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Alba Scots Pine Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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634 Ratings

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 24
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

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Golden copper color. Herbal nose with a touch of pine. Complex with a decent malt backbone and a touch of dankness. Dry and piney finish.

Very sessionable in spite of the high ABV.

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07/17/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is one of the most unique tastes I've had in along time. Don't be afraid of the pine in the description, it's is as well managed as a white tiger in Vegas (without the mangling stuff.)

The balances here are beyond admirable, they are astounding. There are no tricks or gimmicks here. It's a very honest brew. No pretense, despite the off beat approach. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I could drink this every day...and gladly.

A real refreshing change.

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$ 2.99/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle dated BB Dec 14 at 55 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma weak, piney
Head average (3.5 cm), white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing fair, initially multiple small islands and archipelagos of small to medium bubbles; as the beer warms more, partial rings remain.
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor of pine, very weak, slightly sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.125

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This is great beer. A Scotch strong ale brewed with pine and spruce as in days of long sea voyage. Discovered in WFM craft 12. Vikings in their day drank a brew spiced with pine and spruce. Freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: Orange, amber with chill haze - thin off white cap, but lots of dotty lacing redolent of juniper berries and twigs. 3.9

Smell: Herbal and piney with a tripel style of fruity esters. Faint medicinal aromas but not unpleasant. Far ahead of Yards version. 3.9

Taste: Malt base over topped by herbal, earthy, estery, and spicy flavors that resolve into a great finish of spruce/pine blend. Finish is long, drying, appetizing with pine hints. 4.2

MF: Full body and smooth with a creamy, crisp carbonation. Great feel: 4.2

Overall: Excellent strong ale with lasting flavors. Let it warm to room temp. Try it with cheesy and sausage-filled food.

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Alba Scots Pine Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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