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

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RATINGS: 1371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Girlfriend found this beer in a specialty grocers for me (great find!) Beautiful illuminecent orange color. Thick white head. Superb lacing all the way down. Light, sweet but with good character. Prevalent floral taste from the heather, which was very nice. Honey, sweet grass, lightly malty. very good.

3.2
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Cloudy amber color, thin white head. Herbal aroma, the flavor is herbal and slightly spicy. Oily texture, light body, soft carbonation. I think the beer was a bit too old since I expected a more powerfull herbal flavor, but still it was ok.

4.3
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2004
"It looks pretty," said the young clerk, scanning my bottle, "is it good?" Good only begins to describe this beauty, and while the label is among the best designs in the world of beer, prettiness continues on every aspects of this classic ale. Color is a rich orange, and the head is moderate, off-whitish. Aroma is refreshing and upliftingly lovely : honey, foremost, and flowers, roses, herbal, vegetal, fresh, and sweet. Light in body, but full in flavor, incomparably smooth in taste. Perfect balance. Solid malt, less hops, but the heather and honey flavor make up for lack of hoppiness, and make for a perfectly delightful beverage. The taste is so light, sweet, and utterly ethereal, this belongs in a class of it’s own. Lovely, full texture, honey, citrus shining through with every sip! Perfect with food, dessert, or when you deserve a reward for being an exceptional example of humankind.

3.2
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Floral and earthy aroma. Golden in color with white head. Floral taste as well but I sense a little spice at the end. Leaves slightly strange aftertaste. Overall pretty tasty. I tried it with spicy food too and it made it even better.

3.2
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Amber color with vanishing white head. Great floral aroma. Medium bodied. Floral flavors with a touch of spice. Dry finish. Points for historical inspiration.

2.7
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Odd....Pours a dirty peach skin with a thin white head that dies quickly and leaves some lacing. Smells interesting...almost like a california common beer. Nose is earthy and uninviting with some smoked notes and sweet hops. No lack of scent here it just doesn’t smell good. Nicely carbonated. I like the initial flavor of the heather flower but something about the mid-palate I just didn’t like. Finish was lousy. Seeking more flavor on this one. Very thin mouthfeel, similar to the water I just had.

3.8
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
I think this may be my favorite of the Historical Ales, albeit it still has that buttery diacetyl taste like all of the rest of Historic’s beers. It does however have a good "lawnmower" quality to it. Not to overpowering in alcohol, not to filling, tastes great, refreshing witha bit of a heather zing.

3.5
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Poured like plains east of Denver so I wasn’t expecting too much; however, the first taste was surpisingly tasty. Very floral but not too sharp; a slight sweetness takes over before too much damage can be done. A very pleasant surprise... I would definitely drink this one again.

3.5
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
Amber body, no head. Heather gives a nice floral kick. Palate proposes tart spicy banana bread and honey hints. Very refreshing, perfect medium effervescence. Light-medium body. Addictive spices somehow manages to provide balance to the mostly sweet flavor profile. Quaffable. I wouldn’t see this type of beer as any potential world-beater, but in its genre, it’s very satisfying if not quite a flavor festival. Thanks Josh!

3.7
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2004
500ml bottle. Filtered and mildly carbonated. Medium frothy cream coloured head, body amber in colour. Nose pine/heather flower/grape/apple/mild hop. Medium bodied with good long fruity finish. I have it on good authority that there are hops in this as well as the heather. I’ve had some very good cask conditioned pints of this, and one or two stinkers.


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