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

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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


ThisWangsChung's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregus (73) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 22, 2014
Butelka. Barwa bursztynowa. Aromat jest słodki, żywiczny, sosnowy, karmelowy i owocowy.W smaku jest słodowe ale i dosyć alkoholowe.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (374) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle. Clear golden orange with white head. Caramel malt, fruity citrus, light roasted wood. Quite fruity with a bit of spruce thrown in the mix for a nice balance. Light-medium body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (6460) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 9, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ home
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a slightly warm and fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2014
Hazy amber pour with a slight white head. Sweet malty nose. Nice taste, slight pine. Slightly bitter in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (5705) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichbraunes Bier mit geriner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig fruchtig, würzig, Karamell. Geschmack leicht röstmalzig, Gewürze, Karamell, fruchtig.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (124) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is all alcohol and spruce. Taste is like a typical Scottish ale until the aftertaste. Wow! This has a nice fruity backend. This is nice. Not what I expected, but it sure is tasty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jice (75) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 23, 2014
Etrange et surprenante. Arôme de pin très présent, très sucrée, peu pétillante, bulle très fines. A l’aveugle, on pourrait se demander s’il s’agit d’une bière.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2226) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2014
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear amber, thin white head. Aromas of pine, spruce, caramel, butterscotch. Taste is more of the same, with an underlying herbal note. Good for a gruit.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (536) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2014
Botella de 33 cl tomada en junio de 2012. Sabores especiados y herbáceos y muy interesante sabor final resinoso que perdura ligeramente en boca por unos minutos. Cuerpo medio de 7.5 vol que se notan. Buena en general.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2014
11.2 oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours an amber with a small head. Aroma of spruce, yeast, caramel, and malt. Taste of the same with a bit of alcohol. This medium to full bodied brew is not bad as I am not a fan of spruce in beer.


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