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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: 1268   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2003
This beer looks OK in the glass and smells good, but it came off as being a little weak in the flavor department. The main thrust of the flavor had a watered-down leathery taste that detracted from the beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2003
I may have to go against the grain on this one. Smelled like it was from 2000 BC (that is how far this beer dates back according to the bottle) Brewing has come along way in 4000 years. Take advantage and get another beer! You may want to try to be "old school" I guess.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Sweet! Literally. I definitely enjoy traditional beers, and stuff off the beaten path. Pours a bright hazy orange gold, with a thick white head. Aroma is very wierd, mostly malt with a bit of grassy outdoorsiness. Flavor is malty, but with an odd new twist, very much like the Heavyweight Gruit Ale. Finish is extremely dry, almost sour, with a bold sweetness that stays on your tongue forever. Interesting and well worth the $3 or so for a bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Slightly hazy light orange. Head fades quickly. Early malt flavor fades into a grassy/spice finish. Interesting. I've had it before and remember liking it better than this bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Bottle. A gorgeous orange copper with a foamy white head that quickly laced. A sweet caramel and honey aroma with a slight floral and spice bouquet. The flavor is glamorous and a little dry with a bit of grass and cleansing effect.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
mchinn (22) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2003
At first, I was amazed at the different taste of this beer, touted to be brewed since 2000 B.C. But after about 6 sips, it grew tired and began to taste very alcoholic. The flower aftertaste is interesting but the taste is not very robust. By the time I got 3/4 of the way through I didn't want the rest.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2003
A dirty yellow color bordering on orange. Fairly strong aroma of flower. Not to hoppy, but still noticable. A light burnt malt flavor, that has hints of skunk. Average beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Light golden orange with litle to no head. Very perfumy, flowery aroma with some sugary sweet malt to compliment. Certainly different. Light bodied, flowery, sugary sweet yet dry and winey, no apparent hops. Clean finish with just a hint of that flowery flavor. An interesting beer I would recommend to those who don't like macros yet cannot wrap their tastebuds around very hoppy or very malty brews.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Pours with little head and a creamy tangerine color/texture. Aroma is soft, but can smell hints of spicey heather. First sip exhibits plenty of malt character and lingering piney spice. Still, more sweet than bitter ... low hopped. An overall nice beer that would be enjoyable paired with spicey foods.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - FEB 8, 2003
this beer is tricky to me. goes down good but with a light yet bold texture. flavor is different from first sip, to swishing it, to swollowing it, then the after tatse. all different. sweet, then yeasty, a little spicy ,then almost like skunk beer on the after taste. so just drink this one up fast and it will be all ok.


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