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Fraoch Heather Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Fraoch Heather AleFraoch Heather Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

994 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 45
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. heather ale is probably the oldest style of ale still produced in the world. From an ancient Gaelic recipe for "leann fraoich" (heather ale) it has been revived and reintroduced to the Scottish culture. Into the boiling bree of malted barley, sweet gale and flowering heather are added, then after cooling slightly the hot ale is poured into a vat of fresh heather flowers where it infuses for an hour before being fermented.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 10-06-1998)
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Pours a golden color with almost no head

S: Malty, floral, and grainy. Zero hop presence, but the heather makes up for that

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the malts and graininess and then the heather and some fruitiness come through, making that the ultimate taste in the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice easy drinker that has an underlying heather nose and flavor. Again, no real hop presence anywhere so it's a little different in that regard. Recommended for a nice change of pace

08-19-2014 08:26:18 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.44/5  rDev +18.1%

The history behind this ale is fascinating. The bottle tells the story of the oldest Scottish Ale, dating back to 2000 b.c. At the initial sip it is sweet with distinct floral overtones. A slight twist of hops then appears, followed by light earthy malts- giving the beer its character. The aftertaste is slightly nutty and is strangely chalk like. Very good overall, a testament to the 4000 years its been brewed. I'd definitely go another.

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Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

$ 2.79/11.2 oz (330 mL) bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle best by Aug 2015 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma somewhat woody and herby
Head average (4.5 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good – broken rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor light, slightly sweet, somewhat herby; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

I don’t know what heather smells or tastes like, not having been in Scotland in at least a decade, so I don’t know whether the herbiness is the typical heather aroma/flavor or not. I do know that this is an interesting if somewhat innocuous beer. I would like to find this on tap sometime.

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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.