“Exit 3 is the gateway to a lot of farmland, so we’re using one the state’s favorite crops– blueberries. Braggot is an ancient style– written about since the 12th century. This Braggot features local blueberries and honey, a very limited amount of hops and is fermented with Belgian-style yeast. The result is a straw colored beer with blueberry highlights. On the first sip you will note a light sweetness along with citrus notes followed by a well rounded malt character. The beer has a medium full body.”
My first two beers I reviewed were pretty well known breweries that are available across the country, so this time I wanted to highlight one the local breweries close to my home in Philadelphia. Flying Fish is a great little brewery in Somerdale, New Jersey that brews some tasty beers and their Braggot is definitely one of their strongest. Many of you are probably saying in your head, WTF type of style is a braggot? Which is a valid question. It is very similar to a mead in both composition and taste. Also like mead there are early references to it in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales from the 1300s.
The pour was nice clear gold with an amber hue that had a fizzy head which quickly receded, but leaves a gentle lace around the glass for a short period. The smell gives off scents of honey, Belgian yeast, sour apples and berries, with a slight funky smell. The taste, however, is much more smooth. It starts off with nice hints of honey and toffee flavor followed by light blueberry flavor on the tongue before finishing off with a strong Belgian yeast that lingers on your palette. It is a medium-bodied beer with high carbonation, similar to a sparkling wine. Overall, the beer is probably one of the best available in its style, very easy drinking despite its high ABV which it hides well. I highly recommend it, but due it being a 22oz and 15% ABV, I would share it with friend over a sharp cheese.