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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

1,035 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
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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4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The history behind this ale is fascinating. The bottle tells the story of the oldest Scottish Ale, dating back to 2000 b.c. At the initial sip it is sweet with distinct floral overtones. A slight twist of hops then appears, followed by light earthy malts- giving the beer its character. The aftertaste is slightly nutty and is strangely chalk like. Very good overall, a testament to the 4000 years its been brewed. I'd definitely go another.

SamKetchum, Jul 19, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.79/11.2 oz (330 mL) bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle best by Aug 2015 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma somewhat woody and herby
Head average (4.5 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good – broken rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor light, slightly sweet, somewhat herby; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

I don’t know what heather smells or tastes like, not having been in Scotland in at least a decade, so I don’t know whether the herbiness is the typical heather aroma/flavor or not. I do know that this is an interesting if somewhat innocuous beer. I would like to find this on tap sometime.

Ozzylizard, Jul 19, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really really great Viking Style Pale. The Williams Bros are known for their super light mouthfeel and herbal flavors. Out of the whole lineup, the Fraoch Heather is my favorite. The pour is a clear amber, but the lack of head or lacing was originally concerning. Smells of sweet grasses and light florals. The taste... is.. spot on. Crisp and clean, Heather comes in for a quick kiss of herbs, sweet malt, and an earthy essence. She finishes quickly and leaves you refreshed, but wanting more. Thirst quenching, tasty, easy to drink. Definitely will drink again.

wimteiss, Jul 12, 2014
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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.