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Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: Scotch Ale
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 1364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised, export only.
previously 6.5% Belhaven Wee Heavy has a rich deep flavor. A beer to be sipped, savoured and fully respected.

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noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Wow! Great! Poured dark chestnut with medium head. Faded to thin foam and lace. Massive aroma, full of dark malt, coffee grounds, toffee, caramel, molasses, fruit, new-mown hay, and flowers. As expected, taste was a "Wee Heavy" but a magnificent blend of toasty malts, light yeast and a wallop of hops. It starts with a slighty fruity sweetness and very dark malt, and finishes spectacularly bitter. Very full-bodied but full of complex nuances in both taste and aroma. High ABV means no sessions but no sacrifice for the great drinking experience. A keeper.

5
corkyrory66 (1920) - BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2017
Voici donc un strong scotch classique, faisant partie de ce que l’on appelle les "wee heavy" .. avec pourtant un petit 7,4 % au compteur .. Il ne faudra pas trop appuyer sur l’accélérateur !! Signalons que dans la composition il y a de l’orge de l’East Lothian... on est content pour lui. Mon exemplaire était à 4 mois avant sa date. A noter une curiosité .. sur mon exemplaire l’antériorité de la brasserie est inscrite à 1719, et sur l’étiquette du site de ratebeer en 1799 … il faudrait choisir !! Mais ceci ne va aucunement gêner notre dégustation … Couleur auburn, et roux en transparence, à la clarté nette. Bulles fines, par centaines en fontaine centrale, très vives. Mousse qui est un nappage soyeux beige. Arômes de baies rouges, malt cara, bruyère, pointe d’airelles. 1ère bouche souple à la très belle entame, élégante, avec des baies variées. Arrière-bouche très soft, longue, fine. 2ème aux très belles nuances fines, sans aucune agressivité. Arrière-bouche avec beaucoup de personnalité. 3ème avec une très grande fusion du malt et des baies. Arrière-bouche quasi langoureuse. Longueur qui précise les moindres recoins, un peu comme une balade en bord de mer en longeant toutes les criques. Jambes lisses, longues. Levure très fine, avec une touche boisée, très belle ligne. Alcool parfaitement intégré au déroulé des saveurs, comme un long fleuve tranquille. Finale suave. CONCLUSION : une bière à l’opposé de l’image que représente le "chardon" écossais, toute en douceur, beauté et élégance. On ne s’attendait pas à cela non plus pour une "heavy" … Bref chardon et heavy ne lui vont pas .. mais on s’en moque avec pareilles saveurs angéliques !!! Je dirais donc que ce n’est pas une wee heavy, mais une see heavenly ...

4.9
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2000
As close as a beer gets to being perfect. Hops and malts are well balanced, but quite evident in their own right. A big beer that is meant for the true lover of the elxir of life.

4.9
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2005
500 ml bottle. pours nice dark brown with reddish hue and good foam. familiar belhaven aromas, bready and fruity. rich flavors of fruitiness, malt, caramel, sweetness, balanced bitterness and a gentle roastedness. reasonable carbonation, soft mouthfeel, quite pleasurable. amazing they do a few of the same style and maintain high quality, individuality and consistency.

4.9
theteniron (10) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2009
An absolute gem. Truly an ale that a grandfather would love. The visual was as pretty as can be. Taste was mellow, but still the malt flavor makes it the premier scottish ale of it’s style. Notes of shortbread,whiskey? Fabulous

4.8
Shazbat (100) - USA - FEB 5, 2001

4.8
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
ne of my favorites. Gets better as it warms, which is good because it’s 6.5 ABV and comes is a large bottle.

4.7
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 18, 2000
Wow, this is hands down the best Scottish Ale I’ve had. Nice sweet, malty aroma, same taste, nice aftertaste developing mild bitterness. This beer should never be drunk cold - just slightly cool. That really brings out the flavor. A definite ’buy again’ beer.

4.7
texasteacher (1) - USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
This is a beer you want to spend a little time with. It has a full malted falvor that leaves a full flavor on the palate.

4.7
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 This is a wonderful, rich, complex, and well-balanced beer. It pours a deep brownish red with a dense, fairly thick, light yellowish tan head and very good, long-lasting lacing. It has strong, slightly sweet toasted caramel malt flavour with fruit, offset with just enough spicy bitterness, resulting in a rich, full body. It is exceedingly smooth and very drinkable, yet full of flavour.


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