Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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2,069 Ratings
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: 901 | Ratings: 2,069
Photo of BOSMECH
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorit beer, I always go back to it for flavor.

A it has a nice amber color that is great to see.

S it has a lite hope malt smell that has a carmel smell to it.

T Has that barrel aged taste that is just great to the palet.

M the mouthful is full and robust with the flavor of the hops and malts with the carmel barrel taste : )

O this to me is just one great beer that I alwys go back to, I bring it to my co-workers when we get of work at night and it is the first gone and they all agree tht it is one great beer.

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Photo of HomrQT
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer of my house is now under the Belhaven flag. I'm a big fan of this beer and couldn't speak more highly of it. It's a sweet, smooth ale that doesn't get disgusting as you drink more of it. I would recommend this beer to anyone. It's quality through and through!

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Photo of Wiely
5/5  rDev +31.9%
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 HerbGuy42
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the benchmark by which I judge all other beers in the same category, and one of the best examples of a balanced beer I have ever come across.

The clarity of this beer is excellent, its light caramel-brown appearance attractive. Pours a worthy head with decent staying power.

Malty, slightly biscuity & caramel notes greet the nose and, after a bold hop blast of flavor to the tongue, one is reintroduced to the same malt, biscuit, & caramel notes on the palate. Maybe even the slightest hints of toastiness. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Such perfect balance. So drinkable.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are two differant versions of this beer, One is a normal carbonated version that comes only in bottles, And a Nitro version that comes only in cans.. There both 5 star beers but i feel like there should be separate ratings for both, some people are reviewing the nitro version and some the carbonated.. Personal i like the Nitro caned version more, Both very sweet caramel malt forward..

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Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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 muffiewolf
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich, nutty & smooth just like the label says. I bought this while searching for some stouts. This was a stunning surprise. I bought a six pack of bottles. I'm going to try the cans next.

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Photo of duncanranger
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite ale of all time. Very smooth and nutty with a hint of banana bread and just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol. Good with a cheeseburger and good for refreshment any time of the year warm or cold!

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Photo of JimbobAlonymous
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. Best Ale I've ever had. I think I'm pretty much there in terms of...I don't see another ale beating this one for me.

Dark(yet somehow bright) amber color with a healthy head.

Smells like heaven.

Tastes like the ultimate beer. Perfect blend of malt and hops that keep it light, yet allow tons of flavor. By no means a dark beer, but it would be wrong to call it a "light beer."

crispy yet smooth going down...This beer could get me in trouble...I could drink it with every meal...and replace water with it in my diet...but I'm pretty sure that would end badly. must learn to limit the fantastical goodness.

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Photo of Mendelbaum
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. Outstanding nutty flavor that even my wife liked. The finish was clean. Aroma was inviting. I would drink this all day long. I was doing a little Ale comparison and put it up agains Mirror Pond. I enjoyed the Mirror Pond but this was superior.

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Photo of RABaxter
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Brilliant color. One of my favorites since getting into beer. Smooth, flavorful, complex, and just beautiful to look at in a glass. Makes me proud to be Scottish!

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Photo of NaLoGra
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very impressed with this beer, not really knowing what to expect at first. Once I poured it in to my glass, first thing I noticed was the head. Very thick, brown-ish like the beer itself.

Flavor is very full, nutty with an almost toasty aftertaste. Very impressed, definitely will buy again.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

With an amber color, it has flavors of syrupy toffee and biscuit and slight dried fruits. The mouthfeel and aftertaste is refreshingly light, with a finish that nicely smoky. This is probably due to the refreshing water used to brew the beer. This beer is similar to the Alley Cat from Lost Coast Brewing Company in the US, but balanced without so much hops.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a tan-auburn color with a decent off-white one-finger head. Little to no lacing. Mild carbonation, looks very enticing. Head dissipates to a thin but strong layer of foam on top of the brew.

Smell: Mild floral hoppiness. A substantial whiff of caramel maltiness as well. Nothing nasty, nothing overwhelming. Really good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Gentle sweetness with a near-perfect caramel chewiness. Very light and bright hop flavoring, and maybe a touch of lavender or something? Really, really good.

Drinkability: I could easily make this a session beer. Goes down smoothly, tastes great, would go with just about anything.

I have to admit I had low expectations for this brew. However, I may have found a new favorite style! GO SCOTTISH ALES!

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Photo of JWolf
4.76/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer a month ago at a bar in Woods Hole, MA. It made such an impression that I've been on a quest to find it in my home town of Frederick, MD. Finally found it in both bottles and nitro-cans. This review is based on a nitro-can.

Poured from nitro-can into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/copper color with a creamy off-white head. Head started about two fingers thick. By the end of the drink, it was still a little less than one finger thick, with nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smokey, nutty

Taste: This is where this beer shines. This is, without a doubt, the smoothest beer I've ever tasted. No edge at all. It's got an earthy, smokey flavor, maybe even a little fruity, but that's not really the right word. Slightly hoppy aftertaste.

Feel: Creamy and smooth. I told a friend that it was like drinking a beer flavored milkshake.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth and easy. No bite, mild aftertaste.

This is, without a doubt, my new favorite beer. I am thrilled that the barmaid in Mass. talked me into trying it. Now that I've found it in my hometown, it will be a staple. I can't wait to try a Wee Heavy to see how it compares.

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Photo of CC93
4.76/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received it from draft, also drunk it from a bottle. When bottled: poured into a 20oz stein glass. Will have to review via memory, so not everything will be there.

Bottled: A golden brown colour with a nice, 2 inch foamy head.
Draft: Similar, if not a little dark.

Smell: Malty; very common with Scottish ales and teas.

Taste: Malty flavour. Unable to remember much else. From the bottle, it has a bit of spice into it, and is accentuated from the carbonation. Bottled is strongly similar to Newcastle Brown Ale.

Feel: Draft: Very smooth, very delicate. The foamy head accentuates the smooth feeling.

Overall: One of the most sippable ales I have had in my life. Getting it from draft is much, MUCH better than the bottled, but its bottled kind is good, but the bottled kind is easily comparable to Newcastle Brown Ale.

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Photo of Pandawa
4.76/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Design: One of my absolute favorites. great design on the front and informative on the back.

Pours a deep ruby/amber with not too big of a head, making it one of the easier ones to pour. Contributes to a lack of aroma, one of the only things its missing. Head dies down, great lacing.

Taste: Smootest ale on the market, light enough to drink a few but not taste like flavored water. Tastes like a bottled Scottish pasture, earthy, vibrant, and lively. Sweeter rather than bitter.

An excellent Scottish Ale, and one of my all time favorites (even though I tend to like heavy beers like Russian Imperials and the like). Goes excellent with Junmai (dry) sake.

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Photo of samturner
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Baskin Robbins 31 Flavor theory at work--no everyone has the same taste. This is one of my ideal beers with great color, heavy malts and low hops, British pub level of sessionable ABV.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

There's just something about Nitro pours that make me giddy like a schoolboy.

Once the head settles, the pour is a deep, clear copper color with a beautiful creamy head that refuses to leave. The lacing is a thing of beauty.

The smell is fruity and nutty with some faint notes of caramel. Not overpowering and very pleasant.

The taste is sweet, malty caramel with some faint tartness on the back end. As the beer warms I definitely get a more nutty, almost almond-like flavor.

As with all nitro cans and bottles, the mouthfeel is completely flat and relatively light. By no means unpleasant as it was expected.

Overall I love this beer. This is the first Scottish Ale I've had and I'm definitely interested in trying more. I paid less than $6 for a 4 pack so you really can't beat the price either.

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Photo of jmv0009
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L- dark brown with very thin head that lingers.
S- delicious cherries and raisins and dates.
T- a nice roasty, smokey flavor mixes with the cherry and raisin flavors. Chocolaty and nutty too. A little bit of a strange bitter aftertaste that doesn't blend all that well with the malty flavor but it is a slight and fading taste.
F- medium to full bodied, feels stronger than 5.2% too.
O- Delicious beer one of my new favorites. Love good drinkable malty beer. Hail Scotland!

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Photo of pkalix
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ya know, i read the last guy's review on this and TOTALLY get what he meant by the 'butterscotch' aromas....
nice color (orange-y, brown), nice head, beautiful beer when poured.
smell is ... typically english/scotch with that curious 'butterscotch' aroma....
taste is... awesome. i love this stuff. when england (or scotland) does it right, it is GOOD! too many funky, weird ones out there from those regions, but i really like this distinct style and blend. i cant describe it, but it is the german equivalent to the sweetness of a dopplebock yet not as sweet, but very satisfying and tasty. this ought to be the offical style of the 'little countries'....

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Photo of jlux21
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really love this Beer from a can. I got a Nitro keg for home and it's even better. You can down 2 pints before you even know it, it super smooth WOW Nitro is amazing . With all that being said it's an excellent beer anyway you have it, one of my top 5. Many have explained it feel and flavor already , much better than I can . If you have the chance get it on tap if not in bottles or cans it's still darn good.

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Photo of Higravity
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a nice refreshing beer. Slightly peaty, nutty smell, with a floral herb essence. The red color holds up a nice whitish head and gives up nice lacing. The taste is one of legends and I am glad I had a whole imperial pint glass worth. Sweet long boil swwetness covered in a light fog of peat and a gentle herbal bitterness carry my tongue off to happiness. Great full mouth feel and way too drinkable.

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Photo of kevman527
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Big thick creamy white head 3 fingers worth. Decent retention, with good lacing. Reddish-brownish color.

Smell: Nutty, malty, yeast, and very earthy (grassy tones)

Taste: Very malt inspired taste, to me it tasted like it had a faint cherry taste, biscuity as well.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very smooth beer

Drinkability: Would recommend this beer to people who like scottish ales. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an amazing bitter.

The beer poured a beautiful foggy light brown color with a hint of red.

Smells of sweet malt with a pinch of hops.

Well balanced flavor and aroma. The nuttiness is outstanding.

Very smooth on the palate. Feels full bodied. Just a well balanced ale.

Go get one... for real!

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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