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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

1,034 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,034
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 48
Gots: 34 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tastes of honey and florals, heather, slightly bitter finish.

findango, Yesterday at 10:11 PM
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

DaftPatrick, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mojohawk21, Nov 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

j0hnc2468, Nov 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

22Blue, Nov 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

srsev, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

AlexAfonin, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

Wheaty, feels like brett hops. Yellow with a good foamy white head. Sweet, caramel, but a strong rye feel underneath. Quite refreshing. A hint of lemon

Amalak, Oct 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

michaelfcasey, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Lukman
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Nice to get a decent unhopped beer with a pre-Reinheitsgebot recipe. Hops increases the production of estrogen in the body and the Church wanted to feminize people to make them more compliant, especially as the Inquisition was winding down. Hence, they forced the use of hops upon brewers; first in Germany, then everywhere.

Lukman, Oct 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of WesMantooth
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First in this style for me, so going on description. Pours a hazy golden color. Small white foamy head. Smells kind of yeasty with some citrus (lemon maybe) and a sweetness I cant pinpoint. Taste is sweet and unique like Paw Paw fruit. Zesty citrus, honey, flowery or herb like, but not hops, and a solid malt base. Above average carbonation gives it a little bit of a crisp bite like champagne. Slightly slick/sticky aftertaste/finish. Otherwise, medium bodied. Not a favorite by any means, but pretty easy drinking and enjoyable. I would recommend trying just because it is very different.

WesMantooth, Oct 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

IRISHFAN951, Oct 20, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

magsvmi, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jmccraney, Oct 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MJWhelan, Oct 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

BobbyOlson, Oct 09, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -1.1%

Kerne, Oct 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

Drummermean, Oct 05, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Timeroamer2112, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

LennyBound, Oct 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

derkfromwi, Sep 26, 2014
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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.