Robert Burns Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Robert Burns Scottish AleRobert Burns Scottish Ale

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Reidrover on 03-05-2005

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 25
Reviews by kmacphail:
Photo of kmacphail
2.34/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ruby copper with an off white head, with signs of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Slightly sweet scents; malts and caramel, but these are very faint.

Clean and refreshing taste, but not a complex beer, initial sweet malt with a zesty after taste, but not enough in the taste department to maintain my interest. A medium feel in the mouth, this is better than a lager, but could do with a bit more body. At 4.2% this is a good session ale, but this may be too bland for most beer drinkers.

Not horrible, I've had worse, but as with a lot of mass commercially produced beers, lacks taste and body.

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Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml clear bottle purchased and consumed in Fife. Label now says "Robert Burns Brown Ale" but still lists 4.2% ABV.

Pours with a bright copper body topped by a good head. Medium+ body and carbonation.

Aroma: a bit more more English hops than malts.

Flavor: More ESB than Scottish Ale? Lasting, mildly bitter, malty aftertaste.

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Photo of maxist
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iaido
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of opalchemist
2.44/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice reddish amber with a white, bath-foam white head.

Smell: sour and malty

Taste: malty, watery lemonade. Only a hint of bitterness. Did I say: quite watery?

Mouthfeel: Very light - very carbonated, loads of foam, but quite thin in your mouth.

Afterthought: no real aftertaste - very short on the palate.

Overall: Very indistinctive beer - quite disappointing [especially if you see the beautiful old fashioned bottle, the nice label etc.].
Only outstanding feature was, that the beer was impressively carbonated - opened the bottle and it foamed over. Poured it into the glass - and you guess it - it foamed over.
Didn't finished the bottle and left the bottle for a nice beef stew...

Again a beer of Belhaven, which is not offensive, but unfortunately not distinctive at all.... a pity!

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Photo of Mandrake
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep amber-red, with a large beige head that lasts well and leaves lots of lacing. Slightly orange hue, quite clear, with some surfacing carbonation. Smell is strong toffee maltiness, plenty of nuttiness and light coffee. Some herbal bitterness. Taste is peaty and full, plenty of nuts in this one. Caramel present but subdued, with a strong note of cigar tobacco coming through in the middle and lasting through into the finish. Some hops to provide balance, but other than a spicy note they don't make much of a contribution. Mouthfeel is quite crisp for a Scottish ale, but still has plenty of body, and drinkability is quite good. Nice ale, one of the better examples of the style that I've tried.

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Photo of Ruds
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on cask into a Green King pint glass at the Wheatsheaf, Frimley Green (A GK tied house).

Red to mid brown in colour with a small white head that was retained throughout drinking.

No real strong smells coming out of the glass other that a sweetish malt aroma

Not the most exciting of beers on the palate, although this was expected! Malt flavour, little bitterness, no hop notes present, a slightly sweet taste in the mouth with a slightly sour aftertaste, very subtle in this respect though!

Mouthfeel was OK - watery without real body or substance, but I've had worse in this respect

I wonder if it was any better before GK took over Belhaven, as it did have that standard GK flavour !!??

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Photo of Olegophren
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

simple: nice light ale for summer

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear 500ml bottle: poured into a UK pint sleeve on 27th Nov 13.

Looked good: nice mahogany reddy brown body with a thin but full tanned covering. Clean and clear with carbonation bubbles rising throughout the tasting.

Sweet malts ruled the nose and taste: treacle, toffee and caramel coming through in that order.

The body isn't thin, but it hasn't got the depth to carry the sweetness very well, seems a little unbalanced and one dimensional because of that.

OK, promises so much in looks and smell, but lacks a hop backbone and oomph: still enjoyed it though.

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Photo of vinicole
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear chestnut brown. Long lasting but thin head.
Fresh hops offset by a rather mouldy aroma.
Tastes of brown bread.
Moderate carbonation.
Quite ordinary really.

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Photo of killcore
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Now labelled Brown Ale
poured into halfglass & topped up like a certain Northern city's brown ale serving rec
mid brown body with reddish hues and a head that donuts surface about 75%
Wholemeal dough & copper coins on aroma and flavour some skunking
adequate mouthfeel and slightly too fizzy
if this had a brown bottle and was easy to buy, sure I'd grab it

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Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought from Scotland, 500ml,typical brown Belhaven bottle.Painting of the poet on the label.
Quite a nice looking ale poured into the imperial pint mug.It isdark amber with a luscious bubbly/frothy light tan head.Great lacing down the glass as I drink.
Aroma is of malts,quite nutty.
Nice tasting ale,its quite "clean" compared to most Scottish ales,meaning the malts arent quite so upfront sweet this seems a more balanced Scottish ale..the malts being somewhat driven back by some hops. Long lasting tobacco like after taste ( nice pipe tobacco).
This is quite highlycarbonated compared to your typical Scot ale..thoughit works rather well on the palate.
I found this to be an excellent drinking beer, not overlly complex but supremely enjoyable.

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Photo of prinnysquad
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Frei_Amorales
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chemister
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nickynick42
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of petluo
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of OlegShora
4.52/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Dentist666
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of charlatan
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 250th Anniversary edition, but I doubt that is of any significance! it pours a brick red colour with generous head. The nose is creamy and biscuity with a hint of yeast.

Sweet grainy flavour with just a hint of hops late on leaving a hint of grape on the tongue. Quite well carbonated for a Scottish ale but not alarmingly so. This makes for an eminently drinkable brew, certainly more appropriate as a session beer than many of this style.

I'm quite surprised I seem to be the only reviewer in Scotland to have reviewed this one!

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Robert Burns Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.3 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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