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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,581 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,581
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 33
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 barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +5%

This beer poured a clear golden/amber color with a big, rocky, cream colored head. The aroma is quite malty. The taste is smoky with a large dose of malt – nice balance. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, the flavors and mouthfeel work well to make this is a smooth easy drinking Scottish Ale.

barefootbrewer, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of mattster
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Opened bottle, standard import skunk smell. Poured down the side into a standard pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Very little head/almost no lacing when head decipates. Smells of malt, nothing major. Taste is standard malty - as expected for dark color of beer. OK mouthfeel, bubbles would not make me to have more than a couple of these with dinner. I was hoping that this beer would give me the inspiration to paint the face blue/white and pillage. I just feel the expereince was average, at best. Oh well.

mattster, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

A - Clear auburn brew with a large foamy head and thick bands of lacing.

S - Mild strawberries, red licorice vines. Not much else.

T - A mild sweetness of red licorice rope. Some earthy/woodsy bitterness with some lingering red licorice sweetness.

M - Smooth, thin to medium bodied, not very refreshing.

D - Pretty good. Certainly worth a try. A mild ESB-esque scottish ale. Definitely toward the normal side of scottish ales.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Belhaven Scottish Ale (draught can) pours that weird reverse
carbonation thing typical of nitrogen widget-equipped canned
draught beer. The head settles into a perfect finger of creamy
foam over a dark amber brew. There is no carbonation, and the
nose is the typical fruity English ale yeast esters. The flavor is
toasty malt, with molasses and coffee notes, with a bit of subtle
herbal hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is velvety due to the nitrogen,
but also dry. Not bad.

shadow1961, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of malibujohnny
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a nice copper amber color.Leaves a good half inch head throughout the glass and laces very good.I can not get too much from the smell,a little tad carmel but the malt is there.Maybe because of the thick head the smell does not come in as well.The taste...thats there.Wonderful medium malty goodness that is fantastic in the mouth.A sweet little nutty kick as well in the back end.( I like to take in some of the head as i drink ) Finishes with a slight bittering hoppiness to end a great tasting scottish ale.I'm very pleased with this tasty beverage.

malibujohnny, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5%

On nitro-tap 8/28/07 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a medium dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of vanilla, caramelized malt, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and creamy, with flavors of vanilla, spices and a smoky touch. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, nice beer to wind down with after a good meal, an ideal dessert beer for sure.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of thegiggy86
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

I had this beer over at the Brazen Head in Brooklyn, NY. It was poured from the tap into a clean pint glass. The beer resembled a fine guiness as it settled into the glass, an impressive sight indeed. What was even more impressive was the mouthfeel and taste. I genuinely enjoyed this beer and will continue to drink it as long as it is offered at The Head. -Steve from Staten Island

thegiggy86, Aug 30, 2007
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a dark amber rose color with a decent one to two finger head that lasts.

Smells like beer, not being funny, smells like a beer should smell. A solid aroma that has hints of fruit, caramel and hops.

Taste: A very balanced beer. Goes well with meals or standing alone. I would say the taste is not complex but has layers. Malts without coffee or chocolate and a good hop finish without a bite.

Good carbonation without distracting from taste. Not thick like a porter or stout can be but definitely not flat/light/watery.

Easy to drink as an end of day thirst quencher, session beer or sip and enjoy with summertime grilled food .

Can you tell I like this ALE?

DAVIDMAGNUM, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

nitro can, so of course lots of creamy head and several puffy rings of lace. great clear amber color.

aroma is much too faint and subtle for me. maybe something metallic

the taste has noticeable malt, with mild hop flavors and bitterness all around. low carbonation gives a smooth feel,almost slippery. there is this pleasant sweet finish which is followed by a clean, faintly bitter aftertaste.

despite not being particularly exceptional in aroma or taste, it is still very smooth and very drinkable.

tai4ji2x, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

I'd like to re-review the beer...my first taste was from a bottle and this time I am using a Nitro-Can...and WOW what a difference it made

Appearance: A creamy white head pours out to leave a reddish colour liquod beneath it. The head lingered around for a great deal of time

Smell: Same smell, light hoppy w/ some malts of coruse

Taste: WOW...I'm not sure if it's just better from a can or what. A somewhat dry drink at the beginning but even smoother going down than when from a bottle. Still malt and hops taste but no longer dry going down.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional. Very smooth, very creamy, perfection? Pretty damn close to it

Drinkability: I could drink this Ale any night of the week. Just a great drink, I love it

livingregret, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of iceball585
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

A- Golden brown color, semi-clear, thin tan lacy head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Toasted malts, earthy, caramel, buttery, fairly sweet

T- Caramel malts, biscuits, grains, toffee, creamy, toasted nuts, buttery

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, clean

D- Definatly a session beer

Not anything too complex. Just an over nice balance of flavors to create a great scotish ale.

iceball585, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of oelergud
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Clear copper bronze body with a large tan head of mostly small bubbles, good retention and great clumpy lace. Moderate carbonation.
Mild molasses, subdued hops, butter and white bread.
Taste is as mild as the smell. Butter and white bread with just enough pepper to be detected. The aftertaste is pretty well balanced.
Full buttery mouthfeel and some coating.
Good drinkability. Easy and mild mannered.


oelergud, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of Zephenbrewid
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Serving Type: 16 oz Nitro Can poured into 16 oz american pint glass

A: Impressive creamy off-white head, good transparent medium-red color with very few bubbles rising from bottom to top.

S: It's all about malt here. If I had to compare it to an outside scent, it would be salt-water taffy.

T: Good balance between malt and hops, I would shift it even further to the malty side. Dry finish.

M: Not bad in feel but would have expected the body to be slightly heavier. Also lacks the good tingle of carbonation.

Zephenbrewid, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.43/5  rDev -10%

Appearance is a nice rich amber with a thick creamy head that just won't quit. Aroma is Malty, bready and I'd have to say the same for the taste, but with a little sweetness from the malt with low hop and carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium that is creamy, a good beer, nothing special, but one to try.

Bookseeb, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Originally tried this brew as part of a beer of the month club and have wandered to it every now and again. This beer pours a deep red, way beyond amber, with a solid white head throughout the glass. Smell is dry crackers, bread a sweet malty tinge. Taste is more sweetness, preserves and jam mixed with bread, though the dry portion of the beer fails to match the sweetness of the beer. I wish it were as dry and hoppy as the smell first indicated. Beer goes down sweet and smooth. A decent brew, but nothing to write home about.

saintwarrick, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Had this on tap at Max's the other night. For my money, this is the perfect session beer.

The beer pours a gorgeous orange mahogany color, with a fabulous creamy head, showing excellent retention and lacing (as you would pretty much expect from the nitro pour). Appearance wise, this beer gets full marks. On the nose I don't get very much. There are no off flavors, and there is a hint of butterscotch and honey, but really not much of anything otherwise. On the palate this beer is just a joy to drink. It's so light and airy; like sipping a beer flavored cloud. Considering how soft, light and airy this beer is, the amount of flavor it packs is nothing short of amazing. One gets nuts, apple and toffee; the beer is basically dry, but there is just a hint of sweetness. The beer has a beautiful finish, gliding away with a whisper.

F*ck Miller. This is the true champagne of beers. This beer comes across as subtle, yet rich... which you would think would be a contradiction. The perfect paradox, this beer.

The beer is amazingly drinkable and is the sort of beer I would happily drink all day. I had this beer after a 10% DIPA and the Delirium Tremens, yet this beer still held its own in the flavor department. Just an amazing beer....

John_M, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Pours a rather dark amber, almost the color of rust, but with a beautiful appearance. Foamy head yields about two and a half fingers that dissipates at an average rate, leaving behind a thick ring of lace.

S: A grassy and herbal aroma, kind of earthy and malty. Not too much in the nose, but still enough to pique the interest.

T: Maltiness is somewhat subdued, yet still tasty, and there are just enough hops to detect their presence in the middle, but not so much as to throw the beer off. As a matter of fact, its balance is quite nice, but perhaps a little more flavor couldn't hurt.

M: Creamy and well-carbonated mouthfeel, a hearty ale.

D: I can't find enough bad to say about this beer, but then again, not a whole lot of good either. To be sure, this offering from Belhaven is above average, but I'm not really sold on the taste. Perhaps this is an ale meant to be had in a pub, back-to-back pints. I could see myself doing that, but after the second, I'd probably opt for something else.

CharlieMopps, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

A- Perfectly clear, amber, with whipped cream like nitro head that both lasts and laces.

S- What comes through the head is like sweet grain. I can think of no other way to describe it. Doesn't really smell like malt, and no hop aroma. Slightly plastic tinge in there as well.

T- Some wheat and barley flavors, with some biscuity sweetness, melba toast, bad-tasting yeast, a faint hint of hops and a bit of caramel. Overall a bit muted, all of this is hard to pick out.

M- Creamy with low carbonation. Smooth. The mouthfeel of a guinness.

D- Solid scottish ale, but a bit too creamy and too sweet... and maybe a bit too boring for me to want to drink it a lot.

khiasmus, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Mumps
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

I have had this one on tap and in can. Color was a good dark amber. Good head (as I remember), with good retention and decent lacing. Good Scottish bitter ale taste. A good beer, though maybe a bit of an acquired taste.

Disclaimer: it has been a while since I last had it, kinda hard to find.

Mumps, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Poured into a 20 ounce pint a nice deep amber color and off white head that disapates quickly. Aromas of sweet malt and a small hop presence. The taste is just about the same. The small hop bitterness is a very interesting balace to the beer. The sweet malt makes it a very easy beer to drink, especially with a hop bite.

OWSLEY069, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of slyke
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Belhaven Scottish Ale is a deep amber color with a nice puffy white head. Some lacing. A nice looking beer.

The aroma is bready/malty/biscuity. There is a slight hint of smoke as well.

Taste is excellent starting with a quick of taste of hop, the same malty flavor as the aroma, plus a clean finish and a little floral hop note.

Mouthfeel is very good. Full in the mouth, but very little aftertaste.

Drinkability is stellar. I could drink this beer all afternoon. Recommended.

slyke, May 27, 2007
Photo of Gasp100
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

A - Beautiful dark amber / copper color and extremely clear even at cold temps; thin wispy lacing and a quickly receding head.
S - Bready, malty, slight smokiness - no other beers smell like Scottish brews. This one has that heavy on the malt, light on the floral hop aroma... nice.
T - Sweet toffee, biscuit, bready with a great malt backbone. The hops cut through nicely and add a sharp, bright bitterness to the finish.
M - Good carbonation, slightly slick and a nice pallete cleanser in the finish.
D - This is very sessionable with the emphasis on malt. It's not cloyingly sweet because the hops do balance the malt nicely. This is pretty full bodied for a mid-level Ale but I think it offers a nice change of pace from your standard XPA's and English Bitter's/PA's.

Gasp100, May 16, 2007
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4/5  rDev +5%

poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle no freshness date. a medium redish brown color with a one inch head that held well with some spotty lace. bready malt aromas with a hint of caramel and hops. taste is same, mouthfeel is very, very smooth and light with a light carbonation. this was my first beer from belhaven brewery and i'll be looking for more of their beers.

billybob, May 12, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Enjoyed on tap at my favorite bar McNiven's in Indianapolis.

A: Light amber color with a nice head and slight lacing.
S: Malty with a strong bitter back flavor.
T: Nice and malty with a touch of sweetness all the way to the end with some good complex bitter flavors.
M: Low to mid carbination and very light.
D: On tap I am a big fan and will gladly come back to it.

TheodorHerzl, May 02, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Dark copper hue, not much head even with a vigorous pour. Lacing is better. Very clear.

Smells of spice-bread, slight butterscotch, main component is yeast. A hint of peppery alcohol and floral hops.

Pleasantly tasty flavor. Big malts, slightly sweet, a little smoky (probably peat fire right?). Buttery diacetyl makes the moderate body seem slick, overall very smooth with a kick from the hops. Great balance, good layering of flavor.

I still don't have a very good conception of the Shilling strata, but this one must be closer to an 80- or 90+/-, a good deal darker and more complex than their St. Andrews. I definitely prefer this one, very smooth and sessionable while having a lot of body for relatively low abv.

BretSikkink, Apr 30, 2007
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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