Prickly Pear Braggot (Widmer Bros. Brewing)

This new Brothers’ Reserve series from Widmer has created some interesting, and tasty, beers, so when I saw that they had made a braggot I knew I wanted one. I had never had a braggot before, so that made me all the more excited to try this beer.

PRICKLY PEAR BRAGGOT is a braggot with 20 IBUs and 10% ABV. 

Our braggot is a strong ale brewed with a blend of honey, red prickly pear juice, and a variety of pale malts. The addition of alchemy hops help balance the sweetness while still retaining the natural honey aromas and flavors. The prickly pear juice adds a unique hue to the beer as well as a subtle and refreshing herbal quality in the finish. 

The beer poured an orange candy color with honey-colored highlights appearing where the sunlight hit it. A faint film floats on top of the beer, but other than that the head is nada.

After reading the description on the back of the box I was expecting sweet scents and the beer didn’t disappoint. Syrup, honey, molasses and chocolate were all up front. A touch of pear and orange were also noted, but to lesser extents. The nose is very pungent, with a medicinal cough drop smell coming through as it warms.

I expected the honey to make a return appearance in the flavor, but I wasn’t prepared for the spiciness that accompanied it (similar to a saison). Chocolate and molasses flavors appear toward the end of each sip. The flavor isn’t as big as I expected from a beer of this ABV that has been sitting as long as this bottle had. As it warms up an alcohol booziness joins up with the spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light, but syrupy. No real stickiness or drying is present.

For my first taste of a braggot I must say I enjoyed it. I could totally see vikings drinking flagons of this while sitting around a large oaken table somewhere. I just wish the malts were more forward and the taste was a bit bigger.

Overall: 7 out of 10

As a BRAGGOT: 7.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Weyerbacher SIXTEEN, Kuhnhenn BRAGGOT, Valkyrie Brewing MJØD

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