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

Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)
171 Ratings
Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts - Pale
Hops - Alchemy
ABV: 10%
IBU: 20
OG: 23 P

Released April 2010

Added by jdense on 04-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a wisp of a head that disappears almost immediately; a few dots of lace

Smell: Fermented honey, tropical fruit and fusel alcohol

Taste: The fermented honey and tropical fruit flavors take over from the outset, with the fusel alcohol adding a burn by mid-palate; the sweeter flavors maintain their dominance after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Worth a try for the opportunity to have a braggot, but not the type of thing I would come back to very often

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden with a bit of darker highlights. There is a tiny off white head without much lacing. The nose brings forward loads of sweetness as well as a bit of lightly-sweet fruits. A bit of spice. The taste, again, is sweet with some mild fruits. A bit of pear and apple. Mouthfeel is medium with fairly low carbonation. Overall, a strange beer that just didn't really work out in the end.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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 billab914
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a clear golden amber color in the glass. It had a lot of carbonation bubbles but not much for a head.

The aroma is sweet and the crisp pear is immediately noticeable in the background. Of course never having prickly pear in a beer that was also the first thing I went looking to find. Honey plays a pretty strong flavor in the nose as well. Overall the aroma has a light, sweet fruitiness that is pretty decent.

The taste has the sweetness that was abundant in the nose up front, but there is a moderate bitterness coming through that really helps balance all of that sweet honey. I wouldn't call it balanced but it's not as sweet as it could be. The pear is very apparent in the taste with a crisp fruitiness. It also has a grainy malt taste coming through as well. The finish has a bit of alcohol present bot not too bad. I can't say I drink a lot of Braggot's but this one seems to fit pretty well with the style description.

Mouthfeel feels pretty light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had an interesting combination of flavors for sure. The flavors worked pretty well together, I liked that they tried to balance out all the sweetness a bit which helped with the drinkability. It did have a moderate alcohol bite to it which hurt the drinkability a bit. Overall a very interesting and cool combination of flavors that was pretty tasty.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, light amber. Quite clear. Not much of a starting head, but what remains leaves decent lace.

Smells creamy with a solid alcohol kick. Mostly malt as I detect no honey or "prickly pear".

Sweet and spicy; very different from the smell. The flavor up front is sweet (but not like honey). This lasts through the swallow but then a peppery bitterness shows up. Not the same as a hop pellet, but closer to ground cinnamon and a pinch of paprika. The alcohol warms the throat but does not play a dominate role. The body is rich. The carbonation adds to the swallow and aftertaste flavors, but I'd describe this beer as lowly carbonated.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, penny-hued body with a very thin, white head that vanishes near instantaneously.

Smell: Sweetish nose of knapweed honey against some simple wafts of pale malts. The addition of red prickly pear juice, for me, gives the beer a "wild berry" scent, reminiscent of various candies that label their flavor as such (i.e., Wild Berry Skittles).

Taste: Pale malts with some sugary sweet honey tastes. Faint floral accents. More of that "wild berry" prickly pear flavor, which begins to intensify as it warms. Hint of earthy spice. Only the slightest hint of hop character and bitterness. Peppery alcohol tones. Warming, drying finish with a lingering prickly taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Kudos to Widmer for taking the madcap, creative route with this series, although I missed out on Brothers' Reserve #1. Oops. PPB is an amusing brew, going down fairly easy considering its sweetness and strength.

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a release date on the label.

Wispy white lace is good for the style, clarity dons a bright golden color. Clean aroma with hints of honey and tropical fruit, clean alcohol vapor as well. Smooth and slick with some body, nutty bready malt meets a growing alcohol honey warmth. Fruitiness and a hint of white chocolate are in the middle. Hops are minimal, perhaps some bitterness comes through but is probably not even needed as the alcohol draws enough balance. Semi-sweet finish.

More refined than most braggots I have had which is not many aside from homebrewed. Good sipping and something I could see ending the night with if not taking my time with over a big meal.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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 TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

My second braggot, but the first from the states. There needs to be more of these bastards floatin' 'round, I tell you what. It pours a clear apricotty amber with nearly a finger of white bubbles for a head, though a gradual decapitation is soon the situation. Shame. The nose is white grape, saffron, raisins, and sour Granny Smith apples. (An aside: Who the hell was Granny Smith, anyway? I want an apple breed named after me! [insert tantrum here]) The taste winds up being pretty similar, with notes of white grape, peach, apples that aren't as sour as before, light honey, tart berries, and a vague sense of weak sourness throughout. The body is medium, with an active carbonation and a very fluid feel. Not bad, though much better than that other braggot. That whore.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a burnt yellow with quickly dissipating white head. The smell is sweet and of flowers and honey. It's actually very tasty and very sweet. It has a continuing fruity, honeylike sweetness. It drinks pretty light and pretty smoothly. It's very drinkable for the content as well. This one is different and pretty alright but nothing too spectacular.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 drabmuh
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my St B goblet. Beer is yellow / orange and completely clear. Forms a thin head that immediate disappears. Some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high. It looks like champagne. Its about as pretty as a beer can get. Very nice.

Aroma is pretty sweet. A lot like honey.

Beer is thin and really really sweet. Its dry on the back. Its plasticy its so sweet. Eh. Lots of honey, I'm not getting cactus pear (prickly pear). I'm from AZ and I love cactus pear but this doesn't have any of the characteristics.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden color with half a finger of rapidly-dissipating creamy white head. It's OK.

Smell: light, sweet, slightly fruity and slightly cloying. I've never had another braggot before, so I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for. It does smell a little meady, but I also feel like it smells a bit like a sweet adjunct lager. I suppose it's average.

Taste: light, sweet, a bit cloying. Again, this is my first braggot, but I'm rather unimpressed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an acceptable level of carbonation. Feels OK to me.

Drinkability: this will have to track with flavor for me. It is a bit too sweet for me and it just doesn't do it for me. That said, it's by no means disgusting or undrinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber with very good clarity, and a constant thin stream of bubbles that rise from the bottom of the glass. Overall I'd say this has just a bit too much carbonation. Smells very sweet with honey and tropical fruit and a bit of noticeable alcohol. The taste isn't quite as sweet, there is a balancing bitterness that tastes more astringent and tannic than hoppy, more like ground fruit seeds. In any case it helps balance the sweetness and lends some structure. There is still tropical fruit, but no real hops detected. There is also a burst of citrus acidity that helps bring things together. Honestly, I didn't like this all this much at first sip, but as it warms and opens up it grows on me.

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Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 171 ratings
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