Monday, January 4, 2010

Sixth Beer Of Christmas

The guys came over and shared their Christmas Ale for the sixth beer of Christmas. The lucky candidate was Belhaven's Scottish Ale.

Scottish Ale - 3.9% and 5.2%

Malty and hoppy, we at Belhaven love the classic Scottish Ale and we've been brewing it longer than any of the other beers we produce. Delivering a sweet, smooth and creamy finish, Scottish Ale has a stunning ruby colour in the glass. Magic.

The classic and characteristic malty and nutty flavour.

I thought I knew what Scottish Ale was all about: a stiff drink that was just this side of a barley wine. However, Belhaven Scottish Ale was a pleasant contradiction.

Belhaven pours a beautiful copper color with very low esters. The head was small but lacy on the glass. Bel Haven Scottish Ale has a slightly understated but distinct sweetness in which the malt is shown to best advantage. Lest it become too cloying, it adds just the right amount of hops to create a balanced and full bodied beer. Its low ABV won't hurt your head one bit.

Drinking it made me think of several Colorado coppers I've enjoyed; in a blind taste test, I would never have said "Scottish Ale". Crisp finish, minimal aftertaste. Smooth and Superb.

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