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Belhaven 80 +/- - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
82
good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StevieW on 07-13-2003)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark copper body, amber hints and a little burgandy. Thick fluffy white head

Smell, musky, some hint of peat and coal. Some strong sweetish malt

Taste, a little odd at first, chalky coaly burnt caramel. Some lasting bitterness, smokey

A pretty nice scottish ale, i'm sure its great on cask

More User Reviews:
Photo of Iaido
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear, amber-ruby colour with a low head, perfect for a Scottish. Aroma of rich malty sweetness with a faint smokiness.

Aroma firms up on first taste, the malt balancing a peaty smoke flavour exceptionally well. Bitterness is low and finish is dry. Body is perhaps a little low, especially for an 80 shilling, but acceptable. Carbonation also low.

Overall the subtleness of the balance between the malt and the peat smoke makes for a fantastically drinkable beer that makes me want to talk incomprehensibly while headbutting people.

Photo of StevieW
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask at the Hampden Inn Bar on the main street leading from Edinbourgh city center to the Airport. A worthy treat after a long drive and my last round in Scotland at Western Gailes.

Deep garnet color, hints of ruby along the edges. Bubbly, creamy thick medium tan, khaki head. Nose full of nutty goodness. Toasted almonds, and subtle hops. Super rich malty sweetness. Thick full flavors. Touch of alcohol burn. Hints of smoke. Toasted carmel malt flavors carry this beer all the way to the finish. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Very creamy and enjoyable, no metallic flavors like the Belhaven Best. I think this is there premium brand.

Photo of atigerlife
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of killcore
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of patre_tim
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a golden copper orange colour. Creamy tan head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to nice thick layer... Very sparse carbonation drifts to the surface... Fair amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toasted breadiness, biscuity malts, light spicy fruits (figs, prunes, some banana and oranges), nutty sweetness, light brown sugar notes, faint smokiness, peppery hops, some woody notes...

Taste – Light toasted malts, biscuity, light tart fruits (figs, oranges, some apples, faint grapefruits), light toffee sweetness, faint tobacco / smokey notes, nice light spicy hop bitterness, earthy / woody notes...

Feel - Quite sharp then smoother after... light / medium body... pretty quaffable - a decent session beer...

Overall - An OK beer - not as good as i was expecting.... worth a try...

Photo of hopdog
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a pint of this one on tap.

Poured an amber color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of nuts with some graininess. Tastes of the same nuttiness and grainy. Sweet start with a light bitter finish. Body was on the watery body. I'm not sure if I would have guessed this was a Scottish Ale if I had it blind.

Notes from 9/19/04

Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Lee_Hancock
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Graze
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
2.2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Chemister
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of weerezboy
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Belhaven cask offering pours copper with orange-gold highlights, tan head is tinted that way as well. Not much of that, lacing is tenacious.

Light aroma, they emerge better as the beer warms. Malts are prominant, with some sweet, bready aroma, slightly herbal yeast, and low hopping.

Flavors bring in some soaked dark fruit, candy sugar sweetness, especially caramel in the biscuity malt. Earthy but in a faint way. Body is a hair thin.

it goes down easy, but there's nothing remarkable.

Photo of wvbrewcrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Johnq1964
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beerstorian
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kmacphail
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of the 80/- beers and was looking forward to trying this one after hearing some decent reports. However I was not very impressed overall.

It pours a nice ruby colour and left a decent creamy head. The smell was also good, giving off a nice roast smell with a hint of nuts.However after this it went down hill.

Immediately upon entering the mouth it felt very watery and light for an 80/-. The decent nose was not followed up with a strong taste, however the hint of nut remained and was a nice point, but this was too little to salvage what was otherwise a weak tasting beer.

It is by no means a horrible beer, it is drinkable and would probably be easier on the stomach than many other Scottish Heavies on a longer session. Another factor may be that I drank it out of a bottle and not on tap. This is best suited for those just starting to taste 80/- beers, but for someone who is already a fan I would recommend Caledonian 80/- as a far superior alternative.

Photo of Vsarmatov
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of heytomcat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Belhaven 80 +/- from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.