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St. Andrew's Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

St. Andrew's AleSt. Andrew's Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

297 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%


Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mstyne on 08-07-2001)
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light brown/copper; medium head, dissipates quickly; leaves light lacing on pint glass

Aroma: Spicy; fruity

Taste: Nutty; peppery; tart fruit; dry, bitter finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:44:43 | More by IchLiebeBier
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angusdegraosta

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a new experience for me. I can't say I've had much Scottish Ale (other than the standard nitro Belhaven can), but after St. Andrews, I'm sure I'll have more. This is a cloudy copper beer with decent head retention. The smell is wonderful - a sweet, flowery honey. The flavor is all about malt, which seems par for course with the style. There's more of a slight tartness than any discernible hop flavor. Honey and malt are predominant. Add some carbonation to that, and you've got a delicious beer. If this were in a nitro can, I'd pass. In the big brown bottle, you can't go wrong, as long as you like the style. I sure do.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:49:10 | More by angusdegraosta
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MisterClean

California

2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a deep copper color, 2 fingers of head, good retention a little over carbonated.

S - caramel, light notes of diacetyl, and skunkiness. Beer fermented too cold and did not ship well.

T - see smell, but with light to moderate notes of Scottish esters.

M - malt dominated with some light hoppiness. Light to moderate mouthfeel.

D - do not think I could finish a pint myself. Little disappointed that this beer has sullied the good name of belhaven.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:40:49 | More by MisterClean
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bubbly clear bronze, tall fluffy head held its own for a good while
S - mix of butterscotch and light peat, come sourness and a touch of earthy hops
T - buttery toffee and toasty maltiness dominates, woody and lightly smoky flavours, touch of leafy greens
M - light body with a light smoky and sour feel, finishes light and a little dry
O - an awesome scotch ale, it has all the requisite characteristics in moderation without being aggressive, very easy drinking, and above all a great tribute to a place I must visit some day

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:57:20 | More by joemcgrath27
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Daredevil

Switzerland

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cognac type color, light head

strong nose, with dominant hops with some notes of mahagonny and dark exotic woods

taste is very earthy, notes of gingerbread, smoked wood, passion fruit, ...

a rather tweedy, very dry strong ale, lacking a bit of congeniality ...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 22:25:01 | More by Daredevil
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/2/12

A clear copper with some giant bubbles feeding a short lived finger of cream colored foam that leaves a few patches of lace

S earthy hops and nutty toffee with some vanilla

T very similar too the smell, it almost reminds me of Innis & Gunn but without the oak

M fairly light with just enough bubbles, aftertaste is faint but lingers for a while

O not mind blowing but respectable stuff, lots of flavors for a lighter brew

I'm not upset I bought this one but I doubt I'll buy it again, worth a try but I wouldn't go searching for it

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 06:54:22 | More by wordemupg
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Raven3464

Japan

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beers a pours a dark copper color with a foamy one finger head. Sediments can be seen floating at the top of the head.

Smell: The smell is fairly subdued. A sweet malt aroma mixed with a wet grass smell can be noticed right away. After a few minutes a pinch of caramel can be detected. All aromas are very subtle but not unpleasant.

Taste: Much like the nose, a sweet, slightly roasted, malt taste is noticed early. There is a slight hint of caramel at the end and the aftertaste is slightly "smoky."

Mouth feel: It is very smooth with little dryness.

Overall: While not great, every aspect of the beer is better than average. It is not as complex as I was hoping but then again I do not have much experience with Scottish Ales. The "smoky" aftertaste was perhaps the most pleasantly interesting aspect of this brew. It's not world class but I'm glad I had it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 15:24:01 | More by Raven3464
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a medium copper hue with thin white head and translucent clarity.

Smell - Earthy hops (almost pine) aroma with light citrus notes, with a bit of sourness.

Taste - The citrus flavours shine through, as picked up in the aroma. There is a slight caramel flavour to this, which surprised me. Slightly bitter but palatable.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with good carbonation and smoothness.

Overall - A nice representation of the Scottish Ale style. Very easy to drink with a nice balance of the earthy/citrusy flavours. Would definitely pick up another in future.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:41:06 | More by leaddog
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rarely ever seen in St Andrew's at all, its not easy to find all around Scotland these days.

Drunk at the bottom of the Royal Mile at The World's End pub at the beginning of this year's Edinburgh Festival.

I've been a bit skeptical about Greene King's influence on the Belhaven beers lately. I wonder about those straight jacketing Greene King yeasts and I have found massive variation in the taste and quality of the Belhaven cask line up as well.

It lacks balance this. That's not to say it's bad. No. Its actually pretty damn fine in its one, two or maybe three dimensions. But it is such a wasted opportunity. Its very soft brown malty toffee morish quality with just a pinch of earth is pretty close to exceptional but its just too much for me. Needs more structure up and down and more development from beginning to end.

Serving type: cask

08-07-2011 18:31:52 | More by Zimbo
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle pours copper color with a nice 1/2 inch head that stays awhile.
Smells of sweet malt and apples and peaches.

The minute it hits your mouth it is smooth creamy and delious. Tastes of malts and apples and fruits with a touch of grain.
This Ale is amazingly refreshing and gives a very nice feel in your mouth, pleasant,smooth sweet and creamy

Overal this is an exceptional Ale and I recomend it to anyone who can get it. I lucked out as the case had been droped and 3 were broken so I got it for a very nice price. This is so tasty I am going to get their Scotish Ale soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 23:08:27 | More by Schmidts
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden color. Some floaties in there along with a fluffy white head. The smell of the beer was malty, and grainy, along with some toasted nut aromas. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront from the grains in it. The aftertaste has a decent bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of this beer is very drinkable and easy to have a few in a short amount of time. Overall I like this beer, I had it once and would be willing to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 19:28:30 | More by Knapp85
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out clear and light mahogany with a thick frosty head. Be careful when string, transporting, and pouring, as this beer throws a pretty heavy sediment. The nose was quite subdued and offered toast and nuts.

Often this particular style can come off as bland. I was happy to find that this beer is not bland at all. It has a nice strong toasted malt flavor without being too sweet. Moreover, it has considerable body for a beer of this style. The toasty flavors were nicely complemented by a nice, earthy nuttiness and hints of molasses and clover. A nice beer for a cool, rainy afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:49:47 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; tea colored and clear but at some angles a bit hazy. White head, nice retention and beautiful lacing.

smell; roasted barley, some woody notes and malt sweetness. A touch of maple and spicy malts. A bit earthy.

taste; quite nutty, walnut comes to mind with tannic notes. Bitters a bit in the finish. Smooth notes of chocolate in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; medium bodied and sticky in the finish. Puckers the mouth in the aftertaste.

overall; quite good for the style, definitely worth drinking and easy to do such in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 04:39:31 | More by Sachsenfreude
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kojevergas

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a creamy thick head of excellent retention. Clear copper-gold colour.

Sm: Fresh hoppy scent. Malt.

T: Cream to one-note body (malt) with clean unremarkable finish.

Mf: Very smooth, but complementary to the taste and style.

Dr: Nice, but better Belhaven offerings are available at comparable prices.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 01:44:19 | More by kojevergas
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, brownish-darker amberish color. Slight head on it.

Smell: Buttery and toffee like.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Much like the nose indicated, it's got a bit of a sweet kick with the buttered toffee notes. Very light in body, but does have some good flavor to it. Almost water like in its overall character.

Drinakbility: For a beer dedicated to St. Andrew and the home of golf, this one would be well suited on the links. Easy to drink even if your not carrying a putter around all day. Perfect hot weather or activity beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:44:42 | More by July2Nov
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rusty, tawny copper with medium head, nice retention and creamy rings of lace.

S- Sweet grainy malts, nice musty tones, earthy notes of herbal hops, fruity hints of apple and pear

T- Earthy, sweet grains, caramels and honey, apples, pears, hints of herbs and floral notes.

M- Slightly creamy, medium throughout

D- Very easy to drink, nice balance

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 06:14:42 | More by JayS2629
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roddwolff

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer made in the birthplace of golf. Poured in my "Club America mug". Look: Dull brown color, no bubbles, like a jar of mud but invites to drink, thick finger of foam, medium lacing. Smell: Toffee malt and citrus hops mixed with earth hops, produces tamarind essence. Taste: Prominent earth hops, tamarind and toffee. Mouthfeel: Dry and fruity, not too sweet, strong body and high carbonation. Drinkability: I guess its my third scotland beer, bittersweet and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 01:38:02 | More by roddwolff
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even if the beer is brewed by a Scottish brewer.... it sure does taste English to me.

A hazy amber beer emits a rusy color with cloudiness. Creamy head formation creates a standard white blanket on the beer, retains well, and laces even better. Lots of sediment makes for a non-appealing look.

Earthy aromas of grain and malt blend and give a mildly dirty and peaty note that nears mild elements of smoke. Estery apples and pears give almost as much of a scent as the malts.

Flavors of apples are the dominat taste but the malty flavors of grains, dirt, and mild caramel give the impression of caramel apples that you get at the carnival. While the more complex Scottish ale characteristics are muted, the beer screams English Pale Ale.

Medium throughout, the beer's early creaminess gives way to a fleeting, lightened feel that can come across as watery. But with the minty dry finish, the beer is saved from the banal.

Definately a drinkable and enjoyable beer. But as on caught somewhere between the English Pale and Scottish Ale, the beer has characteristics of both but don't settle the score of either.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 06:31:59 | More by BEERchitect
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BFresh

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice rust brown, with an off-white head into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Definitely has a nice light mouth feel, a rusty caramel sweetness, and possibly a bit of vanilla sweetness, has a tartness on the sides of the tongue, and a light smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 23:37:20 | More by BFresh
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Shrews629

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I might have received an old batch or something. The appearance of mine does not match the description of other reviews, but I gave it a fair review otherwise.

Appearance - Cloudy with lots of sediment floating around throughout the body. Very nice thick barely off white head with decent retention. The color of the beer itself is unique in my opinion. Sort of an apple cider color. Caramel even. Very light gold at the top and bottom of the glass.

Smell - Maybe the color influenced me, but I'm picking up a sweet caramel with ripe apples. Breadiness hides in the background. A slight sour dough smell also.

Taste - Rich caramel apple in the taste. Detecting a wheat bread flavoring also. Nice and pleasant. Touch of the sour dough comes through evenly.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Goes down smooth. Just a bit watery in my opinion. Doesn't linger on the palate too long. Not a bad thing however.

Drinkabilitly - This is a unique beer for me. The color was different and the aroma and flavoring were very similar. All in all, I liked the change. Definitely was not what I was expecting when I picked this brew up. I could sit down with this for an evening for sure. For me however, I probably wouldn't drink this two nights in a row. I have a feeling this is an "old style" beer. I am glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 21:59:59 | More by Shrews629
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AgentMunky

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a half-pint glass.

A: At first nothing but head, but eventually a clear, ruby brown. Nice.

S: Hops, light citrus, and creamy beeriness.

T: Not much carbonation; wishy-washy. A sourness which might have been unpleasant adds a distinctive edge, one also found in Belhaven Best. The aftertaste is bland and 'meh'.

M: Flat and bland. Nothing here.

D: Nice enough. A good twist/improvement on Belhaven Best. Consumed in St Andrews, lending an appropriateness to its consumption.

Serving type: cask

11-07-2010 19:46:08 | More by AgentMunky
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Brown bottle best before Dec 2010, reviewed and drank on 03 Nov 2010. Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

Looks the bussiness, lovely dark amber, clear body, with a white foaming crown on top.

The beer gives off a malty, peaty smell, rich and on the sweet side.

The taste is of a rich, semi-sweet, malty flavoured ale, it hits my idea of a Scottish Ale to a tee.

The body is full, wholesome and smooth in the mouthfeel, some might prefer a hop presence, but to me this is a very drinkable beer. I actually bought this in St Andrews, I'm glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:34:05 | More by BlackHaddock
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mbusster88

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle.

A: Burnt orange in color with thick head of 2 fingers. Some carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Some bread, citrus notes, malts. Some hops also linger in the nose as well.

T: Very refreshing taste, very bready, malty, some orange and dried fruit flavors.

M: Nice feel in the mouth. Very smooth, really gives that refreshing feeling.

D: Nice brew to drink by itself, however for the price probably not a session beer. Would recommend for those that like Euro styles for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:10:07 | More by mbusster88
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trbergman

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Orange-red body with a thin, creamy taupe head that sticks around for the whole glass and leaves thick rings of lace.

S - Caramel, toffee, some apple skin, pear, raisin, and a touch of smoke. Earthy, spicy hop aroma.

T - Sweet toffee malt and fruit. Earthy, with hints of smoke, leather, and pepper. Hop bitterness is modest - just enough to offset the malt. Nicely balanced.

M - Soft and creamy, light-medium body.

D - Easily quaffable and satisfying. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 04:35:14 | More by trbergman
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trevorjn06

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with nearly 3 fingers of head that recede moderately and leave plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grainy malt, sweet caramel (not exactly crystal malt...) , some mineral/stone notes and some mild earthy/floral hops.

Flavor is fairly sweet up front with that classic Belhaven malt profile, light caramel and a fairly smooth feel on the tongue. This moves toward a balancing hop bitterness that still allows the malt profile to dominate but provides a nicely rounded flavor. The finish is dryer than the initial sweetness would lead you to believe: there is some earthy hop flavor, mild caramel and a bit of mineral a taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium/low carbonation and a moderate coating feeling.

Overall this is a well balanced and fairly mellow beer that is easily sessionable. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 04:18:24 | More by trevorjn06
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St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.