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

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Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)Prickly Pear Braggot (Brothers' Reserve Series)
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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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Photo of morebeergood
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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 sludgegnome
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +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 Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 buckyp
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of haveasam
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of HardTarget
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -8.9%
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 -3.3%
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 +33.1%
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 +11.4%
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 +4.5%
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 +4.5%
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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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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