Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 125 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-07-2001)
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Photo of bbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A..Poured a very nice amber/red, somewhat dark but not opaque by any means. No head to really speak of.

S..A decent hop scent with a mild hint of malts.

T..A little bitter at first. Some roasted malt flavor is present I think.

M..Light/light-medium bodied.

D..Easy to drink after the first one or two bitter sips pass. Goes down smooth. Went well with a pub sandwich and mashed for lunch. Could be a good session beer, especially since the abv is not too high.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark amber/brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. It smells like toasted malt, nuts, and a bit of caramel. The taste is the same as the aroma, however the taste is stronger than the aroma would indicate. There aren't any hops that I can notice in either the taste or the aroma, but in this case that isn't a bad thing. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very easy to drink. I could easily have this as an occasional session beer. If you like malt and Scottish Ales, then you would probably like this beer. I think it's a good, solid brew.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark amber with a two finger head.

S- Malty rich caramel with toasty notes.

T- Loads of rich malt from start to finish. There's some light nuttyness and roast character to keep things from being cloying. Finishes fairly crisp.

M- Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation.

D- I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

An enjoyable ale, a must for malt heads.

Photo of halfhorsefilms
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter at a goofy angle & wound up with a rather large head that stuck around for a while.

Warm & deep dark chocolate smell, nutty & coffee-like and very thick in aroma. I love it already! Very deep amber in color and that head just won't go away.

Surprisingly light in flavor compared to the smell, so it does a better job decorating your nose than your mouth. Extremely nutty aftertaste that's good to wish it lasted a bit longer. Definitely let this one warm up a bit. Not as bold as expected and only subtly coats the mouth, but still extremely tasty.

Have about two in a row and you'll feel a little full. Makes me want some BBQ.

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

Poured into a pint glass. One finger of white head, some lacing, the beer is a hazy dark amber. Smells of nuts, citrus, some hops, and cloves, a little tartness or sourness on the back end of the nose; probably been on the shelf too long because that's pretty uncharacteristic.

Tastes nutty, with lots of sweet malts, some hops and roasted flavors on the back end. Reminds me of a brown ale. A little bit of that sourness in the aftertaste.

A bit simple for my taste. Clearly a bit past its prime, too bad--I'll keep an eye out for another.

Photo of cvfish
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a brownish amber color that produced a small foamy white head that had little retention and left some lace around the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were malts, some toasty - nuttiness, and a little bit of booze

T - The taste of this beer had a bready malts feel, some good toastiness, and slight nutty character

M - The mouthfeel had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a good beer, probably better if I could get it in a six pack, but overall a decent flavorful beer

Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro, in a straight pint glass at the Green Frog in Bellingham, WA. I'm a little confused because this is a lot lighter than most scotch ales I'm familiar with and thus having difficulty with comparisons. Nonetheless this is a very attractive beer, clear medium amber in color with the creamy nitro head that had great retention but very little lacing.

A sweet malt aroma is the dominant scent, no noticeable hop scents. The favor is solidly malt with a pleasant tang on the back of the tongue.

The body is pleasantly solid and the nitro makes it super smooth. A very drinkable beer, this example is lower in alcohol than most of the style that I'm used to.

A very pleasant and enjoyable brew, worth seeking out.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy mahogany light brown color, huge head to it with tons of lacing. Mouthfeel is pretty good, body a bit on the thin side, but wicked smooth. A nice malty taste here with a bit of the smokiness/nuttiness to it typical of the style. While not as over the top as Old Chub (which is an amazing beer), this seems like the baseline of Scottish ales. Won't blow you away with flavor but its beautiful in the glass and incredibly smooth.. glad I got to try it.

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

A: A deep dark amber color, almost a brown. A thick foam head with lots of lacing.

S: There was nothing really overpowering coming from this beer. The scents picked up were mostly roasted malts with vague hints of caramel.

T: The taste was much better than the smell. A very well balanced beer of tasted malts, some vanilla and nuts.

M: A decent creamy texture left on the palate.

D: A very nice Scottish ale and quite sessionable. Easy to drink and not overly complex.

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

This beer poured a dark amber with a single-finger beige head. The smell is almost all malt with a bit of toasted nuttiness. The taste starts off with toasted malt that gives way to a bit of hops to balance everything out. The mouthfeel was slightly thick with moderate carbonation and it was a very drinkable beer.

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

served from bottle to flute

a: nice full white head, hazy brown copper color, low carbonation

s: malt up front with some hints of peatiness

t: rich clean malt flavor, with a touch of a sour note

m: medium full body

D: good drinkability.

A solid beer overall, but nothing extra ordinary

Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thich white head. Good lacing down the glass. A sweet, almost fruity aroma mixed with some earthy hop and toffee malt aromas. The taste is sweet fruity caramel malt with a slight bitterness in the finish. The is also a slight smokiness in the finish. The earthy hops come up front in the finish but don't overload the beer with bitterness. A very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good, definitely can have a few of these.

Photo of berkey
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I look at the next several beers I've set aside for review I notice it's heavy on Belgian craft and Trappist brews so I picked this and some other randoms to mix things up a bit.

500ml bottle poured into an Allagash glass (seemed as good as choice as any). Body is a clean brown that shows hints of amber when held to light. An agressive pour creates a very large lingering off white head. Great lacing and overall a great looking beer.

Aromas are malty and sweet with pleasant wood and earthy notes. Also someting very nutty in there. Hops are present but unobtrusive as it's really all about the malt.

Taste is more of the same from the aroma with the addition of some roasted malt and even more earthy flavors. A little more hops in the aftertaste and hints of caramel. A very mellow and balanced beer, drinkability is definitely above average.

Overall very mild but still very well done and enjoyable. It's important first time drinkers of this one don't confuse this "Scottish Ale" with a "Scotch Ale" aka Wee Heavy as the unmet expectations will make it harder to enjoy. This one is all about balance and subtlety.

Photo of katan
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color, with a decent 1mm head formation. Head is eggshell white in color. Not much carbonation or hazing apparent.

S - A very understated nose - not much here. At most I can smell a few hints of malt - peat malt.

T - Starts off very light in flavor - only a light amount of earthy peat malt flavors sneak through. Mid-stream only seems to add a hair of bitterness. Hop foundation nowhere to be found. Finishes with a dominant hit of sweet malts - can be a bit buttery or toffee like.

M - A fairly stinging mouthfeel from the higher than average carbonation. Does leave behind a fairly oily and clinging consistency on the tongue.

D - A fairly drinkable beer. ABV is manageable, and doesn't appear to be filling.

I give this beer an overwhelming "eh" grade - just not sure anything about this beer is exceptional.

Photo of AccidentalKate
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Caramel Coloring with a minimal but long lasting head. Nice carbonation.

Aroma: Floral with a hint of citrus. Pleasant.

Taste: Rich. Slight chocolately taste with a nice hit of grain at the end. gradual finish makes this really fun.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation that disappears quickly. Not rare for a Scottish Ale.

Drinkability: Good, but not great Scottish Ale.

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

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!

Photo of wac9
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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.

Photo of mralphabet
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of surfer4life
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pandashaver
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of disastermouse
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of drink1121
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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