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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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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 In bottle at home. Pours a beautiful amber colour with a thick, rocky beige head. Aroma of mandarins, spruce, treacle, alcohol and pine. Mandarin, grapefruit and spruce flavours compete wonderfully to give a vibrant, bitter orange character that tails off to a warming alcohol hum. The linger reminds me of orange bitters with moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Superb! Also had this at The Holyrood 9A. Lots of strawberries all round and quite bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2013
Keg at Duke’s Corner Dundee. Delicious cherry aroma, light creamy head. Great amber body, full of spice and red berry. A beautiful concoction!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
Warm spicy aroma, red amber in colour with a small dense head. Cake and spice flavour, slightly nutty, malty and would be good with food.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mighty_meadow (203) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 Bottle at home ... hazy copper ... nice firm white foam head ... soft sweet toffee malt ... little earthy ... soft pine nose ... soapy sweet pine ... oh lots of spruce or what i imagine has to be the spruce ... light oilyness ... wonderfully different ... quite rich ... i really like its uniqueness ... but 1L on my own might be tricky... saying that its a beer i would want again

bottle at home ... amber .. thin white ,.. soft zezty pine fruits ... huge spruce nose... juicy sweet frutis ... mellow ... and fruity soft resinous fruitness ... very very very nice ... i like the mouthfeel ... i love the spruce 4.1 tap at 9A ... copper ... thin white lacing ... soft honey fruit ... nose ... very sweet ... soft resinis too fizzy ... juicy mellow fruits ... hints of banana ... soft fruits ... just not as nice as the bottle 3.4

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2992) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 20, 2012
Grapefruity resinous nose dark, hazy amber rich, pine, bitter finish. Quite dry. Tongue tingling.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2572) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
1 litre bottle, of course! Pours a honey/amber with a nicely proportioned head. The nose has of mandarins, biscuits and green leaves. The taste has biscuits, sweet spices and wow, a big strawberry sauce note that runs to the end (like you get on whipped ice cream!). The palate is well balanced with richness at the start but a gradual long elegant finish. They should brew this regulary - it’s one of the best Scottish beers I’ve ever tasted!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2100) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 21, 2012
Keg @ Southern, Edinburgh 191212
Golden amber, clear, thin white head
Aroma is very fruity, rich quite intense berry aromas, not a whiff of booze, mellow intense fruits, great aroma
Taste as aroma, getting soft pine but its main very berry fruity, sweet mellow and intense, sweet resinous, not a very complex beer but very nice, some light soft toffee caramel malts in the background
Palate - Medium carb and body. The keg dispense is working here, that bit of fizz stopping it from being cloying. Finish as main flavour, a little dry, touch of bitterness
Overall - Seems to get mixed reviews here. I did like it a lot more than I thought I was going to.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 1, 2012

Bottle 100cl. w. swing top @ chriso [ chrisos festive get-together tasting ].

Unclear matt medium amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, pine, spruce. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, pine - spruce, sugary spruce - pine, spicy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. IMO a very balance, enjoyable and tasty ! [20111230]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden color. Aroma of subtle Christmas tree and snow. Taste is very nicely balanced spruce resin, not overwhelming. Very tasty.


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