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Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
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603 Reviews
Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
603
Ratings:
1,022
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of mbenthall
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep glossy brown, with nice head that faded into a lace.

Smell: Complex malt with slight tones of fruit and a very subtle note of alcohol.

Taste: Deep, richly complex malts, with some subtle notes of fruit balanced nicely on the tail end with just a little hop "bite". Nice oaky finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich and smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: I picked this up never hearing anything about it, and I'm glad I did. A great ale one that is nicely savored and can easily be pared with cheese or red meat, maybe even try smoked cheeses and meats.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with some light white head.

S- Sweet, roasted malt with hints of brown sugar, karo syrup, and molasses. Slight smell of earthy hops. There's something a little funky too.

T- Tastes better than it smells, actually. Strong silky molasses, slight toastiness, sweet cereal and grain malt which gives way to a bitter chocolate flavor on the backend. Very nice, definitely one to savor and sip.

M- Medium. Bubbly carbonation and a slight coating on the tongue.

O- A very nice beer. The smell was a little off on this bottle but that could be an exception and it actually plays nicely against the flavor. This is the 2nd type of beer I've had from Traquair and I can't wait to find more. $4.89 for a 12oz at Steve's Liquor in Madison

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Photo of kbm
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours thin amber/ruby with good head with nice head retention and nice lacing.

Smell: maltiness and spices little bit of vanilla.

Taste: I had to check to see if I had water in my glass because this tastes like a water down wee heavy... There's nothing heavy about it. Which is not necessarily a bad thing just don't expect a malt bomb wee heavy.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: low carbonation and totally gulpable.

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Photo of runningjoke
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours dark brown wiyh reddish tones. The head that manages to form dissapates quickly.
Smells of caramel, toffee, mincemeat, vanilla.
Malty flavor of dark fruit, bread, somewhat earhty on the finish with alcohol esthers following.
Very thin mouthfeel, and the flavor does not linger. Ultimately, easy to drink.
I only feel that the body of the beer needs to be amped up a bit, but an exceptional beer otherwise.

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Photo of Hachiman
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark reddish brown with an attractive 1cm off-white head that dissipates quickly. Delicate lacing.

Dark, complex aroma suggesting figs, christmas pudding, dark malt.

Extremely smooth for such a dark ale. No bitterness at all, yet no other single flavor predominates. Instead, suggestions of dried fruit, roasted malt. Good sipper, asks to be savored and appreciated.

Mouthfeel is a little light, watery because of low carbonation. Long-lasting aftertaste of earth/peat in the upper throat. Slight stickiness on the lips.

Overall, very impressive.

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Photo of gonger
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best.
Proper pour into pint pub glass produces 2 finger head which soon dissipates to thin pancake that remains leaving delicate lacing down the sides of the glass. Flavors of raisins, plums, prunes, cider, and cherry chocolate. Perfect mouth-feel. Love the aftertaste. Alter the serving temperature a bit to discover different flavors. Experiment a bit. It's worth it.

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Photo of maltyb
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby red/chestnut colour with a tight and creamy off-white head. The head falls into some lace with a good ring.

Aroma: Estery, roasted malts and vanilla, some molasses and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but surprising carbonation for it's strength. It's a bit a thin. The carbonation leaves a sharp and quick aftertaste with some astringency and a dry feeling after sipping. The alcohol gives a warmth as well.

Taste: Smokiness, reminiscent of good bourbon with a slight peatiness (explains bourbon/smoke combo). Vanilla is there, and the malts come through more, it is quite enjoyable. The aftertaste is fairly clean overall.

Overall I really enjoyed the beer, it's a good representation of the style, and a style I quite like. I wish the aroma was a bit more powerful, and the carbonation could be a bit lower with some some more thickness in the mouth, but I'd definitely drink again.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Flavors and aromas of toffee, chocolate malt, raisin, toast, sherry and light oak. The aroma is on the mild side, but it's pleasant and enticing. The flavor is nicely balanced with a touch of sweetness. There are many beers within the style that have bigger flavors. Bigger isn't always better. This is refined and very pleasant to drink. I wish I had another...

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Photo of mattd017
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

12(ish) ounce bottle, poured into a trappist (Chimay) glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. Has a very thin head that dissapears almost immediately. Smells malty, citrusy, smokey with a hoppy background. Very little hop in the taste, more fruity malt, very much like a brown ale. Palate is kind of disappointing. The carbonation it has is extremely tiny bubbles, feels almost flat. Not a bad beer, but not worth the price tag ($3.99/bottle)

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Photo of pioppo
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with red highlights. A not many fine and not many persistent clear beige foam.

S - Warm tone of malt: coffee, toasted, liquorice. Then red rip fruits (cherry. Also a little of nuts and Brandy.

T - In mouth there's an interesting flavour like chocolate and apricota that remember Sacher Torte!! Very fine!!

M - A full body and a dry finish. The sweetness is balanced by alcohol and vice versa.

D - A good beer with some appreciable flavours. An excellent taste!!

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft head that dissipates quickly. Nice and deep amber, mohagony color. Has a deep malt character and a beautiful aroma. The initial taste seems dry with a slight alcohol warming. Later, there is a delicious nutty, biscuit flavor that lingers. Nothing overpowering, but very complex. This beer has a smooth and deep body, but not too thick. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by the alcohol, hops and carbonation. This is an amazing beer on its own, I can only imagine pairing it with a good meal.

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a tulip glass

Beer pours a deep crimson color with a 1inch whitish head

Smell indicates sweet malts and fruits pears, possibly apples, also some citrus hops

Taste of caramel and apples, a faint trace of hops coming through, with a bit of minerals on the finish.

This a medium bodied scottish ale smooth but bitter a nice balance of both.

I wouldnt drink this all the time but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of AleEvangelist
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid scotch ale from a scottish brewer.

Everything with this beer is top notch. American palates might not appreciate the rich, buttery, subtlety to this beer. It really is worth trying more than once.

It's gorgeously rich in its coppery, brown splendor. The flavor is definitely nuanced with figs, spicy brown sugar....nummy. Rolling this beer around your tongue is light feeling brown sugar melt in your mouth. Calming, causes you to take a deep breath and let it out slowly....really beautiful experience.

In total, American palates might feel this beer is lacking punch. I've had beers all over Scotland, and the subtlety of these beers is not to be missed. Really, once you've had a good Caledonian 80- on cask, you can begin to really appreciate what European brewers are trying to do. Very rich, very malty....gorgeous experience.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark red. Thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Strong, sweet aroma of malt and dried fruit. Flavor is raisins, dried cherries, toast and just a hint of vanilla. A little more alcohol burn than usual for the style. Medium body. Slightly slick, oily finish and very mild carbonation.

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Photo of Cervezaconcalor
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a snifter

A - Beautiful dark color with a finger high head that leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet scotch with cocoa, oak and dark fruit.

T - The dark fruit nose is the first flavor you get followed by a slightly creamy caramel, toffee and cocoa flavor with a slight bitter alcohol finish.

M - Medium and creamy in the mouth.

O - World class beer that should age well or drink great fresh. Like great food it is not overly complex with to many competing flavors but the couple of flavors that are present are just right and that is what makes it the great beer it is.

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Photo of dannyvee
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served at cellar temperature in my trusty chimay chalice. poured a clear deep copper with not much head to speak of, just a rim of white foam clinging to the edge of the glass. aromas of caramel, malt, a touch of chocolate and earth.
body is full and carbonation light. first sips give a fruity maltiness with an alcohol bite in the back of the throat. pleasant caramel sweetness with a creamy, nutty finish.
all in all a great brew for this 15 degree boston evening.

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Photo of rrwiltse
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, no doubt. $5.99 for an 11oz bottle good? Not at all.

Poured into a pint glass, amazing how the head nearly totally disappates! A nice reddish amber color, the aroma is malty with a touch of hops, caramely, one of the better touches I've seen mentioned (and its RIGHT ON) is a hint of butterscotch.
The taste--good, but just seems disappointing after spending that kind of money!!! I'd take a 750mL of Maudite any day over this! It IS smooth, malty, a nice bit of hop at the end. This would be a GREAT dinner beer.

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Photo of importguy
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of JosephLondon
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

What a treat this has been! I know this bottle is at least a year and a half old. I am certain this beer ceased being distributed to Texas over a year ago. There is no telling how long it has been on the shelf prior to its distribution being halted.

The appearance is nearly flawless; poured a one-finger head with great retention. It eventually melted to a thin layer in the center of the glass with thick build-up along the rim. The foam clings to the glass when tilted and when raised back to even level, the bubbles fight as they crawl their way back to the crown of the beer.

In the nose I detect sour marshmallow, almond, some type of tea maybe, black cherry tea.

The taste is wonderful, but I suspect it has mellowed quite a bit in its age and has lost its robust, full-flavored character. The taste is now mild with hints of brown sugar, some red wine, but mostly the black cherry tea mentioned in the nose.

The feel is under-carbonated but silky. It leaves the mouth somewhat moist and wanting another drink.

I had to pace myself in drinking this one to allow it to warm. I could have dusted this one quickly and reached for another.

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Photo of sitbooboosit
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a clean a clear reddish amber when poured. head settles nicely(it could be a bit thicker). Nice aroma, a little milder than expected, probably because i tried the jacobite ale first. it's an excellent scottish ale and perfect as a meal accompaniment. the flavour is strong but does not become overwhelming by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of ihscout426
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had read alot about this beer and wanted to try it and was fortunate to find one bottle in our local beer store. No date on the bottle.

It poured a deep dark brown and had no head in my New Belgium snifter. The smell was rich, reminding me of raisin bread that I ate as a kid.

The taste was strong roasted caramel malts and plums. There was just enough bitterness to cut the sweetnes of the malt.

A wonderful beer that I will try again whenever a rare bottle shows up here in the midwest.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is a true Scottish Wee Heavy.. Very beautiful looking beer with a nice smooth smelling malt and the taste is unreal with grate tasting malts and no hop taste to speak of, Which is how a Wee Heavy is supposed to be....

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Photo of dro7
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very light to little carbonation and is very dark amber color. the smell reminds me of a Belgian strong ale, slight bitterness, very malty, dark fruit taste.

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Photo of ziggy13
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a 2003 vintage bottle of this fantastic beer.

A - A deep brown with minimal white head with almost no lacing.

S - Smell of heavy malt with nuts and that wonderful oak.

T - A very dry experience with a touch of sweetness at the end. The aging hits immediately and the fact that it's five years vintaged really comes through. Truly a beer worth of cellaring.

M - Thin in the mouth with excellent range on the palate.

D - I definitely could drink this all night. It is an unassuming beer with excellent malt characteristics. Very pleasing to the tongue.

I would highly recommend this one to anyone who can find it and, if you get the chance, save a few bottles for a few years down the road. Cheers!

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