Fraoch Heather Ale

Fraoch Heather Ale

Rated 3.382 by BeerPals

Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)

Kelliebank, Alloa, United Kingdom

Style:  Ale

5% Alcohol by Volume

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Fraoch is Scotland's native ale. Fraoch is Gaelis for "Heather'. Heather ale has been brewed in Scotland for four thousand years and is the oldest style of ale still made in the world. The Picts who ruled Scotland until the 9th century were known to brew the legendary heather ale, these 'people of the designs' were the creators of the artistic style of our label. Scotland has ten million acres of wild flowering heather, this natural resource being used to produce ales until the 18th Century when British legislation forced Scottish Brewers to conform to the international use of hops. This ale is produced to a 16th Century Scots-Gaelic recipe from malted barley 'bree', sweet gale and heather flowers. The hot ale is infused in heather flowers before being fermented in copper tuns. Fraoch has a floral, peaty aroma, full malt body, a spicy herbal flavour and a dry wine like finish - Slainte

ID: 741 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank6134
Overall Percentile88.5
Style Rank3 of 156
Style Percentile98.1
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.399
Weighted Score3.382
Standard Deviation0.501

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    I got this in a four-pack of historic Scottish beers, which was just too much for me to resist. Aroma is strong, malty, and very pleasant. It pours out an orange-amber, rather than yellowish or brownish, with a thick head. Taste is a tad thin, but pleasantly malty with a nice bitter kick. A refreshing and smooth ale - I can see, or rather taste, why it has lasted for four millennia.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 2.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a golden amber with a 2 finger head that seems to take its time. Minimal carbonation, one line of bubble form the bottom of the glass. For the most part the aroma is non-existent but you can detect a light aroma of sugars and sweet bread. Has an aroma that reminds me of Heineken but without the ass added. Lacing is decent. Taste is light and sweet, nothing much else to add. Aftertaste is slightly metallic and sweet. Good drinkable beer but not at the price. On tap this would be perfect for any hot day.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 2.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Clear darker yellow with white small foam head. Aroma is malty and caramel. Taste is bit too much sweet, little bitterness. Banana. Short bittersweet aftertaste, not bitter enough for my taste. Banana again. (Barnsley 201210)

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pretty unique flavor, much like a sage beer I had not too long ago. This is a bit corny in the nose, a bit plain and cloudy in the glass, but decent experience anyway. The aftertaste is a bit weedy and offputting, not sure I'd do this again.

  • RICHSBEER 1960 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a hazy orange color with some floating bubbles and a small head with some bubbles around edges vs. lace cling. The aroma is light, really no other way to put it, its not overly aromatic. Has a simple bit of malts and earthy quality. The taste is really light but tasty. A little bit of an herbal flavor with some bit of earth rounds out the flavors. The mouthfeel is light body with a medium carbonation.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    It pours a hazy golden without much head nor lace. An aroma of bread, malts, yeast, light hops, oranges & citrus, tea leaves, and light spicing. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and rich. Flavors of bread, yeast, malts, hops, lemon and orange, bitters, tea, and light spices. A very smooth and enjoyable brew!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    light foam .. . honey colour .. . mouth is a covering sweetness .. . light honey, hearty toffee and butterfinger flavors .. . crisp and delicous .. very drinkable .. . like a DnB tune dropping..

  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a slightly hazy gold with a decent head that fades to almost nothing after a few minutes. Smells nice,semi-sweet floral. Flavour is malty with a bit of grain, floralnesss, and a good dry finish. Good beer, easy to drink.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This ale was quite lovely. Floral with a hint of sea salt in the aroma. I found the cloudy golden colour quite alluring. The lack of carbonation is particularily complimentary to my pallet. The exhibited many characeristics however of macro brewed golden ales in the UK. Not unlike products made by Badgers and Fullers, however nicely refreshing and suitably robust.

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz or 330ml bottle into a pint glass. The back label has a very clear best before date (month and year) notched out. The date notched was Feb. 2010 and it was sampled on 6-10-09. Appearance: It has a golden honey colored body with a lightly hazy appearance. There is not much of head, just a small light foamy covering that fades out to nothing quickly. There is no lacing to mention at all. Smell: The aroma has an interesting full floral bouquet with some honey like sweetness, some light grain notes and fresh salty sea air. Taste/Mouth: There is an odd dry grain with a hint of mineral flavor like sea air and a solid floral character throughout. Underneath there are some sweeter malt, honey and buttery notes that mix with the floral heather notes. The floral notes build up to the finish and add a pleasant bitterness and dryness to it. The palate is slick and smooth with light carbonation and a light to medium body. Notes: This is a very interesting flavored beer with a very interesting history to the style of the beer.

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