St. Andrew's Ale
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Scottish Ale
Ranked #14
Ranked #18,819
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Mar 31, 2022
Aug 07, 2001
Very Good
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3.59 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Mar 31, 2022
3.75 by paulish from New York on Oct 07, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

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
3.89 by smi69 from New York on May 25, 2020
3.94 by arzt from Russian Federation on Oct 27, 2019
3.64 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky on Jul 18, 2017
4.34 by DarrellK from Florida on Jul 07, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dzu from Russian Federation

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
4.47 by tageury from Florida on Dec 10, 2016
4.44 by OlegShora from Russian Federation on Nov 19, 2016
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4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Douggie53 from England

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
3.85 by Squire from Mississippi on May 24, 2016
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3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
3.88 by dreidreev from Russian Federation on Feb 21, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by derdtheterd from Canada (AB)

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
3.71 by biernack from Switzerland on Jul 14, 2015
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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

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
3.63 by vinivini from Belarus on May 26, 2015
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3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by chinchill from South Carolina

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
3.34 by Alex-Alkis from Sweden on Mar 30, 2015
4 by Winston3737 from Michigan on Feb 28, 2015
4.34 by Olegophren from Russian Federation on Feb 03, 2015
4.57 by Gilyano91 from Russian Federation on Jan 07, 2015
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4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by samturner from California

Wonderful example of Scottish 60/ ale, low hops, ample malts.

Jan 05, 2015
4 by woodchip from North Carolina on Nov 02, 2014
3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Nov 02, 2014
3.84 by Nm4452 on Oct 11, 2014
3.24 by Flashbac from Germany on Oct 07, 2014
3.5 by killcore from Russian Federation on Sep 25, 2014
3.5 by zestar from California on Sep 17, 2014
4 by Bobhoya from Arizona on Sep 06, 2014
3.65 by VitorDamasceno from England on Aug 30, 2014
4 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2014
3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Aug 03, 2014
4 by Sellen from Connecticut on Jul 29, 2014
4 by Iain_Borowicz from Pennsylvania on Jul 14, 2014
3.75 by Wafflemaker from Ohio on Jun 30, 2014
4 by wrightst from Maryland on Jun 13, 2014
3.25 by Iaido from Russian Federation on Apr 15, 2014
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 336 ratings