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Fraoch Heather Ale | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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3.75/5
Very Good
1,159 Ratings
Fraoch Heather AleFraoch Heather Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
williamsbrosbrew.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by purplehops on 10-06-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,065
Reviews:
725
Ratings:
1,159
pDev:
13.07%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
83
Trade:
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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glf60
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jtee
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 09/2018.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant gold with 1cm of bubbly, frothy, white head that dissipates into a partial film in less than a minute. Good lacing however the retention is just plain awful. Great colour and clarity with points deducted for the head.

Smell: Medium-light intensity and sweet. The aroma is very pretty (out of all things) and delicate. In a word, botanical. In more words, there's a pronounced floral character with a touch of spice and tea-like notes. The scent for me is slightly reminiscent of Dillon's rose gin (for the peeps who're familiar with this spirit).

Taste: Follows the aroma seamlessly with medium-light strength and sweet balance. The floral front transforms into a grainy-malty mid-palate, and a herbal finish which is quite faint, short, and balanced. I'm also getting tea-like notes somewhere in the middle of it all. Interesting.

Feel: Medium-light body with medium-low carbonation. Creamy, somewhat crisp, and definitely delicate with no alcohol warming or astringency to speak of.

Overall: Fraoch is a relatively simple and easy-drinking beer with some nice subtleties to it. Clean and nuanced however lacking some wow factor. It's worth a try if you have a chance but I wouldn't hunt for it. Having said that, I'm surprised how much I enjoyed it.

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Photo of sharkgirl73
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brp94
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisterBanks6
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bronze but clear golden colour with fruity and spicy aromas. I found this also had a certain peatiness to it which left a lingering taste of mild whiskey. The spices are present yet not overpowering and citrus taste is more apparent. Nice floral and slight caramel notes add that sweetness which creates the perfect balance with its slight bitterness and spiced peppery notes. Also fantastic and unique style. Preferred the old green label to the latest purple one but does not take away any positiveness towards the beer.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a Weissbier glass.
A: Pours a dark golden to light amber color with half inch with minimal retention but modest lacing. Yeast remnants evident.
S: Aromas of peach and grapes, with spicy, peppery, and maybe dill bouquet.
T: Toasty flavor, with weak caramel, pepper, star anise, and cinnamon notes. Pleasantly sweet aftertaste.
M: Light bodied with light effervescence.
O: Different by design and very enjoyable. Much, much lighter bitterness than hopped beers. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of zotzot
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AGoodStout
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Aberdeen.
Pours a bright gold-hued amber color with a tight white cap of foam. The head stuck around for a bit and a decent amount of lace edged the glass as I drank.
Nose is hugely floral and sweet candy, bright and fresh with a touch of herbal notes.
Flavor is crisp and floral, a touch sweet on the back end. Crisp and lively carbonation.
Decent beer overall.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours amber with a pillow-like head of great retention and lacing. Aroma is citrusy and floral. Taste is astringent, floral, and with hints of chamomile and ginger. Very carbonated on the tongue. Very refreshing!

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Photo of Glorithm
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boo-urns
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeffthepony
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oleg85
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corum
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a cream colored tall head, good retention.

Small is spice, Sweet malt, tea, and bitter herb.

Taste is a crisp clean malty ale with a dry herb hop finish. A nice scotch ale.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fairly clear amber ale, thin with a light head.

Aroma is sweet, slightly tangy, and herbal.

Flavor follows: it's sweet and herbal, reminiscent of Sahti. Gruit is a strange kind of brew, and enjoyable in small quantities.

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Fraoch Heather Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,159 ratings
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