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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

301 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 3 | 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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Rumrunner

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Poured a transparent deep copper color. Big beige fluffy head. Excellent lacing. Strong caramel scents. Some floral hops and pine. Crisp on the nose.

Nicely balanced. The malts are strongest but there is some hop. A sweet caramel malt. Some yeast. A bit of hops and a mild finish. There is a slight sour pine taste at the very end but it did not hurt the flavors for me.

A very easy drinker and the mouthfeel is very smooth and easy. It is medium bodied. Overall a simple yet stable ale. This one would go well with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 05:00:24 | More by Rumrunner
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beerguy101

California

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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 17:08:29 | More by beerguy101
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a cloudy brown with a rich robust white head. The aroma was muted but of malt. The taste of the malty sweetness was the crowning achievement of this beer. The sweet stayed on the tongue long after the liquid was swallowed. The hops were not present in either the nose or the tongue. The mouthfeel was somewhat creamy and almost medium. I found this beer very drinkable and liked the strong malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2003 20:10:10 | More by LarryKemp
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Loki

North Carolina

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

Pours a copper, kacki color with a nice thick cream colored head with holes on top. Aromas off the nose of caramel, malt, bread, some floural and peat, with hints of hops. Medium carbonation seems to make the malt, caramel, and slight honey come together with a hint of smoke like a grilled steak. Finishes with a roasted malt/hop bitterness that goes down easy. Great everyday, session beer. I could drink the St. Andrew's or the Scottish Ale anyday of the week, and twice on Sunday.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-08-2003 12:39:10 | More by Loki
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jackndan

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 19:23:20 | More by jackndan
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jreitman

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity sweet smell with a subtle floral character. Very aromatic and quite complex. Copper orange in color with an off-white head. Very full flavored and well balanced. I was able to get some nuts and very low levels of diacetyl. Drying bitterness came through on the finish. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 19:36:09 | More by jreitman
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a pale amber color that has some gritty, thickness to it and pours with a very nice fluffy tannish head thats about two fingers high and had great staying power. The lace placed huge sheets along the glass. Smells of sweet malt caramel thats sorta earthy and has what I think is a clear, bright hop note in the back. Taste is great, super clean and smooth with nice caramel malt thats sweetly bittering and toasted with nice honey and slightly herbal hops balanced in that give it a very nice complexity and super full and smooth character. This is one spectactular scottich ale, one of my favs from Belhaven, along with the Wee Heavy, and give to you a strong recommendation on picking some up.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 18:15:34 | More by tavernjef
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just an absolutely great looking beer. The great amber color is mated to a superb tan head that is creamy, thick, and long-lasting. One beautiful glass of beer with unbelievably fine lacing throughout the glass.

The taste is very full, with a great sense of grain and malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, full-bodied, and creamy. A real pleasure to put in the mouth, it comes through as a very balanced product that has been perfected over time. Malty nose. A bit light in the hops though I did notice a bit of bitterness in the back.

Great bottle and label that took me back to the great buildings standing guard at the shoreline of St. Andrew's and the winds flowing in from the North Sea. Wish I'd had one these on my first visit to the famous birthplace of golf.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 19:08:58 | More by AtLagerHeads
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

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

I like this beer a lot more than I like most of my golf scores. St. Andrew's Ale, the beer from the home of golf. It has a wonderful appearance, slightly cloudy with sediment, noticeable chunks floating about this amber/burnt orange hued brew. A large anf fluffy head of bright whiteness greets you. I notice some honeyish flavor on first sip. It's a pleasing flavor along with the caramel malty sweetness. Some hop character is present throughout. This beer is awesome. I really enjoy the dry and crisp hoppy finish too. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 14:06:25 | More by AudioGilz
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Morris729

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright reddish amber color with a foamy white head that fades into a fizzy lace. Nose is dominated by caramel with a strong peaty undertone. Medium in body and quite smooth. Taste is earthy with notes of smoked peat followed by some herbal notes and a touch of malt sweetness in the finish. A nice Scottish ale, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 16:49:29 | More by Morris729
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stoutman

Michigan

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

Scotland's oldest brewery - and still independent - established nearly 800 years ago. Brown-amber, thick head. Weird but nice Sam Smith's hop aroma. Medium body, fizzy, lots of caramel. Grassy hop with a good smokey malt flavor. Not much nose upon the first smell, after smelling for a bit could detect a bit of smoke and malt. Can drink plenty of this fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 16:57:01 | More by stoutman
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 09:22:38 | More by ADR
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 03:19:13 | More by Reverand
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK - this is much better than the Belhaven Scottish Ale. This one picks up where the creamy ale leaves off by adding color and hops. There is still the creamy texture but the hops cuts that so the mouthfeel is not as silky. But the added hops allows you to taste this beer. It is far more enjoyable in bouquet and taste and texture. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 12:11:26 | More by AtrumAnimus
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 16:59:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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Mark

California

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

Another nice beer from Belhaven. A bit lighter in color than the average Scottish offering, it was a medium copper. Head was tan and persistent, lacing was similar to this breweries Wee Heavy, it was prominent from mid glass on down. I detected some roasted nuttiness which was very tasty. A solid winter beer. I enjoyed this with a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich on a cold gray day.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 13:32:40 | More by Mark
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 13:31:44 | More by Thrasher
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2002 12:33:09 | More by oberon
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ryanocerus

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 07:26:14 | More by ryanocerus
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DarthMalt

Virginia

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

This beer has that funky, smoky, musty peat-moss thing, or whatever, going on (Can someone please explain that to me?) that you find in the Strong and Scotch Ales, particularly Orkney brands (e.g. Dark Island, Skull Splitter), only this time it tastes a lot like Brie with herbs--especially in the head and foretaste.

Yes, the head is strong, and, in an almost parallel, linear realtionship, this brew is truly a junior cousin of the Strongs and Scotches from stem to stern. The "mustiness" might tend to dominate, based on your swishing technique, but, if you don't like it, then you should send it straight down the fairway! (Sorry. Couldn't resist.)

The label says, "The Home of Golf." I love it! That is a genius way to win beer converts, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2002 07:30:10 | More by DarthMalt
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BeerAngel

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2002 18:46:42 | More by BeerAngel
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Pegasus

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely copper hue with a moderate off white head and an abundance of sticky lace, slight carbonation. Pleasant aroma of caramel and mild hops. Solid sweet malt backbone dominates the taste from start to finish, as it should, but there are also nut flavors at the beginning, hops and smoke notes at the finish.

I would certainly buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2002 19:27:44 | More by Pegasus
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marc77

California

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy light brown in color with a fairly thin head. The aroma is quite appertizing and is comprised of nutty, bready and sweet crystal malt notes. There's just a hint of earthy hop nose, but I wouldn't of noticed it if I weren't looking for it. The carbonation is perfect, being low enough to provide for a smooth mouthfeel, but high enough to help carry the malt flavors. Caramelized wort flavors (from perhaps an extended boil?) are accompanied by delicious nutty malt notes and barely balancing hop foundation. St. Andrews finishes w/ a slight roasted malt bitterness. Wow. For a beer this light, it is highly flavorful. An absolutely ideal session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2002 20:06:26 | More by marc77
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2002 00:03:54 | More by Jason
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John

New York

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

Another Belhaven classic and like the Scottish classics, it's often imitated but never equaled. Malty sweet without being overtly so, with the perfect hop balance. Just a touch of alcohol warms the back of the throat. A true pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2002 09:34:53 | More by John
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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