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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,585 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 34
Gots: 90 | 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 AtlasBrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Color: Dark copper with a pillowy off-white head that has good retention and tight beading.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with touches of caramel. A bit grassy and earth.

Taste: Big Malty flavor paired with a surprising and full mouth feel. Hops come in grassy and herbal with some fruitiness. Leaves you dry with esters of alcohol.

Overall: I loved the balance between the big malt and the earthy hops, it makes me want to put on a kilt and throw a big tree around. A fine Scottish Ale lads!

AtlasBrew, May 05, 2009
Photo of wac9
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

i have nothing really to add to all the great reviews , its

has a great bottle, it pours mighty fine in a glass just listen to the beer pouring into the glass , its telling you im a great beer , if your trying a scottish ale for the frist time ,then this is the one to taste, good beer good taste a good night

wac9, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of atpben
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Had this at the Houston Flying Saucer. Poured in a pint glass with a nice ruby red color and a wonderful creamy head. Nutty with a cocoa powder aroma. Light to medium in carbonation with a very creamy mouthfeel. Tastes of figs, raisin and some prunes. Finishes quite smooth. I used to like this beer more a few years back. Still like it but not as much as before. Still not a bad beer. I dont like beers with nutty tastes too much though.

atpben, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
4.05/5  rDev +6%

Tried on Tap at Annie Moore's Irish Pub in Roanoke VA

A: Clear amber color with a foamy head, great lacing...very nice looking.

S: I'm getting a lot of malt, maybe some nuttyness and a slighty sweet fruit with a slight touch of hops.

T: Toasted, malt sweetness, a little smokiness, maybe a little nuts. Very little hops in this one. The finish is smooth with little aftertaste.

M: Medium body, little carbonation, and creamy.... Dreamy and creamy.

D: Very easy to enjoy and drink... Goes down very easy and many could be had.... I'll be looking for this brew for home use.

mralphabet, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Picked up a bottle at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee, FL.

Pours a clear dark copper/amber color with a rocky tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted caramel malts with hints of fruity hops. As the beer warms the malt aroma takes over.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet toasted malt flavors up front are backed up by mild fruit flavors midway through the sip. The finish is sweet and the malt flavors linger a bit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few of these.

Overall there's nothing that really stands out about this beer, but it is very drinkable. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a dark brownish yellow with an enourmous head. Great lacing.

S - Delicious malty smell here, like a honey sweet biscuit. Some fruity smells like apricots and plums. Some spices like oregano and coriander. Taffy.

T - Sweetness through and through, a bit of a scotch taste, but not much. quite a large vanilla flavor. No sign of hops anywhere. Good beer.

M - Medium body, creamy but a little to much carbonation for my liking of this style.

D - Drinkable, yes. I prefer to have several others but this would do, and I'd like to try it on tap.

surfer4life, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of pandashaver
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

First thing I noticed was the very typical beery/metallic aroma that you get with many macro lagers...not at all the case with the rest of the beer. Good size 2+ finger white foamy head that looked more soapy as it receded. Excellent lacing, dissipated to a thin head that lasted till the end. Body was clear brown body of medium hue with yellow and orange present as well.

Taste is very noticeably sweet and malty, with some caramel, toffee, and nuttiness. Maybe even a bit of honey. Sweet throughout, with a some acidity and a slight bitterness in the aftertaste (which doesn't last all that long).

Lively carbonation, but not overly carbonated. Light to medium bodied, lighter than it appears. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and watery, but not without flavor.

Very drinkable, a solid choice to session as a good buddy has suggested!

pandashaver, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of disastermouse
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%

A - Rich copper brown with a nitro head that sticks around.

S - Nice roasted malts.

T - Sweet but not cloying, kind of watery - but only because I've gotten used to drinking beers with higher alcohol content.

MF - Perfect! This beer has a great, smooth, milky mouthfeel - even after the nitro has vanished.

D - With the 5.3% alcohol content, you could really make this a session beer.

disastermouse, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of GoGriz
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

This is quickly becoming one of my favorites! It has lovely color in the glass (mid-deep, copper color), but the taste is what hooks me. Sweet caramel goodness with great mouth feel. A beer that can accompany stew or be drank as a refreshing end of the day-er!

GoGriz, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of drink1121
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

This was one of the best looking beers and most surprising of a 8 beer night at the Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens.

A - Beautiful. A nice Auburn color with a good 3 finger head that lasted all the way down the enitre pint. Good lacing and amazing retention. (My first Scots Ale)

S - Malty hops. Just a nice heavy, but not overpowering nose.

T - Hoppy, but has some caramel and earthiness flavoring. Maybe even some tobacco. I like it.

M - Sliky smoothy.

D - I great session beer.

drink1121, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

I had high expectations, especially after having Wee Heavy. Sadly I have to seek this out on tap or nitro before I'll have it again. It was good, but I try other Scotch Ales before I return to it.

Appearance- Fervent Foaming Head, Limited lacing Amber Red Body
Smell- Earthy Bitter Malt
Taste- Earthy Bitter Malt, limited sweetness, no real caramel, fruit, or herbal notes.
Mouthfeel- Something is really different then the other S Ales I have had, rather high viscosity.
Drinkability- Medium Bodied and carbonated

TubaManJack, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Alkiser
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

12 oz bottle, bored into an imperial pint glass.

Armoa: Big malt with a slight malt sweetness. Very low hop aroma.

Apperance: Deep copper, crystal clear. Pours wuth a thick offwhite head that slowly fades to a foamy ring with great lacing.

Flavor: Malty sweetness on the tougne up front. A hint of diacetyl as it rolls across. Very low amount of bitterness leads to a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Low levels of carbonation with a slight warming from alcohol. Diacetyl lends to a creamyness on the tounge.

Overall: An extremely easy drinking beer even with the amount of malt up front. Very sessionale.

Alkiser, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

From the 440 ml. nitro-can marked L8-264-ML-05:58-520. Sampled on March 23, 2009.

I can't help it but I love those nitro-cans. Some people think its gives a false impression. It does not matter to me. I love how this one pours a beautiful, bubbly dark amber with a a foamy nitro-can influenced one finger beige head. It even sounds good pouring into a the pint glass. The aroma is very sweet, malty, and appealing to me. It has a kind of caramel-honey sensation on the nose. The mouthfeel is bold and creamy. The taste is also sweet and special with a kind of molasses aftertaste. It is a favorite when I can get it.

puboflyons, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from a 120z. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy brown with a foamy white head

The smell is crisp with hints of caramel, hops, and a little nutty feel as well.

The taste is bready, like toast, has a bit of a hops flavor, with caramel and a little fruit feel.

It is a lot like many english ales. A bit bitter but easy drinking.

Duhast500, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of tosshin
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

a : Lots of thick white head. There is some lacing. The beer is clear and reddish brown.
s : Caramel malts, earthy, and a slight scent of fruit.
t : Malty sweet caramel. Smokey flavor with a slight bit of bitterness.
m : The carbonation and malt make this a full bodied beer. It really fills the mouth but also doesn't hang around after you swallow.
d : Excellent drinkability. Well balanced beer with a great flavor makes me want to keep buying pints.

tosshin, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a clear copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. The sound of the pore was amazing!. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight smoke, some slight yeast cleanliness, and some nut aroma. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt up front, some sweetness, then smoke flavors come through, sweet malt and hops in the background, and finishes with more roasted malt. Overall, this is a great beer with a nice blend of flavors and a general smoothness. I would definitely recommend this brew.

Tone, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

A: poured from a fancy can into a pint glass. 90% head / 10% liquid appearance reminiscent of on-tap pours quickly reversed to 10/90. The final head was actually quite small. Color is a fairly deep amber but still easily translucent.

S: vanilla, caramel, yeast

T: nice clear malt/hop mixture with the "special" aromas taking a clear backseat. finishes sweet. inoffensive, standard ale (I'd call it boring, but it's clearly within the style)

M: creamy initial feel, but not especially rich. little carbonation.

D: good medium ale that's easy to drink. just not my thing.

Richardberg, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of JVEyck309
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

12oz. bottle - Poured into a pint glass

A: tawny light brown, a bit cloudy with a thin head that I expected to disappear but left some nice sticky lacing till the finished.

S: sweet roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and there is something there with the hops but I can't quite pin it down.

T: butter on some whole grain bread, crisp taste with sweet caramel candies and a hint of vanilla. Hops aren't as present but that's okay. I'm enjoying this..

M: I find this to be a little over-carbonated. Very crisp but that's okay. Chewy but... hmm, still buttery and smooth.

D: Would I have another? Sure. Is this a session beer...maybe not. But none the less, enjoyable for sure.

JVEyck309, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of harpo111
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%

Had this one on nitro tap.
A: poured a nice dark clear with a thick nitro head.
s: vanilla and carmel
t: vanilla, carmel, malt...got sweater and more hoppy as you went down the glass...less nitro
m: creamy...then thinner as you get to the bottom with less nitro
d: nice...smooth..did get a littler thinner as the draght went down, but still wonderful combination.
I like this one...would be great with spicey food. Has a complex flavor that changes as you drink it...starts off easy and gets harder towards the finish...you can taste the alchol slightly...would definately do again

harpo111, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of tbeck
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a dark amber/brown and slightly clear. Has a one finger light tan head tan remains but does develop a good collar and laciness. Very simple aroma, malt. Taste is more complex with some malt, a little sweetness and bitterness without any hop flavor. A slight cereal grain in the aftertaste. Thin and watery texture, light body. Nothing special about this beer, taste is average but I would have another one.

tbeck, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of rborthwick
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer is a very good session type beer for the person who is not a big hop head. It pours a medium copper and has a nice half inch head that dissipates pretty quickly. It smells of malt and nuts. It is very drinkable with an aggressive carbonation. It tastes of malt, figs and a hint of sugar and nuts. The tastes lingers a little bit on the back end and there is no bitter hop ending perceivable.

rborthwick, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.78/5  rDev -1%

I dilligently followed the instructions on the back, letting it chill for at lease 3 hours. I pour a 440ml draught can into my sam smith pint glass

A - well, with all draught/nitro cans it is another perfect pour with a perfect one finger creamy cream colored head. retention is excelent. the body is a dark scotch color, like a cask strength whiskey.

S - an elegant malty sweetness, with some grainy element. there is a bit of mustiness that I do not know whether it is yeast or if I am confusing it with a metallic scent, which would be the height of stupidity.

T - initially there is a slight bitterness on the tongue, not too terribly complicated. the finish has some sweetness from the malts and a pinch of alcohol with continued bitterness. after taste is a sharp downward gradient of loosing flavour,it starts out as malts and then goes into obscurity, very quickly. only leaving a lingering sweetness.

MF&D - I could have used some more carbonation and viscosity to make this beer a bit beefier. but hey, I could also chug this untill ill. a very refreshing and easy to drink grew. finally, a nitro with some freakin body to it!

erz316, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured a clear orange body with a nice two-finger white head that had average retention. Lacing was good throughout the entire beer.

Aroma was a little malt, hops and nutty

Taste was sweet, presumably from the roasted malt, but not too much so.

The beer had a medium to light body, carbonation was right. The beer was pretty smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a good beer and one that I will probably pick up again, but may not be my first choice.

PhillyStyle, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Chilled 500 mL into a glass.

A: Hazy bronze/copper color with gold highlights. A generous, 3-finger fluffy head that recedes into a thick film on the top, with substantial lacing down the glass. A very inviting appearance.

S: A strong aroma of caramel and toasted malts, and butter. Lesser aromas include hints of smoke and nuts. No hops or alcohol detected: the smell is fairly one-dimensional and suggests a sweet beer.

T: Dominated by caramel malts and butter for an initially smooth and sweet taste. Gives way to a toasted malt flavor in the mid-taste, with hints of ash, smoke, and nuts. The finish is lightly sweet and malty, leaning toward the caramel side.

M: Smooth and creamy. Just slightly fuller tham medium-bodied. Light carbonation, which works well for the style. No alcohol detected.

D: Goes down very easily, especially with the buttery taste and feel. A nice quaffer. I'd seek this out again over some poorly made craft brews, but if I were in the mood for a really good brew, I'd overlook this.

Arbitrator, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

A- Beautiful fluffy white head that becomes rocky as it drops. Great head retention and good lacing. The beer is a light brownish red in color.

S- Very malty some bitter sweet caramel and hint of apples. Light citrus hops also a little smokiness.

T- Caramel and light chocolate up front, some smoke and hops present as well.

M- Medium bodied beer that is quite smooth. Good balance and good carbonation.

Overall- Little less complex then some Scottish ales I have had but still very good.

br3wmeister, Feb 22, 2009
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,585 ratings.