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Williams Brothers Nollaig

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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We have brewed this special festive ale using malted barley, a variety of high impact specialist hops and hand picked spruce tips which are only ripe for picking during a two week window in the spring. The resiny sweetness of the spruce and malt is countered by a huge hop character, which is just delicious. Limited batch of 800 bottles.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tasurinchi (16) - ROMANIA - SEP 10, 2014
Nice hops aroma. Flavour is citrussy and fruity. Medium sweetnes, medium biterness. The aftertaste is great: a subtle piney note that reminds of pinecone buds syrup. Very good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (509) - ROMANIA - SEP 10, 2014
Pours clear cooper/amber with small white head. Hoppy, citrus, malty aroma. Flavor is bitter, spicy, light sweet, fruity, more like a IPA but with a nice spruce/pine aftertaste. Nice

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
330 ml bottle shared with the remainder of the Quebec City crew. Pours a clear orangeish pale amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is pine tree, caramel, spices. Flavor is caramel, pine tree, menthol, spices. Finish is hoppy, pine trees and cedars. Medium body, weak to average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Clear amber with fine white head. Aromas cooling pine resin. Taste slightly too sweet. Sustained carbonation. Better than Anchor’s efforts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (394) - POLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Aroma: citrus, resin, pine and spruce. Appearance: nice clear orange color, white head. Taste: medium bitterness (citrus and resin, pine), fresh pine and spruce, nice malty backbone, well-balanced, a little bit of caramel, slightly sour (probably coming from spruce). Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, refreshing and ice aftertaste (like ice sweets). Overall: Interesting beer with nice bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours hazy amber, sweet toffee, sweet pine, bitter, juicy resin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4260) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with a light head. The aroma is well hopped with a lot of maltiness. The flavour is deeply malty with hops. Overall a good heavily malty and hopped beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4508) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
bottle shared by albatross, thanks dude. pours clear golden-orange with a small off-white head, some retention and lacing. fruity and spicy maltiness - hint of caramel along with oranges, strawberry-ish hoppiness, some mangoes too, gently sprucey/piney, slightly perfumey - candy floss-like, moderate sweetness - hint of honey, chalk. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, grassy-spicy-sprucey short yet effective finish. somewhat balanced and tasty. nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mighty_meadow (212) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle from Peckham’s in Glasgow. Unseasonal but lovely Christmas ale. Like sucking on a Christmas tree* in February. Biggest compliment I can give is that my beer hating other half really liked this. *DISCLAIMER: I have never actually sucked on a Christmas tree but I imagine it would taste like this.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1797) - WALES - FEB 5, 2014
Keg at the Draft House London. Hazy dirty orange, lightly sparkling, bubbly white head leaves webbed lacing. Smell - toned down citrus hops and musty socks. Body is sparkling, medium to light, slightly foamy. Taste is definitely in stages - watery soft caramel to start, then grapefruit and lime hoppiness, then a punchy bitterness with sweet...urm...spruce? The flavour (presumably the spruce) is like bubblegum, mint and artificial fruit flavourings all rolled into one. I really liked the way the fruity hops melded with that sprucey flavour. Enjoyable stuff.


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