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

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RATINGS: 1256   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2003
Amber orage with a thin head. I was pleasantly suprised by the heather aroma and flavor. Slightly sweet, but not in the typically Scottish/malty sense. I though it would be very subtle. An unusual and satisfying brew.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick35 (12) - USA - APR 19, 2003
A great surprise: heather frangrance is like Saaz hops, rich and floral. It took a few sips to not miss the bitterness (which is slightly vegetal). Imagine a massively dry-hopped, low-bitterness scottish ale. Nice.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
Tastes like weeds (heather). Not too great - definitely not a sipping beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1476) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2003
Very floral nose. Light amber with little head. Dry, winey finish. Acidic floral flavor.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
Poured cloudy orange/yellow with barely a whitehead. Smells like cat urine and malt. Very different flavor, floral taste.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
The color of onion skin and a lacing head that has now dissapated. Aroma is similar to cat piss. I don't know what that is, but it is also flowery and a touch malty. A flavor of flowers and a hint of chocolate, some spices and a decent bitterness. A dry finish. Overall not too pleasant...but, worth trying for something completely different.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 25, 2003
The strange aroma is ... strange ... but thats alright ... it pours a hazy orangeish-brown with no head ... it feels fine in the mouth ... light and refreshing ... the flavor is the real story here ... very floral, sweet and refreshing ... i can imagine the taste would be hit-or-miss for most people, but its definitely unique and refreshing ... a think a lot of the lower reviews here are from people were expecting it to taste like something they usually buy ... but c'mon, how can you pass up the chance to try brewed heather?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Pours clear medium golden, with a thick white head, slowly dimishes to a good lacing. Aroma is sweet, flowery, grassy, like a spring day. Flavor is clean, spicy, sweet, flowery. Hints of rosemary in both the aroma and flavor started to come through about midway. Body is medium, ends dry, lingering flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2003
This beer looks OK in the glass and smells good, but it came off as being a little weak in the flavor department. The main thrust of the flavor had a watered-down leathery taste that detracted from the beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2003
I may have to go against the grain on this one. Smelled like it was from 2000 BC (that is how far this beer dates back according to the bottle) Brewing has come along way in 4000 years. Take advantage and get another beer! You may want to try to be "old school" I guess.


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