St. Andrew's Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
03-19-2010 03:03:22 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
St. Andrew's Ale is dark orange-bronze with a substantial, light tan head that looks both soft and sticky, as if it'll hang around a while. It doesn't so much pit on top as leave soft, rounded craters; let's call them divots. Lace is beginning to be laid down in a meandering pseudopod pattern. Enjoyable nose that's heavy on the toasted caramel malt with an underlying spiciness and a heavily toasted nuttiness. Perhaps some mild peat; no smoke.
The drive doesn't quite hit the sweet spot, but it's a well-struck power draw that easily flies the bunker at the corner of the dogleg and finally settles down in the left-center of the fairway about 270 yards out. The start is toasted caramel malty and peaty, but not overly so. There's an understated sweetness that fades into the spicy-fruity-herbal middle.
The approach shot is a full 7-iron hit one groove low (a bit thin) that soars toward the fat part of the green and backs up a few feet. The spicy-fruity middle is a balancing act between malt and hops; surprising because the hops are actually able to compete with the malt, unusual for this style. The body, while perfect for easy consumability, is lighter than it should be, or rather, than I wish it was. The carbonation is barely noticed.
The first putt is a well-struck 25 foot double-breaker that takes a peek at the cup before stopping 6 inches past for an easy tap-in par. Long and not quite lingering, the finish allows the sweetish, flavorful malt to make something of a comeback and leave one with memories of a well-crafted Scottish Ale.
08-28-2004 23:07:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a sturdy head that retains well and leaves shards of lace
Smell: Slight traces of toffee and nuts
Taste: Starts out with a toffee mouthful with a hint of diacetyl; after the swallow, there is a slight peaty flavor but, as would be expected, the malt dominates within the earthy context
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit watery
Drinkability: Easy to drink but a bit lacking in the flavor department
12-31-2007 01:37:31 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of medium caramel malt with light dry hoppy finish. Taste is a well rounded mix between some hoppy dry English style hops and some timid caramel malt. Body is about average with super great carbonation thought. Not bad and quite drinkable.
11-05-2009 02:56:48 | More by Phyl21ca
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
12-13-2010 06:31:59 | More by BEERchitect
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-19-2011 19:28:30 | More by Knapp85
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
01-30-2009 23:35:28 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Interesting. Pours clear with a deep amber color. There is a lot of sediment floating around. Minimal head with some lacing sticking to the side of the glass as it retreats. The nose is slightly sweet . The flavor is outstanding. Numerous layers on top of each other revealing themselves over time. It starts smooth and sweet and then you get a heartier edge. It never deviates from its path . Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet and the drinkability is high. If this is typical of Scottish Ales, then I am definitely keen to taste others.
12-30-2007 05:26:00 | More by RblWthACoz
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
A - Nice sized, off white head with good lace. The body is copper colored and quite clear.
S - Malty with a good bit of caramel. No hops and otherwise clean.
T - Sweet malt with some phenolic notes. A slight hop flavor in the middle and mild bitterness in the finish to balance.
M - Smooth, moderately thick body with low carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.
D - A good, drinkable example of the style. Lots of malt character; not overly complex, but pleasant.
04-11-2008 04:31:08 | More by nickfl
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
03-16-2002 00:03:54 | More by Jason
2.85/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
11-26-2002 16:59:14 | More by feloniousmonk
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
The beer pours an amber color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is of sweet malts and Scottish ale yeast. The taste is decent. It has a malty core of a single malt ale, but it has a smokey finish. It tastes like wood chips or something. Anyway, I'm not sure it's a good taste, but it's certainly different. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks fair. The woody flavor gets annoying quick. It's one and done for me. E for effort.
01-07-2004 03:44:49 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours deep amber with a fluffy white head that descends to a lasting patch. Some trailing lacing sticks to glass.
The smell is of caramel and earthy, floral aromas.
The taste is malty - grainy, caramelish and bready. Balanced by mildly floral hops. Buttery with a smooth crispness. Hints of butterscotch come in and out. Nicely balanced.
It has a firm, medium body that holds up well. Nice texture.
A nice, tasty Scottish "session" brew. A nice balance between sweet malt and earthy, bitter hops.
12-28-2006 00:33:27 | More by jwc215
United Kingdom (England)
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
11-03-2010 21:34:05 | More by BlackHaddock
2.68/5 rDev -30.2%
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.
03-08-2011 01:44:19 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
(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.
07-07-2009 15:12:49 | More by rhoadsrage
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Pours a clear deep golden color.
Very good smelling brew! Lots of malt and a strong floral smell. Very mild citrus hops smell in the background.
Tastes slightly smoky with a mild bitterness and sweetness. There is also maltiness here. This tastes like an extra mild Scottish Ale.
Mouthfeel is very good.
Very drinkable, yes I will have another one of these!
02-03-2004 02:44:09 | More by Zorro
4/5 rDev +4.2%
This beer is dedicated to the St. Andrew's golf course in Scotland, but I don't know dick about golf nor do I play it. I'm sure there's someone who appreacates Belhaven naming a beer after a golf course. Now is the label a photograph, or is it artwork? Fresh from Wayne's Liquor, on to the beer:
This beer pours a clear copper, creating a good sticky head that forms in my glass. The aroma coming out the beer is toasted malt and toffee. A little tea-like hop sits in the background. Seems interesting, so I shall proceed into putting this into my mouth.
Oh yes, this is a nice beer. It tastes a lot like a good Irish Red. It begins with a kick of cream flavor. As it dies, fruity esters and a faint hoppiness take over. A shade of caramel then spills in. When the liquid leaves the palate, some diacteyl and leafy hop float on it.
With it's low ABV, do you think this beer was made to drink while watching a round of golf? I'm not sure, but Belhaven hits a birdie with this beer.
02-19-2008 05:56:27 | More by DoubleJ
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
a. Poured from an interesting bellhaven bottle (12 oz). Cloudy orange with a soapy white head. Odd patchy lace on the sipping side.
S. Malty and bready with some grassy/earth notes. A bit of wheat/yeast in there.
T. Very deep chocolate malt flavor with a tip of the tongue spicy hop. Roasted grains in the background. Subtle fruitiness lingers around before a crisp finish.
M. Full bodied and full flavored.
D. Sometimes I wish I grew up a young Scottsman...Outstanding brew here.
01-06-2009 19:36:35 | More by Stinkypuss
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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