Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,078 Ratings
Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,078
Reviews:
904
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
351
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 2,078 |  Reviews: 904
Photo of VoxRationis
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from 330 ml bottle into a conical pint; no production data.
A: Copper colored with quarter inch off-white head. Minimal Belgian lacing.
S: Medium roasted malts, rum, banana.
T: Malt, some molasses initially, later perhaps some limited nutty flavor.
M: Light to medium bodied. Persistent effervescence.
O: Enjoyable, but not remarkable.

 349 characters

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a clear beer stein.

Very dark amber color and the head is very thin. Strong malty smell, earthy, if not a little piney, and there's this hint of a nutty flavor. Floods the mouth lightly and delicately and tastes very sweet in a fruity sense, like a peach or an orange, upon each sip.

Absolutely fantastic beer.

 325 characters

Photo of tubeyes
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thomasdidymus55
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good.

10 characters

Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of DJoe
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got one on draft at the Londoner, Addison, TX today.
Look: dark brown, with a lovely, very creamy white head that stays for a long time.
Taste: great biscuit, malty taste. I also tasted a very, very faint malt roastiness. Light and subtle hoppiness that wove in and out with the maltiness. Not crisp at all, a lot of taste and senses.
Feel: light body, extremely refreshing. Quite light aftertaste though.

I can have this ale everyday for the summer. An excellent brew. Recommended!

 485 characters

Photo of Atg1095
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nousername
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kuges
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sexmortus
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlackVeg
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hossman71
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DesertFox24
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkarimi
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sabrills70
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malt, malt, and malt. A great example of the style

51 characters

Photo of Agriverbear
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SGR1220
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Premo88
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. nitro can poured into tall mug

L: classic nitro look, the murky tan/brown beer mixing around until it becomes a thick, creamy beige head of foam on top of a crystal clear amber beer ... might be a bit of debris in beer, but it's still very clear; no stick or lace off head

S: buttery peach kolache, donuts ... amazing malt bomb

T: peach, bread malt, pinch of earthy something to balance ... no peat but the earthy flavor has a dirt-hop bite to it

F: nitro flat ... creamy and ale slick and flat, not overly heavy

O: tasty beer and this nitro version compares well to all of the other nitro beers I've tried; I know we're all supposed to be amazed by the attempt at mimicking a cask ale, but without carbonation, my American palate struggles to get it ... the look, aroma and flavor are great, but flat is flat, and I'm still a ways away from appreciating that aspect of the beer; I'd drink a carbonated version of this beer like water

 951 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,078 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe