St. Andrew's Ale
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

St. Andrew's AleSt. Andrew's Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Scottish Ale
Ranked #13
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,927
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.88%
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
334
From:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  34
Gots
  14
SCORE
86
Very Good
St. Andrew's AleSt. Andrew's Ale
Notes:
View: Beers
Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 334 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Derek:
Photo of Derek
Derek from Canada

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Albion Hotel/Pub in Bayfield Ontario.

A: The copper hue looked at home on the tarnished copper table. Not a lot of head, but mystical lacing continued to appear.

S: Typical Scottish ale. Fruity & malty.

T: Lots of malt (considering it's strength & body), slightly fruity, with a hint of peat/smoke. Similar to a Scotch whiskey through the middle, overcome by a slight tang in the aftertaste. The hops certainly take a back seat, as they should in a Scotch ale. Quite complex for a light-weight, but very well rounded (nothing overbearing).

M: Light to moderate body, very mild carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, excellent session beer!

Oct 15, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of mrfrancis
mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Jason
Jason from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz narrow necked brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Beautiful and bright clarity donning a tarnish copper hue, head retention is flawless leaving more on the glass than not.

Smell: Big rounded caramel aroma with a small side of diacetyl, hint of hop leaning towards floral.

Taste: Flexed medium body showing its malt strength, carbonation holds things together. Very light smokiness within, malt sweetness is prevalent throwing around caramel and light honey flavours. Rounded hop twang throughout, balancing bitterness with some mildly herbal flavour. Finish is on the sweet side but not without traces of residual hop and a growing graininess.

Notes: Well balanced and quite drinkable, does not rock the boat yet play well with mixing malt and hop flavours. This would pair well with a smoked turkey sandwich on sour-dough bread.

Mar 16, 2002
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas from Louisiana

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
Photo of Brent
Brent from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and malty, giving way to a pleasant tartness. Hops tended to be more acidic than bitter. A good choice with a coldcut sandwich.

Aug 07, 2001
Photo of Sachsenfreude
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
Photo of marc77
marc77 from California

4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy light brown in color with a fairly thin head. The aroma is quite appertizing and is comprised of nutty, bready and sweet crystal malt notes. There's just a hint of earthy hop nose, but I wouldn't of noticed it if I weren't looking for it. The carbonation is perfect, being low enough to provide for a smooth mouthfeel, but high enough to help carry the malt flavors. Caramelized wort flavors (from perhaps an extended boil?) are accompanied by delicious nutty malt notes and barely balancing hop foundation. St. Andrews finishes w/ a slight roasted malt bitterness. Wow. For a beer this light, it is highly flavorful. An absolutely ideal session beer.

Apr 06, 2002
Photo of angusdegraosta
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
Photo of Mark
Mark from California

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice beer from Belhaven. A bit lighter in color than the average Scottish offering, it was a medium copper. Head was tan and persistent, lacing was similar to this breweries Wee Heavy, it was prominent from mid glass on down. I detected some roasted nuttiness which was very tasty. A solid winter beer. I enjoyed this with a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich on a cold gray day.

Nov 24, 2002
Photo of mbusster88
mbusster88 from New York

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle.

A: Burnt orange in color with thick head of 2 fingers. Some carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Some bread, citrus notes, malts. Some hops also linger in the nose as well.

T: Very refreshing taste, very bready, malty, some orange and dried fruit flavors.

M: Nice feel in the mouth. Very smooth, really gives that refreshing feeling.

D: Nice brew to drink by itself, however for the price probably not a session beer. Would recommend for those that like Euro styles for sure.

Oct 29, 2010
Photo of John
John from New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Belhaven classic and like the Scottish classics, it's often imitated but never equaled. Malty sweet without being overtly so, with the perfect hop balance. Just a touch of alcohol warms the back of the throat. A true pleasure to drink.

Jan 14, 2002
Photo of BFresh
BFresh from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice rust brown, with an off-white head into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Definitely has a nice light mouth feel, a rusty caramel sweetness, and possibly a bit of vanilla sweetness, has a tartness on the sides of the tongue, and a light smooth mouthfeel.

Dec 01, 2010
Photo of stoutman
stoutman from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scotland's oldest brewery - and still independent - established nearly 800 years ago. Brown-amber, thick head. Weird but nice Sam Smith's hop aroma. Medium body, fizzy, lots of caramel. Grassy hop with a good smokey malt flavor. Not much nose upon the first smell, after smelling for a bit could detect a bit of smoke and malt. Can drink plenty of this fine ale.

Feb 19, 2003
Photo of JayS2629
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
Photo of beerguy101
beerguy101 from California

2.09/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Didn't like this beer that much. Don't know if it was a bad bottle or old bottle or what. Could be it was just a bad beer. Medium brown color, small head. Malty and smoky, not very hoppy. Lighter body. Mild taste and flavor. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly malty

Jun 27, 2003
Photo of swgwilt
swgwilt from Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Mar 23, 2014
Photo of BeerAngel
BeerAngel from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a tea color with a very small head. The smell is great with notes of roasted caramel sweetness. The taste is a malted roast with an aftertaste of musty socks?!?! Taste almost nothing like the smell has you thinking it will. Kind of like talking to someone on the phone and then meeting them later...they never look like what you thought. This a light-bodied beer, kind of watery. After smelling with high expectations, I was actually disappointed in this one. Sorry to be the wrench in the gears. Cheers!

Jul 16, 2002
Photo of TheBeeraholic
TheBeeraholic from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jun 15, 2013
Photo of oberon
oberon from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow really liked the earthy undertones to this beer.I love to drink a good scottish ale like this when nice and cold outside.Had some nutty qualities to it really liked this beer and will get it again.

Sep 21, 2002
Photo of woodchip
woodchip from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
Thrasher from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another top notch brew from Belhaven, this is every bit as good as their regular Scottish Ale. This is a nuttier, dryer, and maybe milder beer. Amber with persistent head, lots of grassy aromas and flavors, some traces of smoke as you dig further in, and up-front big nutty brown ale flavors. Not especially bitter and a wet finish, perhaps a spikier hop element would work here, but then again it is a pretty complex beer and each sip gives me a different impression. A step away from Scottish ale into the Brown ale direction, but still plenty of grassy and smoky flavors. Cold-cut sandwich pairing suggestion is dead-on. I imagine a lot of golf players drink Bud or Coors Light after a game, which is downright insulting when a beer like this is available.

Nov 11, 2002
Photo of TheBishopco
TheBishopco from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ADR
ADR from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper appearance, head is gone as fast as the Road Runner, just a rim with spider tracks on top. Exactly three rings left a trace in the glass. Caramel and apricot to the aroma, smell is very nice. Mediumish body and carbonation, first impression is mildly fruity, some sweet apple combined with dark brown sugar and a floral sense overall. Flattens as the hops balance and finishes with the slightest astringency. Not big and sticky, this Ale is an easy-going drinker.

Jan 08, 2003
Photo of mshanecrowe
mshanecrowe from Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Reverand
Reverand from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome well rounded beer from Belhaven. This beer has it a from its beautiful copper amber color with great head retention to the final drop. You won't be disatisfied. A full body beer with a great balance of malt and hops.

Dec 29, 2002
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 334 ratings