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


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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

edgallow's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (2960) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 12 oz bottle pours a clear, bright, coppery amber with a white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel malts mingle with spicy, slightly vinous fruitiness, mild spruce, and pine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ngunity (68) - - SEP 6, 2015
From bottle. Drank after a heavy day of big beers so maybe didn’t do it justice. Not memorable but not offensive. Suspect it’s worth another try, but also not a stunning drop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marcius (347) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - SEP 4, 2015
Amber color, clear liquid and average head. Aroma of fruits, wood and alcohol. In the mouth it is sweet, a bit bitter and very fruity. It is too sweet for me... but still a very good ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1504) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle shared by Brian. Pours a transparent amber with a ring of cream colored head. Aroma and taste of malts and pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alkolord (252) - - AUG 24, 2015
Hell Braun trüb, feiner hellbrauner Schaum, süß in der Nase, alkoholisch, shisha tabak, voller Körper, süßlich, leichte bittere, alkoholisch. Nicht ganz meins

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
SarkyNorthener (3163) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle from cellar door, Sutton Coldfield. Copper beer with large head. Aroma is malts and spruce. Taste is dry astringent herb. I have had spruce beers before, but this is not a good one. Almost drainpour. Actually half way through, drainpour!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (8524) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2015
33 cl. bottle. Hazy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of pine, malt, caramel and fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (1289) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2015
It has small fine islands of foam and smells of dark malt and orange peel. The flavor is very sweet and tastes a bit of yeast, pine needles, orange peel, toffee and slightly sour drops. It may taste a little reminiscent of Cointreau. Vinous mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Good elements of berries and a light hoppy and spicy finish as probably because pine needles rather than hops. Very different, but very exciting ale that offers long enjoyment. Perhaps it is a little too sweet in length and a little good hops had enough clearly raised the matter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Russo (1912) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
Hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet pine, slightly sweet and floral. Flavor is also pine, fruity and very soft bitterness, like a light liquor. Low carbonation in a soft to medium body with a sweet pine finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamaty (1436) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
De tradición escocesa, añade ramitas de pino y abeto a la receta, para conseguir una ale realmente sorprendente. Ambar, bastante clara, de escasa espuma. Aroma de pino desde no muy cerca. Si la acercas más aparece también miel. Textura muy cremosa en boca y un sabor superagradable mezclando dulce malta y miel, con tono herbal y ligeramente picante. Diferente y notable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mahkus (84) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2015
Malty aroma and not immediately apparent that this has pine but it’s in there somewhere. Nice honey brown colour. The taste is rather medicinal and even more when it’s going down. Interesting.

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