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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,588
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 34
Gots: 91 | 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 budsboy
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown as the bottle it came in. Nice rocky white cap that stays awhile.

Malty, fruity nose with a hint of berry.

Taste is hard for me to discern, possibly because it isn't as bold as others I have been drinking lately. There is a tartness to the finish and somewhat understated carmel. Hops, what hops?

Carbonation gives beer a sharpness that makes it almost a light-bodied ale.

I could drink more of this, it is a good brew. But I'd just as soon spend my money on a more memorable beer.

budsboy, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of altctrlsdelete
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Say what you want about nitro, but it sure does make for a pretty beer, and this one was no exception. The nitro tap produced a tight, creamy one inch head atop a dark brown body. Smelled nicely of malt, but I had to pay attention to notice it. Taste was simple and inoffensive, but not as robust as I expect from the style. Mouthfeel was exactly what you'd expect from nitro and what you've experienced with Guinness. At 3.9% abv, this is a good candidate for a session if Scottish ale on nitro is your thing.

altctrlsdelete, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro at the Penny Lane Pub. A clear, dirty orange in color with the requisite massively thick layer of creamy white head. Aromas are subtle. Malty sweetness and some earthen notes. Flavor is tasty, with good balancing of the malts and hops, and the nitro aspect really smooths everything out. Finishes with a bit of dry bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel and that helps the drinkability. A good choice that I enjoyed.

OldFrothingSlosh, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of TrinityHall
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We just started this brew at Trinity Hall in Dallas, and within moments of it going online there were guests ordering it! It sets up with the nitro-cascade, finishing with a cream head whch causes great lacing all the way to the end!

A rich nose of caramel and spicy hints, gives way to full throated balanced flavors of hops, malt & low carbonation, thankfully the Hops are brought in without overpowering the overall beer. The resulting mouthfeel is creamy on the palette.

A stout drinker that is looking for a little different beer, a Boddingtons fan may say this brew does not have the bite, but overall a well-balanced tasteful beer.

TrinityHall, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium-brown color, decent bubbly head.

Smells sweet but with a touch of hops, almost bread-like aroma as well.

Moderate body, fairly smooth with a bit of crispness. Slightest smoky taste, like singed wood chips, not strong though. Hops are present but not overpowering, just enough to keep things crisp.

A fine ale, very easy to drink.

Southernbrew, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a great creamy head on the beer from a can. You could scoop up the foam and eat it with a spoon long after it is poured. Good clean body with a dark amber color. Not much aroma at all, maybe the nitro stiffels that. There is a nice bit of malt sweetness at the begining that carries a slight smokey flavor to the back of your mouth followed by a evenly balanced hop bitterness. As typical with British brews this beer gains in complexity as it warms. Quite tasty for a low alc.(3.9%) session beer.

ybnorml, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this Belhaven Scottish nitrous draught pour while at Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN.

This dark pour has a surprisingly, strong alcohol nose. Creamy smooth texture with a tight head that laced down the glass like it was made with white Latex paint. A mixed taste that was not a personal joy, but complex while drinkable, nonetheless. I noted a smoked salmon with chocolate hints, but tasted way better than that just read. Trust me, a Hershey's bar ain't floppin' on top of my Mahi-Mahi anytime soon.

I will re-review this one, since draughts are subject to many factors, beyond the brewer's hand. Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A copper color (clear), light carbonation and an off white foamy head. The lace is nice and clingy. The aroma is malty with light hops and bready ? light and not overwhelming. The flavor is sweet, and the finish is hopped and not over the top. Mouthfeel is light and a little creamy, with low effervescence and a light but lingering hop bite.
A good light Scottish Ale.

SeanChouffe, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of GnomeKing
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a pleasant beer to drink--the hops come through noticeably on the finish, but the sweetness balances them out nicely so that the aftertaste is enjoyable and not the least bit overpowering. There's moderate complexity, with some floral and fruit tastes being noticeable. Overall, though, this is a pretty mellow brew that goes down easy, does nothing to offend, and just wants to get along with everyone.

The smell is floral. It's subtle, but very nice.

This reddish-brown brew offers little head but moderate lacing.

Belhaven Scottish Ale isn't remarkable or noteworthy in any way, but it's well-made, easy to drink, and undeniably enjoyable.

GnomeKing, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of Chsyhkr
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 80 Shilling Scottish Ale perhaps or something of that strength. 3.9 % is what they say, but this is one flavorful beer. Keep it in the fridge but pull it out and let it warm before drinking.

Amber to copper, wonderfull crystal malt aroma with a hint of smoke. Toffee like flavors come through as it warms with enough of a bittering finish to keep it from seeming like candy. Very full bodied for a beer of this strength.

An exceptional beer and one that is underappreciated. Great on tap too, when you can find it. Mine was bottled. I have seen cans, not sure they have the widget, but that would be out of place.

Chsyhkr, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of twilight
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Non-beer bars here in Williamsburg have strange ales on tap wedged inbetween their everpopular bland lagers. I had first ordered a red ale, not wanting to drink Bass that night, and being very wary of this scottish ale. My roommate ordered this, and after our initial sips, we traded.

This pours magnificently with a huge white foamy guinness-ish cascade that ends up in a thick head. The beer itself seems brown, but with a reddish cast. The head retention is amazing, with long patches of lacing. The flavor is complex, spicy, but not in the chili pepper sense, more like the mulled way- spiced, if you will. There's a creaminess here that resembles drinking sweet milk with spices. The body is full, also like milk. Perhaps not for the average beer drinker, as it doesn't seem like any other beer I've had. This made an excellent session brew.

twilight, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden brown witha light tan head. Lacing evident. Smell is creamy and light sweet malt.

If you've had Belhaven's Wee Heavy, this is a watered down version. Taste is lightly malty but missing some of that smokiness and spiciness I expect from a good scottish ale. On the plus side, very smooth and creamy. The low ABV makes this a great session brew but it's not that interesting to hold my attention. I'll stick to a nice bitter for a British session beer.

ViveLaChouffe, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper colored body with an off-white head. Mild English hop aroma with hints of mustiness. Tasted well attenuated and extremely dry with faint peat smokiness and roasted nuts. Moderate body with a level of hops that was noticeable enough. Uncomplicated session beer that does not attempt to dazzle, and doesn’t have to.

rajendra82, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of hustlemuscle
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden brew flows out of the thin necked bottle. The aroma is vaguely smokey, and the smokiness really comes out in the immediate aftertaste, which ends with a pleasant tang. An intriguing blend of sweetness and tang. Overall it is pleasant in the mouth, slightly carbonated. The more I drink, the more I like it.

The whole beer is perhaps a bit too complex for me, and one that defy's my descriptive powers. Perhaps after more experience...suffice to say, this is a nice, smooth and easy to drink beer, reminiscent of other ales I have tried.

hustlemuscle, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice mild brew I had to settle me down during the crazy Superbowl. Appearance was excellent..rich creamy head with nice dark coloring. Light malty aroma with an equally light malt flavor that stayed fairly constant even through the finish. Mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Extremely drinkable. An excellent alternative to your typical light beers...this one has flavor. Excellent session brew.

edchicma, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brownish orange with noticeable carbonation.

Smells good, malt and citrus and a big bread smell. Also has a bit of grassy and woodiness to the smell. The best beer I have smelled in at least a month.

Tastes smoky and sweetish, a flavorful beer for sure! There is a woody and slight sourness to this too. Hops bitterness is there in the end too.

Mouthfeel is good, could be thicker.

It is drinkable, need to try this beer with Barbecue!

Zorro, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly caramelized color with a big creamy head (as expected out of the draught can). Definitely a malty odor, slightly nutty. The brew is actually quite balanced, the nutty presence doesn't overwhelm but is a great accentuater. Finishes dry and nutty.

Hhawk06, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times from the bottle and for the first time had on a nitro tap at the Lucky Dog a local establishment.Great pour (wich I expected)very creamy with a light bronze color,aroma light a little fruity and metallic.Nice mellow taste fruity and even a little smokey?Some metallic notes in there,seemed almost marshmellow-like,had three before I knew it.I really like it out of a nitro tap,hell my wife even had three.

oberon, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of BCMan
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able try this beer as part of a beer club that I started. It was 1 of 24 different beers in a case. Upon pouring, a nice head built up but immediatly faded away to a tiny ring of bubbles. I recall it looking like the Morretti La Rossa which had a deep rediish color. It had a very subtle scent that did not change. It finished rather sweet and became more sweet as it warmed. I thought it to be an average beer.

BCMan, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, amber-brown, crisp and clear, with an uneven white head that works quickly up to a moderate layer, then slips away rapidly. There are sparse twigs of lace.

There is a solid malt aroma at the front, bedecked amply by notes of sherry and currants. There's a very distant undercurrent of hops tang.

The first sip brings more the flavor of malt than the sweetness. A muscular grain texture flexes throughout the taste, with understated berry notes. The finish is again malt, now doughier and chewy. It fades at the very end to a nutty presence, bringing to mind peanuts. A vague bitterness lingers, the only real evidence of hops.

It's on the light side of medium bodied, but it clings nicely, allowing the flavor to evolve along the tongue as the beer ebbs.

The dry fruit and earth tones flesh out this tasteful and tasty Scottish Ale. The fleeting glimpse of nuts was plesantly surprising. The malt flavor and texture provide a strong structure. I enjoyed the evolution of flavors to the point that the completion of each sip brought anticipation of the next. I can honestly say this is my first sampling of the style, but if this is any indicator, it will not be my last. I have not seen the last of this beer, tonight, or in the future.

Foxman, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Ilacquin
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish amber with a relatively short nitro cascade, leaving a 1/2 thick creamy head. Looked fantastic. Aroma was heavy with smokey peat, oak and .... scotch? overtones. Head subsided slightly but left moderate lacing to the bottom of the pint.

Taste echoed the aroma, without being overpowering. Nicely balanced and very smooth. A little on the thin side, but the taste and relatively low ABV make up for it, definitely a session beer.

Ilacquin, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of DagFishHead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear burnt-amber body. Generous vanilla milkshake head has superb retention and thick creamy lace. Pretty.
Smell: Crystal malt, bready, earthty-mustiness, an appropriate old/staleness, smokey/peaty notes. Whiff of floral hop.
Taste: Smokey, peaty, grainy, semi-dry malt to start. Top is medium with a grassy, nutty, burnt huskiness. Finish dries with bitter hop and burned/woodiness. Long semi-dry grain aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat thin for the style. Carbonation is crisp, tight and complementary.
Drinkability: A crisper, drier, lighter scottish ale. Very drinkable, but my preference is for the full-blown versions, which, I admit, are less drinkable for me.

DagFishHead, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear bown with a light tan head that dissapates quicky. nutty and vaguely chocolatey smell, slightly bready, but not yeasty. i really like the mellow taste of this beer, it's nutty, a little fruity, like figs or something, with an ever so slight toasty chololate flavor. the mouthfeel is a little thin, but nothing to really complain about. this is a really easy beer to drink and has a pretty low abv, so you can put em away but not get too stupid in the process.

kmo1030, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has a nice malty body, with slightly smokey note, a little roast and a little diacytel.
Dark amber, brownish and slightly orange. Clear. Steady head at first, then some lacing.
Rich and malty for style, yet somehow a little watery. Slightly smokey, some malt dryness, slight sourness on the edges.
Surprisingly thin, decent softness from carbonation. Not all that smooth overall.
'Liked the can much better. Maybe it's timing.

garymuchow, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belhaven Scottish Ale- 12 oz bottle

Belhaven poured a beautiful amber/hickory brown with a thick creamy head. had to stop pouring, wait for the head to subside and pour again.

Smell is very nice- very hoppy. with a slight roasted aroma.
Taste is of a nice roasted/ smoked hops. A little watery but that helps with the slight smokeyness to it.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with no bitterness. Just a tad watery.

Overall, a nice Scottish Ale that went down nicely and won't disappoint.

NJpadreFan, Dec 15, 2003
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,588 ratings.