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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 899   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.


Bricks' rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (556) - Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Effervescent brown pour with a slightly off-white head. Smells maltier and sweeter than expected, something like a stiff barley wine. Wow, what an interesting taste and palate. It’s like half barley / half Belgian Strong Ale. Just the right amount of carbonation. Not very complex, but better and different than I expected. Great one.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (6347) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1198) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (5386) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (122) - 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.

3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2166) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (511) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (2974) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moravius (276) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2014
Flasche (33 cl) vom Bierzwerg-Online-Shop. - Angenehm fruchtig-karamelsüße Nase mit Himbeernoten. Antrunk malzsüß-nussig, kräftiges Karamel, mit dem die angenehm würzigen, waldigen Aromen von Fichten- und Kieferntrieben bestens kontrastieren. Der fehlende Hopfen wird gar nicht vermißt, der relativ hohe Ethanolanteil macht sich nicht störend bemerkbar. - Sehr schönes Bier. (Test vom Mai 2013)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (881) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2014
330ml bottle from Appleyards, Shrewsbury. Honestly didn’t expect a taste hit as big as this.. MASSIVE fruity flavour with bubblegum, spruce, pine, butterscotch and cointreau that permeates every drop of this wonderful drink. In fact in a blind tasting I’m not sure I’d even call this a beer.. more like a big fruity wine. Different and very tasty.


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