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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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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, full 2-finger head and the body is one of the most beautiful amber / copper colors I've seen.

Hints of caramel, malt, and toffee in the smell and taste.

Perfect light creamy feel. This stuff goes down smoothly.

One of my favorite beers.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint from a clear glass bottle....ugh.

4.0 A: Clear, very light brown color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lots of toastiness with an equally potent mineral component. A bit of skunkiness, but it's not bad. It actually kind of works with the nose. A bit of caramel, but dry overall.

4.0 T: The taste is much cleaner than the nose. Lots of toastiness, grainy malts, caramel, mineral. Again dry, but not unbalanced. Tasty, earthy beer.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess and could be a bit thicker, but good enough.

4.0 D: Pleasant, easy drinking beer.

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Draught can. Beautiful pour. Dark amber color with a finger and half of foam head. Excellent looking.
Smells like ripe fruits, plum and pear. Wet grain too.
Super sweet taste overall. Malty with barely any bitterness to it. Some bread taste.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours from a nitro can to a full glass of foam which dissipates quickly into a glass of slighty cloudy, coppery amber beer with a fine two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malt, a hint of toasted malt and toffee. Flavor follows, but much more subdued. Light caramel, sweet malt, a hint of peat, finishing with slight hops, a bit sour. The flavors are attenuated; very pleasant but too light for my taste. The "nitro" widget gives this light bodied beer a hint of creaminess, but also seems to sap the remaining carbonation, giving it a bit of a flat mouth feel. This is still far better than my last Belhaven Scottish Ale, which came in a clear bottle and was badly skunked. With the light flavoring, I see why that one was a complete disaster. A nice, pleasant scottish ale, but somewhat bland.

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Well balanced and good aromas of toffee, malts, and warm caramel. Decent depth to it, but focuses more on balance.

Medium bodied with a very smooth feel. It is lacking a bit in flavor on the mid and finish, but nice and balanced with notes of toffee and caramel.

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I have been a fan of Scottish ales for a relatively short amount of time. I used to dislike them for their dark bitterness. Now I try to enjoy them. This one is more indicative of why I did not like them. It has a bitterness and strange malty taste unique to the genre.

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12/3/2017 edit. I was way underrating this so I had to up it. The brew is very full flavored and even boozy, at 5.2 ABV. Good companion to other Scottish beverages.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,116 ratings
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