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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2003 pale golden body with moderate carbonation. Lots of toasted barley in the nose, followed by sweet floral notes. Had a woody dry finish, balanced well. Well carbonated palate. Sugary sweet at first & a flowery sweetness prevails. this stuff and salted bavarian pretzles would be great all night long. Re-rate 6/03/03: floral, creamy, buttered crackers, a hint of chamomile. biscuty and real floral. dry, astringent, clean and citrucy. very refreshing

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Quick, mild, heather, honeysuckle aroma.hazy copper appearance.Dry heather,gingerbread flavor and finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2002
I really enjoyed the refreshing taste of this beer. It is very flowery and it went down fairly smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 7, 2002
cloudy orange colour, spicey aroma, hints of cloves. Mild bitteness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Guess the part of me that loves history is glad that this is made, but beyond that I can’t see muchin this. not offensive, but not much to it. Rather lacking in many respects.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Very light, you have to let this warm considerably before you can really taste much of anything. Lightly floral and the sweet taste of the heather blends nicely with the malt, but the finish is extremely unimpressionable. Two seconds after taking a sip I’ve forgotten what the hell I just drank. Something funky in the smell (I will refrain from saying what I really think it smells like), kind of musky and sweet at the same time - almost fungal. Towards the end of the glass it’s very watery and there is little more than this musty fungal flavor in the mix. Interesting...but not that great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2002
Fraoch (Gaelic for Heather) is reportedly been made for 4000years. Luckily, my sample was somewhat younger than that. really has a floral nose to it and a earthy malty flavour. A sweet after taste follows. Certainly different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
deep golden. head is foamy and attractive, but doesn’t last. caramelly, flowery, slightly spicy aroma. heather flowers are an interesting change as the role of hops. tasty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Very little head despite a lot of carbonation. Aroma was fruity-sweet and taste was similarly fruity with a bit of malt. Aftertaste was very dry - almost wine like. An interesting beer, but also easily forgettable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Lagerish appearance with little bubbles floating to the top like willy wonka's friend charlie chasing the fizzy lifting drink, head was, uh, I forgot, it disappeared too quickly, aroma was a damn strange sweetness with hoppy round-a-bouts, flowers definately dominated my first impression of the flavor, very reminiscent of pine needles and after the initial sip I noticed the pine/flowerness in the aroma, Very floral and unique in a good way, Overall impression is: PINEY
Re-Rate: Burnt grizzleness was all over the aroma, the flavor and the finish?? It still contributed to a unique experience though, so I cannot be too cruel..


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