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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: 1229   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2002
Different. Pretty good ale complex smokey, floral and spicy taste.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davhgbrew (887) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2013 I had never heard of this brew before I had it, so I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of spices in the aroma, truly complex flavors that were perfect on the palate. A great beer! Original rating 08/29/02 4.1 10:17am. Re-rate- Malty spicy aroma. Amber appearance. Silky mouthfeel. moderate hoppy. Slight penut butter, banana, and grape. Finishes dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 28, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2004 Nice hazy orange/brown color. Very little carbonation/head. Wonderful sweet aroma, with a flavor to match. What really sticks out with this beer is the immediate aftertaste. There are strong floral flavors that leap out about two seconds after you swallow. Very interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Interesting crisp amber-orange appearance with no real head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine needles. First sip yields absolutely no hops as expected. Very flowery flavor with a rather robust maltiness. This beer finishes with absolutley no taste making it all the more mysterious.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottle (BB Apr/09). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, malt syrup), with light notes of pear and chamomile. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
sparky99 (4) - petoskey, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2002 does not count
I feel that this beer would be better suited as a fruit beer with the noticeble addition of heather. But be that as it may i enjoyed this beer enthusiastically and wanted another and another. very good beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2002
very floral aroma. sweet and somewhat tart aftertaste. very unusual and definatly will try this again

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
This one was weird. The aroma was one that sticks with you even days later. Very floral. The taste was different. Not a whole lot to say there. Pretty neutral and unoffending with a dry finish.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2002
Expected much more from this highly acclaimed beer. Floral nose is interesting, but uneventful pour and lack of generosity in the flavor is a little disappointing. Nice sweetness in aftertaste but little else where it counts.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2002
I think I really need to try this one again so as not to underrate it. It’s a subtle brew and probably needed more of my attention.


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