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

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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


IlBevitorediLA's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - - NOV 15, 2012
Birra all’erica. Niente luppolo. Aroma maltato, un pò erbaceo e floreale. Nel bicchiere si presenta in una maniera meravigliosa: ambrata, trasparente con un bel cappello di schiuma poco persistente. Al palato di nuovo malto, un qualcosa di erbaceo e un pò di menta. Corpo fine. Scende meravigliosamente bene.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eRock_2013 (224) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Well I didn’t know quite what to expect with this brew, but I was pleasantly surprised by this allegedly ancient Scottish offering. Pours a hazy light pale orange, looks like a crossover between a pale ale and a wheat beer. Aroma is of wheat, berries and herbal spices, intriguing. Taste is light, but allows for a variety of flavors to come through including the classic Scottish peaty accent as well as what apparently is the floral heather flavoring. Wheaty malt base, some orange citrus which may come from the yeast? Finishes clean and smooth. Very interesting, strikes me as akin to a wheat beer but definitely distinct. Earthy and exotic overall, recommended to at least give it a try!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melkart (297) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 24, 2014
Aroma is a little bit floral, as its taste. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dem0niac (3) - - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
Interest, non-usual aroma with herbal hints. Body is not strong. On the mouth - mint and cranberry, strong caramel and chocolate notes, some nuts and cream on aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mgajdaczewa (515) - Katowice, POLAND - AUG 18, 2014
Czyściutki jak lager w aromacie z gdzieniegdzie pojawiającą się ziołowością i kwiatami. W smaku posmak gruitowy, ale niezbyt intensywny, czuć wrzos i iglaki, wszystko razem tworzy słabe wrażenie. Nuda.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Classic spice ale based on a 16th-century Scottish recipe, when heather was among the herbs used in beer before hops were generalized. In this case, fresh heather flowers are added to the mash. Original and interesting beer with thin, not stable, snow white head and orange blonde colour close to amber, lightly hazy after adding the deposit. Subtle aroma of caramel, orange peel, apple and clear spices, gale and heather, subjective impressions of vanilla, pine needles and mint. Spicy sweetish taste, impression of artisanal acacia honey, here and there some pungent spices, sweetish fruits, but rather thin finish; mouthfeel thin, soft and oily.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sblsimone85 (255) - USA - AUG 11, 2014
Ottima amber ale di stampo americana anche scozzese. Molto floreale e fruttato sia al naso che al gusto buona beverinità. ---Rated BY Italianbeer85

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franzen (330) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
Faint aroma but some heather and caramel can be noticed. Golden clear with white head. Sweet milky and smooth with heather gicing noticable contribution to the taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moebbels (320) - FINLAND - JUL 26, 2014
A clear light orange body with a scimpy white head. Nose has herbal minty notes with some underlying malt characters. Taste is sweet with a minty herbal aftertaste. Carbonation and palate are medium. Overall quite nice and drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocJitsu (968) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours a clear golden color and littered with the largest amount of vegetable manner I’ve ever seen floating in a beer. Oaky vanilla on the nose with some grassy and citrusy hop noted earlier after the pour. Creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation on the rear of the palate. Sweet corn flavor, with a touch more of a sign of that oaky vanilla noted in the nose.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2218) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours a medium golden color with a finger of foam. Nose is light floral malt and some honey. Palate follows with a soft palate not a whole lot going on. Drinkable but uninteresting with a simple beer flavor. Grain, light faint bitterness and lingering floral grass.


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