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

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Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of braggot in particular (and mead). This cellared version, I do not have a year bottled, poured a medium yellow honey mixture with lots of foam and lacing. Malty and also barleywine aroma(when the head settles) aroma, creamy to the tongue though tingling it. Smooth drinking though nothing exceptional in taste, tastes akin a lager. Honey on palate in aftertaste.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly murky looking gold color with a really nice white head on top. The head was foamy and soft looking, it also had a good retention but not much lacing. The smell of the beer is of course an assault of honey aromas with a touch of malt in there too. No hop aroma at all. The taste of the beer betters as it warms up but at no point in time does this beer disappoint in this category. The beer is more malty when it's cold, as the beer warms the honey profile really shines through. The mouthfeel is very smooth, it's soft and very easy to drink, low carbonation but just enough to keep it alive and the booze comes out a little more as the beer warms. Overall I thought this was a very nice example of a Braggot, I would personally enjoy aging this beer and seeing how it evolves over time.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. This is my first beer in the style. Thanks to Adam for the bottle.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cap is magnificent; I really like the design.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, pretty good cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a murky pale copper with red tinges. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Honey, rich plum, awesome dark fruit and biscuity yeast, caramelized clean and amber malts, and ripe cherry. Very fresh yet musty and inviting. Complex. and intriguing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bright plum, ripe vibrant fruit, some honey, cherry, clean malts, tea, berry, light vague floral hopping, and pleasant caramelization. Some hints of grape. Fantastically balanced, featuring full complexity and striking subtlety. Built very well; I quite like it. Nice biscuity yeast. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick, if a bit filling. Nicely carbonated. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like this and look forward to trying more beers in the style. I'd love to age some of this. It's somewhat port-like in its sheer fruit brilliance.


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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a head that comes and goes, leaving a foamy ringlet for a while; dots of foam splash around the chalice

Smell: Fusel alcohol, with a distinct fermented honey aroma dominates; some caramel and vanilla in there as well

Taste: The opening flavor is like toast spread with honey followed by golden raisin intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the booziness builds and explores various malt and fruit flavors, such as cherry and pear; the finish is long and sweet toffee

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with low carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual brew that is an enjoyable sipper; kudos to the brewery for attempting the style

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Note: I'm not sure of the age on this bottle, but there's a label that reads "Aged since November 2000" on the bottle. I'm guessing that it's about 2 years old.

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale offers a slightly hazy robe of ruby-tinged chestnut beneath a short lid of creamy off-white foam that drops rather quickly to a thin collar and leaves only minimal lace (obviously due in great part to its high alcohol content). The nose, however, more than makes up for its shortcomings in appearance! It's rich and lively; loaded with honey, malt, fruit, and alcohol! And as it crosses the palate it's just as creamy as one might imagine - except for the mild sting of the alcohol involved. It's warming, and you can feel it passing through the throat and into the stomach. More honey is present in the flavor, and it's nicely entwined within doughy, vanilla and almond-laced cookie-dough-ish malt. Spicy alcohol accents, some fruitiness (sweet white raisins), and a very limited bitterness round things out. It's quite rich and enticing, yet its alcohol can be limiting.

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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Toasted malt with a strong aroma of caramel. Some floral honey notes with a hint of graham cracker in the background.

T - Sweet, alcoholic malt up front with lots of caramel and a bit of molasses. Darker malt character in the middle with notes of brown sugar, dark bread, and a sweet honey note. It finishes with intensely sugary honey character along with toasty grain and spicy alcohol. Lingering honey and alcohol flavors with molasses.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, alcoholic finish.

D - There is enough honey here to keep this from being a strait barleywine and certainly enough malt to distinguish it from a mead, so I guess it lives up to what is promised on the label. However, it doesn't have the depth of character that I would expect from such a strong beer, while it also is lacking in intensity of honey character. It is a somewhat muddy mixture of dull, flabby honey and nondescript brown malt which is just shy of cloyingly sweet in the finish. I would have hoped for some brighter honey character and perhaps a greater complexity to the caramel malt, but both of these areas end up lacking. I don't know the age of this bottle (it seems to lack any sort of dating) and it might improve with time but as it stands, it is a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramelized malts, fruit, alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a boozy alcohol sting followed by sweet flavors of honey, caramel and fruit. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stronger beer to sip on for a while but there are other high-ABV beers that I would pick first.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston on February 11. The description makes note of the large amount of honey included in the beer.

The color is nearly black. The smell is largely chocolate--milk, that is, very sweet.

The taste is surprisingly dry. I am reminded of brandy. The body is rather thin (expected from a honey beer) and low in carbonation.

This beer is very interesting but two-dimensional. I enjoy the flavor profile, but the depth of the complexity is shallow. Very much worth tasting, but not necessarily for quaffing.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Deep amber. Almost nothing by way of head. A few wisps. Sugary legs on the swirl.

Smell - Honey and lots of oxidized sherry aromas. Deep malt character. Burnt caramel.

Taste - Brighter honey flavor. Slight light fruit flavor. Still oxidized. Lots of honey. Some of the deeper malts come through, but less than the nose implies.

Mouthfeel - Boozy, but not too intense. Low carbonation. Oxidation is pleasant.

Overall - It's pretty good. Nothing terribly exciting, but nice flavors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-hued body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of white grapes, sugar cookies and, to a lesser degree, malt and honey. One single spritz of perfume. A dash of pear liqueur.

Taste: Honey sweetness with some bittering herbs, and tastes of pear juice and tangy white grapeskins. Sugar cookie dough. Sharps accents of flowers here and there and, though I hate to say it, lil' jolt of astringency. Considerably warming throughout. Interestingly enough, there're some bourbony notes along the way. Finishes with a honeyed sweetness and a touch of searing alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Unique and fairly interesting. For some, a good night cap, for others it's a good with-pizza beverage.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in December 2011 and was recommended to hold onto it for a while. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, with a reddish tint to it, two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of honey, sweet dark fruits, sweet fruity malts, and toasted malts. Very sweet, but very nice.

t - Tastes of honey, fruity malts, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, bready malts, grains, and light alcohol. Nice but the alcohol is still there quite a bit. A step fown from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth from the honey.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. The honey is there and makes the beer smooth, but some alcohol is pretty prevelant in the taste. Think some more time would have done this one well, but still a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brassy orange with an infusion of cherry. Hmmm, I expected some shade of gold. The ecru colored crown is fizzy, unsticky and not very attractive. It falls to a thin disk in 30 seconds and doesn't look too shabby once it reaches that point. No lace makes it to the sides of the snifter.

The nose doesn't smell like much other than alcohol. That's to be expected given the ABV and the lack of aromatic ingredients. Pale malt never contributes much and the 'very small amount' of Target hops can't be expected to contribute after an estimated two years in the bottle. I would have thought 2000 lbs of wildflower honey would smell like... honey? Warming brings some Cognac-like fusels to the forefront.

I hate like hell to disparage something with such a rich history, especially with such limited experience, but I fail to see the appeal in braggot. A high-ABV ale that tastes like honey would be great, but there isn't much honey flavor to be had. While BABA tastes better than it smells, depth and complexity is in short supply. Not to mention flavor.

Brother Adam's comes across as a light-bodied, pale malty, sparsely hopped American barleywine. The brewery must have thought so too because they put 'Barley Wine Style' on the label. Warming ushers in a little more flavor in the form of light toffee and a boozy fruitiness. It isn't like I need to dig deep to figure out each and every nuance... because there aren't any.

This is definitely one of the lightest high-ABV ales in recent... or not so recent... memory. Here again, I expected something with a little honey-like stickiness. Since what substance starts each mouthful finishes each mouthful, an above average score is warranted.

I'm beginning to feel a bit better about Brother Adam's Bragget Honey Ale as the ounces slip by. Actually, that's probably the 11.8% ABV talking. Another few ounces and I'll be feeling charitably toward everyone and everything. Since this is the highest rated braggot on the site, I guess I'm just not a fan. Thanks Sudsdog.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this 2006 version on tap at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. Served cool in a snifter.

A - A clear bronze w/ small cap of white which turns to a ring of carbonation beads

S - A smell like candy - floral esters and honey sweetness in the nose w/ a mild sherry like oxidized aroma which is pleasant
The nose is malt dominated w/ slight spice from the yeast

M - the feel has a sweet tip w/ mild toast and hints of acohol w/ mellow semi-dry finish. The ale has moderately high carbonation which seems unusual given the high abv, but complements the sweet feel and adds balance - not cloying in any sense, a really nice blend of textures at play

T - A sweet tinge of stone fruit w/ vinous and plum notes and mild prune hints w/ toasted nut and mild caramel w/ a dry honey-candy-like flavor. The taste of the honey is fruity and the malt adds a nutty toasted element w/ yeast complimenting. There is a mild sweet dry herbal accent and light almond note w/ a hint of white grapeskin late in the taste

D - A supremely good drink for such a big honey fermented beer the 4 years seems to have added a dry texture to the overall mouthfeel and reduced some of the level of sweetness as I had this fresh on my birthday last June and it seemed less dry. It is so smooth -I am so glad I got to try this on tap + w/ 4 years of age on it!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I shared this bottle at a tasting earlier tonight.

2009 Vintage

A: This beer pours slightly hazy and appears burnt orange in color.

S: Honey. Honey. Honey. This beer could attract bears, bees, people with bread and butter knives, etc.

T: Imagine drinking a beer from a bee's nest, in a good way. The beer is sweet, but not cloying. I must say, this brew is well done. I'm not well versed or experienced when it comes to braggot brews, but this ale seems to be right in line with the style. The honey does outshine the malt character, but it tastes great so I can overlook this imbalance.

M: The feel is of a thin body with a present sweetness. The sweetness is almost entirely derived from the honey, and not cloying.

D: I thought this was very enjoyable. I wouldn't want a huge quantity of this, or probably any braggot for that matter, but I could certainly see myself sipping on a mug of this ancient beverage while strolling around Renn Fest.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this has been sitting in the closet forever. I have really been dipping into the stas so to speak lately and this one is definatly no execption. I got this from barleywinebrewer back in the first barley wine BIF in January and had been saving it for a special occasion that never came, so I went for it tonight. Poured a very clear, honey colored amber with no head and no lace. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up in bubles from the glass throughout the session. The color on this was simply gourgeous, I had not seen anything this shade before, quite stunning actually.

The smell was strong with alcohol straight from the start. Once you got past that, there were very subtle honey aromas and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. A nice bready grain presence as well as grapes, pears, and a bit of fig could be detected, again though, lots of alcohol on the nose right from the start. The first impression of the taste was hot damn this is strong! No hiding of the 12% ABV on this one, hits you right from the start. Very hot feel, not alot of carbonation in this. It is smooth in the same way a good wine is. Had a definate mead like feel and taste about it. Flavors were were overshadowed a bit by the alcohol. which you really needed to fight your way through. I could detect the ever so slight hint of honey, and alot of the grape flavor in it. Hints of peaches or pears could be detected as well as alot of winter like spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. A very complex flacor profile for sure on this.

Overall this had to be one of the most interesting brews I have ever tried. Came off to me more of a spiced wine then a beer, but it was unique for sure. A bit hot and full of alcohol, but ot had a presence and a flavor that I had not expierence before, and I always appreciate that. Overall I would put this down as one you should definatly give a try to. It was original and worth a look.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish orange amber color with a decent fluffy white head that has moderate retention. Smells of honey, sweet bready malt, caramel, butterscotch, slightly spicy with a hint of oxidation. It really screams English ale to me if that makes any kind of sense. Taste is malty and sweet. Lots of ripe fruit mixed with a honey bready thing. Slightly spicy most of the way through, but finishes with a twinge of alcohol and a lingering earthy bitterness. Medium to thick body, light carbonation, sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. I found this quite complex, but I feel the flavors are still competing, maybe this needs some time. Its good now, but I suspect it might be great with some age.

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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 248 ratings