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Heather Ales Fraoch (Bottle)

Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered
Ingredients: Malts: British Pale Ale Malt, Cara Malt, Malted Wheat. Heather, Bogmyrtle.
The Brotherhood have been guardians of the ancient Gaelic recipe for "leann fraoich" (heather ale) since 1988 and are proud to be the only brewery still producing this unique style of beer and distributing it world wide. A light amber ale with floral peaty aroma, full malt character, and a spicy herbal finish - This beer allows you to literally pour 4000 years of Scottish history into a glass.
Into the boiling bree of malted barley, sweet gale and flowering heather are added, then after cooling slightly the hot ale is poured into a vat of fresh heather flowers where it infuses for an hour before being fermented.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nurmis (420) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours amber with medium sized head. Floral hops, caramel, yeast and some spices. Nicely balanced and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1649) - HONG KONG - OCT 10, 2016

330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Clear deep golden colour; One quarter finger head with residual soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Very good sticky lacing barely notable slight carbonation; Fairly fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with caramel, toffee, strong honey, strong floral, sugar, strong herbs, bread, light citrus and grass; Close to medium sweet taste of malt, with light grains, red fruits, light caramel, light floral, molasses, light herbs, bread, light lemon, very light bitter hops and thin grass; Close to light body. Thin and slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is fair amber maltyness in a watery background. Slightly grainy with omnipresent fruit feel of red fruits and light berries. Light caramel and floral, fair sweetness, bready with some light herbal and lemon to round. Not bad… Hoppiness is strong floral, strong herbs, light citrus and grass in nose. Same in taste but a lot lighter; Bitterness is very light for an abrupt, very low-fi herbal sweet malt finish; Slightly dry after taste. Light herbal and easy to mouth.

Comments: Wanna try this one for a long time and finally got the chance: light but intriguing floral herbal aroma, and taste is light and somewhat underwhelming, due to use of gruits instead of hops. Easy to have and almost faultless, but not something that will make you ‘wow’.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Akiro (49) - ITALY - SEP 18, 2016
Degustate in bottiglia da 33 centilitri. All’aspetto giallo chiaro, buona schiuma, abbastanza persistente. Mediamente carbonata, gusto fresco. Il sapore fluttua tra due poli il fruttato che ci sembrava fragola invece sembra sia mirto e l’erbaceo che avevamo identificato come un eucalipto invece sembra sia Erica. Caratteristica ma poco consona al nostro gusto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (645) - Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2016
Pours amber, clear, ring of white head. Sweet floral aroma. Flavor is vegetal and a bit soapy, but not in a bad way. Mellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sarauckelman (417) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2016
Yellow with no head. Aroma is malty and a bit herbal. Smells (and tastes a bit) like the mash stage of whiskey. Tastes like it has undertones of honey, and the herbal/heather flavor is pleasant. Sweet without being sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a pillowy white head. Aroma is spicy, floral, yeast. Flavor is also spicy and floral, though a bit less spicy, with honey on the finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
valpoaj (730) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Bottle, and a caveat up front that this one has been sitting around for a while. Admittedly, I shouldn’t rate this, but a) there’s 1300+ ratings already and b) how many people put in a rating based on a 3 oz pour 4 hours into a beer festival. I digress. Anyway, pours amber with a soapy head that recedes quickly into a bubbly film. Aroma (again, likely due to the age) - feels syrupy...dark and citrus fruits...generally malty, minimal bitterness. Flavor is sweet as well (and this does jive with other comments)...catch some herbaceous notes...malts, candy sugar...ok. Palate feels thin...with ample carbonation to suggest its not due to the age. Meh...ok...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (584) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2016
Been drinking this for years, can’t believe I’ve never rated it! Clear and golden with a small white head. Floral aroma, taste is also floral with some malty sweetness. Good

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vestergaard (1739) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ottfather. Pours a clear golden with a small, white head. Aroma has fruity malts and yeast, artificial fruit juice, some floral notes. Taste is sweet, grainy, light fruity, light citric. Metallic, barf ...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Klimaet (1957) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to Vestergaard. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aromas of plants, floral, berry juice, malt. Taste is so bad. Wow. Planty, pale malts, herbs. Fuck me this is bad

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