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


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RATINGS: 919   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremyh70 (664) - Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a hazy amber orange with with a foamy white head and good lacing. Sweet aroma of toffee and banana with some spruce and spice. Flavor is sweet, fruity and spicy like cinnamon apples and bananas with a hint of spruce. Toffee malt sweetness with some nutmeg. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. A surprising ale. Much sweeter than expected and fruitier. A little too sweet for me but still enjoyable. Would go well with a fruit dessert like an apple pie. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2649) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2046) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (160) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (290) - 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 (164) - 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 (989) - 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 (121) - 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 (1526) - 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 (845) - 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

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