Exit 3 Blueberry Braggot
Flying Fish Brewing Company

Exit 3 Blueberry BraggotExit 3 Blueberry Braggot
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Style:
Braggot
Ranked #22
ABV:
15%
Score:
85
Ranked #24,613
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.11%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
175
From:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Exit 3 Blueberry BraggotExit 3 Blueberry Braggot
Notes: Exit 3 is the gateway to a lot of farmland, so we’re using one the state’s favorite crops– blueberries. Braggot is an ancient style– written about since the 12th century. This Braggot features local blueberries and honey, a very limited amount of hops and is fermented with Belgian-style yeast. The result is a straw colored beer with blueberry highlights. On the first sip you will note a light sweetness along with citrus notes followed by a well rounded malt character. The beer has a medium full body.
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 175
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass a bit before the BB date stamp of 21 July 2019.
Aroma: berry liqueur.
Flavor: boozy, but less so than might be expected with 15% ABV. Berry flavor but lacking a distinct blueberry flavor. Hints of honey and light bread.
Feel: low heat given the ABV; a bit syrupy, medium-full body with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a big white head that settles quickly.

Nose is yeast, wheat and light blueberries.

The honey comes out better in the flavor, light blueberry, sweet nice honey. The Belgium yeast comes out well.

Medium feel well carbonated

overall a nice beer my first braggot.

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Photo of theropissed
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not an expert beer drinker, I'm just some random guy.

I like this because of the flavor notes obviously, but also because of how easy it is to drink. There's no bite, no absolute bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, into glass

Clear golden color, bone white head. The blueberry in the aroma is moderate in strength, a touch sweet. Same with the taste, some floral notes in there too. Thinner bodied.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this one on several occasions. A very welcome change from the glut of IPAs on the market.

It's not great, but it's quite good. There is a hint of sweetness, though I'm not sure that my palate is sensitive enough to identify blueberries in the flavor. Carbonation is good. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side. The high ABV is a plus.

A good beer for colder weather.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my sister for this one.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a semi-cloudy golden color with a half finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off mildly.
The aroma centered around a blend of honey, sweet blueberry flesh, bready malt, light cream, and a touch of grass.
The flavor was fairly sweet throughout combining all of the previously mentioned aromas. Semi-sticky sweet honey and blueberry aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a noticeable stickiness to it. Light expected boozy heat penetrating my tongue. Mild honey and blueberry finish.
Overall, as a fan of blueberries, I'd say yes. As a braggot, well all I can tell anyone reading this is that a braggot is the beer version of a mead. Me, this is good enough to come back to.

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This blueberry ale is a buzz waiting to happen very quickly . They hide a 15 abv content in this ale somehow and you could easily drink two of these back to back .
I recently suggested this to a woman that’s isn’t a big beer fan, however likes her wine .
The strong blueberry flavor makes this ale a very pleasant addition to most meals .
Very light and refreshing .
I highly recommend this one to be served very cold . Cheers ;)

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Photo of Gajo74
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Only my 2nd Braggot ever; by no means an expert on the style. Going off of what I read on BJCP and personal impressions.
Pours a clear golden color coming out of the bottle, with some cloudiness in the glass. Large thumb length foam head, retains well, and produces a creamy film and lacing.
Strong aromas of honey combined with bready malt. There is also a creamy and custard like aroma adding to the sweetness. As the name suggests, there is the smell of blueberries, albeit more subtle than heavy. There is also a faint touch of alcohol, not surprising given the high ABV.
As expected, this beer is sweet. The base malts do a nice job of interacting with the honey, blueberry, custard and citrus. There is some spiciness and a touch of hops that balance things out somewhat. There is a noticeable alcohol presence that brings warmth and spice, yet, it is not boozy. The finish is sweet, spicy and has an alcohol burn.
Medium to full bodied and vinous; actually drinks pretty well for a while. However, at some point, the sweetness becomes a bit cloying, while the alcohol burn becomes slightly overwhelming. The Belgian yeast derived alcohol dryness actually reminds me of a really strong Tripel.
I’m glad this was my last beer of the evening considering I already ate dinner; let’s call it dessert. Interesting brew and style. I suppose it needs to grow on me.

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Photo of Catena724
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a 10oz snifter at local pub, $6.75. Very fruity aroma, slight haze, little head. Taste was very pleasant, and smooth but no noticeable blueberry flavor. Tasted fruity with subtle berry flavor, more like mixed berries with a slight floral or citrus taste. Wish I could find it bottled locally.

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Photo of citizencane
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale amber with moderate head and decent lacing as I drink out of flight glass. Smell is grain, sour, and berry. Taste is same, with much stronger blueberry. Feel is a touch dry, but nowhere near 15%. I kid you not, I just looked at th ABV on the menu after guessing this was maybe 6 or 7 something. Almost no alcohol taste...berry and bread notes shine through. Would I have again? You bet.

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Photo of Bobolinksy
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Poured gently into a brandy snifter. Almost no head, just a little around the edge of the glass. Description says it has a straw color but I would say more of a gold-amber color.

S- Smells like a belgian ale. There's a faint blueberry scent. Amazingly for a 15% ABV beer, there was very little booziness and only towards the tail end of a long sniff.

T- Interesting. I had to really try to discern the blueberry. Mostly it tasted like a mellow Belgian ale with a hint of booziness. It leaves a sweet aftertaste.

F- Thicker than I expected and maybe a little oily? Not unpleasant though. For such a high ABV, there was more carbonation than I expected which was a pleasant surprise.

O- My hat's off to Flying Fish. This is a dangerous beer. Eminently drinkable with less booziness than some 9%er's that I've had. Tread softly but enjoy.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 13.00 (Including tax)/ four pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.271/oz) At Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Use by 06/13/19. Stored at room temp at store and in 42 degree reefer at my house. Served at 46 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Weak fruitiness, not necessarily blueberry.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, dense, average retention, diminishing to an irregular four to eleven mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin complete layer.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide bands of tiny bubbles.
Body – Deep gold, chill haze, effervescence.
Flavor – Begins slightly sweet with a honey flavor, no blueberries tasted. Exhaling after swallowing produces a faint alcohol (15% ABV!) aroma. Some malt flavor is present but I really had to search for it. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression: Much better cold than warm. The aroma is pretty thin but at least the beer looks good after the chill haze has dispersed. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. For a braggot, not too bad – just don’t expect much blueberry. Glad I tried it (being a blueberry fanboy) but when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Appearance 4, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with some moderate sedimentary haze. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and just a trace of it elsewhere. Lots of vibrant carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of wildflowers honey and blueberries. I'm tasting honey throughout the palate with the blueberries offering a suggestion of tartness. There's a citrus note at mid palate that provides a gentle rush of bitterness. The mouth is highly carbonated, dense, lightly oily and dry.

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Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass. A beautiful crystal-clear amber color. A vigorous pour produced a two-finger light tan head that quickly retreated, leaving wispy laces. Floral honey, restrained blueberries, and cherries on the nose. Not much malt, just the honey sweetness which was nicely balanced. The taste followed the nose closely: great honey flavor without too much distracting sweetness. The berries and floral notes played a supporting role along with a hint of orange. A faint bready malt balanced it out. This is a big beer but the ABV was reasonably hidden. Somewhere between medium to full bodied with a nice finish, clean but not too dry. This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in the mix six section for just $2.50 a bottle. Into a tulip glass.
Clear deep amber brown color with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Smell is tame no real ABV burn just some honey sweetness and a bit of grains little to no blueberry. Taste is where it shines mild tart blueberry honey cluster cereal grains and just a mild twinge of ABV bite. Body is amazing no ABV burn it does drink a bit medium to heavy but it goes down smooth.

Overall I have already bought and drank all 3 that I purchased. Blends the line of beer and meed quite well with enough liquor bomb to get you toasted. Cheers!

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Photo of nick_perry
1.3/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Excessively sweet and boozy. Notes of blueberries, but they’re artificial tasting. Structure is really odd. Possibly one of the worst beers I’ve ever had.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a frothy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a very nice looking beer with a clear golden amber color. The beer leaves a residue around the inside of the glass.

The smell and taste are pretty good but seems to be different in that the taste is better. The smell and taste both consist of three different notes: light earthy hop note, sweet honey, and blueberry. The blueberry and the honey are the strongest notes and blend well together but still mange to retain enough distinction that you can tell the difference. The honey is a good sweet while the blueberry adds a good fruit note to it.

The body is heavy and thick with a bit of a molasses feel. There isn't much carbonation to this beer but it works for the style since it's light enough to give it a bit texture.

Overall, this is a pretty good braggot and worth going for.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours clear deep honey golden, head is a clean white lacing.

Smells of fresh mixed berries, hint of citrus, and honey biscuit malt.

Flavor is rich and sweet. Lots of fresh honey over biscuit malt, fruity blueberry and sweet citrus accompany. Finishes with a hint of herbal spicy hop.

Body is full and viscous, light tingly of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Very sweet and rich, this is a nice slow sipper or dessert beer. Worth a try, better than average but will be cloyingly sweet to some.

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Photo of feuematt
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something different ..you can taste the sweetness and the maltiness. The blueberries are faint and the alcohol is well hidden. Not great but something decent to try.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a seven-fiddy...

Pours a very small head that quickly dissipates, but very persistent ring of lacing all the way down the glass. The color is somewhat elusive. Too light for copper or amber. Too dark for gold. The best description is--it looks like slightly-hazed apple cider.

The blueberry is not as strong on the nose as expected, but it is definitely there. There is honey and malt, but also a bit of a medicinal smell.

The palate is hit with a blast of medicinal phenols, cloves and allspice, bourbon/vanilla, and some boozy burn. The blueberry is a hint along the way, but not much else. The finish saves this from being a medicine-bomb--there is a unique buttered-rum/toffee/caramel sweetness that must be the honey shining through, and is probably the best part of the brew. It is almost like two beers in one. The carbonation is remarkably steady, and boosted with the booze. Though the booze is very noticeable, it's actually pretty mild for 15% ABV. I'm torn about whether I like this, or am merely intrigued. I have to mark it down one notch if, for no other reason, because the blueberry is pretty nondescript.

The mouthfeel is spectacular. Medium-bodied, but remarkably crisp and carbonated. The sweetness does not ever get cloying. It has a fine finish that takes the drinkability up a notch.

This is one of the more "random" and "scattered" brews I've ever had. Intriguing and drinkable, but ultimately, a little too medicinal. I've resolved to cellar one and see if the age helps.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We recently had an FF rep conduct a tasting at the FGBS & not only was this on-tap, but my drinking buddy, Summer Dave, gifted me a bottle! My my.

From the bottle: "proudly brewed in new jersey"; "Honey Ale brewed with Blueberries"; "This Braggot features local blueberries and honey, and a limited amount of hops. On the first sip you will note a light sweetness along with citrus notes followed by a well rounded malt character."

I Pop!ped the cap & looked around to see if any Fish might be Flying around since I have had a recent infestation. Since none were evident, I began a gentle pour, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl. This raised just under two fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head with low retention. quickly reverting to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with button brightness. Oh my! Nose had a pronounced Belgian yeast phenolic clove-like spiciness with only an underlying blueberry and honey sweetness. Hmm. While this may account for the high ABV, it was not what I was looking forward to from this beer/braggot. Mouthfeel was big, thick & heavy on my tongue. It was like a sumo wrestler as opposed to a WWF wrestler in many AIPAs/DIPAs in that it was content to get my tongue to the mat and simply lay upon it as opposed to scrubbing away. The taste was rather hot, indicating that if I buy another, it is getting cellared. The taste began to take on the sweetness of blueberries & honey, but the fusel heat was unabating as was the spiciness. Finish was hot & dry & I really think that this is one which could benefit from some solid aging. Young, its flavors clash in a way that does not allow for it principals to shine.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this blueberry braggot. Unfortunately, when buying it, I relied only on the bottle label, which doesn't warn you that Flying Fish went Belgian with this one. The honey is there, but the blueberry is overwhelmed by the Belgian (yeast) character, which ruined it for me.

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Photo of bret717
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here's my new beer (and style!) for today's NBS:

Appearance- 1/2 finger white head, leaves nice thin lacing. Beer is golden, crystal clear, and lively with carbonation

Aroma- soft blueberries, honey and sweet bread, with none taking a backseat or dominating

Taste- follows the nose with the blueberry being a little more prevalent. Finishes with honey sweetness and a boozy burn (the beer is 15% ABV)

Mouthfeel- medium body, finishes fairly dry at first but as the beer warms the beer really coats the mouth and a boozy slight aftertaste lingers

Overall- this was good and I'm glad I finally tried my first braggot. The flavors are put together very nicely, and it was overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.71/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle at home. Wow. The 15% is deceptive. Everything about this is well designed. The aroma is meek but the flavor is not. The blueberries also way in the background...don't show up until the temperature rises. Fantastic texture & an overall seduction is in play. At $13 a 4Pk this braggot is a nugget. The honey contributes as much, if not more to the overall texture than the sweetness.

Jersey??? Really??? I'm from Jersey. Maybe I left too soon.

Whatever the magic, count me in.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden and with a medium sized head. The nose is very spicy with tons of Belgian yeast. The flavor follows the nose and is very Tripel-esque. It's sweet, spicy and metallic. Not much of blueberries, which was a bit surprising I must admit. Not much honey either, even though I'm not sure how much honey Braggots are supposed to have in their flavor profile. Full bodied and without too much carbonation on the nose.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 175 ratings