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Fraoch Heather Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Fraoch Heather AleFraoch Heather Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

1,061 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 51
Gots: 45 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 10-06-1998

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.
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Ratings: 1,061 | Reviews: 708 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of maxist
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear deep straw/pale gold producing a rapidly diminishing, foamy, white head that leaves streaks, strings, webs & motes of lace. Aroma is pale malt, honey, faint nuts, grain, floral/herbal & a hint of sourness. Taste is light but not watery: malt, honey, floral, caramel, fruitiness with a grain, herbal, floral, dry finish. Aftertaste is dry, fruity & floral. No hops in it and no hop character. I have no idea what heather smells or tastes like so I have no basis to determine if I detect it in either the nose or mouth. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, light but silky & juicy becoming becoming very dry at the end. Unique & oh so drinkable.

Photo of ahommell
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craft4mike
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of windypete
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of snowmageddon
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vauxhaulastra
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mauralydon
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thommo_nk
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice to try a historic brew, not bad, just ok.

Photo of krubs
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GimmeAGuinness
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShanePB
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks and smells decent; taste isn't offensive but not much to it. Certainly something to give a non-beer drinker.

Photo of Bunuelian
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dangriff
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nothing bad about this beer but it does not have a lot of character. It almost taste like a light beer

Photo of DaveBar
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 4pk called Historic ales of Scotland. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well but pours no head or any film at all. Cloudy and gold colored

S- Not a lot here. Not much at all. Some berry hints but not much of it

T- Pretty usual which is a nice break but not a beer that has anything to remember. Just a water, alcohol and sugar mix. Mead like

M- Dry and crisp

O- Not much cup of tea. Don't much care for it. Guest material.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with....... Boiled hot dogs with various mustards, sauerkraut on a nice whole wheat bun.

Enjoy

Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark straw in color. Earthy nose. Grainy and mild. Interesting from a historical perspective but that’s about it.

Photo of Mikemcc99
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm Scottish, my sister's name is Heather for the "heather on the hill." I really wanted to enjoy this beer. But I did not. I love that they tried to revive this style but I did not care for it. Gave it some bonus points overall for uniqueness.

Photo of ScentedHeathen
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A hop free beer, a wonderful beer, very subtle. at the first sip your tongue will most likely be confused, don't worry this is quite normal. this is most likely your first time drinking a hop free beer. the Heather flavor is Heavenly and sublime( if you don't know what heather is look it up) and the fog often mentioned in literature is still present(a sudden sleepiness caused by certain fungi that grow on wild heather). if drank with food stick to something mild that will not overpower the floral goodness of this brew

Photo of yemenmocha
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is not far off from a Hefe-Weizen. Pale golden color, hazy, white head. Things differ thereafter. Clean nose, light citrus. Light malt flavor with delicate hops, clean, light, drinkable. Some light floral qualities noted. Beer is easily overpowered with foods.

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garymuchow
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crap, I hate having to re-add a review that I didn't save.
Anyway, a good looking beer with a large firm rocky tan head with dripping lacing. Body is a mostly clear amber of orange.
Tight aroma with an aqueous quality and soft flowery aroma. Unfortunately, a bit of oxidation on this bottle. A nice graininess appears as it warms.
Highlights for flavor are an interesting sweetness up front and an unique drying on the finish. Additionally there is a nice grittiness in the middle with a soft spiciness and herbal taste.
Quite thin emphasized by the low carbonation. However, drinkability is quite high.
This was good and interesting. I'll search for a fresher bottle next time.

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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.