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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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BA SCORE
84
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348 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Sammy, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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

brentk56, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 14, 2004
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
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.

oberon, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.1%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

zeff80, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
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!

NeroFiddled, Nov 19, 2002
Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

nickfl, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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

russpowell, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +28%
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

feloniousmonk, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

WesWes, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 08, 2008
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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.