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


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RATINGS: 1268   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
It has a golden honey colored body with a lightly hazy appearance. There is not much of head, just a small light foamy covering that fades out to nothing quickly. There is no lacing to mention at all. The aroma has an interesting full floral bouquet with some honey like sweetness, some light grain notes and fresh salty sea air. There is an odd dry grain with a hint of mineral flavor like sea air and a solid floral character throughout. Underneath there are some sweeter malt, honey and buttery notes that mix with the floral heather notes. The floral notes build up to the finish and add a pleasant bitterness and dryness to it. The palate is slick and smooth with light carbonation and a light to medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
standupguy (41) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2014
The aroma was light vanilla, with mild hay. I loved the appearance, nice light orange/yellow color and mine had lots of apparently small heather flower pieces suspended in the beer. Tasted lightly sweet with hay and mild spice. Smooth and full bodied on the palate. Overall a great and different beer I would definitely recommend to a friend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kamwitsta (144) - POLAND - JUN 14, 2014
The aroma is very faint; a little bit of honey, a little bit of peach, probably some herbs. Pours yellowish orange with a minute head. The taste is slightly sweet, even slightier bitter, spicy. Body halfway between low and medium, almost flat, finish sweet and a tad tart. Nothing special; much as Im pleased I got a chance to taste such an ancient recipe, Im happy we also have different ones these days.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (945) - DENMARK - JUN 13, 2014
Aroma: hoppy and slight hay. Flavor: fruity bitter with notes of berries. Color amber with a white head.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gooseunc (15) - Prince William County, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours straw/orange with slight haze...nice head. Not getting a lot on the nose...maybe low on aromatic hops? Detected slight citrus note though. Hard to place taste...malt comes through and isnt overwhelmed by the bittering hops. I have no idea what heather tastes or smells like, so it must be what is adding feint floral taste. Malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kosmokrator (493) - ITALY - JUN 12, 2014
Limpido color oro con schiuma bianca poco persistente. Al naso leggermente mielosa e floreale con un sentore erbaceo piuttosto confuso; al palato dolciastra e fruttata ma evolve in fretta verso un amarognolo "medicinale". Corpo lieve, struttura debolmente oleosa, effervescenza debole. Non fatta male ma non incontra il mio gusto.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
birraiolo (205) - ITALY - JUN 10, 2014
Bottiglia da 330 ml. Color oro con schiuma bianca, fine e di poca tenuta. Al naso offre poco, sentori di miele e lievito. Al palato palato delude un p con sentori di crosta di pane iniziali, risulta un p watery allinizio e astringente sul finale amarognolo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tinylightsrecs (214) - - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle from Dobbies Garden Centre Newcastle. Pours pale yellow colour. Sweet, honeyed tinge. A little sickly

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
minutemat (1750) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
500ml bottle at home. Pours gold, very subtle floral, honey, peach & malt with a lagery mouthfeel. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Clear golden with white head. Aromas of heather, hops and honey. Taste light sweetness and light bitter. Finish sweet. Fairly thin..

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