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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with very sweet malt and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells pretty nice but the taste is way too sweet to drink a lot of this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel brown with a tint of red. Little bit of a light tan head. Nose brings some toffee, caramel, a bit of dark fruits, and some tart green apple. Taste is a lot of toffee without too much complexity. Hints of dates and green apple. Feel is light to medium with low carbonation. Very strange beer and I don't think the idea really carries, at least with this beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a typically Belgian head that leaves a reasonable amount of lacing behind

Smell: Buttery pecan and caramel, but there is a hint of acetone (nail polish) in there as well

Taste: Caramel dominates, up front, with a metallic, somewhat medicinal element that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the off-flavors persist through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: The off flavors really take the beer down a few notches; I note that most of the more favorable reviews of this beer are a few years old and have to wonder about the batch that is currently available in this country

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

Though it shows a lot of interesting flavors, character, and possability, there are a lot of conflicting flavors to this brew. Looks acurate enoug--somewhere between a Belgian Dark and a murky Scotch Ale. Has fair retention and lacing. Smells malty and spicy and promises to be an excellent brew from the nose. Flavors though bold, become too muddled. The peated malt doesn't really jive with the Belgian spicy yeast. The beer seems to get it's sweetness and texture from the Belgian candy sugars rather than from caramelly malt--this hurts the Scotch Ale character. The spiciness and fruitiness detracts from the syrup sweetness. The moderate body seemed a bit thin, but still nice. The alcohols are nicely hidden--only a light detection in the finish. Otherwise, the finish was sweet, spicy, and a bit cloying. Though not a favorite of mine, it was still a challenge for the tastebuds.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a super huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of peaty malt with sweet caramel malt. Taste is quite rich with strong syrupy malt, caramel malts, figs dry raisins and nice subtle funky touch from the yeast. Body is definitely above average with a syrup-like body and alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head started rising even before I started the pour. Within seconds of popping the cap, foam began slowly but steadily oozing up and out of the bottle. Those Belgians really do love their carbonation. Clear, reddish copper with a light toffee-colored, mega-firm, expansive head that is more than rocky, it's craggy. Chunks of lace remain. Note: the final pour murks things up significantly.

The nose is primarily caramel malty with an interesting aroma that I can only describe as perfumy. It sounds horrible to say that a beer smells like perfume, but it's really not bad in this case. An interesting fragrance to say the least. I appreciate a spiced apples/apple cider scent as well.

The flavor is a carbon copy of the nose. It's heavily toasted caramel malty with the sweet taste/mouthfeel of apple cider. There's also a darker fruitiness along the lines of figs or even raisins. Naturally, the beer has a sour Belgian yeastiness, though it's much more understated than it might have been. I don't appreciate any peaty or smoky aromas or flavors like I expected I might.

The body leans toward full while being lightened considerably by the generous, although not overbearing, amount of carbonation. There's little evidence of the 8% ABV on the palate and the beer doesn't drink like a higher alcohol offering. Then again, I'm only halfway through the bottle.

I haven't had any of the authentic, brewed in Scotland, Scotch ales yet, but I think I might be positively disposed toward the style. Even though I like Silly Scotch a great deal, I'm not sure that it's a fair enough representation to be an accurate barometer. The flavor grew on me quite a bit as it warmed and I've gone back to bump up the taste score a half-notch. All in all, this is a fine brew.

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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled earthy and malty with notes of peat.

T - It tasted of dried fruits with notes of plum and raisin. It had a nice malty taste with an earthy spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice scotch ale. Interesting to put a Belgian spin on the style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

When I’m satisfied with what’s in the glass, I’m presented with quite a sight: Apparently there was an old-school music fest up in Scotland, and one of those patchouli-laden hippies got it into his pot-addled skull that skinny dipping in the moors was a good idea. More than that, he opened his bloodshot eyes whilst beneath the surface and surveyed his brackish surroundings from behind his wacky red-tinted glasses. Seriously, why the hell does anyone wear those damn things? They don’t block out any sun or UV rays or anything; they just make the world a painful shade of artificial rose, one made all the more painful when the glasses are removed and reality floods in in all its Technicolor glory. Our poor hippie may not get the chance to discover his mistake, however, ‘cause just above him has formed not an acid-provoked fever dragon, but a solid inch-thickness of ecru slate, equally lithe as permanent. Godspeed, starchild…

Old lady caramel dances with her breakfast grapefruit, currently going on four hours in the trash (nowhere near long enough to rot, but far from fresh and bright), up in my ‘strils. Something akin to rye toast smattered in moss enters in as well, rounding things out. I didn’t expect such stark simplicity here, for some reason, but that’s indeed what I’ve been presented with. Maybe the moss is reminiscent of Scottish thistle, and maybe I’m just stretching in order to forcibly connect a place with its prodigal style. Fuck it, at least I’m trying!

I guess my ‘strils are doin’ their job well today, ‘cause my tongue is corroborating the story above. At first, though, a sweet fruitiness pervades, but it’s vague enough to evade specificity, the lucky prick. We’ll get him next time, Dan-o. Then the mild grapefruit, buttery caramel, light moss, and toast come back for an encore, one of those curtain calls nobody chants for (much less sparked their lighter for) but happens anyway. Just get your cell out, record a bootleg, and hopefully make up some of the dough you threw down for this shit in hopes of expediting the drop of those lacies next to you. Might as well get something out of it, she’s been knockin’ back bottle of O’Doul’s Amber all night and fumbling with her WWJD bracelet. Sumbitch. Then comes something new, something I remember from that weird guy at Cortland and Ashland, namely a strong sense of drying cardboard. That’s all there is in the end: Just like that raving derelict, all you’re left with is an old box and funny looks.

While waiting for this sad corrugated mess to leave, it’s clear this stuff was built to last. It’s firm in your grill, kinda thick wit’ it without going too far into Mo’Nique territory, and doesn’t have a bubbly enough personality for morning radio but can get along well enough at the DMV. Nah, that’s being mean, substitute the Social Security office there, those chicks at least feign smiles at times. When all is said and done, it’s not dry outside, but the umbrella sure as hell ain’t necessary, just a light sweatshirt. No hood. Fuck your hoodies, skatetrash: it’s only water, not acid waiting to dissolve that shitty dyejob you never shoulda let your flaky fingerbang fan do to you. Shit, those pants are too tight, even for a rail like her. Suspicious.

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - One finger of brownish-white head, on a hazy, medium brown body with ruby highlights. The head leaves sticky lace as it slowly recedes.

S - Rich maltiness with some toasted notes and toffee. A bit of fruit from the yeast and just a hint of hops.

T - A bug malty note up front, a bit darker than the aroma with more toffee and a bit of chocolate. Some phenols and smokiness in the middle followed by surprisingly strong bitterness in the finish.

M - A thick, chewy body with medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - The malt character in the aroma is nice, but the flavor is kind of one dimensional and it gets kind of boring towards the finish. One of these is more than enough.

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 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 kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip at a bar in Southern California. Reviewed from notes taken last weekend.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice cream and thickness. Above average (~2-3 minute) retention. Body colour is a caramel-brown. Nontransparent. Glowing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramalt, bready malts. Quite bready, actually. Toffee. Toasted malts. Cream. Brown bread. A mild strength aroma. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Bready with caramalts featured noticeably. Brown bread. Cream. Toasted malt. Hints of toffee. Balanced, with layered complexity. Tasty and nicely subtle. Definitely a noticeably Belgian take on the style. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Nice thickness. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. A lovely Belgian take on the scotch ale style. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but I doubt I'd get it again. One of the better beers I've had from Brasserie de Silly so far.

Low B-

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a fruity yeast aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a wondeful malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity with some yeasty notes. It's slightly dry in the finish with a warm aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good beer, but it's nothing too great. It's a Scotch ale done Belgium style.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color that is topped by a tan head. The aroma is a malty, on the dry side, with notes of miso, and perhaps a faint musty character. Overall a fairly mellow nose on this one. The taste is sweet up front and finishes with a note that reminds me of tropical fruit. It is quite malty as well with perhaps a hint of sherry in the middle of the beer. As the beer warms up a bit I get notes of orange and spice cake. This is most definitely a Scottish inspired brew, though (thankfully for me) the Belgian brewer could not leave well enough alone, and allowed for some extra complexity that was contributed by the yeast strain. Appropriately the hop character of this beer is practically non-existant.

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

The beer is a hazy copper hue with a half inch of light tan head that leaves some decent lacing in its wake.

The aroma offers sweet malt, heavy yeast, fruit, spice, toffee.

Yeast asserts itself immediately, with some fruity, malty sweetness coming in behind. A decent beer, and not lacking in flavor, but a bit sweet and imbalanced. This definitely tastes like a Belgian ale rather than a Scotch ale, with prevalent yeast throughout, almost like a dubbel.

Medium bodied with lingering sweetness and fruity, candied malt.

Overall, pretty good, but I don't see myself returning to this one, as it's a bit too sweet for my personal tastes.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 330ml bottle, best before 6th March 2010, reviewed while drinking it, 12th Sept 2010, some 6 months after its best by date.

Poured into a Gordon Finest Gold thistle shaped glass (well it is a Scotch).

Deep tanned head on top of a dark red/brown body, looks good in the thistle glass. Lacing held on well to the glass as the head faded.

Sweet malt molasses fill the nose, almost treacle in smell, lets say toffee apple aromas. As the beer warmed I detected some smouldering woodlike smells, Christmas Winter Warmer style.

The taste is very simular to the smell, sweet and treacle like in flavour, but not a sickly over sweetness. A fireside warmth sort of beer.

Very drinkable for 8% ABV, alcohol is well hidden in the rich body, one of the better Belgian Scottish styled beers.

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 DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Novare Res at the beginning of the summer. Poured a nice, dark, ruby brown with a decent head and excellent lacing. Smelled on the lighter side, but with notes of butterscotch, grain, dates, and prune. Tasted sweet to start, but complex with sweet malt, some pie spice, rich flavors of ripe pears, prunes, and some more sharper spice on the finish. Very smooth. I've always found Belgian interpretations of Scotch ales to be very interesting and richly delicious, but to be drunk sparingly. This is one of the better ones.

Photo of Zorro
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown brew with a tinge of yellow. The head is tan thick and doesn't disappear the whole time it is in your glass.

Smell is very malty and a bit sugary. Lots of molasses scent and faint traces of tropical fruit and herbal hops, slight tea scent from the hops. There is very little smokiness or peat scent in this. Smells good but the smell is more like a Belgian dark ale than a Scotch ale.

Taste is sweet but not sugary and very full. Carbonation is high enough to prickle the tongue. Flavor details are brown sugar, tropical fruits, hop bitterness, chocolate, and a faint bit of peat. The sweetness and lack of a major flavor component of smokiness is the reason this beer gets a 4 instead of a 4.5. This is a kick ass Belgian ale but it has some flaws as a Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel is one of the best I have ever tasted. Carbonation and the weight of the brew combine to give almost a milkshake level of creaminess and heft. This is a beer you sip not chug!

Drinkability is dangerously good considering the alcohol and price. World class Belgian Dark Ale and a pleasing Scotch Ale. What do you call a beer made in a city named Silly? You call it damned good!

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.84/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I saw this and said hmmmm. I took a $10 gamble and lost, horribly.
Poured a deep copper with a tannish head, good carbonation. Nose is fruity, champgne like, caramel. Taste is astringent, fruit, not good at all. What about this beer represents the style? Mouthfeel is champgne like, big carbonation, fruit, a litte caramel and to much funk and tart. I had $1 worth and the other $( went down the drain with a vengeance.

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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.