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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A cross between beer and a mead, Heliocentric Bragot revives an ancient tradition and proves that the Earth does revolve around the sun - sunflower honey, that is.

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3.4
ganache (6054) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle. My first bragot! Sweet, spicy herbal aroma with honey and flowers and a bit of yeast. Golden-coppery body with very little carbonation and a lacing, slightly leggy little beige head. After just seeing and smelling, reminds a lot of a mix of a floral (south)eastern German Pils and a honey-drenched Helles. Very malty taste is only honey-accented, rather than -dominated, much more in line with that delicious bready Helles resolution than what I remember from past meads (really, the Lager characteristics here are striking). Inoffensive graininess and muscat with a pleasant herbal/floral background. Alcohol seeps through just a bit, even a touch of tongue numbness. Classic medium body with a smooth, borderline syrupy feel. Very slight touch of burn in the back of the throat. Easy drinking and quick-drying, interesting and very refreshing. This seems to be a love-it-or-hate it offering (as judged by the relatively high StdDev for this site [0.7 after 25 ratings]; I generally like the effort and resoundingly applaud the experiment, but it needs tweaking. Perhaps more honey and a higher-quality base ale?

2.7
Tmoney99 (14954) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle from River’s Bend at 50 F. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy white head with good legs. Light honey grassy aroma. Light to medium body with a syrupy texture. Medium honey sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were not met.

3.9
Optigon (561) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Pours brown/orange, clear, with a fine, white head. Aroma is wheat, grass, and honey. Moderate mouth feel with a bit of bubbliness. Sweet, honey and grassy qualities. Very pleasant beer.

3.1
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Aroma, grassy, some light honey tones, and some herbal notes. Flavor, grassy, light sweet malts, some honey, nothing special.

2.9
Headbanger (4021) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2007
22oz bomber-A clear amber body with a nice white head that dissipated into a nice blanket for the body. Aroma of sweetness, honey, caramel, and a pale lager aroma. Taste starts with a slight dryness followed by sweetness then a dry pale lager taste on the back end. I’ve never had a mead but this beer just takes like a brew made with honey. Not one of their best but kudos for the effort.

2
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2007
A perfectly translucent pour of a standard, crystalline amber body. A diminutive white/near clear head quickly and totally dissapears. The body looks oiled with honey. Honeyed malt creeps into a shy nose first, followed by light diacetyl, light Czech oak, bathroom odors and tired yeast. Very light hints of herbal hops, peppery astringent components. A joke. I’ll wonder, albeit very briefly, if Sunflower honey is the culprit in this distasteful mess. The flavor has medium to medium-high sweetness, but this seems like it should be sweeter to have a feeling of a defined character, as it is it’s just boring. Very low carbonation, medium-full body. This needs serious work, though I highly doubt I’d ever revisit it.

3.1
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Courtesy dsnowden. Pours a clear caramel color with the smallest little fizzy white head. Really dull aroma, couldnt pick out a whole lot. Some mild malts and honey aromas, but it was tough to pull out. Unique flavor for me. Not used to having my meads with carbonation. A lot of caramel and honey in the flavor. Easy to drink, mellow mead. Not strong in alcohol and very smooth. The carbonation adds a little something too it for me. My first try of a bragot.

2.9
JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Dark golden color with what appears to be a bit of rose’. Small off-white head that is rather lasting. To be quite frank, aromas of a malt liquor prevail. Light honey, grain, white grapes, and mild herbal backdrop. An interesting flavor profile to this one. This really does taste like a mead mixed with a strong lager. Light honey in start complete with the dryness. Light pale malt and a bit of floral hops. If you like a light mead and malt liquor you would probably like this one.

2.7
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bomber. Poured a clear, thicker-yet-oily medium orange with a dusting of off-white head and a light ring (after about 30 seconds). The aroma picked up sweet caramel malts and honey.. milder notes of grass and perfume are in there, but off in the distance.. OK, but just had an aire that it was going to be dark, sweet, and not very enjoyable. In the flavor department, this proved to be dark, sweet, and not very enjoyable.. prickly, almost citrus tartness on the tip of the tongue opens to sweet honey and toasty caramel malts at the core (really felt like an average amber ale with honey added).. dry grapes and other light fruits accent the dry, kinda boozy finish.. the elements was OK in this, but they didn’t flow very well. Medium-bodied and sharp at several points that should have been smooth.. the finish dragged out the dry, tacky, and boozy honey and vegetal notes for far too long. Meh.

2.7
MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip. This beer poured a slightly cloudy, darker golden color with a thin, beige head that quickly fades. Very light lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of honey, grass notes, and sweet malts. The flavor was a bit lifeless with very light honey and some sweet malts showing up. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. As mentioned in an earlier review, this brew seems to have some distinct maibock elements. Decent, but overall it was a bit disappointing, to say the least.


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