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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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848 Ratings

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 103
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000)
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Photo of moulefrite
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect chestnut brown color-almost murky to the eye with a very minimal but fine veil of foam that lingers throughout, and puffs up quickly with added swirling. Wonderful warm, almost spirit like in the nose with cinnamon, raisin, and vanillla-some chocolate as well. Lovely bitter/fruity hop bite showing dried fruit, bitter chocolate and malt-nicely spicy in a very warming way. Medium bodied and creamy-the finish is long,warm and memorable. A very decent drink!

moulefrite, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of grynder33
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sat very dark in the glass with little visible activity, wonderful champagne like aroma,lots of nice flavors happening, especially molasses and currant, because of its low carbonation, it had the smoothest of all possible textures, loses a little bit of its sweetness as it goes along, lots of setiment on bottom of glass. Wonderful stuff, a little pricey and the next morning I had some intestinal problems that I couldn't blame on anything but the beer.

grynder33, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgundy color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and peaty. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Malts are chocolate. Plums and other dark fruit sort of dominate the flavors. There is also a touch of soy sauce amongst the smoke and peat. Hints of the 7.2 % alcohol sneak through at time. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

beerguy101, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of nomad
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown wood color,with a very small head but it left serious stain off of thick lace. Not too shabby. Smell was very rich, with oak, dark, grainy, and roasty notes, but altogether of a serious scotch ale strength of sweetness - love those unattentuated sugars aged at Scottish low temperatures. Tasted of fruity malt, but opened to wonderful woody bitterness accompanied by bark-like dryness - rough at an elevated level, though amazing to taste. Had some strange sweet and roasted nutty notes as well, and a body that came across a bit winey in a moderate way. Ends with some very spicy like a well-ground black pepper. Thin mouthfeel which is nice given the bitter roast flavors but also seemingly strange for a scotch ale or strong/old ale.

Quite a tart finish once you have a hold on it. Good but a bit to handle.

nomad, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed to be a dark copper coloured beer with no head to be seen, really, except for a few bubble. The vintage is unknown on this bottle, so we must also take that into account. This was a nice smelling beer that has some very sweet and boozy aromas of fruits, spices, and licorice. This reminded me of Kwak quite a bit, except this was a bit more complex and not as easy-drinking. The mouthfeel was very thick and rich and the drinkability was pretty good as well.


francisweizen, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown hued with old cherry hints, slightly hazy. Big bubbles construct a short-lived beige head, which fades quickly to a soapy residue, does last for the entire consumption. Didn’t lace. Lovely nose, strong & stable with whiffs of chocolate, roasted malt, sweet alcohol, brandy, and dark fruits. Mildly potent. Fruits and alcohol, sweet maltiness, dull hops bitterness, dry chocolate lightly tickles the palate. Great roasted malt aftertaste! Tremendously balanced... an amazing feet in brewing! Slow, smooth carbonation. Medium-full mouthfeel. A great beer to quaff. This is a great Old Ale… it is “apples and oranges” but Traquair Jacobite is a great deal better. So if there is a choice between the two beers I am taking Jacobite. This one is still recommended.

bditty187, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice brown with a slight reddish hue with a light head,aroma is sweet and malty with some oaky aromas as well.Taste is rich and malty with alcohol notes.Some dried fruit flavors linger with some definent oak hints as well.Incredibly well made a nice beer to savor before bed.

oberon, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of gueuzegeek
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this one after opening a July 1, 1996 Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock. My friend commented that that reminded him of Traquair house ale, which I just happened to have in my fridge as well. We opened this to compare. I must note, the bottle is from a case purchased of untold age, as the label (green writing on cream color label), as we were told, has not been been around since the early 90s. It poured a nice chestnut brown color, with the certainty of a fig aroma. There was not really a head to be seen. This is certainly a special beer for it to hold up so well over time. The taste was a rather sweet and current-like. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and full. I must say, the Reichelbrau was a tad richer tasting, but that may be because this was old and possibly not kept in ideal conditions.

gueuzegeek, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark brown body with a good head that dissipated slowly.

Smell – The dark fruit aromas come on strong and right away with this one. Dates, plums, and raisins are easy to pick up. The fig smell along with a faint yeasty scent reminds me of a Fig Newton. However you describe it, this one is serious.

Taste – This is especially complex. In fact, it has a new facet of the taste that I’ve never had before. I’ll call it the pre-game show.

The pre-game show has a lot to do with the aroma. The taste splits the fruits in half, sending the lighter ones in first that I missed when rating the smell. There’s some spicy apple, a tinge of banana, and artificial sugars. This is followed by the dark malt and yeast flavors, which are understated. The big part of the taste, the dark fruits from the aroma, brings up the rear of the body. The finish is a dash of alcohol and coffee.

All very confusing. This would be a great one to discuss at a brewpub.

Mouthfeel – A little bit of carbonation, but mostly the smoothness sticks out. How they got all of these flavors to work together so well I’ll never know.

Drinkability – This is a lot of fun to drink. You’d have to be dead not to enjoy it.

Update: I sampled this again in 2004. It was as complex as I remember it before. I picked up a lot more chocolate and coffee. I’m not changing any of the ratings but once again highly recommend this offering from Traquair House.

RoyalT, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown color much like some of the Belgian abbey ales. It had a small and quickly dissipating head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity - again, like some of the better Belgian abbey ales - the aroma of malt is also present. The flavor is very full and has lots of character. The flavor of some sweet fruit (maybe grapes) is very apparent. My only gripe is that it tastes very tart. After the head died down, there was no carbonation left in the drink, which made it pretty smooth. Pretty decent beer. A little tart, but good none-the-less.

clvand0, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of light caramel foam that fades away to a small collar. There is a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is a rich nutty aroma, with hints of coffee and toffee. The smell really pumped me up for the taste. The taste is a smooth roasted malt and alcohol mix. Not too much hops present, but who needs it with this sweet caramel and roasted nutty flavor. The body is heavy, yet smooth. The drinkability is also pretty nice for 7.2%. A big thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this fine ale!

SheepNutz, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this house ale is a beautiful rich ruby brown with a very pale thin head. it smells somewhat buttery with a hint of fruit, maybe grapes. the taste is something between a tangy chocolate and toffee. something a little walnutty there too...and again, like the smell, something reminiscent of fruit, but i can't put my finger on it, really, really nice though. good thick mouthfeel, with more carbonation than i expected. overall a real treat, that i'll definitely be trying again (so expensive though).

kmo1030, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium brown with a small head. Smell is malty and sweet. Taste is well-rounded, with a nuttiness that's quite intriguing, with a little hop tinge in the back. Sweet, but not too sweet. Mouthfeel is warm; my taste buds really liked this one.

euskera, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm on a roll. Westie12 last night, Traquair House Ale tonight. This one looks better to me in the glass than the Abt12. It has a root beer float look to it, like a soda pop that has a little melted ice cream in it. No head on the pour, not even a collar after is settles into the glass. Just a little bubble flow coming up.

The aroma to me is like Hershey's syrup and butterscotch with a hint of molasses. Fruit notes also present and some indistinct maltiness.

Taste is dominated by malt, fruit, and sugar flavors. A low hop bite at the end as the alcohol comes through a bit on the aftertaste. Coffee and faint nutty flavors come through sometimes as it warms up, sometimes a candyish flavor, too. More carbonation than I would have thought, pleasant enough.

Solid mouthfeel, somewhat heavy, but not syrupy in the least. A clear invitation to keep drinking. It's high alcohol may prevent some from making it a session pick, but if you're eating, having good conversation, and not just knocking 'em back 2 an hour, I could make a night of these, maybe 3 per 2 hours, that's pushing it. It'd be a good Octoberfest pick when it's cool out and it doesn't warm the beer too fast. Ideally, I'd be rich enough to be able to afford killing a mess of these in the comfort of my home, they certainly are tempting and quite efficient at impairing one's ability to operate heavy machinery.

I wonder if SheepNutz has tried this... :-) SN, Kindly refrain from this purchase until we meet again, please...


brewdlyhooked13, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous rich impenetrable cordovan with ruby hues. The fading beige/tan head with varying sized bubbles leaves a sliding lace. Citrusy hop, sweet malt and toffee aromas last awhile. An alcohol fume fades after a couple of whiffs. The full malty body provides a complex array of flavors of plums, butterscotch, coffee and blended Scotch. Citrus hops, a trace of mint candy sweetness and a slightly resinous camphor taste contribute to an ale just bursting with multi-directional flavors. This is a wonderful ale! What took me so long to try it?

BeerResearcher, May 29, 2003
Photo of drewbage
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt one of my favorite beers. This beer pours heavy into a glass with low carbonation. Rubyish highlights sparkle wih strong light.

The nose is what defines this beer. The aroma of malt is so intense that it approaches overload. Just the faintest bit of hops on the nose for a change before a hint of alcohol.

Taste: This bottle is old as the beer has a definite metallic flavor not normally present in a more well cared for sample. Brown sugar and raisins and plums swing out from the thick brew. The beer is certainly warming as you swallow.

All in all a wonderful beer and the true exemplar of the Wee Heavy style.

drewbage, May 27, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a ruddy hazelnut brown, small amount of sudsy head depletes almost entirely

Aroma: a nutty (hazelnut, again) sweetness, oaky, rich

Flavor: full and smoothly sweet, a malty forefront gives way to an oaky semi-bitter/dry finish, very little hop flavor or bitterness, some roastiness, a twinge of nuttiness, slightly metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, slight warming sensation

Drinkability: a great savoring beer, should almost be enjoyed out of a snifter or wine glass

GreenCard, May 12, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: a beautiful, bright brown body, showing reddish at the sides. Head is slim, and of a tannish hue. Aroma: something else!
The fruit of the vine is on good display in this nose, massive fruit up in here, but it's a sophisticated, complex mix: dates, figs, grapes, a bit o' nuts, earth, wood, and a touch of pepper here and there.
On palate, it arrives in full promise, a fine blend of hop and malt, bitter and sweet seem to patch up any differences, make amends, and create a perfect coupling. Hops continue a pretty, spicy ride upon the tongue, all the while backed up by solid and tasty, sweet malt.
Wherever this is the House Ale, I'm coming over more often! Big thanks to JohnnyDuvel for the trade!

feloniousmonk, May 05, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark garnet with as much clarity as you can get with this dark of a red. A light tan head starts at around a finger thick and quickly shrinks to a small cap. Great lacing on my thistle-shaped glass.

Smell: Fantastic aroma of sweet fruits, toffee, dark chocolate, and Christmas figgy pudding. A touch of smoke hides just under the surface. There's a bit of spiciness in there too.

Taste: Spicy and sweet with a nice undercurrent of alcohol warmth. There's lots of rich chocolate, along with a nice dose of dark fruits. That figgy pudding note that appeared in the smell is here in spades. A touch of roasted malt. Smoke floats under the other flavors, revealing itself here and there... Finishes with a warming alcohol touch, as well as a hint of bitterness, probably from the grain, rather than the hops used. Very rich and complex...

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy with a thick, round mouthfeel. There's a solid alcohol feel that's there the entire time, and it makes the finish a bit dry.

Drinkability: Remarkable for it's strength...while it's good now, I can't wait for winter to come again so I can enjoy this one by a roaring fireplace, while laughing at the bitter cold outside.

While it seems a bit pricey at almost $5 for a small bottle, it's well worth it.

MJR, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well , well well ..Im just a daddy and i bought this among others to celebrate her arrival.
I really dunno what glass to pour this into so I finally chose myChimay Glas, turned out to be a good choice as in the chalice the beer looks most excellent stuff a deep smoky red with a nice sized tannish head that dissapates to the most fantastic ring and lace all over the glass..great.
The smell of this excellent ale is strong, but it materfuly balanced between the strong dark fruitness and a lighter smoky chocolaty aroma.
Ahh what an amazing taste to this brew..tastes like the best Rum christmas pudding ever with the added extras of dark chocolate and black espresso chocolate..and this taste stays around to visit for a while..very nice.
Very very good feeling on the taste buds..this is "A-1" stuff all round.
Only modesty prevents me giving this beer the 5 , 5s..yes it would get excellent drinkablity..but who could afford to drink many?

Reidrover, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz small brown bottle. Simple black and white label. No freshness dating on this one. Murky bown color. Dark. Creamy bubbly beige head settled to a very thin covering. Sweet malt and fig smells. Full, some molasses as well. No earthy peat or spiciness to be found.
Taste was smooth, lots of figs, and molasses sweetness. Hints of spices, but mostly toasted malt. Maybe a hint of toasted almonds as well. I don't know what figgy pudding tastes like, but I can imagine it's something like this. Plums and other roasted plums mixed in with sweet malt flavors really explode as the beer sits.
Higher carbonation and therefore a super bubbly feel. Much more than I expected. Lots of tiny little carbonation bubbles everywhere, created an almost fuzzy feel to it.
Medium to full bodied. Good going down. I would list it more toward the Dark Strong Ale end of this category.

StevieW, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of importguy
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good one. Pours a nice tan colour with a very nice head. Should be drunk at room temperature to get a real sense of the flavour of this beer.

A nice malty/nutty flavour with a nice smooth dry finish. This ale is very drinkable with out that normally bitter finish that these types of beers have.

After I finished this one I wanted more.

importguy, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of Beguiler
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an ale to be savored not devoured. If you keep this in the fridge make sure that you let warm up to the proper serving tempature. There you will find all of the subtle tastes come out, if not this will far from impress you. This is an ale that I like to end my tastings with because if I start the evening with it very few ales can follow it.
The color is wonderful dark amber shade with a nose that to me has an almost gingerbread smell (but that is just me). The only compliant that I can find with Traquair is that the bottle is to small. I would love to find it in 750 ml bottles.

Beguiler, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of fattyre
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark brownish red color with a thick clingy tan head and a firm mouthfee. The smell is roasted malt with a slight grassiness. The taste is clean, nutty malt, with a slight herbal quality and pleasant warming alcohol. Overall a rich malty ale with a clean, rather dry finish.

fattyre, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Indian brown/dark amber in color. A small but thick off-white head forms and leaves a nice lace, but no lacing down the glass. Raisins and dark fruits as well as some alcohol are in the strong aroma. It's a smooth, medium-bodied brew with low carbonation. The aroma translates to the flavors, very amazing with just the right balance and touch of alcohol. It's definitely a sipper. As it warms, prepare for a little more alcohol character and a pleasant toasty touch, as well as more pronounced raisin/dark fruit flavors.

AudioGilz, Mar 26, 2003
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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