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Scratch Beer 80 - 2012 (Belgian Brown Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 80 - 2012 (Belgian Brown Ale)
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

For this latest Scratch Beer offering, we’re revisiting one of Chris Trogner’s favorite beer styles. We originally brewed this Belgian Brown Ale last year as Chris’ wedding beer. Well, we’re pleased to announce that the honeymoon isn’t over and the beer has returned to commemorate his first wedding anniversary. Rich and malty with a decadent chocolate note and tangy dried fruit characteristics, Scratch #80 pays homage to the Abbey-style Ales brewed by monastic monks in Belgium. The addition of Westmalle yeast (a Trappist yeast strain) enhances the flavor and texture of the ale, giving it an authentic Belgian flair. Dark Belgian Candi Sugar helps to maintain the high alcohol content attributed to many Belgian-style ales. It’s sweet, colorful and not bitter at all… just how all marriages should be!

16 IBU

(Beer added by: stakem on 11-10-2012)
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Photo of chefhatt
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a reddish brown color body with a very small tan head to it. The aroma has sweet candy and some dark fruit coming from it.
The taste has a beautiful array of flavors, dark fruit, roasted malt and some toffee. Very well balanced and all the flavors go together very well. The mouthfeel is really good and gets better as it warms up. Overall this has been one Troegs better scratch beers.

chefhatt, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capones in norristown, PA.

Pours a dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.  

Mild aroma with some candy sugar, dark fruit notes and mild spice.  Pretty tame though with minimal malt presence.  Some caramel and toffee but the sugar and vinous fruit notes are overpowering.

Medium bodied with a slightly tart yeast presence along with some peppery spice, candy sugar and vinous fruit flavor.  Dry with subtle funk, pepper, clove, candy sugar sweetness and licorice.  Again, the malt presence is minimal with subtle caramel, toffee and biscuit followed by more grape, raisin and dark berry sweetness.  Decent but leans heavy on the Belgian not enough on the brown ale side for my preference.

corby112, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of jegross2
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

jegross2, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of eschmitt777
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- dark brown appearance with little head and almost no lacing

S- A malty unfinished a aroma with nice light hoppy notes

T- Malty, lots of good caramel taste on the middle.

M- Good carbonation grabs on and follows through giving good feel and texture

O- A good Brown that meets expectations of the style

eschmitt777, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Catching up on my reviews.

A - The beer was served with a semi-clear, dark brown body...it showed some ruby highlights...the head was white in color and fluffy upon arrival, but it fell quickly and didn't leave much lacing behind

S - A very sweet nose with hints of caramel and toffee...the roasted malts added a bit of sweetness and nuttiness to the nose...a hint of dark fruit comes through as well

T - Everything works together here...there's a note of sweetness in the form of sticky caramel...the dark fruit is a big presence in the middle of the beer and it lingers to the finish...a hint of roasted malt adds some depth to the beer...the yeast adds a bit of spice towards the finish to pair with the dark fruit

M - Medium bodied...smooth with not much carbonation...sweet with just a tiny bit of spice

O - Again, everything here works together, but I'm just not digging it...the sweetness level was nice but I didn't care for the dark fruit or spice aspect

thain709, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$4.50 for 12oz single, poured into a pint glass
Sampled 12DEC12

[A] Average vigor on the pour produces a finger high head between off white and light tan in color. Retention is on the short side but a foamy crescent shaped collar remains for the rest of the glass. The body is a pretty orange brown color with ruby highlights. Clarity is great, lacing is minimal.

[S] Sweet toasted malts with a pronounced cherry aroma and a subtle sprinkling of cocoa powder. Lightly earthy with a ground spice pungency.

[T] Very sweet. Overly cherry-forward for the style. Quite dubbel-like actually. Moreso than Belgian Brown in my opinion.

[M] The mouthfeel starts out great. Then, around mid-palate, the strong Belgian carbonation loosens its grip on the tongue, and the dominating sweetness sets in. Near cloying.

[O] This one didn't do it for me. Too sweet. And too much cherry.

FeDUBBELFIST, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Tibi81
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Tibi81, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of chrishensley
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

chrishensley, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Boone757, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking brown color. The head was very thin and doesn't leave much retention or lacing. The smell of the beer gives off a big aroma of roasted nuts, fruit, bread, and some other perfume-like aromas. The taste of the beer is sweet, plenty of candi sugar used in this, the fruit and walnut flavors are dominant in this beer. The bread flavors come in later. The mouthfeel of the beer is very soft, very enjoyable and easy to drink. Overall the beer is very good but very sweet. If you're into that sort of thing you'll love this beer. I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

Knapp85, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

CurtFromHershey, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Dweedlebug
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Dweedlebug, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours murky light brown with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, candied sugar, fruity Belgian yeast, clove and some mild booze. Nothing too amazing but pretty solid nose.

T - Starts off with some dark fruit, clove and some fruity Belgian yeast quickly giving way to plenty of sweetness and some light booze burn. Finish is sweet with some lingering dryness, lingering on the palate long after the finish. Nothing too crazy here but still decent.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a moderate amount of booze at the end of each sip.

O - Another Belgian brown? I guess...It's decent but nothing earth shattering. I am ready for some more variety from this series. I am getting tired of the same styles over and over again...

orangesol, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bacher468, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of flyingmick
3/5  rDev -15.5%

flyingmick, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Troeg's release notes: "For this latest Scratch Beer offering, we’re revisiting one of Chris Trogner’s favorite beer styles. We originally brewed this Belgian Brown Ale last year as Chris’ wedding beer. Well, we’re pleased to announce that the honeymoon isn’t over and the beer has returned to commemorate his first wedding anniversary. Rich and malty with a decadent chocolate note and tangy dried fruit characteristics, Scratch #80 pays homage to the Abbey-style Ales brewed by monastic monks in Belgium. The addition of Westmalle yeast (a Trappist yeast strain) enhances the flavor and texture of the ale, giving it an authentic Belgian flair. Dark Belgian Candi Sugar helps to maintain the high alcohol content attributed to many Belgian-style ales. It’s sweet, colorful and not bitter at all… just how all marriages should be!"

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a matching Troegs pint glass. The brew appears a brilliant color of polished mahogany. Seemingly perfectly clear with lighter coloration of orange around the edges. An initial surge of brown head sits about with a finger strength and rapidly dissolves to nothing. Rising bubbles of carbonation fail at maintaining any head on this brew. A swirl agitates some bubbles from solution but the lack of head is very surprising from Troegs.

The aroma has some pleasant belgian yeast characteristics. It strikes a solid balance between fruity and spicy. There is a bit of residual sugar here mildly focused towards belgian candy sugar that really draws out the fruited quality of this brew's aromatics. Mild hops usage here is felt with a touch of herbal component. It blends with some fruity alcohol esters. As the brew warms up, it has a bit of toasty to toffee appeal from the grain.

The taste is no surprise when taking in all the aromatics. Mild belgian yeast flavoring of clove and dark fruity quality somewhat like raisins that blends into the grain inclusion that is like toffee. Some herbal hops present themselves with a mild flavor and seemingly no bitterness. It draws out almost a flavor of apple skins and then back to a mild spice from the yeast.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is felt on the tongue but visually just doesn't look to be there. This is a pretty fine take on a belgian dark ale or brown (however you want to swing it.) Despite the lack of head retention, it looks solid, smells great and tastes pretty good. I'll have another.

stakem, Nov 10, 2012
Scratch Beer 80 - 2012 (Belgian Brown Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.