Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Beer Review - Belhaven Scottish Ale

Belhaven Scottish Ale - 3.9% & 5.2% ABV

The Belhaven Brewery began brewing ales for commercial purposes in Dunbar, Scotland in 1719.  That, my friends, means that they have had nearly 300 years to perfect their recipe, and perfect it they have.  Family owned and operated until 1972 when it was finally taken into the corporate world, changed ownership a few times and finally ended up in the hands of Greene King, out of England, which has been brewing for a paultry 200 years or so themselves.  Thankfully Greene King also produces some fine beers and their best known brand sold in the U.S. is probably Old Speckled Hen.
The first thing that you will notice when you are having a pint drawn for you is that much like Guinness, it looks as if you are being poured a glass of milk.  This is due to the fact that the beer is nitrogen infused instead of carbonated and gives the ale a smooth, creamy texture.  The nitrogen rapidly disapates leaving a clear, ruby tinted, brown ale with a persistent, off-white, creamy head.  Malts and hops are perfectly balanced and you will notice a slightly earthy undertone, not unlike that of scotch whisky, along with a hint of sweetness.

Let me assure you that you will not find a more drinkable ale on the market today.  The incredibly balanced flavor and smooth texture make this the finest day-to-day ale you will likley ever try and is perfect for every season.  It is the brew of choice stocked in my refrigerator and is quite likely to remain that way for a very long time.

The Belhaven Group
Spott Road
Dunbar, East Lothian
EH42 1RS


  1. Have you tried the new "Clear glass" bottles of this and the Scottish Stout yet?....Skunky

  2. I have not tried the clear glass bottles as of this time, and thanks to your warning am not likely to do so. Thanks for the heads up.