Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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Reviews by davidchollar:
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
This silly little beer pours out a very dark amber, light around the edges. Big, whipped-creamy thick head sticks around for a long time, never really goes away. Great color, awesome head, this is a pretty beer. The appearance is similar to some of my all-time favorites - it's a great look for a beer so it gets a bonus half point.
The smell is nice, but pretty subtle at first. I can smell the sweet and boozy malt bomb I expect from a scotch ale / wee heavy. I'm drinking straight out of the fridge so I imagine it will improve as it warms. Taste is intense and satisfying immediately. I didn't want to wait around for it to warm up a bit, and it turns out you really don't have to. Scotch Silly is obviously a very well made ale, very tasty and with a nice mouthfeel. It's sweet, but has a nice strong finish that makes it very drinkable. Purchased on a whim (read: I didn't remember it when I saw it at a store, didn't know the BA score), I don't regret it. I'd definitely get it again.
11-27-2006 13:41:34 | More by davidchollar
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4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-02-2004 02:04:56 | More by oberon
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
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. Theres 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.
02-27-2004 02:38:16 | More by RoyalT
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
06-20-2007 13:10:23 | More by lordofthewiens
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-26-2008 14:21:57 | More by Doomcifer
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
09-15-2004 01:28:39 | More by merlin48
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-18-2006 17:28:25 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
09-10-2002 12:05:12 | More by ryanocerus
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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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02-15-2004 19:57:56 | More by ADR
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
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)
02-28-2012 03:01:42 | More by frankiepop
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-17-2004 10:58:30 | More by rastaman
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
(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.
07-01-2005 02:16:27 | More by rhoadsrage
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
07-09-2007 00:59:14 | More by IntriqKen
3.18/5 rDev -14.3%
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).
04-02-2008 09:14:12 | More by cokes
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
04-13-2004 03:12:18 | More by RockyTopHeel
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
12-23-2005 21:30:34 | More by Sammy
4.7/5 rDev +26.7%
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!
11-19-2002 15:41:54 | More by NeroFiddled
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-30-2010 03:04:27 | More by rmolledo
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.