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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: 1349   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.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1979) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Iíve only had one Heather Ale before this one. Just an average beer, slight hops, grassy aroma and easy to drink. I didnít feel the "full malt character" but Fraoch did have a dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
A heather ale that poured a a bit cloudy golden amber producing a standard head of white. Aroma was almost too much to take but on the palate the beer proved to be very dry. An interesting heather ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Amber color, bubbly white head, sweet floral nose, decent balance, medium in body, nice malt character, a bit of a dry finish, decent ale

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HildigŲltur (5105) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2004
Amber coloured. Very nice and interesting aroma of flowers, spices and heather. Sweet flavour with notes of honey.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Gold Coloring. White Head. Assuming what I tasted was Heather...tasted floral/herbs. In Scotland the Kelpie was my favorite...imported, this is my preferred along with the Alba

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2004
From the Sharp Edge Beerfest smelled like a crap lager, but only tasted like a average lager... nothing special at all.....ack

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2004
A bland somewhat ugly color with a slightly skunky aroma. Bad the taste really wasnít as bad as I expected it to be. Not sure but I think it may have just been a bad bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
dimpled mug: all 4 main rating divisions of this beer didnít impress me. the flavor seemed slightly unique, but all in all it failed to provide me with something that would bring me to buy another bottle of it. it pours fizzy, slightly hazy and golden, and with a quick and slightly airy white head. itís very herbal. it tastes like a slightly fruity and floral earth. in my opinion, thatís all there is to it. i think it's good, but it isn't great... i prefer hops. i prefer other beers... so with that is a lower rating, oh hum!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3896) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Pours golden with a nice white head. Aroma is very herbal. Flavor is fruity and earthy. Just a little thick in the swallow. Its something different but nothing to go out of your way to find.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2004
500ml brown bottle.Poured a crystal clear amber with very light carbonation. Good ice-cream head & some lacing.Fruit pie floral aroma. Sweet malt apple flavour.Medium mouthfeel with bitter citrus finish. I donít know whay peat tastes like. I used to burn it.I.ve just poured another one colder than the last. Its certainly different and not unpleasant but Iím beginning to miss the hops.


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