Tomos Watkin's Cwrw Braf | The Hurns Brewing Co.

Tomos Watkin's Cwrw BrafTomos Watkin's Cwrw Braf
28 Ratings
Tomos Watkin's Cwrw BrafTomos Watkin's Cwrw Braf

Brewed by:
The Hurns Brewing Co.
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cwrw Braf is a clean-drinking, amber-coloured ale with a light bitterness and gentle hop aroma.

A session bitter yet, with all the flavours and quality you would expect from a Tomos Watkin premium ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2006

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Reviews by Foxman:
Photo of Foxman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear iced tea golden amber. A thin finger of loose white head skips away soon to mere vestiges. Dollops of lacing scoop the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasted malt implies caramel and dried fruit. A slight soy tang fades into a distant floral flutter.

Upon tasting, the malt is flat and blunt with caramel, toffee, and biscuit, but no sense of sugar. A thin spread of yeast and dough don't quite inspire, but they do represent. There's no real residual grain presence, and it's only in the finish that the hops assert enough to give off a very general but crisp, lingering bitterness. There's not much going on, but there's a little something there.

Light bodied, it really flies across the palate but a little patience reveals a crisp, clean note.

It's a on trick pony that isn't really all that tricky. Still, as the session beer it purports itself to be, it does pretty well. In fact, its simplicity makes it drinkable and in no way taxing. Now I can put this on the tried list. It doesn't make it to the do-over list, but no regrets.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe this is only the second Welsh beer I have had to date.Poured into a nonic a lighter copper color with a 1/2 finger white head that if it had not been gone so fast would have had a higher appearance rating.Fresh green apple in the nose at first,it really was fresh,a bit of iron and biscuit malt as well.Pretty thin in the mouth,to me it took away a little from the flavors,some of that green apple tartness and toasted biscuit with almost a sherry vinegar flavor in the finish.Not a bad sociable pint,its thin but its "nice".

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, cranberry-orange with a sudsy, dirty tan head that quickly faded to a sparse, patchy layering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: soft making you work to pick up its light scents of sour caramel and fresh raisins.

T: The flavor was sharp in nature, and acidic with sour oranges, sour caramel malting, and fresh raisins. There is a smooth sour fruitiness (apples) and dry orange peels detected as well. The bitterness is light and semi-sweet with nectar hints while the finish displays light honey toasted caramel, light dry floral notes and a lingering sour fruitiness.

M: light, oily with a sour fruitiness coming through with a light carbonation factor.

D: Labeled as a session bitter at only 4.2%abv was decent and easy enough to drink by style, just really didn't grab my attention or make me want to.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured hazy amber in color with a thin head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. Only a very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is rather sweet and has aromas of caramel malts, dark fruits and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a mild amount of malty sweetness and lots of fruity flavors. Not much bitterness from the hops is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a slight amount of carbonation.
D: This beer goes down smoothly and is very sessionable, particularly given its low alcohol content.

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Photo of tzieser
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a one finger head that dissipates into a small lacing. looks great.

smells of strong malt with subtle hints of caramel....some over ripened fruit scents there as well. interesting.

tastes good. surprisingly strong maltiness, especially for a "Session Bitter" (the label on the bottle calls it this). Not too bitter at all-- the hops provide a nice perfect balance for a session beer. The slightly bitter hops is followed by a slightly dry aftertaste. Wow. Leave it to the Welsh to brew such a well balanced ale.

mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but nothing to write home about.

drinkability is great. i could have quite a few of these (hence the name SESSION bitter)

overall- another fantastic ale by a UK brewery. I think this is my first Welsh ale-- and I'm loving it. I've been trying to find Brain's for the longest time, but this satisfied me. I love English ales, and this one is yet another one to try.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle (no date) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange to tarnished copper on the table, some red in there when held up to the light. Poured a off-white 1/4" head, but this died down rather quickly to a ring around the glass and a thin skin of foam in the middle. Delicate strands of lacing noted. I noticed after pouring that there was sediment in the bottle, so I wonder what I would have gotten on a gentle pour.

Smell: Some toffee and mild fruit/apple notes. A classic English-style ale smell.

Taste: Toffee again, with some fruity flavors (apple and cider-like, but not a tart apple) moving into a burnt toffee and very mild bitter finish. The bitter finish is again what one would expect from a English bitter, but it is muted due to the heavier malt profile here. That malt profile is still balanced - it's never cloying in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: A little fizzy on the tongue which gets in the way of everything else. And perhaps I could say it is more carbonated than what I would expect in a typical English ale. Otherwise the mouthfeel is nothing special.

Drinkability: A very solid ale - went very well with a meal (mustard pork chops and potatoes) and I could see this going well with a lot of foods. Easy to drink and while I keep comparing it to English-style ales, I have to remember it is Welsh and some of the differences may lie there, such as the carbonation. I rather like this one and wonder what it would be like fresh out of a cask.

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Photo of vinicole
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber. Thick frothy head that sticks nicely to the side of the glass.
Aroma of freshly harvested grain and malt biscuit.
Fruit and toffee flavour. Well balanced.
Smooth but a little on the thin side.
I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of claspada
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of lightly toasted and biscuity malt with caramel and dried fruit.

The taste is kind of a letdown to be honest; caramel, toffee and biscuity maltiness. There are underlying notes of doughy yeast with an small finish of undecipherable hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is extremely light bodied, it really flies across the palate but a little patience reveals a crisp, clean note.

Overall this beer is forgettable like so many other lower end UK breweries' offerings. I am officially done buying/supporting any non-mass produced UK ales. From now on it's Sam Smith or Fullers quality UK brews only because they are cheaper and always better than these smaller less-mass-produced ales.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Flavor has hints of caramel, some bitterness, good session beer. $4.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a name like Lovely Ale (as the bottle notes), it's hard to pass this one up. Also, the back label denotes this as a bitter, not an EPA

The pour is quite gorgeous, copper-amber in color with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. Attractive stuff, this. On the nose, this is almost as good, with toffee, caramel and a touch of nougat. Hops aren't noticeable, and the rich, deep, nutty malt backbone is refreshing. Fruity as well, with a slight dried fruit and tutti fruiti character. On the palate, this is beautifully balanced, with flavors of toffee, caramel, a little butterscotch, and a touch of earthy, hoppy bitterness. Surprisingly full in body (for a 4.2% beer), with carbonation that's a touch higher than it need be. The finish is dry, with a little bit of bitterness and unfortunately, a little watery. I'm not complaining, though, this is delightfully refreshing, and I will gladly drink this again.

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Photo of kkipple
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well well! A Welsh ale! Unpronounceable of course, but what was I expecting, right? This is likely my first uwkrcbrar from Wales - that's Welsh for beer, by the way.

Welsh, what we has 'ere is a hazy, well carbonated amber brew, with a finger tall head that falls to just cover the surface of this self-described "Session bitter". Good retention. Smells of light caramel malt, supple hops and a surprising amount of fruity esters. Weird...

Tastes like a... well, I dunno... too flavorful and fruity to really be a Mild, not hopped enough and wrong malt bill / yeast / everything for an English Pale... I'd put it as some sort of "Welsh hybrid"; closer to a fruity Amber ale than anything else... light caramel and roast mingles with an odd sourness and a vague fruit flavor, some buttery notes and a noble hop or two. It's thin and highly carbonated, goes down easy 'nuff but leaves an unwonderful sour malt thing behind, slightly reminiscent of a sour mash whiskey. So yes, it's weird. And Welsh.

I... I guess I would drink it again... Cwrw Braf isn't bad, it isn't really *good*... it has character, but to what end? I dunno... much like Wales itself and that cougar from the bar with only one eye, this is a total mystery. I guess you just have to try it and see? The Cwrw Braf, I mean.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright chocolate-tinged amber with creamy beige head that crusts.
Orange, cherry brack and a bit of must on the nose.
Red candy fruit and orange Fanta hops
Cherry sweet ending and a faint orange linger.
Light, crisp, bright.

Two note, but they're good notes, yet thin with no sustain. More a light amber than a pale ale. Not special, but quite moreish. A summer quaffer.

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Photo of gfreed
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As go the numbers, so go the comments: this was an average beer, neither good or bad. Nice amber color with a reasonably bubbly head; there were a few notes of malt and citrus in the aroma but even a good snort couldn't pull much more from the head. On the whole it was a bit flat both in the body and the flavor. I know that imported stuff can become diminished in the trip overseas, but for your American dollars you can definitely do better in the UK-ale department.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a rocky head; quite a few splashes of lace

Smell: Modest aromatics, but hints of caramel and earthy minerals

Taste: Opens with an earthy malty character that builds in mineral flavors by mid-palate and grows increasingly bitter; a bit of lemony fruit, as well; after the swallow, the flavor profile remains the same through the finish, although there is a hint of toffee at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very English in character (altough with less of a hop bill than the typical English Pale Ale); a very nice session ale

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Photo of grandq
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light amber, fading to straw at the bottom of my glass. Big fluffy head. Smells really earthy and malty, plenty of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Flavors mimick the nose with a chocolatey tone providing the backbone for the toast and toffee at the forefront. A bit of a fruity twang imparted by the yeast plays along and a rising though gentle hop bitterness pipes up on the end. Slightly mineral heavy water, as expected. Tastes like what light hops are in here have faded a bit - a slightly old bottle, but no major marks off. Lightly carbonated and thin bodied, slightly creamy.

Not sure if this falls under English Bitter or English Pale myself. Regardless, a quite drinkable sessioner and just what I was craving - not exceptional but solid.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice. First American review. Pours a clear amber with a small creme head that falls fairly soon, but not too quickly. Nose is of milder toasted grains. Flavor is a bit earthy with a bitter tone, but nothing real crazy. Feel has a bite on the carbonation and the liquid is smooth. This is definitely easy to drink. I wouldn't say it's blowing my mind here, but it's decent. Might be interesting on cask.

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Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Viceroy
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Slightly cloudy and hazy bronze color with a small white, bubbly head.

Aroma is slightly fruity with some earthy tones. Caramel, biscuity and bready.

Solid flavor. More breadiness and caramel with some toasty and slightly straw-like. Really solid flavor. Not much in the way of hops, flavor or aroma, but pretty solid otherwise.

A nice beer. Very sessionable and quite enjoyable. Not sure of its availability, seeing as its from Wales, but certainly worth the under $5 price tag.

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