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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2003
This is the most unique ale I think I have ever had. Lots of sweet spices in the aroma and taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps some clover honey, but lots of ginger, almost a ginger ale like quality to this one. Strong wine like mouthfeel that is very dry in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2003
33 cL bottle, bbf 6/05, goblet, 50 degrees. White, frothy, average-sized head is somewhat short-lived. Hazy amber-orange body with no visible carbonation or particles. Nutty, grainy, cookie malt (mod); heather spicing (mod); grape, pear, nutmeg aroma. The heather imparts a huge earthy aroma. Different, but definitely quality. Moderately sweet throughout with a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. The heather leaves a wonderful gingerbread-man cookie aftertaste. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: quite interesting, and c'mon...is there any better aftertaste than gingerbread-man cookies?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2003
Bottled. Hazy gold colour with a fine white, slightly lacy head. Lovely smooth malty flavour. Very pleasing mouth feel, silky smooth and more’ish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Heather and malt aroma, light copper color. The heather is very appearant in the flavor as well. Interesting but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (6180) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2003
Bitter english style beer, but this one is quite well balanced compared to some of the extremely bitter beers like Fullers 1846.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Aroma is flowery with a honey aroma. Hints of lavender and clove / spice. Appearance is amber / copper in colour, small white head. Flavour is sweet, with a honey-like taste. No hoppy bitterness (after all it is made with Heather as opposed to hops). Malt richness comes out well with the heather background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5003) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2003
I was pretty amazed by this one. For some reason my expectations weren't too high. However the aroma was quite good; sweet, peach, some malts. Appearance was okay, poors out with a nice head (doesn't last) orange/amber coloured. Cloudy. Taste is hoppy, peachy and some smooth malts. Bit watery. Clean, smooth, dry palate. Quite okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Poured a nice hazy gold. Nice sweet aroma and a sweet, honied taste. Interesting ale ... and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Hazy golden hue with an okay head and good lacing. Floral aroma of hay fields, herbs, lemongrass, elderberry, grapes, and earthy yeast. Unique tastes of pineapple, herbs, aromatic hops and earthy heather and hay. Some sweet white wine qualities. Dry and clean finish. Thin to medium-bodied with a crewy and soft mouthfeel. Different for sure! For a slighty heavy ale it is quite refreshing. I'll have to get more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4726) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2004 The Grog & Gruel, Fort William, Scotland. Amberish color. Smells sweet, and tastes sweeter, but not overpoweringly so. Certainly reminiscent of heather fields. (June 8, 2004 Addition): Now that I've had this again... its taste is much more up front this time. I noticed the wonderful spices right up front; it really added a lot. The color was a beautiful dark yellow. I enjoyed it much more the second time around. Not sure if that's a bottle vs tap issue or just being better adjusted to beer.

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