Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Bottled. A cask version at 6% is produced in March and April.
"Scots Pine Ale"
Introduced by the Vikings, spruce and pine ales were very popular in the Scottish Highlands until the end of the 19th century. Many early explorers, including Captain Cook, used spruce ale during long sea voyages since it prevented scurvy and ill health. Shetland spruce ale was said to "stimulate animal instincts" and give you twins. Alba is a triple style ale brewed to a traditional Highland recipe from Scots pine and spruce shoots pickled during early spring.Pure malted barley, is boiled with the young sprigs of pine for several hours then the fresh shoots of the spruce are added for a short infusion before fermentation.
A tawny brown strong ale with spruce aroma, rich malt texture, complex wood flavour and lingering finish.
Best drunk at room temperature from a wine goblet as an after dinner digestive.

ChrisPants' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Holy crap! Murky peat-bog body, musty sweet aroma. Sips smooth and velvety, with berry notes. In the mouth, the palate is rich dreamy perfect consistency of maltiness and action. Flavor is Mixed Berry Yoplait Yogurt, growing in sweetness and fruitiness long after the swallow. This is the most surprising aftertaste I’ve encountered yet--thus the high flavor and overall ratings. This was from a bottle, cold. Next I’ll try it as suggested at room temp. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andriesradu (563) - ROMANIA - MAY 15, 2015
Clear amber with a small white head. Nice sweet, pine, pine juice aroma. Flavor is sweet with notes of pine juice, spruce. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBlueSky93 (400) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle from Cellar Door, Four Oaks. Pours medium brown, clear, low carbonation, single finger white head. Aroma of sweet malts, pine...Initial taste of sweet malts, molasses, caramel, treacle...winter berries, spices definitely pine too. Some minty freshness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (714) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle - dark amber with a foamy yellow brown head. Aroma of lemon, apples, peach and pine/. Taste of rich roasted malts, caramel, earth and a little lemon with pine in the finish. Thick body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shlemophone (26) - RUSSIA - APR 25, 2015
pine forest aroma, pours a light copper, with quickly fading off white head, there’s a lot going on here, quite malty with hints of butterscotch, pine, and other fruits that I can’t quite put a handle on, a very interesting beer that I will definetely drink again

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
corkyrory66 (838) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
Couleur ambre moyen abricoté, avec des matières diverses en suspension. Bulles fines en colonnes le long des parois. Mousse blanche qui nappe très finement en surface. Arômes de babelutte, cuberdon, pâte de fruits confits, écorce de pin, grenadine. 1ère bouche souple, à l’entrée sur une grenadine forte, puis de la gelée de groseilles rouges. Arrière-bouche fruits rouges, un peu de malt, mais faible. 2ème davantage sur le sirop d’érable, mais encore un peu de grenade. Arrière-bouche très diluée, sans ligne directrice. 3ème toujours sur les fruits, la sève, avec un peu de miel de tournesol. Arrière-bouche sucrée, sans aucune distinction. Longueur douce mais inconsistante, vague, sans aucune complexité. Jambes parsemées, peu marquées. Levure fruitée, douce, mais faible (et très très très faible si on voulait en faire une triple, mais ce n’en est pas une ….). Alcool d’une banalité déconcertante. Finale en descente continue … CONCLUSION : une bière qui ne fait aucune illusion depuis son nez jusqu’à la finale. Un coup dans l’eau, si j’ose dire, mais comme il y a des Vikings impliqués dans l’implantation des pins en Écosse, je m’abstiendrai de ce jeu de mots ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (1465) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
20.2.2015. Sweet aroma with caramel, berries, slight pine. Tastes herbs, syrup, berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
McSherman (275) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Bewertung importiert von bier index: 8 / 7 / 6 / 6 / 5 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 65

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mesjasz (182) - Lodz, POLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Clear orange color, medium head. Weak sweet malty and yeast aroma, along with raspberry and resin. Taste medium sweet, low bitterness at finish. Some herbal, pine and bread notes in flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (999) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle marked 12/10. Pour is decadent: cloudy orange-brown with white head and lace that vanished. Smell is fruits, berries, pine, alcohol, yeast and wheat. Tastes similar to a starburst. I imagine it’s the sugars that have been fermenting for too long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ocean82 (82) - Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Pours cloudy burnt amber with frothy off-white head. Lots of trub and sediment. Aromas of malt, yeast, oak, and pine. Flavors of sweet malt and yeast. Slightly dry and pine sap finish. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable, though not complex. Akin to a heavy dunkel. --- Cheers

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