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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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3.7
IlBevitorediLA (452) - - NOV 15, 2012
Birra allerica. Niente luppolo. Aroma maltato, un p erbaceo e floreale. Nel bicchiere si presenta in una maniera meravigliosa: ambrata, trasparente con un bel cappello di schiuma poco persistente. Al palato di nuovo malto, un qualcosa di erbaceo e un p di menta. Corpo fine. Scende meravigliosamente bene.


2.7
erikaraeb (138) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2017
A peaty aroma typical of lighter ales like this. Tastes of grass, malt, and a touch of flowers with a definite honey sweetness. Not normally a fan of such light ales, and this one didnt do much to convince me, but it is refreshing and a wee bit more out of the ordinary. You get a taste of history with such an old recipe, at least.

3.6
gripweed57 (2301) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2017
Orange Amber color and creamy white head. Fragrant sweet malt nose with obvious notes of heather and honey.mdryish, herbal malt flavor is unique. Notes of honey and fruity malt in finish.

2.7
balloonbuffoon (258) - - APR 4, 2017
Paid $3 for a 16.9floz (500ml) beer with a BBD of April 2016. So yep, this beer is old, and Im giving it a go regardless. Some beers even at a lower ABV can hold up fairly well. This is not one of them. Murky gold ale with several particles in suspension. Smells like herbs and lemon zest, and flavor follows interestingly of sage and hints of clover honey. Feel is light and near nil carbonation. Noted is to give this beer a retry when fresh. A traditional ale with nod toward ancient recipes, just needs more body and a less vigorous pour on my part.

3.5
rstk (18) - - MAR 22, 2017
Floral, peaty aroma with notes of spicy herbs, light dampness, some swampy notes. Pours clear pale yellow. Tastes medium to thin body, malt, gentle bitterness and herbal notes, well-balanced, easy-drinkable. Feels thin on the palate, light carbonation. Overall interesting.

3.2
HourGlass13 (845) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Pours a hazy pale yellow with lots of loose sediment floating around, and a medium white foam head. Aroma of honey, herbs, sweet fruits. Taste has sweet fruits, honey, hints of caramel, bread. Medium body. OK

3.2
john44 (3048) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2017
Bottle. Amber Gold. Sweet malty, herbal and spicy ale with distinct honey notes. Sweet-bitter slightly dry finish. OK. Drinkable. (2008)

3.4
jgb9348 (6186) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Super clear, just off-copper coloured body with a large, three centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of grass, funk, cardboard, alcohol and a hint of dry malt and sugars. Light-bodied; Assertive funky and pungent cardboardie and very earthy, malty notes throughout with some mellow grain, grassy and even some oaty flavours that dominate the taste. Aftertaste shows a very dry finish with the grass, oak, alcohol and pungent grain front and centre. Overall, a nice rich beer with deep grassy and earthy flavours that show well for the style, but remain pungent and deep for everyone. I sampled this 33 cL bottle given to me from one of my hockey teammates on 08-February-2017 - Thanks Josh!

3
jjsint (2993) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle from Three Judges, Glasgow. Pours a clear deep golden. A minimal bit of loose white head. Herbal and floral scent. Its pleasant and enticing if light and a bit generic. Gentle bittersweet taste with a short finish. More floral notes and a suggestion of lavender in the aftertaste. I enjoy the idea of it more than I do the actual beer.

3.4
kwik-lime (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle in craft beer advent calendar. Pale colour, quite dry with herbaceous quality and hints of tea leaf. Different, and enjoyable.

2.8
puredelusion (382) - Lviv, UKRAINE - DEC 30, 2016
0.5 bottle. Pours clear straw yellow color with medium, mostly diminishing white head. Aroma of malts, floral. Flavor is medium to high sweet, light to medium bitter, somewhat spicy. Medium long light bitter spicy finish. Light body, soft carbonation.


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