Brother Adam's Bragget Ale
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale
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From:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Braggot
Ranked #7
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,940
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Ratings:
252
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 08, 2021
Added:
Jan 07, 2002
Wants:
  82
Gots:
  24
SCORE
87
Very Good
Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale
Notes: Akin to a barley wine, we suggest this ale as an after dinner drink.

It has a truly unique & sophisticated flavor due to the use of wildflower honey as the catalyst for the production of alcohol. We simply use pale malt and a very small amount of Target hops in this Belgian style ale. The bulk of the body, color and sweetness come from the 2,000 lbs. of honey we add to the boil.

The Brother is cellared for up to a year before it is bottled, which helps to marry the flavors and create the complex palate in this Bragget.
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4.23 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Jul 08, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

slightly sweet ale good hop finish

Oct 03, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Draft at the bbq/brewery
Pours a med frothy head moderate retention, fair sticky lacing, mostly clear auburn to brownish color

Nose sweet floral honey with caramelization, toffee, sweet honey syrup, fruity mostly pome fruit, apples with honey, mild sweet caramel toasted malt

Taste brings rich caramelized brochet like honey, more toasted malt and caramel malt, toffee, candied apples as the fruity esters kick in, pome fruit again, little syrupy, apples and honey again, perfumey alcohol, mild sweet finish with more caramelized honey and touch of bitterness

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy thick, carb is the lighter side but ok for style, some warming tingly alcohol

Overall not bad, wish the malt came through a touch more, but otherwise well done

Sep 10, 2020
 
4.05 by Ateawholedogonce from Massachusetts on Mar 07, 2019
 
4.04 by mmmbeerNY from New York on Jul 08, 2018
 
3.5 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a chalice, the appearance was a wood brown color with a finger's worth of a sly white foamy head. Swiftly dissipated to barely leave any lace.
The aroma centered around the honey then some floral, hay and grassy tones entered in alongside of some lemon sweetness.
The flavor was sweet all of the way through - it's all about the honey. Lemon made a decent effort to try and be underneath. Mild honey sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with some cloying sweetness sticking to my tongue. Mild carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Semi-sticky honey finish.
Overall, good aroma and flavor as a braggot, but if that cloying stickiness could be controlled, this could be one of the great ones.

May 25, 2018
 
3.93 by lowlyone from Massachusetts on Oct 26, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by SomethingClever from Ohio

12 oz bottle poured into 4 oz taster

A: caramel brown body with an off white tan head fairly good clarity

S: very sweet honey caramel toffee

T: very sweet lots of nice honey almost some clove toffee burnt sugars

M: syrupy and heavy very full not thick though a little cloying

O: I never have had this style but I am pretty pleased. if you love honey give this a shot.

Jul 03, 2016
 
3.64 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Dec 06, 2015
 
4.31 by Burkbom23 from Connecticut on Aug 24, 2015
 
4 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Jul 23, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Myotus from Texas

Shoutout to Pearpicker for this trade!

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on 26Nov13) into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dissipates to a line within one minute. Very dark red-orange in color with a slight cloudiness. Bubbles are moderate and lacing is minimal.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of alcohol and honey that mix with mild aromas of figs, plums, and cherries. A hint of pale malts, roasted malts, and spicy hop flavors can also be detected.
TASTE: Initial taste is a combination of very strong honey flavors that mix with mild alcohol flavors and subtle spicy hop flavors. Mild fig, plum, and cherry flavors enter immediately after as alcohol and hop flavors persist, but honey flavors tone down from very strong to strong. About 5 seconds after initial taste, alcohol flavors become slightly less mild as a dash of pale malts and roasted malts finally enter the palate. And of course, all other flavors persist in their respected strengths.
FEEL: This is such a full-bodied beer that it is nearly syrupy. It sticks to the back of throat and I love it. Subtly carbonated, with an absolute zero dryness in the finish. This leaves the mouth nice and watery, like some sort of elegant dessert.
NOTE: I don't care if I hate the perception of alcohol, this was one dang amazing beer!

Jul 20, 2015
 
4 by ivyman from Massachusetts on Jul 04, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange-brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates to patches and light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, honey, fresh and dried dark fruit, much like a honeyed English barleywine might smell. Flavor is caramel malt, apple and pear juice, honey, figs. Lingering finish of treacle and honey. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A honey forward ale, somewhat sweeter and more carbonated than mead. The honey flavor is well handled; this is only lightly sweet, but the honey flavors are distinct and pleasant. Light fruit flavors appropriate for a Belgian style ale. Unlike the aroma, the flavor is more mead-like than barleywine. Alcohol was lightly noticeable in the aroma, but covered well in the taste, this did not drink like a high ABV ale. I'm a mead fan, but most of those are drier than this and it is nice to taste good honey flavors in a pleasant malt base. Well done. This was a gift from a traveling friend and I don't expect to see it again, but I would very much like to drink this again. Nicely done.

Jul 03, 2015
 
3.6 by doremite from Vermont on Jun 27, 2015
 
4.15 by kdivers from New Hampshire on Jun 10, 2015
 
3.23 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jun 10, 2015
 
3.73 by mltobin from Connecticut on May 01, 2015
 
3.46 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts on Mar 30, 2015
 
3.5 by ari32 from Georgia on Mar 16, 2015
 
3.96 by Benesi88 from Massachusetts on Feb 13, 2015
 
3.25 by jrob21 from Georgia on Feb 06, 2015
 
4 by Lefty_P_Hand from Maine on Dec 27, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

This has been aging since 2009 in my parents cellar. I had this fresh before but I guess I forgot to rate it. This is the only braggot that I have had. Poured into my FFF Teku Glass.

A- Body is a quite muddy/hazy brownish gold hue. Pours with a 1 finger foamy white head that fades somewhat. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Honey, a lot of it. Faint malt/barley in the background, and alcohol...not really astringency but alcohol is definitely present.

T- Upfront is a good bit of barley with honey overtones. A lot of honey is added to the finish-it is the highlight of the flavor but it is still rather soft and not overpowering at all. A bit of alcohol warmth lingers with the soft honey.

F- This has done very well with age. Soft carbonation and a smooth honey-like body. Very little alcohol astringency-but its there. Light to medium weight, smooth, and slightly sticky.

O- Overall this is a very good brew both aged and fresh. Braggots are pretty unique and something that I would like to see done more often. I love the honey accent to it.

Nov 23, 2014
 
3.8 by Wowcoolman from California on Nov 01, 2014
 
3.5 by drewone from California on Nov 01, 2014
 
4.25 by bluehende from Delaware on Oct 18, 2014
 
3.5 by Franck from Canada (QC) on Oct 04, 2014
 
3.5 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Oct 01, 2014
 
3.5 by iL0VEbeer from New Jersey on Sep 25, 2014
 
4 by huysmans from New Jersey on Sep 07, 2014
 
4 by Mini4x from Massachusetts on Aug 14, 2014
 
4.25 by Jspriest from Pennsylvania on Aug 12, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Perhaps not unsurprising, I am not clear exactly how the style should play out, but...

A: nice clear copper-brown color, with a head that took an effort to produce, but sustained nicely after poured,

S: obvious honey, but some toffee as well. I also get what reminds me a little of instant lemon tea, but I can almost guarantee that's just me.

T/M: the honey backs a light toasty flavor, taking over the taste pretty quickly. From there, there isn't much of an obvious change, to me. The honey taste fades, and I get a little apple and a hint of pine at the end. That pine taste also brings about a burnt sugar taste. None of these are strong as the carbonation hat plays on the tongue to provide more of a distraction from the mead flavors than the other flavors I get.

O: my first sip of this overpowered me with sweetness. On my second sip, with perhaps my buds adjusted, it was obviously not something I was going to drain-pour as syrup. That said, it was still an interesting beer that reminds me a lot of a hopped-up hard cider in its opening sweetness and an overly sweet barley wine in its dark sugar ending.

Aug 06, 2014
 
3.75 by bobv from Vermont on Jul 13, 2014
 
3.75 by psdriscoll from Connecticut on Jul 01, 2014
 
4 by smithj4 from New York on Jun 25, 2014
 
4.5 by xzymurgist from North Carolina on Jun 23, 2014
 
3.75 by wrightst from Maryland on Jun 06, 2014
Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 252 ratings