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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,626 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 35
Gots: 101 | 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 rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +5%
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 -2.9%
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 +3.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +2.4%
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 -14.7%
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 +5%
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 +7.1%
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 +5%
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 +3.1%
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%
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 -14.7%
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
Photo of xgrigorix
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

xgrigorix, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RoyalT, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

francisweizen, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of tar
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

tar, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of grynder33
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

grynder33, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of byrd
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

byrd, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of Stopper
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Stopper, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

granger10, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of PZuke
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

PZuke, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bditty187, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of DarrellK
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DarrellK, Sep 04, 2003
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.