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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,563 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 33
Gots: 87 | 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 xgrigorix


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Nitro tap, presented in a shaker pint.

Tawny medium amber. Wonderfull nitro cascade show settles out wiht a thick & creamy off white head. Huge patchedes of lace are left behind, all the way to the bottom of the pint.

Deep & rich malt aromas are rounded out with some earthiness.

Malt, malt, & more malt. Rich & satisfying. Some caramel sweetness, a touch of bitterness, & a quick finish that is slightly crisp. Rich, creamy, & smooth. A fantastic session beer.

11-24-2003 18:09:57 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of RoyalT


4/5  rDev +5%

Appearance – The good, rapidly-foaming head settled over a clear, light-brown, whiskey-colored body.

Smell – The aroma of scotch and malt come out nicely at the nose. There seems to be a sweetness in there as well. It’s like a combination of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops.

Taste – I like this. It’s a little more subtle and balanced than the St Andrews Ale. The scotch is barely there, but noticeable. The sweetened, toasted malts come on very well followed by a small but refreshing hop balance.

Mouthfeel – This is a little heavier than the St Andrews, but otherwise quite similar. The lack of carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker.

Drinkability – This went down very well. It is a nice and very refined offering from Belhaven.

11-01-2003 01:31:41 | More by RoyalT
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +5%

This is an above average scotch ale that pours a nice red colour with a tan head. The aromas are all scotch, booze, malts, and a tiny bit of hops. The taste is very malty, not too boozy, and quite scotch-like. The mouthfeel is nice and thick and the drinkability is excellent!

10-31-2003 22:57:09 | More by francisweizen
Photo of tar


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Following the pour from the nitro can a nice tan and white cascade fills the glass. Once all the action has died down a nice clear amber beer with a 1.5 finger thick, sharp, whitish head occupies the glass. Smells mildly of malt and a slight bit nutty. A nice looking and smelling beer and as it turns out a very pleasant tasting beer as well. The flavors are mild, creamy, and malty sweet. A very smooth and highly drinkable beer. Not an outstanding beer, and probably not something I will seek out, but if one is presented to me I will certainly enjoy it.

10-27-2003 22:03:39 | More by tar
Photo of grynder33


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured an amber color, light carmel taste, so light that by the second sip you start losing the sweetness, really not much of an aftertaste, nice smooth mouthfeel,nice lace on the glass, really nothing to bragworthy, decent but hard to find something to really recommend it on.

10-19-2003 20:26:44 | More by grynder33
Photo of cokes


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Dark amber with a few streams of carbonation. Big bleached beige head atop.
Malty aromatics of dried raspberries, peat smoke and nuts. An ample precursor of the taste.
Begins with a toasty toffee maltiness. Some of the raspberry hues from the nose shine through, but they are quickly cut by a light peat smokiness. A bit buttery, especially as it warms. Dries later and becomes nuttier. Some peanut butter flavors shine through. Low in bitterness, but the finish features a light herbal hopping.
Medium-light bodied and quite downable. This is a fantastic session ale. I'd like to see a bit more of a peat tang. But this is a well done version of a style I'd love to see more often.

10-16-2003 23:10:28 | More by cokes
Photo of byrd


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

This brew pours with a healthy inch high rocky foam head. The lace is sticky and holds on to the sides of the glass. The color is a clear dark reddish copper. A mix of both malts and hops are quite noticeable on the nose. This brew has a smooth start of slightly sweet camel malts and some roasted notes. Hops are mild to light in the finish, not really a big player in this brew. There is also a distinct smokiness to this beer. The smoke flavors are especially evident in the aftertaste where it even takes on strong hints of jerky. This is the second time that I’ve had this beer. I don’t remember much of a smoke flavor the first time around. Carbonation is moderate, and the mouthfeel is light to medium. This leans more towards the malt but is not too sweet. Pretty drinkable brew, but I don’t know if this one would keep my interest beyond one or two bottles.

10-02-2003 20:14:57 | More by byrd
Photo of Stopper


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

The body's a medium brown with hints of orange-red, and nearly opaque. It's capped with a persistent, big, creamy tan head. The aroma is a clean watery maltiness. The first sip immediately feels medium-bodied (surprisingly big for a beer this low in alcohol) and has a sweet malt flavor, with a bit of caramel. These flavors are then joined by other interesting malt notes that are somewhat roasty and smoky, and with a definite hint of coffee-like flavor toward the end. The finish leaves little on the palate, save a light hop dryness, as a sweet nutty malt flavor quickly fades. There's little hop character to speak of in any aspect of this beer.

This is a tasty low-alcohol beer that has a lot of interest simply from its malt profile.

09-28-2003 05:02:18 | More by Stopper
Photo of granger10


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

This was a very interesting one. I got it and did not read how strong it's abv was. When I began drinking this I thought that this couldn't be a scotch ale. To me scotch ales have always been strong tasting with a considerable bite. This didn't have it. But what it did have was a balanced tasting beer that I could drink all night if I wanted to. Definitely noticed roasty wood flavor along with a good mix of sweet malts and bitter hops. Slight grainy flavor combined with other flavors make for a nice finish. Good beer but too expensive to session.

09-20-2003 22:17:37 | More by granger10
Photo of PZuke


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

So in my endeavors to broaden my beer tastes I decided to pick up a four pack of Belhaven. That and the fact that I have never had a beer in the nitro can before. So I popped the nitro can and like the gun shot at the start of the race the nitro took effect and produced a nice head in the can. I poured this tan to even light brown brew into my glass. It had a small white head that was pretty thick. The smell was sweet and malty but it was kind of hard to pick them up. The taste was at first puzzling. It was not really what I expected it was very mellow and not in your face. It took me a couple sips to see the true character of this beer. The sweetness and slight Smokey flavor are noticeable on further inspection. This beer is very drinkable and is not a bad choice.

09-17-2003 20:48:42 | More by PZuke
Photo of bditty187


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Light brown with reddish influences, small off-white head that is slightly underdeveloped, quick to fade, spotty/unorganized lace. Pleasant malty nose… simple and inviting, the potency is mild. Very agreeable palate, malty, nutty with just enough hops in the background, a suggestion of bitterness and an odd touch of burnt flavor (wood?). I find the complexities of the palate to be damn tasty. I also love the fact the abv is under four; this would make a great session brew. Slick mouthfeel, low carbonation… a firm, medium bodied beer… easy to drink. Very nice, try one.

09-05-2003 20:25:37 | More by bditty187
Photo of DarrellK


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

I've tried Belvaven in bottles, draft and nitrocans and it is good beer in any form. I really like the medium color and clarity of the pour and the head is quite fine, especially in the nitrocan. I give it good marks on mouthfeel and finish but the nitrocan is a bit thin in body, where as the draft and bottle are similar in being a medium bodied brew. Scottish Ales are a favorite style of mine and this is a good representation, if perhaps, brewed to sophisticated and polished compared to a McEwens.

09-04-2003 19:25:34 | More by DarrellK
Photo of mzwolinski


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Amber in color with a thick, off white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. Aroma is lovely, sweet, slightly toasty malt with just a hint of apple. This toastiness really comes through in the flavor, with a big malt start followed, again, by a note of citric green apple. A slight nuttiness (hazelnut?) comes through as the beer warms, and yields to a nicely hopped finish. Well-deserving of its reputation.

09-01-2003 17:53:39 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of Fabric8r


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

This is the beer that turned a friend of mine away from the death-grip of Bud Light. He just loved this beer which initially scared him with the dark brown, slightly copper color, thick creamy had and bubble action of Guinness. Then he bucked up and tasted it. The smile and raised eyebrows on his face is a memorable sight. He just loved it. Drank it quite fast actually and wanted another. Not too bitter, not too dark tasting, just enough ale flavor to win him over. I like it a lot too, and ask for it in finer beer establishments, but sadly have only found it in the eastern US, so far. Thanks Balhaven!

08-18-2003 18:29:43 | More by Fabric8r
Photo of Kongquistador


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Served from an "import bomber" (16.9 oz bottle). Nice look to it as it poured with a decent whitish head. The head persisted for quite awhile, and the resulting lace followed me down to the end of the drink, including the inevitable refill, due to the odd size of the bottle. The beer itself was an attractive medium reddish-brown. Smell wasn't much to get excited about, with definite sweet malty notes, and also some caramel, as befits this Scottish ale. Underneath there is a faint hint of hops, but really not much going on.

Overall, my feeling on this taste was that it was nice, but a little muted. The main malts seem to be caramel, with some roasted action faintly present. Certainly it was sweet and malty, but the flavors didn't endur, and the nild hops in the finish doesn't stick around long enough to entice you to pursue more at the bar. I enjoy the flavor overall, and it is certainly mild enough not to chase you away, but it is hard to find much to comment on. Better than average, but nothing to jump around about.

On the plus side, this beer is extremely drinkable, as it has a nice, but not aggresive flavor, and it is low alcohol enough to make it a good one for the long haul. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and presents no obstacle to drinking, except the (unfound) suspicion that some water has been added to the mix to make you buy another pint. Were I to run into this in a bar while looking for a night of drinking, this could cause some damage in the long haul, in spite of its low alcohol. But not worth really pursuing in the store.

08-13-2003 04:04:11 | More by Kongquistador
Photo of far333


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Copper colored with an off-white small-bubbled head that flattens out right away. Fine lacing clings to the glass. Aroma is of sweet malt and light brown sugar. Flavor is light, sweet malt, with bits of candy and syrup. Mouthfeel is smooth, but carbonation is on the low side. Clean aftertaste, with the tiniest bit of hop tingle, and a bit of a smokey aftertaste.

08-07-2003 00:52:12 | More by far333
Photo of TheDM


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

This brew poured a medium head of creamy light brown bubbles and a transparent dark amber colored body. It has a mild malt hop aroma and an initially fizzy flavor that finishes with noted of spice and roasted caramel. This is a very drinkable and nice brew.

07-22-2003 22:51:59 | More by TheDM
Photo of barleypop


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Ale started with the nice nitro cascading action. Once settled it had a nice thick head on it. The body is a beautiful mahogany color.

The ale hits your tongue with a malty,roated, sweet flavour. Not overly sweet mind you. It hits the back of your throat with a smooth un-hoppy finish. Delicious!

If you are looking for strong flavour in an easy drinking ale. This one's for you.

07-18-2003 18:26:49 | More by barleypop
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Poured a nice rocky light tan head which dissipated quickly. Light brown color is very clear. Aroma is a bit sweet with maltiness and a light floral hint of noble hops. Flavor is very clean and malty with a nice nuttiness. The carbonation allows the hops to finish a bit stronger than the aroma lets on. For my first actual Scottish Ale this is nice but i thought it would be maltier with less sweetness.

07-06-2003 19:56:13 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of beergeek279


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The appearance was a darker amber, with good head retention. The smell was fairly malty............almost like a single malt scotch. There was little taste in the mouth, but there was a definite malty aftertaste to it. The mouthfeel was slightly heavy with carbonation. Drinkability-wise, it was certainly one that I would have another of.

This was the first imported Scottish Ale that I've had, and although it was a bit mild, I was surprised to see just how low the ABV was. Still, a decent ale, and if I was trying to session, one I'd give another try to in the future.

07-01-2003 19:47:59 | More by beergeek279
Photo of beerguy101


2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Medium brown color, medium head. A medium bodied ale. Malty, somewhat nutty taste. There is a smoky undertone. Good hop/malt balance. Mouthfeel is a little thin, slight off taste (undefined). Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

06-27-2003 17:06:41 | More by beerguy101
Photo of hotstuff


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

This Scottish Ale poured a medium tan long-lasting creamy head. The lacing with this brew was sparse on the sides of my glass. It had a nutty aroma to it in my opinion and an amber body hue. The taste was smooth, but there was some bittereness noticed.

06-19-2003 08:15:31 | More by hotstuff
Photo of budgood1


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

a nice and slow gentle pour produces a quite dark and amberish coloured brew with the usual huge and creamy nitro-incuced head. looks damn pleasing in my favorite beer glass. it throws off quite an aroma...roasted nuts and and fresh toasted malts come to mind. a light roasted malt taste follows...backed up with some balancing hops. a very different light sour finish. a pretty smooth mouthfeel lets it roll right down my throat. not a bad nitro, actually quite pleasing. light and refreshing.

06-14-2003 05:25:49 | More by budgood1
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

I rather enjoyed tasting this beer. It poured a pretty copper color with a low white head. It's aroma is very seductive; a caramel/malty scent that makes you want to throw it down the hatch quickly, but savor it along the way. I did find however that the taste is quite plain. There is a watery feeling about it. The malt aroma that was so prominant, was not so prominant in the taste. It drank very smooth. The body is very lite. The abv. I was discouraged to find out is less than 4. Am I drinking lite beer or what? Oh well, like I said it was a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. A Scottish Ale from the heart of Scotland.

06-04-2003 07:52:24 | More by WesWes
Photo of dwarbi

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10%

Fine, creamy head. The beer is a rich amber color. Not much to the aroma, good or bad. Some hints of vanilla. Tastes clean, creamy, and light. Again, nothing spectacular. Feels very good in the mouth. "Soft" is probably the best word. This makes it pretty drinkable, too.

04-27-2003 15:24:24 | More by dwarbi
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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