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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

1,746 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,746
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 45
Gots: 167 | 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 Naes
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale is clear brown with a tall frothy nitrous head. It has great retention and lacing.
The aroma is a strong smoky smell.
The flavor is also smoky with hints of caramel and nuts.
Mouth feel is light bodied and a bit low on the carbonation.
This is just too smoky of a beer for my likings.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, creamy nitro head and lacing.

Aroma from the nitro can is more smokey and peaty. Stagnant water aroma is not detected in this sample.

Flavor is a tad more smokey as well.

mouthfeel is decidedly more creamy due to the nitro.

still a decent easy drinking beer.

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

A - Hazy copper color with a white/tan fluffy head. Tiny bubbles racing from the bottom to the top

S - Smokey, caramel, nuts, a little fruity. I have a slight cold so I'm not detecting much else.

T - Much like the St. Andrews but more roasty, more malty, a little tart. Slight alcohol bite but it's really mild. It's good.

M - Smooth and rich and almost creamy in an ale way.

D - Another solid offering from Belhaven. It's too bad I only picked up two. I'm not sure if I'd want to drink more than several in a row but I find myself enjoying it.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had this at the local pub. Poured a solid copper color with a dense finger of creamy head over top. Nose is a nice combination between sweet caramel, ligher nutty notes and a light but present peated character. Flavor brought much the same as the nose...nut and caramel were dominant with a moderate peated smokeyness playing in the background. I really think the peated character made this beer for me. Very tasty. Feel was moderate, with a light carbonation, as is the case with most nitro taps brews. There was a good creamy character as well. Drinkability on this one was really good. I found it had nothing keeping me from sessioning it. I could have easily had one or two more of these. Very smooth and clean. I'll be having this one again.

Photo of hefevice
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle.

Pours a clear deep copper with an ample white compact bubbled head. Aroma is slightly sweet malt in the foreground, subtle biscuit in the background, with an ever so slight hint of peat smoke as it warms. Peat smoke is really noticable in the flavour, although very well balanced and not overwhelming. The solid dry malt platform is well balanced with a gentle bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light with soft carbonation. Extremely drinkable and would make a great session beer.

Photo of Higravity
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a nice refreshing beer. Slightly peaty, nutty smell, with a floral herb essence. The red color holds up a nice whitish head and gives up nice lacing. The taste is one of legends and I am glad I had a whole imperial pint glass worth. Sweet long boil swwetness covered in a light fog of peat and a gentle herbal bitterness carry my tongue off to happiness. Great full mouth feel and way too drinkable.

Photo of cracgor
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours out a beautiful red beer with a nice tight sheet of bubbles on the surface. Mild sticking to the glass. It smells, well scottish. Not really that smoky. A malty sweet smell, and a touch of berry like tartness hiding in there somewhere. First part of the sip is a little too sweet, but as it goes down the flavors change and I'm left with a complex nutty, maybe a little roasted flavor. Not an over the top peat smoked scottish, but gentle and well, scottish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth. Drinkable in the type that you could sit and drink for awhile at a slow to moderate pace, but not really quaffable

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

Great googly moogly, this beer is smooth!! Lightly roasted nut/malt aromas lead into a sweet almost bread-y first sip. Very light citrus hop bite on the tongue that leads you into the almond/hazelnut flavors of this ale. Light carbonation and heavy malts give this brew a rich, creamy mouth-feel. Very smooth and drinkable, this beer will warm you against the coldest New England/Scottish winter.

Photo of PeatReek
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium amber color with a thick, solid ecru-colored nitro head. Crystal clear.

Aroma: Very slightly sweet, but mostly clean almost to the point of being metallic.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very thick malty attack. Super smooth given the nitro carbonation; I would almost prefer the normal CO2 kick to balance out the malt a bit. Body is super-solid, almost chewy. A very subtle bitterness at the peak of the sip, washed away again by sweetness in the nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: Hard to say... this beer is malty and delicious, but a bit thick to drink more than one or two.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bottle to a tall weizen glass:

Appearance: A bronze to copper tone with white fluffy head that is subdued in size for a long period of time.Laceing to be found with even a touch of beading.

Smell: The aroma is slight honeynut apples with a hint of fresh hops and sweet malts.Not much aroma but pleasant.

Taste: Carameled bark,like the nose, honeynut apples linger in there with the sweetened malts and just a touch of hops for a bittersweet finish.Very subtle but just right for a nice quiet evening.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied,smooth easy drinking.

Drinkability: This is my favorite Belhaven product to date.Its just one of those beers to either slam or sip.One person asked in the forum recently,what is a good gateway beer from BMC to craft.I would definitely say Belhaven Sottish Ale is a damn good pick.


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

This beer is the reddest beer I have ever seen. It is copper-amber in its regular appearance, but I happened to be drinking it in late afternoon when the sun poured through the Imperial Pint glass, and the color coming out the other side was nothing but red.

Aroma and flavor go hand in hand here- rich malty breadiness, slightly sweet of carmel and toffee. Slight hop finish. Not terribly complex, decent and tasty, but no wow factor. A solid, decent choice to drink when looking for a malty brew.

Decent full mouthfeel, and it is easily drinkable; the downside is that I didn't want to drink that much because it just didn't excite me.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an auburn wood-like color with bronze tones when held to the light. Have to wait for the carbonation to rise and beer to settle, as the usual for these nitro-cans. I love to watch those millions of teeny-tiny bubbles rise to the top. Really makes an awesome looking beer. The head looks like melted vanilla ice cream.

Smell is herbal, fresh, and surprisingly hoppy.

Flavor is good. Mostly malty, but its paired with a nice hoppy/grassy taste. Very herbal and spicy. Much better tasting than other nitro-beers I've tried, but maybe I shouldnt be comparing to beers of different styles.

Mouthfeel is silky-smooth. Drinkability is good too. I've never been the biggest fan of nitros, I always think they lack a little bit of prickly carbonation. Can a beer be too smooth? I dont know. Anyways, this is actually real good. If you like nitros, this one is a must-try. Very nice flavor.


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

Cherrywood glistening amber. Nice, 2 finger head that sticks around for a while.

Stingy sweet scottish malt smell. Mellow caramel comes through as it warms.

Sweet start to the tongue, moving abruptly into a mellow middle that's smoky and very, very dry. Charbroiled sweets. The two flavors knock you a big off your chair at first, but after a few sips you learn to love it and love it well. It's quite tasty.

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with beige highlights; a bounteous head that leaves plenty of foamy lacing behind

Smell: Caramel malt and earthy peat aromas

Taste: Starts out with an earthy, peaty flavor that builds in butterscotch and smokiness; primarily malty as you would expect, but there is defintely some balance to this brew; a little acrid on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch slick with good carbonation

Drinkability: A decent enough brew for a malty change

Photo of ghostwalker
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium to dark brown body. Kind of hazy/cloudy. Small whitish head.

Nose is sharp with some light hops and caramelly/malty. Gets the taste buds going a little even before the first sip.

Flavor is malty and nutty. Toffee and caramel notes in there too. Crisp hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little oily.

Drinkability is really much better than I remember from previous tastings. I bet this stuff is great on tap.

Photo of RBorsato
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tawny brown in color with a nice creamy light tan head, nice constant carbonation, and some lace rings. Light toasted nut aroma with some smoky character. Toasty nutty flavor dominates with lots of smoky characteristics with some chocolate notes shining through. Medium bodied and suprisingly smooth for low ABV with a dry smoky malty finish.

Very nice.

Per label: "since 1719"

Per Belhaven website: 3.9% ABV

(12 oz. / 355 ml brown bottle with "Belhaven" embossed around the neck 4 times)

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

Pours a deep copper with a lacy ivory head.
the aroma hints at dryed figs ,wisp of alcohol, malt, slight hop.
the flavor is malty with a grassy hop flavor with a steady bitterness that drops off in to a citrus tingle.
the mouthfeel is a little slippery
this beer is very drinkable but cooler weather would serve it best.

Photo of Derek
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

There's no picture of Robbie Burns...

Label on the neck says "Imported from Scotland".

Main label has a picture of some old buildings and a horse-drawn carriage. It says:


Handcrafted in Scotland since 1719
16.9 fl.oz 500ml

Back label says
"The Belhaven brewery is Scotland's oldest surviving independent brewery, dating back to 1719. Scottish Ale is a complex mix of malt and hop producing Belhaven's easily recognised malty and nutty flavour."

A: Copper-amber, off-white creamy head, a little retention and lace.

S: Light malty aroma (caramel and nut).

T: Slightly sweet, caramel and nut, with a little peat.

M: Light body, higher than average carbonation.

D: It's like water, though the peat is a little harsh, and the carbonation is a little high.

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

500 ml bottle. Belhaven Scottish Ale pours out a dark copper color with a small head. The aroma is toffee with a strange tangy citrus smell. Sweet toffee flavor with tangy fruit and a smokiness, which is sort of like peat and sort of like tobacco. Strong malt flavor, which is thick and chewy. The sour flavor is odd, but not bad. Just a little spicy in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy. High carbonation. Interesting beer, but some may be put off by the weird tobacco flavor.

Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber/copper colored with a creamy ivory "nitro" head.

Sweet malt aroma with a hint of caramel.

Medium bodied, rich malt flavor, fruity with a bit of caramel and smoke. A definite hops overtone and finish.

Smooth, creamy and drinkable. Would go well with hearty foods.

Photo of aforbes10
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belhaven in a nitro can is one of my dad's favorites, and he's an old scot so he should know what he's talking about.

Pour is good with a nice, thick creamy head that lasts for a while. Good, but not strong, odor. Texture is very smooth, almost creamy. Tastes nutty and hoppy. A fairly heavy brew, but you can still put several back in an evening if need be.

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

Served at ten minutes over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance- A crystal clear deep amber glows brightly, with an off-white centimeter thick crown that settles to a thin mat in a few moments. Sporadic, medium lacing... spongy soft bubbles adorn the surface.

Smell- Stale sourdough bread meets cat pee... at first. Not at all the aroma I was expecting. As we warm a bit, vanilla and malts fight their way through the fog and lend a heavy, winey sweetness.

Taste- Vanilla, wood, faint smoke, and Scottish malts share the same stage... very nice. Approachable, yet nicely distinctive. Hops appear just perfectly in the finish to dry the palate for the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Sublime mouthfeel, super-easy in the mouth. There is a creaminess that works so well with the spices and overall taste of this beer, it's remarkable. The drinkability here is quite good, and would make a better choice than a Scotch Ale when enjoying a few on a cool Winter's eve.

Photo of jmz62565
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark amber almost reddish color with a smallish,but creamy head that lasts.The smell is very floral,earthy ,and full of yeast.Very fragrant and nice.The taste is a rich creamy malt filled brew.I do taste some spices,nutmeg and alittle cinnmon?,but it's very faint with the malt dominating this beer.The m/f is light and full flavored,but it does end a little weak and watery,my only complaint.All in all, this is a quality beer that I will look forward to in the future.
I would love to try this on tap.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Belhaven Brewery Company -
This beer was poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Belhaven pours up a bright, clear amber color with tons of frothy head. Dissipates slowly, and leaves mounds of chunky bubbles, lots of thick lace. Smells of sweet malt, nutty aromas, and a touch of raisin and some earthy notes cross the nose. Taste of this ale is dominated by malt, with a hint of smoky or wood-like flavor, not unlike something you would find in a glass of scotch. The fruit is present, but far in the back of the mouth, and not overbearing. Caramel sneaks up on you as the beer warms, and is partially bittersweet, as malt and hops mellow. This taste is a distinctly scottish ale affair. The body of this beer is light to medium, not thick like a stout or porter, and it offers a gentle carbonation that adds to the slick mouthfeel. The finish is quite dry, although this beer offers an array of complex flavors. Belhaven is not a particularly strong scottish ale, checking in at 5.2%ABV, and the alcohol is not present.


Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 500 ml bottle, no useful information but nice raised EST 1719 on the bottle

Aroma: Some mild peat notes in a sweet, slightly fruity smell. Some pears noted.

Appearance: Hazy red/brown glass, nice cream/tan finger of head that leaves rings of lace

Flavor: Balance is toward the sweet malt, as it should be, but still a nice balanced flavor. Hops aren’t tasted, but the malt doesn’t get close to cloying.

Mouthfeel: It’s a bit foamy, the carbonation level is a touch high.

Overall Impression: A very tasty brew! I’m not a fan of the style, but we tasted a lot of Scottish beers this evening and this seemed the most authentic and one of the best tasting!

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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