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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,694 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,694
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 40
Gots: 134 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-07-2001

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Photo of schap329
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, tasty, thick, creamy head, smoky aftertaste somehow. The taste of a Scottish ale seems to com close to a stout. Had it on tap in Pennylane in Richmond. It goes great with their Liverpudlian fish and chips. Good times I'll have another pints of those.

Photo of ricchezza
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy caramel color that cascades nicely leaving a 3/4" head. Head retention is excellent the entire way through.
Toffee-like aroma. Smooth, light and creamy in body.
Taste-wise, the first thing that comes to mind is a candy apple. Leaves a sweet finish.

I might like this better if matched with the right food. This beer is just a little too sweet for me to drink regularly. I've had it on tap before and prefer it that way (just not recent enough for review).

Photo of JDV
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reddy brown pour with offwhite head that hung around for a bit. Not a fan of the smell of this at all, and was different from any other "bitter" style beer. Wasn't bitter at all, but smelled and tasted kind of sour and sweetish at the same time. Almost a sour and sweet chocolate-ish flavor but not in the way a stout is chocolately. All in all this was slightly drinkable but I wouldn't do it again on purpose.

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-amber color with a tan head that laces the glass pretty nicely. It smells of sweet malts, some vine fruits, and scotch. It has a nice flavor to it - a sweet malty/fruity beginning turning to a more bitter and robust scotchy flavor. It has a nice smooth mouthfeel and is a very drinkable scottish ale. This is a relaxing beer and I highly recommend it.

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

A: Pours a dark cranberry red with a thick, lustrous creamy, white head with a good retention.

S: sweet maltiness, toffee hints, floral hopping and light molasses notes.

T: The flavor was sweet and creamy caramel, with a slight dry floral hopping. There was a darken molasses and woodiness as well detected.

M: The mouthful was very smooth and silky on tongue with some subtle scotch hints.

D: Nice drinkability, can drink a couple at a time. extemely smooth compliments of the widget.

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

Poured golden amber with a smooth, creamy looking white head. Really interesting seeing such a head sit there on a lighter color beer. Looked like the head off a Guinness.

Smell and taste were both grainy and toasty. Worked very well, but they were a bit mild. Still, highly enjoyable.

What a smooth beer. So smooth, it got the other beer's numbers without even asking. So smooth, it's got moves Michael Jackson can't mimic. I'm talking about the younger, less creepy Michael Jackson.

Highly drinkable beer. Quality stuff.

Photo of beersabound
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sucker for the cascade of a nitro-can. This one poured like they all should. Pretty cascading leaves an intriquing ruddy brown center with amber edges. An eternal, tight, tan head sits atop unwavering.

Light wafts of caramel malt and mild earthy hop and yeast tones entice my nose. The flavor has all the qualities of the aroma and a slight ting of acidity adding a slight twist. It's silky on the palate and going down. This is an easy drinking session beer that still has ample flavor to be served with BBQ or a steak.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A = Clear amber, small off white head, some lacing on glass, good carbonation level with smallish bubbles.

S = Light roasted malt, caramel, cream. Good smells with good balance.

T = As with the smell it has light roasted malt, caramel, cream and nice bitterness in good balance with the sweet malt flavors. Medium long finish.

M = Lighter bodied, fair mouthcoating, carbonation is slightly too stinging.

D = High drinkability. This is a very approachable beer, light pleasing flavors, good for just one or for several on an evening.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle I am reviewing was obtained in France and is only 3.9% in alcohol (the same as the breweries normal best bitter). So it may not be the same beer everyone else has reviewed under this heading.

Brown 500ml bottle, best before date 'rubbed off'.

Poured into a Gordon Finest Gold thistle glass (twice).

Using such a glass can only enhance the appearance of a beer and this one looks great, dark amber with a thick well formed foaming head.

Peat aroma with hops and malts all jumbled up to give you a typical Scottish Ale type smell.

Good roasted malt flavour, a fine clean finish with some sweetness arriving later.

A lttile thin, but mine is 3.9% don't forget, otherwise fine.

A good beer overall, I think I'd fancy a 5.2% version.

Photo of Rayek
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very impressive ale with a lot of Scottish character.

A: Brilliant amber color with a very dense head. Very active initial carbonation from nitrogen injection. Doesn't leave lace down the side of the glass.

S: Carmel, toffee and chocolate notes dominate the aroma. Very sweet and complex.

T: Malt dominates early with prominent toffee flavor and a hint of peat moss and burnt wood. Hops follow with a well balanced bitterness. Slightly tart. Very dry finish.

M: Feels slick in the mouth. Little carbonation. Medium bodied, but a little watery.

D: Excellent. I could drink this all night, but my common sense tells me otherwise. Perfect for a cool day or evening. Would go well with a hearty meal.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- clear amber color with a thick head that is very well retained

S- rich, toasted peaty malt scent with a trace of hops in the background

T- the taste delivers the aroma with a nice earthy hop finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation

D- This is an excellent beer and a classic example of the style. I've heard a lot about this beer, but never had one - I wish I had tried it earlier.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK... so this time I decided to try a BOTTLE of this stuff (500ml; 16.9 oz. brown/no freshness date). My last review was from a nitro-can. Poured it into a pint glass and watched as the 1" light beige head dwindled down to a thin cap leaving minor patchy lacing. The beer is a dark honey color with a touch of haze from the ultra tiny, sub-micron sized particles hanging in suspension.

The nose on this is much more pronounced than out of the nitro can. I can easily sense a nutty, caramel scent. There's a tiny touch of a floral hops too.

Taste: This is much better than the nitro can. This is a good Scottish Ale... hey... it might just be the ORIGINAL Scottish Ale! Flavor is malty and mildly smokey. A nice nutty flavor lingers. Milder than a Wee Heavy.

MF: Right on style... although, I prefer a heavier beer... (mmm... Wee Heavy). This shouldn't be compared to a Wee Heavy... so as for style... it's right on. Smooth, creamy, not too rich. Perfectly carbonated... not too fizzy.... not too dead.

Drinkability: The ultimate session beer... nice and smooth. If you're in the mood for a Scottish Ale.... this is a fine example.

Photo of fank2788
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
In the glass this beer is a bright, clear, brassy red copper color with a thin off white head that doesn't really do much of anything. The smell is full bready caramel grain a bit a floral hops and a fair dose of diacetyl. The taste is upfront graininess, fairly buttery sweet with a definite hop bite that is more floral spice than stinging bitterness. Underneath there may be a bit of husk or burnt grain maybe even slightly smokey, but it is subtle. The finish is a touch sweet followed by a quick drying bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty light and tingly maybe a bit thin? While I feel that this is a good example of the style and overall a good beer it doesn't really strike me as being great, I'd recommend it to fans of the style or English/Scottish/Irish beer fans in general but for me it is missing something.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i picked up a 17 fl.oz. bottle of this at the local beer shop the other day. the beer pours a nice amber with a fluffy white head that fades quickly. it is pretty light in the smell department but what is there is some very light hops with and malt flavors with some cooling spices. the beer has a light nutty flavor with hints of caramel and nice toasted malt presence and a slight slight hint of hops. unfortunately, the mouthfeel is pretty watery and a little over carbonated which definitely takes down the drinkability a peg or so. overall a decent beer but not one i would go out of my way to have again, certainly not in bottle form.

Photo of BeerDetective
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like a lot of Belhaven's beers and Scottish beer in general, but this one kind of left me flat. I have had it in bottles before, and it had a lot more flavor, the nitro can seems to have flattened the flavor out in favor of smoothness, which was exceptional for a Scottish ale. Nice but not something I would buy again.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a nice lace of head. Smell has tons of caramel aromas. Taste is very dank with caramel aftertones with hints a floral tones also.. Bitterness is minimally. Not much at all, only a bit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth with light carbonation.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was dissapointed by the nitro-draft version, so I'm hoping the bottle is better. Here it goes: even without the nitro, the head rises nicely and the retention is excellent. The taste is better too; sweet smokiness highlights the improved flavor. Medium bodied and easy drinking. Overall, I found this to be an improvement over the nitro version. Who would have thunk?

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear light coper color, a off white head, with decent retention and lacing.

S-Some fruity yeast (orange maybe). I'm not getting anything else.

T- Big malt character. Brown sugar. Toasted bread. Hint of coffee, hint of fruit, even some chocolate. In the middle a slight hop bitterness comes in, the finish has some bitter burnt malts making it very interesting.

M-Light body and crisp carbonation, finsh is dry and bitter

D-tasty and very drinkable

I would like to have some of these great flavors shown off in the smell of this beer. The taste has so much but you would never know it by the smell.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Fox and the Hound in Mason,OH this past week. Poured into a tall 20oz Pint glass.

A - Poured a very dark amber with a nicy cloudy consistency that you could definitly tell this one was going to be a pretty full one. A large three inch high head of foamy off white lace crowned the top and offered great retention hanging on for what seemed like forever before finally slipping down and resting into a one finger high layer of foam across the top that hung on for the entire rest of the session. Very nice side glass presentation that also hung on for the rest of the session and obscuring most of the contents towards the end. If there was lots of carbonation it was not visible.

S - The aroma was full of malty goodness. Lots of thick bready and earthy like smells coming off of this one giving it a very full overall profile for sure. There was some hints of sweetness that rippled through it as well, but this was predominantly a malty scottish ale. Lots of earthy breads in the finish as well.

T - The flavor was very full, much more so then I thought it would be to be honest. The first thing to hit me was a full on sweet malty assualt that was just rich and full flavored. A nice touch of nuttiness was mixed in as well as a touch of caramel that really lightened up, or well tried to as this was a nice dark beer. There were some light hints of grassy like flavors towards the finish that really dried it out and let the flavors hang around for a good long time.

M - Very rich creamy and smooth, there was no mistaking this one was a full bodied scottish ale. What suprised me to be honest was the utter lack of carbonation though. There was just none. When you sipped there was a full creamy head, however as you brought it down it was just flat. Very odd sensation and reminscent of like a guiness or dry stout like feel. Not terrible, but not the best either, maybe just not my cup of tea.

D - Not bad here at all. This went down very well and the flavor profile was very nice and strong with low alcohol and a rich filling conisitency. Very nice compliment with dinner and I could have put down another one after this was done.

Overall not bad. It was a very solid offering from Belhaven and really was a fine drink to throw done with dinner. Not sure how it is in can or bottle, but on tap very fresh and very indicative of the style. A quality ale for sure and something I would recommend.

Photo of alexskovan
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber that reminds me of fine old furniture. Thick, sturdy head. Subdued aroma of toasted malts, a tea-like quality to it. Taste is full and slightly bitter, with the woody tones so endearing in this style and a long bitter finish.

The Scots know how to drink.

Photo of RedBeerHead
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light, three inch carbonated head, Settles in foam form. The body is a very rich amber color, but not quite opaque. You can definitely see the heavy yeast content. Good presentation. Significant fruity, hop smell and yet a good malt presence. The taste is certainly a surprise. Good balance of hops and malt (definite hops dominant) with a very good fruit/hop aftertaste. I have nothing to compare this ale to, but it’s a good one.

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first Scottish Ale I'd ever tried and I didn't know quite what to expect. It had a dark amber appearance with little head to it. There was a bread-like smell, along with some malt. It had a nice nutty taste that, in some way, reminded me of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Overall, it's a pretty drinkable beer, though not something I flipped over.

Photo of windigo32
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this from the can and the bottle. Frankly, the can tastes much better but this review is the bottle.

A: Pours a dark amber brown with a thick off white head.

S: Dough and Caramel. This smells like a dark beer.

T: Again, tastes of dough and Caramel.

M: Feel is amazing. Smooth and creamy with very little carbonation.

D: Goes down easily, but it's a bit on the heavy side.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine offering in the "...of the month" club (thanks DK!!!). Nice deep gold/amber in the glass, with a tall, smooth billowy head. Soft malt in the nose with a delicious carmel first taste on the tongue. As Scottish Ales go, this is one of my favorites. Extremely smooth tasting, little hops except to provide a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. And the nitro can is a lot of fun because you get a gorgeous bubble show (like a Guinness) along the sides of the glass after the pour. It's one classy beer. That's 3 for 3 of those I've tasted from my box so far.

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

16.9 oz. glass bottle- color of medium brown, with a thick long lasting eggshell colored head - nose of scotch barrel, iodine, malt, and cola – taste of earthy, woody, malts, slightly sour, and nutty notes - body is smooth, and with decent carbonation – aftertaste of roasted malts, some woodyness, and lingering

Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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