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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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought this one just because:

poured from the 500 ml bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A pours super clear = copper red with decent head (about 1 finger) and lacing.
head settled quick...

S VERY SKUNKED. (clear bottle) honestly not much else makes it thru to the nose

T - a bit flavorless IMHO - hoping to get more as it warms

M = not bad here, carbonation just right.

D - drinkalbe enuf that I'll finish the pint

most likely im moving on to the next ....

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours translucent caramel in color with an ample off-white head. Aroma is considerably skunked, no doubt on account of the clear glass used for bottling. Some trace sugars can be found lurking behind the skunky smell if you look. Pleasant, frothy lacing clings to the glass as the beer descends.

Taste comes on mild and balanced at first, but overt sweetness sets in in the finish. We're not talking complex or subtle sweetness, either; this is more like raw sugar with a dose of caramel. Hops are difficult to detect until after the cloying sweetness has subsided. The best thing this brew has going for it is the mouthfeel, which is semi-creamy, with a carbonation level that lends some vitality on the tongue. Any more carbonation and it might be a bit much, but I think it works as is.

Overall, this Scottish ale is alright if you can tolerate the sweetness, but it can be readily bypassed for superior alternatives.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2,112 ratings
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