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


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RATINGS: 1319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4445) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 Pours a clear, light yellow, with some hazy yellow tinges. Small rapidly dissipating white head. Mildly tart, mildly spicy aroma. Begins with a bitter juiciness followed by a drier light hops flavor. I can find little malt flavor here, though maybe some on finish as it warms, it is lightly sweet with a tiny nip of alcohol. Flavors of heather, I would imagine, as well as a flowery herbal essence. Begins very spritzy but softens up as it breathes. I’d be much more impressed if thisnt wasnt filtered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Pours gold with little head, disspating quickly. Sweet, floral spicy aroma. Malt and nut flavors with some bitterness. Fairly dry finish. Pretty good ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
beautiful sweet heather scented, nice lace head, rich sweet - medium spice - slight bitterness, pretty nice stuff

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Cloudy gold with fine white head. Sweet aroma. Nice malt/spice/floral flavor. Very dry finish with no hop favor. Very strange. Felt more like a dry white wine than beer. Very smooth with good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2003
This beer could be likened to a dry white wine. I am not sure if it wasnt brewed with herbs/spices or if it was hops. Very floral in aroma and flavor. A very interesting beer to say the least. Also, very enjoyable. Structurally, the head was soft and foamy, the body crisp and clear and finish was sweet. A very well crafted beer that I wish was more accessable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Nice thick head when poured that stayed for awhile and clinged to the side of the glass.Had flowery notes with some bitterness.Nothing that wowed me here

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2003
This is the most unique ale I think I have ever had. Lots of sweet spices in the aroma and taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps some clover honey, but lots of ginger, almost a ginger ale like quality to this one. Strong wine like mouthfeel that is very dry in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2003
33 cL bottle, bbf 6/05, goblet, 50 degrees. White, frothy, average-sized head is somewhat short-lived. Hazy amber-orange body with no visible carbonation or particles. Nutty, grainy, cookie malt (mod); heather spicing (mod); grape, pear, nutmeg aroma. The heather imparts a huge earthy aroma. Different, but definitely quality. Moderately sweet throughout with a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. The heather leaves a wonderful gingerbread-man cookie aftertaste. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: quite interesting, and c'mon...is there any better aftertaste than gingerbread-man cookies?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2003
Bottled. Hazy gold colour with a fine white, slightly lacy head. Lovely smooth malty flavour. Very pleasing mouth feel, silky smooth and more’ish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Heather and malt aroma, light copper color. The heather is very appearant in the flavor as well. Interesting but not great.

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