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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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very good

1,742 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,742
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 45
Gots: 164 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-07-2001

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

A- Poured a solid clear dark amber color with a thick 1" white foam head that left solid lacing down the sides of the glass

S- Tea-like malts and peat smoke with a slightly floral hop aroma.

T- Very crisp. Lots of peat smoke along with tea-like malts and a slight bitter hop finish.

M- Smooth with light carbonation. Good session beer

D- Easy drinking session beer though the peaty smokiness is not for everyone.

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

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - amber brown with a tan head that didn't dissipate too quickly.

S - nutty and malty.

T - nice flavor with that nuttiness and some malt.

M - nice and creamy with medium carbonation.

D - very high drinkability. really an enjoyable beer.

Photo of dfillius
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields one finger of off-white head with good retention. Mostly clear, dark reddish brown with a few floaties.
S: Nutty, some caramel malt as well, with a tad of alcohol. But where's the smell? Quite bland.
T: Sweet, caramelly malt, kind of watery and bland.
M: Thin
D: So thin, it is almost like water! It doesn't have enough flavor to make me choose it over water!

Photo of Natural510
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nitrous-can, first I've had in awhile.
Pours into Guinness-label pint glass very thick & creamy. A rich cascade which takes over two minutes to completely seperate. Leaves a lasting inch-thick head which laces the glass and never dissipates. Bright red & transparent in color.
Smells of malts & some yeast, slightly sweet.
Tastes sweet, malty, bready & robust. There are notes of brown sugar & toffee, as well as a slight orange-flavored twang. Overall, this is a brew for malt-lovers who don't require a sticky-sweetness to their brew.
Leaves a very creamy finish, with a malt tanginess in the mouth.
For me, brews like this are what made me fall in love with Scottish ales. There are certainly American versions which are up to snuff, but it's always nice to go back to the standard from Scotland itself.
Belhaven is deeply malty, slightly sweet & always leaves me wanting more.

Photo of mltobin
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4-Pack -

The appearance is a reddish/amberish colour with a two-finger head.
The smell is kinda sweet, with a rich nose.
Belhaven Scottish Ale tastes very good, a combination of stout flavors with a dash of wee heavy.
Mouthfeel is good, thick and rich, coats the mouth, great to wash down hot wings or other bar food.
Drinkability is slightly above average, a 4 pack is a good bet.

Photo of icemonkey908
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently acquired a 4 pack of these in the nitro can. While not as impressive as I remember the nitro tap, this is still a very well rounded brew. The widget creates a creamy head with just enough crispness. Flavor is sweet and toasty, not too strong. Doesn't try to over do it and succeeds at being well balanced.

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

A - Two fingers of off white head with decent retention and good lace. Clear, copper-amber body.

S - Moderate malty aroma with some caramel aroma. Slight roast note, no hops.

T - Malty with a good bit of caramel and some roasty/ smoky notes. Light hop flavor and slight diactyl.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and a dry, chalky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of dark malt. Not overly complex, but a great example of the style.

Photo of kevman527
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Big thick creamy white head 3 fingers worth. Decent retention, with good lacing. Reddish-brownish color.

Smell: Nutty, malty, yeast, and very earthy (grassy tones)

Taste: Very malt inspired taste, to me it tasted like it had a faint cherry taste, biscuity as well.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very smooth beer

Drinkability: Would recommend this beer to people who like scottish ales. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of Jmamay22
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very creamy look no doubt due to the widget. Once everything has settles there is a thick inch of head that is creamy in color and consistency. The beer itself is a hazy caramel color with little bits of I'm not sure what suspended within the beer.

The smell seems somewhat muted. There a nutty sweetness and maybe a hint of smoke, but there isn't much to grasp.

Taste and mouthfeel are what I could only describe as lifeless. Sweet caramel in taste. The smoke that I thought was there is not and the nutty flavors are minimal. Somewhat metallic.

Very drinkable, but not for what I would consider good reasons. It is quaffable, but too bland. Maybe its the widget that turns me off.

Photo of fitzy84
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer settled with a thick, creamy head and a orange-amber appearance. The aromas of coffee, mocha and chocolate were the main attributes I sensed from the beer. Wicked malty and sweet wrapped around a frappe-like thinness/creaminess. The mouthfeel offered a perfect balance: thin but creamy. Overall, one heck of a Scottish ale, highly recommend.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice 60 Shilling Scotch Ale. Poured at 50 degs into pint glass. Very clear, deep amber colour with nice tight head. Aroma was mainly malts perhaps a tinge of sweetness. A soft smooth maltiness dominates this ale. The body was a bit thin for my tastes, and the finish was reasonably dry -perhaps a small bit astringent. Overall, a nice middle of the road scotch ale.

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

A- A nice copper-brown, slightly darker than an amber, with a creamy, thick off-white head (courtesy of the nitro) that lasted nearly the whole brew.

S- Sweet, smoky, a slight herbal spice, malty and rich. A definite roasty characteristic, some earthiness.

T- Thick, rich and malty. Definite caramelized sweetness, some earthy/smoky flavor from the peat-smoked malts...A slight spicy hop on the finish, complimentary and not overpowering.

M- Very thick and coating, sweet and rich. The feeing lasts in my mouth long after a swallow.

D- A very easy drinking beer with a nice low abv and delicious complex qualities. Highly recommended. A shining example if a Scottish Ale.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've never really cared much about bottle design, but when picking up a skullsplitter I saw this sitting there looking very classy and authentic and picked it up on a whim. Never really bought a beer just because if its window appeal so I'll give it a boost in the appearance category :)

a - burnt orange copper color with a large very bubbly head. I swear it had a slight cascading effect similar to its nitro-can brother.

s - earthy grains, slightly sweet, grassy, hoppy

t - sweet grains with a crisp feel, slight hop bitterness, smoky, dry, odd aftertaste.

m - oily, light, mild carbonation

d - not quite what I expected. The malts were not quite as complex as I would have liked. It had some smokiness, but the aftertaste was just... not appealing. I didn't realize there was a difference between a scottish ale and a scotch ale/wee heavy, but I think I prefer the later. This just didn't hit the malt profile I was hoping for. Not bad, but nothing too special here.

Photo of EStreet20
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

14.9 ounce nitro can. 20 ounce "tulip" shaped pint glass.

A - Cascading effect leads to a nice golden/amber color. About a finger of creamy nitro induced head sits atop. As always with a nitro brew, sheets of lacing form on the glass.

S - Sweet malts on the nose. Fairly faint but very pleasant. Some fruitiness in there but not a distinct aroma.

T - Smooth taste. Some fruits flavor leads in, with malty sweetness. A bit of a nutty flavors picks up in the middle. The brew finishes fairly sweet, but no real aftertaste.

M - Typical smooth, low carbonation nitro feel.

D - A nice ale with some subtle fruit flavors makes this an easy session sipper.

Photo of PhageLab
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Amber coloration, nice two tip head, fairly nice retention. Laces fairly well. Overall presentation is very good.

S - Sweet malty aroma, but not too much going on, perhaps some dark fruit notes towards the end, but I could be confusing this with alcohol.

T - Sweet body, malty, mild bitterness level, dry finish. Odd aftertaste causes a big hit here, strangely like dirty laundry, and don't ask me how I know what that tastes like.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, drying qualities.

D - Average I suppose, I would've liked this much better were it not for the strange aftertaste. Worth a try I suppose, I'll revisit if I see it on tap.

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).

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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