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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1699) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Old rating. Hay, grass, interesting herbal profile. Very light and drinkable, but a little too much earthiness to be sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EvaCandido (64) - Padova, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
BBD Oct 2015: bright and amber in colour but unfortunately not characterized by foam stability. The aroma of malt and caramel are intense but no real hoppy and flowers notes appear. Interesting but not particularly.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
corkyrory66 (1013) - BELGIUM - APR 1, 2015
Bière de bruyère cendrée qui revendique une antériorité de 4000 ans !!! Elle titre à 5 % abv. Signalons que les dessins de l’étiquette sont de véritables « pictogrammes », puisque ce sont des dessins des Pictes, vieille population écossaise … Couleur jaune pâlotte (il peut faire très froid en Écosse...), avec de fines particules en suspension. Bulles fines en colonnes séparées, mais pas nombreuses. Mousse blanche qui nappe à 1 mm. Arômes de champ de landes, réglisse, guimauve, malt cara léger. 1ère bouche souple sur la réglisse avec une pointe d’anis. Arrière-bouche très courte, un peu d’épices. 2ème sur des plantes de landes, écorce de pin, pointe de vanille ; Arrière-bouche un peu plus longue, mais aigrelette. 3ème où le malt passe un peu mieux, mais dominé par les plantes. Arrière-bouche d’infusion de thé, pointe de menthe. Longueur qui descend nettement, avec parfois des impressions de limonade... Jambes légères. Levure douce, mais très très faible. Alcool vraiment faible, et totalement inactif sur le goût. Finale inexistante. CONCLUSION : une bière historique certes, mais qui rime un peu avec anecdotique … même si elle revendique 4000 ans d’ancienneté !!! Je pense que nous devons être très contents que le houblon a remplacé la bruyère, même en Écosse !!! Mes points vont à l’étiquette et à la recette (papier) ...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Bennymarley (4) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015 does not count
A very light golden ale, suprised me how mellow it was, light nose, light taste and palate and 5%! I wish I bought more now

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (2095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
26.1.2015. Very pale with yellowish hint. Plenty of herbs on the nose. Taste is also herbal, lemon, light malts. Its quite different.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tmrmwel (1432) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2015
Old rating. Pours clear golden with a big head. Aroma is rather strange with herbs, flowers and heather, as well as old cellar, vegetables and sea side. Nice creamy body, with average carbonation. Flavour is sweet, with roasted malts and toffee, as well as notes of syrup and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (798) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle - dark golden with a fizzy white head. Aroma of grass clippings and hay. Taste of wild flowers, grass and hay with a little yeast. Medium body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SimonD_Bel (18) - Liege, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2015
Blonde claire, légèrement trouble, mousse pratiquement inexistante. Bière plate, goût très particulier, plutôt acre, goût très floral, d’herbes, aromatisé. Vraiment particulier. Assez peu de longueur. Bière vraiment particulière et exceptionnel, mais pas réellement bonne. Curiosité à goûter tout de même.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sonotono (190) - torino, ITALY - MAR 2, 2015
Bottiglia, 33cl. Colore biondo, leggermente torbido. Odore e sapore di erba, speziato, astringente, strano. Idea interessante, ma risultato non del tutto gradevole, per il mio palato.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ordybill (829) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Poured from a 500 CL bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- I could smell the barley and a soft floral aroma. Appearance- This beer is a murky golden color and has zero head when poured. Taste- A rather basic brew, nothing very memorable but not bad. Palate- This is a medium to light bodied beer with minimum carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall- It was OK, I think I need to give it another try and see if I missed out on this.

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