This is my first expierence with a braggot. I'm looking forward to it. Poured into a snifter after letting warm for about 10 minutes. A big billowy frothy head poked above the rim of my glass and very slowly faded leaving sticky lacing in its path. As the head faded it turned rocky and craggy. This all on top of a glowing slightly hazed amber body. Rising carbonation in streams from all over. After describing the appearence the head is still over 1 finger and staying put.
The smell is very interesting and enjoyable. Wasn't really all that sure what to expect. There is a subtle honey note thats soft and in the background. I'm picking up a little fruit that seems to be white grapes and occasionally even some oak. The honey adds a sweetness the more this one warms. Toward the end I pick up an earthiness reminiscent of damp soil and a mild hop spiciness. There is even some toffee in there. Seems like I get something different each time. Now after some time in the glass I'm picking up a lot of tart green apple. Complex. Nice.
The flavor is very mellow. All the flavors seem to be in harmony with each other. Everything in the nose is detected at some point or another in the taste. Grapes and a mild honey sweetness go very nicely together. A subtle toffee flavor also goes really nicely with the earthiness. Spicy hops barely leave a tingle on the tongue. Finishes off with a toffee sweetness that lingers momentarily. All in all this is a subtle complex braggot. I really have to work to pull out all the different flavors but it is definately worth it. My only complaint is that the flavors just don't last long enough.
The mouthfeel really impresses me. This braggot enters your mouth in liquid form but somewhere between mid-palate and the finish it turns into some sort of sea foam. There is no sign of swallowing a liquid. I have never drank anything before that makes that abrupt of a transition. Somehow it does it very well. The only problem with the mouthfeel is that it pushes the flavors through a little faster than they should be. Otherwise it's a pretty cool expierence.
This is something I would only drink one at a time. It feels more along the lines of a special occasion libation. When I am drinking it it goes down very easy.
This was a really nice surprise. If I see this again I will definately pick up some more. A good way to get my feet wet with braggot. This is much better than I expected with many complexities. I believe you could share this with beer and wine drinkers with good results. I believe I picked this up for $1.99 a bottle.
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