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 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 Deuane
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep dark blackish copper with a thick off-white head that leaves nice, clumpy lace.

S-Strong spicy blast up front with plenty of sweet caramel malt, some toffee and the most subtle of smoky notes

T-Lots of Belgian yeast spiciness up front with the underlying caramel malt and toffee sweetness.

M-Medium-heavy bodied, very smooth with long lingering spicy notes.

D-Good and combines the best qualities of both styles but it seems to just miss the mark. I enjoyed trying and drinking one but not my favorite.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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 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 mikecharley
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous trader for the bottle. Served @ cellar temp.

Pours the darkest brown. Ruby highlites when held up to the light. There is a nice 1cm khaki cap on top, which sticks around for a while.

The nose is smokey and roasty. pretty straightforward. Where's the belgian aspect? I may be missing something here.

The taste is really smokey, some carmel malt, roast, heat, some fruitiness (there it is). It gets more and more smoky and spicy as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium to full, and makes this beer all that much better. Great example of the style, and would love to get another if given the chance.

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