Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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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
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#12,383
Reviews:
917
Ratings:
2,127
pDev:
13.05%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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Photo of FrancisM12
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philipwalter
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get in ya! This is beautifully aromatic, looks great, and drinks properly nice. Malty Nutty as all heck all over.

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Photo of whitey27
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dueserdo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft and nitro. The nitrogen gas makes this as smooth as it gets.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Danmullens1
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber brown, filtered and moderately carbonated, with 2 fingers of slightly beige head.

Smells malty and of scotch, toasted malts and hard water.

The taste is very scotch like and malty and toasted biscuit forward with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Slightly sweet as well.

Medium light body with moderate soda like carbonation.

Very nice, low ABV scotch ale. Drinking it on Christmas afternoon in St Jean Port Joli Quebec.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a grip shaped glass: color is amber, transparent, head is soft with fine bubbles and presents at least 1/2 inch thick. Head then dissipates to thin top with lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light caramel, some toast, biscuit, toffee, earth/herbal hops.

Taste is very similar with toast, caramel, biscuit, toffee; toffee notes are bit less than anticipated; herbal, earthy hops with crisp flavor ensure.

Mouthfeel is crisp, maybe just a touch sharp from carbonation.

Overall a bit disappointing but still quite good when let to warm and enhance the malt subtleties.

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Photo of teslagod6
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tguillette
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

slight bitter nutty after taste that is found in brown ales. overall very good flavor. hate the new label . Cans?

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Photo of jhart96
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walt123uk
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IDABEERGUY
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of guzzleacoldone
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SmashPants
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of Kcrile
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Simon_of_Berlin
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edc20
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anon
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikeinportc
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,127 ratings
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