Viking Fraoch | D9 Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
d9brewing.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A raiding party to your senses, this Viking beer is meant to be enjoyed unapologetically. Sweet, floral and exploding with sour flavor, this ancient ale was created by the Vikings, claimed by the Scott's, lost to time and given rebirth by our brewers to share amongst the enlightened.

Added by REVZEB on 08-03-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,439
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
99
pDev:
9.66%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
31
Trade:
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Scottish style sour ale. 750 mg/l titratable acididty. Gluten reduced.

A: Beautiful deep burgundy coloring has a quickly lapsing head to a polished surface. Soft spacious rise of effervesce. Small encircling foam ring around the outer vessel edges.

S: Some sour caramel malt sweetness. Earthy moss and forest scents along with fresh apple peel. Sour fruitiness of moderate proportions, cherries, with a smooth and pleasant aroma.

T: The flavor had a smooth and polished sourness of fruit with a sharp acidity. Sour cherries and apples mostly. Some sour lemon tartness, with a light lingering aspect of vinegar post-swallow. The sour factor was sharp and well defined, some dark grapes.

M: Crisp and oily mouthfeel, very acidic, with a nice fullness compliments by style.

O: Overall the sourness was clean and sharp, well defined, but for the most part overshadowed the scottish accents. Good to style, moderate drinker. Never kettled sour.

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Photo of A1qualitybrews
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crazy beer. Aroma is a crazy with dark fruit and earth Barleywine type an aroma. Taste is just like a Flanders Oud Bruin sour. And a good one at that.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Pretty red-brown color and good clarity but no head. Amazingly complex aroma of malt, dark cherries, barnyard funk, tobacco; earthy, flowery aroma that must be the heather. Flavors similar with an initial sweetness followed by a sharp, back-of-the-throat sourness. Spritzy carbonation and puckering, tart sourness.

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Photo of gobluetwo
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyBeverage
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

soooo goood

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Photo of tillmac62
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy brown. Outstanding head volume, very good retention and poor lacing.

The very good nose arrives as a sour burst that slowly allows a light sweetness to emerge underneath. The aroma is also slightly tart with a whiff of caramel and a subtle prune note.

Light body with a texture slightly viscous. The carbonation / body balance is below normal in terms of effervescence but matches the viscosity reasonably well.

The flavor profile is sour. The other aspects take a seat so far back that you can hardly detect them. The bottle no longer refers to it as a fraoch, it now says Viking - Scottish style sour ale. And sour it is, overpoweringly so. The complexities of prior reviews and releases are no longer present in this bottle. It does deliver a slightly tart note but very little sweetness is provided to counterbalance the puckering sour aspects. The slightly tart and very sour finish lingers complete with pucker.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours purplish brown with a fairly small head. The aroma is sour and floral. The taste is more tart than I was expecting, with some fruity notes, followed by a floral aftertaste. Medium to thin body.

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Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MericanToast
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AB021816
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SLeffler27
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy khaki head reaches and sustains two inches for the duration. The dimpled mug magnifies a clear dark copper beer with modest lacing. Ruddy brown yeast flakes float throughout after yeast is added.

The aroma is floral and sweet with a bready body and slight soapy background.

Flavor is extremely sweet with strong lime flavor and tartness. This tastes like Smarties or Sweet Tart candies, and too much so. Lots of herbal and floral flavor lasts long into the finish. Warmth brings out ginger.

A light to medium body with light alcohol, modest carbonation, and a slick texture.

This beer is interesting and clearly follows the style intent. While it is enjoyable, the pungency of the Sweet Tart flavor and aroma is over the top. There is nothing delicate here, making it difficult to consume more than one.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LWagoner
3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caahare
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Viking Fraoch from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 99 ratings