Fraoch Heather Ale

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Type: Scottish Gruit
  • Brewed by: Heather Ale Ltd.
  • Availability: Year Round
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  • Region Available: Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, USA
  • Aroma: Hoppy
  • Aroma Description: Bread - Dark
  • Serve at Temperature: Cool
  • Container: Flutes
  • Website: http://www.heatherale.co.uk/
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  • 3.7/5 
  • 5.00% 
  • 2329/3686 
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Brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. heather ale is probably the oldest style of ale still produced in the world. From an ancient Gaelic recipe for "leann fraoich" (heather ale) it has been revived and reintroduced to the Scottish culture. 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. A light amber ale with floral peaty aroma, full malt charachter, a spicy herbal flavour and dry wine like finish. Recommended with rich and Spicy foods. Drink slightly chilled from a fluted glass.

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  • Feb 1, 2011
    kaj-ii (782)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
    3.1
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    [Best served in a English pint]

    Poured a medium hazy yellow with a small fizzy white head that dissapated quickly and had poor lacing. The aroma was heavy of a soapy yeast, light hay malts and a moderate floral hop. It tasted slightly sweet and malty at first and finished with a light bitter-sweet flavor that had notes of yeast and a light floral hop. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a very light ale with not much flavor to offer.
  • Mar 25, 2010
    MARoddy (9)Rank: Beer Novice
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    This is another from the Orkney Brewery which brings us Skull Splitter. Brewed in the style of one of the oldest ales, it's worth trying. There's a hint of heather, some homey and lots of intrigue in this one. You have to have an open mind to drink it, but in talking with some Scots friends, they agree that this is one good heather ale! Gotta love recommendations from the natives!
  • Nov 21, 2009
    Blakepoto (107)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: IPA Lovers
    2.5
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    Before the pour a figured it would be a little more intriguing. Much like the obama administration, this beer promises alot from the outside and doesn't deliver (All in good fun of course) I needed more flavor, more ale! This beer isnt terrible but it lacks the full malt character it says it has.
  • Aug 14, 2009
    generallee (311)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: Fall beer lovers
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    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz or 330ml bottle into a pint glass. The back label has a very clear best before date (month and year) notched out. The date notched was Feb. 2010 and it was sampled on 6-10-09.

    Appearance: It has a golden honey colored body with a lightly hazy appearance. There is not much of head, just a small light foamy covering that fades out to nothing quickly. There is no lacing to mention at all.

    Smell: The aroma has an interesting full floral bouquet with some honey like sweetness, some light grain notes and fresh salty sea air.

    Taste/Mouth: There is an odd dry grain with a hint of mineral flavor like sea air and a solid floral character throughout. Underneath there are some sweeter malt, honey and buttery notes that mix with the floral heather notes. The floral notes build up to the finish and add a pleasant bitterness and dryness to it. The palate is slick and smooth with light carbonation and a light to medium body.

    Notes: This is a very interesting flavored beer with a very interesting history to the style of the beer.