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

313 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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:
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(Beer added by: mstyne on 08-07-2001)
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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.

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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light aroma, a little roasted barley and some caramel. Foamy, yellowish tan head with a bunch of pock marks that holds up pretty well and looks like it wants to cling to the glass (I need to rinse better). Transparent, golden amber color, very fine bubbles floating to the top. Light, clean beer, easy drinking, something in it reminds me of a good lager. The flavor is pale, a bit of caramel, finishes with a pinch of sweet hops. Thanks to my brother for giving me a few from his beers of the month 6er.

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pezoids
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a beautifully looking light amber color with a very rocky and creamy head of foam. Looks delicious! The aroma is laced with caramel and smoky malt sweetness and behind that is lurking an earthy and pungent hoppiness. Smokey and grainy tang in the taste that finishes clean. A light and very drinkable ale. The body has some malt but is light overall. Not overly sweet by all means. A nice tasting and flavorful beer.

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...

Photo of crookedhalo
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color with a decent cream colored head. Earthy notes abound in this light ale; peaty and lightly hopped. Decent malt texture with some tart-like malt acidity in the finish. Once again, earthy. Foamy, creamy and smooth in the mouthfeel. Florally hopped in the finish. Drinkability is high for a malty Scottish ale. I'd like to try this one again.

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.

Photo of Rumrunner
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.

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

Photo of LarryKemp
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.

Photo of Loki
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.

Photo of jackndan
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.

Photo of jreitman
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.

Photo of tavernjef
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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
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.

Photo of AudioGilz
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.

Photo of Morris729
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.

Photo of stoutman
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.

Photo of ADR
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.

Photo of Reverand
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.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
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.

St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.