Heather Ale

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The Original Craft Beer; brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. The Brotherhood have been guardians of the ancient Gaelic recipe for "Leann Fraoch" (Heather Ale) since 1988 & are proud to be the only brewery still producing this unique style of beer & 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.

Tasting Notes


Tasting Tips from the Brotherhood


Make yourself comfortable in a well-lit room. Pour your beer into a glass and take a good, long look.

Describe what you see. Is it clear or cloudy? Does the foam on the head stick around or quickly dissipate? Is that foam "rocky" or "fluffy" and how would you describe its colour? Does the foam leave "lace" on the glass as you sip the beer? And the bubbles? Tight and champagne-like or larger and more bulbous?

Finally, colour: Use as many words as you want to describe it.

Clear Gold and Clear Amber

Tasting Tips from the Brotherhood


Did you know the sense of smell accounts for about 80% of flavor perception?

Okay, here we go: Let your freshly-poured glass of beer breathe for a few moments. Now, give it a few brief sniffs. Swirl the glass a bit—like you’ve seen wine-buffs do—and have another whiff. Look past the obvious "smells like beer" responses. What other aromas are you getting? Maybe toasted malts, piney hops, maybe ester-and-phenol-producing yeast? Fruit? Spices?

Heather, Floral, Caramel and Herby

Tasting Tips from the Brotherhood


Now that you have visually inspected your beer & described its aroma, you can engage in tasting. Remember that tasting is about the transition of flavors from the first sip contact through the finish.

Allow the beer to coat the inside of your mouth. Allow the liquid to run the full gamut of your tongue and hit all those taste bud areas, importantly, the bitterness receptors at the back of the tongue.

Now, describe the length, intensity and quality of the finish.

Malty, Heather, Grassy, Herbs, Light Spice, Honey

Brew Sheet

Heather Ale

Brewer's Lingo


ABV stands for Alcohol By Volume. It is a standard measure of how much alcohol is contained in a given volume of an alcoholic beverage.

IBUs ?

Brewer's Lingo


IBUs stands for International Bittering Units. We use the IBU scale to measure of the bitterness of beer, which is provided by the hops used during brewing.

The bittering effect is less noticeable in beers with a high quantity of malt, so a higher IBU is needed in heavier beers to balance the flavor.

OG ?

Brewer's Lingo


OG stands for Original Gravity.

Malted Barley, Cara Malt, Malted Wheat
First Gold
Full ingredients
Water, Malted Barley, Malted Wheat, Heather, Bogmyrtle, Hops, Ginger, Yeast Allergy Advice: For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold above.
48kcal per 100ml
Available in…
500ml Bottle, 330ml Bottle, Keg, Cask

Drink Fraoch with…

Venison, Haggis or Dessert.

From the drinkers of Fraoch

Being somewhat obsessed with ancient history I was drawn to this beer. Every weekend now as a tradition I buy some Fraoch. Amazing stuff!!

– Keith

I love trying new brews. When I had the opportunity to try Fraoch - Heather Ale, I wasn't sure what I would find. What a more than pleasant surprise. A complex brew which starts with the sweetness of a hint of honey. Even though there is a heavy boldness to the flavour, the aftertaste is light and invites another taste. It's no wonder this recipe has been kept.

– Paul S Atkinson

Fraoch is in my top 5 ales, simple as that. A great taste, dry, not too heavy and with lovely floral notes. I'd recommend this to anyone.

– Matthew
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