Sunday, 6 March 2011


Adding themselves to The Bottled Beer Year 'Contributors' list is Belhaven Brewery via this glorious bunch of Scottish ales.

One of this firm's cask-only beers goes by the tagline - 'Scotlands Best Draught Ale', and I will shortly be discovering whether their bottled brews are equally confident in their own appeal.

On first glance - it looks like they have every right to be sure of themselves!

The beers are... (from left to right)

Fruit Beer - (Premium fruit-flavoured ale, 4.6% ABV)

80 Shilling - (Session ale, 3.9% ABV)

Robert Burns - (Scottish ale, 4.2% ABV)

St Andrew's Ale - (Premium ale, 4.6%ABV)

Twisted Thistle - (IPA, 5.3% ABV)

As for the taste-tests of these beauties, well, my patience was wearing thin long before I'd finished unpacking the box. Alas, wait I must, and so must you my dear readers, but rest assured that the full features on each of these ales will be coming your way over the next few weeks and months.

Which to plump for first, I wonder...?


Curmudgeon said...

Perhaps a pity they're all in clear bottles which make the beer susceptible to the effects of light. Despite being owned by Greene King, I can't say I've ever seen any bottled Belhaven beers in England.

The Hearty Goodfellow said...

PC - This is an issue of great interest to me. Personally, I like the clear glass for the chance it gives me to see the true colour of the drink.

But then there's the extra, contradictory fact that a beer's colour tells you almost nothing about it's flavour, so what real use is such a thing!

You're right that light and it's effects are probably the most significant factor, and it's certainly a negative factor.

But the bottom line is - how fine and how proud do those beers look in their fully transparent vessels?

Both the epicurean and the voyeur within me want to see exactly what they're dealing with before any 'interaction' takes place.

Perhaps its just that buying a beer is more of a base, primal, animalistic thing than a rather more cerebral matter of health and safety.