Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale
BA SCORE
65.4%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 2,104 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
Ranking:
#11,017
Reviews:
913
Ratings:
2,104
Liked:
1,375
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
13.32%
Alströms:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
363
Trade:
0
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Photo of mikeinportc
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut/tannic brown with creamy, long-lasting, off-white head, and ample lacing.

Aroma is slightly floral/slightly fruity malt, with a touch of bread dough,toffee, & nuttiness.

Flavor follows nose, with a light touch of lingering bitterness on the finish.

Feel is medium-light, slightly oily, with fine, medium-soft carbonation.

Overall, a good one, that I'd gladly have again.
After reading a few reviews, I would like to try the nitro version.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful caramel color, crystal clear, light tan nitro head. Aromas are heavy caramel and toffee.

The taste is soooo smooth, with the caramel and toffee malts blending with the Golden hops to create a beer that is a delight.

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Photo of skryzhanovsky
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GatorCoop
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried aping at Park Lane Tavern in Va. very nice mellow Ale. Highly recommend.

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Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hossst
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber color. Head is white, but minimal when poured from the tap.
The nose is minimal. I really get nothing.
Taste is, well, surprising. I've had this beer before, and wasn't impressed. It was bland, and lacking flavor. Maybe it was old. This time I get a rich flavor. Smooth. I get a roasted nut flavor to this beer.
Smooth feeling going down, fairly full bodied.
This beer fresh is damn good. A delicious beer.

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Photo of jmmochowski
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tstromer
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Top favorite beer so far. Love the malty taste and very light notes of Hops.

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Photo of burk1982
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, tobacco colored body; dense, creamy head. Mild, malty aroma. Nutty taste with some caramel notes; light brown sugar; low-key hop bitterness. Heavy body; smooth and creamy.

A nice ale that I'd like to try without the nitrogen insert in the can. Sure, the nitrogen is conducive to a smooth, velvety mouthfeel, but, as I understand things, detracts somewhat from the flavor. I think I'm missing some of the flavor and aroma that a cask or bottle-conditioned version would offer. Still, if a decent, drinkable ale with Scottish, brown, or English mild ale qualities are what you're looking for...

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Photo of Guppy314
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a copper color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is slight, but perhaps of caramel and earthy hops. Crisp caramel / malt sweetness with a light floral hops finish. OK, overall it's refreshing, but kinda watery and hollow.

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Photo of feuematt
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks good in a glass. Bread,nuts and caramel malts make up the taste. Overall a very good beer that I think should be tried at least once in a man's lifetime.

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Photo of ChipMurray
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ned57
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Raime
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-can to English pint glass.
Poured a gentle somewhat dark brown with an adequate one finger white low foamy head that dropped at a nice pace. Sly stringy lace.
The aroma had some rich English malts springing a light caramel/toffee to toast and biscuit-like blend then allowing a moderate earthy to grassiness underneath.
The flavor was basically the same as the aroma with a big malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Nice low to barely any carbonation felt. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, pretty nice Scottish ale that I would have again and would probably go exceptionally well with a nice vegetable and beef stew.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My 400th rated beer on BA...I wish I had hit this milestone with something better...

Though the brew had a beautiful appearance - dark caramel color, clear, and with a decent head, and it had a definitive malty and bready smell, I was sadly disappointed with the rest of its attributes. The mouthfeel was overly carbonated and a tad water to my tongue and the taste was more hoppy than what I was hoping for (and was advertised as malty). So much for truth in advertising. Overall, it wasn't necessarily a bad beer, just not as good of others of the same style I have had and enjoyed much, much more.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AV29
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 65.4% out of 100 with 2,104 ratings
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