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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008Scratch Beer 14 - 2008

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 75
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 09-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Scratch #14-2008 is our interpretation of a farmhouse ale—a once near-extinct winter-brewed (and summer–imbibed) Belgian ale. celebratory brew starts with a black pepper and ginger nose. The nicely carbonated brew releases a honey-malt flavor that gives way to a tart crisp finish that masks the elevated ABV. We use a blended yeast strain (Saison Dupont & Le Chouffe) to create the traditional peppery, spicy earthy flavors of the saison. Slight hints of ginger also come through in the finish. Drink it ‘til the wedding bells chime!

25 IBU
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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 75
Photo of BARFLYB
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a La Choulette glass. Bought a few 6 packs at the end of last year.

A-Scratch 14 pours a bright golden/yellow color with traces of orange. A thin 1/2 inch white cap comes after pouring leaving some streaks of lace. Some sediment is seen through the glass.

S- A big earthy presence with alot of spices in the nose mainly pepper and some citrus twang. Also getting some yeast as expected from the look. Some barnyard notes as well.

T- A whole lot of spices with some bready qualities, overall very earthy. Getting some pepper and slight ginger. banana comes through with some lemon flavoring. In the far distance some funk but very light with the yeast making an appearance.

M- The different taste hit all at once but work themselves out overtime. A nice amount of carbonation perfect for the style with some with a slick texture. The carbonation is felt though in a nice way.

D- Very nice but could be troublesome after two. This is a nice try at a saison & I am glad I tried it, but I should of saved my last bottles for spring time. The ABV is at the perfect place also.

A good addition to the scratch series, a series that seems to have some legs as they are up to 17 as the time of this review. How many old recipes do the Troegs brothers have?

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can't seem to remember where i got this one, so if you sent it to me then let me know so i can give thanks where it's due.

12oz bottle. sampled jan 30/09.

pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a small cap of dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma definitely screams saison. cracker and white bread. tons of spice. corriander, bit of clove. a little cinnamon and ginger. bit of alcohol.

taste picks up right where the aroma left off. corriander, clove, cinnamon, bit of ginger. white bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. orange peel.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a nice dry finish. just above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. while i generally prefer my saisons on the funky side rather than spicy, this one still gets my nod of approval. richly spicy, but without getting perfumey or overly floral. good stuff.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy straw yellow, some golden hues, very chunky, medium white head forms, settles to a thin collar around the glass, some lacing sticks to the glass, good retention. Smell is neat, really spicy, honey, some straw, horsey funk, very floral and fragrant, strawberries, ginger, peppery, yeast, pretty interesting. Taste is very spicy, ginger roughness, honey, grass, pepper, light alcohol, bit of funk, orange peel, citrus, some floral, pretty interesting stuff, very spicy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth. A little rough, but pretty interesting, very spicy. I like this one, thanks Russ!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow complete with lots of floaties with 2 fingers of bright white frothy head. OK retention leaves some nice clinging lacing. Smells of clove, peppery spices, yeasty bread, apples, and grass. Tastes of apple, lemon, pineapple, clove, pepper, honey, yeasty funk, and pale bread malt with a grassy bitterness that starts out strong at the beginning but eventually fades away, along with a touch of alcohol warmth. Medium in body with nice carbonation. A touch syrupy but also quite airy and pleasant, smooth and crisp with good balance. Enjoyable and decent, but not one of my top selections from Troegs.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of funk, yeast, clove. Kind of reminds me of Hennepin in the nose. Flavor is loaded with peppery spices and yeast. Extremely quaffable. Excellent saison.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

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Photo of philbe311
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Massive fluffy white head composed of big chunky bubbles... Pale gold straw color with an ever so slight haze though still almost fully translucent... Lots of medium to fast paced carbonation throughout... Spectacular head retention... Sediment floats throughout...

S - Pear... Banana... Clove... Pepper... Lemon zest... Ginger... Yeasts... White raisins... Nice complexity... Lovely aroma all around...

T - Earthy notes... Grains and wheat... Lemon... Banana... Apple... Pepper and ginger on the finish... Exquisite with a pleasant complexity...

M - Delicate... Light bodied... Super smooth... Crisp... Tingly carbonation... Lush start with a dry finish...

D - A very pleasant surprise... Troegs Scratch Series turns out one good beer after another, but this one is a special treat that raises the bar for the series... A truly special and well crafted Saison... Kudos to the Brewmaster... I need to see if I can't get me some more of this before it disappears...

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy Golden, light orange with grapefruit pink tones. Poured a finger of foamy white head that doesn't stay around for too long. Small floating grains all over. not seeing through this thing of beauty.

An incredibly smooth wheaty yeast scent that leads the nose nicely into the exploration of lighter fruits, all very subtle and smoothed out beautifully. Great light grapes and grapefruit, fantasticly smooth lemon, spectaular orange peel.

Very light and zesty lemon and orange, I hate to reiterate all that is above is the scent of this beer, but...
Slight grapefruit tartness, spectacular representation of the style

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, Thanks ONEEYE

(sediment was noticed in the bottle, at first poured without, then swirled it in half way)

A. A cloudy, murky yellow with some head. Some lacing on the glass.

S. Banana and clove. Yeasty. Bavarian yeast. Smells like a hefe.

T. The taste mimics the nose to a degree, but there seems to be two diff. yeast strains used, bavarian and trappist. It gives off alot of spice and fruit, as well as a twang of barnyard funk. Some wheat in the taste as well. Very sweet. Interesting, wish more of the belgian characteristics would pull through, this could actually be aged.

M. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a dry chalky finish.

D. This is a pretty interesting beer and I did enjoy it. I wish I had more of it actually.

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Photo of joepais
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a couple of B.A's for this
I Bottle poured into a Snifter produced a good two fingers worth of white fluffy head that seems to last. The body was a cloudy golden yellow on this brew

Aromas of yeast and spice filled my head. The yeast aroma is a weird Belgian, Hefe blend really very interesting. The spices help out with this smelling some clove, pepper and coriander

The flavors very much mimic the nose on this one. The mouthfeel is nice light and crisp, great carbonation in this brew as well

Very drinkable, I am really enjoying this brew on this cold snowy winter day.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in the recent Favorite Songs BIF from vickster529. Looking forward to tasting this big Wants-List brew, thanks Vickie!

Poured into standard pint, a hazy golden straw colored body with a small creamy white head with good retention.

Smells yeasty and funky, with citrus and some coriander spiciness in there.

Taste brings the funk forward right off the bat. Sweet and malty, with a dry finish. Clovy aftertaste, not at all displeasing.

I like this one, a solid saison that is tasty.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, preseason football bif package

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, bright golden-straw body with a wavy beige crest and wonderful retention...extremely hazy body - i try and try to see my finger through the body, but alas, nothing

smell: funky, sweet corn, fresh zesty yeast bite, corriander and citrus, white pepper - nice saison aromas

taste: quality saison offering from troegs - sweet citrus, zesty yeast, fresh white pepper, white corn, orange and clove, ginger, grassy hops. i like this one a lot

mouthfeel: fresh and zesty

drinkability: good

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to vwcraig, much appreciated. Nice cloudy orange color, good head. The smell is a nice spicy saison-like smell. It tastes like dull oranges, spice, pepper, good saison. Not as easy to drink as I expected but still a good saison overall.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikereaser and the Under 100 BIF.

Pours completely opaque yellow. Cloudy swirls float aimlessly. Big white head of many sized bubbles.

Big fruity whiff. Lemon, orange, spices. Quite an eyeopener. Same on the flavor side. Big time cloves. Bubbly and harsh, full bodied.

Overall: it'll do

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow-golden body beneath a creamy head of bright white that holds quite well.

Sweet malt and spice greet you in the nose. At first I thought it was a Bavarian hefe-weizen, but a few more sniffs suggested it was more Belgian-like. It's clovey, has a touch of plastic or "Band-Aid" phenolic, and a dusting of pepper. There's wheat to it as well, and a hint of chalky yeast.

In the mouth it's creamy smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled carbonation that opens up and expands to become pillowy as it warms.

The flavor is malty with a sugary edge, but also lots of straw and grass. Or are they grassy hops that I'm getting? The yeastiness delivers a hint of apple, and it's a touch chalky, as well as clove-like and gently plastic-like. Or wait... is it actually spiced with clove? There's also a tiny bit of sharper spiciness that's kind of like ginger. It has an underlying citrusy/lemony note that's nice. And, hmmm, perhaps some cardamom as well. Oh, and there's also some anise in the burp - very nice! The bitterness is kept restrained, allowing the sweet malt to shine all the way from the start and into the finish, and there the bitterness waits. It's just enough to put an end to things, and along with the mild residual spiciness, keep it from becoming cloying.

A very nice offering! I'd have loved to have seen something like this go into larger bottles for cellaring. Possibly my personal favorite from the Scratch collection.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty/yeast, with some bannana/corinader. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some nice yeast notes, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty Saison.

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Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing stuff.

A= modest head, pours half the bottle clear and then comes some really chunky cloudy nice yeast! Make sure you pour the whole thing at the same time for the "right stuff."

S= very nice yeast

T= wow what a treat, somewhat Belgian and somewhat ultra-Weissen with all the yeast at the bottom.

M= clean and nothing obtrusive, very pleasant memories with some mild yeast lingering.

D= if you like this and can find it and afford it, go for it!

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr. Jay. Aggressively carbonated and bold peppery saison. Pours a very white prominent head, with some lace. Spot on spicey and yeasty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, after the full felt carbonation and some cloves, corriander, a bit of wheat. Good background bitterness.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really cloudy amber color, with very little bit of head that quickly dissipates to nothing. The color is a perfect hefe color. There is a ton of yeast in the bottom of this and it mostly ended up in my glass. The last half cm of beer got washed down the drain because it was all yeast.

S: Smell is initially of yeast and pepper with some fuity notes.

T: Up front, it mirrors the smell. Later on, you can make out some pear and some earthy tones. Finishes with a malty dryness and some strong hoppiness.

M/D: Very smooth with light carbonation and a light texture. I could definitely drink a 6er of these.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saisons are a style that I occasionally flirt with. I like a lot of aspects that saisons offer, but all too often I don't like the finished whole that they create; nor do I appreciate the price tag that many of the finer examples of the style come attached with. So when a friend (thanks Andrew) gave me a bottle of Scratch 14, approached it with some trepidation. But I have to say, I very much enjoy this one. It offers a nice creamy head and a good, lightly cloudy, body. Looks pretty nice to me. The taste offers a strange mixture of saison and hefe-weizen, due in no small part to the large and very loose yeast plug at the bottom of the bottle (much of which ended up in my glass). The beer smells of apricots and pears. The taste follows the smell, at least initially. Then the yeast crash the party bringing out a lot of earthy notes that I suspect are there anyway. The beer has a long, dry bubblegum finish. It is the finish that reminds me the most of a hefe-weizen. It just seems very very German to me.

A very nice beer. I dig it.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from dyan, thanks brogg.

Appearance: Straw colored, opaque, pretty cloudy stuff and there's a ton of sediment in the bottle. The head falls flat somewhat fast, receding to a disc.

Smell: A nice farmyard aroma of apples and citrus, dry biscuit malts, a bit of musty cellar. Some banana-like phenols appear as it warms. Pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Really crisp and dry up front. Lemon peel bitterness, light esters, white pepper. Delicious. The finish is bone dry and surprisingly hoppy and bitter, enjoyable so, though it borders on excessive for the style. This is a pretty impressive American interpretation of a saison. Hoppy, but with a great farmhouse yeast character. I'd drink a lot of this if it was locally available.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegs- Scartch 14 (Saison)

A- Bright, yet slightly hazy, yellow with a small foamy sticky head.
S- Tart lemon and orange with cloves and hay/ straw/ wheat.
T- Big tart lemon and oranges with a dose of cloves and wheat thrown in. Sweet funky wet hay/ straw malt body. Slightly like a Hefe.
M- Sweet and tart with a spicy perfumy clove touch. Finishes off dry and tangy.

Overall- Nice taste/ flavors and enjoyable. A Hefe with quite a funky tart twang. I, personally, wouldn't make this a session beer.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to grab a six pack of this at the brewery. The renovations are incredible.

Pours a hazy, dark yellow with sprinklings of yeast with very little head for the style; no lacing-- what so ever.

Tastes amazingly crisp and complex at the same time. Biscuit and fruit combines to make up the dominant flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel shines through with this brew. Almost sparkling wine carbonation-- but, not in a bad way.

All I have to say about drinkability is that I am kicking myself for only getting the six pack when there were still cases available.

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Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of ClockworkOrange poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, fluorescent yellow with a small bubbly white head that dissipates to a ring quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the pepper and Belgian yeast. There is the banana and bubble-gum on top of a bready malt base as well.

The taste starts with a bit of honey sweetness that flows into the Begian yeast and bready malts. It's in the finish where the spices, especially pepper, comes back in.

The mouthfeel is smooth with enough carbonation to enhance the pepper and tingle the tongue a bit.

This is an interesting example of a saison, if not 100% true to the style, and extremely drinkable. The spices are there but in enough moderation to make it very smooth. One of the better Scratch beers I've had.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle with 14-2008. No freshness date beyond that...

A: Pouring this beer at 40 degrees was the most interesting experience ever! I read some prior posts, but none described what I saw. After pouring this clear beer into my pilsner, a large bubble-like yeast funnel dropped down the center of the glass, much like a lava lamp when heated. I was a little nervous to drink it, but after it settled it appeared a bright, yet hazy brass in color with a super thick and chunky head that disappeared after about 5 minutes... The lava lamp effect was a first for me, bizarre!

S: Smells of fresh, zesty grapefruit-like citrus, some mild spices, Belgian candied sugars and Belgian yeast.

T/M: Tastes like the nose. Rich and a bit tart at times. Medium body with medium to full flavor throughout. Medium to high carbonation with a wet and slightly bitter finish.

D: Very tasty for a style of beer I don't normally go out of my way to try. Recommended if you are a fan of a nice American take on a Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise from Guzzle last night, and boy did he ever keep me busy. I had not had a new scratch beer in a few months so I was very happy to see this one come across my plate. Served cold, this twelve ounce bottle was decanted into a pint glass as I did not know the style going into it. Consumed on 11/18/2008.

The pour was huge. A large billowing cloud of white came up to a height of around three inches and stayed there for what seemed to me to be like ten minutes, only then settling down to manageable level and depositing tons of lace up and down the glass. Very hazy golden yellow in color this was certainly a very nice looking beer with lots of carbonation running through it as well.

The aroma was highly charged. Lots of notes of banana, clove, light pepper like spices that just perked up the nose as well. Some light grain touches were balanced in throughout now as well. The flavor followed along rather nicely I have to admit. Really very solid here, with a rich grain bill evident right up front. Nice touches of fruit mixed in now s well, banana, peach, pears, hints of pepper almost and a nice bit of fresh grass coming in through the finish. Nice medium body was more then adequately carbonated and the overall feel on this one was one that I really enjoyed quite a bit.

Overall I really liked this one, one of the better in the style I have had lately, as I have had a few that I was less then thrilled with to be honest. I would not mind at all seeing this one again, in fact I would look forward to it greatly.

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
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