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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JWF (4) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 10, 2004 does not count
Light copper color, low carbonation. Strange but not overwhelming earthy and floral aroma. Mild spiced taste. Not especially compelling, but not bad either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Interesting butterscotch and herbal with a hint of peach aroma. Slightly hazy with an orangish color. Low carbonation with next to no head. Tastes like a softer version of a British Pale ale but has a middle of the tongue "twang" and finishes dry and a bit tart.Decent body. Low bitterness with little hop character.Well balanced to feature the mild flavor of heather. Was a little boring for my tastes but I could see how a fresh cask could be satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Im not sure why I like this so much. At Quenchers, a great bar in Chicago, I bought one of these for my buddy RAYBOY01. Same reaction. Odd floral aroma, but a nice look. Not bite. Not strong malt or hop flavor. Just interesting. I have to test some more.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
Deep golden colour with large frothy white head. Malty/heathery aroma (go fig), fizzy spiced taste. A bit like drinking cold black pudding with HP sauce. Quite nice and different. A bit of a lavender quality too. I gave it 16 overall just to account for the originality.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
From a bottle at the Brew Shack in Tampa. The color of a brackish river. Cloudy amber. No head to speak of, but I expected that. Smells like a freshly snapped pine branch. Sharp and crisp smelling. There is something unique in the taste though it ends watery it starts off with something that is completely uncomparable and it has some bite to the tip of the tongue. The weak spot to this ale is its mouthfeel. Its watery and even the impressive and unique flavor doesnt cover up the melted gelatin feel it has on the mouth. I could drink it all day long if my choices were limited, but the watery taste really ruins the effect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Orange color with a medium sized white head. Floral, sweet malt aroma. Sweet malt taste with a touch of honey and spice. Cant place the spice, I can only assume its the heather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2004
On cask at Worcester Beer Festival. A very interesting aroma and easy drinking taste but I think it lacked somewhat in the mouthfeel, I would have prefered it a bit more malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4686) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2004
Very pleasant looking golden ale with a light fizzy aroma and a coffee like flavour with a dry bitter finish, and malts as well. Overall quite a plain semi flavoured coffee beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 9, 2004
When bottled, it could vary from thin and metallic to quite flavourful spicy and honeyish. But the real taste is on tap: soft, herbal, yeasty with long vinous aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padron4KM (804) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Pours a orangy-yellow with a thin head. Lively carbonation Aroma is mostly malty. Flavor is slightly honey-like with a slight bitterness. Interesting beer but not enough to make me buy it again

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