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Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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3.82/5
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2,112 Ratings
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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:
#12,633
Reviews:
915
Ratings:
2,112
pDev:
13.35%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
368
Trade:
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Photo of guzzleacoldone
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SmashPants
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Format: a solid dark brown bottle with a stylish and undersold label. Reeks quality.

Appearance: pours a very dark and heavy red-brown with a very light haze. A finger of thick white head hangs around for ages. Very nice.

Aroma: a very light aroma with limited earth and toffee malts.

Taste: the flavour follows the aroma very closely, but much more strongly. The sweet malts are up front with the earth and some smoky flavours. Lovely.

Aftertaste: more of the smoke on the aftertaste, very nice indeed.

Mouth feel: medium-to-heavier in body with a light carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: quite a heavy beer, definitely not a sessional. Good flavour profiles however, and definiely good value for AU$54 for a case of 24 x 330mL (2017).

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4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Simon_of_Berlin
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edc20
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A classic I somehow never reviewed

Pours a decent fizzy almost frothy head that fades at a quicker pace, a touch of soapy lacing, crystal clear chestnut brown color

Nose plenty of sweet aromas, raw bootstrap molasses, brown sugar, caramel and toffee, a bit of malt extract syrupy thing, biscuity brown malts, almost root beer syrup sweetness, a hint of herbal hops, faint fig or date like fruitiness

Taste brings sweet caramel toffee and plenty of other sweet flavors again, raw molasses once again, cola syrup almost sassafras like spices even, biscuity brown malts, a bit nutty, but not sticky or chewy sweetness, a bit of herbal hops in the background, some fruity fig and date like esters as well, and faint phenols bringing the cola flavors I think.

Mouth is med bod, hints at syrupy but never gets there, lighter but decent carb

Overall not bad, not what I remember for classic scottish ale, but then again not quite my style of beer so I don't have it often. It has it's own profile and this seems to hit most of those characters.

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3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anon
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikeinportc
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 MTKATL
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GatorCoop
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hossst
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tstromer
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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 +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 -3.7%
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 +11.3%
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 ChipMurray
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 2,112 ratings
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