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


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3997) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Smaczne piwo z niewielka pianka, metnoscia srednia. Koloru zloto pomaranczowego, pachnacego intensywnie cytrusami, limonka i brzoskwinka z lekka nuta cukru. W smaku gozkawo cytrusowe, swierze i powiewne, pasuje na wiosenna aure. Jedyny minus to zbyt wyczuwalny alkohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8674) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle from Booths, Media City. Only sold as a special at Christmas. Cloudy light-brown with a frothy head. Certainly unfined, this is evident straight away and has a very light sourness to its taste. This includes some light hoppy notes with a small stewed fruitiness attached. It’s pretty decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1419) - SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2015
1 litre bottle as a Christmas Present:
This one was a truly excellent Christmas beer from Williams Brothers, the beer is up there with the best of the seasonal offerings I have tried and really went down a treat. There was a tonne of hops and plenty of fruity, bitter flavours that surprised me at just how good it was, I’ll definitely be on the look out for this one again next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. At first, it is citrusy and peachy, with the spruce gradually gaining on intensity as the beer warms up a bit. The clou here is that you don’t get flabergasted by the spruce. Rather, it lends the beer a crisp lightness that defies the not too light body and even the noticeable alcohol notes, making it sort of minty-crisp in the surprisingly cool (despite the alcohol!) finish. Original and very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuartyboy (1429) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from drygate a clear amber brown ale flavour is flavour is boozy dried fruit like quite sweet spruce and pine notes pleasant beer with oily mouthfeel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4750) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2014
330ml bottle from Drygate, Glasgow - clear deep amber brown, lot of thin rising bubbles, good creamy head, malty, fruity, spicy aroma, good lacing, sweet, oily, fruity, spicy, resiny, spruce, hides the abv quite well,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scottishchris (682) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle from Cornelius. Clear Amber, small white head. Woody and fruity nose. Sweet orange and caramel. Getting some soft fruits in amongst the hops. Spruce is subtle. Hides alcohol pretty well. Pretty good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tasurinchi (19) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (681) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2527) - 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.

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