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


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RATINGS: 931   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 23, 2013
330 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a tulip. Pours clear caramel with a smallish tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of caramel and toasted malts, along with hints of fruit, perhaps strawberry, and touches of herbs and forest. The flavour is quite interesting; it begins moderately sweet and becomes more so, with woodsy, piney notes along with big caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. It closes with a moderate sweet finish that also has hints of earth, spice and bitterness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Scots pine ale that pairs rich malty sweetness with a hint of piney woodsiness. The sweetness does become a bit much after a while, but it would make for a nice dessert alternative. 2013-02-21

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Idiosynkrasie (4020) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
leebotton (226) - 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%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nealblind (896) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Slightly cloudy red amber pour slight tan head. Aroma of apple juice. Tastes honey barley apple juice. Sorta macro sorta flat sorta gross.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrHult (307) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
Flaska delad med @thaalcoholic. Guldfärgad vätska med vitt skum. Doftar tall och kåda, smakar likadant. Helt ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (6248) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, light pine, resin, light citrus. Flavor is rather sweet, malty, pine, resin,juniper, some alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet but ends light bitter. 170914

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (362) - USA - SEP 22, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass orange with a white head. Aroma is sweet & fruity. Flavor is best room temp as suggested. Pine spruce. Fruited wood (?) Balanced quite well. A most interesting flavor complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cerbier (262) - - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maneliquor (3206) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (887) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (11686) - 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

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