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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (7838) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a slightly hazy amber with a thin white head. The aroma is zesty citrus, sugar, light grassy hop, some spruce! The flavour is light bitter sweet with a sweet malt, citrus, fake sugar, swizzels light spice palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (984) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2016
Bottle at home. Amber colour, no head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, candy flavouring. Some Christmas puddingness. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (720) - ITALY - FEB 7, 2016
Colore ambra rubino, limpida, con schiuma biancastra molto fine e compatta. Al naso aroma intenso con malto, caramello, un buon sentore etilico e fruttato, pino. La bevuta č interessante, in generale dolce ma accompagna una notevole speziatura e una nota resinosa. Bene la carbonazione media. Birra natalizia molto piacevole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackradioboy (178) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2015
330ml bottle. Present from a friend. Very interesting beer. Really nice smell. A bit too sweet for my taste overall, but good to try it as a one-off. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1314) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2015
(Bottle) Clear amber with slight white head. Nice aroma of pine and citrus. Medium body with excellent soft and bright carbonation. Lovely balance of flavours - sweet malts balanced with some nice hop bitterness and some other interesting notes including plums and raisins. Very impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4035) - 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 (8772) - 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 (1434) - 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 (3101) - 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 (1464) - 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

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