegas bar.

At first taste this light beer is a bit overwhelming, it’s easy to forget that this is a big beer and not one awarded of any blue ribbon or royal status. Fermented honey and tropical fruit flavors take over with an onset of alcohol adding a burn by mid-palate. This braggot is enjoyable and well balanced. Prickly pear becomes apparent on the initial sweetness along with honey. The honey lingers for a pleasantly long time reconnecting with the prickly pear or citrus tastes after the alcohol burn subsides.

Each Brothers’ Reserve series is limited, and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. With that said I recommend finding this beer while you still might be able to. If this was a beer that was easy to find and drink it would be a summer delight for any beer drinker, but it’s not, so drink up now before it’s too late.

My Beer Rating: 3.5 (4 if you can still find it)

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 00:46:35 | More by kevosbob
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Hey, Hey I need more wenches.
Hey, Hey more wenches and mead."
-Alestorm, Wenches and Mead

The ladyfriend and I were heading over to see Thor so a pre-viking movie braggot seemed appropriate. Golden honey color with a thin white head. Head quickly fizzles itself out by mid-glass.

Not sure what prickly pear smells like but I get a cross between nectarine and agave nectar. Malty like a barleywine.

Tastes like a cirusy agave spritzer. Clean and refreshing for any beer, a braggot particularly. Wipes the palette after each sip. One year of aging does this combo well as there's no discernible heat.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:18:21 | More by donkeyrunner
Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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