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

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St. Andrew's AleSt. Andrew's Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 22
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: mstyne on 08-07-2001

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Ratings: 317 | Reviews: 224
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Updating my rating of this now I've tried the bottled version . On tap this is a mellow rounded ESB with a fair body and bready finish. The bottle version is weaker in character and has a few sharp edges to it. I'll buy it on tap but never as a bottled import. Not worth the price. Downgraded 1.3 on the bolled version

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow really liked the earthy undertones to this beer.I love to drink a good scottish ale like this when nice and cold outside.Had some nutty qualities to it really liked this beer and will get it again.

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

Appearance – This one presented a beautiful, foamy, lacing head atop a nice dark orange body.

Smell – Bready undertones compliment the lightly-toasted malt. The scotch fragrance is there as well, along with table sugar and a balancing citrus hop.

Taste – This is nice. The scotch flavor comes out significantly, and the hops are bigger at the tongue. The lightly-toasted malts are refreshing due to the hop balance, and the sugars give this ale a lot of different flavors.

Mouthfeel – Almost no carbonation and a refreshing pallet gives this light-bodied ale a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a nice ale that went down well.

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

Presentation: 12 oz narrow necked brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Beautiful and bright clarity donning a tarnish copper hue, head retention is flawless leaving more on the glass than not.

Smell: Big rounded caramel aroma with a small side of diacetyl, hint of hop leaning towards floral.

Taste: Flexed medium body showing its malt strength, carbonation holds things together. Very light smokiness within, malt sweetness is prevalent throwing around caramel and light honey flavours. Rounded hop twang throughout, balancing bitterness with some mildly herbal flavour. Finish is on the sweet side but not without traces of residual hop and a growing graininess.

Notes: Well balanced and quite drinkable, does not rock the boat yet play well with mixing malt and hop flavours. This would pair well with a smoked turkey sandwich on sour-dough bread.

Photo of merlin48
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper body with active carbonation and a small, offwhite head that retains through the finish. Nice sheet lacing.
Aroma has caramel and toffee, with plenty of earthy and floral hops.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body and tingly carbonation.
Taste has a caramel and toffee malt sweetness that is balanced nicely with an assertive, floral and herbal hops bitterness.
Not very complex, but a solid and very drinkable Scotch ale. Not much of a malt profile for a Scottish ale, but very likeable.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale glass. A nice dark copper hue, leaves a bit of head that doesn't stick around much past a thin ring. Some lacing, but not much.

Nose of malt, caramel, a bit of flowery hops, perhaps some spiced meat.

Malty throughout, but suprisingly smooth and sweet. The taste swings downward from an initial hoppy bitterness to chewy malt. A bit of smoke and caramel to accentuate.

Carbonation is slightly stingy, the body itself is slightly oily, but still highly quaffable.

Not bad at all. Certainly worth a pick up.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this better than by drinking companion BigEmail. The appearance was amber with a short-lived head that left excellent lacing. As with BigE, the aroma and flavor to me were both malt. I did not notice the nut flavors or mustiness that others have, but I will revisit this to try to discover some of the nuances. A highly drinkable beer.

Photo of Thrasher
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another top notch brew from Belhaven, this is every bit as good as their regular Scottish Ale. This is a nuttier, dryer, and maybe milder beer. Amber with persistent head, lots of grassy aromas and flavors, some traces of smoke as you dig further in, and up-front big nutty brown ale flavors. Not especially bitter and a wet finish, perhaps a spikier hop element would work here, but then again it is a pretty complex beer and each sip gives me a different impression. A step away from Scottish ale into the Brown ale direction, but still plenty of grassy and smoky flavors. Cold-cut sandwich pairing suggestion is dead-on. I imagine a lot of golf players drink Bud or Coors Light after a game, which is downright insulting when a beer like this is available.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good ol' copper lookin' beer. Aroma is muted.

Taste, a milder Scottish ale than most. Different aspects come across, like melba bread and faint apple notes. Hop quality is mild. Malt is enough to be noticed.

Mouthfeel, I dunno, kind of bland for my tastes. Drinkable enough if the cost wasn't so high.

Photo of ADR
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper appearance, head is gone as fast as the Road Runner, just a rim with spider tracks on top. Exactly three rings left a trace in the glass. Caramel and apricot to the aroma, smell is very nice. Mediumish body and carbonation, first impression is mildly fruity, some sweet apple combined with dark brown sugar and a floral sense overall. Flattens as the hops balance and finishes with the slightest astringency. Not big and sticky, this Ale is an easy-going drinker.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense iced tea brown body with a spongy thick cloud of beige on top that sticks to the glass in sheets. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- The smell of dry biscuit male has a nice slightly toasted quality to it with some red apple skin aroma to follow. As the beer warms the apple aroma turns more into apple butter and the malt nose gets a bit darker.

T- This beer has a light roasted quality that is almost burnt in character but no bitterness. There is a spicy rye toasted note that leads into a biscuit flavor with a hint of apples in the finish. There is a soft hop snap that cleans up the finish and is a nice balance to the dry malt.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture while the head last. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a nice malt flavor with some fruity flavors and a good but subtle depth. The hops are soft in flavor but had a nice bitterness to the finish. This beer is very drinkable and would make a good session beer.

Photo of Hammarby
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber, practically no head (light tan in colour).
S: Malts, metallic tones, faint tones of dried apricots.
T: Very creamy taste. Bitterness at the back of the tounge, that lingers. still the impression is very mild. Buttery tones of caramel and hazel nut.
M: Very moderate carboration. Buttery almost oily feel,

This is the kind of beer I really like. Very distinct tastes, yet smooth. Low carboration and distinct bitterness, makes this one the kind of beer you that works especially well after a couple of pints or at the end of a night out.

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice burnt orange hue, with lots of thin foamy white head. The smell is very light caramel malt. The taste is sweet biscuity malt, with a small amount of fruity floral hops. The carbonation is mild, and the finish dry. This certainly is an easy drinker, and a decent session ale.

Photo of mintjellie
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in colour, like an old penny. Capped by two fingers foamy off-white head. So-so retention and no lace. Aromas of toasted bread, caramel, & brown sugar. A little bit of apple, and some grass. Toast and caramel on the palate. Slightly buttery. Watered down apple juice. Grassy, herbal finish. Mild bitterness grows a little as it warms. Light-medium body with low carbonation. Smooth and quenching.

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

Belhaven- St. Andrew's Ale

A- Light reddish copper brown with a huge foamy white head. Good thick lacing down the glass.
S- Light crisp toffee malt. Touch of floral hops.
T- Good sweet toffee malt slightly buttery. Floral hops are present but aren't obtrusive. Good even balance.
M- Good crisp mlat and hop flavors make this one creamy and thick. Refreshing.

Overall- My favorite from 4 Belhaven offerings I drank 1 afternoon. Excellent session beer, slightly pricy though.

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

LCBO acquisition. Pours copper body with some white foamy head that sticks to the glass on the way down. Pleasant mild hoppy aroma. The mouthfeel is a little below average, but it is also very easy drinking. A serviceable ESB. Sourish at the sediment of the bottle.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Brownish amber ale that is somewhat clear with a nice thick and foamy one finger khaki head. Buttloads of sticky lace coats the glass.

S - Rich and bready bakery scents abound, with some mineral and smokey characteristics also. HInts of exotic fruits are there also.

T - Fruity, very malty, sweet, biscuity and rich. I taste the exotic fruit flavros from the scent, and gentle floral hops add to the jungle or garden taste of this brew. Heavy mineral well water flavors detract from the flavor IMO....some reviewers seem to love mineral characteristics in their beer, but that's something I generally dislike in a brew.

M - Round, medium bodied, and wet on the palate, with a somewhat dry finish. Very nice.

D - Excellent. This is deep and complex enough to keep me interested, buit balanced and restrained enough to not overpower the senses.

Photo of Reverand
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome well rounded beer from Belhaven. This beer has it a from its beautiful copper amber color with great head retention to the final drop. You won't be disatisfied. A full body beer with a great balance of malt and hops.

Photo of jackndan
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belhaven St. Andrews Ale: “from the home of Golf”: mmmmm, soddy. No, I kid. Nice frothy head, rocky top, nice stickiness as well. Deep amber brew, nice clarity. Aroma, pleasant. WOW, I’ve passed this beer a couple of times, and took no notice of it, but man I made a big mistake. Wonderful smoky/peaty malts balanced by an undercurrent of hops. Longish aftertaste, like a nice scotch whiskey, which should come as no surprise given its country of origin. Extremely smooth, almost silky mouthfeel, extremely drinkable. This is an very flavorful, relatively complex brew. I’m convinced that anyone who likes flavorful beers would find this to be a tremendous session brew. Well worth searching it out. Enjoy.

Photo of dgallina
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle without dating

Pours a very clear and rather bubbly copper. The half-inch of head recedes quickly, leaving a white film and a nice smattering of lace. Quite malty as expected for the style. Biscuits, apricots, and honey with faint peaty smokiness and earth. Flavor leans heavily towards the sweet. Lovely apricot marmalade and honey on medium toast. Finishes slightly drier and herbal. Excellent moderate body is creamy and strongly carbonated at once. Mellow, tasty, and very drinkable.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of beveritt
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Notching on the label for when the beer was made, but I can't read it.

Appearance: Pours with 1.5 inch, creamy, off white head. This falls into just a skim coating of foam. The beer itself is a crystal clear brown/red color like caramel or toffee.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel. Almost a nutty/hazlenut aroma to it. Hints of maple syrup.

Taste: Not as sweet as one might expect from the smell. A blast of caramelized malt, followed by some CO2 bite, and just the barest hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Average mouthfeel, not too thin, not to thick.

Drinkability: I love malty brews like, but I could see the apparent "heaviness" getting to you after awhile. Still, if you like the style, great brew.

Photo of Chinon01
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is typical lighter orange-copper. Head and lacing are above average. The nose is sweet caramel, mince meat and minerality. Nice. Taste is sweet and raisiny transitioning into a chalky mineral finish. Finish is clean and dry adding to drinkability. Minimal hops. Mouthfeel is full and round and drinkability is high again due to dry finish. Quite a bit of character here.

Photo of 2ndstage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper brown with a tannish head that soon retreats to leave a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Very smooth a fair example of the style. Good malty aroma the increases considerably as the beer warms. Fairly mellow maltiness I believe it could stand a bit more for better balance but all in all not a bad drop at all.

Photo of andrewm190
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that I have a bias. I like it automatically because it says St. Andrews on it, where I spent several months in college. That said, I do really enjoy this beer. A very solid ale, with the quality I have become used to with Belhaven. It looses points, however, because the beer is completely revealed at the first taste. Many of the best beers seem to give increasingly more to the drinker the longer the liquid is held in the mouth, like a hint of spice, citrus, or what have you. This beer doesn't really, so it won't rank as one of the elite, but it is a solid choice, and worth drinking if you have the chance.

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St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.