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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 35
Gots: 113 | 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 smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful head--thick and tight-bubbled, gorgeous sticky lace. Dark, dark amber in color. Clear when placed in front of light.

Dark malts dominate the aroma--slight cream, carmelized brown sugar, although it is not sweet. The taste has a slight "band-aid" flavor suggesting that this can may have been exposed to chlorophenol. Thin in body, the dark malts seemed watered down. Hop is present, providing balance, but little complexity. The aftertaste is largely chocolate malt. Tastes good, less filling.

smcolw, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Been a long time since i had this beer( 7 years ago in Atlanta)
Got in the 500ml brown old style brown bottle.
Very handsome beer poured into my glass, dark chesnut colour..with a good sized off white head..great laceing.
Nice peaty, almost smoky malt aroma..liked it.
again the taste is all malts..lightly smoked..somewhat woody..kinda fizzles out near the end though.
Ok on the palte for 2 thirds of the time then watery in the end.
This has to be the ultimate session brew..tasty and low alcohol..exceptional drinkability.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of scriabin
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a crisp, smooth ale that makes you want to come back again and again. Decent head and nice amber color. Very smooth flavor with hints of hops and some malt. The carbonation level is just about perfect. An excellent choice to accompany summer bbq fare!

scriabin, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of maybrick
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this for the very first time a few hours ago. Beleive it or not, TGI Fridays in Exton, PA has it in Nitro Cans. The annoying little ball.

Anyway, color is caramel medium brown to amber beer with an off-white head. I assume the notro keeps the haed around. The glass I drunk from was a Fridays Pint glass and apparently very clean as the lace from the head stuck all the way down.

Delicate nose with hints of a soft malt with a touch of smoke.
Slightly sweet taste and quite smooth. Not much hop at all and finishes a little on the heavy side.

maybrick, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of hobbes2112
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium bronze with thick milkshake-like head.

A smoky malty smell shows up after a little bit of warming but there really wasn't much on first try.

I taste sweet malt, earthy on the aft palate. I can't find much in the way of hops. As strange as it sounds on of the major tastes in this beer is that of "Lil Smokies" sausages.

This is a pleasant brew, but not someting I could drink all the time. I am sure it will make the rotation again though.

hobbes2112, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of shapudding
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark amber. Gave it a good heavy pour but the head left quick, leaving behind an eggshell colored ring and a bit left in the center. Scents of smoke and cherries. More watery flavored than I expected from this... Very light mouthfeel. Taste of clubsoda, light maltiness, roasted malts. Decent bitterness with a nice dry finish. Wish there was a bit more body to it, but overall liked it.

shapudding, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice bright amberish color with a good head but laced very little.
The smell is dominated by sweet malt and a hint of dried fruit.
The tatse is a sweet malt taste much like the smell and has a slight smokey flavor in the aftertaste.

HochFliegen, May 27, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brew pours to a dark amber color with a perfect think creamy two finger tan head that has great retention and lacing. The aromas are nice, dominated by malt and yeast with a somewhat smoky smell. The taste is quite smooth with a strong malt flavor that leads to the smoky flavor that goes along with the scent I picked up. Has a bit of a sweetness to it that highlights caramel flavors. Overall it is a nice brew, glad I gave it a try. Not one of my favorite beers, but is solid.

Stimack, May 26, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a ruby/amber color with a rocky pillow of pure white head.

Smell: Sweet smell that consists of honey and raisin mixed in with an alcohol/scotch pressence.

Taste: Mild flavor to start. It then grows to a full flavored scotch ale. There is a yeast and wheat flavor mixed with the scotch flavoring. In addition, there were notes of caramel and corriander.

Mouthfeel: This is a smooth, creamy beer that feels soft and buttery on the tongue.

GuinnessSmurf, May 18, 2004
Photo of daledeee
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pub ale I thought I would try. Pours pretty auburn/orange with a good head. Nice earthy nose. Taste is malty with a little bitterness blended in. Pretty middle of the road mouthfeel. Too light on the alchohol.

I am not a fan of most British Isle brews. This one is not remarkable but tastes fine.

daledeee, May 14, 2004
Photo of IceAce
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The nitro can provided a finger and a half of dense creamy foam atop a dark bronze brew with very good clarity. The nitrogen bloom lasted about 45 seconds but head retention is in line with expectations for a nitro boosted product.

Aroma: The nose is dominated by earthy malt and yeast with just a hint of both coffee and chocolate. Unfortunately, one has to dive deep into the glass just to get a hint of this delicious aroma as it seems a bit reluctant to show itself.

Taste: The initial impression of the taste of this brew is one of very rounded smoothness.The malts and hops are delightfully balanced...a condition multiplied by the fact that the most (if not all) CO² is displaced by the nitrogen. The finish is malty, nutty, and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is good with just a hint of thinness which contradicts the fine, even lacing left all the way down the beer-clean glass.

Drinkability: While there is very little bad to report about this beer...it is not something that makes me want to run out to grab another four of them. Solid...but nothing really stands out.

IceAce, May 07, 2004
Photo of jazzyjake
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reading the other reviews makes me wonder about the quality control of this beer. There have been times when I've loved it, but my recent experience was one of a beer I had to force down.

I used to think of it as a hearty brown ale, a good strong palate clearer with just enough carbonation to keep it from overwhelming you. A special occasion brew.

The last time I bought it, it was unpleasantly syrupy -- cloying sweetness with no offsetting hoppiness. It was like drinking maltose. Very unpleasant. I wound up cutting the remaining bottles with a pale ale so as not to waste the $9 this cost me.

My numbers above are really bogus, I'm really unable to assign values on a beer that has affected me so differently.

I need to try it again sometime, it's odd for a beer to change that drastically in my opinion. I'll not be buying a six-pack again though, until I get a better reading.

jazzyjake, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MMM the 1st time I ever sampled this was at a freinds party in college. The guy giving it out was a nice fella, na it will always have a special place in my heart

Pour a dark amber, with a thick, creamy lightly tan head.

Nice malty sweet and lightly smokey flavor to it. However, it has little to no hop presence, and that does hurt it.

I like tha fact that it is now widely available, and, I think this beer makes for a nice conversation peice. Also, who doesn't like the nitro bubble?

PSUDREW, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of dippy
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice darkish amber colored brew, with a slightly off white head.

Sweet slightly, fruity scent.

I tasted apple, it was almost like a cider to me, but good. A medium bodied beer. Well balenced, with nice malt characteristics. Hops are there but barely.

A smooth one to drink, I would try cooking with this one, but I don't know any scottish dishes besides Haggis.

I was supprised by this one, I thoght it would be shit, but I would buy this one every now and again.

dippy, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of Biffster
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful beer. Sparkling clear, deep copper brown with amber highlights and a off white head.

The aroma is malty but subued. There is some caramel, and a hint of toast and smoke. The fruitiness is almost imperceptible, but there.

The sip starts rich and malty, leading quickly to a smokiness that permeates. It is tart from the smokiness and slightly caramel like at the swallow. The caramel and buttery diacetyl notes linger with the smoky tartness.

The body and carbonation are in the medium range, but the mouth impression is quite creamy.

This is an interesting beer, overall. I found the aroma somewhat wanting in this sample, and I found the diacetyl somewhat distracting.

Biffster, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of findlayfan
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest off-white head.

Medium mahogany body with moderate bubbles.

Solid, drinkable Scottish ale - not as cloying as MacEwan's can be, but certainly distinctive.

I've also tried the nitro-charged in cans, but prefer the bottled version. Hopefully, I'll get back to Edinburgh and/or St. Andrews before too long, where I can make a REAL comparison! Until then, this will do nicely...

findlayfan, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of budsboy
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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 -19.9%
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%
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 +7.6%
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 +7.6%
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 +1%
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 -4.7%
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 +3.7%
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 -0.8%
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
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.