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

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RATINGS: 972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Deep copper. Not very bubbly. Little head. This beer is quite malty with some residual sweetness. I can sense the higher alcohol but its decently hidden. The pine seems to be a decent stand-in for hops. Nice enough.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPoole (350) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2016
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is muted floral and pine. Floral, pine and vanilla flavours with sweet malts. Medium body and medium carbonation. A little too sweet for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ForMahil (4) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2016 does not count
Gout d'épices important en bouche et persistant par la suite. Canne a sucre et caramel très présent et franchement agréable. Cache bien son 7,5% d'alcool. Biere bien agréable sans se démarquer particulièrement. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
labeerinthum (611) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 11, 2016
Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso si indirizza su frumento ed orzo. Lintensit olfattiva elevata e la persistenza olfattiva apprezzabile. Il cappello di schiuma di colore marrone chiaro ha una scarsa tenuta e termina con un simpatico pizzo sul bordo del vetro. La grandezza delle bollicine media. La consistenza del liquido limpida. Il perlage costituito da bollicine medio-fini con carbonazione abbondante, vivace, persistente ed insistita. Il colore ambrato rossiccio carico tendente marrone. Il corpo strutturato ma duttile e si apre a nuove sfaccettature. Il dolce medio e lamaro deciso. Si presenta anche unombra di umami. Lintensit gustativa elevata e la persistenza gustativa buona. Il gusto piacevole per una birra che ha una sua personalit. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono di una birra da favola e assolutamente da bere. Il finale setoso, lungo e complesso. Il retrogusto intenso. Laroma in bocca riporta sentori di caramello, miele, crosta di pane, cereali, abete rosso, terra, erbe aromatiche e alcol presente.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1706) - HONG KONG - OCT 15, 2016


330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in New Town Plaza, Shatin.

Clear amber colour; Half finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation; Very fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with strong blackberries, strawberry mousse, string cherries, red fruits, toffee, chocolates, spruces, floral, sugar, light bread and faint grass; Close to medium sweet taste of full malt, with red fruits, ligt caramel, light toffee, floral, molasses, light cream cakes, very light lemon and thin bitter grassy hops; Full body. Slick and smooth palate; Mouth feel is full Ale maltyness in a thick and pretty creamy background, with strong red fruits and toffee combines for a pretty nice light fruity cream cakes. Not much pine or spruces in the mix. Light floral and fair sweetness. Very low-fi lemon to round. Very nice!... Hoppiness is strong blackberries, floral and faint grass in nose. Floral, very light lemon and thin grass in taste; Bitterness is very light for an abrupt, very low-fi sweet malt finish; Fairly dry after taste. Sweet fruity and very easy to mouth.

Comments: This one spruce and pine influence is not too obvious, instead it is the nice aroma of dark berries and fruit cream cakes that stole the show, with rich red fruit malt and hidden booze ran for a strong finish. A very solid pine ale that excels. Lovely!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarcinG (610) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2016 Butelka 330ml. Miedziany kolor. Piana biala niska,szybko opadajaca do zera. Aromat rozgotowanych warzyw slodu delikatnych nut swierkowych. W smaku slodowo slodkawe o niskiej karbonacji. Raczej plaskie smakowo z przewaga owocowo -warzywnych posmakow z lekko cytrynowym finiszem.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Klimaet (2137) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to Vestergaard. Pours clear amber, small white head. Aromas of orange, malt, fruit juice, dark fruits, yeast. Taste is malty, sweet fruits, sugar. What the

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vestergaard (1866) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ottfather. Pours a clear golden amber with a big, white head. Aroma has yeasty esters, lots of fruits, vienna malts, berries. Taste is sweet, light sour, metallic, but no real bitterness? Juicy body, average carbonation. Oh well.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HourGlass13 (671) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Pours up a brownish orange color, with a medium head. Aroma is sweet malty with some yeast and resin. Tastes like mayonnaise, sweet, creamy, some herbal, pine and lemon notes in flavor. Lots of loose sediment floating around. OK but not something I would get again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkanu (52) - Iasi, ROMANIA - APR 16, 2016
Deep amber in colour, a decent head that doesnt stay for too long. There are clear notes of pine with pollen sweetness, the alcohol taste in well masked behind the woody notes and refreshing pine aroma. Carbonation is just perfect. Its really worth trying it, even though beer purists will say its not bitter enough and does not taste like a beer -> its a very good beer, imho.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8815) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2016
Bottle from Cheers Liquor Store, Todmorden, and have had this previously at the Manchester Christmas Markets. Deeper amber in colour with no head. Has a heavy pine aroma, with some similar woody and earthy flavours. Theres some orange citrus in here too and its strength is evident but not overbearing.


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