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

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mikesgroove on 11-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep molasses red. Not much light getting through this one. 1-finger of rich looking head atop my tulip glass. Decent retention for the style. Nice thick lacing.

Nose is all about ripe fruit. Figs, plums, raisin, candy sugar, bread pudding, and a touch of tart apple and apricot round things out. No hint of alcohol.

Hits very thick right up front and progresses to thickest. Fruit dominates the profile, but there is a very nice bitterness in the finish that transcends the tart fruit. Plum, a little raisin, and apple form up front. Maybe a touch of bananas foster as well.

Feel is very thick and should be right for the style.

Hides the abv well. Easy 22oz'er to share.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful ruby-amber color with good clarity and a simple ring of white head.
The Aroma is rich with tons of malt sweetness, caramel, peat, Belgian yeast, pepper, alcohol... and you know that smell when you walk into a new tire shop? That smell. Awesome.
The flavor is much like the aroma, but with more spice towards the finish, including the pepper, tire, and hop bitterness. I know it sounds bad, but it's the perfect description of this particular note (new tire)... and trust me, it's not a bad thing.
Mouthfeel department is creamy with low carbonation and a slick, astringent, and warming finish.
The drinkability is absolutely dangerous.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
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 ncvbc
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with ruby highlights and a nice light tan head. Really a great looking brew. Smell is somewhat light. Bready, toffee scents come up. Nice caramel and light chocolate, maple syrupy scent. A sense of Belgian yeast strain but not much. Taste is great. Nice sweet maltiness. The taste is more sweet up front. There is a spice in here also. Not noticed before but in the taste is a slight hop bitterness. Very unique taste with the Belgian yeast again not too powerful, I truly enjoy its subtle influence. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth for the most part. Very rich and fulfilling aside for the most gentle hop bitterness. How is this thin compared to something like Belhaven?! Excellent stuff all around to me. A unique creation that sits well in the Scotch Ale category. The Belgian influence is so subtle but there...personally I'm not the biggest Belgian fan but this tiny addition made this brew even more enjoyable. Wow, I don't get how this one isn't scored a bit higher. Thanks to myself for buying more than one bomber for later. :-) Nothing like it...

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mikesgroove for this via trade!
A - Dark reddish brown with a nice inch off white head.
S - Rich caramel swirl around a nice belgian yeast character
T - Rich caramel notes, sweet ripe fruits and a complimentary belgian yeast effect.
M - Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, creamy and smooth finish.
D - very tasty and easy to drink. Rich and slightly warming to let you know this is a sipping brew.

Yes, a belgian styled scotch ale that delivers that rich caramel effect I enjoy! Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crisp brown with ruby highlights. The beer sports a thin off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is deep caramel malt and a hint of Belgian yeast, brown sugar, dried fruits and a hint of smoke are present as well. The taste is more well-balanced than I expected, the hops are subdued, but they are present, especially in the finish. Smokey caramel and molasses dominate the initial, the yeast if slightly detectable, but not as much as most Belgians. The beer is on the low side of medium with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable beer, an interesting twist on the style.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wee-Heaviest pours a clear dark brown body with thin white head. The Belgian quality sticks out pretty well with a good spiciness to accompany the sweet maltiness of the scotch style. The body is much lighter than you would expect for a 9% wee-heavy, but that doesn't hurt this beer too much in the flavor department. A slight alcohol presence in there, but again... Belgian. Worth a try as there aren't too many wee-heavys of this variety.

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Photo of jadeal
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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 merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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 srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near black, huge near white hea that leaves some chunky lace.

S - Very spicy, almost like a pumpkin ale. Tons of spice and malt.

T - Boozy, malty, a little peat like, lots of spice.

M - Heavy bodied, creamy ,very coating, good balance.

D - Good for the style, but cmon, it is a monster beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rallison
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark caramel with a 1 finger off-white head that sticks around for a while.

Very fruity with notes of dates, dried fruits, caramel and similar aromas. Definitely some Belgian yeast esters coming out here. Raisins. Apples.

Lots of fruity caramel in the taste. Apple notes. Brown sugar. Raisin. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel is not cloying, but has a nice richness accentuated by a slightly sticky caramel quality. Nice.

Well done.

Interesting, fruity, Belgian take on a Scotch ale. Not amazing, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 aubuc1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to a snifter.

pours a deep brown with shimmery red shing through and a steady light tan head.

smell is an earthy sweet belgiany. kind of a unibroue yeasty smell.

taste is first dry fruity slightly banana and finishes a rich earthy bread.

pretty creamy mouthfeel. alcohol is really well masked and the dry taste helps make this very drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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 wcudwight
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with some ruby hues when held up to the light. Thin whispy head and little lacing.
Nice bananna smell not expected of the style to go along with the earthy aroma.
Heavy on caramel. Sweet. Huge malty flavors with a bit of graininess. Nice interplay between the Wee Heavy style and the Belgian yeast.
Full bodied, a wee bit heavy and filling.
This one is a sipper but a beer I'll definately return to. Solid offering from French Broad.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'e been interested in French Broad's brews for some time; mostly because we get very few of them in the Triangle. So far I've only been able to sample their Watershed Bock and the Wee-Heavier. They're both quite tasty! So, while traveling back from Knoxville during Christmas I made a point of stopping in Asheville and picking up whatever I could find. The EarthFare, which has a very nice beer selection, had the Wee Heavy-est in bombers, and I immediately picked one up. Bruisin' Ales also had a few of their brews, but only in growlers (which I didn't want to tote home).

What to make of the style of the Wee Heavy-est. Is it a Wee Heavy? Is it Belgian-style? It tastes a little stoutish; is it a stout? It has characteristics of all three. The color is a deep, dark brown– nearly black–with a tan head that dissipates within a few minutes into a bubbly lacing. An earthy aroma is filled with roasted malts, while a slight banana accent and a bit of piney hops can also be detected. The flavor is sweet and dry on the front. Espresso and dark chocolate consume the middle, and a dark chocolate/bitter hops combination make up the finish. There's more of a hop presence at the finish than I expected, although I'm not sure why; I guess that many Wee Heavies I've tried have tended to be more malty and less hoppy. What really surprised me was the similarity to Irish stout.

It's not bid-bodied, although there's plenty for me. I do wish the Belgian part of this beer were a "wee heavier," but I don't want to diminish what these guys have done. This is a fine beer, and I hope to obtain some more…soon!

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3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The latest bomber bottling of this beer sports a new label that now includes more brewer info (SRM:17, IBU:40, OG:21P, ABV 9%) and pictures of little barley heads all over. "Belgian Style Scotch Ale"... hmmm... that's a new one on me. My mind dances with twisted visions of "smoky", "funky", "sweet" and "boozy" things, and into my brain pops the thought of this cute gal from Maine I used to live with... but No. No. No... Wee Heavy-est hasn't shown itself to be "fucking crazy"... not yet anyway, so I'm quickly off Memory Lane and back on task....

Poured into an imperial pint willi glass the body of the brew is clear dark copper and is topped with three fingers of fine-bubbled light beige foam. The cap recedes slowly, settling at a thick sheet that's really too soft to stick more than a couple of bands and a few scattered wisps of lacing on the glass.

The smell is grainy and caramel sweet with a hefty earthiness and a sweet tingle of orchard fruit. A waft of smoke so mild I suspect I'm actually imagining to smell it lurks underneath.

The taste is rich and my nose must be broken, because the hint of smoke I spoke of was one hell of an understatement, the lightly acrid, earthy aroma proving actual in flavor, not imagined, with tons of medium-dark malts and sticky caramel layered on top. The barest hint of fruity, apple-like sweetness splashes in and out, as does muddy peat and a clean, charcoal-like bitterness. Nowhere is the substantial alcohol evident.

The drink is luscious and fullish in body with great carbonation and feel, and so was Kim... 'cept for the carbonation part. In no way shape or form was she 'bubbly'... 'Surly' for sure...'bubbly', no... digressing.... Uninformed of the ABV, I could easily quaff this brew until I gave in and drunk-dialed my little snowbunny, never knowing I was partaking of such a potent brew save for the warming in my belly, the silly shit-eating grin on my face, and the head-pounding next-day suffering... not to mention the deathly ramifications borne of the utter stupidity inherent in the casual telephoning of the spawn of Satan.

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