Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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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
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
A hazy dark amber/brown beer. Has a big creamy beige head and a little lace. The aroma starts with a strong sweet malty character with caramel and vanilla notes. This is carried on the wings of a discernable alcohol note. This beer has a lush mouthfeel with fig and raisin note swimming about in the sweet liquid. You catch a hint of the alcohol, previewed in the aroma, on the back of you throat in the finish. As the beer warms I found chocolate and licorice notes in the aroma and a hint of honey in the taste.
03-23-2008 01:35:28 | More by ybnorml
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
11.2 oz bottle poured into Caracole tulip
A - Pours a dark, opaque, black licorice color with brown and ruby tints. Head is very nice at 1 inch and leaves intense lacing as it slowly fades.
S - Scent is largely a strong, caramelized, sweet malt flavor. A slight hint of alcohol and just a touch of floral hops. Has a bit of that certain Belgian yeast funk to let you know where its from. Nose gets even better and more balanced as it warms.
T - Sweet caramel with some earthy molasses flavor. Slightly woody with just a hint of the somewhat high ABV (thus, its well hidden). Tastes a bit metallic in the aftertaste with little to no bitterness.
M - Mild carbonation and a medium to full body. A bit sticky, even in the aftertaste.
D - Alcohol is well hidden and it drinks easily for the style and alcohol content.
A nice Wee Heavy that happens to be made in Belgium. A bit of Belgian yeast is evident, but otherwise it mostly follows tradition. Worth a try, but nothing outstanding.
03-18-2008 00:31:52 | More by gmcfarre
4/5 rDev +7.8%
I had the pleasure of having this beer on tap not too long ago at a bar in Philly called Zot.
It pours a nice chestnut brown with a white one finger head that disappears after a few sips. It smells sweet with an aroma of warm alcohol. Tastes the same way with a malt flavor that really comes through strong. It is a well rounded ale and since it was on tap it may have been a higher alcohol content due to it being a wee heavy. Not too carbonated and easy to drink. I had it with steak and stoemp bacon Belgian style. This beer was good on tap if you can find it on tap, try it.
02-19-2008 04:33:52 | More by ROMER79
4.35/5 rDev +17.3%
Thanks to Stetson at Vin de Pays for recommending this one!
From a cork finished 750, pours a great looking caramel/orange/dark amber color with a perfect 2 finger fluffy off-white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells distinctly of sweet caramel and toffee - something not too surprising given the style. Touches of dried fruits are present in the smell as well. Very nice.
The taste here is very pleasant. The backbone is most definitely filled with caramel/toffee sweetness, but those dried fruits come to play nicely as well. Somehow, this also manages to keep from being too sweet - something a lot of (especially American made) Scotch ales fail at. Maybe it is the alcohol itself balancing things out? Whatever it is, it works well here.
Mouthfeel is relatively rich but definitely not syrupy with an appropriate medium to low carbonation. Drinkability is very good.
Highly recommended. I have to go against the grain here and say this is an exceptional beer here. Nice balance, good complexity and great drinkability. I'll definitely be buying this again.
02-06-2008 09:03:16 | More by rallison
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
I wouldn't have expected to find a Belgian-brewed Scotch Ale, but here is one made by Brasserie de Silly. Spotted at the Wine Exchange for $1.69 (330ml bottle), on to the beer:
It looks just like any other Scotch ale: a dark cloudy brown color, and just a few shades away from being purple. Large bubbles sit on top of the head, but the retention is good considering. Sticky flavors in the nose consist of sap and pine, with a dose of raisins thrown in. The beer, although the carbonation is a little low, has a smooth robust taste. Malty and sweet like grapes/raisins, and it has a splash of passionfruit too. A hint a wet cardboard in the aftertaste take down the overall experience, but it's worth sampling.
01-29-2008 06:34:11 | More by DoubleJ
3.23/5 rDev -12.9%
Very dark ruby maroon in color. An off white pillow rests atop and leaves chunks of lacing at various points. Much in the way of carbonation bubbles.
Caramel and hints of peat with some light belgian spicey yeasty components. Various fruit esters. Not much else however.
Alcohol in the chest with caramel covered apples and cadied cherry flavors. Spicey again with some dark fruits and not the much peat in the mouth. Thin from the belgianizing which is why I've never been a fan of a "big" beer using a belgian yeast. Decent flavored but just lacking depth from that mentioned.
01-15-2008 22:34:38 | More by mcallister
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
$3.09 at Merchants for a 12oz bottle. 8.0% ABV. This one seems interesting...a Scottish Style ale brewed in Belgium. Pours out to a very dark chestnut, forming a large soapy tan light tan head with average retention and some mild lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is filled with dark fruit...I get prunes, raisins, a little sour milk when swirled, fruity esters, distant smoke and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense body and pillowy carbonation. The taste begins with dark fruits and some moderate sweetness, then is unfortunately marred by a strong and pervasive metallic sheen throughout. Some roasted wood and soap are in the finish, and some chemical bitterness, like hop extract is in the aftertaste. Overall, quite sweet, almost saccharinized. Quite rich as well. One bottle will be enough.
A decent brew, but a little too sweet and artifical tasting. The metallic taste also hurts it's drinkability.
01-06-2008 01:52:13 | More by Mitchster
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured with little head that left a brown coating around the outside of the liquid. It is a dark brown, almost creamy coffee in look.
Holy Moly is this sweet on the nose. Caramel, Toffee, nougat, mainly sweet toffee. Spiced Pear seems to come through.
Sweet toffee hits you straight away, with a Caramel finish. It is like drinking caramel chocolate. It never expected this, as this is the first Scotch Ale I have ever tried, and it is wonderful. Amazing flavours, just nice and sweet.
It is scary to think this is 8% alcohol, as I could knock this back all night long if I had to. There is little carbonation and it slides down your throat with ease.
12-17-2007 14:07:22 | More by Lukie
2.05/5 rDev -44.7%
Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle at cellar temperature into a tulip glass.
A: Poured a dense dark cream head that stayed with the beer. Showed moderate to heavy lacing. Color is dark garnet, very clear, with lots of tiny bubbles.
S: Not much going on in the nose. Some malt and even honey notes, and perhaps some ripe red fruit, but all very muted.
T: Some red fruit and lots of malt sweetness predominate the flavor. There is also some earthiness that I find hard to characterize. A strong impression of honey is present too, which is interesting because I do not believe that honey is used in this beer. Alcohol is not noticeable. Ends on a strong sour note.
M: I perceive a heavy diacetyl content. Mouthfeel is buttery, and too dense.
D: Because of the out-of-balance mouthfeel, I would find it difficult to drink a lot of this.
Overall: The concept of a Belgian-brewed Scotch-style ale is very appealing. Apart from that novelty, however, this beer disappoints. It lacks most of the malt complexity that can be found in the finer examples of the style. I do not know the age of the bottle; it is possible that it is simply past its prime. In any event, I could not finish the bottle.
11-11-2007 01:10:28 | More by MCDuhamel
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
It pours a dark red mahogany color with a half inch off white head just like a good beer should have. Perfect looking beer. Sweet VERY malty caramely aroma with some atypical belgian spice in there. Not exactly to style of a scottish ale but the belgians tend to do their own thing anyway. The flavor is pretty sweet in typical scottish fashion but there is a distinct belgian feel to it in terms of the malt profile. Not bad at all but perhaps a bit sweet for me. The mouthfeel is decently heavy but not overwhelming. Overall it's a bit sweet for me but not a bad beer if I'm in that mood.
10-31-2007 04:04:57 | More by drseamus
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a clear mahogany color with a sticky yellow cream head that fades to just a dusting soon after the pour. The nose is full of yeasty smells, along with sugared, slightly sour dates, hints of licorice and some bubblegum. There's little wee heavy, in my opinion, in the aroma. The palate, though, is a different story, and the Belgian elements and the Scottish influence come into focus here. Some acidity first off and some brisk carbonation, followed by some rich, chocolatey and nutty malts combined with dark fruit esters. The finish turns sweet and shows some bubblegum and tropical fruit notes. Overall, this is a successful hybrid of Belgian and Scottish. It's interesting, tasty, and cohesive. Well done.
10-15-2007 03:54:31 | More by geexploitation
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
A = Pours a dark amber and leaves a nice light brownish head. Nice lacing on the glass
S= A hing of malty aroma, apple turnover, some spiciness
T = great taste, pretty much same as the smell, caramel apple, hint of maltiness and a tiny but of spice on the edge
M = I guess I can see how an earlier reviewer said this does not have the usual mouth feel of a wee heavy. Despite that though judging this as just a good beer the mouthfeel is not heavy, carbonation is very pleasant. I could probably down a few of these if it weren't so expensive.
D = Very good, you barely feel the 8% at all. I guess thats what those nutty belgians are good at huh. I could plow threw a few of these.
This beer is pretty damn good. I picked it up on accident. It cost 9 bucks for a 750ml bottle here and it was on the wrong shelf. If I knew it was that much I probably would not have picked it up. But its quite good. If it like 4-5 bucks a bottle I would pick up a few and have a wild night!
08-22-2007 01:48:27 | More by TheBeerWolf
2.53/5 rDev -31.8%
12 oz bottle with no "best by" date. I thought this Belgian attempt at a Scottish "wee heavy" was disappointing in that some of the distinguishing characteristics I look for in a "wee heavy" were missing; namely the warmth in the mouth due to the increased alcohol content and the thicker , heavier weight of the beer in your mouth. I also did not care for the definite sour aftertaste left by this beer. The normal malty taste was not noticed due to the sourness. Maybe a had a bad bottle.
I did not notice any hoppy taste, which would does agree with the "wee heavy" profile.
Not a bad ale, just not what I think of when I reach for a Scottish export.
08-08-2007 12:47:33 | More by bristerboy
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Had this on tap at Max's the other night. Never heard of this beer or the brewery and have to say I really enjoyed it.
The beer pours an amber brown color with hints of orange. The beer has a very dense creamy head with excellent lacing. The nose is pretty interesting, with sort of a dry maltiness, but interspersed with a sour/tart overlay. On the palate this beer is delicious. The beer is pretty sweet, but finishes dry. I get flavors if casaba melon and ranier cherries, and later as it warms up honey, butter and butterscotch. The beer has a very impressive light, creamy mouthfeel, and I have to say this beer is just entirely too drinkable. There's just enough hops to keep the sweetness from ever becoming cloying, and the 8% abv. is extremely well disguised. So drinkable.... I think I'll have another right now!
08-05-2007 16:36:52 | More by John_M
2.08/5 rDev -43.9%
Like some other reviewers, I am hoping I got a bad bottle. I have another bottle and will give it a second chance.
I am a huge fan of this style, my staples are McEwans, Skullsplitter and Traquir House. Scotch Silly does not belong in that company, nor does it belong in my fridge.
Poured out flat, no head (again, bad bottle?) Amber color but not attractive in the glass.
Smells of apples, roasted malts and hint of Belgian yeast.
Taste is where this beer falls apart for me. Too sweet. Smoky, but like a campfire after you poured water on it. Someone mentioned Canadian whisky, yes that flavor is there, but it was the cheap stuff that makes you shake your head violently after it goes down. Better in big gulps rather than sips.
Mouthfeel is ok, nothing to write home about.
Drinkability: Got through most of it. Last inch or so in the drain.
With so many good reviews for this beer, I hope that my second bottle will be better, Will revise review if needed.
08-03-2007 02:57:39 | More by climbtowers
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
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
2.73/5 rDev -26.4%
Received as a sample from my sales rep.
Served at cellar temperature and poured into a Weizen glass.
Appearance is good. Dark copper colored beer with very dark edges. The head on this beer is what saved the appearance. Nice fluffy, sand colored head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.
Small is above-average. Crisp red apple and sweet Belgium candy sugar. Very sweet aroma. Earthy malts in the background.
Taste is not impressive. First sip, huge sweet, sugary malty flavor that finishes very metallic. Second sip, more metallic taste. One of the few beers i had to eventually pour down the drain. Too much metallic flavor.
Mouthfeel is average. Finishes thin and too sweet.
Drinkability is bad. Drain pour. Nuff said.
Looked good but failed to deliver. Metallic flavor killed everything. Bad example of the style. Not recommended.
06-09-2007 07:50:08 | More by KingG
3/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
05-23-2007 02:40:13 | More by bradford
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
A: Has a walnut brown tone with a very decent lace.
S: Nutty aroma with a slight caramel tint.
T&M: Has a very upfront strong natural tastte to it. You can really taste the alcohol, which in turn leaves the mouth with that numb sensation.
D: One is all this guy could go for in this session and no mas after that.
05-18-2007 17:07:01 | More by July2Nov
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.
04-20-2007 19:43:35 | More by joedon
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com...
Poured a dark copper / chestnut colour. Creamy head poured big, thick and foamy then faded quite slowly to thickish layer... sparse carbonation... lots of sticky lacing coats the glass almost until the end..
Aroma - Nice lightly toasted biscuity malts, fairly strong toffee / caramel sweetness, nutmeg hints, spicy / peppery hop bitterness, typical Belgian bready / yeasty notes, spicy fruits (raisins, figs, oranges), quite strong rum / whiskey traces, some butterscotch...
Taste Quite strong sweet toasty caramel malts, buttery, some treacle notes, toffee, alcohol soaked fruits (figs, dates, bitter orages), peppery hops, oaky hints, creamy notes, warming scotch alcohol traces, bready, quite nutty...
Feel - Very smooth and velvety... medium bodied... This would be a little too sweet and strong to be very drinkable - more of a sipping beer...
Overall - A very good example of a scotch ale although it may be a little sweet for some... a nice winter warner though.. recommended
03-27-2007 10:56:48 | More by mdagnew
2.98/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
02-13-2007 06:12:28 | More by Tawnos
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
The bartender gave me this beer calling it a Belgain scotch ale, and I can certainly see why. It carries many of the standard features of any strong dark belgain ales, very malty lots of dark fruits and a touch of caramel. It also caries some pleasant smokiness which I greatly enjoyed. the mouthfeel was smooth with apropriate carbonation. There was enough complexity to make it very drinkable.
Overall I enjoyed this beer and would order it again at the bar quite readily.
01-21-2007 04:31:46 | More by geetlord
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.