I’d been passed two bottles from the William’s Bros Brewery, Scotland, by Starmore Boss, my local bottle shop. William Bros specialise in traditional Scottish ales, something I was a little apprehensive about!
I tried the Alba Scots Pine Ale (7.5%) first, this is true to the William’s Bros roots, a traditional Highland style recipe, which was popular in Northern Scotland until the 1900s, this is of the tripel style and spiced with pine and spruce, only using a handful of First Gold hops.
On aroma, this is really quite woody and you get a little bit of fruit. On the initial taste it was the biggest hit of raspberry I’ve ever encountered outside of actually eating a raspberry. This subsides and you get a little more of the malt. The pine is lovely and subtle, not very obvious and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up had it not been…
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