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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: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
madsberg (11248) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2004
Bottled @ DBF2004: Golden coloured. Beige head. Sweet and malty in the aroma. Some honey notes in the flavour. Malts and herps vaguely present. Dies quickly on the palate. Dull

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Not my cup of tea; bitter and flat tasting. Appeared alright, but no head at all. It was dry and yeasty, but had something that lingered and didn’t sit well in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
walleye (1088) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
poured a cloudy amber color with a med size white some lacing.aroma is yeasty,sweet and got hints of honey. flavor fruity spices with a taste of honey.this a differant beer at 1st I didn’t care for it.as it warmed up I started to get in to it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 strange metallic/apple aroma. clear, brass color. a very fine looking head. thin, elegant. sweet and malty with a nice vinous bitterness and dry puckering finish. it's ok. tastes a lot like a bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bottle. Pours a deep, bright gold with no head. The aroma hit syou with apple pie and flowers. Very sweet to smell. The taste is a slight peach. The flavor changes later in the beer to an orange sherbert like finish. Has a medium mouthfeel. Very satisfying.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Yeasty aroma with a touch of flowery hops. No head, and very little lacing. Murky orange/yellow in color. Malt body with hints of light hops and spices. Finishes dry with a yeast flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2004
Slightly hazed, orange hue. Small sticky off white head. Mealy, malt nose. I really enjoy this heather brew. Slight smokiness, great herbal flavor, winey, and a very pleasant sweetness that rounds this out. I spose some could see it as 1 dimensional, but I feel it rocks.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - APR 23, 2004
Bottled. Small white head, light hazy, golden colour. Impressive and fresh aroma, aromatic herbs and roots (gentian, juniper, licorice root, rosemary, mint...). Aromatic honey sweetness (rhododendron honey), restrained bitter (aromatic, "juniper berries" bitterness), light acidic taste. Very soft, weak carbonation, medium body, dry texture, long and aromatic aftertaste. A bit empty mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Orange-gold colour with a thin white head. The aroma is unsurprisingly very floral, with a faint malty character as well. Sweet caramel and a hint of peat. The flavour is also quite malty, with some sweetness, faint spiciness, and a very floral finish. The flowery character seems to last on the palette for awhile. Not as different as I thought a beer completely lacking hops would be. This is a good refreshing beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
Either you will like it, or you will hate it. I liked it. Flowery (wel, duh...) taste from the heather, but mingled with that is a malty sweetness and an earthy taste. The aftertaste is dry. I could only wish for more body...mouthfeel.


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