Heatherdale Ale
Salt Spring Island Ales

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Style:
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #32
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,006
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 17.78%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
21
From:
Salt Spring Island Ales
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
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83
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Notes: A Salt Spring Style Heather beer, Heatherdale Ale was created for the world famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Heather ale is a Scottish (actually Pictish) style that dates back thousands of years (2000BC). Our Heatherdale ale is dark gold, lightly hopped with East Kent Goldings, then infused with the aroma of Heather flowers from the Butchart Gardens. Mild with a floral aroma.
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Swans Brewery taproom on Vancouver Island.
Pours clear amber with a white, semi-durable head.
The aroma is mild, floral and hoppy.
The flavor follows and has mild bitterness.
Overall: interesting and worth trying

Jun 04, 2019
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EspressoGuy from Canada (BC)

2.16/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: amber with orange hues; low carbonation visible.
S: nothing. I'm swirling and swirling this and can't get any aroma at all. OK, maybe a faint stale beer smell.
T: again nothing. I don't mean clean and crisp; I mean like a beer that is slightly stale and has lost all it's flavour. It doesn't taste bad or even offensive. Just bland. Which I guess means that it is offensive for (a) any artisan beer, and (b) one that charges craft beer prices.
M: fine. Medium-bodied, low to medium carbonation.
O: very forgettable.

May 20, 2013
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saltspring Is. Ales-"Heather" Ale @ 5.0% served cold from a 650 ml bottle
A-pours a clean and clear gold with very small head almost no lacing along the stein
S-a very mild floral with some honey aromas as well
T-mild tasting honey adds to the sweetness , with very little hop allowing a crisp finish
MF-light and low in carbonation almost a mead like character
Ov-after a walk in the world famous "Butchart Gardens" this beer is a must , to be able to pull one outta the fridge and enjoy the view of your own garden from the sundeck ... priceless

Cheers LampertLand

Jul 22, 2012
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BashOnABike from Canada (AB)

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4oz taster @ The Island Beer Festival, Club 919

I'll try my best at style-objectivity, since I have never had an Ancient Herbed Ale before and thought it tasted a little of old boot..

A: Earthy, gold-red, a little like mead, with pretty lacing and high retention (almost oily)

S: A lot like quinoa! Earthy, somewhat..pillish, like Codein. Lots of floral scents

T: Little like carob, again the old shoe, with a floral, long-lingering aftertaste.

M: Light, with moderate retention and low carb. The aftertaste was so strong, it was hard to notice the mouthfeel TBH.

O: Well, it's not my bag, but it was certainly flavourful. That being said, it wasn't all that complex, so probably not the best of the style.

Feb 27, 2012
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CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden appearance with a small amount of head that auicy settles down leaving some retention. Smell consists of honey, some sweetness and a hint of malt and hops.

Taste is floral with honey and a hint of sweetness. Picked up some malt, hops and a hint of herbs and pine as well. Very light overall, but very refreshing. Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering floral, honey taste.

Overall, this beer doesn't have any crazy features, but very refreshing and the natural favors blend well together. Worth a try if your in Victoria.

Feb 17, 2012
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chumba526 from Oregon

4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

. I Had Heatherdale Ale at the GCBF in Victoria. It pours with a substantial but small amount of head.The carbonation is quite low making it light enough to drink a few. It has a light golden color to it. I was skeptical about this ale at first; heather flowers in a light ale did not seem to appealing. The smell was amazing thought; it had aromas of piney hops, a delicate malt aroma, and a flora smell that had a slight rose aroma to it. The taste was multi-layered and was delicate. The taste began with a smooth malt body which leads to a floral piney hop flavor which leads into the heather flowers. The flowers give it a natural almost sweet and sour taste to it that made the beer very unique and tasty. It's a shame it is only available at B Gardens, if you ever get a chance to try it go for it.

Sep 17, 2009
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very well-crafted brew with an interesting floral-like aroma and a slight honey-like sweetness to the flavour. A clear golden colour with a thin white head, very approachable and interesting, but the slight residual sweetness would keep me from sessioning this.

A must when visiting the gardens!

Their info:
"A Salt Spring Style Heather beer, Heatherdale Ale was created for the world famous Butchart
Gardens in Victoria. Heather ale is a Scottish (actually Pictish) style that dates back thousands of years (2000BC). Our Heatherdale ale is dark gold, lightly hopped with East Kent Goldings, then
infused with the aroma of Heather flowers from the Butchart Gardens. Mild with a floral aroma."

Jul 28, 2009
Heatherdale Ale from Salt Spring Island Ales
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 21 ratings