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Alba Scots Pine Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

610 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 21
Gots: 14 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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Amber-Gold color with slight haze

Aroma is sorghum and tapioca.

Taste is sweet and unassuming. reminds me of miracle whip, almost lavender like essence.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, and almost thin.

This beer was alright. It was the first time I had anything like this. I wouln't drink it again, but was glad that I tried it.
Like I said it was alright, but just not for me.

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09-22-2008 18:01:51 | More by deanhead
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The next ale in my sights after the Fraoch was the Alba Scots Pine Ale from the same brewer. Ever since discovering Plonk! I've been crossing plenty of must-haves off my list - which began with the Sah'Tea, now if only they could get their hands on some Russian River brews I would be set. Anyhow, back on topic: Scots Pine Ale is another in the vein of Fraoch, a Scottish Gruit, and I'm hoping it isn't as unique tasting as Retsina (a type of pine resin flavoured Greek wine that I ran afoul of in my quest to taste ancient brews).

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A: Interesting - a headless ale, don't see that often. The body presents a hazy butterscotch colour (how appropriate).

S: Aroma is a mixture of sweet toffee malts, pine, medicinal herbs and a hint of isoamyl acetate bringing a banana/pear quality which lingers on in the background.

T: The flavour is spot on with the above aroma, however that isoamyl acetate really comes to the fore now. There is a toffee sweetness as well but the banana/pear front to mid-palate gives the whole brew an all-pervading fruitiness, which is tasty, very tasty. The finish is very similar to its cousin Fraoch with a medicinal herb bitterness and dry vinous touch.

M: A bit thin considering the ABV - mid to light bodied with a light carbonation.

D: Well I didn't think this would top the Fraoch but it does indeed parch my beerlust better than its Scot Gruit cousin. And the fact that Vikings drank something similar to this makes it a must have beverage for my fridge when season 3 of Vikings begins... I can hear the theme song now: Oooye oooye, oooyeoooo. Rollo rules.

Food match: The food of Vikings, whatever that is.

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Alba Scots Pine Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.