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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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313 Ratings

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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)
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Photo of whynot44
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber colored with a moderate but persistant creamy tan head.

Strong aroma of hops and malt.

Medium/full bodied, complex flavor, very malty, somewhat fruity with a touch of butterscotch or toffee, a bit smoky with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Nicely drinkable.

whynot44, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of cracgor
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a dark amber with hints of red. a slightly hazy, but overall clear beer. The head is creamy and offwhite. It doesn't get very big, but it is that sort of short seductive creamy head I enjoy. Perfect never ending retention.

Smell: Very sweet floral smell. Fruity hop character. A touch of smoke.

Taste: Very sweet, slightly smoky. It makes a very delicious combination. Tastes sort of chocolate like. The hops are barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Great clean and smooth beer.

Drinkability: This is an excellent tasting beer. One of the best looking beers I have ever seen in my life. The combination of flavors is unique and delicious.

cracgor, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty 500 ml bottle.

The beer poured a very clear copper color, with a good sized creamy eggshell head that lasts throughout the drinking of this Scottish ale.

Aroma is characteristically malty, along with toastiness, toffee, and caramel.

The flavor is matching the aroma in its maltiness, but there is also an initial hit of dark fruits (slight plum), and there is a slight but quite evident smokiness.

A delightful malty, smoky aftertaste to finish off this beer.

Very nice.

ncbrewerbun, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of fizzyfred
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would review one of these as I watched Tiger win the Britsh Open.

Pours a dirty yeasty pint with small head and light lace. Aroma is yeasty and malty with a slight british hop. Flavor is dominated by the british hop flavors and a sweet malty aftertaste to wash it down. Body is thin for this "small" beer but very refreshing. A delicious and very drinkable british session beer for one of my favorite scottish brewerys.

fizzyfred, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a recommendation in that I really enjoy Scottish Ales and Scotch Ales. Poured a beautiful, crisp, clean ruby-amber hue with a nice 1" tight head of cream foam that clung nicely. Some random bubbles danced under it.

Nose was yeasty, warm bread, malts and a subtle earthiness, maybe a little peat. Its initial taste is rich, creamy, with implications of dark, dried fruit, sweet in a odd way, and of course, malt. The tastes cream together on the pallete with no real noticable new sensations. The swallow is pleasing and clean, but the aftertaste is a bit bitter and filmy.

I must admit, given my predisposition to this genre, that I was a wee bit (bad joke) disappointed. It didn't have the range or body of other ales I have had. I'd certainly drink one again if given the chance, but I would buy something else over this either to try or re-enjoy.

BuckSpin, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of 2ndstage
3.83/5  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.

2ndstage, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of dauss
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sparkling clear, deep amber color with a small tan head resting neatly on top. Low-moderate retention, no lacing.

Smell: Tons of malt, heavy toffee and caramel aromas. A very light peaty smokiness lies in the background.

Taste: Malt sweetness dominates in the beginning. The medium body starts off and as the taste progresses, it thins out and finishes dry. A peaty smokiness and very light hop bitterness finishes this beer off along with a light tartness.

Mouthfeel: good mouthfeel, would have liked it to be a little bit fuller

Drinkability: very good session beer, low alcohol, and tasty.

Notes: Pretty good scotch ale, good malt sweetness. Overall has a good balance, but it just leaves you wanting something more.

dauss, Mar 26, 2005
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.

RoyalT, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer dispenses the 500ml brown bottle a clear deep brown with a modest sized semi-creamy light tan head that dissolves rather quickly leaving a fine coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt with light hints of peat, fresh and delightful to the senses, start is somewhat sweet with a light malt presence and a fair to middling top. Finish is pleasantly acidic and the hops delicate in their spiciness, quite dry and somewhat tart aftertaste, a nice session beer in my humble opinion.

Gusler, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold colour, bordering on ruby with a thin white head. Smell is of malts, but a tinge sour.

Tastes like a weaker version of their Scottish ale. Malty, but with a sour hint to it. Not nearly as peaty as their Scottish ale or Wee Heavy.

Overall, a good drink but it leaves a bit to be desired compared to some of their other brews.

BDTyre, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better Scottish Ales I have enjoyed. Very nice appearance with the light amber color and an off white head. The head started out quite pillowy, later layed down to a laceing. Smell was of a nutty origin, with a malty backbone. Not much in the hops area in this one. It seemed like it was going to be a "lighter" tasteing brew, but ended up being good and malty. Very clean taste with a crisp mouthfeel. Definately one of the better Scottish Ales in my eyes.

JISurfer, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Andrew's is copper in color with a short head. Aroma isn't very strong. Light malts, a little buttery smell, and some hops. Taste is different from anything I've had before. There are notable tastes of mild nuttiness with some smokiness thrown in. Hops have an herbal quality, plus there is some lingering sweetness in the finish. Complex, but a little odd to me. At first this beer was a little off-putting for me, but I've warmed up to it after half the bottle. Admittedly, Scottish ale isn't a style I have a lot of expirience with. I like this, more interesting than the other Belhaven beers I've had, but still not the one I prefer.

Gagnonsux, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml [16.9 fl.oz] sturdy brown glass bottle that has raised quadra-placed embossed lettering on the bottles shoulder “Belhaven Est. 1719”. Neck label is a dark green with a thin gold lined border, as indeed is the main label which proudly states that the beer is Imported from Scotland. Labeled as Belhaven St. Andrew’s Ale. No strength listed on the label, but it is listed in the 2005 CAMRA Good Beer Guide as 4.9% ABV I note.

Appearance: Streamer laden and creamy when first poured, as it settles it reveals a well-carbonated dark woody chestnut body. Creamy dirty white head looks fantastic in my handled Mug. Solid appearance throughout and some great lacing.

Nose: Roasted malts with some smoky aspects. Lots of dark fruits and earthy tones with some oak in the nose. All kinds of Malty aroma’s.

Taste: Malty beginnings. Dark fruits and some toffee with a bitter middle. Smoked-peat character mixes with Caramel in the back end. Smooth flavors short lingering but tasty finish. Tasty brew, this is a fresh sample and it really needs to drunk fresh to get the best from it.

Mouthfeel: Lovely and smooth well attenuated conditioning throughout. This has a big bold body; large roasted malts help support this one. Finishes with a lovely velvet feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: Starts as a big malty roasted brew which had me go easy with this one at first. However, after a short while I found myself gulping this one down. Very tasty and highly quaffable for a malty brew.

Overall: Named after the patron Saint of Scotland and the unofficial home of Golf, this is a lovely creation. Had it on cask many times but this was the first time from the bottle, it did not disappoint - well worth trying.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish-brown color, small white head with excellent lacing.

Aroma: Quite malty: slightly sweet, with the smell of toasty, crusty bread.

Flavor: Malt is the predominant flavor, though not as big as the aroma suggests. There's a mild smokiness, or at least smoke-like malt. Slightly nutty, too. Finish is reasonably clean.

Body: Seem a bit watery. Medium carbonation.

I have a hard time finding exactly what I don't like about this beer, but I find it the least interesting of the beers sold by Belhaven in the US.

allengarvin, Dec 14, 2004
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.

merlin48, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of stcules
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep red color, white foam, compact, thick, and with an average duration.
Smell of hps, flowers. Grass and musk.. Quite light and delicate. Waving the beer, some roasted notes rise up, and even coffe, and peated notes. Maybe vanilla?
In the mouth it is creamy and wrapping, more interesting than the smell itself. "Sweet" hop, grass, and spices.
Average body.
In the aftertaste, it is more sharp the toasted, with even liquorice, and hops.
Very interesting.

stcules, Sep 28, 2004
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 Sigmund
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle, now available in Norway). Colour is yellowish brown, good thick head. Aroma has first some fruity hops, then dusty malts. Flavour is malty with hints of caramel and dust. There is too much carbonation for my taste. OKish beer, but not remarkable.

Sigmund, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the lighter and less malty of the Belhaven's I have tried. The hops really come through on the finish and I would be hard pressed to name this as a Scottish ale in a blind taste test. I detect south of the border Pale Ale tendencies in the profile. This is a full bodied beer that belies its low Alcohol. After a round of golf this would hit the proverbial spot.

canucklehead, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of tjd25
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is lasting and nicely refined on a dark orange purple color body. The smell is malty, with caramel notes, and grassy; but disappointing, too weak. The taste shows a nice malty character with caramel and enjoyable notes of chocolate. Quite earthy too. The thickness of the hops, combined with some dark chocolate bitterness, circles the mouth, but not aggressively. The mouthfeel gets better as the brew warms, a warming chocolate aspect with hints of coffee. Enjoyable, but not exceptional.

tjd25, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This clear, dark, red-amber beer sports an inch and a half of almost white, meringue head. Long, thin arcs of lacing. Nose is a little fishy and tangy. Front is smoky, peaty, tangy. Middle brings up some caramel malt. It's thick and sweet with some butter. The peaty tanginess (or is it tangy peatiness) gets an encore in the sourish, almost astringent finish. Interesting, tasty, I like it.

kbub6f, Jul 06, 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 Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second Belhaven tonight thank goodness for Liquid Solutions getting this stuff nowadays.
came in the 500ml old style brown bottle..with a pic of th "Old Course" with the famous stone brig.
Appearance is pretty nice..not as dark brown as the Scottish ale..more a burnt amber..good sized off white head..again excellent lace.
ZThe aroma though is rather subdued I pick very little up..some malts slight hint of peat but nowere as nice as the Scottish Ale.
The taste however is much better than the aroma, nice strong ,smooth malts to start then a touch of bitterness..followed by a rather surprising smoky aftertaste..quite complex.
Nice on the tongue, smooth and relaxed.
very drinkable..nice beer.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There’s something remarkably elegant about the simple country ales of England and Scotland. Without any baroque artistry or powerhouse flavors, they manage to provide a comfortable refinement that makes them such a pleasure to drink – and drink again. They are the relaxed, everyday ales of a people who have valued the routine pleasures of good drink for centuries. They are sociable, informal, and profound beverages. The best of them are genuine treasures.

Belhaven’s St. Andrews is one such ale. It is essentially a pale ale and features a crisp bitter aroma with lager-like properties, a clear copper color, and a tall head of eggshell white froth. The body has gentle contours, nice balance, and the finish is classically bitter. St. Andrews is remarkably easy to drink. It has superb lace and an abundance of character. Everything about this ale is suggestive of sustained reacquaintances.

RedDiamond, May 28, 2004
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.