Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our signature Scottish Ale is the beer we've brewed the longest and is our best-selling bottle world-wide. We brew it from 100% Scottish Optic and Crystal barley malts for a nutty, biscuit character, balanced with a subtle spiciness from Challenger and Goldings hops for an all-around satisfying beer.

George Howell - Master Brewer, Belhaven

Added by Mitchster on 08-07-2001

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#19,135
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934
Ratings:
2,182
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
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Photo of Ceddd99
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Ver disappointing. I picked this up the moment I saw it on the shelf having never tried a Scottish ale before and being a huge fan of English ales. Now I'm not sure if Just don't like the style or if I am just not a fan of this beer. At 3.75$ for a 14.9 oz can, it's a bad bargain.

The taste is roasty and malty and the mouthfeel thin. There is an unpleasant coffee-esque flavor to it and it's just boring and unimpressive tasting to me. I prefer American brown ales over this. I actually felt kinda nauseas after drinking this beer and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Not something I would recommend or buy again.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Monday, October 01, 2018 10:00 PM
500 mL bottle from the poured to tulip glass
Sight: Brown/ver dark amber, appears clear, medium light tan foam that dissipates slowly
Smell: fragrant, malty
Taste: Medium bitterness
Feel: low/medium carbonation, sticky, bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer for the style, ok to repeat and look for

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Photo of heddar33
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can, a huge layer of creamy foam rises to the top followed by a secondary layer that settles in. Great retention, creamy thick film and lacing, clear copper and amber color; good looking brew.
Rich toffee and caramel malt aroma hints at sweetness to come. Nutty, toasty and biscuity, with hints of vanilla and fruity malts.
The taste truly mirrors the aroma in its malt richness. Caramel/toffee up front with a nutty middle palate that is bright, fruity and has a minimal touch of hops bitterness. The finish is smooth, caramel like and with a Tony hint of smoke.
Medium bodied, smooth and ultra creamy. The low carbonation further enhances the softness of the mouthfeel.
Enjoyable beer representing a style I wish I had more frequent opportunities to sample.

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Photo of Ivan-Beertacora
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aquaholicc
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice and pleasing tasting Scottish ale. Not too sweet nor too strong. Goes down easy, very smooth, creamy and somewhat nutty in taste. I would buy this every so often years ago but stopped and recently found 14.9 ounce cans the other day. I think its better than years ago and I'll be picking up a few more 4 packs.

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Photo of Maloney
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sweet and malty but balanced. A bit too gassy. Excellent follow up to a night of drinking many single malts

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bobv
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 14.9 oz. "Draft Flow System" can.
Followed directions on can:
"1. Chill for 3 hours. 2. Carefully open can. 3. Wait for the head to rise. 4. Pour into a glass. 5. Relax, savour and enjoy."
Well, I had the can in the fridge overnight.
Pour yields a huge head (3/4 of glass!) so I waited a few minutes for the widget's magic to do its thing resulting in a one inch eggshell white head over a clear brown body with some sticky lacing. Nose of malt, nuts, some hops, and a bit of spice. Taste mirrors nose perfectly with the nuttiness and maltiness in the forefront finishing with a bit of hop bitterness and slight spice. Nice feel which thins out a tad over time, but still better than good. Overall, a highly enjoyable experience and the best Scottish Ale I've had. Cheers!

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Photo of robotic_being
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of O-Meg
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredible

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Photo of Acocar
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scottsbeer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yodabrew
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Funyard
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a staple beer. Poured in a snifter, immediately showing great frothy head and visible yeast sediment within it. A warm brown color. One of the first beers I tried as I initially stepped out of the mass marketed phony beers. Upon revisiting this beer, I found myself going back for more.

Smell: skunk (I love that) and toasty malt

Flavor: Nutty like a pecan and balanced with hops. There is a flavor drop off, but it keeps you sipping for more.

I really love this beer. I have had some American Imperial Brown Ales and they are so complex and delicious, but I have to say the simplicity of Belhaven Scottish Ale is more alluring. I recommend buying this one in the large bottle, pouring in a snifter and relishing the classic flavor it brings. I could probably drink a whole six pack, but slowly enjoying this beer is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

US / International version. 330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 5.2%. Beautiful clear copper colour, moderate head, slightly off-white. Pleasant malty aroma, notes of caramel, fresh bread and pastry, hints of dark berries. Malty flavour too, some caramel but not too sweet, very moderate earthy hops. A true Scottish Ale. Will buy again.

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Photo of lastmango
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from their draught flow can (with a "special widget") a dark copper with a one finger fine creamy head, much like a nitro stout. The aroma was a little nutty and floral and light malt. Malty caramel flavor with a touch of nuts. Low hop bitterness. Feel is thick and velvety giving way to a lighter crispness that I did not expect. Low carbonation and very fine. This was quite a treat and I would buy this again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 09/23/17:

Dark and dull copper to bronze to burnt sienna, too light to constitute “ruby”. Extremely clear but with spongy flees in suspension. Beige to tan fine-foamed and dense but delicate head of good retention. Immediately detected a grainy skunkiness when I first popped the cap. It moves to more grainy, grassy, and floral notes. Interesting for the style, but I’m not sure how common. Have more experience with “Scotch” Ales than “Scottish” Ales. Toasted grain, hops are like earth and grass and bark. Light caramel and molasses aiding in the balance, with subdued alcoholic suggestions nearing the finish. Light in body, its carbonation starts as fine prickles and softens and tightens to an even finer velvet.

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Photo of Booza
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobstockwell
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2,182 ratings