Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

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Reviews by Tawnos:
Photo of Tawnos
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a pillowy head. Leaves lacing on the glass as it dissolves back down. Not a lot of carbonation showing in the glass.

Smells sweet, almost cotton candy like. Slight alcohol presence in the nose. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing amazing.

Tastes overly sweet, metallic. Strong syrupy sugars and very little hop bitterness. Not a whole lot of complexity. Has something of an overripe fruit taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable. The sugary sweetness hides any alcohol astringency.

Drinkabilty is average. A bit high on the alcohol and low on the flavor for me to seek it out again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chesnut brown with a nice big fluffy/sticky head that settles into a creamy-like froth,aromas of dried fruit and caramel with a note of brown sugar.Taste is rich and full big caramel notes with some raisin and I pick up a candied sugarness in there letting u know it was made in Belgium.A very nice nightcap Scottish but with a Belgian flare,well done.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a nice copper brown in color with a beautiful head. The head came up but not overly so and left a blob of tanned white foam in the middle.

Smell – This is a heavy, yeasty, (certainly) Belgian example of the style. The malt is especially sweet with caramel and brown sugar. There’s a bit of peaty smoke here as well.

Taste – The malt backbone is loaded with caramel and sugars. It even leaves a sticky residue on the glass after sipping. The finish I thought was a bit off, though. Everything just kind of faded into bleakness at the end.

Mouthful – This is between medium and full in the mouth and very fluffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this interpretation of the style, but I thought it was a bit fluffy for a Scotch Ale and the lack of a solid finish cost it a few notches.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's, served in a tulip glass. A dark brown color with a thick head. A fruity aroma, with a malt presence. The taste was all dark fruit, grainy. A real mouthful, and fun to drink. An interesting interpretation of a Scotch Ale. You can definitely see the strong Belgian influence.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, ruddy brownish amber color with an extremely creamy head and terrific lacing. Great retention. Smells of belgian yeast, sweet malts, earhty. Taste is more malty sweetness, belgian yeast, doughy, a little fruity. Medium and creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable and very enjoyable.

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Belgian, Wee Heavy pours a cloudy, chestnut brown body with a nice, 4 cm tan head that deposits immense sheets of lace all over the glass.

Intoxicating aroma of major league maltiness, with toffee and molasses, brown sugar, a hint of dark fruits, and some fragrant pine resin for balance. Some smoky, peat ash lurks in the background. Impressive aroma!

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with below average carbonation.

Sweet toffee and molasses dominate the taste, but this has all kinds of beguiling complexities. Brown sugar is noted, as well as a subdued, pine resin hoppiness. Charcoal ash adds to the Scottish character, but there is a barnyard yeastiness that is distinctly Belgian, and adds a nice earthy character.

I find it amazing that a Belgian brewery can pull this Scottish ale off so well. This has all the nice characteristics of a Wee Heavy, but tosses in the signature, Belgian yeatiness just to keep things honest. Impressive aroma and taste, but too malty sweet to handle more than one at a sitting.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, without freshness indication, but with cage, cork and foil topping. Pours dark almond brown, with a slight orangy/pinkish hue, pretty clear, with a long lasting soft tan head, leaving wide spread, fine lacing upon a gentle swirl, slightly soapy nose, also malt and peat. This is a tasty brew, sort of mixed up style wise, a Belgian Scotch ale ? wasup wid dat?? Malty, spicy and heady stuff. Notes of burbon, malt, mint, vanilla, Belgian yeasties, perhaps some soapyness...out of style, out of wack, but I like it...Nice winter/cold weather sipper, and worth a try.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head retention over a caramel colored beer. The aroma was roasted malt with spicy undertones. The taste was of spiced malt with evident alcohol. The mouthfeel was full and smooth, but too potent a beer to drink more than one or two at a time.

Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque mud sienna color. Lots of stiff and rising foam in the glass. Lace is very good and intricate. Aroma of spiced pears, cinnamon and alcohol notes, traces of yeast. Big flavor, but an odd marrying of mustly farm yard yeast and prune and toffee-ish qualities. While this isn't a hugely alcoholic beer, there's a Canadian whiskey quality to the mid mouth, complete with bitters and candied cherries in a lowball glass. Carbonation is quite moderate, mouthfeel is silky, but the beer is a little odd to be enjoyable for me -- just a weird combination of characteristics.

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Photo of frankiepop
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time for scotch ale. Nice brown ale color with creamy head with lacing galore ... poured from a lovely green bottle. Taste is real malty sweetness and the texture is nice and smooth. If this is typical Scottish ale, then I'm in! Made in Belgium though and tastes like a good tripel.

Goes down well while listening to the music of European improvisor Paul Dunmall on his sax or bagpipe. Also goes well while watching the Rangers play soccer in the Scottish Premier League. The Rangers have become (Team America) now having THREE Americans on board. Bocanegra, Maurice Edu, and my main man Alex Bedoya!! (Alex is the Future)

Photo of rastaman
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes i get the feeling that the Belgians do Scotch ales better than the Scots, and this beer pretty much proves my point. Has that rich , lightly peaty caramel/toffee sweetness of a statndard Scottish Ale, but combine it with Belgian yeastyness and it seems to work really well and is definitley more interesting, a little more spicy than your regular scotch ale aswell, nice drop.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- Deep rich clear brown body with a thick creamy light tan head.

S- light caramel malt with hints of flower and roses

T- Sweet caramel malt with some sweet candy and honey notes. No hops coming through at all.

M- Full creamy taste with a bit of fizziness. No alcohol warmth

D- This beer is very sweet and needs something to balance it. No hops or alcohol or malt complexity to compete with the sugars.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a massive off white head atop it's dark reddish amber clear liquid. The head melts slowly to a nice covering of sticky lacing.

Aroma doesn't have as much of a smokey character as I would expect from a Scotch ale but there is a nice toasted sweet amber malt aroma that yields slowly to alcohol.

Taste is where this beer shines. The malts are sugary sweet yet not cloying and the smokey toastiness comes through very nicely as you swallow. Finish is mostly a warming alcohol comfort.

Very nice Scotch Ale. I wish I had picked up more.

Photo of cokes
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque and muddy and somewhere amongst amber, crimson, and flat brown in color. The head is a modest rise of beige cream, with good stickiness and retention.
This one sniffs in two directions, the first couple inhalations hint at the Scotchness of it all, with a fruity, heathery, lightly smoky, Malt-laden toast to the Highlands, along with traits of burnt chocolate chip cookies. Later sniffs seem to focus more on the spicy yeast nuances of peppercorns and raisiny/date fruitiness of Belgian brewing. All told, the nose lives up to all promises hybrid brewing, showcasing both facets very well.
Taste is another story altogether, and as far apart from the nose as I've every experienced in a beer. The beginning, middle, and late portions are nearly overwhelming sugary sweet. Then it finishes with a metallic clang of bitterness. The sweetness is all golden raisins rolled in brown sugar then soaked in sugar water. It truly is purple Kool-Aid sweet. There are a couple interesting notions of toffee, lemon rind, heather, and rhubarb pie, but they are largely drowned out by the big, unrelenting grape-drink saccharine traits. The metallic closure is jarring, but also a reprieve of sorts, as it ends the tyranny of sweet, and slakes the mouth surprisingly well, even if it the flavor itself is not particularly endearing.
The body is medium, if a perhaps a tad plumper, but texturally, it is not nearly as binding as the sweetness. Had it been, this becomes undrinkable. A trickle of carbonation gives this the life and lightness it desperately needs.
As it stands, once the sweetness is acclimated to, this is somewhat- almost strangely- drinkable. Nevertheless, it still seems like a malted Purplesaurus Rex. And that's blaspheming my favorite Kool-Aid flavor of all time (RIP).

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and brown with a foamy white head that leaves a significant lacing along the glass, this Scotch's aroma alone will knock you silly...hehe...sorry, couldn't resist. Anyway, the pungeant aroma of brandy and rum-soaked fruits floats up from the brew, which is very smooth and dense, with hints of brandy, caramel, and a strong element of peat and a tinge of metallics. There's a very warm finish of alcohol at the end, and the peat maltiness really persists.

All the elements of a strong Scotch ale, minus the brutality--a nice Belgian take on the style. I like this as a sipping selection.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich smelling, rich looking chestnut. The taste is rather average or a tad below for a scotch. Perhaps above average for this brewery. Taste a bit metallic, more carmel and malt than scotch taste. 8% is typical and not detectable.not a bottle I could finish alone.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite cloudy even after sitting in the fridge for a few days. Maybe my pour was rough? The body is a cloudy brown with orange-ish glows at the edges. The frothy tan head comes on strong and holds OK, but shortly drops to a thin 1/16" surface covering which holds throughout the glass and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is rich with fruit, yeast, and toffee/caramel maltiness. The body is medium/full with an extremely fine and mild carbonation that leaves it quite creamy and smooth in the mouth. Very nice! The flavor is very richly malty, starting with some dark fruitiness (raisins, soft dates, fig, and some underlying apricot - even light coconut as it warms and the malts combine!) that mellows as it warms and sweeter toffee notes emerge. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. The bitterness plays a supporting role, and it finishes semi-dry with some residual sticky maltiness and a touch of earthy/metallic hops (or is that oxidation?). Overall, a very rich and fairly complex beer that makes a nice appertif or after dinner drink. It also pairs well with rich "gravy" meats during the holiday season. Exceptional, and well worth seeking out!

Photo of rmolledo
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Murky Brown. Big Bubbles with a tiny head around the edges.

S: smokey and malty with some sweet notes of Candy Sugar.

T: Interesting flavor combination. You can tell it's a scottish by the kettle caramelization and peaty smokey notes, But it also has some belgian characteristics from the malts, candy sugar, and perhaps honey. Super Sweet but not overwhelmingly.

MF: Thick and Creamy with a little tingle from low carbonation. More of a Alcohol burn as it warms up.

D: A very mellow 8%. Goes down smooth and is enjoyable. would be perfect on a cold night.

Photo of Realbeer1542
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great story on the creation of this brewery - WWI Scottish soldiers asked a Belgium brew master to brew some Scottish ale and the rest is history .

Served from a .75 liter bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful clear reddish brown with lots of heady froth that dissipates rapidly in to full top and side lacing. .

S - Dark fruit, yeast, mineral and sweet malt

T - Excellent! no hoppy bitterness, just malt and dark fruit, yeast. Finishes with balanced medium sweet and bitterness.

M - So smooth and mellow. No alcohol bite. Low carbonation.

O - One of my new regular's - bought on a whim but happy I did. Will buy again. Noted that there was what seemed to be dried yeast on the bottom of the inside of the bottle after I poured the last drop but no strange taste or smell. If anyone has experienced this aspect with other beers I would be happy to hear it.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

About a finger and half of head on a copper colored body.
The aroma is alcohol and wet grains.
The taste is highly sweet with a short finish. The level of sweetness took me by surprise.
A sticky texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
I can’t get over how sweet it is…

Photo of jahsausage
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am for some reason sure that "Belgian Scotch Ale" is a different style than "Scotch Ale" itself and is somehow derived from almost century old (WW1 ish) attempts to recreate it in Belgium but must apologise as can't back up this claim. Pours much lighter than I expected yet is quite dark colour for an ale and admitedly right in the ball park for a scotch. Is hard to review this to style as I have had few of the "old country" originals. It tastes of a very malty, smoky ale to me but with that dangerous belgian secret of hiding ludicrous alcohol contents behind it which has profoundly affected this review I must admit.

Photo of bradford
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pretty surprised by the taste and mouthfeel on this one. It tasted much more like a Belgian Strong Dark ale to me. I was expecting the malty backbone I got, but this tasted "Belgiany" all the way down. I liked it at first, but it got real old, real fast. And I became increasingly upset that I didn't get what I paid for. I wanted a Wee Heavy and got a B.S.D. Not reccomended.

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with a rocky 3 fingers sand colored head. Insane lacing & very good head retention

S: Sweet caramel notes & fruittyness

T: Caramel sweetness up front, then dryness. Hints of hop tea, pipe tobbaacco & leather follow. Molasses & chocolate notes follow. Finishes fruitty, jammy & warming

MF: Juicy, medium bodied, low carbonation & skews malty like you'd expect from the style

Drinks easy for the abv, could have a few before moving on. Not the best wee heavy/scotch ale I've ever had, but not bad

Photo of edchicma
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate with an incredible head that dissipates into fine lacing. Smell is a deep malt with molasses notes, some smoke and a hint of hops. Taste is slightly sweet, but not cloying..oddly I get a sense of roses! This brew gives a smooth, almost velvet mouthfeel..finishes sweet, with JUST a hint of hops. Wow, this is 8 abv? Smoothness belies this. Excellent on the drinkability scale.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Beer bistro a while back and just rediscovered my tasting notes.

A thick head off white head crowns the dark murky body. Minimal lacing supports ok retention.

The nose is strong on malt notes; burnt brown sugar, as one would expect. Some more unusual spicy notes caramel, cinnamon; possibly from the yeast.

A strong chewy malt center, juicy at times. Some of the flavours are reminiscent of berries. Toasty malt rounds out the palate lingering on into the finish. Next to no trace of hops. The body is oily and vicious with a medium low carbonation.

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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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