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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 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.
Cheers!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a super huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of peaty malt with sweet caramel malt. Taste is quite rich with strong syrupy malt, caramel malts, figs dry raisins and nice subtle funky touch from the yeast. Body is definitely above average with a syrup-like body and alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange/brown colour with a dense, tan head. The foam thinned quickly, but left decent lacing behind. Smelled of carmelized sugar, some fruit, and an alcohol/vinous character. Sweet and malty, low bitterness and hop flavour. Maybe a bit salty. Finishes with an apple fruitiness. Medium/full body with light carbonation. Smooth texture with a hint of alcohol warmth. I quite enjoyed this beer, especially the combination of malt and fruity esters.

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear reddish brown with a creamy light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Malty aroma of fruit and cheese, sweet fruity, malty flavors. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lasting sweetness, a nice Scottish ale for sure.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat muddy coppery color. Nice tight tan head. Big malty and treacle like aroma. Faint alcohol and sulfur aroma. Big malt flavor. A very slight,puckering like bitterness-not too sure if its hops or the alcohol. Very sweet but not cloyingly so. Nice strong caramel like flavor. Definately has some characteristics you would find in a Belgian beer. Big full body. Very well balanced and a great example of a Scotch ale. Actually better then some of the Scottish ones I have had.

Photo of bruachan
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from hudson wine & spirits

deep burgundy under a thin head. deep nutty, bready aroma that reminds me of rochefort (8?)

tastes a little like it too. caramel, nuttiness. maybe a little smoke, but only a very little. for 8% the alcohol is undetectible; this is very smooth. good bitterness at the end

Photo of hero27
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a muddy brown color with a light tan head that recedes after a minute or so. Leaves decent lacing on the glass. The smell is mostly malty with some dark fruit sweetness in the background.

The sweetness of this brew is definitely it's standout quality. It's a rich, robust sweetness that would make either a great dessert beer or just a nice treat. The 8% alcohol is pretty well hidden behind the bold flavor. A unique, and pretty good scotch ale out of Belgium. Worth a try if you find it.

Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip it formed a nice khaki head with big chunky clumps. Sticky lacing makes the glass a work of art. Rich deep unfiltered looking dark copper. Salivating.

sweet caramel smell, yeasty, plumb. but in the end the domination was caramel.

has a bit of a metallic annoyance but the jist of the beer was a rich deep dark caramel, slightly fruity but subtle. The 8% abv is shocking, I cannot even detect the alcohol until a few seconds after each gobble and its very subtle...well done.

I really liked this offering as an after dinner type brew. Creamy mouthfeel was smooth.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was served with a nice thistle glass at the Sanctuary in Iowa City. Poured into the glass to a caramel color with a thin off-white head that faded quickly and left no lacing.

The smell was a good mixture of a traditional scotch ale with some distinctly belgian sweetness. Very fruity and candi sugary along with some slightly roasty caramel malt. The flavor followed the nose quite well, though the candi sweetness was a bit overwhelming in the long run.

A very interesting approach to a Scotch Ale by a Belgian brewer. Worth trying, but probably not worth buying again.

Photo of Paddez
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I really like the style, I thought this beer was sort of average.
A brown brew with small soapy head that didn't last very long.
The smell and taste were typical; molasses, caramel, plums, sour fruityoghurt and some roastiness and smokiness.
A bit too sweet and cloying for me to be really convincing though. Of the scotch ales that are avaiblable in Belgium I think I prefer Gordon's and Campbell's over this.

Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown brew with a tinge of yellow. The head is tan thick and doesn't disappear the whole time it is in your glass.

Smell is very malty and a bit sugary. Lots of molasses scent and faint traces of tropical fruit and herbal hops, slight tea scent from the hops. There is very little smokiness or peat scent in this. Smells good but the smell is more like a Belgian dark ale than a Scotch ale.

Taste is sweet but not sugary and very full. Carbonation is high enough to prickle the tongue. Flavor details are brown sugar, tropical fruits, hop bitterness, chocolate, and a faint bit of peat. The sweetness and lack of a major flavor component of smokiness is the reason this beer gets a 4 instead of a 4.5. This is a kick ass Belgian ale but it has some flaws as a Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel is one of the best I have ever tasted. Carbonation and the weight of the brew combine to give almost a milkshake level of creaminess and heft. This is a beer you sip not chug!

Drinkability is dangerously good considering the alcohol and price. World class Belgian Dark Ale and a pleasing Scotch Ale. What do you call a beer made in a city named Silly? You call it damned good!

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An 11.2 ounce bottle that I picked up at the Liquor Barn in Louisville, KY. It got my curious. What was a Belgian brewery doing making a Scotch Ale? The bottle was sitting on the bottom shelf and just looked like it had been there awhile.

The beer poured a dark bronze with some orange and ruby red hues. A tan head that disolved nicely into lace. Bottle conditioned with a crusty layer of yeast on the bottom, suggesting further that this beer may have been around the store for awhile.

Malt with the requisite malt sweetness; also dark fruits (plum).

This beer is sweet! Not as in sweeet, but really sweet. Just shy of cloyingly sweet. There is a caramel/plum combination going on here. (Makes me think the NC state fair should try a caramel dipped plum...but then again, they'd probalby fry it.) I also get dried cherries from this. I pick up some old ale characteristics from this beer.

Full body, somewhat chewy, with a sweet and fruity aftertaste.

Worth a try, but probably not another anytime soon.

Photo of BrewMaster
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 NoLiberty
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scotch Silly pours a walnut brown with deep rose red center when held to the light and a frothy espresso head that settles to a thin cover and nice lacing.

A lovely aroma of ripe dried fruit with good malt character. Taste is an incredible balance of Scoth and Belgian ales. The body is that of a Scotch - full, nutty and with lasting cereals. Fills the mouth and leaves a clean finish of roasted fruit and malt.

Strong beer and made for sipping as an after dinner or dessert.

Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.