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

bottled
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available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottle pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a decent head that dissipates and leaves little lace. The aroma is clover like. The flavor is unique: slightly salty, spicy, malty, and a sour fruit finish. The ale is somewhat moderately rich. Overall, this is a good step into the past.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2003
Hazy, glowing golden colour with small white head. Big, firm aroma of earthy malts, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) and cut grass. Very unique flavour with a big malt backbone and strong floral notes along with a bit of honey. Finish is dry, slightly acidic, with a pleasant hint of ginger. It took me a couple of mouthfuls to get into it, but I'm really digging this beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Yeah, so like, what do you compare a "heather" beer to when this is the first you've had? The closest I can compare it to is Siletz's Spruce Ale, only not so "pine" tasting. Sorry, that's the best I can do. It's listed here as a Pale Ale but I don't think that's quite it. Beautiful bottle, one that certainly won't be traded in for the 5c deposit. And the design is *not* Celtic, it's Gaelic, dammit! 11.2 oz, "Best Before" date of Dec 2004. Pours a semi-cloudy honey color with little head that doesn't last for long. Smells *really* appealing. Very floral and much like the Spruce Ale. Tastes, well, like the Spruce without the pine. Someone else mentioned ginger and I think they're right on the mark. It's quite floral, which is likely the heather but I've never tasted heather before. Mouthfeel is rather crisp with nice carbonation. Drinkability is good, I could have a few of them but it's not something I'd want very often. Nice beer and a very plesant change from the hoppy beers I've been drinking lately.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2003
This is my first venture into a heather ale. A nice experience for sure. Appearance is cloudy copper color with a creamy off white head and some lacing. Aroman is interesting. Spicy, flowery and nice for sure. Flavor is also spicy, cinnemon flavor with a sweet initial taste rapidly giving way to an acidic (not unplesant) bitterness. A good beer

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Cloudy copper colored ale with a fruity aroma. Bitter beginning with fruity notes and ends with a lingering bitterness. Somewhat dry finish on the palate.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Thin but creamy head of fine bubbles which leads to some great lacing. Low carbonation. Thin malty aroma with a trace of hops. Flavor is sort of bland with some malts again and not much else distinctive. Rather creamy and coating in the mouth. Finish is slightly dry with some hops presence. An ok smooth light ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5573) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Poured a copper color with a small white head and nice lacing. Floral hoppy, fruity aroma. Caramel, malt, DMS taste with a full mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2003
NERAX '02 Wow,quite a distinctive flowery aroma and flavor,malty,spicy almost medicinal,very dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1438) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Light (clear) copper color. Lots of carbonation. Loose, frothy head. Flavor is smooth and malty with a unique spicy tone. Quite refreshing with a fruity aftertaste. I'd love to try brewing without hops. Very interesting stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2003
Orange-brown beer with small head. Hazy. Fruity aroma with tones of mint. Fruity flavour with tones of red jelly candy, spices and black pepper.


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