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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

1,039 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,039
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 49
Gots: 35 | 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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4.48/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Taybeh
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

From a 330 ml bottle into an imperial pint glass
A: pours a dark brownish burnt orange with a nice 1 finger head, and lots of sediment
S: earthy flowers (heather?) with a tinge of dull earthy sweetness
T: thin grainy dry maltiness followed by herbal tea notes with some honey and flowery sweetness. really nice finish with a tiny spicy kick.
M: fairly lively for style, light, not much body, refreshing. even better as it warms a bit.
Overall, this is really good gruit. I'd drink it again, without hesitation.

Photo of BogAl
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ordybill
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of findango
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of srsev
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Photo of michaelfcasey
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

Photo of IRISHFAN951
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of magsvmi
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of MJWhelan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,039 ratings.