St. Andrew's Ale
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #12
Ranked #21,500
3.86 | pDev: 10.88%
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review: 500ml bottle of St. Andrew’s Amber Ale: 4.6% vol.

On the bottle it tells you that the beer was “inspired by the great Scottish invention: golf”, and there is picture of a golfer with a green blazer swinging at a ball.

The bottle is well designed too, looks lovely, and the bottle cap is a thistle, the national flower of Scotland.

On pour we get a very decent sized white head with a ruby amber looking coloured beer, deep in appearance, looks pretty good. Some nice soft carbonation bubbling away.

Head maintains well. A good looking beer, good start!

The smell is also very good. Getting a lovely malty beery smell, nice on the nose. Caramels, roasted barley, sweet malts, grains, and earthy hops.

First impression from the taste is I am getting a nice lovely malty feel, creamy as well, that is going down nice, cold, lovely and crisp on the taste buds.

Caramel and toffee tastes, biscuity malts, barley, all found, all well balanced with the hops. Light but very enjoyable. Lovely served cold.

Malts to the fore, while the hops are on the low level, pretty mild for an ale, but no harm as it went down very well. I like it, very relaxing, a light beer, smooth and oh so easy to enjoy.

Some depth to it, but on the low level, this is tasty and great for sipping while watching a movie or surfing on the net, or even after a few holes of the small game it was inspired by, golf! A good companion to a long night of relaxation. I liked it a lot, smooth and very easy to drink, did the business and will definitely check it out again in the future.

A simple effort here from Belhaven, nothing too crazy or complex, it’s the simplicity on this beer that is just right making this beer very, very drinkable. Recommended.

Jun 05, 2020
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.
L: Copper color with a white foam head.
S: Bitterness , red berries.
T: Fruity, juicy.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Not my style but very good.

May 13, 2017
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Douggie53 from England

4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As mentioned in my previous review, a marked improvement over the Belhaven Best (both from cans). It's all in the taste which I appreciate is a very personal thing, but it hits all the buttons for me. Good prices at some of the discount stores.

Jul 27, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber colored pour, off white 1/3" head. Aroma was grain and not much else.

Taste was pretty damn mild, easiest drinking scotch ale around (not necessarily a good thing). Just mild and earthy, tobacco, dirt, brown malt.

Not cheap either. Pass again.

Apr 01, 2016
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derdtheterd from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had this on draught at a friends pub. He served it ice cold with three limes. It hit the spot in the 33c temperature on the patio. Great beer if you can find it.

Dec 20, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served at Chester's beers of the world. Served fairly cold into a Belhaven pint glass.

Appearance - a murky ruby color with plenty of sediment floating around. Small amount of lace left behind after the small head recedes.

Smell - plenty of fruit maybe figs and plums with a substantial caramel malt aroma.

Taste- just like the nose some figs plums and prunes. Big dose of caramel before flavour which cascades away into a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy yet light bodied. Decent carbonation that has a spritzy feel.

Overall - a worthy taste and a fine Scottish beer. Reminiscent of Abbot ale, but amped up a bit.

Jul 03, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased in St. Andrews and consumed in nearby Largoward.

Great looking ale, with an exceptionally clear red-brown body. The head is not large but has durability and leaves streaks of sticky lacing.

This is hoppy for style. There's a suggestion of this in the aroma, but it becomes most apparent from mid-taste on. Good interplay of hops and malts, with the balance seeming to changes from the from to the aftertaste as well as with warming.

Medium body with crisp carbonation.

O: more stimulating than watching golf.

May 06, 2015
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light brown/copper; medium head, dissipates quickly; leaves light lacing on pint glass

Aroma: Spicy; fruity

Taste: Nutty; peppery; tart fruit; dry, bitter finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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angusdegraosta from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a new experience for me. I can't say I've had much Scottish Ale (other than the standard nitro Belhaven can), but after St. Andrews, I'm sure I'll have more. This is a cloudy copper beer with decent head retention. The smell is wonderful - a sweet, flowery honey. The flavor is all about malt, which seems par for course with the style. There's more of a slight tartness than any discernible hop flavor. Honey and malt are predominant. Add some carbonation to that, and you've got a delicious beer. If this were in a nitro can, I'd pass. In the big brown bottle, you can't go wrong, as long as you like the style. I sure do.

Jan 17, 2013
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MisterClean from California

2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a deep copper color, 2 fingers of head, good retention a little over carbonated.

S - caramel, light notes of diacetyl, and skunkiness. Beer fermented too cold and did not ship well.

T - see smell, but with light to moderate notes of Scottish esters.

M - malt dominated with some light hoppiness. Light to moderate mouthfeel.

D - do not think I could finish a pint myself. Little disappointed that this beer has sullied the good name of belhaven.

Dec 26, 2012
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bubbly clear bronze, tall fluffy head held its own for a good while
S - mix of butterscotch and light peat, come sourness and a touch of earthy hops
T - buttery toffee and toasty maltiness dominates, woody and lightly smoky flavours, touch of leafy greens
M - light body with a light smoky and sour feel, finishes light and a little dry
O - an awesome scotch ale, it has all the requisite characteristics in moderation without being aggressive, very easy drinking, and above all a great tribute to a place I must visit some day

Jul 14, 2012
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Daredevil from Switzerland

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cognac type color, light head

strong nose, with dominant hops with some notes of mahagonny and dark exotic woods

taste is very earthy, notes of gingerbread, smoked wood, passion fruit, ...

a rather tweedy, very dry strong ale, lacking a bit of congeniality ...

May 20, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/2/12

A clear copper with some giant bubbles feeding a short lived finger of cream colored foam that leaves a few patches of lace

S earthy hops and nutty toffee with some vanilla

T very similar too the smell, it almost reminds me of Innis & Gunn but without the oak

M fairly light with just enough bubbles, aftertaste is faint but lingers for a while

O not mind blowing but respectable stuff, lots of flavors for a lighter brew

I'm not upset I bought this one but I doubt I'll buy it again, worth a try but I wouldn't go searching for it

Feb 04, 2012
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Raven3464 from Japan

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beers a pours a dark copper color with a foamy one finger head. Sediments can be seen floating at the top of the head.

Smell: The smell is fairly subdued. A sweet malt aroma mixed with a wet grass smell can be noticed right away. After a few minutes a pinch of caramel can be detected. All aromas are very subtle but not unpleasant.

Taste: Much like the nose, a sweet, slightly roasted, malt taste is noticed early. There is a slight hint of caramel at the end and the aftertaste is slightly "smoky."

Mouth feel: It is very smooth with little dryness.

Overall: While not great, every aspect of the beer is better than average. It is not as complex as I was hoping but then again I do not have much experience with Scottish Ales. The "smoky" aftertaste was perhaps the most pleasantly interesting aspect of this brew. It's not world class but I'm glad I had it.

Jan 02, 2012
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a medium copper hue with thin white head and translucent clarity.

Smell - Earthy hops (almost pine) aroma with light citrus notes, with a bit of sourness.

Taste - The citrus flavours shine through, as picked up in the aroma. There is a slight caramel flavour to this, which surprised me. Slightly bitter but palatable.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with good carbonation and smoothness.

Overall - A nice representation of the Scottish Ale style. Very easy to drink with a nice balance of the earthy/citrusy flavours. Would definitely pick up another in future.

Dec 24, 2011
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Zimbo from Scotland

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rarely ever seen in St Andrew's at all, its not easy to find all around Scotland these days.

Drunk at the bottom of the Royal Mile at The World's End pub at the beginning of this year's Edinburgh Festival.

I've been a bit skeptical about Greene King's influence on the Belhaven beers lately. I wonder about those straight jacketing Greene King yeasts and I have found massive variation in the taste and quality of the Belhaven cask line up as well.

It lacks balance this. That's not to say it's bad. No. Its actually pretty damn fine in its one, two or maybe three dimensions. But it is such a wasted opportunity. Its very soft brown malty toffee morish quality with just a pinch of earth is pretty close to exceptional but its just too much for me. Needs more structure up and down and more development from beginning to end.

Aug 07, 2011
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Schmidts from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle pours copper color with a nice 1/2 inch head that stays awhile.
Smells of sweet malt and apples and peaches.

The minute it hits your mouth it is smooth creamy and delious. Tastes of malts and apples and fruits with a touch of grain.
This Ale is amazingly refreshing and gives a very nice feel in your mouth, pleasant,smooth sweet and creamy

Overal this is an exceptional Ale and I recomend it to anyone who can get it. I lucked out as the case had been droped and 3 were broken so I got it for a very nice price. This is so tasty I am going to get their Scotish Ale soon.

Aug 02, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden color. Some floaties in there along with a fluffy white head. The smell of the beer was malty, and grainy, along with some toasted nut aromas. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront from the grains in it. The aftertaste has a decent bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of this beer is very drinkable and easy to have a few in a short amount of time. Overall I like this beer, I had it once and would be willing to have it again.

Jul 19, 2011
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out clear and light mahogany with a thick frosty head. Be careful when string, transporting, and pouring, as this beer throws a pretty heavy sediment. The nose was quite subdued and offered toast and nuts.

Often this particular style can come off as bland. I was happy to find that this beer is not bland at all. It has a nice strong toasted malt flavor without being too sweet. Moreover, it has considerable body for a beer of this style. The toasty flavors were nicely complemented by a nice, earthy nuttiness and hints of molasses and clover. A nice beer for a cool, rainy afternoon.

Jul 18, 2011
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Sachsenfreude from Germany

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; tea colored and clear but at some angles a bit hazy. White head, nice retention and beautiful lacing.

smell; roasted barley, some woody notes and malt sweetness. A touch of maple and spicy malts. A bit earthy.

taste; quite nutty, walnut comes to mind with tannic notes. Bitters a bit in the finish. Smooth notes of chocolate in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; medium bodied and sticky in the finish. Puckers the mouth in the aftertaste.

overall; quite good for the style, definitely worth drinking and easy to do such in quantity.

May 09, 2011
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a creamy thick head of excellent retention. Clear copper-gold colour.

Sm: Fresh hoppy scent. Malt.

T: Cream to one-note body (malt) with clean unremarkable finish.

Mf: Very smooth, but complementary to the taste and style.

Dr: Nice, but better Belhaven offerings are available at comparable prices.

Mar 08, 2011
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July2Nov from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, brownish-darker amberish color. Slight head on it.

Smell: Buttery and toffee like.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Much like the nose indicated, it's got a bit of a sweet kick with the buttered toffee notes. Very light in body, but does have some good flavor to it. Almost water like in its overall character.

Drinakbility: For a beer dedicated to St. Andrew and the home of golf, this one would be well suited on the links. Easy to drink even if your not carrying a putter around all day. Perfect hot weather or activity beer.

Feb 04, 2011
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JayS2629 from Alabama

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rusty, tawny copper with medium head, nice retention and creamy rings of lace.

S- Sweet grainy malts, nice musty tones, earthy notes of herbal hops, fruity hints of apple and pear

T- Earthy, sweet grains, caramels and honey, apples, pears, hints of herbs and floral notes.

M- Slightly creamy, medium throughout

D- Very easy to drink, nice balance

Jan 29, 2011
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roddwolff from Mexico

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer made in the birthplace of golf. Poured in my "Club America mug". Look: Dull brown color, no bubbles, like a jar of mud but invites to drink, thick finger of foam, medium lacing. Smell: Toffee malt and citrus hops mixed with earth hops, produces tamarind essence. Taste: Prominent earth hops, tamarind and toffee. Mouthfeel: Dry and fruity, not too sweet, strong body and high carbonation. Drinkability: I guess its my third scotland beer, bittersweet and highly recommended.

Dec 25, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even if the beer is brewed by a Scottish brewer.... it sure does taste English to me.

A hazy amber beer emits a rusy color with cloudiness. Creamy head formation creates a standard white blanket on the beer, retains well, and laces even better. Lots of sediment makes for a non-appealing look.

Earthy aromas of grain and malt blend and give a mildly dirty and peaty note that nears mild elements of smoke. Estery apples and pears give almost as much of a scent as the malts.

Flavors of apples are the dominat taste but the malty flavors of grains, dirt, and mild caramel give the impression of caramel apples that you get at the carnival. While the more complex Scottish ale characteristics are muted, the beer screams English Pale Ale.

Medium throughout, the beer's early creaminess gives way to a fleeting, lightened feel that can come across as watery. But with the minty dry finish, the beer is saved from the banal.

Definately a drinkable and enjoyable beer. But as on caught somewhere between the English Pale and Scottish Ale, the beer has characteristics of both but don't settle the score of either.

Dec 13, 2010
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 334 ratings