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

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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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Yeah, so like, what do you compare a "heather" beer to when this is the first you've had? The closest I can compare it to is Siletz's Spruce Ale, only not so "pine" tasting. Sorry, that's the best I can do. It's listed here as a Pale Ale but I don't think that's quite it. Beautiful bottle, one that certainly won't be traded in for the 5c deposit. And the design is *not* Celtic, it's Gaelic, dammit! 11.2 oz, "Best Before" date of Dec 2004. Pours a semi-cloudy honey color with little head that doesn't last for long. Smells *really* appealing. Very floral and much like the Spruce Ale. Tastes, well, like the Spruce without the pine. Someone else mentioned ginger and I think they're right on the mark. It's quite floral, which is likely the heather but I've never tasted heather before. Mouthfeel is rather crisp with nice carbonation. Drinkability is good, I could have a few of them but it's not something I'd want very often. Nice beer and a very plesant change from the hoppy beers I've been drinking lately.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2003
This is my first venture into a heather ale. A nice experience for sure. Appearance is cloudy copper color with a creamy off white head and some lacing. Aroman is interesting. Spicy, flowery and nice for sure. Flavor is also spicy, cinnemon flavor with a sweet initial taste rapidly giving way to an acidic (not unplesant) bitterness. A good beer

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Cloudy copper colored ale with a fruity aroma. Bitter beginning with fruity notes and ends with a lingering bitterness. Somewhat dry finish on the palate.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dorwart (2522) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Thin but creamy head of fine bubbles which leads to some great lacing. Low carbonation. Thin malty aroma with a trace of hops. Flavor is sort of bland with some malts again and not much else distinctive. Rather creamy and coating in the mouth. Finish is slightly dry with some hops presence. An ok smooth light ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6071) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Poured a copper color with a small white head and nice lacing. Floral hoppy, fruity aroma. Caramel, malt, DMS taste with a full mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2003
NERAX '02 Wow,quite a distinctive flowery aroma and flavor,malty,spicy almost medicinal,very dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1792) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Light (clear) copper color. Lots of carbonation. Loose, frothy head. Flavor is smooth and malty with a unique spicy tone. Quite refreshing with a fruity aftertaste. I'd love to try brewing without hops. Very interesting stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2003
Orange-brown beer with small head. Hazy. Fruity aroma with tones of mint. Fruity flavour with tones of red jelly candy, spices and black pepper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2302) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2003
I got this in a 11.2 oz slim brown bottle with an ancient Pictish style label had a freshness date of Dec 2004. The appearance is good a darkish honey brown but nothing too special small head that leaves a tiny halo of lace round the edge. Smell is surprisinglly malty with a backing of a fresh rain scent. Thetase is deceptivlly sweet..thats what you taste first then you get a real strong "scotch whisky"/ aftertaste peaty a wee bit even..very nice Feels good in the mouth not too much carbonation...and is very drinkable in my opinion

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2003
Strong fragrant aroma. Interesting orange, Orval-like colour but with a disappearing head. If I may say so, its flavour is almost as complex as Orval. It is sweet, it's a bit sour and it's a little bitter and a bit spicy. There is a short, dry finish but it has a thin texture. Very challenging, thanks Clark VV.


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