Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fraoch Heather Ale

Web stuff: 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 it's not peaty at all, full malt charachter, a spicy herbal flavour and dry wine like finish.
How does it really taste?  I guess it tastes like heather, which doesn't tell you much does it?  The heather replaces hops, making for a mild, smooth, floral, and slightly sweet beer.
It's quite pleasant, but not an everyday drink.
Grade: B+

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