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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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

   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

   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

   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 wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. Not sure but I think it may have just been a bad bottle.

   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 didn’t 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. it’s very herbal. it tastes like a slightly fruity and floral earth. in my opinion, that’s 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (4031) - 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.

   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 don’t 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 I’m beginning to miss the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Medium orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty, peaty, herbal and slightly sweet. A medium bodied traditional ale. Sweet and fruity with hints of peet and smoke. I won’t talk about the malts or hops in this beer, because I am not sure it has either. Malts are sweet. No hops. Nice carbonation. An interesting beer, Not sure I would drink this one all the time, but it interesting nonetheless. It has a lot more sweet wine like qualities than a beer. Heather Ales makes some very interesting beers; this one like their other traditional/non-traditional ales is worth trying. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2004
Cask conditioned @ JDW, Soton. Unusually thick head. Inviting aroma of a hillside meadow with malty honey notes. Odd mouthfeel and taste somewhat like chewing on a mouthful of flowers (I imagine). Interesting but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Golden amber. Crystal clear. Quickly dissipating white head. Musky aroma, some apple hints, nectar. Peat. Medium body with some texture. Good flavor. Absence of hops is appealing. Something different and good.

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