Fraoch Heather Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +31.1%
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass!
Appearance is of a hazy golden orange with a white, two finger foamy head that dissipated slowly after a few minutes! Small amounts of lacing.
Smell is wonderful! A nice sweet and floral aroma that is in the right amount. Not too strong.
Taste is Fantastic! The floral notes hit first followed by a flowery sweetness and a slightly spicy finish!
Motuhfeel is quite smooth with light carbonation!
Drinkablity is very good! A wonderful taste with a light abv makes this quite an enjoyable beer! I could certainly have a few of these at one time. It is one of my favorite brews!!
10-02-2009 20:48:05 | More by MrStark
4.88/5 rDev +29.8%
"It looks pretty," said the young clerk, scanning my bottle, "is it good?" Good only begins to describe this beauty, and while the label is among the best designs in the world of beer, prettiness continues on every aspects of this classic ale.
Color is a rich orange, and the head is moderate, off-whitish. Aroma is refreshing and upliftingly lovely : honey, foremost, and flowers, roses, herbal, vegetal, fresh, and sweet. Light in body, but full in flavor, incomparably smooth in taste. Perfect balance. Solid malt, less hops, but the heather and honey flavor make up for lack of hoppiness, and make for a perfectly delightful beverage.
The taste is so light, sweet, and utterly ethereal, this belongs in a class of it's own. Lovely, full texture, honey, citrus shining through with every sip! Perfect with food, dessert, or when you deserve a reward for being an exceptional example of humankind.
02-06-2003 15:30:30 | More by feloniousmonk
4.75/5 rDev +26.3%
Pours a very clear, brilliant amber with golden highlights. Frothy, big-bubbled head with a collar that sticks. Aromas of honey suckle, heather flowers, sweet clover honey, and iced tea. Minimal malt aroma and zesty earthy/spicy bits. On the palate, a sharp floral character braces things up, followed by metallic carbonation and a sweet, tea-leaf mid-palate that finishes off half-sweet, half-dry, and unlike a conventional beer. No hop oilyness, instead just soft flower oils that have some sweet flavors but no oily heaviness. Surprisingly full-bodied and flavorful, and very unique. What a wonderful beer.
02-23-2007 04:00:41 | More by geexploitation
4.72/5 rDev +25.5%
Well now, this IS a unique little brew, isn't it? I must confess, I was a little uncertain about this one. Heather's a plant usually confined to new age scented candles, isn't it? Thought it might be a bit girly.
Boy, was I ever wrong! It's got an odd taste to it, which I would call citrusy, but I expect it's more the heather. Not sure, really. Never bothered to eat any heather before. Smells wonderful though. Looks wonderful. Feels wonderful going down. Citrus isn't quite what it is though. More herbal. Like Chamomile.
Great brew. Highly recommended.
10-28-2003 06:36:27 | More by SetarconeX
4.68/5 rDev +24.5%
This is my kind of beer. Fraoch pours out a deep golden colour with very little head. The nose is pleasantly floral and herby. Taste is also herby. I admit to no knowledge of the flavour of heather, but the taste I got from this beer was similar to rosemary. The flavour wasn't too strong, but was well equipped for the strength of the beer's own flavour. Not too heavy a feel in the mouth and went down smoothly. Only loses marks tor the lack of head.
10-21-2002 18:42:05 | More by the42ndtourist
4.68/5 rDev +24.5%
Heather ale. I once dated a girl named Heather. I'm glad to say this beer had a finish much better than that did...Apparently I love Gruit...Slainte
Poured into my large tulip glass with a rich, dark Scottish golden hue (yes, I did make up that color, thanks for wondering). An impressive creamy off-white head, rested on top like a beer induced cloud. A good swirl brings it right back to life midway. The nose was of sweet malt and cold biscuits, with traces of clover honey in the finish. This fantastic malty tasting beer had a very low hop presence, as it finished with a light, sweet, eucalyptus like cooling sensation, I'm guessing a product of the heather flower. Seeing as though I haven't exactly trampled through the highlands gnawing on fresh heather, I can't really be sure. It had a VERY smooth mouth feel, with a medium body that lent to easy drinking. This beer pairs very well with panko breaded pork cutlets, served with London chop sauce. A firm nutty cheese like Samsoe (a Danish cheddar), or the semi-firm Cheshire, with its buttery finish, would be great served as an appetizer Enjoy
03-06-2007 06:29:38 | More by Greenfloyd
4.65/5 rDev +23.7%
I had this on tap at the Haven in Boston (Jamaica Plain) poured into a tulip. They are noting that this is the first time it has been on tap in the US. Judging by the reviews, that appears to be true. I was able to have one and half before the keg kicked (I drank the last half glass). Big thanks to my brother for taking me to The Haven to taste it.
Appearance: 1/2 to 3/4 inch bright white foaming head with decent retention. Color is an opaque yellow to light pale orange. Looks great.
Smell: Flower petals and a light citrus smell. Very subtle sourness.
Taste: Bright and sour tangerine/tangelo flavor and spiciness form the heather up front. Finish is bitter tangerine and pepper. Finishes bone dry and clean! Nothing is out of place here.
Mouthfeel: Remarkably soft; mild carbonation that gives a slight tingle on the tongue but overwhelmingly clean and crisp. Full and not the slightest bit watery.
Overall: Very glad to have had this on tap. I would go out of my way for this beer to have it again. A new favorite.
12-27-2012 20:44:38 | More by MAbeerNE1
4.61/5 rDev +22.6%
appearance: Pale yellow with small white head.
smell: Hard to put my finger on it. It's a kind of herbal, medicinal, nectar, flower and tea like smell.
taste: Herbal tea and light floral malt taste. I get a touch of lavender and a bit of nectar/honey sweetness. It's hard to pin-point what's exactly going on. It just works and is lovely balanced.
mouthfeel: It's like satin. Very smooth. Medium carbonation. Has a dry finish and leaves a lovely after-taste, wanting more.
overall: I'm quite surprised by this beer. It's not your regular ale and definitely has a unique flavor combo going on. I love the creamy like round feeling of the taste and mouthfeel. It's very fluid and refreshing, yet with a dry finish and leaves you with a after-taste that wants more. What more could you ask for? I just love it.
07-20-2012 23:04:22 | More by Arno
4.6/5 rDev +22.3%
Pours out a hazy, rusty orange with a weak head. Smells lightly of bready, biscuity malts with a humongous perfumey heather aroma. Almost smells a bit minty and berry-like. Some yeast in the nose, as well. Flavor is big on the heather and berries with a light malt backbone. The malt really seems to take a back seat to the "flavoring," but that seems to work out just fine here. Flavors thin out a bit in the end. Mouthfeel is light and prickly with bubbles. This drinks way too fast.
04-15-2006 04:06:08 | More by goochpunch
4.6/5 rDev +22.3%
This is a real treat. I had no idea what to expect from this Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale. It is sweet and floral and flavored like a flavor in some candies. It has a flower like bitter balance but so gently it stays sweet with fresh honey like attribute, until the aftertaste which is shot but again loaded with unique candy like flavors I can't quite describe other than floral and buttery soft. Some of the most tasty burps I have ever encountered as well.
Mouthfeel: The texture is absolute silk. It is so soft and slick, wow.
Drinkability: This beer disappeared so fast I could hardly write the review. It is tasty and easy. It is a bit sweet to session but drinks like a champ.
Hope this is helpful.
02-05-2007 08:39:23 | More by Phatz
4.6/5 rDev +22.3%
Orangy amber with some tough sticky head. There are some particulates floating about, kinda neat. Carbonation is a bit heavier than I expected. This one apeears bottle conditioned due to the sediment.
A really mild aroma. Slightly hoppy and floral and herby.
Very good balance of hops-to-malt. A full mouthfeel, not at all watery/aqueous, despite it's paleness. Honey and sure enough, heather flowers. Also tasted some lavander and other floral notes. A really enjoyable beer!
I hate reading peoples reviews that say "its too malty" or "its too plain". The style really needs to be taken into account when reviewed, not just how it pairs up against an IIPA or IStout. This is a really good beer, and unique. I'm glad that beers like this are still being made!
03-25-2008 01:36:14 | More by SurlyDuff
Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.