Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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

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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Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice reddish brown color with a thick light tan head, lots of sticky lace that clings to the walls of the glass; mildly carbonated.

Aroma: Pleasant aroma of bread, floral, and earthy notes.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors are very prominent in the taste, also nuts, mild earth and smoke flavors as well. Very smooth with some mild hops at the finish.

Mouth feel: Pleasant, just a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: A very nicely balanced beer. A number of reviewers have praised this ale in the nitro version; this review was based on a 500 mL glass bottle. I suspect that the nitro version is even better.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of KirkBuchanan
4.95/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is, by far, my favorite ale. Except for the feel, it's the standard to which I compare all others.

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Photo of bebbcorp
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Was at Phil's Liqour and the owner suggested this beer after I told him what I was looking for in a beer this warm Sunday afternoon. The guy never steered me wrong before, so this is what I got. It was a copper colored ale in a stout looking clear bottle. Poured into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip it poured with a very creamy looking 1'' head which steadily receded to about a quarter inch. Smells for the glass are nuts, bread dough and a smell I cannot identify. First impressions on taste are exactly as it smells. Pleasant, pleasing, and leaving a very slight sourness that lingers on the palate, with just a touch of bitterness balancing it out. Halfway down the beer I come to a conclusion. This beer is lower in alcohol, not a ton of flavors, and nothing fancy about it, but in a good way. Like an old tree that has taken ages to attain a good form, it reflects simplistic beauty. These beers subtly lull you into spending an afternoon drinking and enjoying good beers without getting hammered. A beer that could appeal to even those who are not beer enthusiasts as well. A solid B+ to the folks who made this beer. If it wasn't 12 a six pack, I would put it into the regular rotation, but this will be a once in a while relaxing Sunday beer from now on.

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Photo of feuematt
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Wiely
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time a had this beer was on tap and the Nitro Can is just as amazing. This beer is just awesome, it is hands down one of the best beers I have ever had.

The pour is perfect, the foam is perfect, the taste is slightly creamy yet full of unique flavor that is difficult to describe. The aftertaste is clean and perfect. I am so glad they have this in the Nitro Can. Highly recommend!

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Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Dark Copper Color with substantial head due to nitro cone. Drier, malty, biscuity, subtle smokiness and light nutty flavor. Slight bite with creamy finish.

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Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times from the bottle and for the first time had on a nitro tap at the Lucky Dog a local establishment.Great pour (wich I expected)very creamy with a light bronze color,aroma light a little fruity and metallic.Nice mellow taste fruity and even a little smokey?Some metallic notes in there,seemed almost marshmellow-like,had three before I knew it.I really like it out of a nitro tap,hell my wife even had three.

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Photo of davemarc87
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Appearance – The good, rapidly-foaming head settled over a clear, light-brown, whiskey-colored body.

Smell – The aroma of scotch and malt come out nicely at the nose. There seems to be a sweetness in there as well. It’s like a combination of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops.

Taste – I like this. It’s a little more subtle and balanced than the St Andrews Ale. The scotch is barely there, but noticeable. The sweetened, toasted malts come on very well followed by a small but refreshing hop balance.

Mouthfeel – This is a little heavier than the St Andrews, but otherwise quite similar. The lack of carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker.

Drinkability – This went down very well. It is a nice and very refined offering from Belhaven.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ExtraStout
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had @ Brew City in Worchester, MA.

A-Pours a nice amber color with a thick off white foamy head that lasts forever. The had leaves some beautiful lacing up and down the glass.

S-Not much on the nose, some malts and a hint of hops.

T-Caramel, some floral flavors, and ends with a lingering bitterness. Nice balance between hops and malts.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-I could drink this all day long. I love this beer on nitro-tap.

Overall, very good beer in my opinion. Its not challenging or complex, just an easy drinking ale.

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

I love this beer and am only now getting around to reviewing it.

Pours a thick, deep brown with a reddish tint and very high carbonation that cascades in the glass, presumably due to the can's widget; the head rises out of the can as soon as you crack it. A thick creamy beige head that barely reduces as you drink. Milky and delicious and gives you a moustache.

The flavour is fairly mild: a little bitter but with warm buttery hints and the almost milkshake consistency of a thick stout. Not overpowering but also not bland. I've had it with food and it works. Definitely bready and dense.

The mouthfeel is probably my favorite thing about Belhaven Scottish. I know I'm overusing "thick" here, but it's a thick beer and it coats your tongue in a good way.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Shakerman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Breen
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: Chestnut brown hue with a thin head and slightly below average retention/lacing. Large chunks of yeast were floating in the bottle, mostly towards the bottom.

Smell: The smell is mostly mash/wort with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Taste: Smoked peat, caramel.

Overall: The character is what one would expect a scottish ale to be. It tastes of the earth and the malts that make it up. The bottle describes a mix of malt and nutty flavor. Nutty did not come to mind, but I suppose I could get there.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 16.9fl.oz. bottle. Poured a fluffy half a finger head - was expecting more head. The color was a dark copper hazy brown with some golden highlights at the bottom of the glass. Some carbonation visible. Decent lace and spotty on the glass.

S: Initially, I was getting some hoppiness with hint of fruit but the main smell was like a woody grain Whisky. Very appropriate for a Scottish Ale! As the drink progressed, the smell definitely moved into the malty area.

T: Initially, I got the pay-off of the grainy woody Whisky type smell. A very interesting taste for sure. I got some very subtle fruit (predominantly apple type flavor) and hoppy sourness. It felt pretty well balanced but there was complexity without enough of the right type of focus for me. As the drink progressed, it got more malty, caramel but throughout, the aftertaste was a little disappointing - florally with a flat mineral water.

M: Lively carbonation that invigorates. Slick, butttery medium body. I would have preferred a thicker, creamier mouth feel.

D: A good quality and distinctive ale. Makes me want to try more Scottish Ale and try more from Belhaven for sure. Not sure if I could drink more than one or two of this particular brew. I'd like to try it on tap.

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Photo of -DF-
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

0,33 bottle (export only)
Alc. 5.2% vol.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish amber color, crystal clear, with a rather abundant foamy head of about an inch or so. Retention is relatively low, reducing to a fluffy white ring of bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Malts are first to the nose, with an earthy secondary aroma. The aroma is interesting, with a smell sort of like toasted bread crust.

T&M: Rather malty with with a balance between sweet and bitter, although I don't really catch any hoppiness to speak of. The flavors have an earthy, almost smoky flavor about them. This brew sits rather full on tongue, with a relatively creamy disposition due to the light carbonation and well matched components. The finish is relatively quick with a bit of a bitter linger.

D: Complex flavors seem to match well with other 'Scottish Ales' that I have had. There is a real earthy flavor and texture that certainly makes it seem believable that it is from a place as rugged as Scotland. Good; recommended.

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Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nickadams2
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a dark amber color with a thick creamy off white head. Lacing smothers the glass. As with most nitros this looks amazing.

S_Smell is of light toasted grain,sweet malt.

T_Taste is very malt forward. Toasted grain,very bready, smooth malt,caramel and a nutty finish. Nice full flavor.

M_Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a rather light body. Feels like a thick beer but goes down very easy.

D_Super easy drinking delicious Scottish ale.

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Photo of jonny1138
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of NWer
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-pour from can explodes full of tiny bubbles in the glass gradually frothing to the top with a thick foamy head. Head holds for a very long time in the glass never completely dissipating.
Taste was smooth, malty, creamy, sweet typical of a Scotch Ale but with another taste added - caramel?
Smooth aftertaste, low ABV make this a perfect session beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap: A caramel-amber beer with an off-white creamy nitro head -- that stays, sticks and tracks down the glass. Soft aroma with a touch of sulfur, and a soft malt flavour with toasted, smokey and woody/sulfur notes.

Without the nitro, this beer would be just an average ale. With the nitro and it takes on the characters of all other nitros ... an easy drinky, eye-candy pleasing beer. Lovely stuff.

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Photo of dill
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - amber brown with a tan head that didn't dissipate too quickly.

S - nutty and malty.

T - nice flavor with that nuttiness and some malt.

M - nice and creamy with medium carbonation.

D - very high drinkability. really an enjoyable beer.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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