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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | 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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nrbw23

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -44.7%

A- Pours a murky reddish color with a nice off white head. Head was pretty huge and then capped off the top of the brew. Not too much lacing here.

S- A bit of caramel malts, apples and a bit of yeast. Overall, pretty tame.

T- Quite a bit of malt sweetness. An Earthy taste as well along with some medicine type taste. Not really digging this at all.

M- Medium in body and lighter in carbonation.

D- No thanks on this one. I had a hard time with this one. Wife and I couldn't finish this one of at all.

02-25-2011 23:14:22 | More by nrbw23
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Glory

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

Another product that I got thanks to www.quebecbiere.info private import in Québec for Belgian beers !

There is no sign of a bottling date on this beer but I suspect it's around mid 2009. I've been holding on to a few Scotch Silly beers for over a year now so...do the math!
I served it in an official Scoth Silly glasse witch is actualy in a tulip form. I get a shady brownish color with red tints and a loose white head...fades away pretty fast. Signs of heavy carbonation as well..Nice appearance overall.

the smell is not to pronounced, kinda weird for this type of beer. I get a little Praline and Malt notes. I can also smell that 8 % ABV along with brown sugar and a spices like cardamome.
Give it a couple swerles and let the aromas out and along with the gas !

The taste starts off with a kick of caramel Malt and sugar, becomes quite watery on the palate, I kinda feel like its missing something, and then finishes dry with a rusty metalic taste. Last time I had one of those, was a couple of months ago and I remember having alot more fun with this beer than I am tonight.
Its quite sweet and heavy on the carbonation so having only one after a meal is just fine or else your gonna feel pretty full and heavy.
Overall its a nice beer, nice brewery and who doesn't like Scoth Ales ??
Try it out !

Cheers lads

WS

01-16-2011 06:47:16 | More by Glory
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dedrinker

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Mahogany color with a thin off-white head.

Aromas of caramel/ toffee, nuts, milk chocolate.

Nutty caramel malty taste - like a Wee Heavy with a Belgian yeast. Yum for cold weather.

medium-full body, creamy/ soft mouth feel and finishes slightly dark-malty sweet with a dusting of faint hop bitterness that keeps it from cloying too much.

12-18-2010 06:24:10 | More by dedrinker
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -3%

Date: 16 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 330ml bottle

Poured into snifter giving a nice 2-finger head, reducing to a frothy 1-finger head with royal lacing. Color is cloudy deep burgundy. Aroma of very sweet malts, spiced raisin and dried fig fruit, hints of toffee and caramel. Taste of sweet caramel-like malt, toffee, wrapped up with a very Belgian character. I am no expert at Belgians, but this screams Belgian. Leaves a very sweet aftertaste. Drinks like a 6%, and not an 8%. Very enjoyable brew, but would rather attach this beer to one season out of the year

12-16-2010 23:17:18 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%

A- Appearance is a dark red, with a thin toffee head to it. Retention is below average but the lacing is rather nice.
S- Smell is very caramelly malty. There are hints of spice as well.
T- Toasted malt, hints of caramel. Same vague fruityness. Also the vaguest of smokyness in the finish.
M- Slightly fuller than average, as well as above average carbonation for a scotch ale.
D- All in all a good though not great wee heavy. Something just seems slightly lacking about it.

12-14-2010 23:23:12 | More by jsprain1
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claspada

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -45.3%

Aromas is all caramel malts. Extremely sweet with some floral and herbal hints, but this is totally over-powered by the maltiness.

The taste is not great. I almost can't finish it, because it is way too sweet. As it warms, it actually gets worse. Flavor is mostly nasty butterscotch and caramel with some brown sugar mixed in. This brew could benefit from some roasted malts or peat character and an increase in hop additions.

Mouthfeel is okay, adequate for the category, but the taste is way too sweet and I will not be drinking this again.

12-09-2010 20:04:25 | More by claspada
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Light tan creamish colored head. Thin head remains, but good overall cover and excellent lacing on the glass. darker brown color with light ruby highlights. Has raisiny, plummish smell, but lighter aroma to have darker fruit smells. Smells fruitier more than anything, no hop or malt present. Moderate carbonation. Very dark sweet taste in beginning of drink, actually very metallic in middle and finish of drink. Alcohol and dryness present in finish. Finish nice in that it fades. Raisiny shows through on the swallow and finish, definitely present in long term finish. Overall pretty good, first encounter with a beer that had that super metallicy taste present. I think I kind of like it...maybe.

11-23-2010 04:06:28 | More by despainmakesbeer
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

10-17-2010 15:00:59 | More by Thorpe429
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

09-12-2010 17:28:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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levifunk

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

a - pours a reddish brown color. light tan head.

s - bready yeast. caramel yeast. not a very aromatic beer.

t - dark fruit, caramel, malty bready flavor. very smooth flavor. 8% abv not picked up. quite sweet overall, as no hops or bitterness noticed.

m - medium body. lower carbonation, but nothing unusual for the style.

overall - pretty good scotch ale. easy to drink.

08-31-2010 23:05:59 | More by levifunk
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gopens44

Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -30.5%

After reading other reviews, I can only imagine that I got a bottle from a bad batch, is that possible? The one I had was not nearly as memorable as other Scotch Ales that I have enjoyed, namely Skullsplitter.

A - Best part of this beer. Very alluring deep copper color. Quite lovely to be honest. 1" head that held composition throughout most of the serving despite the fact that it retracted to about 1/4" by the time I was done

S - Not too bad, but not overly incredible. Honey smell laced with a hint of roasted caramel

T - This is why I think I got a bad beer - it tasted tinny and flat. The tastes that other reviewers found, I did not. Kinda like a flat cola taste.

M - Low carbonation, little heavy-ish, but not overly heavy.

I will likely try several other scotch ales before I try this one again, but since I am convinced that this was just "a bad one", I feel compelled to give it another shot sometime.

08-24-2010 13:02:46 | More by gopens44
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slammgrass

Belgium

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from the bottle into a chalice and sampled on 22 August 2010 at the Abbey of Vlierbeek in Kessel-Lo, Belgium.
The Scotch Silly has a sweet aroma and amber body. I think the experience in which one consumes a beer probably has a lot to do with how that beer tastes, appears, and is enjoyed. I drank this beer sitting on the terrace of an abbey cafe. It is quintessentially Belgian. Upon arrival, it starts raining, the patrons on the patio move inside, and as soon as the rain stops (it is Belgium after all) most of the people have moved back outside and the staff are wiping down the patio chairs and tables. This beer captures so much of what Belgium means to me - the beer is simple, enjoyable, straightforward, and the beer seems to improve as it warms.

Overall this beer was very good. After pouring, it retains 1/4" of light cream foam which quickly disappears. The amber color of this beer has hints of ruby and scarlet. It has a light nutty taste with a bland cinnamon aftertaste, and is mildly carbonated. As the beer warms, I get more anise and am able to taste more of the alcohol.

08-22-2010 14:30:29 | More by slammgrass
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

I finally got around to trying Scotch Silly, purchased a bottle at Three Seas Liquors in Stamford.

Appearance is a dark amber color with a one finger head.
The smell includes malt, sweet pecans, molasses, a strong aroma in general. Upon taking a couple sips, there is more of that overall sweetness going on, along with flavors of scotch. Mouthfeel is rich with all these different strong flavors with a bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is average with Scotch Silly, something that I would have 1 of and pair with a dessert.

08-20-2010 01:15:01 | More by mltobin
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a hazy dark orange-ish copper color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty malt and butterscotch. In the taste, butterscotch and sweet maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, sticky roasty malt in the aftertaste. Nice blend of flavors.

08-12-2010 20:25:48 | More by OWSLEY069
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neorunner

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

07-30-2010 01:56:27 | More by neorunner
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bamadog

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Picked this up a while ago and kept putting off drinking it for some reason. Finally got through it tonight and kind of wish I didn't wait so long as it was really quite good. Review is from notes taken on 7/10/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep burnt toffee brown with light cola highlights around the edges; starts with a one finger light tan creamy head that fades to a thin, but full cap; body is actually mostly opaque, but it does show a ton of floaties bobbing around throughout; a lot of washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Quite robust and pours out of the glass -- lots of sweet caramel and toffee; a very slight and sweet and toasty bready scent kind of creeps in as it continues to warm.

Taste: Really quite nice -- tons of deep and rich caramel, butterscotch and toffee flavors abound; a slightly acidic apple-like flavor kind of sneaks in with a very minute hoppy bitterness; faint presence of alcohol on the breath.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and creamy; the carbonation is a bit strong and keeps the thicker, medium-weight, body lively; a thin and moist coating is left all over the mouth and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: A little better than I thought it might be going in -- I love the smell, but too much sweetness in the flavors could become a bit cloying and with an ABV clocking in at 8%, it could become a bit much as well. Really makes a nice dessert beer though. Definitely worth picking up and I may pick it up again and put it away for a year or so.

07-11-2010 02:28:16 | More by bamadog
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rmolledo

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Dark Murky Brown. Big Bubbles with a tiny head around the edges.

S: smokey and malty with some sweet notes of Candy Sugar.

T: Interesting flavor combination. You can tell it's a scottish by the kettle caramelization and peaty smokey notes, But it also has some belgian characteristics from the malts, candy sugar, and perhaps honey. Super Sweet but not overwhelmingly.

MF: Thick and Creamy with a little tingle from low carbonation. More of a Alcohol burn as it warms up.

D: A very mellow 8%. Goes down smooth and is enjoyable. would be perfect on a cold night.

05-30-2010 03:04:27 | More by rmolledo
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pennywhistle

California

2.7/5  rDev -27.2%

It had the strongest honey scent I've ever smelled in a beer - it seriously smelled like someone just poured a bottle of honey inside the glass. It had a really pretty, dark ruby colour. It mostly just tasted like water & honey - the honey flavour was so intense that it made any other flavours just seem watery and non-existent. The aftertaste had a little more yeast/beer in it, which was nice. But overall the honey was too overwhelming.

05-24-2010 21:19:40 | More by pennywhistle
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -24.5%

Best by 3 Jun 10 $9.49 for 750ml

A: very good, rosey-brown color
S: malty, sweet with a hint of diacetyl
T: not exactly what I expected after reading some very good reviews in GBG Belgium - sweeter than I expected, almost cloying, a bit chalky with hint of diacetyl, expected just a bit more hops but is still relatively true to type, somewhat weak watery finish
M: decent but a bit watery
D: OK, I'd give it another chance but only once more, expected the 750ml to be in better shape than a 33cl

04-17-2010 23:05:20 | More by wisrarebeer
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

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

03-26-2010 22:34:04 | More by brentk56
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hackmann

Michigan

2.28/5  rDev -38.5%

A: redish brown haze, good head and super lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts smacks you upside of the head and there seems to be a little freshness in the back of the glass to revive me.

T: Caramel malts big time, unusual flavor for sure - I can't say it is enjoyable. Everytime I think there maybe some undertones to taste the sweetness smacks it down. If you like sweet this is for you. I even tried to eat and the beer just got worst. Made the plain penuts taste bad.

M: Medium. It is the sweetness on the taste that gives it a medium structure along with that UFO flavor. Nothing is really left on the palate but .... a little sweetness. Then, it's gone.

D: It's a sipper. And, I could not see drinking more than one. For me I could see not drinking it!!! I have to admit I do not like over the top sweetness in a beer. Cotton candy yes. Beer No.

I had better expectations for this beer. To bad.

02-08-2010 01:16:43 | More by hackmann
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WeisGuy

New York

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

a - pours a deep very murky brown, big two-inch frothy tan head, great lacing and moderate retention, lots of sediment

s - toffee and caramel dominate the aroma, lots of lightly roasted malt, some booziness/scotch underneath the sweet smells, very light hoppiness

t - like the aroma, big sweet caramel and toffee flavors engulf the palate, light hop bitterness lends depth to the sweetness, lingering caramel and toffee sweetness on the finish along with a moderate alcohol heat

m - medium-bodied, lower carbonation, sweet finish, moderate alcohol warming

d - definitely a sipper, the sweetness really limits the drinkability, not all that interesting or complex either

01-20-2010 06:27:51 | More by WeisGuy
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

12-01-2009 02:29:47 | More by mdwalsh
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barleywinefiend

Washington

1.73/5  rDev -53.4%

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.

11-27-2009 00:42:48 | More by barleywinefiend
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JBogan

Nevada

2.4/5  rDev -35.3%

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.

11-13-2009 04:02:19 | More by JBogan
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.