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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

1,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 45
Gots: 169 | 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 cabsandking
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an amber to dark copper with a nice creamy one finger beige head. Floral hop esters up front with softer notes of peach, apple and warm buttery caramel. Very mellow nutty profile with roasted barley, caramel, brown sugar and hops offering slight peppery spice, tea herbals, and a little spruce. Nutty to sour earth tones throughout and malt and honey sweetness gain ground towards the end. The nuttiness and sourness moves into the finish along with some dryness and oaky notes, but fades too soon. Thin mouthfeel and creamy on a vigorous swill is really enjoyable.

Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first attempt at a scottish ale, and it was not a pleasant one. I bought a six pack and really tried hard to enjoy it. I felt like the taste was too chaotic. There was bitterness, nutty, coffee, chocolate....and some other stuff that reminded me of earth. I can't bash this beer too much because I have a friend who really liked it when i offered up what was left. This beer is for some ppl, just not me.
**Tried this one more time at a tasting, and felt like an idiot, very good beer and will rereview when i get a full bottle, until then im rating all 4's so it isnt unfairly rated

Photo of pavandal
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured this into my pint glass, I thought "Man, that looks kind of thin." The head on top was a thin layer on top, and it had a light brown, iced-tea color.

When I smell this beer, I detect a raisin-y scent that is most prevailent, with a slight grapefruit hint as well. I enjoy the smell on this one.

The biggest flavor is a roasted malt flavor with a sweet backbone that lead to a slight dark chocolate finish. Yum! This was thin and watery, but not in a negative way. A lot of scottish ales that I have tried were a bit on the thick side, but this one wasn't, and with an ABV of 5.20%, perfect for sessioning if you've got it!

Photo of Minkybut
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer from the bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice caramel color with a tall tan head that looked yummy. Great lacing also
I was so disapointed with the taste of this beer. I had been so impressed with their St Andrews Ale but this was not that. Taste was slighly sour and watery. Flavorless I thought. The smell was good with a nice bready yeast fresh bread smell, but that is about the best I can say about this one. Will not buy again

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a coppery red with a tall head that lasted. This Scottish ale was lighter in color than many of the US versions I have tried that are reddish brown to porter brown in color. Aroma was of malt with a hint of nuts. The beer had a rich creamy mouthfeel and tasted like sweet malts with a nutty finish. Hops presence was light with a mild bitterness that was pleasant. A drinkable beer. I would buy it again.

Photo of yeastpuppet
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber , with full head that rapidly drops leaving fine lacing . Dark amber in color .

Faint smell of malt . I'm thinking this beer was mishandled . Card board smell , slight fruit .

Bitterness up front , very little malt flavor .A lack of complexity .

Feels light for a scotch ale . bummer .Good carbonation though .

I'd expected more from this beer , maybe I have a cold coming on .
'cause I usually enjoy the style .
Harumph ..

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew started out predictably, with a carmel-like nose and deep golden hue. Unfortunately, that was the best part. The beer is thin, and has a strange, almost metallic taste. It doesn't improve as it goes, either. This is not a very good beer IMO. I really like the Wee-Heavy, but I won't buy this one again.

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber - bronze colored beer. 1 1/2" beige head. Retains well for a few minutes and settles into a solid cap. Very good lacing.

S - Fruity malt.

T - Rich malt. Earthy. Brown sugar. Touch of smokiness - very natural. Lightly hopped, but plenty enough to balance. Sweetness in flavor not in the finish - a plus to me. Definite nuttiness in the finish. Good malty beer with some complex malt flavors.

M - Full bodied with a mid level of carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability -- I will always like this one.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a stunning, rich amber hue, thick yet crystal clarity, bourbon like, warm a little rudy. Some very subtle carbonation rose slowly from the bottom of the thistle glass used for presentation.

Head was a pinky's worth of mixed almond hued foam that slowly faded yet laced at the edges.

Subtle, soft woods, some biscuits, yeasted qualities initially on the nose, sweet like caramel, some straw, wet pavement or earth...nice.

Its a little sharp and somewhat bitter initially, soft, some subtle burnt sugars, but otherwise a tad understanded, almost a bit boring. Maybe a trace of some oakiness, a nice bitter quality but overall watery, dull, not what I've come to know from a Scottish Ale. The aftertaste is a bit dull, slightly chalked and filmy, maybe a bit bittersweet.

I've had the nitro can version of this and far prefer that to the bottle. While admittedly a very pretty beer, the taste is lacking, especially for the genre. This is more of a ESB than Scottish Ale. No real rich malts or strong burnt sugars, or any peatiness or earthy tones outside the nose. I'm actually quite bummed out. Outside of the admittedly pleasing bitter quality there isn't much here. Too bad.

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

Deep reddish amber color, clear. Moderate head, mild carbonation. Pretty color.

Floral sticky honey/toffee apple grape. Candy, molasses. Rich bready malt with mild mild hop traces.

Thick molasses dextrose brown sugar honey. Balanced by modest bouquet of bitterness and citrus. Deeply infused roasted/burnt/smoky element.

Mild carbonation and foamation. Fairly thick and sticky.

A most enjoyable experience drinking this brew. Hearty and stiff yet sweet and complex.

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

from can to glass at Freakin' Frog (Las Vegas,NV)

A- two finger white creamy head, great retent, light copper color, creamy lacing

S- malts, clean and sweet, cream as well

T- creamy sweet, caramel malts, pine hops balancing the malt sweetness, toasted malts, nitro sweetness wears off with warmth, then brew really shines

M- mid body, creamy, low carbonation

D- highly drinkable and sessionable (and what a session it would be), though not my preference, the nitro scottish ale thing is interesting and delicious, i prefer w/o nitro, but I'm still recommending this brew

Photo of stegmakk
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best looking beers ever.
Poured a beautiful dark copper with a head that resembled a layer of cream. It stayed for the whole glass, and left a nice sheet of lacing down the glass.
Aroma and taste were malty and goood. The taste was well blended and was not mild. A little sweet, a little nutty. Finished dry but good.
It went down with a nice creaminess. I could have drank a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ol’ nitro can really adds a flair to the brew – that was quite a cascading show of thick, creamy ivory head. All floating on top of a semi-clear amber brown pour. Just yummy.

Notes of sweet malt and caramel in the sniff, followed by a enjoyable quaff session of woody/nutty and a role in the hay. Still fairly sweet to start, but finished nicely with a lil’ hop pop. Not heavy, but a noticeable surge of sweet sugar and molasses.

An extremely creamy brew, but at 5.2% this makes for a decent session drinker. I was a little bummed when the 440ml/14.9oz can ran dry. (WTF is up with 440ml? Just make it an even 500. Geez!)

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

A: Rich amber color with nice foamy head the disappeared quickly leaving nice lacing behind.

S: Rich, sweet and a bit malty.

T: Found it to be a bit bitter but didn't mind it much. Nice full flavor.

M: Very carbonated and nice and creamy.

D: Overall a decent deer, this is something I come back to every now and then.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brownish-amber body with an off-white head that is thin and short-lived.

Smell: Flimsy, weak aroma of watered down caramel and, to my surprise, green apples.

Taste: Light, biscuity malt flavor along with some vague wooden notes and hints of sour green apples. Some faint hops spring up late into the already short finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a carbonated mouthfeel that reminds me of a soda.

Drinkability: Disappointing and fairly unremarkable.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 440ml/14.9oz nitro-can into an Imperial pint glass. The can depicts some brewery scenes and contains instructions on how to pour the beer. Apparently I a;ready screwed up because I didn't wait for the head to rise int he can prior to pouring.

Appearance: Pours cloudy, then reverse waterfalls into 3/4 inch of extremely creamy, off white head. The beer itself is a nice copper color and completely clear.

Smell: Sweet, caramelized malt with just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet, subtle malt flavor with undertones of smokiness. A little bitterness, but not much. All in all, most of the flavors I expect from a Scottish ale are here, they just seem muted.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick, as most nitro offerings are.

Drinkability: Not bad, but all in all, nothing outstanding here. I think many of the bottled Scottish ales are better and offer a maltier flavor.

Photo of eberkman
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, clear copper into a pint glass, leaving a creamy one-finger light beige head that dissipates to a film, but leaves lacing as you go. Smell is a sweet maltiness -- some caramel and cookie there too. The taste is a malty smoothness with the kind of creaminess you expect from a good ale from the British Isles, balanced out by a slightly dry, hoppy finish. Feels a little thin in the mouth, but exceptional drinkable. A great session beer and one I love to have around.

Photo of zuggy9
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a rich brown and a thick head with nice retention and some lacing. Its aroma is filled with malt, as well as caramel and chocolate qualities. The taste is full of sweet and bready qualities, with a little bit of hops. Very candy like in many ways. It has a good medium body and is rather creamy. The finish is quite dry, more some than you would expect. Very drinkable!

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

Belhaven Scottish Ale is style I really enjoy drinking. I could easily drink this all night at a party or have one or two at a lunch; in the summer or the winter it is a beer that is really flexible. It is not surprising or explosive in any way, it is simply easy drinking goodness from start to finish.

Appearance: Pours a crimson amber color with a beige head and loads of lacing.

Smell: Sweet brown sugar dissolved into browned butter and caramel malts make a rich red amber Scottish nose that is gentle but rich and luscious and seductively sweet.

Taste: Sweet smooth easy caramel malts glide across the plate. It is a simple approachable straightforward flavor but there is a hint of peaty smoked malt attribute along with the caramel and bread flavors.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth medium body. The carbonation is low which aids to the exceptional creaminess.

Drinkability: I could drink this any time of day or night under any circumstance. A favorite ... no ... but a very flexible friendly beer no doubt.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of kernalklink
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber with big head and a lot of lace. A burnt caramel malt aroma dominated- not much else. Good blending on the taste, balancing the slight malt character with the finish. Slightly watery on the backend. All in all clean, refreshing and unoffensive. A solid dinner brew and easy to down couple.

Photo of beeragent
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a light copper, forming a nice 1 1/2 inch head, that only faded slightly, leaving very nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, with a slight nutty mix to it. The taste is exceptional! Nice creamy nutty flavor. Not overpowering, but just enough to taste. The mouthfeel is medium. For a session beer, this one ranks at the top. Very easy to drink. Highly recommended.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich malt, herbal aroma in a rich, red-gold pour with a mousse-like head. Taste is sweet malt upfront with just enough bitterness to offset, finishing with a light carbonic bite. Some woodiness in flavor and faint kettle carmelization. Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. I happen to be drinking it with a beef stew and the sweet malt offsets the salty, thick stew very well.

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

12oz bottle into mug.

Light copper color hue. A light tan frothy head slowly settles to a thick foamy cap. Layers of stringy lacing.

Grainy malt aromas and a little bit of light sweet fruity notes. Hints of honey from yeast products.

Cracker like malts create the bass for the sweet honey like flavors and light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is mostly clean, but a little bit of dry grainy malts and leafy bitterness shortly linger.

I'll admit that I don't know much about this style, but as far as off flavors or unpleasantness this beer doesn't have them. See for yourself.

Photo of mwagner1018
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Poured a nice coppery, burnt orange, unfiltered honey appearance....nice light airy head, about 2 fingers, pours a very clean nice looking beer.

Smell- Initial but quickly dissipating, creamy, sense of nutmeg/caramel/slight honey. Good, but was not highly impressed, lack of complexity and strength of smell.

Taste- Very carbonated, nice creamy initial drink, but overpowered by a watery texture. Some slight taste of a nutty malted mild caramel.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation overpowers the initial creaminess, light and airy on the tounge.

Drinkability- Not bad, but not overly impressed...I would love to try this brew in the can or on tap...I think it would improve the overall release of flavors and smells. Decent, and recommended.

Photo of IdentityAles
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Served in a presentable 16 oz widget can. Carmel candy sweetness, and graininess in the aroma and flavor. Nice reddish hue to otherwise brown body with long lasting, fluffy head (very inviting). Creamy, smooth mouthfeel goes excellent with the flavor profile.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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