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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,727 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,727
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 41
Gots: 152 | 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 thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted 2007.
Appearance : brown color, with good foam head.
Smell : fruity, a little caramel
Taste and mouthfeel : slight bitterness, ever slight roasted presence, well balanced.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Scottisk ale style

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

A - The pour on this thing is sexy...nice nitro appearance with a nice fluffy white head that falls quickly and leaves little lace

S - The smell is malty and nutty with a hint of biscuit..not much hops in there at all

T - The taste is very much what was advertised in the smell..mostly malts..a very subdued hop presence in the end

M - Here's where I was a little let down..this is the affect of the nitro I think...seemed thin..and almost flat..hardly any carbonation to this at all

D - Overall a very drinkable beer and I enjoyed all 4 that I bought

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber light caramel color with plenty of dense white head and excellent tracing. Great clarity as well. Aromas are quite the mix of toasty malts, toffee, caramel with some small notes of chocolate and dark fruits. On the palate, a rich toffee and biscuit like flavors coat the mouth with its medium low carbonation. A slight floral finish hints at noble hops, but bitterness is very low. Overall, a very enjoyable beer and one I hope to duplicate in my upcoming homebrew.

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

Nice amber color with a white creamy head. Aromas of caramel and apples with a slight hint of roasted malt. The flavor basically carries on the work of the aroma, providing a silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel to boot. The finish is both fruity and biscuit-like. If I was Chuck Norris, I would drink this for breakfast with cranberry scones and clotted cream.

Photo of dsa7783
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union...
A highly aggressive pour yielded an initial full, five-fingered head that rested atop a lucid, clear, ruby-red colored hue with minimal visible carbonation rising...
Slight, subtle aroma present with thick malts, honey, and caramel...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with an obvious suggestion of chewy malts, caramel, vanilla, sugars,honey, and rich toffee...
For a light beer like this, the taste was really rich and bursting with quality, character, and flavor...
Mouthfeel was slightly watered down and flaccid, without any rich, creamy, or thick tasted usually depicted in other reprsentations of the style...
Good drinkability due to the non-cloying taste and relatively low alcohol percentage...
Not bad...
Worth a shot...

Photo of nasty15108
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber in color. When poured, it produced a thick 1" white foam head and plenty of lace.

S - A slightly floral, hoppy aroma.

T - Crisp and balanced. Not as smokey as I would have expected. A nice mild after taste with hints of peat. Very creamy finish.

MF&D - A smooth and slightly carbonated feel in the mouth. Not as heavy as I would have expected. Well balanced and very drinkable. I would recommend Belhaven Scottish Ale to those who have not yet tried it.

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

463 reviews as of this writting. ordered this thinking I was getting something else. I found it looked good in the glass and had nice light caramel, malty aspect but was definitely on the lighter side of things. makes sense when I see it as a 5% beer.

Nice as a session ale.

Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass and received a brownish/blackish body that had a nice, frothy one-finger head that left a little bit of lacing. A nice, simple aroma that is a little light compared to other ales. I think I was expecting a heavier, maltier smell like a stout so my grade might be a little off - my bad.
A very smooth body overall with the malts I was expecting. Maybe some roasted malts or the usual coffee been thrown in, I don't know, but it tastes fine nonetheless and goes down great as the backbite is a tad dry from the hops. Overall, a great mix and a good ol' session brew. There are a few bars here and there that put this on draft - drink this if you're at one of them.

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?

Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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