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

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RATINGS: 925   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.


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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cerbier (210) - - SEP 13, 2014
0,3l Flasche. Orange-Braunes Bier mit beiger Schaumkrone. Riecht malzig und nach Gewürze wie Zimt. chmeckt malzig, nach Nüssen, toffee, Caramel, Orange und Zimt. Wahnsinnig komplex trotzdem ausgewogen und lecker!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maneliquor (3110) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. This is a weird one. Very honey forward and wet wood with loads of earthiness. Quite sweet though with a spritzy bitterness to finish. Not my kind of beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (771) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle at home, bought from somewhere in Buckingham. Close to the sell-by date for what it’s worth. Orange-brown, very hazy. Smell of malt, bit of orange peel. Spruce is there but not to the fore. Lovely taste, very moreish. Sweet with a bit of vegetable savoury. Sweetish finish almost reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel. The beer certainly grows on me. Wouldn’t mind another - some other time. For tonight this is enough.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (11201) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from Vinspecialisten, Kolding Storcenter. Clear orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and candy. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 160814

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (835) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
330ml bottle, pours clear golden brown, low head. Aroma is malty, honey and caramel, herbal, spruce. Sweet, full bodied, thick texture, soft to flat carbonation. Finish long, sweet & herbal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
peponi (347) - POLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Aroma: diacetyl (looks like), herbs. Appearance: nice clear maber-golden color, poor head. Taste: medium bitterness (pine, herbs), spicy and zesty, pine, spruce, slightly sweet, smooth. Palate: medium body and medum carbonation, smooth and herbal finish. Overall: Interesting ale with an intensive fresh pine taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2834) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 07092012. Colour is cloudy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, berries, spices and malts.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours a deep golden almost amber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Nose is sweet honey, some toasted pinecone and even a hint of smoked malt. Palate follows with some deep forest pine like notes that mingle with a round honey sweetness and a lingering bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
Classical Scottish beer which, as most other beers from this brewery, intends to honour an ancient brewing technique, and may therefore be regarded as a ’historical beer’. Thinnish head, warm amber colour; rich and spicy aroma of gooseberry, bitter honey, some caramel and wood and an aromatic, hard-to-pin-down spiciness, which I suppose is the spruce that has been added; tastes fruity, malty and elegantly spicy with indeed a subtle accent of pine resin, as well as some woodiness. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (351) - 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.


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