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:
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Added by mstyne on 08-07-2001

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Photo of elricorico
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dull bronze with a tan head that started out thick but bubbled away rather quickly. Seems to be slightly hazy.

Smells of caramel, grass and flowery hops. Nothing strong here, but overall it is not unpleasant.

Taste hits the spot. Semi sweet up front, with a malty caramel taste, followed by a long drawn out ride of peaty smoke and herbal hops. There is a certain dryness to the lingering finish that leads to the next sip.

Mouthfeel is fine, though there isn't much body here. Carbonation is lively but not overdone.

This is a beer with nice flavours that doesn't require too much attention. A good one for sitting and chatting with friends.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Andrews is a deep and shadowy copper color. The head is tan, unassuming, and unremarkable. Nice aroma: very lightly roasted malt, caramel, a bit of fruit. Not much in the way of hops in the smell, but there’s just a fleeting hint of smokiness. The taste is earthy and malty, with less sweetness than the aroma would indicate. The brew has straightforward and uncomplicated flavors, with a lightly bitter finish. Light-boarding on medium mouthfeel. I thought that it could have been a little sweeter. It’s uncomplicated, nicely drinkable, and clean.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at albertson's supermarket of all places, and judging by the smell and taste a fresh bottle indeed. Pours a murky copper color, hazy, medium carbonation, sturdy looking brew. Tan head and plenty of sliding lace.

Caramel is the theme here. Not over the top sweet though as there is a cutter to keep it somewhat in check. Hints of a woody slightly smoked backer that doesn't come out much until the aftertaste. Very, Very smooth and well rounded malty beer.

Notes: at 4.7% this is a tasty low alcohol choice. I've found scottish ale's in general to be a quality beer style when done right. Look no further than St. Andrews as an excellent example and one to set the bar.

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

Pours a light orange color with a small head. Smells of malt with the possiblity of some peated malt. Taste has a smokey peaty taste along with some sweet malt backbone. Hops don't really play a roll in the flavor. Good mouthfeel. If you like peated malt you'll like this.

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Photo of shirfan
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muted orange color, clear, ok lacing.

Caramel, burning leaves, grainy aroma.

Taste: More caramel in the malt, with high carbonation and a touch of peat smoke. Dry but fairly thick finish with a husky note, mild leafy hops round out a decidedly across-the-pond brew.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store (some British distributor has broken into the Russian market big time just recently), this brown half liter bottle features a short neck and a blue and gold label featuring a picture of what I can only assume is the clubhouse at St. Andrew's in the center. No ingredient information on the original label, but the Russian import sticker lists sugar syrup. Best before 5/31/07, I opened it on 5/9/06.

Pours a clear dark copper under a one finger off-white head that lingers well despite lots of large bubbles, leaving a few dots of lace. Interesting seemingly cherry nose with malt backing. The mouth is light and well-carbonated. There's a very rich, complex and interesting taste here. Grape and strawberry accent the bready malt in the opening, followed by the very clear and unmistakable peat moss flavor so noticeable in several single malt scotches. There's not much hops here, but the peat provides a good dry background, lingering well into the aftertaste. As it warms, sweet sugary cherry emerges ever stronger. This is a very unusual, very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Nice deep amber body; color veers a little more towards brown than red. Very clear. Head is just slightly off-white, starts thick and rocky and appears to be resolving quickly.

Aroma: very faint. What's there is sweet and fruity, a touch metallic. Maybe a whiff of mandarin orange? At any rate, barely a whisper of anything.

Taste & Mouthfeel: fruity flavors really ruling the day up front. More of that mandarin orange feel, tangerine, a little cherry. Slightly floral as well. The center of the sip is round and sweet, barely any carbonation to balance it all. Not overly heavy body, however; it's substantial but not overwhelming. An interesting taste overall, hard to really articulate all the flavors that are coming through here.

Drinkability: While the first few sips are very complex and keep me interested, the cumulative effect of all the fruit is actually kind of metallic; by the bottom of the glass it's coming off more as Orange Crush than anything. Next!

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Photo of Rezzin
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown, slightly reddish... copper? Nice fluffy white head that takes it's time going down leaving nice lacing on the sides of this pint glass.

S - Malty and caramel with hints of grapes. I don't detect the presence of a lot of hops but then again, this is my first time trying a Scottish Ale. Smells good.

T- The first sip is smokey but in a really good way. Caramel smokiness and slightly tart. Minimal bitterness. A little sweet and a little spicy. Wonderful.

M - Almost seems a little creamy. Light on the aftertaste - maybe a little smokey on the back and slightly bitter but wow, it's good! There's a nice mellowness to this beer. Moderate carbonation.

D - If this is a good indication of Scottish Ales then I think I've found another style I'm fond of. This is a refreshing beer that goes down easy and keeps me wanting more. Unfortunately I can't find the Belhaven St. Andrews locally - I picked this up while on a business trip in Texas. Highly recommended if you want a pleasing introduction to Scottish Ales.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark amber color with a half inch head that quickly recedes to a thin soapy cap that leaves behind a fine webbing of lace.

Smell; smells mildly of peat, caramel malts, along with a smoky/ woody aroma. I was expecting the aroma to be more sweet, but I like smoky aorma this has.

Taste: the peat flavors really stand out on the initial sips. The sweet caramel malts come out next followed by that smokiness. There's no real hop presence, but none was really expected from this style. With the peat and smokey flavors this has a more unique flavor than I expected. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with very low carbonation, and is kind of disapointing.

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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 Higravity
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow so often I only think of Scottish ales as the schilling variety and the wee heavy's but this is something else. A little almost mild ale of near amber golden color with a chunky head. Smells of smokey peated scotch with a gentle under current of sweet malt. Tastes of long boil caramelization with a nice upfront but not overpoaering smokeyness that could come from the way the malt is kilned. The more I drank the better this beer got and it was nice and light which kept the smokeyness from holding to the palate to hard. I would have few in a night but for sure this is a nice thing to throw in the rotation of any beer session.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy dark orange color. Light amount of head but is there.
Smell is typical of the Scottish Ale, malty and fruity. Very pleasant. Hints of apricot.
Taste was very malty with a nice mellow finish maybe abit smokey. Mouthfeel is a bit slick on the tounge. Smooth and crisp very enjoyable.

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Photo of waldowin
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy gold, with a thin white head that fades to a ring and some floating film. Almost crystal clear, with some visible carbonation.

Smells of grains, malts, and a hint of smoked peat and single-malt scotch.

The grains really pull through on this taste, with a strong showing up front that stays as a steady background throughout. Malts and a hint of single-malt scotch slip in as you go.

Mouthfeel is average. A decent body, cut by a moderate amount of carbonation. An aftertaste of barley is left behind.

A solid scotch ale, but I think one will do me just fine.

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Photo of DrJay
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Castle on King in Kitchener, ON. Clear amber with a thin, off-white head. Some lacing was evident and this lasted for some time. Peat smoke aroma with a medicinal character, like an Islay scotch, coupled with mild fruit and malt. Mild, balanced flavour with an emphasis on malt, but hop bitterness definitely kept this in check. Fruity esters rounded the flavour out too. Mellow smokiness lingered in the dry finish. Quite a good beer with enough complexity too keep it interesting throughout a pint (or two).

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahagony color with whisky glints. The head is super creamy and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is a rich mix of malt and smoked peat, with some fruity elements and caramel as well. The taste is very malty with a fresh, earthy smoked peat character. Jammy fruit esters show up in the middle and develop in the finish. Hops are very light throughout. The mouthfeel is medium and loaded with fine carbonation, quite delicate. The finish is malty and fruity and hops emerging as the beer warms.

This is an excellent Scottish Ale. Its slightly less smokey than Belhaven Wee Heavy, but just as complex. This was actually the first Scotch Ale I tried, when I was in University. I thought it was so exotic back then. It still rocks.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 16.9oz slim neck bottle with engravings of "Belhaven Est. 1719" around the nape of the bottle. Labels explains "one of their finest Scotch ales is named after St Andrew- the nations patron saint, and the town known throughout the world as... (dun dun dun) The Home of Golf."

Burnt rust color in appearance with a minimal head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a tiny bit of lace along the side of the glass.

Smell was a bit watery. Definitely pick up the malts in the aroma. Also a bit of skunk smell is present. It isnt the predominate smell by any means, but it is there. Tiniest bit of caramel. Needs lots more of everything.

Taste is a bit watered down. Earthy and malty. No hops. Pretty average tasting.

An average beer. I was expecting more from the birthplace of golf. But I guess if you master golf, you cant master beers too. Or can you...

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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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 tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a light copper color with white moderate head tghat proved to be long-lasting, leaving noce lacing on the glass. Smell is toasty and sweet. Notes of caramel also present. Taste is sweet and malty. Can also taste caramel and some smokiness. Some fruitiness also present and gibes a nice well-rounded taste sensation. Finishes malty, but there is also some hop dryness there that complimetns with malts well. A very nice beer thast combines malt and hops in an extraordinary manner. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of whynot44
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber colored with a moderate but persistant creamy tan head.

Strong aroma of hops and malt.

Medium/full bodied, complex flavor, very malty, somewhat fruity with a touch of butterscotch or toffee, a bit smoky with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of cracgor
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a dark amber with hints of red. a slightly hazy, but overall clear beer. The head is creamy and offwhite. It doesn't get very big, but it is that sort of short seductive creamy head I enjoy. Perfect never ending retention.

Smell: Very sweet floral smell. Fruity hop character. A touch of smoke.

Taste: Very sweet, slightly smoky. It makes a very delicious combination. Tastes sort of chocolate like. The hops are barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Great clean and smooth beer.

Drinkability: This is an excellent tasting beer. One of the best looking beers I have ever seen in my life. The combination of flavors is unique and delicious.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty 500 ml bottle.

The beer poured a very clear copper color, with a good sized creamy eggshell head that lasts throughout the drinking of this Scottish ale.

Aroma is characteristically malty, along with toastiness, toffee, and caramel.

The flavor is matching the aroma in its maltiness, but there is also an initial hit of dark fruits (slight plum), and there is a slight but quite evident smokiness.

A delightful malty, smoky aftertaste to finish off this beer.

Very nice.

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Photo of fizzyfred
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would review one of these as I watched Tiger win the Britsh Open.

Pours a dirty yeasty pint with small head and light lace. Aroma is yeasty and malty with a slight british hop. Flavor is dominated by the british hop flavors and a sweet malty aftertaste to wash it down. Body is thin for this "small" beer but very refreshing. A delicious and very drinkable british session beer for one of my favorite scottish brewerys.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a recommendation in that I really enjoy Scottish Ales and Scotch Ales. Poured a beautiful, crisp, clean ruby-amber hue with a nice 1" tight head of cream foam that clung nicely. Some random bubbles danced under it.

Nose was yeasty, warm bread, malts and a subtle earthiness, maybe a little peat. Its initial taste is rich, creamy, with implications of dark, dried fruit, sweet in a odd way, and of course, malt. The tastes cream together on the pallete with no real noticable new sensations. The swallow is pleasing and clean, but the aftertaste is a bit bitter and filmy.

I must admit, given my predisposition to this genre, that I was a wee bit (bad joke) disappointed. It didn't have the range or body of other ales I have had. I'd certainly drink one again if given the chance, but I would buy something else over this either to try or re-enjoy.

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Photo of 2ndstage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper brown with a tannish head that soon retreats to leave a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Very smooth a fair example of the style. Good malty aroma the increases considerably as the beer warms. Fairly mellow maltiness I believe it could stand a bit more for better balance but all in all not a bad drop at all.

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St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 332 ratings
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