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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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.

soulgrowl's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, - MAY 7, 2008
Aroma: Rich and buttery, almost like buttered popcorn, with a strong, multi-faceted pine character: pine needles, pine cones, and pine nuts. Caramel malt provides a sweet backbone. Appearance: Lovely fox red. Greyish head comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Flavor: Very buttery at first, then very piney. An interesting, earthy spiciness. A bit on the floral side and perfumey, as well. Quite a distinctive ale. Palate: Smooth, clean, relatively light and unobtrusive. Overall: Now this is a Scotch ale! Very drinkable and enjoyable. Would be great around the holidays.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (5636) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (6455) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (371) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (531) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregus (72) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 22, 2014
Butelka. Barwa bursztynowa. Aromat jest słodki, żywiczny, sosnowy, karmelowy i owocowy.W smaku jest słodowe ale i dosyć alkoholowe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2208) - 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.

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