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


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RATINGS: 940   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear copper color. With less than a finger’s worth of white-colored head and poor retention, it doesn’t create much of an aesthetic impression. S: There’s a lot of caramel in the aroma, and beneath all that caramel/toffee sweetness are some spruce notes. Let it warm up and it will develop a bit of a dark fruit smell. Nothing too exemplary, but not bad by any stretch. T: At first, a wave of piny flavor (not hop-derived) engulfs the palate, before allowing the sweet maltiness to take over. General dark fruitiness finishes it off. Apart from the spruce, it’s pretty uninteresting. M: There’s a certain finishing dryness that helps neutralize the sweet flavors some and create good drinkability in spite of its relative heft. Carbonation is very low, though, which makes it a little syrupy at times. O: Eh...boring. To be fair, this isn’t a very fresh bottle, but I can’t see this one being fantastic fresh. Worth trying a single for the novelty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (1158) - 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 (224) - 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 (111) - 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 (970) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2660) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle, 16C. Amber with less than a coat of beige head. Aroma of honey, bread, pine, herbs. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Sweet toasty and honeyed, apricots, some lemon, complex medicinal and woody notes. Mellow digestif sort of a beer that’s quite interesting but maybe a little well mannered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber, nose is sweet pine, caramel, taste is similar, quite sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Fruity aroma immediately reminding me of certain Belgian yeast characteristics. Perfectly clear amber in appearance. Taste is malty bready sweetness. Herbal notes come in at the end. Not a bad beer at all, but nothing to write home about either.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AtronSeige (801) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 8, 2014
Aroma: Medium-light wood, forest, Light spices, malt sweetness. Appearance: Body: Clear, amber. Head: almost none, tan. Flavour: Medium-high woody, pine, medium herb (spruce?). Medium bitterness. Light malty. Dry, herb-like finish with lingering flavours. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, Medium-high, creamy carbonation. Overall: Very nice. Strong flavours and aromas, but not overpowering. Good malt support. I would bring the body up a bit, to balance the herb dryness. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 23. Specialty Beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Idiosynkrasie (4460) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2014
330ml bottle [Thanks to Nico and Alex]. Murky golden to amber colour with small, creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, grey-ish white head. Fruity aroma has a touch of condensed, sirupy pineapple, a herbal hoppy touch, gummy bear character. Taste is initially moderately sweet, close to white gummy bears, notes of pineapple, a herbal and woody touch, spruce; dry, fresh woody finish. Unusual, but not my cup of tea.

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