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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

923 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 923
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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salvo

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow golden beer: it doesn't exactly look special.
S: Floral aroma and no hops: the smell differentiates the brew from others.
T: Smooth and not too sweet, the taste is complex with herbal and floral notes from the heather and biscuity earthy scottish malt filling the background.
M: A little thin, this is a light bodied ale.
D: Highly drinkable.

Perhaps I romanticize the historical/archeological aspects of the beer a bit, but I love the idea of resurrecting old & lost recipes. I drank this in Inverness and Edinburgh and Dundee, and was really thrilled to find it on the shelf locally. I was expecting gimmickry but this is a solid, drinkable summer ale. As much as I understand the meaty chewiness of Scotch Ale to make it through a long North Atlantic winter, Fraoch is a perfect beer to compliment a warm highland evening, or to imagine a highland evening on your porch.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 14:46:08 | More by salvo
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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.