Belhaven, or should I say: Dunbar, is located in the council town of East Lothian, about 28 miles away from Edinburgh, my personal favorite city in the UK because that’s where I was married. Wait… I got married? Yep. I know Belhaven from taps at Finnigan’s Wake, the Official Emerald Isle of The Less Desirables. But, I’ve not had one since 2014, when I was over there. The brewery was established in 1719.
The carton describes this brew as rich, nutty, smooth. It’s made with 100% Scottish Optic and Crystal barley malts for a nutty biscuit character and I believe that means cookie, not what you’d put your sausage patties on. It’s a beautiful copper color from the several pics that I’ve seen. I can’t wait to try it as I am a fan of Scottish Ales, ya know?
BeerAdvocate rates it at 85 (Very Good) and a Bros Score of 90 (Outstanding). Untappd has it at 3.58 caps out of 5. RateBeer has it at a 44 Overall and 45 in Style. I’m still reading up on that rating system. Have you tried it? What did you think? If you’ve not had it or just have a hankering for more, you can always go by City Beverage and pick up your very own sixer. Tell them that it’s the beer of the week and get 5% off your order. Then check in to see how Caitlin, Danielle, Tammy, Patrick and I felt about it.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“The ale we’ve been brewing longest of all, and our best-selling bottled ale worldwide.” – Belhaven