St. Andrew's Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

very good
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St. Andrew's AleSt. Andrew's Ale

Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mstyne on 08-07-2001

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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 329
Photo of Offa
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer, balanced, full of flavour, and highly drinkable.

Reddish copper, it has a very large light tan head slowly shrinking to a permanent thin top and a little lace.

The aroma is grain, whole wheat bread, crust, fruit, mostly plums, pears, apples, prunes, leaves, earth and a hint of yeast.

The taste is a nice caramelly-fruity character, juicy with toasted bread, leaves, earth, hint of spcies. It has great sweet-bitter balance with plenty of both, it's zesty and lively, and has a spicey-zesty finish with just a lightly dominant bitterness.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of Douggie53
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees. I guess you can tell I liked this one. Awsome. Nice red/brown color with a thick fluffy white head with tiny bubbles linmped together like a nice tasy biscuit. Flowert biscuity smell with great lacing. Taste was smooth nice nutty caramel taste that hung on your tongue and made you want to take big hits. GREAT beer, I want a case!

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Photo of beeragent
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a nice copper, forming a thick fluffy 1 inch head, that faded very slowly, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is nice caramel notes, along with a hint of nuts. The taste is just like you would expect from Belhaven. Rich creamy malts, forming a delicious nutty flavor, along with a slight caramel finish. Medium mouthfeel, that finishes smooth. Overall, this is the ideal session ale, IMO. Easy to drink, with a smooth taste. Definitely try this!

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Photo of CheapHysterics
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice amber with a white head. Lots of lacing that lasts throughout.

Smell - this brew smells absolutely delicious. Sweet caramel with a floral note to it. I could delay drinking this beer a few minutes just to sit here and enjoy the aroma!

Taste - toffee, malty sweetness, and a perfect amount of hops bitterness to balance the sweet malts shows up on the finish. very nice.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue.

Drinkability - very drinkable. would make a great session beer.

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Photo of marc77
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at a few degrees above fridge temperature... no freshness date on the bottle. 16.9 fl. oz.

Appearance- A larger than life, four finger crown billows to the surface of a clear, rich amber brew. Rocky, yet marshmallowy, the head is majestic. It leaves gobs of lacing behind and refuses to settle to anything less than fully opaque, even after ten full minutes. This is one appetizing looking beer.

Smell- Finally, we have a Scottish Ale that really showcases the peaty, woody notes right away... I get these even before the usual big, caramely maltiness. With an ABV of just 4.6% according to this site, the aromas here are robust. A hint of wet newspaper lingers in the background.

Taste- A sweet and smoky blend of malt with a noticeable spiciness... again, big for the relatively unassuming weight. The malt and hops are in good balance, as there is a faint, drying bitterness that hangs around after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Nicely carbonated, with tiny bubbles that actively showcase the spicy, smoky, malty aspects of the beer. The creamy weight in the mouth is substantial yet effortless, as this drinks beautifully. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of eberkman
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty, clear copper/amber with nice little carbonation bubbles pushing to the surface. Gorgeously creamy light-tan head -- about a finger that doesn't reduce at all. Outstanding retention. Appearance is perfect overall -- comes out of the bottle looking almost like it came from a cask.

The smell really previews a rich, interesting beer. Big caramel malt aromas with a good measure of buttery diacetyl -- something I love to experience in session ales from the British Isles. Hints of juicy, mellow citrus.

Cookie-like taste with lots of caramel malt backbone and -- again -- huge diacetyl presence rounded out by some slightly honeystung sweet citrus. A subtly snappy hoppiness at the finish to balance things out. Enough to intrigue but not enough to ruin the beautiful malt character of a beer that should absolutely be all about the malt.

Good carbonation in the mouthfeel -- it definitely feels lively if a little thin.

Outstanding drinkability -- this is up there with Fuller's ESB and regular Belhaven as one of the most perfect session ales you could ask for. Any time of year, any weather -- give me sports on TV and a sixer of this and I'd be perfectly content.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a pale amber color that has some gritty, thickness to it and pours with a very nice fluffy tannish head thats about two fingers high and had great staying power. The lace placed huge sheets along the glass. Smells of sweet malt caramel thats sorta earthy and has what I think is a clear, bright hop note in the back. Taste is great, super clean and smooth with nice caramel malt thats sweetly bittering and toasted with nice honey and slightly herbal hops balanced in that give it a very nice complexity and super full and smooth character. This is one spectactular scottich ale, one of my favs from Belhaven, along with the Wee Heavy, and give to you a strong recommendation on picking some up.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a copper orange color with lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. The frothy off-white head stuck around for a minute or two. Aroma is very inviting with apple, pear, and an awesome yeastiness. The taste isn't as fruity and glorious as the incredible aroma but it is nice and earthy. There is a great toastiness to it and great caramel, bread and diacetyl butter flavor. The more I drink the more I taste the yeast! This is one awesome and complex brew. Slightly bitter but mostly malty. The feel is moderate to thin but smooth and wet. A pint is not enough.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer a lot more than I like most of my golf scores. St. Andrew's Ale, the beer from the home of golf. It has a wonderful appearance, slightly cloudy with sediment, noticeable chunks floating about this amber/burnt orange hued brew. A large anf fluffy head of bright whiteness greets you. I notice some honeyish flavor on first sip. It's a pleasing flavor along with the caramel malty sweetness. Some hop character is present throughout. This beer is awesome. I really enjoy the dry and crisp hoppy finish too. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Reverand
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 500 ml. bottle,nice copper red color with 2 finger off white foamy head and left some nice spotty lacing.
Nose is malts,touch of butter,caramel,very nice aroma comming at you clean and fresh.
Taste is malty with the buttery flavor hitting you and a touch of sweet caramel all going down nice and creamy smooth with a hint of bitterness.
Very good brew,easy to drink and i can consume this all night,highly enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Brown bottle best before Dec 2010, reviewed and drank on 03 Nov 2010. Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

Looks the bussiness, lovely dark amber, clear body, with a white foaming crown on top.

The beer gives off a malty, peaty smell, rich and on the sweet side.

The taste is of a rich, semi-sweet, malty flavoured ale, it hits my idea of a Scottish Ale to a tee.

The body is full, wholesome and smooth in the mouthfeel, some might prefer a hop presence, but to me this is a very drinkable beer. I actually bought this in St Andrews, I'm glad I did.

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Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: copper/amber color with a small white head. Leaves a little lace down the glass.
S: Not much to note. A malty, sweet carmel smell is very faint.
T: Lots of malt and sweet carmel. A bit dry with faint hops. Creamy tast with a very good body.
D: Low abv, and is very drinkable.

This is a great Scotish Ale. One of my favorites. I always have some in my fridge, and you should too.

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Photo of claytri
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber, with a wonderful bit of sediment suspended, and a good white head. It has a good aroma of malt and dark fruit, with a whif of alcohol. This has a fine malt taste. This is a more refined taste than say the Wee Heavy. A very nice medium body with an oily finish. I was quite impressed with this and will find more of it in my refrigerator.

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Photo of Homebrew63
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Coppery in color.Lots of creamy lace and retained it's head for awhile.

S=Had a bit of a hoppy smell and malty overtones.

T=A very pleasing subtle flavor with a bit of hoppy bounce.

M=Great mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and great continuous bubbles from base of glass

D=I enjoyed this beer and would make it a staple in my fridge.

I tried the Belhaven line on the recommendation of BA member Jims145 and will try others by this brewer!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Brownish amber ale that is somewhat clear with a nice thick and foamy one finger khaki head. Buttloads of sticky lace coats the glass.

S - Rich and bready bakery scents abound, with some mineral and smokey characteristics also. HInts of exotic fruits are there also.

T - Fruity, very malty, sweet, biscuity and rich. I taste the exotic fruit flavros from the scent, and gentle floral hops add to the jungle or garden taste of this brew. Heavy mineral well water flavors detract from the flavor IMO....some reviewers seem to love mineral characteristics in their beer, but that's something I generally dislike in a brew.

M - Round, medium bodied, and wet on the palate, with a somewhat dry finish. Very nice.

D - Excellent. This is deep and complex enough to keep me interested, buit balanced and restrained enough to not overpower the senses.

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Photo of jackndan
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belhaven St. Andrews Ale: “from the home of Golf”: mmmmm, soddy. No, I kid. Nice frothy head, rocky top, nice stickiness as well. Deep amber brew, nice clarity. Aroma, pleasant. WOW, I’ve passed this beer a couple of times, and took no notice of it, but man I made a big mistake. Wonderful smoky/peaty malts balanced by an undercurrent of hops. Longish aftertaste, like a nice scotch whiskey, which should come as no surprise given its country of origin. Extremely smooth, almost silky mouthfeel, extremely drinkable. This is an very flavorful, relatively complex brew. I’m convinced that anyone who likes flavorful beers would find this to be a tremendous session brew. Well worth searching it out. Enjoy.

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Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color from the bottle with a nice white head that has some lacing to it. It has an aroma of sweet malts and scotch even. The taste is the same. It tastes awesome really. It has a sweet malty base with hints of scotch that I really enjoyed. The taste is very subtle which is nice and it is a really good scottish ale. THe mouthfeel is very good and it is pretty drinkable, especially if you like scotch.

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Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is dark amber; the liquid is a bit hazy. The finger thick foam is white and firm.

The smell is smooth and malty with some sweet notes. Hints of apricots, vanilla and bitter hops.

The taste is fruity with a mild sour flavour of spices, grapefruit and a hint of minerals (iodine). The aftertaste is rather mild and creamy with a fine bitterness.

The carbonation is very low; the liquid is smooth.

A fine beer when bottled; a great beer on cask.

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Photo of John
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of baos
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml into mug

A: 2 finger white head over a nice hazy amber body. Head dissipates down to nearly nothing with bits of lacing here and there.

S: Nice earthy maltiness.

T: Kinda tart wasn't at all what i was expecting. A nice sour lemon grass citrus up front to go with the maltiness and a nice dry finish.

M: Very good medium to full body.

D: Very good and it gets better as it warms in the glass.

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St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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