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


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RATINGS: 916   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (278) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a cloudy amber with a tiny white head that quickly disappears to a slight film. Nose is bread and caramel with some wood and berry. Taste is sweet honey and some cherries with enough bitterness that it is not cloying. Full slick mouth with soft carbonation and a chewy finish. Quite interesting as a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Már kitöltéskor olyan mennyei illatokkal tölti meg a levegőt, hogy alig győzzük kivárni a kóstolás pillanatait. Mintha egy erdőt szegélyező tisztáson járnánk, olyan üde és friss aromájú. Fenyőgyanta, virágméz, bogyós gyümölcsök illata repít minket a természet lágy ölére, mely illatjegyek az ízlelés során valósággal megtestesülnek. Csodálatosan különleges ez az ale, mely egyediség ez esetben nem sokkhatásként éri ízlelőbimbóinkat: megnyugtató, pihentető és egyszerre ámulatba ejtő az összhatás. Egyik ízjegy sem válik eltúlzottá, vagy giccsessé, túlságosan terpeszkedővé, minden kortyot lágy harmónia leng körül. Azt kell, hogy mondjam, ez az egyik legjobb, illetve legkülönlegesebb sör, amit valaha kóstoltam.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (978) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber, with a small off-white head, which lasts reasonably and leaves good lacing. Fresh spruce and berry aromas mix with an odd, slightly off-putting Vegemite note. A prickly spruce flavour up front gives way to a blend of caramel malt sweetness and berry notes in the mid-palate. Fresh, cleansing pine and more berry make up the finish. An unusual but very enjoyable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevendoel (26) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2014
A pine aroma with a pale body, not much head after pouring yet still well carbonated. A very different flavor of pine and slightly fruity. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kamwitsta (108) - POLAND - MAY 30, 2014
The aroma definitely could be stronger; wood, some resin and some malt, a little caramel, alcohol is also there. Clear, orangish-yellowish, small head that disappears completely. The taste is peculiar, honeyish, sweet and a bit sour, with practically no bitterness. Body a little below medium, soft carbonation, tart and sweetish finish. Frankly, I do not sense any spruce; the best connection I can think of between this and pine are pine nuts. It’s not bad but I can see why we’d switched to hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (1508) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2014
Flaska, köpt pĺ Edinburgh Castles souvenirshop. Röd/kopparfärgad med smutsvitt skum. Dofter av frukt, röda bär, gran och torkad frukt. Smakinslag av karamell, frukt, malt, russin och tallbarr. Mjuk munkänsla. Drack den inte rumstempererad ska sägas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Westchesterco (823) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a slightly cloudy light amber color with a slight head. Let it come to took temperature as recommended and drank after finned. The aroma is of spruce and the taste is a sweet combination of honey flavor and pine that is refreshing after a meal. Very interesting the way it lingers on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3020) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared in Avon, NC. Pours hazy amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is of sweet pine. Flavors of caramel, butterscotch and spruce. On the sweet end of the spectrum. Smooth, viscous mouthfeel. A very lovely after dinner beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VictorStr (1202) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2014
Mycket sötma i aromen, annanasen avspeglar sig. Tydlig malt, alkohol, sötma i smaken med en visst inslag av lite fruktigare och syrligare annanas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stefannilssons (1446) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2014
Det här var lite kul, men jag kan inte undgĺ känslan av isglass här, den är ytterst pĺträngande. Kroppen var okej och balansen likasĺ, smaken bar toner av citrus, gräs och tallbarr.

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