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


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RATINGS: 1352   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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JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2004
Bottle: Pours a dark amber body with off white head. Aromas of caramel, malt, and hops. Initail tatse is slightly sweet and malty, and theres an aftertaste of beef gravy. Generally good though!

MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2004
Bottle: Nice appearance.....dark amber with an of white head. Aromas of caramel, but there’s some sort of salty aroma here I can’t quite place. Taste is malty, sweet, but afterwards, I can taste Harvey’s gravy. Very strange.

dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2004
The oldest style of ale is a heafty reputation to live up to. This is great... rich orange colour no head. Aroma is refreshing with hints of pond, honey, florals, roses, butter, fresh, and sweet. Light body with a warm mouth flavor that is difficult to describe. Great malt, lean on the hops, but the heather and honey flavor make up for lack of hoppiness, and make for a great brew. Drink this one up folks!

grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Tastes significantly similiar to the grozet ale. Perhpa s adenser malt profile. Beautiful ale. Rich copper buttery head. Nose is chemically fruity Lifesavers candy. Pineapple gummibears. Fresh wheat. Perhaps alsight hidden cheesiness. Primarliy tastes chemically fruit like. This gives way to a complex grainy funk that is very appealing. Perhaps the only thing redeeming about the flavor. Excellent bitterness in the afterpalate. G-rat

TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Yeast smell. the first sip was quite bitter, very floral. the white wine properties started seeping in on the second sip and lasted the rest of the bottle. flowery, etc etc etc. I’m on an empty stomach and has this, so I’m doin ok... but how are you?

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.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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