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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Ratings: 2,135 |  Reviews: 919
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this beer on tap in a few places, most recently at Llyweln's pub in St. Louis, MO.

The beer is a light amber color with good white foam (characteristic of nitro draught). The aroma was rather mild (malt, hops). The taste is light, with hops the dominant flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good balance of hops. The drinkability is good as this ale goes down easily.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like Scottish beers, so I thought I would give this a chance. It's not heavy like I usually like 'em, but it's still good. Had a nice head to it and dark caramel color. Finished smooth and pleasant to drink. It's not the best, but it's also not that bad either.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a contrast of features: A beautiful appearance and a lightly hopped up bouquet (Barely any hops in the taste though) This one is so creamy the taste slips by your palate before you can get the taste. The texture is excellent though - almost like liquid silk. But this beer is disappointingly bland. If you don't like hops and your love creamy ales then this is probably the beer you have been longing for - however it just doesn't tickle my fancy.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Absolutely beautiful pour from the nitro can, reminded me of many of the cask-conditioned ales I tasted in England. The thick head sat on top of the amber brownish brew until the bottom. Not much to the aroma, slight malt hints.

The taste was malty with some earthy flavors. Nutty flavors dominate. The mouthfeel is the kicker though. Its awesome! As smooth and creamy as you can get. An absolute delight for the tongue!

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful pour with foaming head leaving deliteful trails of lace on the glass. it has a very smooth and malty aroma as it pours to a nice copper.

this beer has very mild carbonation, which suits me well. it is extremely smooth and creamy, an overall wonder to drink. sweet and malty with a good hop balance. this one is really a fine brew. i get a little roastiness towards the end, and i enjoyed it all the way through.

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

A very solid brew. Malty with a touch of hops that tickles the tongue as the beer is drank. First Scottish Ale for me and I was very pleased with it. Darker colored ale with a thicker yet frothy white head. The bar we go to in town has this and I tried it out of curiosity. Will have a few more when I get paid.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper colour topped by a pretty nice head. I must say i was a bit dissapointed by the smell of the beer (not what i expected) but the taste was as expected and read (hints of malt and moderate smoky taste). This beer could be much more better if ABV was around 5.0%. In overall... average Scottish brew

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

This was my first Scottish Ale and I was pleasantly suprised.
Poured a nice deep copper color with a decent head that soon faded. Smelt of hops and sweet caramel. Taste had a bit of sweetness to it with a hint of bitterness for the after taste.
Overall, a good ale that I would recommend.

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Photo of Morris729
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a head that quickly faded but left a nice sticky lace that clung to the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by a sweet maltiness with hints of peat, wood, and smoke. The flavor is roasted malt with a good hop balance and a bitter finish. All around, a nice brew for a decent price ($1.59 for a 12oz bottle).

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Photo of Gusler
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a crystal clear deep copper, the head is pulchritudinous, creamy in consistency, the lace fine sheets that cling longingly to the glass. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, earthy; maybe it’s my imagination but "Hints of Peat"? Front is sweet, the top is reedy, the finish is charmingly hopped, convivially carbonated, with a congenially dry aftertaste. A very clean and refreshing beer to end my day, so its time to light up my daily cigar and “Chill Baby”!

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Photo of DerKaiser
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice fluffy, off-white head that leaves fairly substantial lace. Dark amber in color. The smell is nice and yeasty, almost sourdough like.

The taste is very smooth and nutty with a lot of malt coming through. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the finish is exceptionally long. I feel like I'll still be tasting this beer tomorrow.

Overall a nice beer, the kind of brew that you could easily drain a six pack of during a night of cards. But where I'm at, this stuff is going for $10.50 per six pack. There are definitely better session beers out there for much cheaper.

Keep in mind that this is simply a Scottish Ale, as in an ale from Scotland, and not a Scotch Ale, as in the style of strong, heavy brews such as McEwans Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear brown in color. Slight beige head diminishes to a rimming in seconds. Some faint malt tones and a mustiness present on the nose. Subdued sweet caramel-like malt tones on the palate. Dry smoky tones noted as well. Almost medium in body. Seems like a watered down version of a good Scotch Ale, but this style is not my specialty. Good enough tasting and easy enough to drink. Just won't be seeked out by me in the future.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reasonable head, bubbles on side of glass. Perhaps a wimpy pour on my part. Fragrant malt odor with peat hints, wood, smoke and musty stone. Velvet smokiness in the flavor; I am taken aback at how much smoke I am getting from this (on par with a Bamberger Rauchbier) and how much I am loving it. Thick chewy malts with some sweetness, butter, caramel, earth hints and more smoke. Finish is wet and delectable. Like standing in a meadow of grasses and heather next to a smokehouse. Elegant and rustic at the same time. Complex, delicate, and yet forceful like a 2-ton oaken dining room table.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with a tan small but very tight-bubbled head. The smell is starts your mouth watering with a sweet nutty malty aroma. Superb malty taste and mouthfeel with a light toast flavor and a smoked aftertaste. Light hops provide a nice balance. Nicely done as it goes down very smooth. Pretty good brew! Slainte Mhor!

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

Similar to Boddington's or Caffrey's, but thinner and with a lingering aftertaste. There are much better widget offerings out there. Nice cascade during the pour but the head is weak and short-lived. I expected better.

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

This beer poured a nice ruby color with an aroma of roasted malt that finished with a hint of hops. The flavor was more of the same, roasted malt with a nicely balanced hop finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, with long-lasting flavor. I enjoyed this more than the St. Andrews.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Musty almost nut smell. Crystal deep red color with lots of little bubbles. Nutty malty taste with a base of roasted malt. It tastes just like fall, this would be a solid selection for the cooler months. Smooth mouth. The tongue is left with a slightly sweet finish with a balenced hop bite.

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

Copper/amber in color with a rich, creamy head that holds fairly well. The aroma is not real assertive, but gives a first note of light hop, followed by lightly toasted - almost 'wort-like' - malt. The body is on the light side, and combined with a gentle carbonation, gives a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor offers a nice balance with malt preceeding hops and a very slight butterscotch note. Clean, fresh, medium-long dry aftertaste. An excellent session beer with some complexity and a high level of drinkability.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale has the same musty/cheesy hop deal going as the St. Andrews, but with less cheese.

Dark amber, pours pint-glass perfect, and ready to ale! Roasted malts peek through crunchy ale waters, and said musty, highlander hops round out the flavor.

Quite similar to Bass in a session-drinking sort of way, but with a decidedly Scottish vibe.

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

This beer poured a dark amber color and left a off white bubbly head that left some nice lace. It had an aroma of hops, malt and a little smokiness. The flavor was of malt with some smokiness. The finish was smokey with a dry, slightly bitter aspect to it. A good beer and will probably have again on tap at my local British pub, Macs.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful dark tan color cascading down the glass, with a creamy head. Very smooth, with earthy flavors upfront. Bitterness is sublte, but this beer does hand around long enough to let you know it has some presence. Malty but not too sweet this is a good drinking ale that does not overwhelm you. A drinking man's beer. (or womens if you like)

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A absolutely stunning look, but I suspect a bit of bar room tomfoolery weakened its flavor. A cyrstal amber colour with a super fine, creamy, smooth, ultra sticky, off-white head. A beautiful brew. Solid malty nose with softer floral hops. A dry, kind of toasty malt with no bitterness, slightly imbalanced. Ultra smooth, medium-heavy body.

A solid brew, a good-looker, but weaker flavour than I would imagine. I recall likeing the bottled version better. Slight odd, heady aftertaste, but damn good. Cheers!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice reddish brown color with a thick light tan head, lots of sticky lace that clings to the walls of the glass; mildly carbonated.

Aroma: Pleasant aroma of bread, floral, and earthy notes.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors are very prominent in the taste, also nuts, mild earth and smoke flavors as well. Very smooth with some mild hops at the finish.

Mouth feel: Pleasant, just a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: A very nicely balanced beer. A number of reviewers have praised this ale in the nitro version; this review was based on a 500 mL glass bottle. I suspect that the nitro version is even better.

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