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Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 10-19-2011)
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

RyanPS, Nov 25, 2011
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Ralphs66, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The Belgian ale is appropriately dark, a chocolatey red-brown color that look syrupy and viscous. A thin white head isn't even attempting to lace.

S: Soft chocolate malts, sweet not roasted, lead off the nose. Darker sugars and spicy Belgian yeast follow. The whole package is very light.

T: A dubbel with a darker streak. The candi sugar and yeast are sweet, dark fruits and spices. Clove is prominent, an anise flavor that adds nice depth. Raisins too. The darker malts add just a bit of chocolate sweetness, a fuller flavor that fits in well with the clove. The finish is very dry; I'm still parched a few minutes after the last sip.

M: The nose is a little boring but the taste brings plenty of clove. I'm a fan of the spicy anise and this ale shines in that department.

akorsak, Nov 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

hoppymcgee, Dec 31, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown color with this tin wispy head of off white that capped the top only for a slight time offering little in the way of side lacing. aroma of roasted malts, light smoke, and hints of chocolate, nice and warming, but lacked the punch i was looking for. flavor was more of the same, not bad at all, had all the right markers there with light peat, lots of chocolate, deep roasted profile and nice touches of dark fruit and spice kick in the finish

mikesgroove, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

sammy806, Jan 17, 2012
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DrBier, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

smchenry75, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

hoosierfan, Jan 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

FLBeerGuy, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

VikeMan, Nov 19, 2011
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4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a hint of amber coloring in the glass. Sediment remains suspended in the glass giving it a heartier look. Two fingers of head persists nicely and leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is dark & sweet malts with candi sugar present on the nose. Really enjoyable taste for a brown ale - slight malty sourness to start and finishes with the candi sugar.

Oakenator, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Dan25D, Mar 30, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery today.

The beer pours a coffee brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty attractive, showcasing considerable brown sugar and light cherry on the nose, with considerable underlying spice as well. The beer smells pretty attractive/impressive, which make the flavor profile all the more disappointing. There is still a considerable amount of brown sugar, but not much else, and the finish is watery and seems to drop off at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a light, watery, short finish. Given the 7% abv., I'm surprised this beer doesn't deliver more flavor.

An OK beer, but really... mehhh... sums this beer up perfectly.

John_M, Nov 05, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1088th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

2011

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this gift

App- A good solid brown with crimson/amber and gold edges. A bit soft towards the bottom with a 1/2 in of head. Not too much cling. Fell very softly just to liquid.

Smell- I really thought this was a mis-label. I thought they just brewed a dubbel and were being funny. Had the same soft malts and spice note as a dubbel or Belgian Dark ale.

Taste- I thought it was good. It was a nice layered and blended beer with a couple styles. The malts are a tad assertive and pleasant. Spices and booze are a bit small but well blended into this one.

Mouth- A lighter medium body and a medium carbonation level. Residual dark fruits and some spice like the dubbel.

Drink- I like Troegs darker beers vs the IPA's. I think this is where they shine. This was a good little beer and perfect for a 12 oz. I would like another bottle to age.

FosterJM, Feb 06, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Troegs Mad Elf tulip. Thanks to russwbeck for this!

A - Pours a murky brown color with shades of purple eggplant. It slowly builds a 1.5-finger tan head with pretty good retention. Some mild lacing but not a whole lot.

S - The nose is almost reminiscent of a prototypical Belgian yeast beer. Big aromas of cloves and grape bubblegum waft out of the glass with undertones of banana. There's a little bit of spiciness to this as well.

T - From the first sip I am getting lots and lots of Belgian influence. A bit more spice in the form of clove that almost gives it a Winter Warmer feel. The banana is more pronounced here as well, while grapes and crisp apple are the main flavors in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. A moderately dry and clean finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This is a pretty neat beer, tasty but not show stopping. This isn't going to blow your socks off, but it'd be cool if Troegs could produce this regularly.

nhindian, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

ms11781, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jakers90, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jules11788, Nov 19, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a quart of this and had it with Penne a'la vodka with chicken.

Dark amber color with a reddish tan 1 finger head that was gone in a flash. Smell raisins and malted notes. It wnet well with the Italian food, but it was nothing special. Good drinking beer with a crisp finish and not hoppy or bitter at all. I would have another growler of this to have over a Sunday of NFL games and be quite happy.

unclejazz, Dec 19, 2011
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Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.