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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 kmo1030
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cloudy brown with a thin bubbly head...
lots of malt in the nose, a little fruity a littel raw wort, and a little brown sugary caramel. faintly metallic.
very sweet brown sugary caramel again here in the taste, along lighter fruit flavors mostly apple, and almost cidery. thankfully there is a hint of peat in here to remind us of the style this is supposed to be. there is a little bit of iron providing some metallic bitterness towards the finish.
slightly fuller side of medium bodied with light carbonation.
a little on the difficult side to drink as it is quite sweet. also perhaps because i cracked this open expecting a little bit more of a scotch ale than a dubbel sort of a deal.

kmo1030, Oct 31, 2006
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 scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 750ml. green champagne bottle with black foil covering cork and cage. It pours rootbeer brown with a thick and frothy two-fingers of beige head. Good carbonation and tons of thick, sticky lace coat the glass as you drink.

Smell very sweet and malty with some musty yeast and a metallic note as well.

The taste is very sweet and full on malt upfront. The sweetness seems like an overload of Belgian candi sugar that eventually pans out to some weak grassy hops...still over-ridden by sweetness. The rather high ABV isn't really that noticable, yet it does come into the equation at the end of the 750ml bomber.

The body is a bit thin on the medium side and the brew overall is quite easy to drink if you don't mind SWEET beer. Not bad for the style, but I've had much better.

scottoale, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a red/copper with a three-finger frothy head with great sustain. Good lacing.

S: Very one-dimensional aroma, this just smells very sweet and malty. Perhaps too sweet.

T: Strong molasses flavor with a slight roasted character in the finish. Extremely sweet and cloying.

M: Full-bodied, sticky, and smooth with fine carbonation.

D: This one is REALLY sweet. I generally like sweet beers, or can at least tolerate them, but this is a bit much for me to handle, I think, but it's not quite worthy of a dump..

klewis, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scotch Silly pours a murky, very dark orange, almost appearing to be brown. A huge off white head formed from a rough pour from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is on the malty side, no hops being apparent. Flavor is kind of vinous. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. As the beer warms the vinous flavors and alcohol both seem to fade. A kind of sweet malty flavor takes over with an almost metallic note being present. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Sep 04, 2006
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 Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like my previous reviewers already said; this is a strange mix of belgian and scotch beer styles.But my limited knowledge about scottish beer, says this does look like a scottish ale.

Appearance was murky brown, with a small head and some nice sticky cream on the glass.

Smell was absolutely scottish, butterscotch (diacetyl) with a good roasted caramel smell. Some vinous characteristics, which in combination with the caramel, remind me of ripe cherries.

Taste was not a surprise, it almost smells like it tastes, with nice caramel and butterscotch. The beer tastes roasted and dry, but is very sweet at the same time. Is that vanilla?
I really like this beer, although the sweetness was a little too sweet actually. Body was pretty full which made the drinkability a little less.

Absumaster, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml, pours with moderate head. nose is very malty, maybe just a hint of vinegar, it certainly smells like a scottish ale.

taste is somewhat bitter, then a bit metallic, and initially I don't get the same malt taste that I do in the nose. as it warms up i do get more malt character in the taste, but certainly the belgian yeast and/or malt used is creating a distinct product.
After 15 minutes or so the maltiness becomes more prominent in the taste alongside some metallic taste.

Drinkable and would be better without metal taste, but as it is there are better things to try.

I have reviewed 2 other biers from Silly and all 3 have metallic taste.

dogfooddog, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Scotch Silly
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a rustic brown color with nice trails of lace. Decent looking head that transforms to a thin ring around the glass.

Whiffs of brown sugar and juicy malts.

Thick, syrupy malt backbone with a fig and raisin quality. Hints of milk chocolate, pecan pie and caramel swirls. There is a funky metallic twang that I keep getting in a few sips that takes away from my enjoyment.

An interesting Belgian take on a Scotch Ale. Personally, this is way too heavy on the candy sugar Belgian sweetness for me. This beer did not have what I look for in the style. Unique? Yes. Good? Eh.

Hibernator, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of jrb1001
4.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle was purchased at Cyclone Liquor, in Ames, Iowa. The price was very reasonable.

I was very surprised by the beer, I didn't think it was going to be as good as it was, but it was really good. I would definitely try it again. The beer was dark in color, upon pouring was a small brown head. It had a great aroma and it tasted very good. It had a nice sweet taste to it.

jrb1001, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

PBRstreetgang, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
1.2/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this ffrom the singles beer section for $.99, now I know why it was so cheap. I'm hoping it's a bad bottle. Poured a hazy brown with a thick tan head. Smells a bit odd, old raisins. Tastes quite crappy, old rotted fruit, old raisins with a lot of sugar poured in. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle, could find no freshness date on the bottle. This is barely drinkable, debating whether I should finish it or just drainpour.

Drainpour it goes!!

Manosbeeroffate, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This scotch ale brewed in Belgium seemed to be more Belgian than Scottish.

A: Brown with a tan head. A little retention & lace.

S: Malty (bread, caramel & a little dark fruit). Clean, somewhat soapy aroma (presumably byproducts from the yeast?).

T: It's like a scotch ale, but with some Belgian malt (special B?) and yeast byproducts thrown in. It's interesting, but at the same time, a little weird.

M: Moderate body seems a little lighter than most scotch ales, but there's certainly more residual sugar than your typical Belgian.

D: Approachable & thought-provoking, but not at all sessionable.

Not really representative of the style; certainly a unique brew.

Derek, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like sweet beer but WOW! this one is almost pushing it. "Holy Sugar Batman!"

Appearance: Pours a beautiful brown ruby color with a massive head that required a stop and second pour to fit in my pint glass. The off-white head had great retention and left behind sticky rims of lacing.

Smell: Bold shoe fly pie aroma. Brown sugar, raw sugar, cane sugar, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and pecan pie aromas magnificently fill every inch of the nasal cavity. MMM!

Taste: Unfortunately the taste was slightly less exciting than the aroma but still quite nice. Initially it seemed almost too sweet. As my palate warmed to the beers flavor I realized there is a slight orange twang and a nibble of alcohol keeping *all* those sugar flavors in check. Even the finish though is still very sweet!

Mouthfeel: Big sticky and thick. Just what I expect from a Wee Heavy, a heavy mouthfeel full of malt and sugar.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty beer but far fro highly drinkable. It is a nightcap or desert. it is too sweet and too heavy to consider sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jun 19, 2006
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 jahsausage
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am for some reason sure that "Belgian Scotch Ale" is a different style than "Scotch Ale" itself and is somehow derived from almost century old (WW1 ish) attempts to recreate it in Belgium but must apologise as can't back up this claim. Pours much lighter than I expected yet is quite dark colour for an ale and admitedly right in the ball park for a scotch. Is hard to review this to style as I have had few of the "old country" originals. It tastes of a very malty, smoky ale to me but with that dangerous belgian secret of hiding ludicrous alcohol contents behind it which has profoundly affected this review I must admit.

jahsausage, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby /dark mahogany. A lot of thin floating bodies. Beautiful tan head, very creamy. Good appearance.
In the smell malt, hazelnut, butterscotch, some red fruitiness, and a hint of vanilla.
The taste is again a malty butterscotch, with the red fruitniess more evident. Malt, vanilla, caramel, mou. Notes of a not too sweet honey.
Some fruitiness in the aftertaste, too, and a quite good hop bitterness.

stcules, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, without freshness indication, but with cage, cork and foil topping. Pours dark almond brown, with a slight orangy/pinkish hue, pretty clear, with a long lasting soft tan head, leaving wide spread, fine lacing upon a gentle swirl, slightly soapy nose, also malt and peat. This is a tasty brew, sort of mixed up style wise, a Belgian Scotch ale ? wasup wid dat?? Malty, spicy and heady stuff. Notes of burbon, malt, mint, vanilla, Belgian yeasties, perhaps some soapyness...out of style, out of wack, but I like it...Nice winter/cold weather sipper, and worth a try.

Billolick, Apr 18, 2006
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 Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Meas, CA in February, 2006 for $2.59.

Pours a nice auburn-ruby color with a small-medium tan head in my Corsendonk tulip glass. Quite pretty.

Aroma is sweet malts, molassas-corn syrup, slightly fruity (cherries or other heavy dark fruit), slighty port-like.

Flavor is sweet-bread, chocolate-covered brandied cherries, dates, and a slightly dry hop end. Alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. I can drink some of this, but not a lot. I am not real experienced with this style, but overall, it seems pretty enjoyable, but it's one of those "a little goes a long way" experiences.

Dukeofearl, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me on her last business trip based on the stores recomendation. I found if fascinating reading the label, a scotch ale done by a belgium brewery. My curiousity level was high.

poured a hazy brown with a touch of golden color on the edges of the glass. light tan head that quickly dissipates.

smell is sweet. thick honey and ripe fruit tones with a hint of maple underneath.

taste is as it smells. this is a sweet beer, but being a small bottle it's not too much liquor to enjoy in a sitting. Slight alcohol warming makes itself known at mid bottle.

mouth feel is rich, malty and thick. not oily, but definitely beyond a medium bodied beer.

This is a beer to be enjoyed slowely. approach it as such and it's a nice evening drink. I would drink this again.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of rustymoore
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy hazel color with a medium head and minimal lacing...has the smell of nuts and fruits...the alcohol scent is also very present. Tastes like many of the Belgian ales I have tasted in the past but it is quite sweet and leaves me with a the feeling that you get when you drink too much dark soda. Very syrupy aftertaste...my girlfriend likens it to a mouthful of nickels.
I consider it to be a fair to decent ale.

rustymoore, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Would Scotch Silly have actual scotch in it? Naw that would be silly.

Pours a chestnut cloudy color with some lighter amber hues when held to the light. Very limited head with bad lacing. Some big bubbles retain around the edge of the glass but this is a little off.

The smell is very noticeable with caramel and toffee leading the way. Some sweetness not only from the malt but some brown sugar as well. Very unique. I also pick up some plum and a light notice of the Belgium yeast. But limited.

The taste is unique. Best described as unique. Silly in a way. A sweet malt and candi taste that is almost syrupy. Spread it on pancakes syrupy. The toffee flavor is most noticeable but also caramel too. A light Belgium kick just doesn’t fit and taste out of place. The body is medium to big feel and leaves a sticky aftertaste.

I like the uniqueness but Silly has a ways to go. I think if this beer were to be dryer and add a smokiness then that could really make this beer go.

Oxymoron, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I am sampling a room temp bottle in a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights. A large beige to orange fluffy head foams up to 2.5 cm even with a gentle pour.
The head slowly recedes leaving some tight latticework as it fades.
Scents of caramel and brown sugar dominate the nose which is fairly sweet and malty. Some boozy raisins are also present. Overall I dig the nose.
The first sip reveals a slightly thicker body with very mild to almost non-existent carbonation, almost like a cask pour.
The beer flavor is sweet and sweeter. I get caramel, brown sugar and some drak fruits like raisin and plum, but also a bit of candied sugar and apple as well. Flavor is more complex than expected and I dig it. Quite easy to drink as the booze comes through just a bit on the finish, but is otherwise covered nicely.
As I drink more the sweetness gets to be just a little cloying and hurts the drinkability a bit as I am not one with a sweet tooth.
A decent beer that is enjoyable and well made, but be ready for candy in a bottle.

sulldaddy, Jan 09, 2006
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
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.