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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of kickapoodude
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like the film "Jurrasic Park": when it was in the theaters, all of your freinds told you about how freaking awesome it was. You passed it up a few times in exchange for some classics, but finally the acclaim became to much for you and you finally saw it, knowing full well that there was no way that the film could live up to the expectations that you have hoisted upon it.

This is a great beer. Smooth and nutty. Truly beautiful and complex. Let her warm up a bit and she'll give you a nice little buzz as thanks. This beer won't change the world, but you will enjoy the hell out of it. Especailly in the scene where the lawyer gets eaten by the t-rex while sitting on the crapper.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a 20oz vase, the beer is a deep, clear, dark auburn-copper color with a thick, solid, one inch, creamy white head. Light malt and caramel aromas, effervescent and enticing. The flavors are light on a creamy , smooth body. Malty rich caramel and slight alcohol, with a roasty undertone. Nutty and sweet malt aftertaste, with a slow, slick finish. Tasty, but gets heavy after a while of drinking.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belhaven Scottish Ale has a thick, creamy, beige head and a hazy, copper appearance. A good amount of thick lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is of sweet, medium-roasted barley malt, over-ripe fruit, and maybe tea. Taste is of French-roast coffee, barley malt, apricot, other very ripe fruit, nuts, and a decently bold hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Belhaven Scottish Ale finishes wet and full. Overall, this is very good.


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Photo of dansmcd
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - This is a pint with movie star looks. Give it a few seconds after pouring to settle, and admire the perfectly defined two fingers of melted ice cream like head; the copper cloured body, and the even sheets of lace the coat the glass as you enjoy this beer.

S - All malt. Toffee, caramel and molasses.

T - The sweet malt aromas are realised here with some mild hop bitterness. Caramel, toffee, grain, smoke.

M - So beautifully thick and creamy on top and then thinner once you penetrate through the top layer. A softly sweet mouthful. Perfection.

O - I love this beer. Extremely sessionable. A pleasing aroma and delicious yet mild flavours. Incredible feel and fantastic looks. Im still searching for that beautifully thick and creamy British beer that isn't quite so mild however.

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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the local beer store and had never seen it before so I got it of course.

A: Pours reddish brown. Has a nice head to it though it goes from a large head to a smaller heavier head fairly quickly.

S: A little smokey and earthy.

T: Tastes a little earthy as well, though certainly not in a bad way. The taste is very moderate and enjoyable. Something that I could have a decent amount of and not get sick of it at all.

M: Low to medium carbonation, and it works perfectly with it. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: I was a big fan of it. I'm not sure how much it costs, but I could definitely see myself getting a six of this if I could find it for a nice Autumn day. It is one of the better fall beers that I've had.

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3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 10/12/11.

Poured on from a nitro tap into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark caramel with golden highlights and a 1 finger creamy white nitro-style head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Earthy English hops with grassy notes and sweet malt.

Taste: English hops with a mild, light sweetness up front followed by grainy malt in the middle before ending with a mildly bitter finish. Bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: Good beer overall. Definitely worth giving a try on nitro.

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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle poured into Pilsner glass. 10-19-11

A: Domed, beige head, poured on thick, about three finger width. Mahoganey brown, clear with light carbonation.

S: Malty, with some toasted nut kind of smell? Sort of smoky, giving is a darker aroma.

T: Definite nuttiness, toasted almond sort of flavor. Would be great with smoky cheese or nuts. Delicious smooth and creamy flavor. Top notch.

M: Feels a bit syrupy, but in a light way. That probably makes no sense, but it isn't bad.

O: Great beer, I love Scottish Ales and this does nothing to change that.

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3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is saturated but isn't totally clear.

The smell is skunky. I don't like it. However, beyond the skunkyness, there is a nice maltiness, so I'm not counting much off.

The taste is better than average. It's also really malty and just strong enough.

The mouthfeel is thick. It's not slimey, though.

I probably wouldn't buy a six pack for my friends. It's pretty strong, but might be a bit much for the average drinker.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-a clear dark amber with a thin layer of white head

S-smell takes some time to figure out, mostly just malt and metallic smelling

T-light roasted malts, light fruitiness, and caramel

M-light to medium body, refreshing

Overall very easy to drink, but doesn't really give much in the way of taste or complexity. This tasting was also out of a bottle and not on nitro which could have something to do with the lack of taste.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle - short-lived white head.

Nose: some sour grain with some floral hops undertones.

Tongue: inoffensive - a bit fruity, sour-bread-dough, refreshing with caramel'y bitterness coming as afterthought.

Texture: Medium body with a warming effect as afterglow. Surprisingly mouth-coating. Bitterness is strangely grapefruit'y as mouthfeel.

Nice beer to consume. Not the bomb - but also not disappointing.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark reddish brown color from a 14.9 oz widget can, with ABV clearly marked.
A luscious two finger head forms after the nice cascading effect settles after a reasonably easy pour. Head stays forever, which was not unexpected, and looks really very good.
Aroma is all malt with subtle hints of caramel, grains, yeast and some sweetness.
Taste similar to the aroma is very malty with hints of bitterness in the finish. Overall, it is a medium bodied, crisp, refreshing ale.
Excellent lacing all along the insides of the glass, but was again something that I expected from a widget-can.
Easy to drink, delicious scottish ale.
Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear dark orange topped by a white bubbly head.

S: The nose on this is familiar. Burnt pork tenderloin and toast is what comes to mind at first. Residual sweetness in the background kind of like weak caramel.

T: Surprisingly this beer is rather fruity. It tastes like someone took a peach and coated it in the caramel like you would use on an apple, then melted it all down into a drinkable liquid.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, it's smooth, but coats the palate.

D: Quite nice to drink, and with the lower ABV I would defiantly enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 440 mL. nitro-can (No Date) into a pint glass.

A slow pour yields a head that literally consumes the entire glass. The head slowly collapses into itself forming the body from the bottom up. Watching the transformation is just awesome. After about a minute and a half, a fully-formed, super creamy 1 1/2-finger tan colored head sits atop a perfectly clear burnt red amber body with very few rising carbonation bubbles. Unfortunately, the head is too dense and cohesive to leave behind any lacing. On the plus side, the head literally never dies. I am positive that I could leave this beer sit out for a week and the head would still be there.

Roasted pale malts give notes of caramel and roasted nuts. Some light floral hops aromas are also detected. Overall the nose is not very strong but is definitely pleasing.

Light, sweet malts start each sip and are quickly met by some floral, spicy hops. The hops flavors are definitely subdued, allowing the malts to really come through. Notes of milk chocolate, caramel, nuts, some chalk, and a little earthiness give this a rather fireside quality.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is a creamy, drinkable, and enjoyable. The body is neither too thick nor too light, allowing the beer to coat your mouth well without become sticky. The carbonation is almost undetectable but is definitely doing more than its fair share for this beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

440 ml can with a nitro widget.

A- Pours a dark brown/amber color with a huge creamy, very rich cream colored head. The head stays around two fingers and even after a half hour has still managed to maintain an impressive finger.

S- Sweet and bready malts with some hazel and light floral hops in the background.

T- Very complicated malts, roasted grain, bready, some earthy, hazelnut flavors. Hops hang out in the background and provide some leafy, bitter balance. Slightly sweet, nutty finish.

M- Medium bodied, the nitro provides that great creamy, velvety, thick texture. Feel is very creamy and smooth.

O- A pretty good beer, does very well with nitro. The malt flavors are very tasty and inviting.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2,135 ratings