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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


2.9
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2003
Hazy gold, fast fading white head.Light earthy, floral nose.Light malt palate with a faintly flowery spiced finish. Different

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2003
Cloudy, dark blond beer. Sweet, yeasty and spicy aroma, maybe with some hoeny as well. Spicy, bitter taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2003
Although hopless, the finish is dry, nice and the beer is a refreshing escape from the ordianry. Obviously a very floral aroma. Quite unique and I respect that.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
sweet & spicy aroma. Pours a golden yellow and has a slight cloudiness, mild carbonation and weak head. Not much in the way of the palate until the end. Finishes slightly sweet and a bit hoppy. I'd drink this again, as opposed to their Grozet, which was sub-par.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4631) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
Nice aroma. I like a beer that calls out to you like a genie when you uncap it. Slightly cloudy. Does almost look like a cider. Smooth palate. Kind of like a tame Belgian without the alcohol or deeper flavour characteristics. Although lighter, the spiciness and heather flavours are intriguing and make it worth buying another bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Has a cloudy light cider look and a fruity smell. Taste is of malt/fruit and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall not a bad beer, but I would not drink it on a regular basis.


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