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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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Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good, smoky, peaty, nutty but qute thin, enjoyable seession beer, but not great, i don't mind drinking it though, just not overly interesting.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this in the bottle. Pours brown, slight reddish highlights in the core. Very clear and transparent brownish color. Nice head develops and sustains itself well.

Taste is actually lighter then I would have expected. Very clean, slightly smoky taste of medium roasted malt. Bitterness is moderate to low. Mouthfeel to me is a bit watery. Moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking beer. Good - but not as impressive as I would have expected

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Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive all around in appearance. The thick head exhibits good retention, and the dark copper hued brew has just a hint of haziness. The roasted grain notes that dominate the aroma are quite nutty, very biscuity and toast - like. Fruity yeast esters are subtle, but add to the complexity. Definitely the best aroma I've encountered in a brew this light. Although light in body, malt flavors abound and are certainly toasty and nutty-- the flavor is similar to the aroma. No surprises. Hop character is masked by the smooth but pronounced roasted grain bitterness. The finish is of smooth roasted unmalted barley w/ a touch of hop bitterness. Belhaven Scottish Ale is a prime example of why lower alcohol brews can be very flavorful. It's a fine session brew, but is a couple notches below Belhaven's St. Andrews Ale in terms of depth of flavor.

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

Personally I like Scottish Ales, and this isn't a bad example of the style, so I can't give it a bad rating.

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Photo of Erix
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great complexity distinguishes this beer, even with its light body. When I first had this in a bottle, I fell in love with it. On tap, my opinion is not quite so high, however. The nitro makes it a little too smooth, and the reduced carbonic acid removes a key note to the complexity. Still definitely a great beer.

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes! A Scottish Ale that's a Scottish Ale (rather than a stronger Scotch Ale)...very pleasant creaminess that takes full advantage of the "nitro-ball"...pleasant but mild floral hoppiness and sweet lightly carmel maltiness...I think the nitro can is put to great use on this one...

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Photo of pbrian
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never thought I'd give a nitro can 4's across the board, but this beer was really enjoyable. A light, easy-drinking scottish-style session beer.

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Photo of John
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tired of US craft brewers loose interpretations of this style? This is the real deal. No surprises, just a classic Scottish ale. Ruby colored with a grape-like fruity aroma. In taste, roasted malt and grain are evident, with the same grape-like fruitiness, and an ever so subtle alcohol nip. Slick on the palate typical of the classic ales of the UK. Outstanding.

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Photo of stoutman
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good example of a scottish ale. Not too powerful, and quite drinkable. Try it you'll like it. :)

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Photo of Todd
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap: A caramel-amber beer with an off-white creamy nitro head -- that stays, sticks and tracks down the glass. Soft aroma with a touch of sulfur, and a soft malt flavour with toasted, smokey and woody/sulfur notes.

Without the nitro, this beer would be just an average ale. With the nitro and it takes on the characters of all other nitros ... an easy drinky, eye-candy pleasing beer. Lovely stuff.

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

A gorgeous brown/amber, with a white creamy head. Head remains strong all the way to the bottom of the glass. Malty, roasted nuts, smoke and woodey notes.

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Photo of Brent
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Root beer brown with a significant amount of sediment in the bottle. No date, so it may have been old. Slightly yeasty with tart malt flavor. The Wee Heavy is a better choice.

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