1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
St. Andrew's AleSt. Andrew's Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

313 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 313
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 22
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mstyne on 08-07-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Andrew's Ale Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 313 | Reviews: 223 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of beerguy101
2.08/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Didn't like this beer that much. Don't know if it was a bad bottle or old bottle or what. Could be it was just a bad beer. Medium brown color, small head. Malty and smoky, not very hoppy. Lighter body. Mild taste and flavor. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly malty

beerguy101, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.28/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one in a 22oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a thin head that dies off quickly. The aroma is boring as there is a little hopiness and a little malt, but not much else. The first taste is bitter with a hint of smokiness to it and there are some malts that are evident as well. There were also some caramel hints in there. It tastes too watered down. The finish is fairly dry. This is alright for a Scottish Ale, but it's not strong enough.

clvand0, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of Heminoolo
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Heminoolo, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of MisterClean
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.

MisterClean, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
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.

kojevergas, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Whew, maybe I sliced this label-proclaimed Home of Golf Ale into the woods and got an old bottle, however this was not at my liquor mart last week, BA kids. Is Belhaven St. Andrews Ale supposed to taste like smoked salmon over a hickory spit? Maybe not. Another beer bottle that reminds me of the "should I enter a bad bottle review?" post question. I updated this review upon second tasting.

From a beefy brown 12 oz. Belhaven embossed bottle, this is really nice in the pour, crystal-clear copper hue with good bubbles, and a clingy eggshell white bubbly head that streaks down the sides. St. Andrews has a head-scratching Elmer's Glue and pumpernickel toast aroma. A dry finish follows with a Bar-B-Que smokey, Salmon on a Wheatsworth cracker flavor. The aftertaste is dark caramel and dry, almost like a SugarDaddy candy. Hmmm...what else here? Like a lager and an ale. Decent mouthfeel throughout with carbonation aplenty to the last drops. She is not highly drinkable. Did this skunk on the way over? Not sure. Sorry, but perhaps not a good sample. Last sips: Belhaven is often a solid contender, so what happened? I got out my driver and I should have used a putter on this bogey with the Home of Golf label. Stay tuned for a future review.

*** I re-reviewed this and up'ed my taste to 3.0 from 2.0. The second bottle was more mellow, less harsh. I raised the MF to 4.0. It is a decent brew with unique smokey essence. For paying about $7 for a sixer, ok. Reminds me of a less potent version of Skull Splitter. I noticed that other BA reviews also wondered if they hooked a bum-bottle. Blame the caddy.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sweet butterscotch sugar nose-- like candy. Also reminiscent of a Hershey chocolate bar commingled with notes of yeast.

Frothy sculptured head that clung and climbed the walls of my tasting glass. Some lacing evident.

Clear dark amber color.

This is a strange beer. Maybe the beer was old or the bottle defective. Or, that's how the beer tastes. All through the tasting I was greeted by a strange start to the flavor-- I liken it to a synthetic plastic flavor followed by a bitter hops signature on a malt foundation. Tones of butterscotch and sweet malt remain as the finish phase takes the stage on my taste buds.

Finishes with a bitter hops flavor that ends quickly.

Average mouthfeel-- seems like the beer was subdued by a vale that left little "life" on my palate.

Ho-hum...

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, coppery hue, thin head. Aroma: slightly metallic, coppery, some soft spices, a trifle sweet and buttery. Reminds me of Irish Red ales. Medium body. Not much fun for me here, as it lacks a lot of what I like: hops, flavor, body, bite, texture, aroma...that stuff.

Actually, I may have gotten an old 6-pack, since this was hidden away on a dusty shelf in a wine shop that does very little to sell their beer. Maybe a fresher bottle would change my opionion.

feloniousmonk, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of Shiloh
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A dak amber ale with a short creamy head. The body is full and the carbonation is light.
The nose is a mixture of molasses, butterscotch and nut.
The taste has a heavy sweetness to it even with a nutty back that stays with you for a long time.
Not a summer backyard beer, not a thirst quencher, not impressed

Shiloh, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 16.9oz slim neck bottle with engravings of "Belhaven Est. 1719" around the nape of the bottle. Labels explains "one of their finest Scotch ales is named after St Andrew- the nations patron saint, and the town known throughout the world as... (dun dun dun) The Home of Golf."

Burnt rust color in appearance with a minimal head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a tiny bit of lace along the side of the glass.

Smell was a bit watery. Definitely pick up the malts in the aroma. Also a bit of skunk smell is present. It isnt the predominate smell by any means, but it is there. Tiniest bit of caramel. Needs lots more of everything.

Taste is a bit watered down. Earthy and malty. No hops. Pretty average tasting.

An average beer. I was expecting more from the birthplace of golf. But I guess if you master golf, you cant master beers too. Or can you...

SaCkErZ9, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -21.9%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.9%

JAHMUR, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of BeerAngel
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a tea color with a very small head. The smell is great with notes of roasted caramel sweetness. The taste is a malted roast with an aftertaste of musty socks?!?! Taste almost nothing like the smell has you thinking it will. Kind of like talking to someone on the phone and then meeting them later...they never look like what you thought. This a light-bodied beer, kind of watery. After smelling with high expectations, I was actually disappointed in this one. Sorry to be the wrench in the gears. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jul 16, 2002
Photo of woemad
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml (hey, the UK is metric these days) bottle, with no freshness date. Purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.29.

Poured a copper/amber color with pretty good clarity. 1 1/2 white head that dropped after a couple of minutes, leaving streaks of lace.

Malty smelling, mostly a sweet caramel scent, with a tiny whisp of peatiness that was only detectable when I sniffed almost hard enough to draw the beer up into my nostrils. In other words, pretty one dimensional.

The taste was pretty similar to the smell. It's caramel-sweet, a little too sweet, as there's not really anything balancing it except for a minor dryness at the swallow.

A little too heavy in the mouthfeel. Seems a little flat. WIth a little higher carbonation, perhaps this would be a little lighter.

Not a terrible beer, but not terribly interesting, and too sweet and heavy for more than one bottle. I doubt I'll go back for this.

woemad, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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

pootz, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of beergeek279
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was amber, with some white head. The smell was a light amber malt. The taste was lemony and bitterness that seemed a bit off, and a very slight malt, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, don't really know that I'd have another.

Well, not a great beer in my opinion. Just didn't seem right, and far too bitter for a Scottish ale, especially one that's not a Wee Heavy. I gave it a try because I like golf (though I'll never have the single-digit handicap to actually play St. Andrews!), but just don't think I'd have this one again.

beergeek279, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of palma
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber body with a tan head that has good retention and sticks to the sides of the glass nicely. Smell is of dark malts and burn caramel with a strong leafy aroma. Fruit is also detected in the smell along with a pungent smokiness that can not be missed. Taste is of grains, caramel malt, with dark roasted notes throughout. A hearty earthy flavor as well which I do not particularly care for. Sight buttery aftertaste. Light carbonation, smooth, and easy-to-drink with the low ABV, however this brew is noticeably thin mouthfeel wise.

palma, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was not very impressed with this rather one-dimensional pale ale. It poured nicely enough--though a bit musty--and the white fluffy head was inviting. The aroma was tart and lemony, but clearly lurking in there was the smokiness I have come to anticipate from the Scots. Well, that smoked peat flavor came through in the taste, overwhelming just about everything else but the lemons, and I did not find the combination all that compatible or complementary. The more the ale lingered in my taste buds, the stronger the peat. Also, it was very thin.

longpondbeerman, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of koolk
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice look, with a strong-amber colour with a thick white head that persists and laces well. low carbonation.

Crushed biscuits, bread and grains are the dominate aromas with no outstanding hop related aroma.

Initial wet cardboard taste leads to a short palate that completley drops off leaving a very strange, yet intresting, peaty aftertaste. Some bitterness on th palate that balances well, but that smoky/smokestack-peaty taste overrules.

Not a bad drop, intresting none-the-less.

koolk, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of BretSikkink
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light orange and gold highlights make this copper brew seem lighter. Decent head on draught, good longevity on the lacing.

Caramel malts with a seaside, floral fullness form the aroma. Decent strength.

Easygoing flavor on the tap, a little creamier than I remembered. Sugary malts and garden fresh low alpha hops, just as I remembered.

Not bad, lightly flavored but quaffable bitter-style ale.

BretSikkink, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Flashbac
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%

Flashbac, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

MrVonzipper, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

dertyd, Aug 03, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.