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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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 despainmakesbeer
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 23, 2010
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 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.

BlackHaddock, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of levifunk
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

levifunk, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of gopens44
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

gopens44, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of slammgrass
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

slammgrass, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

mltobin, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 12, 2010
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 bamadog
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bamadog, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rmolledo, May 30, 2010
Photo of pennywhistle
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

pennywhistle, May 24, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

wisrarebeer, Apr 18, 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 hackmann
2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

hackmann, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

WeisGuy, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

mdwalsh, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
1.73/5  rDev -53.4%
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.

barleywinefiend, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of JBogan
2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

JBogan, Nov 13, 2009
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 ahalloin
2.05/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

For some reason I have had people hype this beer to me, but while drinking it, I gotta admit: I don't think it is that great. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle with printing on the cap that looks like a date saying 24/01/10. I can only assume that is a "best by" date.

Poured a caramel colored brown with slight dark gold highlights. It is kind of cloudy and full of yeasty beasties. Maybe I should have left a 1/4" in the bottle, but that would be wasting alcohol. I won't fault it for the cloudy yeast.

Smell is very, VERY caramelly! Just super sweet smelling! There is some floral, herbal hints there, but is totally over-powered by the maltiness. Diacetyl is definitely starting to creep in.

Taste is not great. I almost can't finish it, it is so f---in sweet! As it warms, it actually gets worse. Flavor is mostly nasty butterscotch and caramel. I will try to review this again when i get a fresher bottle. What I want to know is, where is the peated malt flavor and aroma that is indicative of scotch ale? What about some roastiness. This just doesn't satisfy the category it is in.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with low carbonation, adequate for the category.

Drinkability: I couldn't drink this again, and I like lots of crazy stuff.

ahalloin, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/1/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy dark reddish brown. Chunky two finger off white head that had amazing retention and lacing.

S- Caramel malts, dark fruit and a little earthy/musty.

T- Hello malt! Caramelized brown sugar about sums it up. Got sweeter as I progressed.

M- Sticky, medium bodied.

D- Scotch ale/wee heavys are about my second favorite so I was interested to see the Belgian take. Glad I had it but probably wont get it again, finished way too sweet for me.

tatoodkelt, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep rusty, muddy red to brown hue. Nice foam stickage and very thick film. Syrupy malts from heavily toasted malts. Lots of cand sugar mixed in with some Traquair Jacobite. The taste starts Scotchy and Belgiany sweet. Then very quickly goes to metallic, bloody malts throughout the rest of the flavor. The palate is smooth but metallic and medicinal. Started good, but the finsh?!?!?!?

scruffwhor, May 23, 2009
Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml into a glass, undated

A - Pours a thick brown color - very opaque - Does not appear filtered as there is a fair amount of hazing. Head formation is strong and well retained - off-white to brown in color.

S - Toffee and caramel lead the way - very overt. Some alcohol phenolic tones exist. No hopping or off-flavors detected.

T - Starts off with the caramel and toffee - overtly sweet. Some roasted malt sweetness. Finishes with a sugary sweetness that switches to a sour almost oxidized note. May need to check the age on this one.

M - Thick and full bodied - very creamy. Carbonation doesn't translate to a harsh bite. Does leave behind a cloying sugar clinging on the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability - this beer has a abv that could easily sneak up on you. The overt sweetness is a hair bothersome - as it seems more like a dessert beer than a session. Probably all the style, just not a beer you would drink many of.

A style of beer I plan to taste more. Interesting to see how the caramelization is reflected in the beer.

katan, May 10, 2009
Photo of berkey
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is slightly cloudy brown in body with less amber than most other beers classified in the same category. Looks closer to a Belgian Bruin actually. High amount of carobonation and large head dies very quickly leaving a fairly flat beer. Very little lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast, a good amount of spice, alcohol sweetness, and some mild woody and nutty notes.

Taste brings on a little more alcohol warmth than other 8% Belgians do but not as sweet as other beers that call themselves Scotch Ales or Wee Heavy's. More spice here, maybe mild anise hiding in there, and something reminiscent of
oak. Mouth feel is slightly sticky and syrupy which makes me wish the carb would've stuck around a little longer.
No Drinkability issues here, an easy drinking 8%.

Overall this is an interesting Belgian interpretation of a Scotch Ale that does several things very well but doesn't quite match up against some of the best beers in this style.

berkey, May 05, 2009
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.