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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1327   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4931) - 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 (4682) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
pours amber. small white ead that dies fast. little bit of lace. smells sweet and a bit spicy. tastes like tea and honey and is more than that the aroma let on. pretty good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Lightish amber color, little head, slightly syrupy appearance. Aroma suggests that I've walked into a National Trust giftshop, floral and perfumy. Flavor and not especially interesting palate, even watery. Slightly hazy. Not as bad as the sum of its parts. (gravity pour at 2003 Kent Beer Festival)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Deep golden with low retention.Nice big floral/hop aroma.Babysbreath? Flavor is sweet and floral with good hops and sweet malts. A most interesting flavor. Earthy, woodsy and sweet. Body is a bit light but interesting blends make up for that shortcoming. Not one I'd drink often but I'd love to try it on draught.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Very thin white head...golden-orangy color with lots of little things floating in it (sea monkeys?). The aroma really reminded me of the Berkshire Botanical Gardens with all that flowery stuff going on. the taste...is different. it really tastes like it's lacking something, but in a floral kinda way. kinda like really crappy-as cider with no bite. there's a slight fizziness to it when you first taste it, but it's gone a half-second later. it's interesting in a historical way (kinda sorta), and it's ok and definately drinkable, but i can't get over the fact that it needs something (hops!). i wonder if Fraoch means "we have three of four ingredients for beer, so what the hell, let's make a batch and see how it turns out!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 The initial bottle aroma is almost bock-malty and raisin. That quickly fades to a yeasty malt aroma. Good label, light, hazy off-gold color. Dry, a little cidery, perhaps herb bittered. Flat and light bodied. Long, light indistinct hop finish. I was hoping for something more distinctive. Disappointing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
Unusual. Not sure if I could drink this all the time, but still, it is a most enjoyable brew for a taste of something different. Certainly a drink that one either will like or hate, the heather is perhaps an aquired taste. Spicy and flowery, and quite punchy, whilst not too rich, lager drinkers may enjoy this as well as beer drinkers.

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