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


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RATINGS: 1251   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 29, 2002
This ale tasted like I suspected, bitter, malty bit acidic aftertaste. It had decent head. Despite all the positives it failed to impress me. Thanks Doug !!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2004 Very interesting. Slightly sweet malty lager-like aroma. Lightly sweet malt with floral and apple flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
I love this beer. Light to medium body, semi sweet maltiness, covered with a lovely floral accent. Proof is in the pudding. It doesn’t have to have a million frickin’ IBU’s to be good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Tough to describe this one - it’s not beer, it’s an ale (Heather Ale Ltd. makes this distinction), so the usual descriptors don’t apply. It’s not bad, not great either, very different though. Definitely worth trying at least once.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5163) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2012
2003 Bottle. Fascinating - a complex honey-floral nose, then a wonderful warm, sweet, foxy, honeyed taste with a dark malt, slightly bitter after taste. Mmmmm. [3.2]
July, 2012 500ml brown glass bottle from Morrisons. Dry biscuit malt with a mild toffee and honey sweetness. Very faint lavender notes. Soft lingering bitterness similar to that of hops. If you didn’t know, you wouldn’t be aware there’s no hops. An OK beer - quite drinkable. Only remarkable because it is assumed not to have hops - though that is not made clear. It might use heather as well as hops. [2.9]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2002
A bundle of sweaty socks, algae infested lake water, and cheddar cheese hit the nose. An ordinary look of gold and a thin head, and not a whole lot of carbonation. A distinct flavor envelope that I really don’t care for. Hints of dandelion bitter blend with a sugar substitute ending. Intriguing, but not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1283) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Hmmmm, Heather Ale. Ummmm, different. Very different. Full flavor. Nice Malt. Dry floral tasting/smelling. Different. Very different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Unique floral spiciness from the heather

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2003 This beer really rocks. No time to write very much about it. However, I love Scotch Ales and this is on of my favorites. Just go buy a bottle and give it a try. The heather adds an interesting twist to this malty brew.

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