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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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2003 Silver medal winner in the herb and spice category at the Great American Beer Fest, made without hops. 100% heather flowers giving it a flowery aroma, subtle sweetness, and crisp, clean finish.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Tap at pub. Looks exactly like the ipa, orageish with no head or lace. Super flowery but in a fake, Glade or cleaner sort of way. Tastes like you’re drinking a candle. Maybe too much heather? Don’t remember this beer being so potent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Flowery heather notes bloom throughout the humble blond ale base of this crisp and very drinkable session ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the lightly hazy blond.
-The body is lean and the carbonation rather prickly.
-The heather flavor is well levelled; obvious but never bothersome.
-Bitterness is very low, and this finish is even a tad watery at times.
-This is somewhat reminiscent of Dieu du Ciel’s Rosée d’Hibiscus in its flavor profile and aroma, but the witbier base of the DDC beer is much more appropriate imho.

On tap at the brewpub.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Draught pint at the brewpub, October 14 2007. It shows a clear, oily amber-gold with no head to speak of....the nose is faintly herbal, grassy and peppery, with perhaps a touch of diacetyl though not enough to totally ruin it....body is again herbal/bitter, sweet, somewhat syrupy, grassy and oily towards the finish....low carbonation and thick mouthfeel make it slightly tough to drink....not bad, I rather enjoyed it by the finish, but nothing I’m likely to drink again, either.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Poured with a nice initial head and good lacing rings. The aroma was of, surprise, heather, more than anything else. The flavor followed suit, but this thing had some sort of a sweet candy type influence, almost coming across soda-pop-like, heater soda or something. Very strongly carbonated, too sweet, and that heather stuff in there too (all too much).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Aroma is light tree bark, and although I smell mint, Mike the brewer says it’s just heather and honey. The honey blossoms are really pronounced and come right up to the front. There is still the issue of spiciness what I am calling spearmint. So very well done, I am really impressed. By far the best heather ale I’ve had. I’d drink this often.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2005
on tap at the brewpub. Clear amber pour with no head. Malty aroma, very faint. Light body, floral flavors, but not overpoweringly sweet. Easy drinking, low carbonation. An interesting change of pace.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3306) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3 ounce sample at the brewpub. Aroma is interesting...cant really put my finger on it...lots of floral, sweet, and fruity notes in the nose. Mildly hazy copper color with virtually no head--ugly beer. Floral berry-like aroma...perhaps juniper berries are present as well? Lots of this floral flavor to start, with a bit of licorice to follow. Finishes thin and pretty bland and flavorless.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 31, 2005
Very interesting ale. Award-winner and probably deservedly. A bit too fizzy for me, but it’s a very refreshing winter beer.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 On draught Feb 2005 at the brewery. Copper colored beer, with a small off-white head, good retention. Mostly clear body. Aroma of leafy, fuzzy, dry, astringent heather and little else. Not a very intense aroma. Flavor is even worse, with a sharp, spritzy carbonation and a dry, almost meaty-like flavor. Soured and yet light, maibockaddict isnt offended, claiming it is a good summer ale. I agree, but I guess I was looking for something more substantial. Perhaps I’m ruined by Town Hall’s version, but this one didnt cut it. Very oddly, it has a medium to medium-full body, with a chewy sweetness and lots to ponder as you drink it. It took me a while to finish, as I wasnt a big fan of the veggies and meat. Maybe I’m just crazy. . .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
On tap: Hazy amber hue with orange tint. Small white head with almost no lace. Aroma was like a Witbier but got heather notes instead of wheat and not as spicy. Detected some earthy yeast, grain, banana, dust. Old school. Twangy and earthy taste up front with a smooth herbal dry finish. Light to medium-bodied with a creamy and lively mouthfeel. Damn, a near carbon copy of Fraoch Ale but even better, fresher makes it so. Don't let the appearance fool you, this beer rocks! Works great with clam chowder. Medal winner at the GABF.


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