ClubGonzo’s Roggenmead

Braggot, 9.9% ABV.


Mead batch 28, Roggenmead.

Mead batch 28, Roggenmead.

I wasn’t that impressed with ClubGonzo’s previous attempt at a braggot , but maybe it’s a better idea to mix mead with a strong rye-based ale than with an IPA?

It pours a clear, amber body with a small, white, fizzy, short-lived head that doesn’t stick to the glass.

The aroma is quite obviously a beer/mead mix, with an emphasis on the mead – I get lots of tempting, sweet honey notes, together with exiting, refreshing, spicy notes from the beer. It’s vinous, almost in a sherry kind of way. Very nice!

The strong flavour is a bit too dominated by boozy alcohol, but the other typical mead and rye ale components are still present. I also get some brown sugar, dark caramel and lightly roasted malt. It’s quite sweet for a beer, not sweet at all for a mead.

The soft carbonation fits this full-bodied creation well.

Conclusion: a nice mix of beer and mead, which I guess is the purpose of a braggot. Still not my favourite style, though…



Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     3/3
Overall:    13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0

One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Roggenmead

  1. This one worked out much better than the IPA-version, thanks to the spicyness of the rye which matched the honey really well. However, even after two years in the bottle, the same spicy rye tones also accentuate the alcohol notes, as you’ve picked up on here. I agree with your rating: good, but not fantastic. Maybe using an extreme beer base such as this (wort from “Easy Ryeder”) wasn’t the best of ideas to get a balanced product, but the idea was really to test rye and honey together.

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