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

bottled
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on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1259   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2005
I like it. Itís a different beer, the heather really adds something to it. Itís very drinkable, light and slightly sweet, with a wonderful nose.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rothycat (2) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2007 does not count
One of my top 5 favorite beer! It only comes in "gift pack" here in Ottawa (Canada). I love both Fraoch and Grozet.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
I love this beer. Light to medium body, semi sweet maltiness, covered with a lovely floral accent. Proof is in the pudding. It doesnít have to have a million frickiní IBUís to be good.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2210) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2005
What a beer! First of all, itís that itís made at all - using heather instead of hops. Not what I would have thought as being floral. It has a nice persistant head. Very spicy aroma. The flavor is a mixture of malt, hint of alcohol, some bitterness, marmalade, yeast. Funky color. Nice lace. got this in a beer of the month but they have it also at the Bodega downtown here in La Crosse.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DUBWICHT (7) - CANADA - MAR 15, 2005 does not count
Very unique tasting beer. Very smooth with a unique floral flavor. Nice color and low carbination. Very refreshing and excellent tasting.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
palantides77 (5) - USA - JUL 10, 2009 does not count
I love this beer, the only problem I have with it is I think it needs more heather.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
damzz (253) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Honey aroma with matching taste but the finish is dry. Interesting floral notes throughout. Hazy light orange as in some some honeys. Body is medium with good mouth feel. Light white head with minimal lacing. Would make a great summer beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Xstream (159) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 appearance: Pale yellow with small white head. smell: Hard to put my finger on it. Itís a kind of herbal, medicinal, nectar, flower and tea like smell. taste: Herbal tea and light floral malt taste. I get a touch of lavender and a bit of nectar/honey sweetness. Itís hard to pin-point whatís exactly going on. It just works and is lovely balanced. mouthfeel: Itís like satin. Very smooth. Medium carbonation. Has a dry finish and leaves a lovely after-taste, wanting more. overall: Iím quite surprised by this beer. Itís not your regular ale and definitely has a unique flavor combo going on. I love the creamy like round feeling of the taste and mouthfeel. Itís very fluid and refreshing, yet with a dry finish and leaves you with a after-taste that wants more. Actually grew on me as one of my most favorite summer beers.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
flowerysong (25) - USA - JUL 24, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery gold with three fingers of white head that quickly subsides to a thin froth. Lots of carbonation evident. Smell: Floral and sweet, with heather notes evident. Taste: Sweet flavourful malt fading into an herbal heather middle, with honeyed citrus coming through in the finish. Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp taste with snappy carbonation. Drinkability: Givvus another, willya? Extremely drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shorlin (639) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 3, 2000
Interesting, lots of taste. Malty, flowery. Definite red wine aftertaste.


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