Belhaven Fruit Beer (Bottle)

 
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Formerly brewed at Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: Fruit Beer
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Classic Choice. Specially Selected Classic Beer Range. Bitter with fruit flavouring.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thomasalias (320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 4, 2012
0,5l bottle from Brittish Store, Budapest. Shared and co-rated with "kovika91". Clear, light amber color with medium, off-white head. Interesting dry, roasty aroma with spicy hops. The interesting forest fuity, berry flavour. Much grainy then regular fruit beers. Malt and caramel also appears, like in brown ales. Dry, light bitter-sweet taste. Light body, slick texture, average carbonation. Dry, caramel and roasty finish with some fruity flavour. Not a bad one, but its not a classic fruit beer. Its like a fruiy brown ale. Light, delicious beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kovika91 (28) - HUNGARY - MAY 22, 2012
0,5l bottle from Brittish Store, Budapest. Clear, light amber color with medium, off-white head. Interesting dry, roasty aroma with spicy hops. The interesting forest fuity, berry flavour. Much grainy then regular fruit beers. Malt and caramel also appears, like in brown ales. Dry, light bitter-sweet taste. Light body, slick texture, average carbonation. Dry, caramel and roasty finish with some fruity flavour. Not a bad one, but its not a classic fruit beer. Its like a fruiy brown ale. Light, delicious beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (6629) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
Oct 2006: Found this bottle the morning after a Bavarian evening I hosted, someone obviously got lost in the beer shop, or couldnt be arsed to find any German beer (as the invite insisted on). Looked OK in a Belgian Verboden Vrucht glass, as I thought that would be fair to the beer. Amber colour with a good soild head, almost white. Sadly, it left the scene fairly swiftly, to leave a swisp of remains stuck to the side of the glass, joined by a few remaining strings of white. Blackberry, Blackcurrent and Raspberries hit me straight away, but like the head, didnt seem to stay to long, which was a shame, because I was begining to think this might be a great beer. The taste also changed mid-beer, all fruits at first, with lemon taking over towards the end of the pint. No great mouthfeel, taking on the Belgians with an ABV of only 4.6% for a fruit beer was very brave, unfortunately they were not brave enough in my opinion and have failed big time. Nothing wrong with this beer, it just didnt do it for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rozsoma (998) - Gyr, HUNGARY - APR 12, 2012
It has a pale copper colour with small white head. Aroma of malts and berries. Slightly bitter finish and refreshing aftertaste. Medium-to-full body.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2012
Tried this one back in 2008 so from notes alone.
Radiant, fiery amber with fast and furious carbonation. Solid, whipped cream dollop atop laces the glass well. Awry aroma of tree sap and wood, vineclippings, musk and trodden old berry fruit. In the mouth the fruit is muddled under notes of sweet toffee, fruit mince and peat smoke. The body is bigger than anticipated, its smooth down the back and spritzy on the tip of the tongue. Sweetish, savoury fruit mince swallow lingers with just enough sugar. A light note of wood and the smoky peat is just enough to stop it being cloying. Lacks depth, but honestly wasnt a bad drop. Just dont get why fruit in a bitter. (50cL, BBE 12/08, Rose Hotel Bunbury)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 17, 2011
500ml clear glass bottle (K Kamppi, Helsinki)
Sweet jammy buttery aroma. Some grains makes me connfuse this for toast for breakfast. Adequate beeriness, and not spoilt too much by the juicy fruitiness. A touch of karpalo (cranberry) and black grape. Even some roastiness in laces. Simple and smooth, and a bit emasculated, but not as bad as I expected from the Greede Kerching stable. Looked good, but I fined them for the clear glass.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
flying_pig (1466) - SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle (500ml, 1.12 from Tesco):
Pale amber with a 2 finger white fluffy head that lasts throughout.
A mix of sweet butterscotc, summer fruits (raspberry, cherry) & faint floral hops aroma at the end.
Spicy hops & the fruit from the nose make up the taste. More of a bitter than fruit beer. There is also a malty, biscuit like taste around the middle & the finish is moderately bitter.
A smooth beer but the body was a little thin if anything & too light. The finish quite dry & bitter but not overly disappointing.

Not what I was expecting at all from this beer judging by the label, I naturally thought Id be getting a fruit beer but at least this one was drinkable, if not good.rather than a bitter going by the name but Im actually glad as some of the fruit beers Ive tried in the past have been downright awful, this was at least drinkable.

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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBaboon (2021) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2011
Reddish copper colour. White head. Toffee, biscuit and berries. Slightly bitter finish. Medium full body.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2011
500 ml bottle. Finland.
Clear deep golden colour with tiny off-white head. Mild fruit and berry aroma with malt. Its like msli with red berries. Some hoppy bitterness, sweet berry/fruity juice and grainy malt in flavour. Berries get just annoying.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erasmus_ro (2669) - Alabama, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber with a lot of bubbles inside and a large, white head. Aroma is strongly caramel, a hint of floral hops. Taste is caramel with some floral hops on the finish. Hints of strawberry and raspberry in the aftertaste. Palate is very carbonated and not too light. Alright, but nothing special. Surprisingly enjoyable and sessionable. Cant really find the fruits of the name or the berries of the label in the aroma or taste though.


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