Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale
French Broad River Brewing

Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch AleWee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV:
9%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 19.73%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
62
From:
French Broad River Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  6
Gots
  1
SCORE
85
Very Good
Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch AleWee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale
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Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
1.7/5  rDev -54.1%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
1.99/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.97/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Spica66
1.16/5  rDev -68.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aProtagonist
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown hazy silky looking with red highlights around bottom of my goblet. Thumb sized light tan head falls to ringed bubbles that leaves some decent lace on the side.

Aroma is wonderful caramel covered apples a side of toffee, sweet is what u notice first, pinch of candy sugars may be thrown in also. Then the spice, licorice and light floral hops make an appearance.

Taste is thick caramel coated toffee not as sweet as the nose but good. Licorice damn cant think of the word old age setting in. Of well spice and light fruit with touch or floral and earthy hops thrown in the mix. Earthy note might be yeast instead of hops but find this one complex but simple and enjoyable at the same time.

Mouthfeel is approaching full with good lightly more then medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good enjoyable and interesting will be buying this again to try and figure it out. Solid very well done brew from French Broad.

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of jadeal
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with slight reddish tint. Nice one inch head.

s: figs and dried fruit with a tinge of rock candy

t: yeasty with brunt caramel throughout. Alcohol very evident, but not over-powering for a 9% abv

m: nice smooth rounded body...goes down easy

d: good now and would most certainly age...a very big beer

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 ...)

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark, murky brown with a short-lived tan head falling to a cover with no lacing.

Smell is Belgianesque followed by a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste is, first off, malt and the smoke that is often mentioned. This is followed by a slight, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium leaning towards thin with low carbonation.

Drinkability is very easy for a 9% ABV, totally unnoticed.

An interesting beer, I like the initial Belgian taste. This is another beer, from a trade with Craytonic, that I'm pleased to be able to try. Seems like this brewery will only get better, good for NC & Southern Brewers.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have no idea what a "Belgian Scotch Ale" is but I like it ok I guess. Smells roasty like a stout, sweet like a wee heavy, and very floral like a lot of Belgian-style beers. A fair amount of sweetness is in it, with hops merely balancing out the massive malt flavors. Alcohol is there, unlike French Broad's "Wee Heavier," but that never bothers me. Pretty decent overall, I think.

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Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale from French Broad River Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 62 ratings