October 15, 2008

Belhaven Scottish Ale

This weekís beer is brought to us by Petey of Peteyís Powderhorn. He gave me a can of Belhaven Scottish Ale Draught by the Belhaven Brewery Company LTD. In Dunbar, Scotland.


It came in a 14.9 fl oz nitro can. You know, the can with the widget in it that injects nitro into the beer making it extra creamy. The can is two tone with the upper half a tan color and the bottom a dark brown, which may be in homage to the way the beer looks in a glass. On the front of the can there is a picture of an old Scottish village. In a half circle above the picture is the name Belhaven. Below the image it says Scottish Ale in gold outlined boxes.

When poured into a glass it has a dark reddish copper color. Itís clear with no cloudiness to it at all. Itís too dark to make out whatís on the other side of the glass, but light still passes through. The head is thick and creamy. It has a nice tan color to it and it lasts for a long time. There is a very minimal amount of lacing on the side.

The scent is grainy and cereal like, almost like a whole grain or bran cereal. The gentle scent of hops follows along with a touch of fruit. The taste is much like the taste. There is a sweetness of toasted malts with a mild hop follow up. There is a fruit flavor that is reminiscent of apples or pears. A slight nuttiness is also present. The aftertaste is mild and fades quickly.

This is a medium bodied beer. There is a creamy coating that washes through the mouth as it is drank. It helps to lock in the flavor. Itís easy to drink and is refreshing.

Iím a huge fan of Scottish Ales. Iíve drank many of them, and this is a pretty good one. Itís a little light in the color and flavor, but still not bad. The smokiness and dark roasted malt flavor is not present like in most Scottish ales. Overall I like this beer; Iím giving it 7 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at October 15, 2008 08:25 PM | TrackBack

I also remember this one being very good - definitely wouldn't mind drinking another sometime.

Posted by: Shadoglare at October 15, 2008 09:49 PM

I usually get it at Friar Tuck's in Peoria, but I think it is a chain. Also found it at Super Liquor in Peoria. I would guess any bigger Liquor store would have it. Sometimes in the racks at the cooler.

How does it compare to Carlyle?

Have I redeemed myself for the Monty Python Holy Ail?

Posted by: Petey at October 16, 2008 09:48 PM

Sounds yummy!

Posted by: Richmond at October 18, 2008 03:31 PM