Belhaven 80 +/- - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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4.11/5 rDev +12.9%
A: Copper, medium small bubbled carbonation, white with a slight beige tinge foam fades fast, not really much head at all. Dark and semi transparent. Reminds me of a Spitfire in appearance, also from a clear bottle.
S: Skunk, deep dark roasted toasted notes, burnt heather, a typical Scottish Ale quality.
T: Ah yes. The Scottish ale comes in, a touch of caramel, burnt caramel, dark toasted notes prevail but there is a touch of skunk. Some egg as in how egg comes through in some baked goods. Toffee. Dull bitter hops at the end but these are quite in the background, almost like a slightly burnt aftertaste. Grassy, as in fresh cut hay that’s half dried.
M: Medium light body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.
O: A classic Scotch Ale. Really nice to have tried it. Too bad about the skunkiness and clear bottle. Still it was a great find in Patong Beach’s Irish pub, on Phuket. Great name. Helps me have a grid for the other Scottish Ales I’ve had from the New World.
07-03-2013 12:54:39 | More by patre_tim
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
Downed at the World's End pub, Edinburgh
A: Darkish amber with a thick, half finger head that hangs around for the apocalypse. Decent lacing.
S: Not much at first. Malt and hops, but very faint.
T: Malts come through, but not in a big way. Some hop factor. Dry finish.
M: Thin, watery.
O: Not that impressed for a real ale. Perhaps from the bottle is better.
07-28-2012 18:34:47 | More by brewskifan55
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
This pored a copper orange with a big white fluffy foamy head.
I could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. It smells malty and of bitter hops.
Tastes of malts, quite a bit of hops, a little watery. The taste was pretty subtle was expecting more with such a pungent aroma.
This was medium/full bodied no carbonation at all pretty smooth.
This was very average felt fairly heavy considering it's only 3.9% abv. I drank the wholle bottle but don't feel the need to buy it again.
03-06-2012 14:46:16 | More by Dave1999
2.2/5 rDev -39.6%
When I saw this on the shelf in Glasgow, I got very excited to try it because I really enjoyed Belhaven Scottish ale when I had it in the states. This review is taken from notes. I poured my bottle into a standard pint glass stolen (borrowed?) from a nearby pub.
A: Pours a clear copper with a creamy thick brilliant head of good retention, four fingers at first pour.
Sm: Absolutely deadly. Fresh. Very hoppy.
T: Extremely hoppy. Cream on the open. Clean finish.
Mf: Nicely coarse. A bit lacking in freshness.
Dr: I won't have it again, but Belhaven lovers ought to give it a go. For 3.9%, it's way too heavy. I was disappointed, having expected something more authentic and Scottish than Belhaven Scottish ale.
03-08-2011 01:40:07 | More by kojevergas
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.
A: A clear bottle reveals the pinkish-brown beer before it is poured. In the glass, it looks the ruddy hue, to be a clear chestnut brown. Sparse, light bubbly head.
S: Ugh. Strong skunky smells and hints of metal. Unpleasant.
T: It tastes rather nice. Light, tart fruits. A mild bitterness. Skunky herbs. Sweetish-sour malt. Aftertaste is smooth and unremarkable. Faint metallic hints around the edges, but this could just be a holdover from the smell.
M: The best part of this beer. It's spritely-tingly carbonated, crisp and enjoyable.
D: Not terrible, but not one I'd ever seek out. I much prefer Stewart's 80/- ale to this one. Still, cheap enough and worth trying once.
11-22-2010 21:21:20 | More by AgentMunky
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a dark amber/copper color with a 2 finer light brown creamy head. Good lasting power of the head.
Aroma is malty and apples. Sort of light.
Taste is malts, light sweetness, apples, figs and toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium bodies, very lightly cleansing and smooth.
Overall, very drinkable. Goes down easy. Not a great beer, but an easy one to drink.
11-01-2010 21:57:53 | More by atigerlife
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
A: Pours a clear copper golden color. A one finger bubbly white head forms, but recedes in a minute. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Very fruity with some sweet malt up front. Pears and apples are dominate. Kind of like apple cider. I like it.
T: Follows the nose. A really big apple cider flavor up front and center. The frutiy flavor is slighlty tart as well. Toasted malt and sweet toffee. A very light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated for a cask. Creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem.
I really enjoyed this. A very nice cask overall. It reminds me a bit of Caladonian 80. Though this has an even bigger apple ciderish taste. Very unique, and something I would recommend. Well done.
09-04-2010 14:37:49 | More by champ103
Belhaven 80 +/- from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.