Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale
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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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#19,651
Reviews:
937
Ratings:
2,190
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
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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

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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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2,190 ratings