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

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Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale)Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale)

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-25-2011 03:22:25 | More by RyanPS
Photo of johnhenryconway

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-21-2011 06:51:54 | More by johnhenryconway
Photo of Jules11788


4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-19-2011 20:31:38 | More by Jules11788
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-19-2011 20:20:46 | More by VikeMan
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body presented itself with a ruby-brown color and a two finger, tan head...the head fell to a thin cap that left behind some decent lacing

S - As a whole, the nose was coming across as watered-down...besides that there were notes of sweet toffee and dark fruits

T - Right off the bat, the Belgian yeast can be picked up...it's adding body and of course the Belgian yeast flavors...dark malts are providing caramel and toffee flavors which are adding sweetness...also you can pick up some soft chocolate malt that is lingering in the background...towards the finish the dark fruits and some burnt brown sugar can be detected

M - Medium bodied...watery like the nose...lingering sweetness

O - I'm not sure what was up with the watery profile of the beer...through first and mid sip the beer was fine...it just ended as flat and watery...overall though the flavors were very nice

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 16:53:01 | More by thain709
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:50:12 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-16-2011 13:26:09 | More by chcfan
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger.
Pours a dark slightly murky brown with a very light tan head that fades quickly to a ring, leaves a slight bit of lacing. The nose is sugary sweet and spicy, clove and belgian characters. The taste is very strong of cloves and spiciness, raisins, dark fruits and not much alcohol being picked up. It's got a medium body witha light pleasing carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. A well done beer, really enjoy the scratch series.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:22:09 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:23:36 | More by akorsak
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 22:07:57 | More by John_M
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 16:16:24 | More by orangesol
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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the new tasting room in Hershey, served chilled in a cervoise.

a murky dark brown color with thick tan cap which holds well. The bead is fine and highlights of medium brown are viewed at the base. The lace clings well. the smell is very inviting, both ripe banana scents with mild caramel and spice augment the malt and yeast odors. The smell of cocoa is there too which adds to the complexity. The feel is good but is a little on the sweet side toward the middle, pretty lively carbonation and semi-dry finishing with a slight spiced edge.

The flavor is very good, with slight toastiness, there is a dark bready quality here with mild sweet notes which seems to indicate some sugar may have been used, candy or otherwise. The malt is balanced by the fruity tinges of the belgian yeast with slight hints of earthy notes of raisin. The mild cocoa-like roasted edge is a nice way to end the flavor descriptors. The Dubbel is delicious and was a satisfying brew to savor. Very low alcohol influence in this makes it a drinkable example of the style. A bit sweeter than most, but it isn't overdone. I like the improvements they have made since the last version of this was done as a scratch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 18:50:12 | More by Slatetank
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here we are with Scratch #50, the first new scratch beer being sold in the Hershey location. At the time of this review, I didn't find many details about this brew other than what is on the label and some searching describes this as an "abbey ale" at 7% abv.

Poured into a goblet, this brew appears dark brown in color with a tan creamy cap that quickly recedes to just a thin film across the top that holds with a half finger of froth around the edge of the glass. A swirl produces a couple of small patches of lace. When held to the light, this brew shows a lighter brown clarity around the edges and a perfectly clear deep ruby color through the body. Really an attractive looking brew here.

The smell of this brew has a familiar spicy yeast inclusion that includes notes of clove and a bit of dark fruity character. Some sniffs reveal a bit of accented spice character that is almost peppery with a note of chocolate malt. Very faint herbal hops add a layer of earthy quality and keep a mild bitterness present that prevents the malty sweetness from getting out of hand. There is quite a bit of residual sugar but it is not overdone, it compliments the spicy quality of the yeast very well and masterfully hides the alcohol inclusion that is only evident with a warmth down the back of the throat. The smell of this brew is a bit mild but very enjoyable as it is well rounded. The taste is also well rounded a bit more spicy than the aroma indicates. As it warms up, it picks up almost a raisin-like or prune type of dark sweetness mixed with a faint touch of toasty grain. Not bad.

This is a medium to heavy bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated and only starts to come out once the brew warms up. Overall it is a very well balanced package including a nice arrangement of spicy yeast aspects, residual malt sweetness and just a mild amount of hop bitterness. If my observation is correct, this is the 5th dark belgian style scratch beer of the past 17 or so offered. I can't help but wonder if they are trying to nail down a belgian brown to go into the regular line up. I must say, this one sure was tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:09:37 | More by stakem
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Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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