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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

862 Reviews

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Reviews: 862
Hads: 1,928
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 66
Gots: 267 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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 xxxcjbcxxx
1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

(Canned; Draught)

Tastes awful; like a less salty, more sweet, watered down Guinness, with a strong flavor of smoked tobacco/cigarettes.

It pours dark brown, with a nominal foamy head, and smells "good." Unfortunately none of that goodness translates into taste.

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Photo of bebbcorp
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Was at Phil's Liqour and the owner suggested this beer after I told him what I was looking for in a beer this warm Sunday afternoon. The guy never steered me wrong before, so this is what I got. It was a copper colored ale in a stout looking clear bottle. Poured into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip it poured with a very creamy looking 1'' head which steadily receded to about a quarter inch. Smells for the glass are nuts, bread dough and a smell I cannot identify. First impressions on taste are exactly as it smells. Pleasant, pleasing, and leaving a very slight sourness that lingers on the palate, with just a touch of bitterness balancing it out. Halfway down the beer I come to a conclusion. This beer is lower in alcohol, not a ton of flavors, and nothing fancy about it, but in a good way. Like an old tree that has taken ages to attain a good form, it reflects simplistic beauty. These beers subtly lull you into spending an afternoon drinking and enjoying good beers without getting hammered. A beer that could appeal to even those who are not beer enthusiasts as well. A solid B+ to the folks who made this beer. If it wasn't 12 a six pack, I would put it into the regular rotation, but this will be a once in a while relaxing Sunday beer from now on.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

So, I stumbled upon this very tall 16.9 oz bottle for around four dollars. FOUR DOLLARS. Chump change for some of you blokes, but that's the most I've ever spent on a single beer that wasn't on tap. So this better be good.

Appearance (4.25) : Haha, it's like the incredible spiderman in the bottle. There's large bubbles like spider web in the bottle after I poured it. The glass, oh...right. A nice fluffy three fingered head that recedes in a couple of minutes' time to about 1 finger. The webbing it leaves behind on the glass is marvelous. The body is fiery orange honey colored and is dense and about 70% opaque. Some sediment can be seen floating around, excellent. Off to a great start.

Aroma (4) : A bit like your run-of-the-mill amber beer. It has some sourdough qualities, what smells like honey-cured turkey, mustard seed, wheat, and a yeasty breadiness. If I try hard and use my imagination, it's honestly like a really good turkey sandwich with pickle. Awkward. But hey, it smells great, so...

Bouquet is about medium volume.

Taste (4) : Robust and malty at the front, and quickly turns hoppy and yeasty. Some caramel, nut, and more yeast. It's creamy, delicious, and slightly woody. Some faint char also joins the mix, key word being faint, but it's there on the finish. Ends slightly antiseptic but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Very creamy, melts in your mouth. Slightly carbonated to give it a pop. Medium bodied and ends semi-dry with a woody, smoky, slightly antiseptic finish.

Overall (4.08) : By far the best Scottish Ale I've had yet. I've tried Odell's 90 Shilling, and one other that I didn't care much for. Ultimately before I decided to write Scottish Ales off I figured I'd try a genuine forerunner. I am not sorry I did. Problem is, how am I gonna finish this pint? Oh, bother.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Aroma: malt, toffee, no hops. Medium sweetness form malt. Low kettle carmelization, slight earthy aroma.
Appearance: Deep amber, brilliant, off-white to light tan head, good lacing, fine carbonation.
Flavor. Biscuit, toffee malt, finishes dry, malt driven. The hops are here but not dominant, light fruit, faint hint of sour, dry grainy finish. Slight diacetyl. Mouthfeel: medium body, slightly creamy, slight astringency, fine medium low carbonation.
Overall: clean malt, dry finish, starts sweet, finishes dry. Smooth

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

I picked up a bottle of Belhaven Brewery's Belhaven Scottish Ale last week for $4.69 at The Lager Mill. Since I like the stout from this brewery I thought I would give their Scottish Ale a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 500ml clear bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok,it's got a vintage look to it and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice amber/mohogany color that too on more of amber/red color when held to the light with two fingers worth of really light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end left some patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I really liked the color.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a sweet malt, caramel and bready aromas with just a slight smokey aspect to it. Up next comes some fruity yeast which impart a apple and pear like aroma and it followed by a little bit of earthy hops that show up at the end along with just a slight skunky aroma. This beer had a nice aroma that's pretty much what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel seeming to stick out the most this time and it still has a light smokey aspect to it. Up next comes the fruity yeast which seems to be just a little lighter than it was in the aroma and there's also just a slight skunky flavor. On the finish there's not bitterness with a little more sweetness taking it place with just a slight earthy hops flavors and there's some smokey and caramel malt like flavors in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I could go without the light skunky flavor.

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Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +5.8%

A: Poured from the fizzy insert can into the nonic pint. Deep golden golden color with a fantastic tightly nitro style head.

S: Gentle. Nutty undertones, really subtle hops. This is the anti-bomb of beer. There's nuance.

T: Some tea-like hop notes on the initial quaff. Gentle mild malts doing a good job of staying balanced. Hops are mild as expected. This brew stays the course with floral and herbal notes with mild astringency.

M: slightly dry, a hair of chalkiness on finish but always smooth and velvety due to nitro-tight carbonation. Sweetness is there, but hides, presents, hides, repeat. Very nice finish.

O: infinitely drinkable at this smoothness and ABV. Very nice brew.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Widget can. Pours a clear amber with a heavy dark ruby cast. After the initial gas rush, the head is normal. Lacing and retention are above normal. Light nose of caramel. No effervescence on the finish. Light medium body, yet slick. Laid back balanced flavor profile. It begins with a light caramel sweetness that flows into a mild bitterness with a touch of smoke. As it warms, dark fruit notes are there, but subtle. Smooth finish with a touch of hop flavor. A mineral like taste lingers. A solid offering, but not in the class of Founder's Dirty Bastard.

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Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Dark Copper Color with substantial head due to nitro cone. Drier, malty, biscuity, subtle smokiness and light nutty flavor. Slight bite with creamy finish.

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Photo of ENogueira
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz bottle. Poured in a glass. Medium head, dissipates in a minute or two. Dark amber color. Smell of light flowers or herbs. Malty taste with trace of toasted nuts. Leaves an earthy oak aftertaste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Served from tap in a shaker pint glass at Duke of Perth.

Bachelor Party-Palooza 2014 (Part 1) believes that when in a Scottish-style pub, do as the Scots do and drink up some Belhaven, namely the Scottish Ale. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, light powdered sugar, mild grass, light flowers, toasted caramel, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a tiny twinge of vague fruit, this time more powerful than in the Lager, but still barely there. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice malty British ale, one that went pretty well with the chips.

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Photo of wetshoes
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this in a nitro can for the first time. It is remarkable, if you're a fan of Scottish ales. (Some of us just don't like hops much.) I like it much better than the bottled version. Reminds me of the rich, creamy Belhavens Best, which is on tap at most Scottish pubs, but doesn't seem to be exported.

Wish it were a little lower alcohol, so you could drink more of it without getting too buzzed.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opened with a mighty pow! Super head and cascade. Good Golden color

S- Pretty good malt that is for sure!!!

T- WOW that malt is back!

M- Creamy good. Not that great but good

O- Very good. Will try on tap if I find it

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with.... Fish and Chips


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Photo of seedyone
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/28/12 On tap. Nitro this time. Really smooth. Considering the low ABV, this was a very satisfying drink. My only problem is that I didn't get a "stunning ruby color in the glass". It was barely beyond blonde, but color isn't flavor, so...

June 2013 - On tap. Smart balance resulting in a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of derryd
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a 22 bottle from the local liquor store. Clear bottle sitting on a shelf. Upon opening smell has skunky right away, this beer had gone bad from sitting too long and being exposed to too much light. The taste was no better than an average pilsner or lager. Reminded me of the skunky Hienken I use to drink thinking it was good beer. Live and learn.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/27/2013. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, bread, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, light roast, herbal, grass, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, light roast, light nuttiness, light pear/apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Wiely
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time a had this beer was on tap and the Nitro Can is just as amazing. This beer is just awesome, it is hands down one of the best beers I have ever had.

The pour is perfect, the foam is perfect, the taste is slightly creamy yet full of unique flavor that is difficult to describe. The aftertaste is clean and perfect. I am so glad they have this in the Nitro Can. Highly recommend!

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Photo of jlux21
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really love this Beer from a can. I got a Nitro keg for home and it's even better. You can down 2 pints before you even know it, it super smooth WOW Nitro is amazing . With all that being said it's an excellent beer anyway you have it, one of my top 5. Many have explained it feel and flavor already , much better than I can . If you have the chance get it on tap if not in bottles or cans it's still darn good.

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Photo of Foyle
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 440ml can into pint glass
Appearance: pours a frothy, vigorous eggshell head which slowly settles with some delicate lacing. Color is a clear copper with little streaming carbonation.
Aroma: whole wheat bread dough, yeast, floral and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: creamy, silky and light to medium bodied with a fairly wet finish.
Flavor: a distinct nuttiness combines with caramel, medium roasted barley, and some pleasant herbal/earthy bitterness.
Overall: very good, but the mouthfeel is a bit unusual.

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Photo of MarkoNm
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think I found one of my new favourite beers.
Pours a clear coppery color with about a finger of two of solid just slightly off-colour head with a decent retention.
The aroma is extra nice. Some malts, some fruity smell but mostly biscuity and nutty notes, easily picked up by the nose.
The taste is likewise, amazing. Starts sweet and is followed by nice biscuity body, slight bitterness towards the end, and finishes with a nice spicy finish.
Easily drinkable, smooth, delicious. Just great.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Belhaven Scottish Ale brewed by Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.This brew pours out dark amber color or light brown. With 3 shades of brown as the brew sits.It like this brew has 2 heads one fades away. The head is thick, creamy, and white. The smell is rich with flavor. I smell
tobacco and raisins. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The taste is sweet- but bitter. Nothing overpowering ,but it has a bitter aftertaste. This brew is something I would get again if I was having a nice dinner. I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear deep amber color with a moderate creamy white head that settles to a layer of bubbles. Great lacing on the glass as you drink.
S: Bready, nutty, some toffee and other roasted barley sweetness. Light fruit esters as well.
T: Fresh brown bread, toffee, caramel, light esters of cherry like flavor, mild hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from totally running away. Mild earthy hop flavor as well. The finish is on the dry side and sweet.
M: Medium body with tiny crisp carbonation and a dry finish. No warming from alcohol.
O: Very clean and fresh tasting with some slight estery flavors and low on the smoky flavors with this Scottish Ale. Well done and easy to drink! I would get this again.

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Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ceramic mug, can't see. Ivory head persists. Throughout.

Toffee, butterscotch, peat, caramel, and nutty, toasted malt are accented by floral hops and grain. Smoky, peaty malt is the star.

Flavor reveals more smoky, peaty dominance at the base, becoming floral, and finishing bitter and dry. There's substantial toasted, nutty malt presence.

Body is fairly light, considering the malt dominant and complexity. Smooth, with carbonation a touch low, and slight harshness at the finish.

Good toasted malt backbone, excellent specialty characters of smoke. The nuttiness matches the slight sweetness well, and the finish is dry enough to be refreshing, albeit a touch too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint pilsner. A bubbly 3/4" head quickly reduces to very nice lacing. The color is a brilliant crystal clear orange-red. I'm having a hard time describing the aroma, but it is mild, and malty. The flavor is malt, nutty, and a bit of hops at the finish. Mouthfeel is tingly with carbonation, and a little creamy, but not much. Overall this is a style I'm not familiar with, but it is at least a very good ale.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can with a widget into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Copper colored body with good clarity. 2 fingers of creamy, off-white head with impressive retention. Moderate to heavy lacing.

S: Light overall. Suspect the dense, nitro-fueled head is blocking some of the aroma. Traces of malt and faint nuttiness. Honey. Diacetyl. Some soapy, musty off-scents.

T: Sweet, nutty malt with a slow, gradual transition to an almost desiccating English-hop bitterness. Finish is quite dry and mineral. No alcohol. Toast notes with some lingering tang. Some light peat, earth.

M: Thick and rich head yields a nice opening. Body is a bit underwhelming with low carbonation and a light feel.

O: Smooth, dry and nicely hopped. Relatively subdued malt, which I found surprising. Good brew that looks great in the glass, but IMO lacks standout qualities.


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Photo of cyclonece09
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours red amber with a small white head. Smells of dark malt very inviting. Tastes of roasted malt with slight caramel, not overly sweet but still quite tasty. Beer is carbonated a tad heavily but light bodied very drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.