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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: 1351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1081) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Gold with a tiny soapy head. Sweet herb floral aroma. Earthy, smokey and loads of grass, herbs, and bitter hops. Malts are hard to figure out. Starts mediciney sweet, finishes dry. I don't know about the wine part.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Cloudy yellow in color. Dry like flavors, I think dry white muscat grapes. Fruity aroma. Malty. Really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Pours a slightly murky orange yellow. Nice white head. Fruity interesting aroma. Malty flavor with a dry fruity finish and aftertaste. Well made.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 Somewhat soapy smell and "flat" in appearance. The taste however is excellent. I imagine pure heather would taste like this, you almost feel transformed to a field on a Summerís day. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.2. Average becomes 3.6

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9757) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
Light gold in colour. Aromas are citrus and floral. Flavours are obviously herbal and floral considering the brewing methods. Some spiciness, too. Tastes a little medicinal. Unusual.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
Pale yellow with a smallish white head, and a fruity aroma and aftertaste. There is an interesting flavour that I presume is from the heather. A pleasant beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Light hazy amber/gold color, creamy white head and nice lacing. The aroma is crisp with hops with notes of citrus wheat. Flavor is very unique at first, full body with lots of malt flavors and a smooth, delicious crisp finish. This is very tasty beer, unique and interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottled. Iíve got a chance here to rate an unaged bottle. A little less sugary and thick than noted below, which is to be expected. Malts are lighter, like a Vienna. Heather character doesnít quite assert itself, but then do I even know what heather should taste like, aside from as a bittering agent?<hr> Bottle, with "Best by 2/01" date notch. Tasted 12/31/2003. Ah, a traditional Scots drink for the only holiday in the US with a Scots aspect. And an interesting brew it is. Mossy odor when I crack the bottle. Pours a hazy brown, about pale ale color, with a thin head. Taste has some sweetness without being cloying. They donít mention if there are hops at all (donít they need some to be allowed to call it "beer," so sweetness seems balanced by heather, giving it grassy notes and the dry finish, as advertised, plus a very faint citrusy aspect. Well-made relic of those days of auld lang syne.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottle pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a decent head that dissipates and leaves little lace. The aroma is clover like. The flavor is unique: slightly salty, spicy, malty, and a sour fruit finish. The ale is somewhat moderately rich. Overall, this is a good step into the past.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3151) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2003
Hazy, glowing golden colour with small white head. Big, firm aroma of earthy malts, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) and cut grass. Very unique flavour with a big malt backbone and strong floral notes along with a bit of honey. Finish is dry, slightly acidic, with a pleasant hint of ginger. It took me a couple of mouthfuls to get into it, but I'm really digging this beer.


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