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Heather Ales Fraoch (Bottle)

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
valpoaj (726) - 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...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (539) - 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

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vestergaard (1577) - 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 ...

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Klimaet (1605) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
I_LUV_BEER (142) - - JUN 6, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 500ml bottle. Pours clear gold colour with a beautiful thick white head which leaves nice lacing inside the glass. Aroma is yeast, bread, grass, notes of honey and floral. Taste is bread with hints of yeast, floral and refreshing, nicely balanced. Light body with medium carbonation. Extremely nice and smooth beer and, in my opinion, very harshly underrated here.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodbod (166) - SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2016
This seems much lighter and less flavoursome than I remember. Light, sweet, soft, not hoppy. Very floral

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayumiH (875) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours a clear deep orange colour with a thin white head. Taste is mellow and light. Sweet rather than bitter. Floral hops, caramel malts. It’s alright.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Karstenborg (735) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 22, 2016
Clear golden with a medium off-white head. Aroma is herbs, flowers and malt. Taste is malt, caramel and herbs.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansalon (2769) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2016
Pours clear golden with a medium frothy white head. Aromas of rye bread, flowers, honey, yeast. Taste is quite sweet with hardly any bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kryon (2579) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2016
Pours clear pale yellow with medium white head Aromas of honey, herbs, sweet fruits Taste has sweet fruits, honey, hints of caramel, bread


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