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


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RATINGS: 950   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

turboespresso's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Deep copper. Not very bubbly. Little head. This beer is quite malty with some residual sweetness. I can sense the higher alcohol but it’s decently hidden. The pine seems to be a decent stand-in for hops. Nice enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (7852) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2015
33 cl. bottle. Hazy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of pine, malt, caramel and fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (488) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2015
It has small fine islands of foam and smells of dark malt and orange peel. The flavor is very sweet and tastes a bit of yeast, pine needles, orange peel, toffee and slightly sour drops. It may taste a little reminiscent of Cointreau. Vinous mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Good elements of berries and a light hoppy and spicy finish as probably because pine needles rather than hops. Very different, but very exciting ale that offers long enjoyment. Perhaps it is a little too sweet in length and a little good hops had enough clearly raised the matter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Russo (1868) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
Hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet pine, slightly sweet and floral. Flavor is also pine, fruity and very soft bitterness, like a light liquor. Low carbonation in a soft to medium body with a sweet pine finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamaty (1234) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
De tradición escocesa, añade ramitas de pino y abeto a la receta, para conseguir una ale realmente sorprendente. Ambar, bastante clara, de escasa espuma. Aroma de pino desde no muy cerca. Si la acercas más aparece también miel. Textura muy cremosa en boca y un sabor superagradable mezclando dulce malta y miel, con tono herbal y ligeramente picante. Diferente y notable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mahkus (79) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2015
Malty aroma and not immediately apparent that this has pine but it’s in there somewhere. Nice honey brown colour. The taste is rather medicinal and even more when it’s going down. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andriesradu (577) - ROMANIA - MAY 15, 2015
Clear amber with a small white head. Nice sweet, pine, pine juice aroma. Flavor is sweet with notes of pine juice, spruce. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBlueSky93 (499) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle from Cellar Door, Four Oaks. Pours medium brown, clear, low carbonation, single finger white head. Aroma of sweet malts, pine...Initial taste of sweet malts, molasses, caramel, treacle...winter berries, spices definitely pine too. Some minty freshness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (756) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle - dark amber with a foamy yellow brown head. Aroma of lemon, apples, peach and pine/. Taste of rich roasted malts, caramel, earth and a little lemon with pine in the finish. Thick body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shlemophone (28) - RUSSIA - APR 25, 2015
pine forest aroma, pours a light copper, with quickly fading off white head, there’s a lot going on here, quite malty with hints of butterscotch, pine, and other fruits that I can’t quite put a handle on, a very interesting beer that I will definetely drink again

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
corkyrory66 (885) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
Couleur ambre moyen abricoté, avec des matières diverses en suspension. Bulles fines en colonnes le long des parois. Mousse blanche qui nappe très finement en surface. Arômes de babelutte, cuberdon, pâte de fruits confits, écorce de pin, grenadine. 1ère bouche souple, à l’entrée sur une grenadine forte, puis de la gelée de groseilles rouges. Arrière-bouche fruits rouges, un peu de malt, mais faible. 2ème davantage sur le sirop d’érable, mais encore un peu de grenade. Arrière-bouche très diluée, sans ligne directrice. 3ème toujours sur les fruits, la sève, avec un peu de miel de tournesol. Arrière-bouche sucrée, sans aucune distinction. Longueur douce mais inconsistante, vague, sans aucune complexité. Jambes parsemées, peu marquées. Levure fruitée, douce, mais faible (et très très très faible si on voulait en faire une triple, mais ce n’en est pas une ….). Alcool d’une banalité déconcertante. Finale en descente continue … CONCLUSION : une bière qui ne fait aucune illusion depuis son nez jusqu’à la finale. Un coup dans l’eau, si j’ose dire, mais comme il y a des Vikings impliqués dans l’implantation des pins en Écosse, je m’abstiendrai de ce jeu de mots ...

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