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


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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tharlinn (37) - Nijmegen, - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle, 33cl, Online. Aroma: Herbal, (red) pepper, flowers, something sweet (heather, honey) Appearance: Nice golden/amber. Good, small head. Taste: Wood, herbal, honey, alcohol. Palate: Immediate red pepper carbonation/fizz on the tongue, followed by a nice lasting honey sweetness.

talisencrw (81) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2018
I was mildly disappointed because I remember really enjoying this last year at the Christmas season, but I have a cold, so smell and taste aren't as they should be. Regardless of that, I drank it anyway, because pine is supposed to be good for colds, and lol alcohol makes one feel better about anything.

azzurro (568) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2017
I like this one, well balanced, slight taste of pine and spruce, a definite must try.

BrewWhatIWant (324) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2017
Pours amber with a decent white head. Aroma is pine and malt. Taste is slightly sweet. There are notes of malt, toffee, and pine. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. For a traditional ale it’s a pretty standard beer with a modest pine flavour but enjoyable.

SvanteL (651) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2017
Bärnstensfärgad och lätt disig med litet skum. Doften domineras av syrligt godis, ju varmare ölen blir desto mer godis. Smaken är rejält fyllig och söt med en balanserande syrlighet och i eftersmaken kommer den typiska smaken av späda tallbarr (som jag tuggade på som liten). En superintressant och speciell öl, riktigt god.

ken1 (2287) - DENMARK - OCT 26, 2017
Aroma: Piny and sugary candy. Flavour: Fruity sweet and sugar with pine and spices. Aftertaste is sweet and spicy. Colour: Dark brownish amber with a fading white head.

cattaneopapa (455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2017
330ml bottle from LCBO. 7.5% alc/vol. Pours a hazt deep amber colour with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, pine, toffee and some roasted malts. Taste matches the aroma with toffee and caramel pronounced. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not Bad.

Theydon_Bois (22061) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2017
Bottle split at Matteo's farewell bash, CBC Islington, thanks to Bropey 20/02/17. Mahogany brown with a decent light beige covering. Nose is toffee, vanilla, light varnish, charr, smoke, restrained oxidisation. Taste comprises dark fruit rinds, fruit cake, spice, raspberry jam, toffee. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close. Contrary to the other oxidisation lovers I thought this one had aged fairly gracefully!

Blastomorpha (189) - - OCT 8, 2017
Pours brown with a thin white head. Malty aroma with herbal and strong strawberries notes, the latter get more and more evident as the beer gets warmer. Taste is sweet, sort of a fruity bock-like. I'd prefer something with more body, this is a bit too watery for its flavour I think. Nice overall, but where's the pine?

Sissio (1829) - Orsenigo, ITALY - OCT 5, 2017
Bottle at home. Clear amber, minimal cream orange head. Caramel, pine needles, pine liquor, resin, light balsamic, cream. Taste of spruce, pine syrup, balsamic, light sweetness, caramel.

Zarrach76 (363) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 2, 2017
Belle rousse/ambrée transparente avec des reflets cuivrés et une fine mousse blanche. Beau nez entre les malts, les notes acidulées et le fruit. Sur ce dernier, on décèle des notes de fraise, de groseille, de cassis, de myrtille, d’orange, de citron, de cerise, le tout donnant une impression d’arôme de bonbon arlequin plutôt agréable. En arrière, le caramel et le miel de malts légers qui rajoutent au côté gourmandise de cette boisson. En bouche, le côté bonbon persiste mais l’alcool nerveux, la carbonatation et les saveurs dominantes de résineux nous rappellent que c’est une bière. La texture est ronde, avec beaucoup de corps, les sucres résiduels sont très nombreux et contribuent à la "chaleur" de cette bière. On ressent des notes poivrées également, tandis que l’alcool soutient bien toutes les saveurs à la manière d’une blonde triple. Le final est sur le bois résineux et les sucres avec une pointe de tanin. Une très bonne bière à défaut d’être excellente, elle se laisse extrêmement bien boire et pourra désaltérer comme accompagner un petit dessert. Il me manquera une pointe d’amertume pour vivifier l’ensemble... Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.

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