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Brewed by Purrumbete Brewing
Style: Mead
Alfredton, Ballarat, VIC, Australia

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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First we find some wild, dark bush honey, then we make a batch of strong mead. When the mead is ready, we try it and decide what sort of ale will compliment the mead. We brew the ale, in this case a strong amber, and then blend the two. Simple really, but there is nothing simple about drinking a real Braggot. Intensely flavoured, rich, malty and very honeyish, this is a full on Braggot. Not to be confused with a beer made with honey as an ingredient, Red Duck Braggots are REAL ones.. a blend of mead and ale. Thus more complex than a beer, more complex than a mead, and twice as pleasureable as either! This is the third Braggot made by Red Duck. Each Braggot we make is different, because each mead we make is different, and this one is the most beautiful yet, but dangerous, like the Bear. Like many of our limited releases, there is only one batch of The Bear, ever.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2544) - Melbourne, - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle, 13C. Clear copper with a coat of off-white head. Aroma of dark, sappy honey, earthy yeast, spices. Full-bodied but not syrupy, with lowish carbonation. Powerful honey taste that’s less sweet than it first seems - some singed toffee too - fading into spices, wood and slight astringency. No overt alcohol. Finish goes on forever. Rustic but very well balanced.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ShaneJ (578) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Murky orange/amber, strong sweet honey aroma, slightly fruity, earthy, some yeasty notes. Ok, but not my thing.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Machalel (32) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
Appearance: Murky reddish orange-brown, with a small amount of light-brown coloured head. Almost no lacing down the glass. Aroma: The first thing that I got was a strong sweet honey smell, quite fresh and almost caramelised. There is a bit of bread and grain as well, with some light hints of tropical fruit. Smells like a nice baked honeycake. Taste: Big malt hit to begin with, with some honey aftertaste, but nowhere near as sweet as you would expect given the aroma. A little bit woody, some plum, date, fig, apricot tones, and a boozy finish. Carries a bit of bitterness with it after you swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Possibly a little light, but not too bad. Reasonably dry aftertaste. Overall: I hadn’t had a braggot for many years when I picked this one up, so I was keen to see what it was like. Initially it was slightly dissapointing, however over the course of the glass it got better and better. Not bad, but not one that I would jump to purchase again. Also note, that this isn’t a ’true’ braggot, it is actually an ale that has been blended with a mead after both have fermented.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1943) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle from Olinda Cellars. Great complex beer. Aromas of caramel and butter. Taste is sweet and sour, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Amber, cloudy, with a frothy head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3680) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2012
330ml bottle. Strong sweet honey aroma fills the nose. Murky amber colour with a thin head that settles quickly. Full in the mouth with some sweetness and the alcohol is not well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3346) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2012
Small white head misty brown pour mild medium carbonation aromas caramel honey very smooth type but rich some nuttiness flavours hint of toffee caramel rich smooth honey very good type clasy tasting treacle taste rich nut strong malt a good mead the finish stylish honey flavour and malt smooth sweetness easy on the palate nice effort by the brewers

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2027) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours deep copper with a large, lasting creamy head. Nose shows doughy notes, lots of rich sweet honey, and soft bready and nutty malt. Quite tempting. More honey as a flavour, along with the accompanying woody/grainy notes you often get in a beer including honey. The alcohol shows, but is just shy of being harsh. Nowhere near as sweet or malty as I would expect for a beer to carry these flavours and alcohol. Likewise, could use a more syrupy body.


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