The History of Traquair Jacobite Ale
Limited edition ale produced from an ancient recipe with the addition of coriander. Named for the 250th anniversary of the Jacobite Rebellion.
Traquair Jacobite Ale is a strong ale based on an ancient recipe, Jacobite Ale is spiced with hops as well as another traditional and ancient seasoning: coriander. Deep brown color; rich aroma of spice, chocolate and leather; full, creamy body.
As an aperitif with smoked salmon, pair with Paneer cheese or other Punjabi cuisine, enchiladas in roasted tomatillo sauce, aged blue Wensleydale, Szechuan smoked crab with ginger sauce and crème brûlée. Enjoy with a fine medium full to full bodied cigar. Serve in pewter mugs.
Ratebeer.com: 99 points (June 2016)
“1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die,” selection, A. Tierney-Jones, 2010
Gold Medal, 2008; Platinum Medal & “Top-rated Strong Ale” – World Beer Championships 2000, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’13.
98 points, All About Beer Magazine, July 2011.
Five stars, “Supreme,” – BevX, Jan. 2010.
ABV: 8.0% – OG: 1.075 – IBU: 23
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops, coriander, yeast; fined with isinglass.
About the Traquair Brewery
Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, dates back to 1107 AD, when it was a hunting lodge for the kings of Scotland. It has had descendants of the same family living in it from 1491 to the present day. As did many estates of the era, Traquair operated a house brewery and when Mary Queen of Scots visited in 1566, Traquair was already brewing a famous strong ale.
Some time after 1800, brewing ceased at Traquair. The original brewery equipment remained on the estate, idle, until the 20th Laird of Traquair, Peter Maxwell Stuart, restored and opened the brewery in 1965. The copper brewkettle at Traquair is over 200 years old, and beer is made in the traditional manner — even using oak fermenting vessels, which contribute to the deep, unique character of these beers.
Traquair is the only UK brewery using oak vessels for primary fermentation.