1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Not Rated.
Scotch De SillyScotch De Silly

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

348 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 348
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 348 | Reviews: 210 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Bubukar
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Bubukar, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of jrb1001
4.88/5  rDev +31.5%

The bottle was purchased at Cyclone Liquor, in Ames, Iowa. The price was very reasonable.

I was very surprised by the beer, I didn't think it was going to be as good as it was, but it was really good. I would definitely try it again. The beer was dark in color, upon pouring was a small brown head. It had a great aroma and it tasted very good. It had a nice sweet taste to it.

jrb1001, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of fostachild
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%

750ml bottle - poured a bit more than half, re-corked the rest for tomorrow.

pours a cloudy brown/red colour. quite a bit of nice light tan/off-white head - also decent lacing for a while.

smell was really intriguing. sour and sweet - had wine, fruit, a hint of alcohol.

taste was awesome - sweet/fruity, berries, malt, alcohol, and a bitter caramel aftertaste. obviously heavy but still well balanced, great carbonation, and good drinkability. love when i get my hands on a scotch silly, have really enjoyed it every time i've tried it. overall just a great scotch ale, easily one of my favorites to date.

fostachild, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Goforth
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Goforth, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of SoPeL
4.75/5  rDev +28%

SoPeL, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Pours a muddy brown, which quickly consolidates into deep black, topped with a spotty, roasted tan head. Great and powerful aromatics: grapes at first, followed by cherries, toffee, butterscotch. Sweets and alcohol, the perfect combination! You get the feeling of a candy bar, melted down and boozed up! Huge, thick malt on the palate, plus marvelous, lively hops doing their fandango on the taste buds, lush mouthfeel, and lasting finish. This Belgian Scotch ale is an absolute joy to drink, and makes a perfect dessert beer,or sweet, rewarding nightcap. Very mellow and relaxing. A classic

feloniousmonk, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%

Dark amber/ruby in color, with a two-finger head that leaves a very nice lace. The aroma is complex and enticing: sweet, with a tart fruitiness, lots of spicy notes and a bit of biscuity malt. The taste is quite sweet, with both the malt on candi sugar contributing. A bit of a licorice-like flavor mid-palate combines with apricot-like fruity notes. Finish is sweet with hints of yeast, and just enough support from the hops to create balance. The alcohol is very well-hidden in this beer, and each sip left me anxious for another. Velvety-smooth, this makes an excellent dessert beer.

mzwolinski, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Nov 19, 2002
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +24.3%

Scotch Silly has a thin, fizzy, off-white head, and a milk-chocolate brown appearance, with rather large tan chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of sweet, rich, pungent, brandywine, and dark bread. The flavor is equally rich, with even a strange or interesting citrus aspect in the back-taste. Bitterness is low, and sweetness is high. Mouthfeel is between medium and heavy, and Scotch Silly finishes not so dry and delicious. Booziness is not an issue with this beer. Just a great, great beer!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of pjkelley82
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

pjkelley82, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of EJN
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

EJN, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

pathman, May 18, 2014
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Zachtheporter, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of brys82
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

brys82, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of NightINgale
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

NightINgale, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Dapperticus, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of rjholcomb
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

rjholcomb, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Beershack
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Beershack, May 04, 2014
Photo of joedon
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

I'm surprised by how much I like this beer. The taste is exceptional: sherry, raisins, blackberries and crystal malt all come through. Very lightly hopped per the Scottish style. Aroma also of sherry, vanilla and fruit.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet.
Big foamy tan head tops a slightly murky dark amber beer.
Michael Jackson makes a big deal about this beer on his "Beerhunter" video and now I understand why.

joedon, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of StaveHooks
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%

750ml served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a dark and clear garnet with 2 fingers of stern khaki foam that retains very well forming a thin cap. A few round dots of lacing.

S - Lots of fruit, plums, raisins, fruit cake, sweet malt, some spicy alcohol,

T - Loads of caramel/toffee malts, apple brandy, vanilla, brown sugar, very sweet up front, brown bread crust, figs, cherries, apples, plums, dried bananas, sticky raisins, woody alcohol, spicy yeast. Finishes with a tea tannin bitterness.

M - Very smooth and creamy feel, low carbonation,

Wow! This was very good! Kind of like a Dubbel meets Scotch Ale. Very fruity with a dense malt backbone that had a woody alcohol edge to it. Great feel and I enjoyed every sip. I'm gonna pick up a few of these for Christmas/winter.

StaveHooks, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%

This was the beer for the soup course at the beer dinner on 4/4/09 at Kindling.

A: This was a fun one. As soon as the bottles were opened, it started coming up and even foamed out. We had to get towels to set under the bottles to let this calm down before pouring. Once poured it was a brown with orange/copper highlights around the edge.

S: I get the earthiness from the yeast, some caramel tones, and a little fruit sweetness.

T: I was surprised with this one. A Scottish style from a Belgian - what to expect? It started out with the sweetness I've come to expect in a Scottish ale. On the back edge I got some of the spices and a warming effect that I've come to expect from Belgian ales. From what style the fruit tones come from, I'm not sure but they are there.

M: It's a rich beer but it feels good. Even with the angry foam when opened I didn't feel as if this was over carbonated.

D: I liked this one. It was very enjoyable. With most of the good beers I've come across, I would limit myself to one per session.

BobbyBeerman, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of rkhaze
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured a cloudy dark amber with a tan head that disappeared quickly but leaves good lace.
Great aroma. Rich sweet/smoky malt, butterscotch, candied fruits
and a bit of alcohol.
The flavor was rich and malty with toffee, butterscotch and some smokiness. Fruity and bready with an almost brandy-like alcohol that's hidden well and a mild hop presence. Fruitcake in a glass?
It had a nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Good drinkability for such a rich beer.
Let this one warm up. It gets more complex with the smokiness, butterscotch and fruitiness really coming out.
It gets an almost sticky, cloying sweetness that stops just short of being over the top. Outstanding for a dessert beer or night cap and a nice belly-warmer. I really liked this beer!

rkhaze, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

A rather odd find at the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A gorgeous elixir out of the bottle, the head on this Ale was thick, pillowy and delectable. The aroma was clearly a concoction of sweetness and ever-carefully milled grains. Easy on the palate with absolutely no heaviness to it whatsoever. A solid, solid brew, and one that I am proud to say I have tried.

Prosit!

goindownsouth, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a ruby maroon brown with a small one centimeter head with excellent lacing as I expect from a Belgian brewed beer.

S: Striking sweetness at first, but it dies down a bit, a nice smell of molasses and brown sugar.

T: Very sweet on the first sip, but the beer works it well. The light hops come in immediately to lasso the sweetness and stop it from getting out of control. This is definitely a Belgian interpretation of the style. Huge amounts of brown candi sugar bombard the palate, no real peatiness, not exactly true to the style you can see in something like Belhaven, but it certainly tastes good, I liked it a lot.

M: Lightly off-dry in the finsh, but still contains a lot of residual sugar, not cloying at all. Carbonation is light, it adds some zip to the beer while it's on the tongue, but everything is there in balance.

D: This beer was always available to me in the stores, but somehow I haven't tried it until now, stupid me. Great brew right here, a nice hybrid of styles.

Halcyondays, Oct 08, 2008
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.