Valkyrie Brewing

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3.8 | pDev: 13.42%
Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly dark amber color. 1 finger slightly amber white head. The head retention is downright amazing, and it dissipates into a nice, creamy looking layer on top of the beer. No lacing on the glass, though, when I swirl it around. When i drink the beer, some of the left over head does cling to the glass.
The nose is really interesting. I get some nice sweet honey, but it isn't overpowering. I get a ton of malty, yeasty sweetness. Bread, biscuit smelling.
Taste - There's the honey, but then I get a dark fruit flavor - raisin, maybe some fig. Some bread, yeast flavors.
Creamy feel, with a nice pop from the carbonation. Decent body. The honey does linger, and cling to my throat.
So glad Valkyrie brought this back for their 25th anniversary. This is a great beer, and it's just hitting all the right spots with me.

Aug 12, 2019
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joepais from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Santa for this
A 09 bottle poured into three tulip glasses it produced a finger worth of white head that went to nothing. The body of the brew was a beautiful clear amber color.

Honey is the one word that sums up the nose. It did have some light fruit aromas of apples and grapes as well. The flavors were a close following of the nose. Not to sweet it did have a nice balance to it. The one thing I would have changed was I wish it had a little more carbonation because it came of a bit syrupy. I had another one of their bragget's and the carbonation was spot on.

The bottle glasses didn't last us long; it was a nice treat to share. I say it was well worth the try

Jan 31, 2010
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Wisconsin from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A rigorous pour delivers a clear, golden brown body with an extremely thin head that fades to a ring after a minute or so. Trace amounts of carbonation are visibly rising up to the top but this beer already appears to be lacking sufficient carbonation. The color though, is something to note.

S - Very nice, sweet smelling body, that is full of apples grapes and a kiss of honey. A slight spice note is present as well but ever so faint in comparison to the sweet aspects of this beer. Overall though a very interesting beer thus far.

T - Sweet and slightly acidic notes of apples and grapes up front. A faint shot of honey arrives as well to compliment the sweet fruit aspect. There is also some spice notes that are present as well. Slight malt profile but overall nothing too strong. The sweet fruit notes are what drive this beer.

M - This is my first Braggot, but in my experience with Viking there has been issues with carbonation so I am not sure if it's the style or the brewery, but the carbonation is basically nothing. Aside from that the beer is light bodied and quite enjoyable. Fruit notes along with a slight acidic taste enter the mouth initially. Malts arrive to provide a change of pace before the spice notes finish. Very good tastes here but I have a feeling the carbonation is supposed to be higher here.

D - Very enjoyable beer but the lack of carbonation makes this beer more like a fruit juice. While it has plenty of good characteristics I would like to see the carbonation increased drastically in this beer. Way too flat, but I will definitely grab this again to see if it was just a bad batch. Drinkability improves as the beer warms but watch out for the alcohol content in this one. They don't tell you, nor will you be able to tell, but I would guess it's 10%+.

I should also point out after buying this bottle at the brewery (and speaking with the owner), that many of their 22 ounce bottles are made for long storage due to their high abv. I didn't get an exact number on this beer but I would imagine it's up there.

Dec 10, 2009
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botham from New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a reddish amber color with minimal white head, and little to no lacings.

Aroma is of a honey sweetness and a very light alcoholic note alongside distant peach and apple notes.

Taste is more of the same with a character reminiscent of a lighter Belgian with the sweet and lightly fruity aura. Drinkable and pleasant on the palate with a finish of little residual, only a faint bready malt and some honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, and mildly smooth, though the back end does carry a light alcoholic note.

Drinkability is decent. The brew is drinkable, but ends up a bit too sweet. Aside from that, enough flavor and a well proportioned profile make this a well-done brew overall.

Oct 27, 2009
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Riley's, Madison

Mjod appears to be freshly released again for Viking's 15th Anniversary. This braggot wears an amber body with impressive clarity. A hard pour produced a crackling beige head one finger in height that quickly fizzled out to a skimming and thin collar. Tiny spots of lace are left down the tulip but they quickly wash back into the body.

The nose is super interesting and reminiscent of fall. I'm hit with freshly picked, juicy, delicious, sweet red ripe apple each time I take a whiff. A red grape vinous quality isn't far behind while soft, somewhat dusty, cereal grain sweetness lays down the foundation. Soft notes of orange make their presence known as well. There's a bit of bitter walnut pith as this warms with toasty caramel and it really makes for a complex, inviting braggot.

The flavor profile is very similar to that of the nose. When colder the crisp red apple rules the roost making this very cider like. Red grapes and the cereal grain soft sweetness come along mid-palate. With some warming the walnut pith seeps in along with that toasted caramel noted in the nose. The honey adds soft florals and mild orange but in no way comes across cloying like I was worried about. This braggot really has two different sides, one being very cidery and the other showing more beer like qualities. Very interesting.

The body is actually on the lighter side suggesting most of the honey had been eaten up during fermentation. The carbonation is light and provides a soft mouthfeel. The finish ends up being drier and drier as I drink.

I don't get any heat from this braggot but I can feel the booze in my forehead and cheeks after half a glass. The alcohol may be the only hindrance but this is a delicious, interesting braggot.

Mjod is very cider like when cold but leans more and more toward the beer side after a little warming. The honey is nearly fermented out with just a little residual sweetness and fruitiness. I could see this being a drink that would agree with a large number of people. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for something both interesting and enjoyable.

Aug 26, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber that sports gold foil and a 15th anniversary sash. Happy 15th Viking!

Into a tulip it glows a bright reddish amber, glowing like fossilized mineral Amber. Some larger bubbles form and quickly vanish, leaving a thin skim that fades into a white ring at the edge. The color is really nice. Faint honey and floral apple blossoms in the aroma, backed by a hint of alcohol when swirled. A second pour pulls up some sweet, perfumy florals and brandy soaked golden raisins.

The honey isn't overly sweet, it has an underripe peach acidity, slightly waxy, with some vague maltiness in the background. Light honey graham cracker aftertaste. It's fairly light bodied and drinkable, yet i'm still getting some belly warming from the alcohol. The peach element is the best part about it.

From the other two Braggots i've tried, this was the most drinkable and seemingly true to style. Winter White was more like a Barleywine, and 2 Bros. Heliocentric was like malt liquor with a shot of honey.

Aug 11, 2009
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nrunge from Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite my somewhat below average rating of this Brackett. I still strongly reccomend it stricly for novelty / historic reasons.

I think that it is important to understand the evolution of fermented beverages. I also think that it is important to give credit to Viking for brewing such a drink year round.

I actually bought this while the owners of Viking were doing a tasting and they told me that it is more like wine than beer. When I drink it with that mindset I think "damn this is a great wine, but a horrible beer" so keep that in mind when you are smooth sippin'

I don't get the whole head/lacing thing so I'll just skip that. I never saw how the asthetics of a beverage had anything to do with its quality.

Thick mouthfeel, tastes like honey and spices. Different than anything that I have ever tasted before. Not bad. Not great. Just different. A nice derail from the malt/hop dilema. I would definately try a Braggot/Bracket/Mead again just for kicks.

Apr 18, 2009
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drizzam from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gorgeous clear copper color. Very little carbonation with little to no head. Of course, no head = no lacing (not that lacing makes or breaks a brew).

S - Smells like a cross between honey and apple...almost like the apple is fermenting a bit.

T - The taste, again, mimics the scent. Very sweet with some tartness on the swallow. Sweet fermented apples.

M & D - Thinnish and creamy mouthfeel. This is kind of a sweet brew...not one that I think could be real sessionable.

Feb 14, 2009
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Golden2wenty1 from Wisconsin

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

From Notes. 12 oz bottle.

Pour: hazy autumn gold under a fountain of snow-white foam that fades to a skim.

Nose: fermented green apple skins, clover honey and white wine

Taste: apple skins, brown sugar/caramel, dry champagne yeast, baked apples and clover honey.

Feel: light and crisp, fizzy and tart, with a slight graininess

Drinkibility/Overall: a much better, more drinkable, complex and balanced braggot than their Honey Moon which was a cloying mess.

Feb 21, 2008
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from CH3CH2OH. This is also my first mead review (and technically only my 2nd run-in with mead).

A: The mead is a slightly hazy brown-orange color. The head was large on pour was thick, requiring two separate pours. Afterwards, that same head evaporated rather quickly.

S: Honey is the predominant aroma, followed by some banana esters and an alcohol strength.

T: The mead is incredibly sweet, having some green apple tartness underlying a thick honey sweetness. The carbonation accentuates the fruity spices, particularly the apple flavors. As the initial burst of flavor fades, some green grapes pop up, adding an additional fruity sweetness that is underlined by more tartness. The sweet-tart transitions are pleasing, if not abrupt.

M: I am intrigued by this new-fangled creation called mead. The dry tartness of the apples and grapes makes for a nice compliment to the strong honey presence.

D: The alcohol seems high (but not confirmed by the bottle), limiting the drinkability, although if I were about to initiate a Viking raid on some unsuspecting neighbor I'd probably want a few of these.

Apr 07, 2007
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange brown with a huge 3 finger head of off white effervescent bubbles. The sound of the bubbles crashing in the glass reminds me of a slightly shaken Coca-Cola.

S - Sweet honey, apples and muscat grapes. Slightly sweet but not overpowering.

T - Fermented honey, muscat grapes and hints of apples. Some sweet caramel becomes apparent as it warms. There are a few similarities to DogFish's Midas Touch.

M - Light body that is extremely carbonated. The high carbonation fits the style but makes the stomach a little too fizzy to be really enjoyable.

D - Although I haven't tried many meads I find this one to be enjoyable. The fizzy factor makes it hard to drink more than 1 in a sitting but I would buy this one again.

Oct 07, 2006
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Bighuge from Minnesota

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

Copper appearance. Pretty clear. Minimal white head. Interesting nose. Dusty and musty and sweet as well. Caramel, apple and grapes are all duely noted. Nice taste of sweetness blended with just a touch of acidity, which gives it just a bit of dryness. Caramel, Riesling grapes, apple cider and some doughiness in the middle. Carbonation is low, which is appropriate I believe. Goes down fairly easily. I have not developed enough of a baseline on Meads to judge real objectively yet, but this tastes good so I'll give it good ratings.

Feb 08, 2006
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear caramel color with fine bubbles and no head. The scent is sweet and apply. There are also strong notes of fermented honey and Riesling grapes. The taste is light and fruity. Light bodied with a small amount of acid. Earthy. Less pungent and sickly than other brackets that I have had making this one more drinkable. I also pick up a little bit of orange and winter spices. This is one of the better Brackets that I have had. Very drinkable and not too sweet (for the style).

Jan 09, 2006
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear caramel patched with nests of bubbles hugging the sides.
Scented of sweeter rieslings, apple sauce, moss, and Canadian Whisky.
Begins sweet (duh..), bright on the apple and grape tones. Riesling appears again, adding touches of minerals and acidity. Honey creeps in and gathers in all the empty spaces, then evenually all those spaces that had previously been filled with other things. Viking's hallmark damp earth yeastiness peeps out, with rotten bark, and a sweet-and-sour sense of decay. It finishes with a continued (though subdued by Vikes standards) forest undercanopy essense, and an appearance of nutmeg- and clove- sprinkled caramel, and orange tea.
On the light side of medium in the mouth, but with a certain, dampened heft and strength. Basically flat, but that's not out of sorts here.
Meads have never been, nor ever will be something I fine terribly drinkably. This one fairs better than most, probably due to some familiar beer and Viking qualities.

Jun 26, 2005
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Skidz from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out bright orange brown and sits a strawberry-tinted dark golden brown in the glass with little to no head formation whatsoever.

Smells thickly sweet with apples and caramel lying in the front. Solid wooden backing with hints of oak (I at least though I smelt whiskey upon opening the bottle). Flowery bits of honey dribble around.

Tastes fairly sweet, a very light sugary fruit sweetness focused on apples and grapes, soggy wet grapes gaining some darkened character. Starfruit, apricots and nectarines also come through. Doughy flavors come out somewhere in the middle, I felt this was a bit off-track. Warm, peppery spiciness comes out slowly from the alcoholic foot of this beer. Finish is still focused on fruits, and holds some light dryness.

Clean and smooth in the mouth with minimal carbonation just tingling on the tongue. Some syrupy character to it, but fairly light.

Much like Viking's Honey Moon, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, maybe not quite as much, but they've done quite well here again. If Viking put out a steady line of Meads and Braggots, they would do quite well for themselves. Vas heill!

Apr 11, 2005
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

1.88/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a deep golden brown color, completely transparent with no head at all. Smell is of honey, but not straight honey, and somewhat of apples and extremely sweet carmel. Cloyingly sweet, it will make you not want to drink it, tart apple flavors are also present. If this is a Mead, I hope it is not a very good mead, because there is no chance I will be finishing the rest of this bottle.

Jan 05, 2005
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright bronze color with no head, just a ring of white around the edge of the glass. No carbonation to speak of. The aroma is of apples and grapes, almost a wine-like. The flavor has apples and a dark fruitiness. It is a bit woody in the flavor as well. It is smooth and easy drinking, with a finish that is sweet, then immediately dry. I can tell that this beer is up there in the alcohol as well. A very interesting beverage. I would like to try other meads.

Nov 12, 2004
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright crimson in color, with a slim ring of foam around the edges.
Brash, bright sweetness in the nose, a burnished cherry sensation, brandy, sherry...cough syrup..wicked stuff, really.
Taste, at first, is less impressive...then speaks up, slick, sweet, and a bit twisted, sloshes around a bit, slips away.
Wish the folks at Viking would tell us the strength of their stuff, especially this humdinger..it's starting to ring around my ears right about now.
Mouthfeel's a bit thin, finish fades too fast, but the flavor returns with a vengeance at every new sip.
Doesn't have enough body or character, like a nice barleywine or old ale would, to balance with the booze and bold fruit...it is what it is, though, even if I'm not crazy about it.
Maybe I'm no expert on meads...maybe if were, it'd knock my knickers off...who can say? It's fairly nice, where we're at, anyway...
(look at tavernjef's effort for a better assessment of the taste.)

Oct 27, 2004
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cranberry chestnut color, head dies quickly after the pour, essentially a transparent beverage. No real lacing on the glass. Fruity, somewhat wine-like aroma, like an Arbor Mist or something. Orangish flavor to start out, apple takes hold on further sips as well as burnt raisin tones, lending a sandy texture to the essentially undercarbonated mouthfeel. Gets a bark-like feel close to the swallow, the finish and aftertaste is quinine-like, catches the throat and bitters like an old-fashioned horehound cough drop or like rolling apple seeds around in your mouth. An odd combination of sweetness in a honey sense and a countermeasure that I describe above. I can't really ding a style like this, but its not a drink I would especially seek out again.

Oct 19, 2004
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Viking Mjød is a mead, which Viking took it upon themselves to make this a honey based fermented beverage, closely resembling their Honeymoon so this is very close to a braggot.

Color is very clear copper, glowing and bright, very thin whispy head appeared and dissappeared in a snap to leave a very thin ring always present.

Smell is a woodsy dryish punch of strong wine character, lots of white grapes, darker notions of the fruit, very ripe and pungent. Reminds me of a dark dry white wine, but it doesn't seem dry, it has a musty wetness of grapes and honey that float about. I think the drying notions are from malts, but I'm not really sure if there is any in there. What ever's making the smell, I like it. Quite different from the norm.

Taste is a whole nother story, with soft lightly playing sweet caramel and toffee, with sweet dark honey, white grapes and peels, has a soft carbonation with a few sparkling wine characteristics that poke through, but over all seems dulled in complexity and the subtlities are amazing, it goes all over the place as far as the mouthfeel. Starts smooth and thin of very dull dark grapes and honey, then takes a turn with a quick wine-like zip that fades right back to more dulled smooth thinness and finishes with more wine-like tendencies again showing in through some moderate throat tingly biting thats a bit undesirable and makes it hard to really enjoy for me. Take a dark dry wine, throw in some champagne and some honey and I think this is what you might get. Very strange stuff, reminded alot of DFH Midas Touch but not nearly as drinkable. Although I may not have it again, its a definate conversational sipper/dessert drink.

Aug 09, 2003
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