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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)

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 justintcoons
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -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 Sixofsigmas
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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 -2.5%
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 -3.9%
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 +0.8%
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 +7.5%
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 -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 JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -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 laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +11.4%
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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Photo of jboucher
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Brewed on March 11, 2010

Appearance: Clear amber hue with a small half finger white head. Moderate retention and very light lacing. There is abundant initial carbonation, which shortly fizzles down.

Smell: Malty honey, with the slightest hint of milk chocolate blending in with the honey. The pear juice is made apparent. Slight biscuit-esque note. Solid malt backbone. Definitely on the sweet side.

Taste: Honeyed malt upon the arrival. Slightly sweet and oily. Lingering finish. Fairly complex. The alcohol is masked beautifully.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, which settles down after the initial pour. Drying effect on the finish.

Ending notes: Overall, this beer was very interesting. Makes a good sipping beer. Definitely not sessionable. Very enjoyable, but I would be seeking this again anytime soon. It was better than I expected.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the US to coincide with the Australian craft brewing industry's dappling in the world of Braggots. I thought it might be useful to have a comparison. Unfortunately, I was suitably unimpressed with the Braggots here.

Pours a clear and light golden colour, with a filmy head of fine white bubbles. Body is extremely heavy, almost gelatinous, in that you tilt it, and carbonation bubbles form and then give up on trying to push to the surface. Love the heaviness. Can't say I'm all that enamoured otherwise.

Nose is bland and slightly yeasty, giving a bit of bread dough character, and not a lot else. Slight hint of golden syrup, giving a little hint of sweetness, but I suspect it will be heavy, astringent booze otherwise.

Unfortunately, it's not even particularly strong or astringent, or anything on the palate. More of that faint bready yeast character, with a hint of plain sugary sweetness. Any honey character is well removed from the fermentation. Feel is light and bland.

Eh. Braggots, I feel, are not for me. This indeed ended up much like the examples I had from Australia, and although this is perhaps less astringent and offensive than the others I've had, it's still a very mild and uninteresting style.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy but bright golden orange with a minimal head and scattered lacing. No visible rising carbonation.

Smells sweet & syrupy - obviously the honey and malt together. Pear is faint, just like a whiff of scratched pear skin.

Sweetness packed from start to finish, no real presence of bitterness or pear. Nothing but sugar. An alcoholic aftertaste is detected shortly after the finish.

Heavy body, syrupy mouth-feel. Carbonation leaves light buzz on tongue. Definite alcohol warming in the chest and throat - halfway through bottle.

For me its not outstanding, I think the sweetness is too overpowering. I'm sure there are other, better balanced braggots that weigh evenly with Ale. Not sure if I can finish the bottle..

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Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I expected a lighter-colored brew than this since the style is supposed to be mead and ale mixed. But today's versions are typically ales brewed with honey, making the ale/mead hybrid in the kettle rather than after the fermentation is over. Anyway, the beer is orange and almost the color of the orange that appears on the label. A thin head forms and is sustained for a few minutes, leaving behind a crown that retains its original height.

I'm having trouble figuring out if I'm smelling booze or if prickly pear gives off this smell. I'll be entirely honest here...I've never smelled or tasted prickly pear. I'm assuming I'm getting booze since I have had many meads and some of the stronger ones smell a lot like this with only any added fruits altering that smell. Wait! I lied...I've had prickly pear candy and I do sense the odd flavor in that confection in the smell. But picking it out only confirms that I get a lot of booze in this. I don't sense any hops. I'm not overly fond of the smell, but in the interest of reviewing to the style, I'm fairly confident that this is what a braggot should smell like.

Oh wow, this is different. If you're tired of tasting IPA after IPA and stout after stout and barleywine after barleywine then pick this up. The prickly pear is there and goes very well with ale and the honey. The honey is not oversweet and the malt does not take charge...it is as it should be: balanced. The malts come off as caramel and the honey adds a butterscotch tone to it. I don't taste any hops, but their presence in the smell and taste are optional in this style. The 10% ABV is evident, but not in a way that is unpleasant; it goes with the rest of this and, due to the other ingredients, shows up as Scotch. And that's the overall impression ..Scotch with prickly pear.

The mouthfeel is not cloying or syrupy as some meads can be, but still manages a thickness that would be considered almost viscous if this were a stout, but I'll go with a nice full, smooth body.

Reading some of the other reviews I wonder if the overall rating of this beer is due to the fact that most people review to their taste and not always to the style. So many people would be unfamiliar with a braggot (as am I) and may not have researched what it should be. This is spot on for the style guide regardless if you go by BeerAdvocate's guide or the BJCP guidelines.


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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear pale yellow/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is honey, flavor is a different braggot, honey but a different sweetness must be the prickly pear. High ABV is hidden. $8.40 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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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 BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: semi-cloudy orange, deep yellow, trace head on top, patchy lacing.

S: BIG honey, malt, pear, slight grassy/earthiness.

T: sweet pear, barleywine quality, slight earthy/grassy, big honey, boozy, malt, big alcohol warmth (no wonder the English drank this stuff to keep the chill off, lol.)

M: Med body, average carbonation, sticky mouthfeel.

D: Very interesting. As a Historian/History teacher and lover of "The Canterbury Tales", wild to actually taste a braggot.
Don't know if I could have more than one.
Unique flavors, not for everyone. Sip this bad boy.


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Photo of champ103
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden color. A tiny white head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt, fruits and spice. A citrus/orange fruity aroma that is nice.
T: Really sweet malt with some nondescript fruity flavors. Kind of citrus like. A sugary, grainy like sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink, but I am not really into this.

Basically sweet with some nondescript fruity flavors. I thought there was suppose to be prickly pear? Nothing bad at all, though not a Braggot by any means and prickly pear is no were to be seen.

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Photo of gregshead
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 1/30/11 from notes:

A: Golden color with little to no head.

S: Sugary tangerine (the prickly pear maybe?) dominates the smell. Some spices in the background.

T: Very sweet. Prickly pear taste stand out. Some spice again lingering in the background.

M: Good carbonation feel but the syrupyness is evident in the aftertaste.

D: While I enjoyed my pint of this, I'm glad my wife was there to drink the rest. A little too sryupy/boozy for my taste buds.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I am excited to try this as I've never had a braggot. I love honey, so I am guessing that I am pre-disposed to this style. We'll see.

Poured into my DFH snifter and couldn't really get any head to form. What little foam that formed immediately faded away. What's left of a deep colored copper/amber colored beer with excellent clarity. Just a stream or two of bubbles rise to the surface.
Not a touch of lacing in the glass. Overall a beautiful color.

Aroma is of fruit and honey. No surprise. I have no idea what prickly pear smells (or tastes like) so I won't pretend to say I smell this specific fruit. But the aroma is nice and very fruity. Definitely the aroma of honey hangs in your nostrils.

I am really enjoying this beer. The honey notes in this really appeal to me, and yet it's not overly sweet. Much like the aroma there is a wonderful combination of fruit and honey here. In fact it's very fruity. There is a nice warming note from alcohol here.

Not syrup like, but certainly a more boldly bodied beer. The warming notes are very nice. Not HOT at all.

I wasn't sure what to make of this, but I enjoy this much more than I thought. Certainly a beer to slowly enjoy over an evening. I will seek out more braggots.

Nicely done and I'm very happy I picked up this beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours a clear apple juice color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly vanished first into a faint collar, and then into nothing. No lacing.
S: Lightly sweet notes of honey with just a hint of peppery hops and citrusy spice.
T: Clean flavors of pale crackery malt balanced by notes of golden fruits and flowers. I believe I can detect a pearish flavor near the finish mixed with a touch of sweet honey. The aftertaste has a slight alcohol warmth to it.
M: Medium body and dryish mouthfeel are a lot lighter and refreshing than I was expecting. This would have been awful it was if it was thick and syrupy. Carbonation is low on the palate but fizz in the glass.
D: My first braggot. Not bad actually. I was worried this would be sickly sweet and syrupy, but it was actually pretty clean and refreshing. Time to seek out more of the style I guess.

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Photo of ebby82
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey colored hue into a pint glass. There is pretty much no head.

The aroma is honey, pear, a bit of white grape, and pretty much no hop presence.

The taste is again honey, a light presence of pear, and a bit of a wine like flavor. There is a slightly alcoholic aftertaste.

It's rather thick and alcoholic to be highly drinkable, but it's a very enjoyable beer if you like sweet, fruity drinks of any sort.

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Photo of klewis
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden with light chill haze. Little head and almost no lace.

S: Sweet-smelling with vanilla and honey aromas. Light fruit.

T: Quite sweet with a strong honey taste. Light herbal character but lacking in whatever fruit quality it is meant to have. Noticeable alcohol presence.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit cloying with extended alcoholic heat.

D: Worth a try, but I won't buy this one again.

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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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