Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch AleWee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 61
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 11-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Spica66
1.16/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Got this in trade from thagr81us. Thanks, Calton.

Poured into tulip and shared with gwuilliums.

A: Dark brown color. Way too foamy. Have to "sneak-pour" it down the side of the glass to get anything but foam.

S: Smells like green homebrew. Slightly sour and off. No maltiness, no hops.

T: Tastes like it smells. Slightly rancid, maybe?

M: Completely thin and watery.

D: One drink each and down the drain it went.

There is no date on this. The label art has changed from what is shown here, so I am not sure that this beer is really retired, and I would love to know how old this bottle was. (597 characters)

Photo of Overlord
1.59/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The mouthfeel is way, way, way too light on this beer. Just very distractingly watery. Light, overly translucent brown pour. Ridiculous head on it.

Smells likely somewhat rancid malt with a bit of caramel to it. Not much aroma.

Taste is also thin and watery. This was a drainpour. Where's the malt base? Where's the ... anything? Also a somewhat rancid, spoiled flavor to it.

Yech. Avoid. (392 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
1.7/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

2009 (I think) vintage, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. The appearance is the highlight of this brew; deep brown body with mahogany highlights and a creamy light tan head that is impressively tenacious. Not as much lacing as I would have expected given the head construction, though.

Nose is a bit, well, odd. Fruity Belgian yeast, doughy, seawater(?). There's some caramel malt in the background, but even giving some leeway for a hybrid take on a style, this is starting off on the unpleasant side.

Explosive carbonation seems to accentuate the fruity esters of the yeast while nearly completely drowning out what I assume is a base wee heavy beer underneath. Smoke and deep caramel flavors emerge as it warms, but never really have a chance to establish themselves. Sea salt, coffee, lemon; there's a mishmash of flavors that just don't work together. The fizzy finish puts an exclamation point on this unpleasant experience.

French Broad does make some tasty brews, but this particular beer is a bit of a head-scratcher. (1,030 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
1.97/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brought by jrallen34 to our Good Beer/Bad Beer birthday tasting. On the label it said "Belgian Scotch Ale." There's no way this is not horrible. Worst collaboration of styles since Metallica and Lou Reed got together for an album.

A - Dark brown beer with an off white head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Well, it is a bit peaty. There's also some belgian yeast, little bit of fruit, and some malts. Smells like brine or black olives. Also, it smells bad.

T - Not a good beer. Some olive notes, yeast, peat, char, burnt gunk, rotten finish. Has some chemical taste to it as well which isn't helping.

M - A little watered down with moderate carbonation.

O - This beer is ass. Don't drink it, don't buy it. Horrible idea for a beer in the first place, and it delivered on it's horrible premise. Not sure what the thought was here, but putting it into bottles was a shame. (882 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
1.99/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks, Jason. Good Beer/Bad Beer tasting. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours brown, off-white head, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - The Belgian yeast is there, some nuttiness, and slight spice. Not horrid, but not all that great. Not really like any Scotch Ale I've ever had, or expect to.

T - Light fruits, yeast, peat, light sweet malts. Very interesting, and not all that good. It doesn't sound to bad on paper, but there's some time of harsh medicinal/char note and finish that kills this brew for me.

M - Too thin, light body, decent carbonation, alcohol is really hidden well, watery sweet finish.

O - Not good...at all. Jason did a great job picking out this beer for the "bad beer", luckily, he also brought a Bar Fly for his "good beer", which made me forget about how horrible this was. This beer is not a Scotch Ale, no matter what FB says. Can't recommend. (874 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
2.1/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks to Jason - this may have been the worst (non-White Birch) offering of the evening. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and spotty lace. Transparent dark brown body.

S - The combination of peaty malts, smoke, and Belgian yeast somehow creates a dead ringer for black olives. There's also some alcohol.

T - The taste is more Belgian and yeasty, with less of the olive flavor. Some medicinal and phenolic notes, as well as a weird caraway note among some crackery and sugary malts.

M - Surprisingly light body for 9%. Low carbonation, a touch watery, and thankfully no alcohol.

D - Not only is this beer nearly unpalatable, it's also a total failure conceptually. Belgian Scotch Ale is about the last hybrid style that I'd guess would be successful, and French Broad has proved my theory correct. Perhaps they'll follow up with a Dubbel Gose or Milk Kölsch. Poured much of this out. (954 characters)

Photo of portia99
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Going thru the cellar and unearthed this bottle from '09. 22oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

A - Pours clear with a deep brown color and a frothy finger of pale tan foam with good staying power. Foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, tart, oxidation...smells like a 6yr old beer.

T - Rather odd, tastes a bit like it is partially brett fermented, tart, earthy and mildly funky. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, other random sugary sweetness.

F - Thin in body, fizzy and foamy.

O - Well, time hasn't been kind to this one, and from other reviews it looks like it had flaws from the beginning. (618 characters)

Photo of gford217
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber. The label doesn't look like the one on BA or RB and it's listed as 10.1% ABV on this particular one.

Pours a deep mahogany that shows through as a crystal clear amber underneath a small beige head that recedes to a bubbly collar and leaves only spotty lacing.

Aroma is odd and very nondescript for a wee heavy. it's got a heavily roasted nose with a cardboard character honestly. Not much in the way of the typical scotch ale aromas one would expect.

The taste is maybe a little better but is still very musty and stale overall. There is a hint of caramel malts and smoke but the finish is metallic, bitter and stale.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly watery for a 10% scotch ale. Dry and bitter.

This is not one of the better efforts I've tasted from French Broad. It's a sub-par scotch ale, just tastes very stale overall with little flavor or complexity. Not so good. (905 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bomber into a Rochefort chalice.

The pours a dark brown that is very clear with not much of a light tan head.

The aroma is malty with bread, yeast and alcohol.

The taste is light but lots of alcohol and scotch, not very appealing.

The feel is light and drinkability very limited. (309 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Per label "A kicked up version of our popular Wee Heavier",I had the pleasure of trying that brew a few years back while in Asheville and I have to say I liked that one better.Poured into a 22oz nonic a deep amber/brown with a pillowey 2 finger light beige head atop that settled ever so slowly into a frothy mass leaving broken rings of lace behind,from there down hill.Muted aromas slight brown brown sugar and fruit but it doesnt show thru enough,flavors stay with that theme very light with some malt tilted sweetness like brown sugar and raisin but its really light and watery tasting in my mind.Hmm kind of a clunker here was expecting much more from a pretty good small brewery in western Carolina. (705 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a very dark, red-brown with good carbonation, The head is light tan about 2 fingers and leaves some lace.

The smell is interesting but does not cry delicious beer. Some lightly roasted malt and an odd sweetness mixed with yeast.

The taste is a bit off as well. A nice smokey roasted malt, with an overdone sweetness, maybe some honey and dark fruit as well, maybe it all just does not mix right for me.

The fouthfeel is good, better then medium and ok carbonation for a bigger brew.

The drinkability is ok worth a try if this is your thing, but I was not overwhelmed.

MK (635 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Deuane for this bottle. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazy, dark ruby brown color with a healthy three fingers of fluffy off - white foam. Smells of green apple, caramel, toffee, and spicy yeast. Tastes of sweet malt, spicy belgian yeast, and fruits such as apple and pear. High level of carbonation, too much for my liking, and rather thin in body. One and done for me. (393 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is dead on for a belgian, with a funky yeast dominating. There is defiantly malt, fruit, spices, basement, wood, and grass. The appearance is mahogany/amber with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma and quite sweet but also astringent. The palate is OK are hard to pin down as I don't know what style this really is. Overall an interesting but not great beer. (375 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body with decent off white head.

S: Dark sweet malt with some peat in there.

T: Nice sweet malt with a slight bitterness. Good caramel notes throughout. Nice slight belgian hint but not very obvious at all.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Not bad, a bit over bittered perhaps. (284 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for bringing his to a recent tasting.

Pours dark brown with an off white head. Something in the nose is immediately suspect and I'm uessing this is infected. Nose also brings a bit of roasted.malts along with some dark fruits. Tastes like maybe some Brett got into it, but it isn't terrible. Layers some musk with dark fruits and a roasted edge. Feel is medium and a bit funky. Actually drinks pretty well, all things considered. (450 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Different label and high ABV in this 2010 or 2011 bottle: 10.1% ABV. Improved with warming.

Appearance: dark mahogany body with some nice red and orange highlights. Creamy beige head that's too short-lived; lacing on glass.

Smell: earthy; yeasty, a bit sweet and fruity, with a touch of smoke. High ABV is well hidden if cold. Aromas blend nicely; more so than the flavors.

Taste: Earthy and yeasty, with a strong dose of dark malt and some spicy hops. Hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, Scotch and a good bit of peat. Mildly bitter. A lightly smoky flavor of dark malt, Belgian yeast and spicy hops lingers on in the aftertaste. High ABV is well hidden. 3.75

Mouthfeel: smooth but not quite creamy; slightly dry and astringent finish; the high ABV is fairly well hidden.

O: Interesting, complex and true to style -- not the Scotch Ale style but rather, as proclaimed, "Belgian Scotch Ale". Both styles are clearly evident in this hybrid ale, and with about equal assertiveness. FBB didn't make them blend together seamlessly, but at times it seemed that they meld more than they clash. Worth trying, although I prefer FBB's lower cost and lower ABV Wee-Heavier. (1,212 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, marked 12-07, forgot i even had this sitting around. supplied by blackie who is irrationally skipping the GTOTM this weekend

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip - dark mahogany body with major garnet hues, creamy beige head with a pretty strong lace

smell: doughy, earthy peat malts, slightly bitter dark chocolate, some nice yeast buried down there as well, a touch smokey, candied brown sugar

taste: kind of train-wrecky...smoky and full of peat malts, earthy, dry bitter chocolate, a touch of bourbon, some light belgian hops, quite doughy, a light lingering hop bitterness. interesting but i'm not really sure what this is supposed to be

mouthfeel: pretty creamy, a dry bitterness left behind, abv hidden fairly well

drinkability: ok (760 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share.

A - Pours a deep chestnut with a nice thin white head and lots of splattered lace.

S - Smells tart, slightly chalky, and clearly infected, but it smells (and tastes) fairly good despite it all.

T - Slightly sour with big oaty-malt flavors, and a tartness that lingers. I don't know what it is supposed to taste like, but this infected beer is accidentally pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.

M - Big and rich.

D - I don't know what to say, it drinks well for an infected brew. (526 characters)

Photo of NCBeernut
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with ruby highlights. Decent head falls into a ring in a few minutes.

Distictive spicy belgian yeast with overtones of heavy earthy maltiness. Clove and hints of nutmeg.

Big belgian yeast spiciness dominates with sharp clove and nutmeg. Sourness similar to a brett. A slight fruity edge. Some noticable hop bitterness, but not much flavor. Slight earthy quality on the finish. Pleasing alcohol warmth

As with most American made Belgian-style ales, it is too big on the yeast spiciness. The bottle says Belgian-style scotch ale....I don't see where the scotch ale came from. I think this beer needs some age for the flavors to mellow out. (660 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with amber hues, some sediment in the pour, a small light tan head fades to a ring. Aroma is sweet and malty, cola like sweetness, slightly fruity, figs and cherries. Some zesty like graininess in the aroma as well. Taste is sweet cola maltiness with a touch of tangy citrus, a grassy zing towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly cloying sweetness, low carbonation with some lightly spicy / peppery hoppiness in the finish. The alcohol is mostly undetectable. A good beer, easy to drink, I liked it better towards the end as it warmed. Thanks Sean! (582 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice head sits atop this mahogany brew. The smell is quite Belgian and there is also plums and a host of other fruit flavors. The Belgian yeast adds a different twist to this brew. The taste is very rich with raisens and the yeast being the first things I notice. The beer is smooth and the abv is well concealed. A nice brew to have on a cold day. I am not a big fan of the Belgian type beers but this was a nice treat to see a blend of styles. I would try this again. (471 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red-brown color, slightly red wine-like where light hits it, topped by a massive orange-tined light tan head. The thick foamy textured head eventually shrinks leaving behind big mounds of lace. Aroma has a doughy sweetness, caramel, cocoa, berries, citrus, floral scents and some light spices on top. The flavors are nice as well. Smooth chocolate, citrus, pine, mint + bubblegum, caramel + toffee, and a tad smoky. A large variety of flavors yet this doesn't seem too busy either. Moderately well blended throughout. I like how the bitterness meshes into the creamy velvety mouthfeel. Coating meets slick meets frothy. Good body size verging on full and very drinkable.

I enjoy. (686 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours a somewhat unimpressive but not wholly disappointing off-white head that soon recedes to a scant layer on the surface and a decent ring around the glass. The beer is a deep chestnut brown in color.

s: Belgian yeasts bring a doughy aroma to the nose over light notes of peat malt. Smells nice, with very smooth and subtle, if not slightly lacking, malt aromas. Light notes of woody, deep roasted barley and just the right touch of ethanol. Dark baked breads and a light-moderate, tempered sweetness. Light, grassy hop aroma.

m: Low-medium, smooth and delicate carbonation carried on a full-medium body that's exceptionally clean for its weight.

t: The Belgian influence is immediately evident under the subtly flavored malts. It builds after the swallow as a doughy flavor. The malt flavor is very limited, with some notes of peat and warmed, soft whole-grain breads. Quite earthy. Hop flavor is low and grassy, with a gentle bitterness in the clean finish. No ABV evident until it sits in the stomach. More malt flavor would do this beer a great service. Still, an interesting and original concept that nearly warrants a 4.0 for flavor.

d: easy, with the abv well hidden...not a bad bier, either

picked up a couple bottles from Bruisin' Ales (1,255 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brick red with apricot edges along the bottom of the glass. The toasted marshmallow colored crown is pillowy and doesn't look very sticky. Several small scraps of lace manage to cling in the end.

The aroma is faint, so specifics will be hard to come by. It's toasted bread-like and has a medium-dark fruitiness that is present in most beer of this style. Other than a clove-like spiciness, the Belgian yeast doesn't make much of a splash. Foam melting and warming result in a score increase.

Wee Heavy-est Scotch Ale is essentially a higher gravity version of Wee Heavy-er plus a Belgian yeast strain. That's an odd thing to add to a wee heavy, but Belgian yeast does tend to make all things better. In the right hands, of course.

This is pretty good (and pretty interesting) stuff, but isn't exponentially better than Wee Heavy-er. For obvious reasons, it tastes more like a BSDA than the stated style. Hold on. Warming is beginning work its usual magic and the flavor profile is reaping the rewards.

Flavors include toasted brown bread, steely dark caramel, ripe figs, assorted citrus fruits and a generous dusting of ground clove. The yeast changes everything in an impressively positive direction. 40 IBUs worth of hops isn't exactly typical for a Scotch Ale either.

The mouthfeel is more 7.0% than 9.0%. This big beer lover would usually mark it down for that, but it works fine in this case. The less energetic carbonation of the bottom half of the bomber works much better than the more energetic carbonation of the top half.

Kudos to French Broad for thinking (and brewing) outside the box by adding Belgian yeast to a wee heavy. If you're a fan of American-brewed Belgian-style ales, Wee Heavy-est Belgian Style Scotch Ale has some of what you're looking for. (1,779 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a near imperceptible head.

Smell: Dark malt aroma coupled with a full frutiness, plenty of yeast, and distinct note of candi sugar. Only a slight peatiness. Hint of black tea leaves.

Taste: A sweet blend of caramel and candy with a prevalent Belgian yeast character all bound by a thin string of peat. Taste of dried fruits. A medium, spicy bitterness attempts to counter all the sugars running loose. Pepper and a taste of tea linger into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied given a bump by a chewy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Is it good? Yeah, sure. Sure, it's good. (643 characters)

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Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
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