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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with some viscosity and forms a 2 finger off white head on a reddish brown body with a lot of active carbonation. It's a little hazy, but consistently so, not with chunks.

S: A little "beery" to me. Sort of like adjuncts. Slightly sweet, not hops. Needs more power and depth.

T: MMMM there's the sweet malt. Surprising how sweet it is for such thin body. Perhaps some Belgian candy to it? Yes, I think Candy sugar. I get some of the sweet and spice notes I would expect from some abbey beers. But not a scotch ale. As a scotch ale, this does poorly.

M: Thin, much too thin for a Scotch Ale. I would think of this more as a Dubbel or something, but not a scotch ale.

D: Drinkable, particularly for 8% Abv, but not what I want in A Scotch Ale, this will not keep me warm and snug on a winter's night.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A heavy 11.2 fl oz bottle. Pours out a cloudy orange-amber color. A good size off white head seems to last. The smell is solid malt all the way. A hint of something citrus in the background.

Taste is what I expected with a twist. Malty and heavy in the beginning then giving way to sweetness. Appears rough at first and them mellows out. A bit dry which I didn't expect. The aftertaste is mostly orange and citrus laced with sugar. I also pick up just a touch of something smoky. A very nice beer.

Photo of Evarigan
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of megahurts4
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scotch de Silly

Appearance: dark red, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: sweet caramel, a hint of fruit, and malts.

Taste: caramel, dark fruits, and a sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and thick.

This is a decent brew. The balance is ok. It is fairly sweet.

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DMarlinJ
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of santoslhalper
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Poured a hazy copper with a thick, creamy beige head.

Smell: The smell is an odd mix of sweet, honeyish malts with earthy hops and a nice dose of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is an incredibly creamy beer. Wonderfully so. The malts are powerfully sweet, almost mind-bogglingly so. The alcohol is a bit heavy, and isn't well rounded, but it's still a fun beer to sip on.

Drinkability and Overall: While being a bit unbalanced, this is still an interesting beer moslty because of the odd belgian qualitites added. Makes it quite complex, and interesting enough to finish, but not one to keep drinking. The alcohol is too strong to keep it from being better. Not bad.

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BrewMaster
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle (11.2 oz), no freshness dating anywhere on the bottle. purchased at Whole Foods in Pasadena for about $3.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel glass. Murky brown fluid topped with a tan head. The head shows very good retention and decent lacing. The lacing is nice but only about half of it really sticks to the glass. Swirling brings back a very smooth and fine head that makes the beer look very nice.

Smell: This beer has a very strong aroma that I get a whiff of without even holding the glass to my nose. The stronget scent is the maltiness that I can smell across the table. The aroma is sweet and malty with a vinous character. The aroma is also slightly roasty.

Taste: The flavor on this beer is long. A big sweet maltiness up front with raisins, brown sugar, toffee, and tart plums with candy sugar. More light roastiness on par with the nose. But this beer takes an unfortunate turn. If the flavors had ended with the above decriptors it would be great, but a metallic flavor rises near the middle to end. Mixed in with the odd and nasty metallic flavor is actually a pleasant smokiness that rides to the end. The aftertaste is very malty and sticky.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied but it doesn't overwhelm or weigh down my palate. Despite the metallic flavor this beer has a pleasant feel on the palate. It's sticky but not syrupy. Lightly carbonated and has the right feel for the style.

Drinkability: If not for the metallic flavor this would be an even more drinkable beer. It's not bad by any means but it does have that nasty flavor that squeeks in for a second. If I look past the metallic flavor I think this beer's strengths lie in the great maltiness that develops into complex fruit flavors and maintains a nice roasty flavor from the malting process. Well done but it could use some work too.

Photo of thekanna
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque maroon, the color of apple cider, into a goblet. Head is almost non-existent.

Smell: Strong molasses, maple syrup, toffee, and assorted other dark, sweet treats.

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, with a slightly sour note. Spices shine through pretty strongly: they weren't kidding about them. Yeast and bitter hop flavors at the end, with a bit of spiced alcohol aftertaste (like mulled cider).

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for the style, but not bad.

Drinkability: This one's a sipper. Overall, tastes and feels like the belgian interpretation of a scotch ale; almost like it was Dubbel-inspired.

Photo of larbush
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JBogan
2.46/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky looking dark brown with a beige head which recedes quickly into a thin film. Minimal lacing left behind. Not much to look at.

Smells of sweet malts along with a hint of woodiness.

Tastes unbelievably sweet. Perhaps some chocolate and butterscotch, but that's being generous. The alcohol makes it's presence known as it warms. The sweetness just dominates everything else. A very one dimensional beer. Sweet followed by more sweet.

Mouthfeel was smooth and thick, although very flat. Felt almost dead in the mouth.

This is not a beer I'd ever care to have again. It was all I could do to finish the 12 oz bottle.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a brownish copper with bronze highlights. Cloudy with the yeast pour. Creamy three finger head shows outstanding retention and wide sticky patterns of lace. Medicinal/fruity belgian nose with background crystal malt; fairly mild. Big crystal malt sweetness with a sugary alcohol taste upfront. Caramel and weak phenols come on just before the dry, peat smoked malt aftertaste. Very little hop bitterness or flavor here, and the yeast is not tart enough to balance the malt; it tastes sort of under-attentuated. Medium body and light-medium carbonation again allow the sweetness to become slightly cloying and the finish boarders on harsh. A most unusual wee-heavy that seems to miss the mark for it's lack of authentic scotch ale flavor.

Photo of amvrana
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmathis
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kyle86
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overflowed the bottle with carbonation and head, but it dissapated quickly. Dark brownish red in color. The smell is slightly metallic and slightly fruity with earthy tones. Taste is metallic with slight roasted malts for flavor. Mouthfeel is a little smooth. Overall I wouldn't have another. I wonder what it was supposed to taste like.

Photo of n2pux
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SStein
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of fostachild
4.77/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.