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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: 44
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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Kyle_Hanson

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-31-2014 03:01:18 | More by Kyle_Hanson
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rulisekmartin

Czech Republic

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-30-2014 05:17:43 | More by rulisekmartin
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Gottesverachter

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-26-2014 14:15:24 | More by Gottesverachter
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-24-2014 22:11:21 | More by Latarnik
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

330ml served in a English pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow color forming a small, bubbled and white head. Low retention and only thin spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet. Strong notes of herbs, blooms and honey. Deliciously spicy with a strong barley backbone. Notes of oranges and orange zest. Flowers... Some light notes of hops can be also felt in the end

T: Slightly sweet, as expected. Again, strong notes of honey and herbs. A bit fruity too, with notes of oranges, mainly. Very light hops bitterness, a very old ale, for sure. The barley backbone is a must. Delicious...

M: Light and a bit molasses body. Low carbonation. Sweet malts in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A bit too sweet but, a classic old ale. My first Gruit Ale... Really recommended

05-24-2014 00:22:06 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Iaido

Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-23-2014 18:37:43 | More by Iaido
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MechMessiah

Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-21-2014 10:09:53 | More by MechMessiah
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-19-2014 02:44:56 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-17-2014 20:51:12 | More by Magibeg
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Mr_Leeward

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-15-2014 12:31:48 | More by Mr_Leeward
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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-07-2014 13:58:55 | More by kguard
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-06-2014 00:42:03 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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barczar

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with minimal ivory head that dissipates to a slim ring of foam

Heather is evident at the forefront of the aroma, hearkening memories of herbal tea. Bready malt and a slightly sweet, almost donut character emerge.

Flavor reveals soft underpinnings of lemon, which contrast the herbal, floral heather character nicely. Doughy malt surfaces in the finish, slightly bready, to cleanse the palate.

Body is moderate to light, with carbonation a touch on the low side.

Haven't had much heather in my culinary ventures, so it's new ground for me. Very drinkable summer brew. I'm not a huge lemon fan, but it plays well here.

04-27-2014 16:57:12 | More by barczar
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JoeMans

New York

3/5  rDev -20.2%

04-26-2014 19:12:20 | More by JoeMans
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semanka

Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-21-2014 13:28:08 | More by semanka
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Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-29-2014 18:13:48 | More by JohnSnowNW
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-23-2014 17:00:36 | More by ZCW
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Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-15-2014 18:55:15 | More by Doomfag
Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.