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

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RATINGS: 1367   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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2.9
thegreenrooster (4406) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Pours golden with a nice white head. Aroma is very herbal. Flavor is fruity and earthy. Just a little thick in the swallow. Its something different but nothing to go out of your way to find.

3.3
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2004
500ml brown bottle.Poured a crystal clear amber with very light carbonation. Good ice-cream head & some lacing.Fruit pie floral aroma. Sweet malt apple flavour.Medium mouthfeel with bitter citrus finish. I don’t know whay peat tastes like. I used to burn it.I.ve just poured another one colder than the last. Its certainly different and not unpleasant but I’m beginning to miss the hops.

3.3
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Medium orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty, peaty, herbal and slightly sweet. A medium bodied traditional ale. Sweet and fruity with hints of peet and smoke. I won’t talk about the malts or hops in this beer, because I am not sure it has either. Malts are sweet. No hops. Nice carbonation. An interesting beer, Not sure I would drink this one all the time, but it interesting nonetheless. It has a lot more sweet wine like qualities than a beer. Heather Ales makes some very interesting beers; this one like their other traditional/non-traditional ales is worth trying. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

2.9
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2004
Cask conditioned @ JDW, Soton. Unusually thick head. Inviting aroma of a hillside meadow with malty honey notes. Odd mouthfeel and taste somewhat like chewing on a mouthful of flowers (I imagine). Interesting but not great.

3.3
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Golden amber. Crystal clear. Quickly dissipating white head. Musky aroma, some apple hints, nectar. Peat. Medium body with some texture. Good flavor. Absence of hops is appealing. Something different and good.

3.6
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
nice flowery spicey aroma with a creamy white head and a golden color. very interesting since there are no hops in the beer. kinda malty and herbal. i had better and worse.

3.1
CEZ (415) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 26, 2004
Deep golden body, fine and lasting head, two fingers tall. A strong herbal aroma, with alcohol and licorice. Tastes like a slightly malty herbal infusion; but also reminded me of medicine. The finish is slightly bitter, dry, with a wooden note. Body is medium to full and the flavours are strong, but I can’t really say how much I like it.

3.3
PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Odd, to say the least. Murky, light orange appearance with a decent long lasting head. Very fragrant floral aroma with some ginger notes as well. Pleasant mouthfeel, leaves a nice aftertaste. Flavor has the same ginger elements, I’m sure it is heather, just never had heather before! Also detect a bit of spearmint in the back end as well. Not your everyday quaffing ale, but a nice diversion.

2.4
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2004
Bottled @ DBF2004: Golden coloured. Beige head. Sweet and malty in the aroma. Some honey notes in the flavour. Malts and herps vaguely present. Dies quickly on the palate. Dull

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darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Not my cup of tea; bitter and flat tasting. Appeared alright, but no head at all. It was dry and yeasty, but had something that lingered and didn’t sit well in the finish.


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