Brooklyn Buzz Bomb Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gmann on 05-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a nice golden orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet and had some other aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer was decent. I was hoping to get a little more of the sweetness from the honey but for some reason I struggled to get any. The mouthfeel was ok, It was a little on the light side I thought. Overall not my favorite Braggot ale but I was happy to try it.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color, slightly hazy, and has a thin white head. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: The nose has light aromas of honey and floral hops.
T: The taste is mildly sweet; flavors of honey stand out along with some notes of oranges and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. The beer is rather smooth and the finish is dry.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and goes down easily.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's rare, the opportunity to drink a commercially make modern braggot. This is a poorly represented beer/mead style in which I can see a lot of future potential.

The pour brings an early efforvescent pour, similar to Belgian Goldens but with a glowing and efforvescent strong straw color. An airy and froathy head forms on the braggot and shows mild lacing and good retainage.

A delicate yet powerful blend of white wine, honey, and spicy notes of under rippened berries, white pepper, and curraco swirl at the nose in very Belgian-like spirit. The fruity esters of apples, pears, and honeysuckle also fill the olfactories in a sweet but complex way.

Flavors fare much the same but with the lead in of sweet honey, pilsner malt, and wheat malt. The fresh baked French bread character is a gread buffer for both the Braggot's sweetness and spice. Lowly hopped (maybe even the omition of hops) lead to an overly floral and fruity/sweet tone to the taste of the beverage. As braggots go, this one takes a sweeter tone to the session.

Quite sweet, fruity, and floral, the Braggot has a medium texutre which is the best that the style expects, it finishes with an alcoholic spicty note that never really competes with the overall sweetness.

At first glance the beer tastes like a Belgian Golden Ale but the building sweetness lets me know that this is becomming something of another animal. But the spicy phenols and estery notes bring me back to the beery side of the beer. A great experiment in sweetness vs. dryness.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Big fluffy 2 finger head fades slowly over hazy glowing golden yellow slight orange colored beer.

N: Mostly malts, creamy and toasty malts. A little dry saison aroma with a little yeast, touch of citrus and lemongrass, some wheat, and a slight honey aroma.

T: Starts with a bubblegum flavor actually, hmmm.... then goes into some earthy toasty malt flavors. More wheat and citrus, lemongrass, orange peel, some acidity adds a tingle to the mouth, and a slight creamy malt flavor. A little sweetness comes through but mostly dry. THe sweetness seems to be followed by a slight honey flavor, but very faint.

M: Medium body with good carbonation and a little acidity burn.

F: Pretty dry on the finish, with more acid tingly feel. More wheat and citrus on the finish, pretty saison like with a little saison dry toasty malt flavor, more orange peel and lemon, some sticky sweet feel aside from the dryness, and a slight bitterness from the orange peel.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Rustico.

Pours a bright golden honey color with a white head. Nose is really floral with a bit of citrus and lots of sweet honey in the background. Taste is somewhat more restrained with the honey taking over a bit. Nice floral notes. Medium body that is a bit cloying. Drinks well enough and another good beer in this series.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a lightly hazed, golden-yellow body with little head formation beyond a scant, thin white coating. Modest lacing on the descent.

Smell: Cracked cloves tossed with a bit of bitter orange peel and orange blossoms. Minor tones of soft barley and white wheat bring up the rear.

Taste: Delicate, particularly pale maltiness with a moderate sweetness and hint of soda crackers. Light floral character followed by a twist of bitter orange peel. The Belgian yeast strain imparts a notably strong spiciness akin to chomping on some fresh cloves. Finishes dry with some peppery alcoholic tones exacerbating the potent phenolics.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: While I didn't dislike it, I wasn't diggin' it, either. I don't mind things being subtle or understated, but, beyond the overt phenolics and bitter orange peel, I was left wondering "where's the flavor, yo?"

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Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap today at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a murky golden color with 2 inches of white head that leave quickly and moderate carbonation.

s - Sells of bananas, spices, cloves, and other tropical fruits.

t - Tstes a bit odd, cloves and spice, hint of fruit, and a little bit of sour bready malts.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - An ok beer, but a bit weird. Didn't get any honey sweetness from it like some people and thought it was mroe like a hefeweisen. Wouldn't really look to try again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

honey colored amber with no head and no lace. 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! 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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler filled about 1 hour ago at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours hazed very light golden honey, with a near white head that leaves slippery sheeting and moderate amounts of stringy lace. No foolin' nose of smooth honey and floral goodness. Enjoyable offering, notes of the expected honey, some floral features, light pepper lurking the rear. Nice and smooth on the tongue and coating the mouth nicely. Summer beer woohoo, tasty and bold, with the 8% completely hidden. More quality and well worth seeking out brew from Bklyn. Brewery

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Nice surprise finding this guy available in Fair Lakes. It pours a somewhat hazy golden straw capped by a little over a finger of fluffy white froth, which dissipates relatively quickly. The nose comprises honey (someone close my jaw for me?), orange peel, coriander, lilacs, a sharp pinprick of alcohol, and some hoppy florals. The taste includes all of those, save the alcoholic stab, along with ginger, pepper, banana, a saison-like quasi-funk, and some light clove. The body is quite light, with a moderately active carbonation and a crisp finish. Not a bad braggot, but a little light and fizzy for my tastes (at least in this area). Seems like a honey-based saison to me, which isn't a bad idea at all.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright gold and honey color. No carbonation and minimal head with a vey thin lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S - Smells similar to a Belgian ale yeast with the addition of coriander spicing, lemon, and a minimal floral characteristic.

T - Very interesting and unique. Light bodied, crisp, spicey and has a small amount of lemon and coriander. Hopping is very mild and comes through at the very end.

M - Leaves the mouth with a crisp coriander and spice aftertaste. Is light bodied, crisp, and mildly carbonated on the tongue.

Would definitely get this again.

D - Goes down very easily.

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a snifter. Had a bright yellow color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sweet, floral, citrusy aroma, with traces of malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (orange peel), spices (pepper, e.g.), honey, and malt. Much more mellow and tasty than Widmer's braggot.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied. A bit more thick and syrupy than I normally like.

D: A light, drinkable beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden body with a well-carb'd head that dies quickly and on top of an aroma of mellow sweet malts and some mild spices. Taste is more of the same as it's light-bodied with some minor spicy notes and hints of citric hops and sugary sweet malts. Balanced and easy to drink, finishes smooth. Not a complex beer at all but a very enjoyable sipper on a hot summer night.

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Photo of rudzud
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey. Needless to say, I was highly dissappointed.

A - Real light amber with a big almost 3 finger head that hung around for a while.

S - Big on the honey and thats pretty much it. Picking up no malts or hops with this one.

T - Nice honey upfront and then some big spicey booze tastes. No hops whatsoever and really no malts either. Like no braggot I've ever had before.

M - Very low carbonation, almost syrupy. Almost unpleasant.

D - A heavy braggot, i know due to all the alcohol but this just really wasnt all that good. Definately not diggin this one.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the reason I drink beers from styles "I'm not that into..." I don't really like honey beers and the few (very few) braggots I've had have been a big disappointment to me, but now, finally a good honey beer and braggot to boot. Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is bright, light, yellow with a monster head of small bubbles that has a lot of staying power. Tons of lacing and moderate carbonation. The beer has a mild haze to it. Looks pretty good, looks light.

This beer falls down slightly on the aroma. There is some nice graininess to the whole thing and mild floral notes but overall its a little weak.

Yum, beer is light in body and bright on the palate. Its floral but not overwhelming, its slightly bitter and not as dry as you may expect. The bitterness seems to be from some sort of graininess overall. Super drinkable and nice carbonation levels in the mouth. Overall its a really good beer. It has kind of a Belgian kind of yeasty bready quality to the whole thing as well. Strong ester notes. I'd drink it again if that were possible.

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Photo of tempest
2.32/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ordered a pint at Little Ortino's. At first I was a fan of this little golden beer/bragot. The floral and earthy honey notes were delicious. But as it warmed, overpowering medicinal clove flavors and aromas hijacked the beer and I ended up not finishing it. After a while, it basically tasted like Robitussin. What a shame. Maybe this sat out in a hot distributor too long and Brooklyn's beers don't usually have flaws like this, but I'd ask for a taste before ordering this to be safe.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn's Buzz Bomb Ale. A braggot, interesting.

Appearance: Bright gold in color with a small head that doesn't stick around very long.

Smell: Sweetness, wheat, even a Belgian twang.

Taste: Follows the nose, with some wheat malt staying in front of the other flavors. A bit of honey, no real hop presence. I wonder if they used Belgian yeast, because it does have a golden ale character to it. Not cloyingly sweet, and a small hint of booze.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Really good stuff from Brooklyn Brewing. So far the best example of the style I have come across.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first maggot on draft at galaxy hut. I don't have a reference point for this so I'm not pretending this review is educated.

Pours a pale clear rich golden color with a quickly fading sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is slightly smoky, very floral and sweet dominated by a honey aroma. Full bodied, smooth and syrupy with a potent floral hoppy taste that tries to balance out all of he malt and honey sweetness. A very interesting beer, I enjoyed it, but have little to compare it to.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-draft at Track 84, served in a tulip. Poured a semi-translucent, pale yellow with a quarter inch off-white skim of a head. Nose is very light - herbal/medicinal and lemon zest. Taste is consistent with nose; however, there's also something of a Bengay quality here. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a smooth carbonation and a slightly tacky finish. This is a pretty interesting brew. Easy drinking, but not something I would consume a lot of in one sitting; however, it is smooth and interesting. Would make a nice digestif in my opinion.

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent golden color with a two-finger head. Good presentation.

Aroma is full of only a slight hint of honey in the nose. My honker must be broken or something.

Taste is full of mildly sweet honey notes with a good hint of malt as well. Slightly warm but definitely reflects the style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering honey and sweet malt. I wouldn't expect anything less.

Strong, not too sweet and certainly makes good use of honey. Now, a bottle would be sweet. Regardless, it nearly mowed me down. Worth a try!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a somewhat thin looking honey yellow with a nice frothy head which doesn't hang around too long and slippery lacing. Looks like a lot of the more common lagers you see these days.

S - Very wheat and earthy like...very reminiscent of that new belgium smell but with a twist (perhaps that's the Local 1 yeast?). Certainly distinct and unique smelling. Very malty, not really smelling the honey in it.

T - Very earthy pale ale taste. Malts dominate the flavor. Sort of like Fat Tire crossed with Local 1, but far better than Fat Tire.

M - Pretty earthy and bitter aftertaste. Overall, pretty smooth but a bit watery for my tastes.

D - It is certainly drinkable, in fact, I could drink this one all night long and the ABV makes it aptly named for its drinkability. It could use a bit more tweaking for me to really reach for it again the next time I see it available.

Overall, a pretty average beer in my opinion. I had remembered really liking this one at a tasting I went to, but this time around, I found myself a bit under impressed. I haven't really had (or heard of) Braggot as a style so not sure if this one hits the money or misses by a mile, but as a beer as a whole, certainly worth a try to decide for yourself, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it when Brooklyn has many other worthy offerings that are at the top of the pack.

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Photo of Pencible
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like waxy/grassy hops and wild yeast, with clove and earthy honeysuckle.
T: It tasted like grassy hops (no wax) and wild yeast, with some earthy clover and spicy wheat. It had a mellow sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation, but was beginning to go flat since the growler had been opened the previous day.
D: This was a very interesting brew - my first braggot. It seemed more like a tripel than anything else. The alcohol was very well hidden, and it had a very smooth finish, so it was quite easy to drink. I wish I had gotten this fresh, so the carbonation was more present, but I was still happy just to try it. (Although I'm not sure it's worth having more than once.)

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Brooklyn Buzz Bomb Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 82 ratings