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Fraoch Heather Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Fraoch Heather AleFraoch Heather Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

992 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 45
Gots: 28 | 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:
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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barnzy78

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

11-27-2011 05:06:51 | More by barnzy78
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harrymel

Washington

1.73/5  rDev -54%

Reviewed from notes on 9/27/10

A: Medium gold ale, touch cloudy. No head, no lacing.

S: Smells like grain, citrus, skunk. Not impressive at all.

T: Semi-sweet, hints of jasmine, muscat grapes.

M: Beer is light in body with low/faint carbonation. Poorly done.

D: This is a very poorly executed beer. Only saving grace is in the taste, but unfortunately all other aspects lack severely.

03-18-2011 08:50:22 | More by harrymel
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fionn13

Ireland

2/5  rDev -46.8%

06-26-2013 18:07:41 | More by fionn13
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.8%

Appearance: Poured a dull reddish-amber color with zero head.

Smell: Faintly floral. Aromas are pretty hard to detect.

Taste: Malty sweetness up front with a bit of a heather taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is there, but in very low levels. Finish is clean.

Drinkability: I don't know if I got a bad bottle, the best before date is June 2005 so it seems like this beer should be pretty fresh. I'll review this beer again a few months from now, but as far as this particular bottle goes, I'm not impressed at all. If it weren't for this breweries Gooseberry and Wheat ale, I wouldn't even think about giving this beer a second chance. Not a good beer.

02-09-2004 01:25:55 | More by JackTheRipper
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2/5  rDev -46.8%

I don't really know what heather tastes or smells like, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. And it didn't really taste like anything unusual...it was just kind of generic, not great, beer.

Appearance was rather pale, with just a touch of white head. Aroma was pretty minimal. Flavor was a bit cerealy, but also very subtle. Mouthfeel was a bit watery.

Far from the best beer I've had in recent memory.

10-06-2007 16:17:16 | More by BeerBelcher
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msromberg

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.8%

12-31-2011 18:48:16 | More by msromberg
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goldbot

District of Columbia

2.03/5  rDev -46%

Reviewed on 6/16/2010. Bottle best by 10/2010.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with some small particles visible. Medium white head that dissipates very quickly with no lacing.

Bready malt aroma up front, turning to a sourish, very floral, herbal aroma from the heather. Pleasant for the most part.

More bready malt in the flavor. More floral heather but it is a bit more subdued. The aftertaste is all heather, but is very planty, almost sourish, and not very pleasant at all to me. Almost nauseating due to the earthy plantiness.

The body and mouthfeel mostly light. Low carbonation. Overall I just didn't find this beer enjoyable at all. It was interesting to try something like this, but the flavor of the heather just didn't sit well on my tongue or in my stomach.

07-07-2010 15:12:58 | More by goldbot
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.05/5  rDev -45.5%

Tried this on-cask last night. Was sevearly lacking in flavor, color, and texture. Very flat (I'm sure the cask has something to do with that) and kind-of watery. Some floral notes came through as it warmed, but it was a very lackluster beer overall. Not one that I would recommend in the least.

12-15-2007 18:05:34 | More by alysmith4
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -45.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. botlle. Slight head quickly recedes to surface skim, no lacing. Body was a slightly hazy yellow orange amber.

Smell - biscuity, doughy malt. Some grassy, herbal, and floral ( but not floral as in hoppy) aromas.

Taste - not qiute like the smell. This ale tastes like a stale and weak gin and tonic, or like old stale, flat lemon/lime pop.

Mouthfeel - very thin and fluid with low carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down with some effort, was nice to try this ancient style, but that's it, don't want another one.

06-07-2006 18:23:37 | More by ultralarry2006
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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

05-20-2013 02:09:40 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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SimonTHGolfer

United Kingdom (England)

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

12-30-2013 14:43:30 | More by SimonTHGolfer
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

A - a tinny light brownish gray ale, with a thin white head that laces quickly, there is tons of sediment suspended within the body, very scant carbonation meander betwixt the sediment

S - the bouquet is a amalgamation of floral, honey, grassy, and pesto sauce, no one in the room believes me until they smell it, then they agree

T - these aromas translate to the taste, pesto, basil, floral like clover, and honey. and again, no one believes me until they taste it

M&D - it is smooth going down, however the odd taste holds me back a bit, but not difficult to drink

a weird experience, but worth a try

01-31-2007 05:27:24 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -37.5%

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, golden colour. White head is 1/8 inch on the pour, but quickly recedes to a thin ring.

Aroma has a definite sweetness to it with underlying floral and herbal tones.

Definitely has a unique taste to it, though I can't say it's to my liking. Malty at the start with a strange undertone that I can only assume is the heather. A little too sweet for me at the start. Tastes kind of like herbal tea with a touch of malt at the finish. Aftertaste is herbal/floral.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a bit of an oily feel to it.

Too sweet and I'm not big on the background flavour that I'm assuming is heather. This might actually be a good example of the style, but it sure doesn't do anything for me. I can't even choke back the entire bottle.

07-07-2006 03:32:04 | More by Noxious26
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -37.5%

A - Hazy light orange brown with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Intense visible carbonation and no lacing. Not too impressive.

S - A potent sweet chemical aroma with a bit of light bodied malt underneath. The sweet odor is strange, it seems like something that smells like it would taste good, but then would kill you if you drank it. In line with how an upholstry glue, antifreeze or some kind of poison would smell like. I don't like the odor, in fact it quickly became a bit nauseating.

T - A light sweet malt flavor with a slight appearance of the same taste as the smells seems like it would taste like, but much, much milder. Since it is milder, it is not as sickening to taste as the corresponding smell is to smell. There is a dry grainy finish to the beer. Although out of the ordinary, I'd say the taste is a little below average.

M - Moderately smooth, carbonation is just a tad bit strong, a tad bit refreshing.

D - The smell really gets to me. If it wasn't so potent I think that I would like this more. I can't take another sip without holding my nose. The insert said that it goes with "rich and spicy foods" so I tried it with some pepperjack cheese which overpowered it's taste completely. Went very well with a slice of Manchego though. If one could get past the smell then it wouldn't be so bad.

03-14-2006 22:29:53 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

07-02-2013 14:18:52 | More by Damian74Shensky
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HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

05-14-2014 21:43:44 | More by HuntDaddy540
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cgraham5

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

A - Pours a cloudy tan-orange color. Very little head, which dissipates quickly.

S - Light floral and berry smell. The smell isn't overwhelmingly strong.

T - Crisp brew with almost a hint of lavender and once again berries on the palette. The aftertaste is how I would imagine a flower petal tastes.

M - For only being 5%ABV the beer is quite thick and almost syrupy. Carbonation is perfect though.

D - Not a beer that I would recommend throwing back quickly. The thickness of the beer makes you relax and enjoy the floral nature. Overall it is a tasty beverage.

07-10-2009 04:42:52 | More by cgraham5
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

05-07-2014 00:01:51 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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timmy2b

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

08-13-2014 01:54:26 | More by timmy2b
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

05-23-2013 14:17:04 | More by kvnstfrd
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Pecan

California

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

12-20-2012 17:06:39 | More by Pecan
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

03-16-2014 15:15:37 | More by Fettpopps
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meatmallet

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a tiny white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Earthy and floral with hints of hay and grass and some sweetness coming from honey and malt.

Taste: Much sweeter than the smell but nothing great. Honey and grain with a bit of a floral taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Low carbonation and a light body. This beer was nothing special and kind of felt flat.

10-19-2009 01:02:24 | More by meatmallet
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ADZA

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -32.7%

This beer pours a pale cloudy straw colour that has average carbonation that leaves a one finger head and a ring of lacing around the top it almost looks identical to a organic pilsner,it has a real floral,minty herbal smell about it,the mouthfeel is quite thin even thinner than most pilsners and it has a real floral minty taste about it and to be honest i definately prefer a hop taste than this taste so for me drinkability isnt high as it tastes kinda bland but i spose i love my hops so u might call me biased.

08-17-2009 10:51:58 | More by ADZA
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karengarys

Indiana

2.58/5  rDev -31.4%

Maybe I shouldn't review this for I am not familiar with the style.

It pours with minimal fizz, and appears flat. It is hazy dark amber. No foam. No lacing. Not even a ring.

Smells like cheap soap, dirt, and some hop.

Tastes almost like beer, bitter, some pine I guess.

Mouthfeel is flat.

Finish is watery.

I don't want another.

11-18-2004 00:29:21 | More by karengarys
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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.