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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

307 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 21
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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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 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.

WesWes, Jan 07, 2004
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.

pezoids, Jan 01, 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 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.

crookedhalo, Nov 20, 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 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.

Rumrunner, Sep 12, 2003
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 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.

LarryKemp, Jun 11, 2003
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.

Loki, May 08, 2003
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.

jackndan, May 02, 2003
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.

jreitman, Apr 24, 2003
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.

tavernjef, Apr 14, 2003
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.

AtLagerHeads, Mar 30, 2003
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.

AudioGilz, Mar 13, 2003
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.

Morris729, Mar 09, 2003
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.

stoutman, Feb 19, 2003
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.

ADR, Jan 08, 2003
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.

Reverand, Dec 29, 2002
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.

AtrumAnimus, Dec 27, 2002
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 Mark
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.

Mark, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of Thrasher
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.

Thrasher, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of ryanocerus
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.

ryanocerus, Aug 26, 2002
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.