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Braggot - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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89
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

An Ale Brewed with Honey Braggot is a most remarkable honey ale, made with specialty malts & wildflower honey from Vermont's Champlain Valley. The honey adds smoothness with subtle hints of chamomile. Braggot is an ale of shining perfection that simply must be experienced to be understood. But hurry ... for Braggot, as with each entry in our Humdinger series, vanishes almost as soon as it arrives. Get a bottle of Braggot today and come to know a new 'Ale of Legend'.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 10-12-2002)
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mattmaples

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, Straw in color with a lot of carbonation. I didn’t have as hard of time with it as most. I popped it open and it did gush some. I was pouring into two pint glasses and managed the foam quite well. Not any more than you would get out of a good weisse beer. It had a good dry honey nose to it and just a little malt. The flavor was nice, big on the honey but rather lacking in the malt department. A slight hop bitterness at the end along with the acidity that some from fermenting honey that dry. The flavor followed through like the aroma big honey, little malt. I have had more than my fair share of braggots and meads in my day and I think they didn’t give this enough malt. Sure they were trying to make something that was different than beer but I think they sacrificed the malt side to do so. Maybe a little crystal or Belgian special B would have been nice to increase the richness and help off set the acidity. They also needed to ferment this thing longer before it hit the bottle. It was over carbonated but that comes from fermenting honey with an ale yeast. Over time ale yeast will eat every last molecule honey given the chance. I have made braggots that were still for the first six months but after 3 to 5 years are gushers. All in all not bad, Lars and I did enjoy the whole thing but it is more mead like than beer like, hell it is more mead like than braggot like.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 20:36:40 | More by mattmaples
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mfedor312

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

03-13-2012 17:30:29 | More by mfedor312
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-18-2012 22:38:28 | More by jfcaa193
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-20-2012 13:23:55 | More by JAHMUR
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat- Braggot

A- Bright yellow/ orange with a good frothy head. Big ringed lacing left down my glass.
S- Sweet sugary honey malt with a touch of alc.
T- White cane sugar, honey, lemon, orange rind, and a touch of sweet grainy malt.
M- Very sweet with an alc. presence and a dry finish.

Overall- Unique but quite good and sessionable for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 21:33:29 | More by NJpadreFan
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JamesS

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden straw color with a bit of head and just a bit of lacing. Nice scent, a nice light maltiness with a good honey hit and a slight spiciness to it, like a saisson. Good taste, a decent amount of honey with a nice ale taste, spiced enough to be good without going overboard, just enough hops to balance it out a little. Goes down fine, if not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 19:31:47 | More by JamesS
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this beer a few times but never got around to reviewing it, I've always had a positive experience so far though.e

Golden reddish body with a small off-white head that disapates quickly.

Smells like honey and some herbs, a little bit of maltiness.

Tasty. Lots of honey flavor with some malt in the background. Herbs come in next. The things that I seem to notice are lavender and chamomile, but there's a pretty damn good chance I'm wrong. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is really interesting. While the beer is in your mouth it is medium bodied and well-carbonated, but as you swallow it coats your mouth with a sticky oily texture. Pretty interesting.

Fairly drinkable brew, something I'm glad I sought out for another tatse.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 01:12:30 | More by Hojaminbag
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening this 12 oz bottle, the cap reads: "You're a winner! go to: www.magichat.net/winner"
The website tells me to mail the cap in for a free bottle opener. I have a key chain bottle opener, but this is the bar quality kind, so I will send my cap in. I will also do my best not to allow this to create a biased review.

This Braggot pours a slightly cloudy peachy amber body below a big two finger white head that slowly pops emitting aromas of honey, ginger, and fruit.

The taste is slightly sweet but with a funky thing that is probably that MH ringwood yeast. The honey flavor is there, but not real sweet. A slight spice character of the ginger keeps things interesting. The finish is somewhat dry with a clover honey flavor left upon the tongue which asks for another sip.

The mouthfeel is lighter than medium with light carbonation.

Overall this is worth a try if you can find it. I am not sure what a braggot is supposed to be, but this is surely drinkable and tasty.

This drink would go well late a night while reading a fiction. If paired with food, I would recommend sushi.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 20:02:40 | More by rtratzlaff
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Surlington

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-Amber and very cloudy.
S: Floral and slightly sweet.
T: At first, it's almost overwhelmingly fruity, but this recedes into a more drinkable maltiness. Sweetness lingers all the way through, but isn't cloying.
M: Thick and rich, but not syrupy. Extremely satisfying in this regard.
D: Had this from the tap at Spuyten Duyvil in a 20 oz. glass. It tends to fill you up quickly. Another glass might've been a little too sweet.

Overall, a really nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 19:44:44 | More by Surlington
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erosier

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow from the bottle with a short and thin white head. It has a small aroma kind of like vine fruit and some honey. The taste is really interesting as this is my first braggot. It tastes like fruit and honey which is actually really nice. It has a nice mouthfeel - very smooth and is pretty drinkable. I liked it, but again, it's my first taste of a beer of this kind and I will definately try more braggot's because of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 00:29:31 | More by erosier
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jsled

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Artifactory. 2008-01-25. Mini-growler.

The braggot has been different in the past, but in the fall/winter of 2007/2008, this is a honey beer with chamomile.

Pours: Mostly-clear rich gold. Thin white head recedes quickly, levaing minor machine on the glass and a small island on the top. Almost no apparent carbonation.

Smells: Sweet but not strong honey. Clear floral character. Like a characteristic spring day (but in the middle of winter).

Taste: Sweet residual honey, with chamomile. Some minor sour note. Residual honey in the corners of the mouth. Clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Good. While not watery or thin, also not at all heavy, which is novel for such a strong honey flavor.

Drinkability: Very high. Quite tasty.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2008 20:05:49 | More by jsled
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drseamus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from the brewery. I don't think the top was screwed on tightly enough because it was 100% flat.

A: Bright golden body with no head whatsoever.

S: The aroma is nice and light. There is obviously honey and a winey character. I think I get some cantelope and spice in there also.

T: There is a bunch of fruit in the flavor. On top of the honey, I get a lot of apple and some cherry. I really wish there was more carbonation so the flavors could stand out more. There is a bit of tartness in the aftertaste.

M: The best mouthfeel I experienced in a flat beer, honestly. It is light bodied and pretty damn good for the flavor profile. In the end though, it is flat.

D: This would be a good desert beer but not a daily drinker.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2007 05:14:08 | More by drseamus
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz glass jug filled on 05.16.2007 at the brewery.
Note: This year's version weighs in at 7% abv.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Slightly hazy, glowing light peach in color. Thin, creamy white head that thins to a weak sheet in a moment. Some thin and spotted lacing.

Honey and sugarcane-laden malt sweetness. Mild aromas of alcohol-soaked tropical fruit: honeydew, cantalope, melon. Reminiscent of a cream sherry.

Intensely, acidic fruit tartness: cherry, green apple, orange. Although the citric tartness persists, it recedes into the background as a pleasant, oak-touched honey-cream flavor comes through. A sharp acidity is joined by a wave of ripe alcohol. Honey and sweet cream come through in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; gaseous, even slick due to the swarming alcohol and acidic character.

A dynamic, flavorful, and complex Braggot. Props to Magic Hat for bringing back the Humdinger series, albeit on tap at the brewery only. Better than I remember the Braggot from the bottle, years ago.

Serving type: growler

05-22-2007 11:57:06 | More by NEhophead
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Stimack

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Broke this out last evening for the New Years festivities and shared it with some friends. The brew has been sitting around in a controlled environment but was not sure what to expect, as the ABV is middle of the road. After having some trouble getting the cork out we where able to enjoy this one. It poured to a cloudy yellow color with an orange tint, nice sized white head that did not have the greatest retention but did leave some lacing around the top of our glasses. The aroma was quite solid, with sweetness to it from the honey. The brew had a fair amount of carbonation going on as we had a lot of bubbles traveling up the sides of the glass. The taste is was very reminiscent of the aroma as the honey taste, which was not over the top, was the first thing that I noticed mixed in with some fruit like flavors along with a floral taste. Over all I really liked this brew and glad to have brought it out on New Years.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 16:11:55 | More by Stimack
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer sitting in my basement for a while, and since its not such a strong beer, I figured it would be better to open it sooner rather then later. Poured into a small Cisco Brewers sampler glass a dark orange honey color, with not much head. Smell was great...loads of earth tones, some wild flowers, honey. Taste was even better, there was a nice chamomile presence, accompanied by the floral taste to it. It also had a good bit of spice going on, almost making the beer seem tea like in flavor. This beer was very light on the palate, almost to the point of being watery, however it really took nothing away from the quality. As far as I am concerned, if it had been big and thick, it just would not have been as interesting. The alcohol is also very well hidden...left me with a little buzz to be honest. When it comes to drinking this beer, I suggest really sipping and savoring this beer with friends...let it show itself and all its flavors for what they are: delicious.This beer for me is evidence that Magic Hat hasn't lost their stuff. I haven't been impressed with their more recent beers, but this one certainly is a bullseye for creative beer making. If you happen to see this beer at the store or at the brewery, do not hesitate to pick it up. You won't be sorry

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 04:01:14 | More by jamie2dope
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LuckySevens82

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of ppoitras.
Pours a golden honey color with a bright white, loosly bubbled head that disapates very quickly...no lacing either.
Smell is floral, a bit of honey (obviously), some yeasty character, and a bunch of ripe fruits. A little musty.
Taste is very wine-like, very dry and not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, massive honey flavors, flower petals, fruitiness (pears, apples, grapes), and just a bit of musty yeast characteristic. Hops are present, but very much in the back ground. A little wheat seems to be present as well, as this has a bit of a tart bite to it.
Mouthfeel is good, not that sweet and just enough carbonation to balance it out.
Overall, this isn't what I was expecting, but still interesting. Worth a try, but not something I could buy consistently.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 00:41:22 | More by LuckySevens82
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask-conditioned from the Cask Head Fest at Brazen Head (Brooklyn, NY)

The color was a cloudy golden-yellow with a very sweet, cloying honey nose. The mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy, and the honey is wildly evident. It is on the finish that the wildflowers (chamomile) and spices really present themselves. I can easily envision this as yet another alternative to a hefeweizen on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: cask

12-30-2004 13:57:25 | More by woodychandler
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Imbiber

New York

4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask-conditioned at The Brazen Head's cask festival (Brooklyn, NY).

Hazy amber, minimal head (on gravity dispense straight from the cask). Flowery, perfumed aroma. The pleasant flavour was bittersweet, with honey and chamomile at the fore. Slight buttery texture, not a detraction though. Semi-sweet, long, pleasurable finish. A very enjoyable, distinctive beer that tastes better than it looks. Outstanding in fact, easy drinking, flavoursome and unusual - a beer I could drink all weekend. And I did...

Serving type: cask

10-25-2004 22:39:35 | More by Imbiber
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bultrey

New York

3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmm. interesting change of pace here. This is my first braggot, and I think it fulfilled my expectations... which frankly were not that high. I expected it to have a delicately honeyed nose, and it did; I expected it to taste strongly of honey with floral and grassy undertones, and it did; I expected it to have a thin mouthfeel, and it did. I think on cask, this was especially thin, and I would like to try the bottled version some day. I suspect it would be much better. Overall an OK beer, but I'm pretty sure I would not want it on cask again.

Serving type: cask

10-25-2004 19:23:10 | More by bultrey
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Braggot! Very exciting. Comes in a unique corked 1pt. 9 fl. oz. bottle that looks black when full, but is actually green when empty. This bottle is the same as the Thumbsucker bottle, except the label is attached, not painted on. WARNING! You need a freaking corkscrew to get the cork out, even though it is a champagne cork!

This beer is quite unique. Pours a (you guessed it) honey yellow color, hazy. Head is moderate, light and fluffy, but disperses quickly, leaving only a light residue. Smell is of honey above all, with perhaps a hint of hoppy goodness.

Taste is quite decent. I expected a overpowering sweet honey taste, instead the taste of honey merges rather well with the sweetness of the malt. Fairly carbonated. Hoppyness is only detectable in the aftertaste, not on the initial taste.

Overall, a fair beer to try from one of my favorite brewers. But at $10 a bottle, this is probably only for the beer enthusiast, and even then, probably only worth it once. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 17:49:11 | More by RocketWidget
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy opaque orange, pillowy white head.
Sweet honey nose, very pleasant, grassy.
Floral bouquet, sugar cookies in the taste and a superb honey base, note of pear. Reminds me of German wine.
Medium-full feel. I would definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 16:02:55 | More by mschofield
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had to give this beer a try, even though I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers or mead. It poured a light orange with a little haze, and a pleasant head. The aroma was of sweet honey and grass. The flavors were a bit more complex, but rather mild. The honey almost balanced the domestic "wheat beer" taste. There was little hop character, but the brew was light, dry and refreshing. I'd drink it again, but probably wouldn't pursue it other than to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 15:53:03 | More by AllThingsNinja
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orangey gold, topped with a huge, pure white froth. The head settles into a thick haze of mist, keeping throughout the glass, leaving a thick spatter of lace clinging to the glass all the way down. Very impressive. Loads of carbonation bubbles rapidly race up to feed the head.
The aroma is thick with a pure clover honey sweetness, like one of those facy honeys you can buy that're still in the comb. Sweetish malt plays a supporting role, with a hint of apple esters. A distinct clover-like floral feel is present, adding to the summery, happy honeyed scent.
The flavor is rather surprising, quite a departure from last year's version. A very light, fluffy maltiness starts off the sip, noticable wheat, the body exceptionally light, with a high level of carbonation adding a briskness throughout. A bit watery in the middle, with a bit of crab apple and a minerally taste. The finish is very long, and the honey flavor really comes through here. Dominated by a clover honey taste, it's really not sweet at all. Kind of like a white wine, with a considerable dryness in the finish. A floral flavor comes through, like actual flowers, rather than a hoppy floral flavor. I can't detect any hops at all. A touch of wheat sourness in the finish, with a bit of yeast. ot much in the way of aftertaste, only a light, lingering honey flavor.
The cork was exceptionally difficult to remove, as opposed to last year, where it practically fell out. The noticable difference in carbonation adds so much to the beer. I thought it was more of a strange, muddy belgian style last year, and this time around it's something completely different. Much more mead-like, unlike anything I've had before. My hat's off for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 07:34:50 | More by UnionMade
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25ozer from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA. Excellent shelf presentation, with hang tag, black foil, caged cork on a dark greenish bottle. Cork is covered with the Magic Hat star/crescent insignias.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, impressive thick white head immediately formed on top of the (no surprise) honey-colored liquid. Great honey aroma, initial tart flavor reminiscent of a lambic, which is almost instantly quelled by the blast of honey taste. Seems like the mouthfeel could use a bit more substance, feels a bit thin. An interesting brew, but it seems a bit pricey, Probably would not enjoy again except at a tasting or with friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 17:28:28 | More by ppoitras
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aracauna

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber and bright white head. Aroma is mainly honey, hints of orange fruit and flowers. Flavor makes me think of sopapillas with the fried bread, honey, butter and cinamon. Nice dry malt in support of honey. Not too sweet, but sweetness builds as it warms. It's best when it's chilled, but not ice cold and before it warms up too much. Clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 07:26:46 | More by aracauna
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Braggot from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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