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Fraoch Heather Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Fraoch Heather AleFraoch Heather Ale

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1,025 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 46
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +12%

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, Tuesday at 08:40 PM
Photo of michaelfcasey
3/5  rDev -20%

michaelfcasey, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Lukman
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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
Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of WesMantooth
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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 -13.3%

IRISHFAN951, Oct 20, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

magsvmi, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

jmccraney, Oct 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

MJWhelan, Oct 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

BobbyOlson, Oct 09, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

Kerne, Oct 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Drummermean, Oct 05, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Timeroamer2112, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

LennyBound, Oct 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

derkfromwi, Sep 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Stigs, Sep 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

charlzm, Sep 25, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -5.1%

killcore, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Sellen, Sep 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

casapy, Sep 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

cbnz, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Tasted On: 09-11-2014
Freshness: Best by 09-30-2014
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

Average white head sits on the semi-hazy beer golden in color. Fair head retention and good lacing. The aroma is floral, plus has lemongrass and other tart, citrus smells.

Taste has a light malty flavor, with grassy notes. Also honey flavors, and is overall somewhat sweet. Light in body with a clean feel, the beer is low to moderate in carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet.

Very enjoyable, for a beer with no hops. Kudos to the brewery for recreating an ancient-style ale that you hardly ever hear of.

sommersb, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Appearance – Cloudy and light golden amber. There is good evidence of natural carbonation a decent head of tight whit bubbles which retains reasonably well and leaves really good lacing.

Smell – Nice leafy bouquet up front with hints of berry and citrus. There is also evidence of earthy malt smells on the mouth and mild boozy aroma.

Taste – There is a clear sharpness to this brew. The earthy malt taste comes through with a little mild citrus. No hop to speak of but it does have a woody character from the heather the flavour lingers longest on the very back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A little sticky and coating the back of the tongue there is no warmth and little evidence of the carbonation I expected.

Overall – An interesting brew if a little confusing. It has a long history being the oldest beer style still brewed in Europe (dates to 2000B.C). Flavour difficult to pin down and may be very hard to review for some. It is probably not the best Gruit I have had but it is still more than drinkable and I would not steer others away from it even if I personally would not rush out to buy another.

BeerDrinkersWorldTour, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of EHopkinsi
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Enjoyed a bottle while in Scotland. Different, but good.

EHopkinsi, Sep 07, 2014
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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.