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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,656 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,656
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 35
Gots: 114 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-07-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
1.98/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not much taste, didn't like it, couldn't finish it. Rich scotch colour. Tried to warm it up to room temperature, but didn't help. No aroma. Mettalic and other off-tastes, and aggressive carbonation. Taste could have faded with age, though we don't think so. Thanks Radek, originally from OKbeer.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -21.3%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nuts, and a slight caramel aroma. Taste is much the same with a nice malt flavor that lingers on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

acurtis, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Pizza Paradiso - Georgetown.

Pours a moderately light toffee color with an off white head. Tiny bits of lacing. Nose brings forward toffee and caramel with a bit of butterscotch. Taste is overwhelmed by butterscotch and toffee without any particular amount of sweetness. I am not actually sure whether this was any amount of diacetyl, as it was not off putting in that particular manner and did not have the off buttered popcorn-type flavor. It might just be that this particular version of the style really does not suit me. Feel is light with fairly low carbonation. I just couldn't get past the taste on this.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured clear amber in color with a thick, creamy white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible; the head retention is very good.
S: The smell isn't very pronounced but has aromas of caramel malts and earthy hops.
T: There's a rich flavor of malts in the taste along with some hints of nutty and smoky flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: This beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable.

metter98, May 02, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5%

kjkinsey, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with beige highlights; a bounteous head that leaves plenty of foamy lacing behind

Smell: Caramel malt and earthy peat aromas

Taste: Starts out with an earthy, peaty flavor that builds in butterscotch and smokiness; primarily malty as you would expect, but there is defintely some balance to this brew; a little acrid on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch slick with good carbonation

Drinkability: A decent enough brew for a malty change

brentk56, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A standard and a favorite. Clear ruby in color, pours a thick creamy head that lasted til the last sip (expected for the nitro tap) Mild aromas of caramel, toffee, barley with a tad bit of hop detection and subtle sourness. Tastes wonderful of toffee, caramel, maple syrup, and perhapse vanilla. Moderate roundness in the mouth and rapidly tapers toward the finish. Becomes a bit watery, but fine for style. Finishes clean and disipates expenintually to a mildly bitter dryness. Very easily drinkable.

BEERchitect, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucent reddish bronze capped by an ecru head that is impressively creamy and will, no doubt, persist for as long as there's beer in the glass; as is usually the case with a nitro pour. A short collar of lace can be seen with pseudopods extending farther up the glass. The nose is interesting and consists of orchard fruit and somewhat spicy English hops. It's difficult to appreciate nuances through the dense cap of foam.

The flavor profile contains lightly sweet toasted malt and spicy fruity hops. In other words, the aroma in liquid form. It's also tea-like, as are many English ales in my experience. Further mouthfuls reveal a pecan nuttiness and hint of smoky peat. The body is light without being thin and is nitro creamery .

Belhaven Scottish Ale is a straightforward (in a good way), balanced, drinkable, enjoyable version of the style. I've never had it in any other form, but I have to say that it's one of the best nitro can British ales that I've run across.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 28, 2004
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

ygtbsm94, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kylehay2004, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Fox and the Hound in Mason,OH this past week. Poured into a tall 20oz Pint glass.

A - Poured a very dark amber with a nicy cloudy consistency that you could definitly tell this one was going to be a pretty full one. A large three inch high head of foamy off white lace crowned the top and offered great retention hanging on for what seemed like forever before finally slipping down and resting into a one finger high layer of foam across the top that hung on for the entire rest of the session. Very nice side glass presentation that also hung on for the rest of the session and obscuring most of the contents towards the end. If there was lots of carbonation it was not visible.

S - The aroma was full of malty goodness. Lots of thick bready and earthy like smells coming off of this one giving it a very full overall profile for sure. There was some hints of sweetness that rippled through it as well, but this was predominantly a malty scottish ale. Lots of earthy breads in the finish as well.

T - The flavor was very full, much more so then I thought it would be to be honest. The first thing to hit me was a full on sweet malty assualt that was just rich and full flavored. A nice touch of nuttiness was mixed in as well as a touch of caramel that really lightened up, or well tried to as this was a nice dark beer. There were some light hints of grassy like flavors towards the finish that really dried it out and let the flavors hang around for a good long time.

M - Very rich creamy and smooth, there was no mistaking this one was a full bodied scottish ale. What suprised me to be honest was the utter lack of carbonation though. There was just none. When you sipped there was a full creamy head, however as you brought it down it was just flat. Very odd sensation and reminscent of like a guiness or dry stout like feel. Not terrible, but not the best either, maybe just not my cup of tea.

D - Not bad here at all. This went down very well and the flavor profile was very nice and strong with low alcohol and a rich filling conisitency. Very nice compliment with dinner and I could have put down another one after this was done.

Overall not bad. It was a very solid offering from Belhaven and really was a fine drink to throw done with dinner. Not sure how it is in can or bottle, but on tap very fresh and very indicative of the style. A quality ale for sure and something I would recommend.

mikesgroove, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden color with really nice nitro charged head on it. The lacing is quite good on this beer. The smell is a bit mild, smells fresh and kind of creamy there are some grains on the nose that are pleasant. The taste is light but had a pretty good malt base with a pretty good bitter finish. The mouthfeel was creamy and light. Definitely a nice brew to try.

Knapp85, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brownish-amber body with an off-white head that is thin and short-lived.

Smell: Flimsy, weak aroma of watered down caramel and, to my surprise, green apples.

Taste: Light, biscuity malt flavor along with some vague wooden notes and hints of sour green apples. Some faint hops spring up late into the already short finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a carbonated mouthfeel that reminds me of a soda.

Drinkability: Disappointing and fairly unremarkable.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times from the bottle and for the first time had on a nitro tap at the Lucky Dog a local establishment.Great pour (wich I expected)very creamy with a light bronze color,aroma light a little fruity and metallic.Nice mellow taste fruity and even a little smokey?Some metallic notes in there,seemed almost marshmellow-like,had three before I knew it.I really like it out of a nitro tap,hell my wife even had three.

oberon, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A dark, clear amber. Typical ultra-rich nitro head with really sticky lace.

Smell - Caramel and butterscotch, floral hops.

Taste & mouthfeel - Sweet and caramelly with a buttery quality; a bit mineral as well. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Very slick mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with fairly still carbonation. The creamy head adds a bit of richness to the body.

largadeer, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Served from tap in a shaker pint glass at Duke of Perth.


Bachelor Party-Palooza 2014 (Part 1) believes that when in a Scottish-style pub, do as the Scots do and drink up some Belhaven, namely the Scottish Ale. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, light powdered sugar, mild grass, light flowers, toasted caramel, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a tiny twinge of vague fruit, this time more powerful than in the Lager, but still barely there. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice malty British ale, one that went pretty well with the chips.

TMoney2591, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eggshell foam, nice webby lacing, with a burnt copper body. A good 1-2 fingers of foam from the 1st pour.

Aroma is earthy and peaty, with a clear display of nutty malt, also walnuts.

Caramel, dark malts, vaguely earthy. Dry earthy hops in the finish (Fuggles?) very understated with a dry nutty finish. Malty feel, medium-bodied with good carbonation. Lighter in body actually, and not really cloying. Could easily have 1-2 at a time, it's more flavorful at cellar temperature.

emerge077, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.3%

JAHMUR, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy orange color with a creamy, off-white one-finger head never really disappeared.

S - It smelled of corriander, malt and a grassy/hoppy quality.

T - It tasted of yeast and a subtle maltiness. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M - It is very soft and very creamy, like a good cocoa. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A very nice beer. An excellent representation of the style. Nothing amazing in terms of flavors but a good taste that goes down easy.

zeff80, Apr 17, 2007
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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,656 ratings.