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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002)
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Photo of rustymoore
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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 -18.1%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.9%
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 +5.4%
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 -0.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +6.8%
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 +5.4%
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%
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 +2.7%
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 +5.4%
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 -5.4%
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 +14.1%
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 -1.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +10.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- Deep rich clear brown body with a thick creamy light tan head.

S- light caramel malt with hints of flower and roses

T- Sweet caramel malt with some sweet candy and honey notes. No hops coming through at all.

M- Full creamy taste with a bit of fizziness. No alcohol warmth

D- This beer is very sweet and needs something to balance it. No hops or alcohol or malt complexity to compete with the sugars.

Photo of paterlodie
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 09-10-05. Poors out nice yellow head that's lasting well and dark amberdrown beercolor with haze. Nose is candy-caramellic, citrussy litle sourness and good yeastspice mosty cinnamonlike. Taste is sweet but nicely burnt & caramellic, litle sourness but also some irontaste. This electric irontaste aslo hurts mouthfeel but a decent brew IMHO.

Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting cross-pollination of the Scottish and Belgian influences. Poured a murky dark caramel with minimal head. Dense and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Huge malt flavor dominated by cane sugar and caramel apple, maybe a touch of prune. Some hops saw away at the edges, but make little progress. Bitters out a bit at the end to alleviate the sweetness, but not enough. Alcohol adds some pepper at the end, as well. I kept thinking it needed to back off the sweetness a bit, and perhaps add a touch of smoke to really fit the style. As it was, it hit me as more of a barleywine than anything.

Photo of OatherS
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with green label and cap with green figure.

Appearance: One finger head. Caramel/tea color. Dark but still somwhat transluscent.

Smell: Caramel/chocolate/tea odor.

Taste: Chocolate flavor, somewhat alcoholy, tea like as well.

Mouthfeel: Watery mouthfeel, expected more smooth/creamy feel.

Drinkability: Mighty tasty brew. Much stronger caramel/chocolate flavor than the other belgians I have been drinking lately.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Poured a hazy copper with a thick, creamy beige head.

Smell: The smell is an odd mix of sweet, honeyish malts with earthy hops and a nice dose of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is an incredibly creamy beer. Wonderfully so. The malts are powerfully sweet, almost mind-bogglingly so. The alcohol is a bit heavy, and isn't well rounded, but it's still a fun beer to sip on.

Drinkability and Overall: While being a bit unbalanced, this is still an interesting beer moslty because of the odd belgian qualitites added. Makes it quite complex, and interesting enough to finish, but not one to keep drinking. The alcohol is too strong to keep it from being better. Not bad.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a tan head, good retention and excellent lacing. Dark roasted malts and candi sugars with a faint currant-like fruitiness. Solid malty backbone with some plummy fruitiness creeping in. Light astringency in the finish. A bit of earthiness, light apple and musty funk. Excellent transposition of a Scotch ale a la Belgian-style.

Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown color with a small head that dies off fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a little peated malt with some caramel. The flavor has a little of the peat with a caramel malt as well as some fruit. The body on this one is ok, but it could use something more. Drinkability is ok. Not one of the better representations of the style.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this beer with me. This beer pours a nice brown color with a finger of head over top that slowly falls to coat the beer very well. The nose is buttery toffee, with a bit of peated buisness in there as well. The flavor is butterd raisins, lacking the earthy peated notes I want. The feel is a bit south of moderate. I'd rather see a little more thickness as well. The beer is easy drinking and smooth. I like it, but not as much as other I have had.

Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.