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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1269   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4257) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 The initial bottle aroma is almost bock-malty and raisin. That quickly fades to a yeasty malt aroma. Good label, light, hazy off-gold color. Dry, a little cidery, perhaps herb bittered. Flat and light bodied. Long, light indistinct hop finish. I was hoping for something more distinctive. Disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
Unusual. Not sure if I could drink this all the time, but still, it is a most enjoyable brew for a taste of something different. Certainly a drink that one either will like or hate, the heather is perhaps an aquired taste. Spicy and flowery, and quite punchy, whilst not too rich, lager drinkers may enjoy this as well as beer drinkers.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2003
awesome juniper buttery aroma. flowery, sage, juniper taste and a light carbonation. light brown body.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2003
Not a particularly endearing aroma, sort of like an echinacea pill, held a decent head atop a pale amber body. Tasted OK, kind of sweet but after a couple of sips became like some weird fermented cabbage soup. Other than the horrid flavour imparted by the heather, this is a pretty decent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Interestingly malty beer, lagerish as some have mentioned. Aroma is indeed flowery. Golden and nearly clear with a lasting head, this ale is unassuming. I'm getting a slipperyish, soapy body, not too thin (but darn close), kind of like a good bohemian pilsner. Not in taste, however; this has got sourish malty bits and a little citus, perhaps from the flowers, I dunno. Cool and refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2003
This is a bit strange on the contemporary palate - it's quite unusual. Perplexing, and admittedly challenging, it's an ale with really herbal tones. It opens with a light and sweet, though yeasty, aroma, and has a cloudy golden color with sticky dense foam. It's punchy, a bit tart, and I'm left with the thought, "oh, that's what Heather flowers taste like!" In sum, it does seem like a really fine, albeit weird and flaky, brew!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4550) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2003
(330ml Bottle) Pours no head, however the body is a beautiful golden-caramel. Flowery aroma of Goldings and mild malt. Flavours of apple, wood and perfume. Finishes a tad bitter. A little weak in flavour and alcohol.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2003
Woody and toasty aroma. Amber colour with little or no head. Mad taste oily body, a bit spicey with apple and mint hints. Earthyness kills it for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Clear golden with a thin coating of small bubbled head. Light flowery and sweet malty aroma. Body is thin and semi-sweet with an earthy bitter finish. This is an interesting beer and is exceptionally drinkable considering its similarities to an American standard.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2003
hmmmm... I'm really for a lack of words on this one. It does have a nice flowery flavor, but the rest of the flavroing makes it nasty.... Sorry, don't like it one bit.


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