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


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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (531) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 14, 2004
Extraña cerveza. Olor fuerte y agradable sabor. Mucha espuma y color oscuro. El sabor es intenso y duradero

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2004
Thin white head. Light brown, see through. Malty nose, slightly sweet. Flavor is interesting. Has bitterness, but it is more like the kind of bitterness you get from exotic cabbage. Flavor is smooth and straw-like, with a nice finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chupa LaHomebrew (12) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
I thought this ws a rather interesting brew and I give it props for using a non-hops source of bittering. The flavor is predominantly malt, it has a straw-like smell, like a summer hayfield. A hint of black pepper taste , I assume from the heather. Bitterness barely percievable, in that respect similar to scottish hopped beers. Due to lack of hops, you won't be left drowsy and "becoming one with the couch". It was good and inspiring from a homebrewer's perspective

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
Light and airy aroma. Pours light and golden with creamy head. a springy, floral, citrusy flavor. Smooth palate but you have to actually try and taste it. Has a little linger on the back of the tongue. Refreshing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 2, 2004
Nose of flowers and brown sugar. Pours a medium clover honey with golden highlights. The dense off-white creamy head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. Wow! The flavor assaults the tongue with heavy malt and jabs of spice and citrus zing here and there. The medium creamy body is lively and the finish is a touch cloying. A nice surprise.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Hazy golden/copper color. Hoppy aroma. Mildly hopy and malty, like a macro pilsner in many ways. Slightly dry and hints of rye. Not a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Light color, watery with a rapidly dissipating white head. Nose is floral and herbal. Flavour is waterey, earthy and slightly herbal. Nothing really bad here, all the flavours are just way too subdued and watered down.

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