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

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BA SCORE
82
good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 20.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 11-24-2007)
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

spycow, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a very nice dark caramel colored brown with a minimal one finger high head.Very quick fade and no side glass presentation left a little bit to be desired to be honest, but we shall see how it progresses.

S - Huge whiff of caramel and a touch of bourbon were what started this one on. A good amount of dark belgian yeast in the back, not real fruity, moe of an earthy sort of aroma.Gradually got a little grainy as it warmed and had a nice rounded aroma overall.

T - The flavor was very smooth with a good bit of caramel sweetness in the front. There was defitly a boubon-esque quality to it and as it warmed it got sweeter and sweeter with the alcohol just briefly popping through. Good amount of yeast here as well. A nice bite to it, with some earthy fruits and grains taking over. Very intresting blend here, as it constanly bounced back and forth between the styles, ultimatly with a Belgian note dominating.

M - The feel was great. Nice medium body with just the right amount of carbonation sprikled through it to make it really nice. A good amount of creaminess to it as well.

D - Very nice sipper. This went very well over a long dinner or while reading a book by the fire. The alcohol was very nicely mellowed and it made for a good time.

Overall this was a very good brew from french broad and I was quite impressed. If they want to keep putting out things like this they are gonna be in buisness in no time. A great brew.

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

oberon, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Nice vicious sheen to this, average lacing traces of head retention

S: Sourness, dark fruittyness, & booze

T: Rich caramel, slight smokeyness, rich cherry flavor as well, then sourness sets in, almost makes me think sour mash, plus figs up front. Slight funkyness permeates this as it warms, along with some wispy booze, more cherry, dryness more booze. Finishes dry, somewhat hot, with much cherry & toffee, plus figs & smokeyness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation, nice slickness

Drinks fairly easy, but there's enough heft & complexity make this a great one to split with 2 or 3 friends. Sour fans will appreciate this more than I, like my wee heavy less stylized
( shakes fist & tells kids to get of his lawn ...)

russpowell, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

MasterSki, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning. I recently had the Terrapin Belgian Scotch ale, this one was considerably better than that.

Beer is brown, dark brown, with a thin off white head of small bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild and caramel, its sweet and good. I like the aroma.

Beer is medium to light in body and mildly sweet. There is some fruitiness in the midpalate region of the beer, overall its quite good. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is fine.

drabmuh, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - Thanks to goRideYourBike, who included this in a trade as an extra.

A: dark brown, nice off-white one inch frothy head that leaves some sticky lace

S: caramel, belgian yeast (yum!), chocolate, candied fruits, alcohol

T: I'm impressed. This is a fine beer. I didn't know what to expect. Chewy caramel and mild chocoaltes, but not too sweet. Nice and malty, rich flavors, slight alcohol in the finish. The Belgian yeast smell is terrific, and keeps me coming back for more. What an enticing aroma.

M: mouthfeel is nice, smooth, slightly chewy caramel aftertaste

D: I'd like to get a few bottles of this for the cellar and pull them out every so often. This one would probably age nicely for a year or two, though I'm enjoying this fresh bottle just fine.

Huhzubendah, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bottle brought home from a NC trip by Deuane.

A: The wee heavy has a darker tawny port color, deep brown that often yields to ruby red (especially at the narrow point of the glass). A 3 finger head is lacing nicely as we speak.

S: The aroma is difficult to pinpoint. Some smokiness emerges after a long search, as does a somewhat fruity Belgian yeast strain. An interesting pairing, to say the least.

T: The ale is a malty delight, thick with toffee and caramel and thick peaty smoke. As the ale warms, the maltiness becomes much more appreciable, thicker with a sound sweetness. The Belgian yeast adds a fruity taste to the happening, darker in stature along the lines of dates or figs. The chewiness of the malts lingers long after a sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and hearty, a meal in a glass that gets better the wermer it gets.

D: I just checked the abv and there is no way that is one weighs in at 9%. The smoothness of the malts, the touch of peaty smoke and the Belgiam yeast strain conspire to make a great beer.

akorsak, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  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.

chinchill, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from mikesgroove. The beer is darkly translucent brown with a huge pillowy head, literally 5-7 fingers of head on each pour. The aroma reminds me of St Bernardus ABT 12, dark fruits and esters, almost certainly a Belgian yeast strain introduced into wort from a large malt bill. Same with the taste, this is closer to ABT than anything else, a yeastie and sweet malt bomb, a little alcohol burn too. Good solid mouthfeel with light carbonation providing an almost creamy texture. Really really good.

TurdFurgison, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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

dirtylou, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

jrallen34, Jan 04, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Duff27, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
1.93/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

AgentZero, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of gford217
2.8/5  rDev -22%
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.

gford217, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  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

blackie, Jan 11, 2008
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear, dark mahogany body with a medium sized beige head. Nice retention and some sporadic sheet lacing.

Lovely aroma of toffee and molasses, red apples, blood oranges, and floral hops.

Medium body has a low medium carbonation and some Belgian style yeastiness.

Taste has an assertive floral hop bitterness that is reined in by the toffee and caramel maltiness. Dark fruits and red apple notes keep things interesting. Some yeasty spiciness adds complexity.

Lots of things going on with this one but, surprisingly, it comes off as nicely balanced and quite tasty. Very well done and quuite enjoyable.

merlin48, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Vancer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another quality brew sent via limesmut in a nice trade, thanks again guy!

Deep dark oaken brown brew, capped with a lacey and frothy tan head. Ton's o' malt and caramel in the aroma, even a pop of piney hop - gentle and enticing.

Sour ale, porter style, quaff with plenty of hops to balance a sweet start. In fact, one of the hoppiest Scotch ales I've ever had - but it works well and slides down like a dream.

Holy crap, see on BA this is a hammer of 9% - more points for it as the alcohol is non-existent, except for the rosy glow in my cheeks.

Vancer, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep dark blackish copper with a thick off-white head that leaves nice, clumpy lace.

S-Strong spicy blast up front with plenty of sweet caramel malt, some toffee and the most subtle of smoky notes

T-Lots of Belgian yeast spiciness up front with the underlying caramel malt and toffee sweetness.

M-Medium-heavy bodied, very smooth with long lingering spicy notes.

D-Good and combines the best qualities of both styles but it seems to just miss the mark. I enjoyed trying and drinking one but not my favorite.

Deuane, Jan 10, 2010
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1.98/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

Sean9689, Jan 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 19, 2012
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Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.