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

St. Andrew's AleSt. Andrew's Ale
332 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mstyne on 08-07-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

LCBO acquisition. Pours copper body with some white foamy head that sticks to the glass on the way down. Pleasant mild hoppy aroma. The mouthfeel is a little below average, but it is also very easy drinking. A serviceable ESB. Sourish at the sediment of the bottle.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice burnt orange hue, with lots of thin foamy white head. The smell is very light caramel malt. The taste is sweet biscuity malt, with a small amount of fruity floral hops. The carbonation is mild, and the finish dry. This certainly is an easy drinker, and a decent session ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a sturdy head that retains well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Slight traces of toffee and nuts

Taste: Starts out with a toffee mouthful with a hint of diacetyl; after the swallow, there is a slight peaty flavor but, as would be expected, the malt dominates within the earthy context

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit watery

Drinkability: Easy to drink but a bit lacking in the flavor department

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of medium caramel malt with light dry hoppy finish. Taste is a well rounded mix between some hoppy dry English style hops and some timid caramel malt. Body is about average with super great carbonation thought. Not bad and quite drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice sized, off white head with good lace. The body is copper colored and quite clear.

S - Malty with a good bit of caramel. No hops and otherwise clean.

T - Sweet malt with some phenolic notes. A slight hop flavor in the middle and mild bitterness in the finish to balance.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body with low carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A good, drinkable example of the style. Lots of malt character; not overly complex, but pleasant.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Andrew's is copper in color with a short head. Aroma isn't very strong. Light malts, a little buttery smell, and some hops. Taste is different from anything I've had before. There are notable tastes of mild nuttiness with some smokiness thrown in. Hops have an herbal quality, plus there is some lingering sweetness in the finish. Complex, but a little odd to me. At first this beer was a little off-putting for me, but I've warmed up to it after half the bottle. Admittedly, Scottish ale isn't a style I have a lot of expirience with. I like this, more interesting than the other Belhaven beers I've had, but still not the one I prefer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Andrew's Ale is dark orange-bronze with a substantial, light tan head that looks both soft and sticky, as if it'll hang around a while. It doesn't so much pit on top as leave soft, rounded craters; let's call them divots. Lace is beginning to be laid down in a meandering pseudopod pattern. Enjoyable nose that's heavy on the toasted caramel malt with an underlying spiciness and a heavily toasted nuttiness. Perhaps some mild peat; no smoke.

The drive doesn't quite hit the sweet spot, but it's a well-struck power draw that easily flies the bunker at the corner of the dogleg and finally settles down in the left-center of the fairway about 270 yards out. The start is toasted caramel malty and peaty, but not overly so. There's an understated sweetness that fades into the spicy-fruity-herbal middle.

The approach shot is a full 7-iron hit one groove low (a bit thin) that soars toward the fat part of the green and backs up a few feet. The spicy-fruity middle is a balancing act between malt and hops; surprising because the hops are actually able to compete with the malt, unusual for this style. The body, while perfect for easy consumability, is lighter than it should be, or rather, than I wish it was. The carbonation is barely noticed.

The first putt is a well-struck 25 foot double-breaker that takes a peek at the cup before stopping 6 inches past for an easy tap-in par. Long and not quite lingering, the finish allows the sweetish, flavorful malt to make something of a comeback and leave one with memories of a well-crafted Scottish Ale.

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting. Pours clear with a deep amber color. There is a lot of sediment floating around. Minimal head with some lacing sticking to the side of the glass as it retreats. The nose is slightly sweet . The flavor is outstanding. Numerous layers on top of each other revealing themselves over time. It starts smooth and sweet and then you get a heartier edge. It never deviates from itÂ’s path . Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet and the drinkability is high. If this is typical of Scottish Ales, then I am definitely keen to taste others.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a fluffy white head that descends to a lasting patch. Some trailing lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of caramel and earthy, floral aromas.

The taste is malty - grainy, caramelish and bready. Balanced by mildly floral hops. Buttery with a smooth crispness. Hints of butterscotch come in and out. Nicely balanced.

It has a firm, medium body that holds up well. Nice texture.

A nice, tasty Scottish "session" brew. A nice balance between sweet malt and earthy, bitter hops.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, coppery hue, thin head. Aroma: slightly metallic, coppery, some soft spices, a trifle sweet and buttery. Reminds me of Irish Red ales. Medium body. Not much fun for me here, as it lacks a lot of what I like: hops, flavor, body, bite, texture, aroma...that stuff.

Actually, I may have gotten an old 6-pack, since this was hidden away on a dusty shelf in a wine shop that does very little to sell their beer. Maybe a fresher bottle would change my opionion.

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