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Fraoch Heather Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Fraoch Heather AleFraoch Heather Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

922 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed with a thin white lace. Nice use of the heather, perhaps a bit over carbonated for my liking. The sweet heather flavour plays well of the dry malt character.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 10:44:09 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml brown bottle with a very Celtic style label. "Brewed in Scotland Since 2000" is stated several times on the front and back. Best before Feb 2001 is clearly marked.

Appearance: Rich golden in colour with a thin white froth for a lace.

Smell: Floral, herbal, sweet and nectar-like.

Taste: A flash of thin, sweet pale malts up-front that quickly dries with a herbal (tea-like) flavour from the heather. Leaves a wonderful after-taste. This ale also warms in the belly, slightly.

Notes: For its uniqueness, we highly recommend this ale. As a beer, it is remarkable, extremely drinkable and refreshing. "Fraoch" is Gaelic for Heather. This is one of the oldest ale styles brewed in history (from heather flowers and Scottish malt).

Serving type: bottle

10-06-1998 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.