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


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RATINGS: 928   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle from a mixer of scottish ales (or more specifically - Ales from Scotland). It was a gift. Pours a cloudy red-orange, very nice looking glass of ale. Aroma is very sweet smelling, not what I was expecting. Very pleasant feeling in the mouth, the flavor is very holiday-ish, though with a twinge of sadness. Reminds of sitting in front of a fireplace at a children’s hospital. Interesting. Tastes red and green.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrHult (291) - 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 (6095) - 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 (351) - 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 (239) - - 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 (3156) - 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 (831) - 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 (11343) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (890) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
330ml bottle, pours clear golden brown, low head. Aroma is malty, honey and caramel, herbal, spruce. Sweet, full bodied, thick texture, soft to flat carbonation. Finish long, sweet & herbal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
peponi (394) - POLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Aroma: diacetyl (looks like), herbs. Appearance: nice clear maber-golden color, poor head. Taste: medium bitterness (pine, herbs), spicy and zesty, pine, spruce, slightly sweet, smooth. Palate: medium body and medum carbonation, smooth and herbal finish. Overall: Interesting ale with an intensive fresh pine taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2897) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 07092012. Colour is cloudy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, berries, spices and malts.

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