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

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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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale glass. A nice dark copper hue, leaves a bit of head that doesn't stick around much past a thin ring. Some lacing, but not much.

Nose of malt, caramel, a bit of flowery hops, perhaps some spiced meat.

Malty throughout, but suprisingly smooth and sweet. The taste swings downward from an initial hoppy bitterness to chewy malt. A bit of smoke and caramel to accentuate.

Carbonation is slightly stingy, the body itself is slightly oily, but still highly quaffable.

Not bad at all. Certainly worth a pick up.

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Photo of froghop
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark amber with a medium foamy off-white head that goes away quickly, and a little lacing.

smell of roasted malt, toffee, a touch of spice, and earth.

taste is a little watery, peat, caramel, a touch of sour malt, nuts, a little bit of spice, and earth in the back, end is a little on the bitter side.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is typical lighter orange-copper. Head and lacing are above average. The nose is sweet caramel, mince meat and minerality. Nice. Taste is sweet and raisiny transitioning into a chalky mineral finish. Finish is clean and dry adding to drinkability. Minimal hops. Mouthfeel is full and round and drinkability is high again due to dry finish. Quite a bit of character here.

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Photo of Methodd
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into its own mug.

Appearance: Dark coppery/amber with gold highlights when held up to light. Looks clean. Decent amount of white head that quickly settles into a collar. No lacing.

Smell: Nuts, toffee. Big malts and grassy grains.

Taste: Very British. Lots of sweet toffee, roasted malts and mild hops. Quite earthy.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. A little bitter on the back of the tongue. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best Scottish ale but certainly nothing to turn your nose up at either. You could do a lot worse. I just feel that this ale doesn’t have quite the character as a lot of other Scottish ales. None the less, still very good and not to be passed up.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a copious tan head. Nose is nuts, light lemony citrus, hints of grass and some earth. Big caramel and maltiness, light fruit, apple, lemon and hint of butter. Well balanced flavour. Body is smooth but on the light side with a moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, sessionable brew.

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Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Two fingers of off-white head quickly form upon the pour, and graciously top this copper coloured ale. While the head falls quite quickly, it never drops below a fairly tight cap, which is constantly replenished by a visible stream of bubbles. Some spots of lace are left on the side of the glass. The aroma is dominated by caramel, mixed in with a lightly smoked peatiness. While the hopping is light in the nose, there are a few floral notes at the back end.

Solidly malt-driven, this is a decent Scottish ale. Lots of caramel, touches of bread and biscuit, along with diacetyl. Light floral hopping in the finish provides a crisp bite. The flavour is simple, but I think it works because of his. However, the carbonation destroys this beer for me. While I'm fine with higher carbonation levels, and find it to be vital in some styles, this one is simply to aggressive. The CO2 feels prickly in the mouth, and really detracts from the flavour. If only it could be softened a touch then this would be an excellent beer, as the weight and feel of the liquid is great after a few minutes of swirling.

As I finished this one up I couldn't help but think that its no superior to local offerings, but carries a bigger price tag. The carbonation really screws it up, and I would expect more from Belhaven, despite them being a hit-or-miss brewery for me. Score this one a bogey.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in colour, like an old penny. Capped by two fingers foamy off-white head. So-so retention and no lace. Aromas of toasted bread, caramel, & brown sugar. A little bit of apple, and some grass. Toast and caramel on the palate. Slightly buttery. Watered down apple juice. Grassy, herbal finish. Mild bitterness grows a little as it warms. Light-medium body with low carbonation. Smooth and quenching.

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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 MeisterBurger
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden brown with a half an inch of head. It retains nicely and leaves a lumpy cloud of foam at the side of the glass.

There's an aroma of bread crust, toffee and green leaves with an underlying earthiness.

The taste is a full-on caramel malt that is quickly hip-checked by a dollop of earthy leafy, almost minty hops. There's a minor nuttiness and just a hint of a trace of a modicum of butterscotch with some peatiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium, crisp and with a good amount of carbonation offsetting some soft creaminess.

Overall it's a really nice ale with a sizeable amount of flavor for a lower ABV beer, which would make this a preeminently sessionable Scottish ale.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up along with a few of the other fall releases at the LCBO and was quite looking forward to it as Belhaven has never let me down before.
The pour was a nice clear amber colour with a thin white head which dissipated quite quickly as seems the case with most UK ales of the style. Carbonation also seemed minimal visually but this would be further proven upon quaffage.
Hints of grass and meadow flowers in were mostly obscured by a sour apple, ripe cantaloupe smell. The latter half of the nose consisted of fine zesty hop aromas and slight malt biscuitiness.
First sipped brought a smooth crisp feel across my tongue. The body was overall light and watery, not necessarily in a bad way, but rather a refreshing quite drinkable way.
Initially the sweetness and bready characters of the malt were very subtle, becoming much more prominent half way through the drink with toffee and burnt toast notes rounding things out. A fine tangy fresh hop bitterness brought the taste to a close.
All in all this was quite nice beer, very sessionable and refreshing if nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a small white head that recedes to lacing. the aroma brings a nice caramel malt to the nose, with a bit of floral hops. the taste really brings the caramel malt flavor to the front. the full mouthfeel and good co2 make this a pretty tasty drink.

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Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A fingers worth of tight compact fizzy tan head comprised of varying sized bubbles... A slight retention gives way to a thick creamy full lacing... A very modest bit of slow to moderate paced carbonation rises in the center of the glass... A light to medium brown color with an orange hue...

S - Sugary caramel... Peat... Fresh brewed tea... Melted butter... Pale malts... Slight floral characteristics... A unique and quite appealing aroma...

T - The taste is not nearly as sweet as I would have expected... Diacytel... Smoke... Loads of bready malts... A faint nuttiness... A hoppy presence can really detected as part of the aftertaste...

M - A perfect amount of assertive carbonation... Medium bodied... Slightly sticky... Smooth... Sleek... Goes down very very easy one sip right after another...

D - Wonderful depth and complexity, especially given the sub-5% ABV... I could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting and would gladly seek out and purchase again in the future... A tad more sweetness on the palette would have made this a homerun, but otherwise nicely done...

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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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Photo of TeeCee
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick review - nice full flavored beer.

Color - crystal clear reddish brown. Poured hard down the middle of an imperial pint glass, the head built so I ran out of glass before I ran out of beer. The head has a decidedly beige tint to it and left nice lacing behind as it dissipated over a few minutes.

Smell - lightly malty, maybe a little sweet, with something floral after it sits for a minute.

Taste - sweet malty goodness, a little flowery without being weird, and a lightly bitter finish. An impressive blend.

Mouthfeel - medium in the mouth. Still has carbonation despite the huge head I poured.

I could session this beer. It's got enough going on to keep me interested without being too much on a warm day. It may be a bit much for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours very slightly hazy amber. 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin, cap. No lacing noted.

S- Caramel maltiness, with a hint of mineral / herbal notes.

T- Bready/biscuit with caramel sweetness. Very minimal biterness.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel. Somewhat viscous.

D- A pleasant, easy drinking, unspectacular beer.

Future outlook: Perfectly decent beer that I would never refuse, though no reason to seek out specifically.

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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 hustlesworth
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear dirty copper with golden highlights, not the murky darkness i've come to expect from scottish ales. the head however is what i'm accustomed to. dense and creamy, beige in color, leaving a patchwork of spit bubble lace. this one's not high in alcohol so foam retention is notable, and this laddy looks very handsome in a tulip.

S- malty, caramel, and british smelling. good, but subdued. toffee, sweet roasted nuts, tobacco and leather, with an underlying red grape and berry fruitiness.

T- malty sweet and woodsy, brown sugar, toasted grains, hazelnut, cedar, oak, stone, mineral water, raisin, prune, tobacco, leather, canadian whisky (wtf), caramel, toffee, and an earthy tea like bitterness in the finish.

MF- nice almost full body, with scattering soft carbonation, seems to flee from the center of my tongue and into hiding. residual sweetness and malty feeling on the cheeks.

D- lighter and easier drinking than other scottish ales i've had, and not quite so intense. still full of flavor and character.

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

This beer is a very solid Scottish Ale that hits all the right notes, yet is easy to drink, none too complex, and quite full palated and flavorful for a 4.6% ABV beer. It pours a clear nice dark amber color with a smallish creamy white head, that retains a bit, but does lace well. The nose on the beer is nice sweet malts, lots of florals, some apple notes, some roasted caramel too. The nose isn't all that distinct.

The taste is quite flavorful. There is plenty of bready sweet malts underneath, there is some honeyed sweetness to the beer, there is some tart apple and roasted caramel tastes, and there is just a touch of some bittering hop more towards the finish to round the beer out. The mouthfeel is not overly creamy or crisp, and the aftertaste is very mild. This is a lighter bodied beer, not watery, with plenty of character that is worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense iced tea brown body with a spongy thick cloud of beige on top that sticks to the glass in sheets. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- The smell of dry biscuit male has a nice slightly toasted quality to it with some red apple skin aroma to follow. As the beer warms the apple aroma turns more into apple butter and the malt nose gets a bit darker.

T- This beer has a light roasted quality that is almost burnt in character but no bitterness. There is a spicy rye toasted note that leads into a biscuit flavor with a hint of apples in the finish. There is a soft hop snap that cleans up the finish and is a nice balance to the dry malt.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture while the head last. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a nice malt flavor with some fruity flavors and a good but subtle depth. The hops are soft in flavor but had a nice bitterness to the finish. This beer is very drinkable and would make a good session beer.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with nice classy label

Appearance: Beautiful bright burnished copper beer with thick, dense ivory head with good retention and awesome lacing

Smell: Definitely more malty than hoppy; there are nice sweet grainy aromas here with hints of smoke and biscuit in the background; sweet and rich aroma

Taste: Beautiful biscuit, toasted caramel, light peat, and hints of dark fruit flavors. Medium hop bitterness on the finish with a bit of minerality as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Not huge, but pretty decent; I see this as definitely being one of those "pair it with rustic pub food" beers...I'm thinking meat pies or Cornish Pasties perhaps

Conclusion: Finishes just a bit too minerally/hoppy for the style for me; otherwise this is a damn delicious Scottish Ale

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Photo of AtlasBrew
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Dark copper with a rocky beige head that stays strong for some time.

Aroma: Earthy grains with some caramel aroma. Steely with herbal undertones.

Flavor: Semi-sweet malt with caramel backdrop. The first thing that hits you is how nice the body is, then that malt and spicy, almost citrusy, earthy and herbal hop flavor surprises you. Hop character is not as subdued in this Scottish Ale as one would expect from the style. Smooth finish.

Overall: I love it! It's a great twist on an old style that Belhaven pulls off well. Just a wonderful way to pay homage to the Home of Golf.

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Photo of irish53b
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Built a nice bright white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing throughout. Color leans on the darker side of caramel.

The nose starts off with a shock of minerals and grass but as it warms fruity esters emerge and a few biscuit notes.

I highly recommend letting this ale warm up a bit. Great flavors of buttery chocolate will pull through and balance the initial grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is great a little slick, but carbonated perfectly. It is not overbearing and medium in body.

Drinkability is wonderful the complexity of the flavors and smells keep you guessing and keep you from getting bored.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/16/2007 (bottle):

Pours a light brown colored body, with a white colored head. Has an IPAish aroma, nice and hoppy. Has a pale taste, very plain, clean, and balanced. This would make a good session beer, not too strong a flavor to get sickening after a while.

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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 Hoagie1973
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber-orange with a fluffy off white head. Body looks like week-old apple cider. A few sediment floaters milling around. Retention is good, with the head reducing to a lumpy mass, but hanging on. Nice thick sticky lacing.

Smells robust and malty with a prominant fruity yeastiness and a touch of caramel.

Malty to start. Bready and sweet with a touch of honey, then transitions into an earthy dryness. Hops show up in the finish to balance everything nicely, then fade leaving a little sweetness on the tongue.

Feel is smooth and even, medium body with subtle but crisp carbonation levels.

Overall a nice, flavorful, balanced beer. Solid all around.

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St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.84 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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