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Scratch Beer 8 - 2008 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Revisiting Scratch #3, we take the same Tripel recipe, add beet and cane sugars to the kettle, and run the wort through our hopback brimming with juniper berries, coriander and yarrow flowers. Inspired by the herbaceous nose of gin, the berries and flowers give a slight pine/citrus aroma with floral undertones. Scratch #8 has a dry, yeasty finish and noticeable alcohol warming when consumed.

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 03-13-2008)
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow to golden in color. Thin wispy head that dosn't do much but i'll credit that to serving it too cold. Smell of pepper spiceyness hits you big up front. Notes of sugary sweetness in the background. I have no idea what yarrow taste or smells like so i don't know if it's in there or not. Pepper goes to the background in the taste and a surprising floral hoppyness shows up. This is quickly followed by sugar sweetness. Slick mouth. The pepper shows up again in the finish. Overall not a supper drinkable beer but it's unique enough that it's definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:44:40 | More by beermanbrian
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First and foremost, this rating is based on how this one is drinking right now, not in the past.

Once again, big thanks to Deuane for giving me one of these to try.

A - Pours pale golden orange with a small film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, green apple, fresh bread, juniper, light spiciness - namely clove and coriander - and some fruity yeast.

T - Flavors are similar to the nose with some extra sugary sweetness thrown in. The fruity flavor only grows as it sits in the glass. Finish is pretty sweet with a bit more fruitiness, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with very light carbonation. Slick feel with a small boozy twang at the end of each sip.

O - This one is pretty much done at this point. The flavors are all over the place and the nose isn't too bad but the rest is all but gone at this point.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:49:34 | More by orangesol
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Knocking off some old Scratch Beers/cleaning out Deuane's basement.

A - Poured a murky burnt-orange body with absolutely no head...this one looked flat and dead...there was some visible sediment...no lacing was left

S - A sweet caramel presence caught my nose right away...some bready notes could also be detected...the back-end was filled with grapes and apples

T - The fruit flavors turned around and became the first thing you pick up...the apples and grapes go well with the tripel body...Belgian yeast and bready notes are in the middle...this one finishes strong, like a tripel...fruity alcohol notes linger for a bit

M - Medium bodied...Belgian yeast and fruity alcohol

O - I thought this one would have held up a little better...the carbonation was completely gone and there was a lot of extra sweetness...the fruity flavors were a nice touch, but the alcohol presence couldn't be overlooked

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 13:56:50 | More by thain709
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-24-2011 06:51:32 | More by jophish17
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Khazadum

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-15-2011 02:42:16 | More by Khazadum
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-15-2011 02:39:50 | More by Gonzoillini
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 20:50:10 | More by richbrew
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-15-2011 06:23:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one.

A: The beer pours a pale, cloudy golden orange color with a small white head.

S: Lots of really sweet malt and sugar with a little bit of orange peel. A light spiciness, clove and coriander for the most part, and yeast. Some bread, but mostly sugary sweetness.

T: Like with the nose, big time sugar flavor/sweetness. A bit of the juniper comes through, but there is plenty of spice and yeast. Some bread and a bit of alcohol come through.

M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: The alcohol flavor is a bit off-putting, but pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 05:45:03 | More by womencantsail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a light gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. If the head had any staying power this would have been picturesquely perfect looking. The aroma smells of juniper berries, lemony citrus notes, an herbal sort of chamomile like note and some general floral characteristics. From the base beer aromas of clove are most noticeable, but there is also a subtle honey-like maltiness, some spicy alcohol, a touch of white pepper as well as a sweet grain-like quality. This beer is definitely dominated by the spice additions, but these were done pretty well and all of the aromatic notes mix together pretty well.

Soft, slightly creamy textured up front, but this picks up a slight prickle of carbonation as it rolls across the tongue. The citrusy coriander and the juniper berries play a significant role in the middle and finish. The juniper, along with some higher alcohols and phenolic clove notes all provide some balancing spice character to the finish. Soft notes of apple are just noticeable underneath the fruit juniper and coriander and there is a honey'ish malt character that tends to accentuate all the fruit character. This beer drinks quite light for its strength, which is exactly what any decent Tripel should do.

The spice character is definitely the dominant note here, though it is the fruit aspects of these additions that plays the lead role. Luckily the particular mix of spices works quite well in this beer; even the coriander is nice and clean, more citrusy than dirty and earthy like so many beers that use coriander. This is definitely an interesting contrast with the Scratch # 3. This shows absolutely not signs of oxidation, it is a year younger than 3, and the spices will likely help it to stave off those effects longer. This should still age quite gracefully for a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 16:01:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive Mega Scratch Beer Tasting @ the Meat Meet, 8.21.2010. Thanks Unclejedi!

Scores reflect how the beer is drinking NOW, and not when released.

Another 10.10% Tripel! Can't possibly be the same beer as #3, this reeks of coriander, black pepper and lemon. Smells like a huge Witbier. Pale gold and no head. Tastes like a big Wit too, spice is the order of the day here, some warming alcohol, sweet Pils malt, seems like... very characterful and interesting, one of the best Scratch beers I've had so far. Drink and enjoy, this one is interesting, has aged fine and still drinks well!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 23:23:15 | More by kkipple
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Lunch

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle, obtained via trade with wedge421 (thanks man!), into my small Gouden Carolus goblet at the appropriate temperature (03/05/10).

A: Pours a fairly hazy and glowing golden yellow with two fingers of a white head. Average retention and just hints of lace.

S: Interesting aroma that smells very much of Asian inspired spice. Some Belgian yeast and esters along with some alcohol and citrus.

T: The Asian inspired theme continues with perhaps some Thai basil and citrus. Belgian yeast with traces of esters along with some alcohol. Interesting flavor and certainly unique, but something seems a bit off.

M: Fuller-bodied with low carbonation and seems rather oily on the palate.

D: The 10.1% shows itself in a mild form, but it is more the oiliness that drags this down a bit.

Overall this was an interesting Tripel from Troegs with some seemingly unique inspiration. Thanks again Chris for the opportunity to try this beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 21:38:26 | More by Lunch
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Wasatch

Utah

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hophead101 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, basically not much lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice spice note. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a nice yeast note, with some spice's. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew, this one is more spicy than the #3.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:14:39 | More by Wasatch
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Throckmorton

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Scratch 8, ohhh, Scratch 8, how I love thee, let me count the ways. How I wish they'd brew it again. Sorry if I'm gushing, but I loved this beer.

This brew has to be in the top 5 ever passed my gums. I've had a few growlers, and by the case. Growlers were better.

A - just what you'd want for this style: hazy golden tan, white lacy creamy head that lasts a long long time.

S - the nose is remarkable, floral and yeasty, very complex with grasses and coriander, pepper.

T - one of those beers that goes through lots of flavors from when it first hits your tongue to after you swallow.

D - dangerous, oh so dangerous.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2010 18:17:24 | More by Throckmorton
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a very thin white head that quickly fades into a lasting thin ring.

Sweet crisp, light fruit aroma with hints of apple and pear from the Belgian yeast strain as well as some alcohol astringency and some earthy hops.

Heavily carbonated up front followed by some crisp sweet light fruit notes, mostly grape, banana, apple and pear, slight alcohol astringency and subtle hops that provide a somewhat dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 03:33:04 | More by corby112
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westweasel

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle received in a trade.

The aroma is filled with graham crackers, cherries, and apples - with just a hint of toffee. The beer is a cloudy bright gold with just a whisper of a white head.

The taste is filled with some apple initially, followed by graham crackers, cinnamon, all-spice, and a touch of clove. The apple flavor lingers in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and the beer finishes fairly dry. This is a very drinkable beer. It would be only more exciting if the cherries I could smell were there in the flavor too.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 22:37:35 | More by westweasel
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natasharai

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a fizzy off white head that dissipated very quickly leaving no head. The beer is slightly hazy with a yellow golden color.

Smell: Sweet fruit like berries, pear, and some citrus orange. Strong spiciness not sure what kind of spices, maybe coriander. A bit musty, but in a good way, as it warms up it starts to smell like bread dough.

Taste: Sweet white grapes, and apple. Some citrus orange and spiciness similar to the smell with some cinnamon added. As it warms a strong floral honey flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a good amount of carbonation consisting of larger bubbles, pretty smooth, a little alcohol burn, and leaves mouth pretty clean.

Overall: Pretty good drinkability, the appearance is really disappointing, but the (more important) smell and taste are great! Very nice sweet fruity character balanced with a beautiful spice.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 05:54:50 | More by natasharai
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a hazy deep golden color with a quarter inch of crisp white head on top that fades fairly quickly. Aromas start out with crisp pilsner malts along with good deal of fruity sweetness as well. Lots of citric accents along with a touch of juniper, but it's more restrained that I expected. Earthy and floral with peppery yeast tones as well. Really quite nice and complex!

First sip brings crisp, somewhat sweet malts upfront with a fruity / herbal kick. Coriander runs through bringing citric accents. Herbal juniper accents along with earthy, spicy yeast tones as it flows down. Quite fruity overall with floral and pepper accents as well. Flows down somewhat dry without any noticeable alcohol. I really enjoyed this one!

Mouthfeel is medium towards full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth with a unique flavor profile. Overall, quite an enjoyable twist on a tripel that doesn't end up being overly sweet. I couldn't drink too many of these with the ABV, but I quite enjoyed this brew. Wish I could have tried more of these Scratch series beers!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 04:16:19 | More by orbitalr0x
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I figured it's been about a year since this one's been released. Time to revisit this beer. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Maredsous chalice. After stirring up the yum-yums from the bottom of the bottle, appears a cloudy, pale yellow color with about a finger of white foam. The head quickly fades to a thin layer. Smells of sweet cane sugar, juniper berries, and coriander. Tastes of quality gin from the juniper berries, alcohol is really muted at this point, spicy, peppery yeast, fresh fall fruits such as apples and pears, coriander, and sweet sugars. Again, the alcohol is well hidden and this really adds to the drinkability. Seems a tad thin bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty tasty, glad I've got a few more in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 03:54:52 | More by ClockworkOrange
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mynie

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a bigass Sam Adams glass since I didn't know it was a Tripel.

But, hey, when I poured it I says to myself "gee this sure do look like a Tripel." Neat how that works out. Yellow shade is wonderful, nothing short of Duvel, but the head is lacking a wee bit. This could be a matter of improper glassware but I'm afraid the fault here lies at the good people of Troegs for failing to label their beer. No 5 for you, sir.

Smells like a good, aged BPA. Wheaty spices, mild alcohol, light fruit esters against a really mellow and strong yeast.

Tastes like a Tripel! Big lingering burn of astringent yeasts and alcohols. The former's profile is lots of white pepper, light lemon zest, and pumpkin pie spice. The latter is mellow and yellow like the sun before dusk, when it is at its brightest because it is nearly at its softest. Vibrant throughout, smooth as milk.

Apparently letting this beer set has done wonders for it. If you've been cellaring some, now is the time to crack it open.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 04:35:40 | More by mynie
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunny honey with very few visible yeast. Despite an increasingly elevated pour, the cloud colored cap is small and lacks character. A loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking indicates plenty of carbonation, so that can't be the problem. Almost no lace doesn't help the cause.

Given the oddball ingredients that TBC decided to add to this tripel, it should be interesting beer. Other than the usual, we have beet and cane sugars, juniper berries, coriander and yarrow flowers (used in ancient times to stanch blood). The coriander is right upfront, with juniper berries noted as well. Very nice.

The flavor is just as distinctive and just as good. I love the fact that Scratch 8 tastes like a Belgian tripel, no matter what other flavors are zinging this way and that. As is the case with all well-brewed beer, the various members of the flavor profile can be enjoyed individually or as a well-integrated whole.

Sweet, bitter and spicy are all prominent and are all beautifully balanced. Specifics include golden pears in sugar syrup, an aggressive amount of coriander and a healthy shot of gin (due to the juniper berries and a relatively high, although still well-buried, ABV). Hard to tell what the yarrow flowers have added.

The mouthfeel gets it done in fine fashion due to mucho malt and the added sugars. It's at least medium-full, is decently chewy and has near-perfect carbonation. The bubbles add a sparkly quality, while generating plenty of smooth creaminess.

The vast majority of the Scratch Beers that I've been lucky enough to acquire have been excellent. I worried about Scratch 8 after seeing the ingredients, but it all comes together exceptionally well. This is a wonderfully offbeat tripel that I could drink again and again. Here's hoping the Trogner brothers decide to brew it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 14:58:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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SwiftyMcBeer

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeermanBrian for this treat. He's a good older brother.
This one really surprised me, poured golden and innocent and the smell was pretty generic. I was actually thinking this was a pilsner and read the bottle to further clarify. With my pilsner theory shot, I had no idea what to expect.
At first taste though, my fears were dissuaded. This is a darn good rendition of a trippel. Lot of different flavors going on, fruits and spice and everything nice. The flavor profile does disappear a little too quickly, but that is a minor complaint. Sure, this didn't have quite the depth or complexity of a world-class trippel but for an expirmental one-off, it certainly hit a lot of the right notes. The 10% was insanely well hidden to boot.
Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 15:40:21 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the scratch beers i had left to try. I had hunted this one down long and hard and could not wait to give it a whirl. Served cold and poured into a chalice, this one was consumed on 01/26/2009.

Decent pour here with a nice cloudy and moderate amber color. Some light sediment and a small touch of white foam on the top that settled down nicely into a thin pillow of foam. Bare top after about a few minutes. As I leaned in for the smell it was rather light. Dominant here were light apricot and grains. A touch of grapes maybe floating around as well. More so in the flavor which had a touch of tartness and a definite grain feel to it. Rich carbonation though led to a very nice body on this and the alcohol was well hidden, even in the long drawn out finish tht had just the right touch of fruit in it. Overall not bad, certainly not my favorite in the style, but not bad at all. I would not mind tracking this one down again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:31:20 | More by mikesgroove
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Scratch Beer 8 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
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