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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1344   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2235) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Cloudy orange beer. Foamy head only around the edge. Smells sweet like honey, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste is dirty. Like grass and wet leaves in fall that have been raked into a pile and the snow has covered them all winter. Some bitterness in the flavor. A little citrus but nothing distinct. Dry finish. I'm not sure I'm a big fan of the Heather Ale Ltd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1290) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Sweet, honey aroma. Amber in color, averaged sized head. It had a hopped. bready taste with sweet nutty malts topping it all off as it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5214) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 Pours a clear, light yellow, with some hazy yellow tinges. Small rapidly dissipating white head. Mildly tart, mildly spicy aroma. Begins with a bitter juiciness followed by a drier light hops flavor. I can find little malt flavor here, though maybe some on finish as it warms, it is lightly sweet with a tiny nip of alcohol. Flavors of heather, I would imagine, as well as a flowery herbal essence. Begins very spritzy but softens up as it breathes. I’d be much more impressed if thisnt wasnt filtered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Pours gold with little head, disspating quickly. Sweet, floral spicy aroma. Malt and nut flavors with some bitterness. Fairly dry finish. Pretty good ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
beautiful sweet heather scented, nice lace head, rich sweet - medium spice - slight bitterness, pretty nice stuff

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Cloudy gold with fine white head. Sweet aroma. Nice malt/spice/floral flavor. Very dry finish with no hop favor. Very strange. Felt more like a dry white wine than beer. Very smooth with good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2003
This beer could be likened to a dry white wine. I am not sure if it wasnt brewed with herbs/spices or if it was hops. Very floral in aroma and flavor. A very interesting beer to say the least. Also, very enjoyable. Structurally, the head was soft and foamy, the body crisp and clear and finish was sweet. A very well crafted beer that I wish was more accessable.

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