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Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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3.82/5
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2,204 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,776
Reviews:
940
Ratings:
2,204
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
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83
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413
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Photo of QuentinDishaw
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of M4CDO
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nick_perry
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-brown color. Nutty, surprisingly fruity. Dry, astringent mouthfeel.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mintzmeet
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

“nutty, biscuit character, balanced with a subtle spiciness” from the hops. Scottish hops. Amber color. Nice head. There is a sweetness to it. Strong maltiness. A little cloying after a while.

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Photo of mholdefer
1.2/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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

Photo of MercInc
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kwright
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mustela_Man
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark reddish amber or copper with one finger head. Almost appley-sweet aroma with slightly nutty malt. The flavor is toasty and somewhat biscuity with a moderate sweetness. Slight hop spiciness. Medium to light bodied actually, easy drinking.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sungregmoon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great balance of malt and caramel-toffee. No bitterness whatsoever. The finish is a bit like sweet pecans, very unusual but pleasant. As it warms a little I get a little hints of coffee. Not sure if the sweetness is taste or aroma but will do more research.

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Photo of BennyProfane
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dansushi
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, dark amber color. Quickly fading, off-white head with minimal retention.

S---Malty as hell. Caramel, toffee & dark fruit. There's also something that is very prominent that I can't identify. I like it a lot, but I just can't figure out what it is (maybe fig??).

T---Rich & malty. I'm not usually a fan of malt bombs, but this one is great. Nutty, caramel/toffee. Dark fruit. This is full of goodness.

F---Heavy, but not as heavy as I'd expect from the nose & taste. Goes down pretty easy.

O---For all of the goodness in this one, I'd have guessed a whole lot higher ABV. Genuinely good stuff.

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Photo of Barajevic
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oneoten
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a decent Scottish ale - nice deep rich brown color with a little mild head and scant lingering lacing. Smells mainly of malt and some roastiness. Tastes similarly, along with some caramel, biscuit and vanilla. The mild metallic hard water mineral taste faded quickly as the beer warmed slightly. Smooth mild mouthfeel, just the tiniest bit creamy. Good carbonation.

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Photo of eberesford
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In fairness this bottle had traveled a long way! Part of the Christmas taster pack. Pours a beautiful deep amber / ruddy brown. The head was thin and pretty quicly collapsed to a thin film. Lacing is modest. Aroma: slight metalic tang at first. As it warmed up indistinct malt sweetness. Flavour: very little hop presence- just balance to the makts which present as toffee, pecans, some toast. Body wuite heavy as expected.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2,204 ratings