1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Not Rated.
Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,492 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,492
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | 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)
View: Beers (25) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Belhaven Scottish Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,492 | Reviews: 803 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of phantomwyse


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light caramel copper color with light frothy, patchy head with heavy sheet lacing.

S: Biscuit and bready malts lead into a sugary sweetness with a touch or earthy spice ending with a floral hop flourish in the background.

T: Hearty malts with caramel and an underlying smokiness. Light fruitiness comes into play in the middle with a bit of pine flowing past at the bitter end.

M: Nice and creamy with carbonation.

D: A well mannered gentlemen and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 13:35:18 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of Herrbrokt


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From bottle into snifter.

an Orange-red Brown with small beige head that falls off quick.

Subtle sweet malts, hard to find anything particular to define?

Taste is soft but wonderful. Nuts, grape caramel and this wonderful hop dryness that balances the whole thing. MMM

Mouthfeel is superb. Light but not watery.

I downed this one before I knew it was there almost.
I could drink these all day long. NICE

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 02:52:49 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice ruby color, roughly 1 inch white head to it. There is a scent of roasted malt that finished with a hint of hops. The flavor was more of the same, roasted malt with a nicely balanced hop finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, with long-lasting flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 21:48:18 | More by Jayli
Photo of RodBurg


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Clear brown/amber in color with a light tan head that left a little lacing on the glass.

Aromas of toasty malt, caramel, nutty bread and a light hops hit me.

Tastes of sweet, bready malt and caramel. The malt finishes with a little hop flavor. Has a medium body and a good carbonation.

Very good Scottish ale. This'll read like a commercial. The next time I'm in the mood for a malty brew, I'm reaching for Belhaven.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 15:31:27 | More by RodBurg
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can an amber/copper color with a tan head. Head didn't last long but it did retain the ring it left behind very well and this laced nicely. The aroma is sweet and malty with a rich soil undertone. Robust beer with a good mouthfeel, flavors are sweet malts, nuts, slightly bitter and dry. Very much a classic ale and distinctly European in style. Medium carbonation with a soft, medium body. Well balanced in every well and quite enjoyable. A little expensive as a six pack but for a brew ordered at a restaurant (Thanks Vanessa of Ri Ra!) it's worth the price.

Serving type: can

08-20-2008 17:30:21 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the widet can with a typical nitro head of creamy tiny white bubbles. Nose is damn near non-existent, but what there is is copper and slight peat. Malty flavor, thin, some peat and very slight smoke. Really kind of bland here. Mouthfeel is typical nitro, thin, milky, slick, watery. Drinkability is good, as this one is quite slammable. I think this is an ideal beer for session drinking after youve had more than a few good ones, and have a screwed palate. Good for its purpose, but not one to get excited about.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-13-2008 00:47:46 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of kinger


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught Can, 5.2% abv, this is a spectacular ale. Creamy pour that ends up a medium copper/amber with an enormously thick fluffy head and some signs of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet with a nice bread-like quality. Semi-thick mouthfeel that finishes full and smooth. Flavor is great, nice and malty agian with a nice bread tone. Slightly bitter but hardly noticeable. This is a great example for a Scottish "Pub" Ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-04-2008 22:10:40 | More by kinger
Photo of Pencible


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with off-white head. It smelled like watery toffee and caramel malts, with wild barley and slight copper hops. It tasted mostly like earthy caramel malt, with a hint of sour cherry and copper hops. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter/sour aftertaste. Overall this was a good old fashioned ale that was easy enough to drink, but could have been cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:57:04 | More by Pencible
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Reddish copper, clear, with 1-2 fingers of off white head. Moderate retention. Head falls to a film that persists throughout and leaves moderate lace.

S - Enticing malt aroma of caramel, butter, a little rum, and a suggestion of apples and pears.

T - The sweet caramel and butter, almost chocolate, overtones are most prevalent, but the beer sort of weakens near the finish. The sweet malt is broken down by a strange accompaniment of earthy, citrus hops. A lemon-pith bitterness prevails.

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a light to medium body that thins out during each sip.

D - A nice, low ABV malt fix with a beautiful sweetness. It's too bad the entire brew falls apart late palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 07:38:23 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of hooligan


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap poured to a ruby beer, thin white soapy lace that stuck to the side of the glass.

Smell is clean, green apples and toasted bread.

Big savory malt profile upfront like rye toast, settling down to a subtle caramel sweetness as you enjoy this beer. Just enough hop to cut through the sweetness.

This beer is chewy, excellent thick mouthfeel without being too cloying.

This is the beer I order the most of at my corner pub. It's easy to drink and never fails to put a smile on my face. However, I can't help but thinking it's not a Scottish ale as much as it's a Scottish rendition of a Brown Ale. Who cares? It's fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 00:22:25 | More by hooligan
Photo of SetarconeX


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking. Smells oddly sweet without actually managing to smell too malty. Not really sure how it does that.

Tastes a bit weird. There's a really odd bitterness here. Maybe it's just some sort of hop I'm not used to, maybe this brew sat out in the sun too long, but there's a strange flavor to it. Sort of like the hops were muddy.

Not a bad beer, but since it cost me a whopping 12 bucks for a six pack, I'm not sure I'll be quick to come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:45:26 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear dark copper-amber body with a thick finger of ivory-swirled ecru foam that retains at a big fat ring and leaves foamy rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with an earthy hop note.

Taste is a mesh of good things with a sweet caramel note that winds around a dry malty backbone. Toasty, savory malt fills the mouth and is dried and crispened by an earthy hop note. A soft, dry, syrupy note closes the show.

Great drinkability and a slippery medium body make this drink a fine one for sitting about shooting the breeze.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 20:34:19 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Ragingbull


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color with light head after pouring into a pint glass. No real nose that I am able to pick up. Mild maltiness with some nutty tones in the flavor. A solid beer but not one of the best scottish or scotch ales for my taste. I rated a B- on my scale.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 03:52:37 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of Yesac


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours red/copper. Fadung head, but leaves some small islands on top. Decent lacing.

S - Floral malts

T - Slight dry scotch taste. Malty. Hints of yeast. Yum.

M - Powdery, thin and clean feeling

D - Slightly thick, complex. I could drink a few!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 15:35:04 | More by Yesac
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish copper. Smell of sweet floral hops, and some bread. Had about a quarter inch head that dissipated quickly, but left a good film on the top for the rest of the drink.

Tasted slightly bitter, but without a bitter aftertaste. Slight alcohol bite on tongue, no real sweetness noted. Sort of chemically/metallic aftertase.

Was ok beer. Would go for other better tasting beers in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 13:00:25 | More by Onenote81
Photo of morebeergood


3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried a pint on tap last Saturday at River Gods in Cambridge. Served in a pint glass. Dark molasses colored body with a strikingly white head. Smell was a bit of roasted barley. Tasted pretty nice, with a combination of peat, fruit, and wood present. The creaminess of it is definitely a plus. The only problem I have with this beer is that I only ever want to have one. It's a bit heavy as it warms up, and by the time I get to the bottom, I really don't want another. The beer gets somewhat chalky after a while. It's a nice one and done beer, but it always tends to slow me down a bit on a night out drinking.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-17-2008 01:04:26 | More by morebeergood
Photo of aubuc1


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz bottle (no nitro) in to an imp pint glass.

Pours a light brown with a nice light off white head that is holding at one finger.

Biscuity malt smell and a little earthy.

Light malty taste with mild bitterness present.

Easy to drink beer with mild carbonation.

Very carbonated

I have had this on nitro tap, and enjoyed it more.
This is the only scottish ale that I have reviewed/ drank, most similar are Scotch.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 19:36:52 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the can into my 25cl tulip with a creamy, tight, light tan colored head that stars out a fat two-fingers in height. The beer is a brilliantly clear, red-stained, deep amber color that shows a cranberry-red tinged, deep copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice berry-like fruitiness to it up front, but becomes more toffee like once I start to focus on the aroma. Malt aromas of crushed crackers, lightly toasted bread and some hop & / or malt notes of grass and very faint herbs.

Lightly sweet tasting, which accents a nice, soft berry (currant & faint blackberry) character as well as caramelized malt flavors. Quite smooth as the widget clearly knocked out all of the carbonation, this is very light and quaffable as well. Finishes with an almost menthol-like, very faint herbal hop character and a touch of bitterness. There is some light, dry grain character towards the finish that provides hints of crushed saltine crackers and a touch of toasty grain character.

This gets a bit fuller and more flavorful as it warms up a bit; nothing overwhelming, but it is certainly a beer I would have again. While not overly flavorful, it does have a nice mix of notes that keep this an interesting tipple.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: nitro-can

05-31-2008 02:08:58 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Portertime


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe that I officially "heart" Belhaven Brewery. I havn't tried a brew of their's yet that I didn't like. Served this one chilled in a pub glass. Poured a nice reddish gold color, bloody brilliant! Smell wasn't as bourbonish like the other brews I had but still had nutty and caramel notes as well as some balanced hops. Taste was a little more bitter but still had that caramel malt dominace and a slightly astringent finish. A beer that would make even Fat Bastard proud.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 21:57:53 | More by Portertime
Photo of gfreed


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice surprise-- I bought this as part of a mixed six-pack from my local liquor store, having never tried it before. Decent carbonation and relatively low alcohol level make this quite drinkable. The aroma is nothing special-- perhaps a bit nutty with a bit of caramel-- but the taste is very smooth. The mild smokiness was very, very pleasant. Definitely worth drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 22:22:25 | More by gfreed
Photo of blackjack000


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich honey color with a frothy eggshell head.

Smell: Caramel, grassy, very flowery, and a little earthy.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A sweet and malty base with a little bit of flowery hops hiding behind the malt. Pleasant bit of bitterness with a lingering bitter and smoky aftertaste. A very smooth body.

Drinkability: Very well, a light and stimulating drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 19:47:06 | More by blackjack000
Photo of ScottUCF84


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- A reddish amber with a creamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S-The nose has some herbal qualities to it... can't really put my finger on anything specific. There's definitely some mild hops and caramel malt.

T-Sweet malt and earthy hops. There's a hint of different herbs, spices, and tea.

M-Pretty creamy... I would really enjoy this from a nitro tap. Very mild carbonation.

D- This isn't my favorite style, but it goes down quite well. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 00:47:01 | More by ScottUCF84
Photo of osi


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice brown with red hints. Not too much head but I might have screwed the pour. I will edit as I work my way through the six if need be. No trace but foamies seem to crawl down the glass after each sip leaving a clean surface. Average lace.

S - Deep caramelized malts with hints of brown sugar. Blends well with its counter parts. Little to no hops. Not a hint of alcohol either.

T - Not too much differing here from the nose. Good malt mixture that finishes slightly bitter from the hops. Backend and aftertaste are of baked white bread.

M - Very nicely carbonated with a medium body. Is thick going down but finishes dry.

D - This is a very finely crafted brew. On the flip side I probably would not get this again because it is not one of my favorite styles. If I were at a traditional eatery I wouldn't mind getting this to accompany a meal. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 22:49:59 | More by osi
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish amber color, crystal clear, with a rather abundant foamy head of about an inch or so. Retention is relatively low, reducing to a fluffy white ring of bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Malts are first to the nose, with an earthy secondary aroma. The aroma is interesting, with a smell sort of like toasted bread crust.

T&M: Rather malty with with a balance between sweet and bitter, although I don't really catch any hoppiness to speak of. The flavors have an earthy, almost smoky flavor about them. This brew sits rather full on tongue, with a relatively creamy disposition due to the light carbonation and well matched components. The finish is relatively quick with a bit of a bitter linger.

D: Complex flavors seem to match well with other 'Scottish Ales' that I have had. There is a real earthy flavor and texture that certainly makes it seem believable that it is from a place as rugged as Scotland. Good; recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 00:30:19 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid orange body with solid half-inch head that smooths somewhat evenly in a Samuel Smith pint glass... malts and hops act in accordance; smooth and pleasant;... medium-bodied and effervescent; mellow and drinkable (by the lees!)...bitter hops at the teeth early.... biting with a hint of nuttiness and a slight smokiness... heavy... a solid, strong representation of what I'd expect from a Scottish bitter served in a pub... has a friendly feel throughout.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 04:35:01 | More by dacrza1
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,492 ratings.