Belhaven 80 +/- | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven 80 +/-Belhaven 80 +/-

Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by StevieW on 07-13-2003

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 46
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled but sadly it's a clear bottle
Now without the aid of a safety net Pours a nice mid brown body with barely visible off white head but responds to oral syringe to bolster that head
Smells of stewed hops and cigars
There is that in the flavour with copper coins too
Not too bad mouthfeel for the low abv and okay carbonation
Above average
If offered I wouldn't turn down a free one

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Photo of vinicole
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber colour. Quickly dissipating head.
Hoppy aroma. Malt detected.
Not much flavour but what is there is reasonably well balanced between malt and hops.
Ordinary feel.
Adequate at best.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper, medium small bubbled carbonation, white with a slight beige tinge foam fades fast, not really much head at all. Dark and semi transparent. Reminds me of a Spitfire in appearance, also from a clear bottle.

S: Skunk, deep dark roasted toasted notes, burnt heather, a typical Scottish Ale quality.

T: Ah yes. The Scottish ale comes in, a touch of caramel, burnt caramel, dark toasted notes prevail but there is a touch of skunk. Some egg as in how egg comes through in some baked goods. Toffee. Dull bitter hops at the end but these are quite in the background, almost like a slightly burnt aftertaste. Grassy, as in fresh cut hay that’s half dried.

M: Medium light body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.

O: A classic Scotch Ale. Really nice to have tried it. Too bad about the skunkiness and clear bottle. Still it was a great find in Patong Beach’s Irish pub, on Phuket. Great name. Helps me have a grid for the other Scottish Ales I’ve had from the New World.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Downed at the World's End pub, Edinburgh

A: Darkish amber with a thick, half finger head that hangs around for the apocalypse. Decent lacing.

S: Not much at first. Malt and hops, but very faint.

T: Malts come through, but not in a big way. Some hop factor. Dry finish.

M: Thin, watery.

O: Not that impressed for a real ale. Perhaps from the bottle is better.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pored a copper orange with a big white fluffy foamy head.

I could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. It smells malty and of bitter hops.

Tastes of malts, quite a bit of hops, a little watery. The taste was pretty subtle was expecting more with such a pungent aroma.

This was medium/full bodied no carbonation at all pretty smooth.

This was very average felt fairly heavy considering it's only 3.9% abv. I drank the wholle bottle but don't feel the need to buy it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

When I saw this on the shelf in Glasgow, I got very excited to try it because I really enjoyed Belhaven Scottish ale when I had it in the states. This review is taken from notes. I poured my bottle into a standard pint glass stolen (borrowed?) from a nearby pub.

A: Pours a clear copper with a creamy thick brilliant head of good retention, four fingers at first pour.

Sm: Absolutely deadly. Fresh. Very hoppy.

T: Extremely hoppy. Cream on the open. Clean finish.

Mf: Nicely coarse. A bit lacking in freshness.

Dr: I won't have it again, but Belhaven lovers ought to give it a go. For 3.9%, it's way too heavy. I was disappointed, having expected something more authentic and Scottish than Belhaven Scottish ale.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: A clear bottle reveals the pinkish-brown beer before it is poured. In the glass, it looks the ruddy hue, to be a clear chestnut brown. Sparse, light bubbly head.

S: Ugh. Strong skunky smells and hints of metal. Unpleasant.

T: It tastes rather nice. Light, tart fruits. A mild bitterness. Skunky herbs. Sweetish-sour malt. Aftertaste is smooth and unremarkable. Faint metallic hints around the edges, but this could just be a holdover from the smell.

M: The best part of this beer. It's spritely-tingly carbonated, crisp and enjoyable.

D: Not terrible, but not one I'd ever seek out. I much prefer Stewart's 80/- ale to this one. Still, cheap enough and worth trying once.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/copper color with a 2 finer light brown creamy head. Good lasting power of the head.

Aroma is malty and apples. Sort of light.

Taste is malts, light sweetness, apples, figs and toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies, very lightly cleansing and smooth.

Overall, very drinkable. Goes down easy. Not a great beer, but an easy one to drink.

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Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper golden color. A one finger bubbly white head forms, but recedes in a minute. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Very fruity with some sweet malt up front. Pears and apples are dominate. Kind of like apple cider. I like it.
T: Follows the nose. A really big apple cider flavor up front and center. The frutiy flavor is slighlty tart as well. Toasted malt and sweet toffee. A very light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated for a cask. Creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem.

I really enjoyed this. A very nice cask overall. It reminds me a bit of Caladonian 80. Though this has an even bigger apple ciderish taste. Very unique, and something I would recommend. Well done.

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Photo of hopdog
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a pint of this one on tap.

Poured an amber color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of nuts with some graininess. Tastes of the same nuttiness and grainy. Sweet start with a light bitter finish. Body was on the watery body. I'm not sure if I would have guessed this was a Scottish Ale if I had it blind.

Notes from 9/19/04

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Photo of Stephen63
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice pale coppery colour with decent persistent head.

S - Toffee/caramel sweetness with hopiness present.

T - The sweetness was there and malt was distinct. However there was a slightly unpleasant aftertaste and a wateryness that did not appeal.

M - Carbonation was better than average for a bottled beer.

D - Was an OK drink but not wanting another.

Much better than the nitro-tap abomination I had previously. This beer had some good points but I felt let down with the taste.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Belhaven cask offering pours copper with orange-gold highlights, tan head is tinted that way as well. Not much of that, lacing is tenacious.

Light aroma, they emerge better as the beer warms. Malts are prominant, with some sweet, bready aroma, slightly herbal yeast, and low hopping.

Flavors bring in some soaked dark fruit, candy sugar sweetness, especially caramel in the biscuity malt. Earthy but in a faint way. Body is a hair thin.

it goes down easy, but there's nothing remarkable.

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Photo of charlatan
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard chestnut colour with a generous head. Bottle lists alcohol content at 3.9% by volume. There is a bit of a roasted malt smell coming through the oh so contemporary British creamy beer smell pong.

Not much flavour to start with but ample carbonation, but eventually a nice nutty, grainy flavour comes through. A well balanced solid brew but somehow the carbonation draws too much of one's attention away from the beer's more subtle charms.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a golden copper orange colour. Creamy tan head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to nice thick layer... Very sparse carbonation drifts to the surface... Fair amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toasted breadiness, biscuity malts, light spicy fruits (figs, prunes, some banana and oranges), nutty sweetness, light brown sugar notes, faint smokiness, peppery hops, some woody notes...

Taste – Light toasted malts, biscuity, light tart fruits (figs, oranges, some apples, faint grapefruits), light toffee sweetness, faint tobacco / smokey notes, nice light spicy hop bitterness, earthy / woody notes...

Feel - Quite sharp then smoother after... light / medium body... pretty quaffable - a decent session beer...

Overall - An OK beer - not as good as i was expecting.... worth a try...

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.78/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear, amber-ruby colour with a low head, perfect for a Scottish. Aroma of rich malty sweetness with a faint smokiness.

Aroma firms up on first taste, the malt balancing a peaty smoke flavour exceptionally well. Bitterness is low and finish is dry. Body is perhaps a little low, especially for an 80 shilling, but acceptable. Carbonation also low.

Overall the subtleness of the balance between the malt and the peat smoke makes for a fantastically drinkable beer that makes me want to talk incomprehensibly while headbutting people.

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Photo of kmacphail
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of the 80/- beers and was looking forward to trying this one after hearing some decent reports. However I was not very impressed overall.

It pours a nice ruby colour and left a decent creamy head. The smell was also good, giving off a nice roast smell with a hint of nuts.However after this it went down hill.

Immediately upon entering the mouth it felt very watery and light for an 80/-. The decent nose was not followed up with a strong taste, however the hint of nut remained and was a nice point, but this was too little to salvage what was otherwise a weak tasting beer.

It is by no means a horrible beer, it is drinkable and would probably be easier on the stomach than many other Scottish Heavies on a longer session. Another factor may be that I drank it out of a bottle and not on tap. This is best suited for those just starting to taste 80/- beers, but for someone who is already a fan I would recommend Caledonian 80/- as a far superior alternative.

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Photo of haggis
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Wintersgills bar on Great Western Rd in Glasgow. It was right at the time when Belhaven made a major push to compete with Tennents and McEwans for beer dominance in Scotland. I don't rate the Belhaven 80 bob as good as the McEwan's but you can't go far wrong with it. If you find a place with clean pipes and decent cellar then your pint should hold its head to the bottom of the glass. It is smooth, malty, dark amber in colour and easy to drink. Not too shabby.

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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark copper body, amber hints and a little burgandy. Thick fluffy white head

Smell, musky, some hint of peat and coal. Some strong sweetish malt

Taste, a little odd at first, chalky coaly burnt caramel. Some lasting bitterness, smokey

A pretty nice scottish ale, i'm sure its great on cask

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Cask at the Bow Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dark auburn garnet with a nice head of tannish foam. Nice lacing forms on my pint-glass, this is a nice looking pint of real ale. Aromas are pretty standard scotch ale fare. Malty sweet aromas fill the nostrils with hints of fruits, nuts, caramel, and a bit of roasty smoke. The taste is similar to the aroma with that distinctive scotch ale sweetness in the foreground followed by a subdued biscuity malt flavor and a subtle hop flavor in the middle, as well as a sweet, caramel and toffee-like finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and not too thick, and the drinkability is good. Another winner.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask at the Hampden Inn Bar on the main street leading from Edinbourgh city center to the Airport. A worthy treat after a long drive and my last round in Scotland at Western Gailes.

Deep garnet color, hints of ruby along the edges. Bubbly, creamy thick medium tan, khaki head. Nose full of nutty goodness. Toasted almonds, and subtle hops. Super rich malty sweetness. Thick full flavors. Touch of alcohol burn. Hints of smoke. Toasted carmel malt flavors carry this beer all the way to the finish. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Very creamy and enjoyable, no metallic flavors like the Belhaven Best. I think this is there premium brand.

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Belhaven 80 +/- from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.57 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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