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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,598 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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 puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of bmwats
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Light, hazy, brown. Medium light carbonation, pours into a half finger, off-white, bubbly head. Quickly dissipates leaving some spotty bubbly foam on the surface. Spotty lacing remains.

S: Malt is subdued. Sweet iced-tea with a strong alcohol nose.

T: Roasted malt. Lightly sweet and syrupy. Nutty. Tastes pretty much like it smells.

M: Light bodied but malt has a certain hearty feel, and a heavy alcohol tone. Aftertaste is a little abrasive.

D: Very nice. Great body, and flavor.

Great atmosphere. Complexity and balance defines the flavor. Great light, but hearty body. Very good quaff.

bmwats, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Pagzzz
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ML bottle

Appearance: Pours with a firm white rocky head. Deep reddish copper, brilliant clarity.

Aroma: Very clean, crisp maltiness with a hint of diacetyl. No hop aroma. Hint of roast or toast character.

Flavor: Clean, firm maltiness with bready, toasty character. very low background hop character and bitterness, definitely malt forward. Has a touch of roastiness, probably contributing to red color. Dry finish that leaves you thirsty for more.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a clean finish. Somewhat spritzy carbonation at first, light carbonic bite that quickly dissapates as the beer warms. Very slight diacetyl slickness, but almost complimentary. Very Drinkable.

Pagzzz, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of clemtig76
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle offered to me while "garage sitting" with a friend. Pours a crystal clear medium ruby/amber with a dense white head and some lacing. Aroma is a nice the mix of toasty malts, toffee, caramel with some notes of ripe fruit. Taste is a smooth blend of rich toffee and biscuit like flavors. Medium carbonation with low hop bitterness as a scottish ale should be. Very enjoyable.

clemtig76, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of stockingcpl
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours with a nice thick foamy head. There are nice lacings and the liquid is a dark amber. Very nice presentation.

Smell: The predominant aroma is a light caramel. Pine woodsyness is also present. The totality of the aroma is of a light amber ale. Pretty good so far.

Taste: The taste is very interesting. During onset there is an applish twang. This is replaced by a light malt citrus flavor that tapers rather quickly. This is a very refreshing drink and would be great on a hot summer afternoon by the pool.

Mouthfeel: VERY refressing and light on the palate. I liked the initial taste jump during onset. Absolutely no afteertaste or alsohol "evilness". Excellent.

Drinkability: Very light brew that is amazingly refressing. I'm very impressed!

Prosit!
Nikki

stockingcpl, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful brew with a medium brown, hazy body and a head of light tan standing about a half inch. The head fades after about a minute or two but still leaves a remnant.

S - Sweet, bitter, pungent hops. Very nice.

T - The smooth hops are a gift. This is a complex ale with a ton of taste character.

M - The texture is smooth throughout with a slight coarseness on the tip of my tongue to start.

~ This is a great brew to kick back and drink with your pals while hanging at the pub. I wish I could find a place in Point that had it.

cdkrenz, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting hazy orange look, expected a brown look, quick dissipating offwhite head, nice lace.

Alcohol, smoke, and malt on the nose, bit of sweetness detectable, ideal for this style.

The actual taste falls short of the nose, sadly. Decent malt, balanced, but not as deep as expected, maybe the travel is the problem.

Drinks nice in the mouth, some ashiness at the finish, but otherwise OK. Balance and dryness define this beer. OK drinkability for a session beer that this is, nothing exciting about it, or even freshness, prefer others made in the USA.

robbyc1, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours brown with a two-finger off-white head. Head has pretty good retention and becomes rocky after some dissipation. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Smells malty with a bit of earthy scents and some nuttiness.

T: Strong malts with a noticeable earth flavor that's accompanied by some slight fruit.

Overall: The mouthfeel was on the weaker side being that there was very little carbonation. But overall it's pretty drinkable due to the fact that it's pretty mild and has no overwhelming qualities.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A classic that I revisit often. Beautiful bottle underscores the brewery's antiquity. I'd like to know more about how this particular beer has changed over the years. Pours a clear mahogany with a small tan head that settles very quickly. Yummy aromas of complex malts spanning the spectrum from sweet maple syrup and toffee notes to biscuity to toasty malts. Tastes like all of those aromas; malt-heavy (as a good Scottish ale should be) with a slight woodsy bitterness keeping it from becoming a malt bomb. Absolutely delicious. Only flaw is an overcarbonated body, but that's just my personal preference. Am having this with pate and crackers and loving it.

droomyster, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a strong one finger white head which hangs on a considerable time. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is caramel malt. Taste is dark caramel malts with a hint of chocolate. Just enough hop bitters to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and that made for an easy session. Very nice ale.

Spikester, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Yeastcakes
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Hefe glass (all I had), celler temp
Aroma: nice malty sweetness
Appearance: cloudy, reddish brown, nice stable half-inch nitrogen head
Mouthfeel: nitrogen gives a cask like smoothness. Carbonation very light. Nice full body.
Taste: light smokey maltiness, very even flavor across the entire tongue.

Yeastcakes, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of aeminter
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy deep copper with a 1 cm tan head and no lacing.

Sweet smells of caramel and malt with an herbal/medicinal character in the background.

Creamy sweet malt flavor with a faint hop flavor at the back of the mouth. Very balanced.

Silky mouthfeel and easy drinking.

aeminter, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fuzzy maple brown color with a medium off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is nutty earthy and buttery with a mild raisin wine hint. The taste is a bitter caramel malt, a bit thin but an active carbonation. There is a sweet cherry lime touch over a malty undercoat. It's nice, pretty easy drinking too, not much alcohol.

Durge, Jan 21, 2009
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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