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


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RATINGS: 1369   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
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 doesnt smell good. Nicely carbonated. I like the initial flavor of the heather flower but something about the mid-palate I just didnt like. Finish was lousy. Seeking more flavor on this one. Very thin mouthfeel, similar to the water I just had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 Historics 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Poured like plains east of Denver so I wasnt 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6176) - 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 wouldnt see this type of beer as any potential world-beater, but in its genre, its very satisfying if not quite a flavor festival. Thanks Josh!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Orangeish amber in color, slightly hazy, with a large, cream-colored head. Head is mostly diminishing and leaves behind some lacing. Aroma is strong of heather flowers, with some added caramalized malt, cinnamon, and something rooty I can only compare to ginger. Heather gives an herbally, squash-like flavor. Lightly roasted malts add another dimension to the flavor. Rather dry finish. Good in small doses -- too much, and the gingerness can get a tad draining.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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. Ive had some very good cask conditioned pints of this, and one or two stinkers.

   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.

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