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


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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Very light, you have to let this warm considerably before you can really taste much of anything. Lightly floral and the sweet taste of the heather blends nicely with the malt, but the finish is extremely unimpressionable. Two seconds after taking a sip I’ve forgotten what the hell I just drank. Something funky in the smell (I will refrain from saying what I really think it smells like), kind of musky and sweet at the same time - almost fungal. Towards the end of the glass it’s very watery and there is little more than this musty fungal flavor in the mix. Interesting...but not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2002
Fraoch (Gaelic for Heather) is reportedly been made for 4000years. Luckily, my sample was somewhat younger than that. really has a floral nose to it and a earthy malty flavour. A sweet after taste follows. Certainly different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
deep golden. head is foamy and attractive, but doesn’t last. caramelly, flowery, slightly spicy aroma. heather flowers are an interesting change as the role of hops. tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Very little head despite a lot of carbonation. Aroma was fruity-sweet and taste was similarly fruity with a bit of malt. Aftertaste was very dry - almost wine like. An interesting beer, but also easily forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Lagerish appearance with little bubbles floating to the top like willy wonka's friend charlie chasing the fizzy lifting drink, head was, uh, I forgot, it disappeared too quickly, aroma was a damn strange sweetness with hoppy round-a-bouts, flowers definately dominated my first impression of the flavor, very reminiscent of pine needles and after the initial sip I noticed the pine/flowerness in the aroma, Very floral and unique in a good way, Overall impression is: PINEY
Re-Rate: Burnt grizzleness was all over the aroma, the flavor and the finish?? It still contributed to a unique experience though, so I cannot be too cruel..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pilsnerrogge (2503) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2002
Pine aroma. Stinging, reisiny flavour. Sweet and unbalanced finish. Just because it tastes "different" doesn’t mean that it is good!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Almost the color of a hefe-weizen. Very sweet, floral aroma. Nice head on pour. Very little lacing. Pleasing flavor with almost no aftertaste. Definitely a "summer" type beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2002
This beer is very crisp and light. It has a very sweet, honey-like aroma and the flavor definetly has the essence of heather flowers. I agree with notalush, I’d buy it again in warmer weather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2002
This is a very light and drinkable ale, with an inviting, floral aroma, and a wheaty, slightly malty flavor that contains just a hint of flowers (which I am assuming is the "heather" aspect to this beer). I’ll buy this beer again, but probably for light, summer drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2621) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Lightly flowery, yeasty, fruity, earthy aroma with a hint of honey-toasted malt. Hazy orange-copper color with a decent head and very fine effervescence. Heather really comes through on the flavor, where it combines with the estery yeast and lightly toasted, lightly sweet maltiness. Light to medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and a citrusy, herbal, dryish finish. It had been quite a while since the last time I had this ale. I missed it..

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