1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Fraoch Heather Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Fraoch Heather AleFraoch Heather Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

922 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 922
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%


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)
View: Beers (42) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 922 | Reviews: 677 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by JayReq:
Photo of JayReq
JayReq

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a small tasting glass.

Appearance: Deep golden hue, a little clouded. Pours a flimsy white head that settles down very quickly. Little to no lacing on the glass. Very plain.

Nose: A very fruity/floral head, with notes of honey and pine, and a tiny bit of syrup. Honestly, one of the best beers I have ever smelt. The scent matches the taste, and with a taste so appetizing, it is hard to rate this one as anything less than great.

Taste: Matches the nose in almost every way. A very delicate honey over fruit, a slight tinge of pine. Very, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth over the tongue, it has a really bubbly finish that reminds me this is definitely an ale. A bit of a herbal explosion right before the swallow. Again, very, very easy to drink.

Excellent Scottish Gruit. Pick this one up if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 19:27:52 | More by JayReq
More User Reviews:
Photo of DeschutesFan
DeschutesFan

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-06-2014 19:59:59 | More by DeschutesFan
Photo of JohnSnowNW
JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-29-2014 18:13:48 | More by JohnSnowNW
Photo of ZCW
ZCW

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-23-2014 17:00:36 | More by ZCW
Photo of Fettpopps
Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

03-16-2014 15:15:37 | More by Fettpopps
Photo of Doomfag
Doomfag

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-15-2014 18:55:15 | More by Doomfag
Photo of wehttam
wehttam

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-13-2014 23:32:16 | More by wehttam
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-13-2014 13:47:13 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Photo of sarahfrancesca
sarahfrancesca

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

03-10-2014 22:11:02 | More by sarahfrancesca
Photo of mizx
mizx

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-09-2014 22:44:41 | More by mizx
Photo of Maillard
Maillard

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-08-2014 09:49:23 | More by Maillard
Photo of diverite
diverite

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2014 01:41:50 | More by diverite
Photo of leitmotif
leitmotif

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-26-2014 21:05:25 | More by leitmotif
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

02-16-2014 14:04:00 | More by djrn2
Photo of JG_McNaulty
JG_McNaulty

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-12-2014 23:39:41 | More by JG_McNaulty
Photo of TerryW
TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-08-2014 21:26:47 | More by TerryW
Photo of benloho
benloho

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-08-2014 14:37:12 | More by benloho
Photo of Bendulum
Bendulum

Romania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-08-2014 09:51:07 | More by Bendulum
Photo of Chemister
Chemister

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +13%

02-07-2014 16:12:02 | More by Chemister
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2014 17:47:35 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
Photo of mattmarka1
mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-29-2014 01:46:17 | More by mattmarka1
Photo of RevCraig
RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-25-2014 20:46:43 | More by RevCraig
Photo of TubbyDullard
TubbyDullard

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-24-2014 23:33:16 | More by TubbyDullard
Photo of NickThePyro
NickThePyro

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-22-2014 08:14:31 | More by NickThePyro
Photo of heytomcat
heytomcat

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-21-2014 03:00:17 | More by heytomcat
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.