Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,094 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

Added by Mitchster on 08-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,094
Reviews:
909
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
356
For Trade:
0
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Photo of burk1982
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -2.9%
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 +12.1%
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 +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ned57
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Raime
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-can to English pint glass.
Poured a gentle somewhat dark brown with an adequate one finger white low foamy head that dropped at a nice pace. Sly stringy lace.
The aroma had some rich English malts springing a light caramel/toffee to toast and biscuit-like blend then allowing a moderate earthy to grassiness underneath.
The flavor was basically the same as the aroma with a big malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Nice low to barely any carbonation felt. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, pretty nice Scottish ale that I would have again and would probably go exceptionally well with a nice vegetable and beef stew.

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3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My 400th rated beer on BA...I wish I had hit this milestone with something better...

Though the brew had a beautiful appearance - dark caramel color, clear, and with a decent head, and it had a definitive malty and bready smell, I was sadly disappointed with the rest of its attributes. The mouthfeel was overly carbonated and a tad water to my tongue and the taste was more hoppy than what I was hoping for (and was advertised as malty). So much for truth in advertising. Overall, it wasn't necessarily a bad beer, just not as good of others of the same style I have had and enjoyed much, much more.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AV29
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bwbetts
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sayb
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VoxRationis
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from 330 ml bottle into a conical pint; no production data.
A: Copper colored with quarter inch off-white head. Minimal Belgian lacing.
S: Medium roasted malts, rum, banana.
T: Malt, some molasses initially, later perhaps some limited nutty flavor.
M: Light to medium bodied. Persistent effervescence.
O: Enjoyable, but not remarkable.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a clear beer stein.

Very dark amber color and the head is very thin. Strong malty smell, earthy, if not a little piney, and there's this hint of a nutty flavor. Floods the mouth lightly and delicately and tastes very sweet in a fruity sense, like a peach or an orange, even an apple, upon each sip.

Absolutely fantastic beer.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thomasdidymus55
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of DJoe
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got one on draft at the Londoner, Addison, TX today.
Look: dark brown, with a lovely, very creamy white head that stays for a long time.
Taste: great biscuit, malty taste. I also tasted a very, very faint malt roastiness. Light and subtle hoppiness that wove in and out with the maltiness. Not crisp at all, a lot of taste and senses.
Feel: light body, extremely refreshing. Quite light aftertaste though.

I can have this ale everyday for the summer. An excellent brew. Recommended!

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Photo of Atg1095
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,094 ratings.
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