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

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RATINGS: 939   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Poured into a tulip glass. A - Pours a clear copper with a touch of haze. Off-white soft creamy head creates a dense collar. S - Ripe cantaloupe, honey dew, sweet wood, floral alcohol, tart currents. T - Complex fruity yeast, sweet malt with some alcohol twang. The spruce is soft and not overpowering. Orange blossom honey and vanilla. Strawberries come out at the end M - Medium creamy body, Very fruity not what I expected. Everything worked together and the complexity assures you’ll taste new things everytime you drink this. Serving type: bottle 09-04-2011


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
McSherman (186) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Bewertung importiert von bier index: 8 / 7 / 6 / 6 / 5 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 65

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mesjasz (52) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (942) - 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.

3.4
   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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2630) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (4720) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber, nose is sweet pine, caramel, taste is similar, quite sweet.

3
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AtronSeige (776) - 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

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Idiosynkrasie (4365) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
leebotton (265) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
How: Bottle (end date: Apr 2015) Where: from Brewers Droop, Bristol Blood Alc: 0 mg/100ml The first aromas apparent to me as I open the bottle is of chelsea buns and sickly sweet lightly fllavoured cherries glazed with lemon. Aroma is boozy on the pour with a lot of fruity, earthy caramel sweetness. Now in the glass, the nose is a bit overpowering in the sense of the booze and grain lacking the more subtle aromas of more delicate sweet fruits and icing earlier. There is a freshness coming through on the nose though, but shielded by the other features. This beer poured much cloudier than expected to a murky brown, head is white and reasonable enough. Flavours are wood, fruit, some malt and close to the end comes that slightly zingy freshness, reminiscent of lemon, from the spruce. Again though, the malty complex fruitiness is quite overpowering and overshadows the subtler flavours which I feel the beer is really trying to showcase. The sense of cherry comes back at the very end and a strangely high bitterness for the style. Mouthfeel is as expected - neutral, I get the sense that somehow this beer doesn’t quite know which way it’s going, as though it’s trying to be light and dark at the same time - in some cases, such as with many Black IPA’s I have tried, this apparent beery contradiction can work very well, but here, it comes across confused and overcomplicated in my opinion. I would consider this a distinctly average high ABV beer, maybe even a bit below. Sorry guys. =53%


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