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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 62
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 nick76
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is dead on for a belgian, with a funky yeast dominating. There is defiantly malt, fruit, spices, basement, wood, and grass. The appearance is mahogany/amber with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma and quite sweet but also astringent. The palate is OK are hard to pin down as I don't know what style this really is. Overall an interesting but not great beer.

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Photo of meatyard
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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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 ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Deuane for this bottle. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazy, dark ruby brown color with a healthy three fingers of fluffy off - white foam. Smells of green apple, caramel, toffee, and spicy yeast. Tastes of sweet malt, spicy belgian yeast, and fruits such as apple and pear. High level of carbonation, too much for my liking, and rather thin in body. One and done for me.

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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 NCBeernut
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with ruby highlights. Decent head falls into a ring in a few minutes.

Distictive spicy belgian yeast with overtones of heavy earthy maltiness. Clove and hints of nutmeg.

Big belgian yeast spiciness dominates with sharp clove and nutmeg. Sourness similar to a brett. A slight fruity edge. Some noticable hop bitterness, but not much flavor. Slight earthy quality on the finish. Pleasing alcohol warmth

As with most American made Belgian-style ales, it is too big on the yeast spiciness. The bottle says Belgian-style scotch ale....I don't see where the scotch ale came from. I think this beer needs some age for the flavors to mellow out.

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Photo of edmedina
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Today I have beer from French Broad Brewing Co in Asheville, NC. As I understand it they could soon be available in the Richmond area. I've heard many great things from this small brewery in the mountains of North Carolina so let's see how this holds up.

Aroma: I get hits of citrus and sourness from the brett. The citrus smell could be characterized as a almost grapefruit like. I also get a bready smell as well.

Appearance: It pours a clear mahogany color. You can see through it with no problem. The head is nice and tall.

Taste: green apple tartness here. Finishes very dry which I like a lot. Compliments the beer very well. However, I do still get a yeast like taste in there. I can't really tell what it is but I am getting something.

Overall Impression: I have to say the accolades for this brewery is right on. If there other stuff is as good as this one then we will be blessed with another fine addition. The beer itself gives you very interesting flavors and how dry they were able to make it is pretty impressive.

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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 tastybeer
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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 cvstrickland
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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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 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 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 drseamus
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body with decent off white head.

S: Dark sweet malt with some peat in there.

T: Nice sweet malt with a slight bitterness. Good caramel notes throughout. Nice slight belgian hint but not very obvious at all.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Not bad, a bit over bittered perhaps.

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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 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 objectivemonkey
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a dark brown that shows crimson while held to a light, a fluffy half inch head forms and holds a bit while leaving stringy rings of lacing, quite nice. The aroma needs some more umph to it, or some more compexity. There are some nice grains and the yeastiness is nice, but sure as hell this doesn't say 'wee heavy' all the well.

Nor does it taste very wee heavy either, which complely has to do with the Belgian yeast I'd suppose. It doesn't really taste bad, its actually pretty neat, the earthy, musty yeast fiddling around with the earthy, peaty, musty, roasty malts. The mouth is a bit thin I suppose, but its an easy drinker, and the 9 abv is amazingly well hidden. I can't say I'd try to trade for this thing, but if it were added as an extra, I wouldn't be disappointed.

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with amber hues, some sediment in the pour, a small light tan head fades to a ring. Aroma is sweet and malty, cola like sweetness, slightly fruity, figs and cherries. Some zesty like graininess in the aroma as well. Taste is sweet cola maltiness with a touch of tangy citrus, a grassy zing towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly cloying sweetness, low carbonation with some lightly spicy / peppery hoppiness in the finish. The alcohol is mostly undetectable. A good beer, easy to drink, I liked it better towards the end as it warmed. Thanks Sean!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a very dark, red-brown with good carbonation, The head is light tan about 2 fingers and leaves some lace.

The smell is interesting but does not cry delicious beer. Some lightly roasted malt and an odd sweetness mixed with yeast.

The taste is a bit off as well. A nice smokey roasted malt, with an overdone sweetness, maybe some honey and dark fruit as well, maybe it all just does not mix right for me.

The fouthfeel is good, better then medium and ok carbonation for a bigger brew.

The drinkability is ok worth a try if this is your thing, but I was not overwhelmed.


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Photo of Enola
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice head sits atop this mahogany brew. The smell is quite Belgian and there is also plums and a host of other fruit flavors. The Belgian yeast adds a different twist to this brew. The taste is very rich with raisens and the yeast being the first things I notice. The beer is smooth and the abv is well concealed. A nice brew to have on a cold day. I am not a big fan of the Belgian type beers but this was a nice treat to see a blend of styles. I would try this again.

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