Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)
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3.64 | pDev: 15.38%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)
Notes: Malts - Pale
Hops - Alchemy
ABV: 10%
IBU: 20
OG: 23 P

Released April 2010
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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 171
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing. Spring '10 vintage.

Pours a very light head, semi hazy golden honey color.

Nose has sweet candy, big mead like honey character, fruity, boozy, a bit of esters even, light pear like stone fruit.

Taste brings sweet candy, lots of honey, fresh honey, bit of pear, nice fruity stone fruit like character, faint esters with a bit of booze, tingly booze. Finish is still semi sweet, more fruit and faint pear, light tingly estery booze, more drying honey flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lighter carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, but nothing really special.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a small canning jar. Pours a medium orange amber, one finger white head and light lacing. Light fruit and honey aroma. A mild, pleasant malt and honey flavor. Fruit and malt middle. Dry finish although generally fairly sweet. Honey flavors not as intense as mead, but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Friday, I tore off the page for my 365-beers-a-year calendar, and this was the beer for 7/06/12. I knew I had a 2010 vintage in the cellar, so tonight was the night I was going to drink it. Put it in the fridge for a few minutes before opening. Poured into a large mouthed goblet. Lots of fizzy champagne-like carbonation, but no head. Random bubbles floated upward continuously. Dark orange color. Aroma was fruity from the prickly pear juice. Taste was interesting. This is my first time to try this style. Sweet from the honey, yet tart from the pear. Very spicy though, made it a slow sipper. Mouthfeel was thin but sticky, so not my favorite. A decent beer hybrid, but not one I'd drink often. Bonus points in the overall category just for the uniqueness.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp and stored bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold hue that looks like a cider as it enters the glass. Actually gives off a little more copper hue when held up to the light. Fizzy bleached white head fizzes away to nothing before the bottle is back on the desk from pouring into the glass.

Aroma is pears and light sweetness, maybe a bit of white grape too, generally mild and fruity. Some faint black peppery booziness is present but subdued in the background.

First sip reveals a light body with fine and very prickly carbonation that fizzes in my mouth the entire sampling. The thinner body is expected with the honey and pear juice additions.
Flavor is what is expected with light fruity notes of pear and white grape and some general sweetness. Not really any hop hits and the booze is pretty well hidden as well. The beer is a little dangerously easy to drink and sneaks up on me a little before I finish.
A sweet crisp easy drinking beer that could be a little cloying by the end of a 22oz bottle. Worth a shot but know what you are getting into so you are not disappointed when you take your first sip.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was one I had been looking forward to trying for a while and I finally found a stash to buy one. The beer poured out as a golden color with a fizzy white head that settled rather quickly. The smell of the beer was sweet with some fruity notes to it, it also had some funky aromas in there too but nothing overwhelming. The taste of the beer started off with the pear-like flavors... some light metallic notes when chilled too low. The flavors finish off with the sweetness of the honey. The mouthfeel of the beer has a decent thickness to it, it's also pretty smooth. Overall this beer was good, I found it to be a solid Braggot but not the best I've had.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and tangy nectar. Honey flavor is quite pronounced but the fruit and spice give it some competition. Long nose of flowers and orange marmelade. Modest carbonation in the golden brew. Thick and rich in the mouth, though not sticky. Lots of residual sugar, and the honey flavor makes it taste even sweeter. But that's what you came in here for. Fruit could be anything, but it reminds me of sugar cane and canned peaches. Dates, with that same intense sweet flavor as honey. But a surprising bitter edge finally creeps up in the aftertaste. Still you'd never call it hoppy. It 's a good one for dessert in a glass.

This seems like it fits the description of the style. I guess I will have to try some other Braggots. You could do a lot with the wealth of fruit flavors people have tried with Saisons and other styles.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden glass with sparkling clarity. Holds only a wisp of white foam that leaves little lace.

Smell: Pear, Prickly Pear (kind of a slightly funky grape), and a floral honey.

Taste: Alcohol is a bit hot (I've held this bottle for well over a year) and up front, but followed by a sweet honey lemon suave. Lots of fruit flavors (lemon, lime, grape) in the finish along with a white wine taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, little tannin pucker in the finish.

Overall: Mead meet beer. The mead takes front seat and drives the train bringing lots of sweet fruit and heady alcohol. A lot of wine flavor here, might be good for luring the wine drinkers to the light.

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Photo of jsanford
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Poured a hazy orange with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a relatively still looking beer. Very sweet aromas of honey, malt, and pear, with a bit of spice. Taste follows the nose closely, bit of pear, bit of honey, but VERY sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky and full, with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Overall a decent Braggot, the prickly pear was a nice addition, but this was may too cloyingly sweet. No thanks.

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Photo of ccrida
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bought and cellared since the release. Clear gold with lazy spritz but no significant head or lace. Flat ginger-ale vibe.

Smell is sweet, malty, a little caramel, as well as a bit of pithy mineral, and dare I claim desert flower fruit. It's a little cloying for my taste.

Taste is pretty good, a nice integration of the honey and the malt, which is mild. A bit phenolic, some plastic, but a nice little touch of the fruit on the finish saves it from being sub par. Not a big braggot / mead fan, this one is strongly in the mead camp, but it's got enough complexity to hold my interest.

Mouthfeel is slick, dry, on the light side, aided by the light malt and high attenuation. Really drinks a lot like a mead.

Drinkability is okay if you're a mead fan, this one really only flirts with faint bread characters that remind of the grains. I like the cactus fruit for a little complexity, as pure honey is just sugar and lacks character. The light body and very smooth alcohol aide it's cause, no off flavors, but I'm not wowed.

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Photo of Anonx
4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has a great level of sweetness that does not take away from the beer. There is a nice consistent beer taste with an after taste of honey and a slight taste of pear. Great light orange color, and a nice crisp taste. Great job on this interesting beer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for about 1.5 years...

Pour - viscous, like wine, very little head, leaves some legs in the glass. Honey colored.

Smell - honey, light citrus, grapes and caramel. No oxidization smell which is nice.

Taste - one sip and this warms all the way down the bottom of my stomach. That 10% can't be tasted but it sure can be felt instantly. Sweet, with lots of honey and light fruit flavors. Sort of reminds me of a wheatwine a bit. Very smooth and a little more unique than some of the other big beers I've had lately.

Overall - I liked this a lot - much more than I thought I would. At 10% it drank very easy and was very, very smooth going down. Good stuff and a nice one off from Widmer.

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Photo of litheum94
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/19/10.

P: Pours a darkish golden color with a very faint head that bubbles out quickly. A light ring is left, but not much else.

A: Toasted malts, clover honey, apricots and red Twizzlers. I assume the Twizzler smell is from the prickly pear.

T: Toasty, biscuit malts lead into a nice, not overly sweet honey flavor. A little bit of burnt caramel mingles with prickly pear sweetness to linger on the tongue. No hops evident, and it hides the ABV well.

This is my first foray into the style, and I enjoyed this brew. Great flavors, not overly sweet, and good drinkability.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle, poured into a New Belgium snifter. Paired (nicely) with spicy adobo chicken pasta.

A: Thin, golden honey colored liquid with just a hint of haze. A very small amount of white head fizzled quickly away, and there is no head or lacing.

S: Lots of honey and pear, spices and apples/apple juice. Maybe hints of malt and alcohol but that could be a stretch. In a way it smells like a fruity white wine or light scotch whisky.

T: Follows the nose; apple juice, honey, spiced pears...there is some spiciness and heat on the way down. Lots of toffee creaminess as well.

MF: Thin, watery-sweet mouthfeel. Touches of carbonation and alcohol mix well. Starts fizzy/carbed but finishes smooth and still and creamy like a mead.

O: My first braggot, I liked it and can really see drinking this beer with other people and in small doses because of the sweetness.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an ultra-clear gold with heavy carbonation. Has a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Apple juice, pear, honey and sugar.

T: Starts out sweet with honey, pears and some floral notes backed by toffee. Hints of dark fruit and perhaps some coriander lurking in the background.

M: Medium bodied, sticky, crisp and prickly on the tongue.

O: This was my first Braggot so it was nice to have something different. Sort of strange yet uniquely enjoyable at the same time. The alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey orange color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and some tropical fruity aromas. Taste is of biscuit/malt, some fruit flavors, and mead and honey. This beer has a decent carbonation level with a smooth and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice honey flavors. This is the first beer I have tried of this style and I would be open to trying other braggots in the future.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a fluffy inch of head that recedes rather quickly to a skim after about a minute

Smells of sweet candy fruitiness(might be the prickly pear..? never had one), some mild spiciness, and honey.

Some candy fruit in the taste, honey, pale malt, biting spice, big alcohol backside which seemed to mellow out before the end of the glass which definitely made the beer more pleasant.

Medium body, medium carb, and a lot of alcohol heat in the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Not something I would drink very often, but I am happy to have tried it. Nice change of pace from their typical offerings.

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Photo of davey101
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice fluffy foamy head formed on pour, decent lacing. Color is a deep amber/copper color. Lots of carbonation

S- Light spices, bread, sweet apple and pear, and faint alcohol

T - Pretty interesting. This reminds me a of a lighter version of Dogfish Head's Sah'tea, minus the tea. Lots of light spices, sweet honey and fruit, and some bread like qualities. Little alcohol tingle at the end. Pretty refreshing actually.

O - I'm glad I got a chance to try this, since it is a one time brew and its over a year old at this point. This beer didn't age too well though, and I wish I could try a fresh batch. Still a solid beer, and I just couldn't resist picking up a $6 bomber of a style I've never tried before.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Brothers Prickly Pear Braggot is a sweet and alcoholic braggot with a grassy vegetable flavour.

A: Orange colour and a 1 cm head that fades quickly. 3.5

S: The smell is grassy with a hint of alcohol. 3.5

T: Honey flavour a hint of vegetable grassiness. The aftertaste has the same grassiness but with more alcohol. 3.5

M: Pretty flat. 3

O: Decent enough. 3.5

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Photo of kevosbob
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This unique beer would be a wonderful summer treat while lounging in the sun and sleeping the day away. This special ale is brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company and is number two in their Brothers’ Reserve series. A honey ale brewed with prickly pear juice boosts this light ale to have a 10% alcohol by volume. This summer delight is truly “One-of-a-Kind” and one I’m happy to share.

When tasting this beer it pours a nice golden-orange color with little to no head retention. The smell will remind any beer connoisseur of a sweet mead but with a mild grain aroma and a pleasant aroma of tropical fruit and alcohol. If I didn’t know better, you could probably serve this as a fancy $12 shot in a swanky Las Vegas bar.

At first taste this light beer is a bit overwhelming, it’s easy to forget that this is a big beer and not one awarded of any blue ribbon or royal status. Fermented honey and tropical fruit flavors take over with an onset of alcohol adding a burn by mid-palate. This braggot is enjoyable and well balanced. Prickly pear becomes apparent on the initial sweetness along with honey. The honey lingers for a pleasantly long time reconnecting with the prickly pear or citrus tastes after the alcohol burn subsides.

Each Brothers’ Reserve series is limited, and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. With that said I recommend finding this beer while you still might be able to. If this was a beer that was easy to find and drink it would be a summer delight for any beer drinker, but it’s not, so drink up now before it’s too late.

My Beer Rating: 3.5 (4 if you can still find it)

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Hey, Hey I need more wenches.
Hey, Hey more wenches and mead."
-Alestorm, Wenches and Mead

The ladyfriend and I were heading over to see Thor so a pre-viking movie braggot seemed appropriate. Golden honey color with a thin white head. Head quickly fizzles itself out by mid-glass.

Not sure what prickly pear smells like but I get a cross between nectarine and agave nectar. Malty like a barleywine.

Tastes like a cirusy agave spritzer. Clean and refreshing for any beer, a braggot particularly. Wipes the palette after each sip. One year of aging does this combo well as there's no discernible heat.

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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drinkable only because of the honey sweetness. Honey and lager aroma. Slight yellw body, lacey. Baking soda in taste, light bodied, kiss of honey in every sip. Not great as a mead, and not as tasty as other braggots. A tad of off-note fruit juice.Thanks Trevor.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Braggot. Did not know what to expect, but it turned out to be a good experience. Started out with a pint glass, but switched to a goblet. Poured an almost clear orange color with a fairly small bubbly white head that fades fast. Almost no lacing.

Smell is honey and fruit (pears). Sweet aroma but not overpowering.

Taste is honey, bready malts and pears. There is a good hint of alcohol too that serves to cut the sweetness down to very acceptable levels.

Mouthfeel is rich. The high abv and the alcohol presence make this a sipping beer. I drank the whole thing sitting by my firepit and enjoyed it very much.

If this is what a Braggot is, I will certainly try more of them.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

was pretty scared going into this one but figured it looked like a nice way to finish out my night, served into a snifter and enjoyed on 5/9/11

poured out a hazy amber color with loads of sticky lace that faded quickly and left a cloudy, still honey colored liquid in its wake. aroma is sweet, honey dominates but there is a light fruit note to this one as well. definitely interesting but not really doing anything outstanding for me at the moment. moving in closer i get decent favor, again lots of sweet malty notes, but very unbalanced and one sided. it just did not seem to have that huge, outstanding flavor i was looking for at all and with the abv this high it was not winning me over

overall it was an eh beer. nothing really standing out at all for me.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange colour with minimal head, just a haze of whispy cloud on top. Lace is very nicely sticky, indicating a heaviness to it. Body is clear, light bead. Not bad; not great.

Smell is very malty and nutty. Plenty of rich caramel with hazelnut tinge and peeking out the back is a pleasant citric note. Mostly just big malty sweetness.

Taste is very nutty and very grainy. Strong malty notes with a big honey-oat flavour to it. Lots of grain - oats, rye and wheat seem blended in here with a touch of weak citrus lingering at the back. Some mild earthy, truffly notes towards the back where it becomes more savoury and bitter, but hmmm... overall it's just a big blend of sweet maltiness. Not too nutty that it becomes svoury but not sweet enough that it belies that nuttiness. Yeah, pleasant palate with nice overall blend of flavours.

A bit thin on the body, but smooth, and fairly pleasant.

Quite a pleasant drop - certainly the best braggot I've had. Definitely still an oddness to this but it's nicely balanced and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of broken22
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prickly Pear Braggot Beer! WTH is what I said to myself. Without any hesitation I walked right up to the counter and bought this bad boy.

I poured this into a Duvel tulip glass. The color is a nice light honey orange. During the pour not much head formed at all and what little did form was gone very quickly. The smell is nice and sweet I wish I could elaborate. Its kind of honey like but more along the line of sweet smelling fruit without a distinct aroma. If they stayed true to the style of these beers then they blended mead which may have been a honey mead. The taste is much the same however on the back end after the swallow I do have a lingering sensation of the prickly pear. I have eaten a lot of these when I was a child growing up in San Diego and it definitely reminds me. The overall mouth feel is nice, light, and bubbly.

I like this beer. It's definitely different. If you haven't ever had a prickly pear I suggest you try one. Make sure they are nice and red to purple in color as those are the sweetest. I then suggest you try this beer if you can find it. It's a limited release. Oh and one more thing. Maybe this beer is the perfect combo for those that like to drink too much or are susceptible to getting hangovers. Scientists were exploring the prickly pear because they said it had certain properties to thwart hangovers.

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Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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