French Broad Wee-Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale

RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Wee Heavy-est is a "kicked up" version of our ever popular Wee Heavy-er with the added twist of Belgian yeast.

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weihenweizen (4166) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Refrigerated brown bomber poured into a snifter. Hazy bronze with small white head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, medium carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is nice caramel malt.

metalhead0043 (342) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2015
22 oz from Sam’s Bottle Shop for 11 dollars. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma has that familiar Belgian yeast scent, albeit a bit subdued. Not much else going on. Taste follows the same suit. Maybe slightly nutty on the back end. Body is about average. In fact that’s what I’d say about this beer in general. Just average. It’s drinkable, but I expected a bit more balance between the Belgian and traditional scotch ale flavors. However, the yeast just overpowers anything else this beer had going on. It’s not overly sweet compared to many other Belgians I’ve had, so I’ll give it that, but I think I’ll stick with the Wee Heavy-er.

woodychevy (874) - - FEB 12, 2015
On tap at brewery. This is what the heavy-er should be. Leaning towards barley wine and definitely on the sweet side but nice slick mouthfeel and body about right. Belgian is subtle but nice. Way, way better than heavy-er.

Enwiebe (319) - - DEC 20, 2014
11/20/14. Draft at the brewery. Pours dark mahogany w minimal head. Light smoky nose. Great dark spicy mouth. 9% but does taste boozy. Good body from all the malt but not sweet. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours pretty dark. Nice malts and belgiany. Solid beer, hard for me to.describe.

jhliesen (836) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bomber--wow, so much better than wee-heavy. Kind of an amber brown color with a frothy head. Aroma of smoke, yeast, malt and brown sugar. Flavor was very matte with some caramel and molasses. Kind of an alcohol and surgery finish excellent. Brewery, 4.00.

chinchill (5342) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2012
22oz bottle served in March 2012 in a Unibroue snifter. Different label and higher ABV in this 2010 or 2011 bottle: 10.1% ABV. Poured dark mahogany with some nice red and orange highlights. Had a creamy beige head that was too short-lived but left lacing on glass.

Smells earthy; yeasty, a bit sweet and fruity, with a touch of smoke. High ABV is well hidden if cold. Aromas blend nicely; more so than the flavors.

Taste: Earthy and yeasty, with a strong dose of dark malt and some spicy hops. Hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, Scotch and a good bit of peat. Mildly bitter. A lightly smoky flavor of dark malt, Belgian yeast and spicy hops lingers on in the aftertaste. High ABV is well hidden. Smooth but not quite creamy; slightly dry and astringent finish; the high ABV is fairly well hidden.

O: Interesting, complex and true to style -- not the Scotch Ale style but rather, as proclaimed, "Belgian Scotch Ale". Both styles are clearly evident in this hybrid ale, and with about equal assertiveness. FBB didn’t make them blend together seamlessly, but at times it seemed that they meld more than they clash. Worth trying, although I prefer FBB’s lower cost and lower ABV Wee-Heavier. Improved with warming.

Huhzubendah (3763) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 28, 2012
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.

Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Light malty aroma, toasty roasted flavors, light Belgian influence. Malty finish. Alcohol well hidden. Very unique.

DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. This explicitly says 10.10% ABV on it and is named "Wee Heavy-est Belgian Style Scotch Ale."

4.0 A: Pours a dark brown color. Just about two fingers of frothy beige head that retains about as well as can be expected from a brew of this nature. A small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Rather, the main contributing aroma is a dry, dusty nuttiness. The Belgian yeast comes through well, lending a clove and pepper spiciness. A good bit of toastiness and a vinous fruitiness with white grapes and plum. A little odd overall and certainly out of place for the supposed style, but not bad.

3.5 T: For the most part, this follows the nose, but adds hints of caramel. Toasty, nutty, and perhaps a bit musky funkiness. Clove and pepper again from the yeast. Again, plenty of nuttiness. Not nearly as vinous as the nose. Instead, the fruitiness comes in the form of fig, raisin, and plum. The finish leaves an almost charred roastiness.

3.5 M: Medium body and fairly light for the style (I guess the Belgian yeast influenced this to a degree). Good moderate carbonation. Slanted more toward dry and dusty than creamy. Still, it goes down easy.

3.0 D: Not too bad, but this isn’t a beer to reach for if you want an actual wee heavy. I’d call this a Belgian brown ale if anything.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-10-2011 21:43:35

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