Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by younger35:
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
BeerTruth sent me this brewski as part of our monthly wager. These Scratch beers are definitely hit or miss so let’s hope for the best. Drank from my Harriet Brewery nonic pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a dark brownish ruby with a decent quarter inch dirty tan head. The head quickly dissipates leaving no cap or collar.
Smell- Really earthy smelling with a nice deep dark toasted maltiness. Yeasty and lightly spicy with a light touch of clove and pepper. The dark fruits you’d expect are definitely there with plenty of raisins and earthy dates. The beer does have a bit of a sweet smell with some toffee mixing in.
Taste- Like the nose those brown malts are the first thing you notice with a deep toasted earthy tone. Not as sweet as I thought it was going to be but there definitely is a light sort of licoricey candy aspect. A touch of chocolate mixes in with the dark fruits that make up a majority of the flavor. Definitely not as spicy as I thought it was going to be either. The finish is lightly sweet with plenty of rum soaked raisins.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is slightly thinner than I’d like for a Belgian Style. Light carbonation with a soft tingly feel.
Overall- Again, these Scratch beers are so hit and miss. This one isn’t bad but it’s just sort of messy and not all that enjoyable. I guess I wish it was more Brown Ale or more Dark Belgium since both don’t seem to work. Thanks Adam, you’re still the man!
12-27-2011 23:04:37 | More by younger35
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-06-2011 00:23:36 | More by akorsak
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
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
11-18-2011 02:50:12 | More by mikesgroove
4.29/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
02-02-2013 22:17:29 | More by Oakenator
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
11-05-2011 22:07:57 | More by John_M
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
1088th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
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.
02-06-2012 03:29:49 | More by FosterJM
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-28-2011 03:29:12 | More by nhindian
3.28/5 rDev -13%
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.
12-19-2011 16:16:43 | More by unclejazz
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room.
A - Pours dark brown, with redish hints around the edges, with a dense two finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to almost nothing in just a few short minutes, leaving no lace down the glass. Within five minutes the beer was as flat as the 13th century earth...
S - Smells of spicy Belgian yeast, chocolate, clove, banana, candied sugar, and the ever present dark fruits; mostly figs and dates. My first glass of this was a bit one dimensional with the sweetness but the second time around was much better.
T - Starts off with a nice dose of spicy Belgian yeast quickly giving way to a mix of sweet chocolate and candied sugar, dark fruits, clove, banana, and some light booze heat. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light dryness, clinging to the pallet for some time. They sure do like to make these Belgian browns.
M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with very little carbonation. Sweet, chewy, feel with a dry finish. The booze is well hidden, only creeping in as the beer comes to room temperature.
O - When I first had this one I wasn't very impressed as it went dead flat on me in under five minutes. The second time I got one the carbonation was a little better, allowing some of the more subtle flavors to appear. It is worth a shot for sure. I hear the bottles have much better carbonation, I look forward to trying them and revisiting this one.
11-03-2011 16:16:24 | More by orangesol
Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.