Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot
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Style:
Braggot
Ranked #21
ABV:
11.42%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,367
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 14.7%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
259
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Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
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Summer
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last, the last of my Rogue bomber backlog & frankly, looking at some of the price tags on these, I am surprised that I pulled the trigger in the first place. These enameled bombers mean that I am unable to see what it happening inside, which never makes me happy. OTOH, many of them have mellowed nicely during their wait for me to get to them. Let's see how this one fares!

From the Bottle: "Grow the Revolution"; "Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters"; "We made this Braggot with our own marionberries, hops, barley and honey."; "Situated just across from 40 acres of Rogue hops, 119 colonies of bees were carefully kept, fed, and smoked and the honey was uncapped, extracted, filtered and finally infused into a refreshing Marionberry Braggot."; "Brewed Using 17 Ingredients: Rogue Farms Honey & Wildflower Honey; Rogue Farms Dare (tm), Risk (tm), Dare (tm) R-1, Dare (tm) R-3, Risk (tm) R-1, Risk (tm) R-3, Risk (tm) R-7, Maier Munich & C120 Malts; Rogue Farms Flaked Rye; Rogue Farms Rebel Hops; Rogue Farms Marionberries & Marionberry Juice; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast."; "Ale Brewed with Honey & Natural Flavor Added"; "No Chemicals, Additives or Preservatives"; "[Pairs With:] Campfires[,] Cheese"; "26° Plato*17 IBU*84 AA*32° L"; "Oregon Brewed[,] Established 1988[,] Oxygen Fixing Caps"; "100% Pure Rogue"; "Visit Us at the Farm 3590 Wydrich Rd. Independence, OR 97351 (503) 838-9813".

I Pop!ped off the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour since I could not see what was going on inside of the bottle. I was trying to get it to form some head, any head, on its own but all that I got were wisps. 8=( An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with very limited retention, quickly returning to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose was redolent with honey and an unrecognizable dark fruit, perhaps berries, maybe stone fruit. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was initially obviously of honey, but as it warmed, the berriness of the fruit really became evident. I would have guessed blueberries. Mmm. This was also bringing some heat, indicating that I may have made the right decision to allow it to mellow. 11.42% ABV was no playin' around! My ex-Old Lady is an apiarist & meaderist who turned me on to Braggot a while back. Braggot is the only mead style that qualifies for this site, but I was really digging this one & how it rekindled my thoughts of her. Finish was dry with a slight alcohol burn. Does it surprise you that something with fruit & honey as its base would not finish sweet? The sugars are simple enough that the yeast just has a field day. When that happens, dryness occurs & ABV shoots up! Phew. This was quite the drink.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark plum that shows translucence around the edges. There is no head. Aroma is plum, raisins, cardonney, grapes, and honey in a complex whirlwind of notes. A touch of heat seeps through via the alcohol. Flavor profile is plum, raisins, grapes and a pleasant honey finish. It opens with fruity notes and closes with a fierce, notable honey quality. Toasty, earthy, caramely malts and light herbal hops add a little complexity. Heat meets the palate late in the flavor profile, but swells to a very notable, and unavoidable, level. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a consistent, velvety texture that feels like static signal on the tongue. Flat lined overall, but bumpy. Overall, a very intriguing beer with notes of the underlying beer coming through, before mead comes through and completely takes over.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of filthyhabits
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As I once made a braggot myself, I can appreciate Rogue trying this old style that is unfortunately misrepresented in our modern times.

One must just ask, "dost thou enjoy ale?"...who repli'd "indeed, I enjoy fine ales". Then, dost thou enjoy mead?...as well "indeed I enjoy fine mead". So beg thee then, would'st thou not enjoy a concoction of them?

Oh by the way, I'm not sure why there are a few saying that it's purple in the glass, it's not, more like deep amber. There are no blue tinges here, if there was, I'd be concerned.

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Photo of Dzu
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into teku.
L: brown with a massive white foam head.
S: honey caramel.
T: sweet , caramel.
F: tight body and medium carbonation.
O: very good interesting one.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.01/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

**
10/27/14

bottle to goblet.

Appearance: muddy water, with a purple hue. Ugly. Aroma : grape, merlot? Taste: Pomegranate, blueberry, acetone. Not sure what marionberries are (i expected a crackhead mayor) , but it seems like they are a sour, earthy, dark fruit. Feel: flat, dry. I love Rogue, and this bottle is very colorful, but this beer is not sitting well with me. Interesting flavors, but it doesn’t work for me.

**

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours very deep purple to some hint of brown hue with massive silky light tan head that holds a very good strength to withstand with great retention before slowly collapsing to a long-lasting foamy sheet on the surface and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma is led by berries note that is also tart and slight herbal. Honey closely comes into touch together with flowery and orange peel smell as well as floral hop while malt makes its presence much solid with notes of caramel, bread of Munich malt, spicy rye, smoky wood, and somewhat burnt.

The taste also reflects the same what is revealed in the aroma, tart and sour berry, herbal, flowery, honey, orange peel, slight floral hop bitterness, together with the malty goodness of sweet caramel, Munich malt breadiness, spicy rye, smoky and burnt wood. Alcohol is hidden at first but starts to slowly appear when it is warm.

Full body yet with some sticky touch and very smooth mouthfeel from its soft effervescence through the palate, the feeling is just right being not too hefty with its moderate crisp carbonation while the finish is very dry.

The first Braggot that I have encountered with, thus not so sure about the justification but for sure I found myself really enjoying sipping this. Alcohol is also very well concealed.

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Photo of Sloth_jr
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you're looking for silky smooth body that bucks the bitter trend, this beer wants to be your friend. Chosen at PDX Rogue brew pub. Fruitiness is strong on both front and back but not overpowering - this isn't going to be like a Lindeman's Framboise, but you might have to dig hard for any hoppiness. Delightful on first sip and robust body makes drinking this a pleasure. Color is dark red to purplish, and it advertises the marionberry with a strong nose. I'm a cold beer fan, but I think this one might be better merely slightly chilled (or warm if that's your thing). This one is so smooth it might be considered by some to be buttery. Some might feel this is a bit too heavy for everyday quaffing, and it packs a punch at 11.4% ABV. I wanted more at my first taste, and wanted more after the last dregs.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours as a dark purplish brown with a frothy khaki head. Aroma is quite boozy. Taste (also boozy) is a complex of sweetness flavors composed of: honey, malt, caramel, and blackberry. This is blended with tart-fruits, (some) bitter-hops. Overall, too heavy handed for my taste; a novelty example (I feel) rather than an exemplar of this genre.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rogue Marionberry Braggot, 11.42% ABV, 17 IBU. Based on the bottle and the name, I expected it to pour purple, but it is dark red/brown and cloudy, with a one finger tan head that left no lacing. Nose is berry and alcohol, taste is sweet honey, berry, alcohol, a bit of roast malt, and a slight bitter close. Perfect carbonation, so excellent mouthfeel. Overall very good.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first braggot. So of course, I read some BA reviews and am startled by the really, really wide range of opinion.
So, I will be the voice of moderation and mediation (not a bad idea if all you did was read today's headlines.)

First and given this range, it would not surprise me to find that there are Quality Control issues in stabilizing this complex ale through the production and distribution processes. (But that analysis is best done by a brewing QC expert. So speak up.)

Second, most reviewers do agree on the beginning. This has an interesting Look, color is unique.
Smells would have a majority position around "the fruit and honey blend well to moderate the alcohol."
Taste may not ever get a majority position but I'd vote for " this is sweet, but not offensively so."
As for Feel, there may be no compromise bill. Either you like what all this complexity does to your mouth, or you hate it.
Overall, you gotta love experimenting to revive a very old style.
Guys, keep an open mind.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a tulip

Pours a deep purple color with a small fizzy white head that dissapers immediately. Berry and honey sweetness up front, some English-barleywine like aromas. Tastes of sweet berries and honey, some caramel sweetness, finishes with more berries and honey. Medium thick body, medium carbonation and finish. Very tasty

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Photo of gotzilla
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm new to this style so nobody should read this with any weight.

On tap at Eureka Burgers.

Color was dark and boring, but it was dark in the restaurant.

Not much head, and it looks flat but the carbonation was there in a very unobtrusive way.

Both me and my friend really went in with almost no expectations and really liked the taste. The only expectations I had was I thought it would be tart/sour due to the name and I was delighted that it wasn't (it was just a little sour and a little sweet, and I didn't think of this as a "fruit beer"), and I thought due to the APV that I would be blown away by the alcohol (which was impressively hidden).

We ordered a second one, which is evidence we really liked it considering there were a lot of other beers to order. I mentally understand where a lot of the other reviews are tasting cloying cough syrup, but I really don't feel it. However, this was my first Braggot, and I have no doubts that there are better ones. One reviewer said I hope this isn't somebody's first benchmark -- it is, but I think it'd be great to go up from here.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and good lacing. Smells of herbal notes, floral, honey, slight nut, slight sweet malt, earthiness, and fruit. Fits the style of a Braggot. Mouth feel is sharp, pungent, crisp, and a low carbonation level. There is also a dryness and perfume quality. Tastes of herbal notes, floral, honey, slight nut, slight sweet malt, earthiness, and fruit. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Rogue Farms Honey & Wildflower Honey; Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™, Dare™ R-1, Dare™ R-3, Risk™ R-1, Risk™ R-3, Risk™ R-7, Maier Munich & C120 Malts; Rogue Farms Flaked Rye; Rogue Farms Rebel Hops; Rogue Farms Marionberries & Marionberry Juice; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.
26° Plato / 11.4% ABV / 17 IBU / 84 AA / 32° L

$11.99 for a 22oz bomber at Binnys in Chicago.
Pours out to a cloudy medium brown, forming a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. Nose of prune juice, raisins, figs and dates, strawberries. No hop character. Mouthfeel is slick, smooth, dense syrup and cloying. Taste is again of prune juice, raisins, figs, dates and strawberries, just like a good barleywine should. I've never had marionberries, but I don't get a rasp/blackberry flavor, but there is a lot of grape, syrupy grape juice. Bitterness is quite mild. Finish is syrupy, overall on the sweet side, with lots of prune juice.

This reminds me almost exactly of a barleywine I brewed 5 years ago. It tastes exactly like this, which is pretty good. A meal unto itself. Worth trying for barleywine lovers.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another braggot! Love this style. This one pours a dark brown with dark plum accents
and a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and nice lacing.
Nose of light berries and dark sugars. Flavors exceed the nose by weight and volume with
marionberry (love the jam from the Amish folk around here--almost a mulberry in taste)
and a blast of brown sugar syrup with tea notes on the sides. Nice mouth feel like a sparkling
mead, wine notes fall on the back with warming port notes and finish moderately dry and warm.
Overall an interesting experience and one I would enjoy again. A fine brew from a pioneer in
the craft beer world.

Cheers!

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Photo of Sabtos
2.03/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brownish red with no head.

Smells like a hard taco shell. There might be other elements here but this is not the bouquet of berry aromas and spices that others have described trying to justify the price and ridiculous ABV of this Braggot--which is supposed to be a blend of mead and beer. People, mead, way back in the day, was exceptionally low ABV, nothing over 2% would probably have ever existed. In any case, all this funk and oddness comes together to create a straight up soggy, hard taco shell aroma.

Taste is cough syrup, with hot booze, and maybe a touch of berry and old lady perfume.

Yuck.

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Photo of dcotom
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into snifter. L - Caramel colored pour with purplish highlights, one-finger light tan head that dissipates quickly. S - Caramel, honey, a little fruit, some mild floral notes. Lots of alcohol on the nose. T - Malty and sweet, a touch of fruit and honey on the palate. Some hop bitterness coming through as the beer warms. F - Sticky sweetness on the finish, with a hint of tartness. O - This has a big barleywine quality about it. Very alcohol forward on the nose, palate, and finish. The fruit stays in the background. Paired with aged cheese and pita chips, this was quite good. Not a stand-alone sipper for me, though.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber suffused with purple, with a massive, coarse tan head, with very good retention. Thick Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Spicy alcohol vies with grassy hops and lush berries with an aroma like dew berries, or perhaps a fusion of black berries and raspberries.

Taste: Opens with a rich and flavorful blackberry note, with a strong undercurrent of spicy alcohol, yielding a flourish reminiscent of a blackberry cordial. The alcohol is warming and complementary, but does not seem at all excessive, in light of the relatively high ABV of 12.42%. Late in the taste, some leafy herbal hops appear, serving as a counterpoint to the pronounced sweetness of the fruit and the alcohol..

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, quite full, and extraordinarily gracious upon the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Extraordinary in its excellence, Rogue Marionberry Braggot offered a fitting tribute to the
conjunction of the Summer Solstice and the full Strawberry Moon, a one-in-a-lifetime event. Cheers!

Presentation: Packaged in a purple-enameled 750 ml Belgian-style bomber, sealed with a pry-off crown,
served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of gandres
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to glass at the Brewery at Issaquah, WA
Appearance: dark brown, minimal tan head
Smell:Grainy
Taste: low bitterness with sweetness that last long
Feel: very good, lively carbonation, long finish
Overall: good beer ok to repeat, not look for
Drank: May 8, 2016

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber picked up at TW in Naples, FL at the beginning of last month.

poured into a tulip. i swear this beer changes color. initially looked very dk brown, almost black, with a good oatmeal colored head. after the head dissipated, body color was more brownish with burgundy tones. very little in the way of lacing.

couldn't really get much on the nose except for some sweetness and a clear alcohol aroma. judging by when this beer was added to BA, this beer is around 18 months old. (coz rogue doesn't do the dating thing)

taste was pretty interesting, because like the color, i got different things over the 3 hours of sipping it took to get through this. initially it was just alcohol and booze. later in the bottle, i began to get the strong berry taste coating the tongue while the alcohol was all in the back of the throat.

feel was above medium, pretty boozy.

overall, seemed very similar to an old ale, until the berries kicked in. an ok thing once in a while, but not a style i would search the aisles for.

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Photo of bnes09
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby amber color with no head. Berry, caramel, malt aroma. Lots of sweet berry flavor with dense malt. Minimal hop. Full bodied. Syrupy feel. Not bad.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Seems dark brown, but enticing deep ruby in the light. Fairly clear but hard to discern given shape and volume of snifter in use. Beige to tan, quickly dissipating head of finer bubbles, but retains well as soon as it devolves into more of a film. Lots of berries (marionberries, apparently), hot and sweet with booze, some molasses, a little honey. Tastes like honey and berries boiled down, very syrupy, extremely boozy and hot. Earthy, leafy, to almost spicy hops throughout, didn’t notice them at first, strongest in finish. Full-bodied with extremely fine carbonation, smooth, packing heat.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass. The color is an attractive reddish-purple with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. I'm not familiar with marionberries is but I suppose that is what I'm smelling, along with some vanilla and honey. The taste is very fruity - it starts out quite sweet and turns fairly tart in mid-taste and finishes with some citrus. There is also a distinct taste of honey along with the booze; it's a little like drinking a fruity Drambuie. I'm surprised at how well this ale hides its 11.42% ABV; it seems very drinkable but really sneaks up on you. Overall, while I generally don't favor fruity beers, this one was quite good. It's a nice change of pace but I wouldn't make a steady diet of it.

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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too much booze. Interesting flavors. The berries show with a huge honey sweetness. Too bad this has so much alcohol showing that takes away from the flavors.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never heard of Marionberries before and so was interested in trying this beer even if only for that reason alone.

The beer pours out into a wine glass a purple color with reddish highlights. The off white, almost pink color head was a bit thin, receded quickly but did retain a circle of foam around the glass for a while.

The aromas contained a pleasant berry character which seemed like an interesting combination of blackberry, blue beer and a bit of something else, all mingled with a touch of honey in the background.

The flavors followed pretty much from the nose with the dark berries weaving together in an interesting blend that is supported by the honey backbone.

The mouthfeel was medium with a touch of prickliness from the fine and fairly long lasting carbonation. The medium long finish began about mid way through as the beers slid away leaving an interesting touch of earthy bitterness mingled with the honey. That all then just faded away.

I thought this was a well made and an interesting beer and was better than Rogue typically gets credit for. I could see having it again and think it would work best as a digestif to be served either before or after a meal. I don't think I'd be interested in opening up one just for drinking, both because of the ABV and the sweetness.

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Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 259 ratings