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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002)
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Photo of larbush
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

larbush, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Erdinger2003, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of DMarlinJ
4/5  rDev +7.8%

DMarlinJ, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Kevinpitts, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of fostachild
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

fostachild, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of kyle86
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

kyle86, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

strohme2, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of deanhead
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can appreciate these Belgian breweries brewing styles other then the true Belgian styles.

This beer poured a nicehead with a brown-amberish color
Aroma is brown sugar, and maybe a hint of flowers.

Tastei s strong, and alcohol like. Almost winey and cider, almost solvent like. Sweet and and cloying, with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly light. Not anyting that I would come to excpet from a Scottish Ale.

It's drinkability is suspect. It seems to miss the mark for the style. I probably would not seek this beer out again, but would be open to sampling their other offerings.

deanhead, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of MystikCelt
4/5  rDev +7.8%

MystikCelt, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

PthPndr, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BuckSpin
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm..a Scotch Ale brewed in Belgium.

Color is great, a rich, amberesque honey toned hue, warm. A beautiful 1" head of a dirty cream colored foam of mixed bubbles that laced subtly as I drank. Visually a very sharp & appealing beer.

Nose is interesting. Fresh out of the bottle I swear I smell sweet fruit like strawberry, but it fades immediately. Overtones of rich caramel, sharpness, maybe pine? A deeper, richer undercurrent of malt is apparent as it warms.

Its syrupy, sorta sweet, some more caramel tones, very even...no real peaks or valleys on the tongue or pallete...nice. Rich, a little thick, subtly creamy, some earth/peaty traces, traces of honey. The finish is also thick & a bit syrupy, bittersweet, then a rush of hard wood like oak...nice.

Unlike other beers with a high ABV, this doesn't warm the mouth but instead "tickles" the teeth...odd.

Its good, perhaps a bit syrupy sweet/rich, but good. I would recommend it, but honestly couldn't see sessioning this one. Enjoy it as a solo star.

BuckSpin, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of hyuga
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark mahogany brew with a creme-colored head that stays very well. Leaves scattered lace trails down the glass. Great looking beer! Heavy molasses and caramel aroma with hints of Belgian yeast and some Belgian-style maltiness along with a little peat. On the tongue, it's thick, rich, and smooth. Big caramel and molasses all around. Alcohol spice and hops tickle at the tongue. Chocolate shows up here and there and a peatiness shows most in the aftertaste. Slightly metallic here and there, a characteristic which was a bit too pronounced in the first few sips, but waned with further sips. Suggestions of Belgian yeast are here and there and in the aftertaste. Smooth, thick, and creamy mouthfeel, as it should be. An interesting beer, a Scotch ale with some Belgian thrown in. I'm a huge fan of Scotch ales, so this was a treat for me. I'll definitely have it again.

hyuga, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

groleau, May 02, 2014
Photo of Zimbo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very malty brown sugar nose and slight sour notes. Evolves into something spicy-ily white pepper like. Not a big head at any time and mostly loose and whispy. Orangy brown , not hazy but neither is it sparkling. Not at all agressive. Light to medium bodies at best with smooth lightl;y buttery quality and not much carbonation.
Much more dilute and limpid and a lot less complex than I assumed it would be.
Ok but disappointing.

Zimbo, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of n2pux
4/5  rDev +7.8%

n2pux, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper color with one finger of khaki head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, caramel and a little fruit.

T: Light, sweet caramel, a little bit of cola. Simple and straightforward, but quite tasty. Alcohol totally hidden.

M: A bit thin but not bad, quite smooth and a little syrupy.

O: I like this. Calm, quiet, and tasty. I would gladly buy this again.

AmericanGothic, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and brown with a foamy white head that leaves a significant lacing along the glass, this Scotch's aroma alone will knock you silly...hehe...sorry, couldn't resist. Anyway, the pungeant aroma of brandy and rum-soaked fruits floats up from the brew, which is very smooth and dense, with hints of brandy, caramel, and a strong element of peat and a tinge of metallics. There's a very warm finish of alcohol at the end, and the peat maltiness really persists.

All the elements of a strong Scotch ale, minus the brutality--a nice Belgian take on the style. I like this as a sipping selection.

RockyTopHeel, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

casapy, May 31, 2014
Photo of neorunner
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured as dark rich red color in my Unibroue tulip with a inch and a half of dense head that dissipates into a few large bubbles and a thin layer of thick head. Thick lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. Aroma is dark fruit and malt with a slight alcohol tinge on the finish. Flavor is sweet, rich, robust and all kinds of malt. Also kinda get a tinge of mint in the finish. Body is thick and smooth with a slightly resinous finish that doesn't linger long. This is a nice scotch ale, not over the top in the sweetness department which seems to be the common trend. Don't really want more than one in a row, but definitely enjoy the one I do/will have.

neorunner, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of TLove
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had last night at Granville Moore's in DC. Goddamn, I love that place. Don't really know what constitutes a "wee heavy" ale (even though I've had a few of them), but I am familiar with the scotch ale taste.

Nice, thick, yeasty pour with a decent head and off-brown body, with a tint of red in the body. The taste and mouthfeel were particularly notable in that they adequately balanced the floral components of scotch beers (reconstructing in the mouth traditional ingredients such as heather leaves and mountain berries) and the malty structure of wee heavy beers and scotch beers. Caramel and toffee malts, with a nice creaminess.

Sugary and very sweet on the finish, but not so much that one would argue that this beer is not well-balanced. Yeast and alcohol are not reticent to show their presence.

TLove, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of rkhaze
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 SStein
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SStein, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of gmcfarre
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

gmcfarre, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

WeissBoy, Feb 24, 2014
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.