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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,729
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 41
Gots: 158 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-07-2001

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal brown color. Smell is basically non-existent, with a hint of malt. The taste is firmly in the malt column, and though there is some talk of hops on the bottle. The carbonation, however, is perfect for the style. Very light and serves as a terrific foil for the malt.

Photo of agharris73
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Warm amber, watchful carbination, excellent head retention.

Smell - Not much of a smell, aroma is pretty clean. Slight hint of malt and nuts.

Taste - Very smooth with a velvet finish. Rich flavors not overly concentrated on one specific region.

Mouthfeel - Almost makes you want to hold longer than most to let it absorb deeper into your thoughts. Excellent taste.

Drinkability - Finished 2 of 4 and may conosider another 4. Recommending to all by fellow beer lovers. Not for the faint beer drinker.

Really tasty beer that takes the edge off. Can see myself drinking this more and more. Not sure of any pubs that serve in my area this treat. But will keep my eyes out.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last Saturday night on tap at deSha's in Montgomery, Ohio. Served in a traditional pint glass, it had a wonderful cascading effect leaving a two finger tall offwhite head. I was a rich, opaque amber in color.

It had a wonderful, well-balanced ale taste. Excellent fall beer, because it was thicker in body. I really enjoyed this ale - so much so, that I had to have three that night - (for the purpose of BA reviews only, of course).

Highly reccommended if you can find it!

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

I was fully expecting a wee-heavy type ale (theirs is very good), but that is not what this beer is. Reddish-amber body with initially finger-thick head that dissipates. Smells malty, like a scotch ale or a wee heavy. Tasty, malty with some muted hop. Tastes similar in some ways to Old Speckled Hen, but not quite as strong and way better.

Photo of nlmartin
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: This beer has a clear effervescent caramel coloration. The head is a massive at three fingers. The beers head is a creamy biege coloration. The beer leaves rings of lacing around my glass. This is a fantastic looking beer.

Smell: The beer doesnt really have a assertive smell. The beer has a bit of spicy smokeyness combined with a wiff of peat. The maltyness lifts its head just slightly in the smell.

Taste: The beer has a good toasted malty flavor. The beer has undertones of smoked peat and oakyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel. The beer is well carbonated. The beer doesnt have any extreme flavors present. This beer is very easy to drink. I think I would pick this one over Guiness any day of the week. This has just become my new sessionable beer.

Photo of Alexmc2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My definition of a Scottish Ale is a Belhaven. That said, the beer pours a dark brown, with a light tan head. I wasn't too impressed with the smell. Maybe it smells better off tap, and the nitro-can affected the smell somehow. But this beer tastes like pure malt, with some mild nut and other flavors. It goes down easy as well, I could find myself drinking 3 or 4 of these in a night.

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

Picked up in Cranbrook BC a couple of weeks back. This beer has a very unique colour, a medium brown with a hint of redness to it, but that doesn't quite describe it. A good two centimeter thick head of foamy ivory froth has formed, and leaves sticky lacing on the sides.

The smell is mostly hops, kind of a fresh soapy aroma. A little bit herbal and a little bit nutty. Not bad, but nothing too exciting.

Taste starts a little light, but really comes to life in the middle. A nice malty peat smoke flavour, that is layered over a caramel base. Nut flavour remains, but is faint. Finish is quite smoky, and after a big mouthfull, the smoke seems to rise into my nose. Quite a big flavour for a smaller beer.

The body is fairly light, and the carbonation is on the higher side. It works for this beer, although a bit more body would be even better.

I wasn't expecting to be so pleased by this beer, in fact I almost didn't bother picking it up even though it isn't available here. Now I wish I had gotten two.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby brown, poured a nice sized head. Average lacing/reten.

S - Nutty malt/small notes of hops.

T - Mid-bodied. Taste has a nice nutty malt carress upfront - hugs the palate. Hops sweep in to balance everything out. Creamy mouthfeel.

A highly sessionable Scottish Ale, and one that's always refreshing to drink.

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

Pours clear light brown, rather tea-like in color. Head is stark white thick and creamy. Solidity is amazing.

Smell is buttery caramel maltiness. Hints of fruit and nut.

Taste is far more mellow than the nose had led me to expect. Pleasant toasted malt, peat, and a nice nutty quality. Fruitiness adds complexity. Finish has a touch of floral hop.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Quite smooth in character.

A very mild but interesting and complex brew. Well worth a try.

Photo of bashiba
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark crystal clear amber with a long lasting thick tan Nitro Head.

Smell had a sweet malty aroma with hints of bread and hops.

Taste has a nice light grain body with a slightly sweet woodyness and a strong smoke flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and full - Thanks Nitro.

Very tasty beer, maybe the best beer I have ever had out of a can.

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

Nice body that looks like caramelized wine. Decent finger wide head. Nose is grainy caramel, with a hint of sugary sweetness. Taste is dry caramel, syrupy sweetness. Nice but I'd like a bit more complexity. Mouth is big and thick. I suppose I could happily drink this but I'd reach for many others of the same style in it's stead.

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

Copper-colored pour from a 12 oz. bottle. Malt aroma and flavor present from the start. Drank with a plate of hot wings, so admittedly some of the senses were alittle dulled, but for a low alcohol beer, this was very tasty and drinkable. Had a good finish that was still evident despite the food spices.

Photo of Abita45
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass with a thick, foamy head which, surprisingly, held up through out with nice lacing as well. There is a nice malty nose to the beer, and it has a dark copper color. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a roasted malty flavor to it. There's a certain earthiness to it, which I'll assume comes from the roasted malt and nut flavors. Overall, a fine beer, though in the heat of summer, good for a sample, rather than a couple. I could imagine having a few more of these during the late fall when a rainstorm has forced me to stay inside. Really good Scottish ale.

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

Poured a deep, dark copper from a nitro tap. As one would expect from a nitro, it had a very thick and creamy head that laced well all the way to the end of the glass.

This being a Scottish, one would hope to find no hoppiness in the aroma, and one would get exactly that in this brew. The nose is pure malt, with just a hint of roasted malts to whet the appetite.

The taste is very, very malty. Not sickeningly sweet like a doppelbock, but good, pure base malt in tandem with the roasted barley providing a wonderful senation on the tongue. There's really no hint of hop flavor at all, just a tinge of bitterness to keep it all in balance. There's a bit of a combination of dark fruit flavors from the base malt, but they are very understated. Extremely drinkable.

The mouthfeel seems thick, but that could be exaggerated by the nitro tap. It's not chewy in the least, and it isn't work to get this down your throat. Quite nice.

I'm a hophead, so I went into this pint with a bit of trepidation. I needn't have worried. This is a very nicely made beer, almost precisely what one would expect a Scottish ale to be. Malty, creamy, almost no hops to speak of, yet infinitely drinkable. Very good example of the style, and worth seeking out.

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

Pours a crystal clear orange/amber with a nice single finger head that melts to a sticky lacing which completely covers the top of the glass.
Aroma is carmel malt and biscuits.
Taste is sweet malt, but not overpowering at all...there is constantly a little hop moving into the flavor that keeps this brew very crisp and clean in the mouth...not like a pilsner, but more like a wonderfully flavorful malt brew.
Aftertaste is a little smokey malt and a tiny citrus hop that keeps it dry and makes you want another sip.
Very enjoyable.

Photo of tallar
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with good-sized head of dense tan bubbles. Really presistent head, all in all, giving away to heavy, sticky lace.

Aroma is mostly sweet caramel and hops. Not bad, but per style not as strong as I've experienced with other Scottish Ales.

Sweetness from the malts, caramel, smoke and some trace amounts of bitterance from the hops are apparent upon tasting. Finishes kind of crisp, which is unexpected. It is smooth, but its kind of on the watery side and the carbonation is very light. I won;t say its bad, but I wasn't impressed and I don't think I'll be visiting this one again for a while.

Photo of ProfessorHops
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark reddish brown. Beautiful light brown head that is very stubborn, witch is awesome.

Smell- very sweet. Some mint and dry coffee.

Taste- bitter with roasted coffee. A burnt oak flavor is also present.

Mouthfeel- typical ale texture. Watery with a thick finish.

Drinkability- I found it hard to guzzle fast. But easy to drink normal.

The Scottish ale is good, but I find the Belhaven Wee Heavy a superior brew.

Gulp Gulp,

Photo of claytri
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a most remarkable dark gold like a fine whiskey with a good bit of off white head. The aroma was of good scotch malt. The taste was mainly of malt but with just a little hops in the finish to round it out nicely. The feel was medium and a bit dry and oily. This was a very enjoyable ale. It gave me all I look for in a Scottish Ale with a big malt taste, and added just enough hops. I enjoyed this while eating a steak blackened with cajun spices and topped with blue cheese. The Ale met my expectations and held up to these strong tastes complimenting them nicely.

Photo of ndekke39
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown color, fairly opaque. Medium dark head on it. Very nice pour.

S: Faint malt aroma, not as strong as I like for this style. Good hints of the hops in there, too.

T: Head tastes just like the beer itself. A little weak for the style. Could taste a nice mix of the malt and hops, but not as deep of flavors as one would expect from this style.

M: Light creaminess and carbonation.

D: Good for sipping. Flavors aren't overwhelming.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the brown half liter bottle has a yellow and blue label featuring a picture of a small Scottish village behind the name. Not even the Russian import label includes ingredient information (not technically legal, but who cares about legality). I couldn't find the promised freshness info, either.

Pours a clear copper under a one figner off-white head that fades slowly and with nice creamy contour, leaving some good lace strings. The nose is nicely balanced between fruity malt and floral hops. The mouth is fairly well-carbonated and rather light, with just a touch of stickiness. Mild taste impression at first, fronted by some plum along with smooth bready malt. The hops surge forth at the finish, particularly as it warms, with a hint of espresso to go with the dominant floral tone. The aftertaste is very mild, with just a touch of dry bitter. This is a solid if unexciting brew.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper tone. A small creamy off white head leaves a little lacing.
Malty caramel aroma, with a crisp hop presence. Mellow.
Malty with a mellow caramel backdrop. A bit of a roasted nutty flavor. Mellow overall, but a nice hop presence ballancesa it out well.
Light to medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. The bubbles and hops dance on the palate.
Very Drinkable. A nice beer. Not a strong flavor, or much carmelization, but a good beer all the same.

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

Had this beer poured into a glass.
Has a nice white head that if poured right sits about two fingers. The head is thick and creamy leaving a nice lacing on the glass. This beer has a nice redish color typical of the style. This one was particularly crystal clear did not have a lot of large bubbles.
The smell gives of sort of a nutty note and some hops are certainly present as well. It is kind of light and a little difficult to pick up at first. Not a bad a idea to let this one sit just a little out of the can.
Taste on this is really a great example of this style. It starts sort of buttery and nutty and then you notice the malt flavor that is really smooth and a nice hop finish. The overall bitterness is low and this beer has a smooth flavor to it.
The mouthfeel is also uncommonly smooth. The carbonation is very light and it leaves the beer a very thick quality to it. It is less syrupy and more smooth like milk (though it does not leave a film like milk).
This a very drinkable beer and does not leave you wanting. However some may find the thick and smooth mouthfeel not a really great choice as a session beer. I would disagree. The beer's great quality is that it is balanced well and I could have several of these in a sitting.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy dense white two finger head over a hazy copper body. Some weird chunks can be seen floating around in the beer. Aromas of light caramel malt, but overall fairly neutral. Taste is similar with the head providing a nice creamy mouthfeel. Smooth caramel malt with a slight nuttiness and a faint earthy hop presence. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

I’ve had the mid to lower shilling Belhavens on cask in Scotland so it is difficult to give this nitro-can version a completely unbiased review. However, prior experience aside, the chunks floating around in the body of this ale were a serious turnoff. There was also a slight tartness that may be attributable to spoilage. Hopefully this is an isolated phenomenon and I’ll report back on the other three cans in the 4-pack. Otherwise this a nice middle of the road Scottish ale with a tasty emphasis on the malt. Considering American examples of the lower shilling Scottish ales are rather hard to come by its nice to see this being imported.

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

440ml. nitro can pours a dark copper-brown, with a big nitro, off-white head of cream. Some nice lace as well.

Nutty, malt nose with a trace of hops in the background, mild and not real sweet aroma.

Similar in taste, nutty roasted malt flavor with hops taking the finish to neutral and clean. Nice full flavor with a good clean ending, definitely calls for more.

Medium body, alcohol well hidden and the nitro-creamy head give a nice , but mellow mouthfeel.

Easy drinker that's worth a try, cheers!

Photo of daliandragon
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belhaven Scottish Ale pours dark copper with a compact off white head and mostly clear bottle. There appears to be some sediment but the beer is mostly clear. The nose is hoppy and metallic with side notes of alcohol.
Flavor is softer than in the nose, rounding off with mellow hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice, dry malt flavors, maybe slightly toasted. Mouthfeel is complemetary but not outstanding.
Very easy to drink and quite refreshing for such a beefy abv. Not a bad choice for a session either.

Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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