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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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BA SCORE
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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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merlin48

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Belgian, Wee Heavy pours a cloudy, chestnut brown body with a nice, 4 cm tan head that deposits immense sheets of lace all over the glass.

Intoxicating aroma of major league maltiness, with toffee and molasses, brown sugar, a hint of dark fruits, and some fragrant pine resin for balance. Some smoky, peat ash lurks in the background. Impressive aroma!

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with below average carbonation.

Sweet toffee and molasses dominate the taste, but this has all kinds of beguiling complexities. Brown sugar is noted, as well as a subdued, pine resin hoppiness. Charcoal ash adds to the Scottish character, but there is a barnyard yeastiness that is distinctly Belgian, and adds a nice earthy character.

I find it amazing that a Belgian brewery can pull this Scottish ale off so well. This has all the nice characteristics of a Wee Heavy, but tosses in the signature, Belgian yeatiness just to keep things honest. Impressive aroma and taste, but too malty sweet to handle more than one at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 01:28:39 | More by merlin48
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

Sometimes i get the feeling that the Belgians do Scotch ales better than the Scots, and this beer pretty much proves my point. Has that rich , lightly peaty caramel/toffee sweetness of a statndard Scottish Ale, but combine it with Belgian yeastyness and it seems to work really well and is definitley more interesting, a little more spicy than your regular scotch ale aswell, nice drop.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 10:58:30 | More by rastaman
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chesnut brown with a nice big fluffy/sticky head that settles into a creamy-like froth,aromas of dried fruit and caramel with a note of brown sugar.Taste is rich and full big caramel notes with some raisin and I pick up a candied sugarness in there letting u know it was made in Belgium.A very nice nightcap Scottish but with a Belgian flare,well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 02:04:56 | More by oberon
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head started rising even before I started the pour. Within seconds of popping the cap, foam began slowly but steadily oozing up and out of the bottle. Those Belgians really do love their carbonation. Clear, reddish copper with a light toffee-colored, mega-firm, expansive head that is more than rocky, it's craggy. Chunks of lace remain. Note: the final pour murks things up significantly.

The nose is primarily caramel malty with an interesting aroma that I can only describe as perfumy. It sounds horrible to say that a beer smells like perfume, but it's really not bad in this case. An interesting fragrance to say the least. I appreciate a spiced apples/apple cider scent as well.

The flavor is a carbon copy of the nose. It's heavily toasted caramel malty with the sweet taste/mouthfeel of apple cider. There's also a darker fruitiness along the lines of figs or even raisins. Naturally, the beer has a sour Belgian yeastiness, though it's much more understated than it might have been. I don't appreciate any peaty or smoky aromas or flavors like I expected I might.

The body leans toward full while being lightened considerably by the generous, although not overbearing, amount of carbonation. There's little evidence of the 8% ABV on the palate and the beer doesn't drink like a higher alcohol offering. Then again, I'm only halfway through the bottle.

I haven't had any of the authentic, brewed in Scotland, Scotch ales yet, but I think I might be positively disposed toward the style. Even though I like Silly Scotch a great deal, I'm not sure that it's a fair enough representation to be an accurate barometer. The flavor grew on me quite a bit as it warmed and I've gone back to bump up the taste score a half-notch. All in all, this is a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 22:12:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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revdrjbob

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice beer sampled at the Heritage Belgian Beer cafe in the Rocks, Sydney. It was their beer of the month, and I hear a very difficult beer to get your hands on.
The Scotch was poured with little finess from the waitress, but hapilly, she didn't pour all of it. I poured it with a thick head, opaque brown in coulour, and with the aroma of sweet malt, scotch whisky, dried fruits and brandy(?). Tasted frickin beautiful! The perfect melding of 2 great brewing worlds! The big Belgian beauties, and the artistic Wee Heavy. Had all the reminiscent flavours of the Scottish interpretation, malt, malt, caramel, roasted notes, a slight peat(?), malt, and then the Belgian twist with the yeast and fermentation characteristics!
Superb!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 09:36:07 | More by revdrjbob
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color that is topped by a tan head. The aroma is a malty, on the dry side, with notes of miso, and perhaps a faint musty character. Overall a fairly mellow nose on this one. The taste is sweet up front and finishes with a note that reminds me of tropical fruit. It is quite malty as well with perhaps a hint of sherry in the middle of the beer. As the beer warms up a bit I get notes of orange and spice cake. This is most definitely a Scottish inspired brew, though (thankfully for me) the Belgian brewer could not leave well enough alone, and allowed for some extra complexity that was contributed by the yeast strain. Appropriately the hop character of this beer is practically non-existant.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 16:34:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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Crosling

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Ruby.

A Belgian Wee Heavy...How neat for a belgian brewer to take a chance on a style that is rare in Belgium.

The aroma is primarily malty providing scents of sweet malts, caramel and molasses. The hops are flowery and there is a distant yeast character in the nose.

Very fruity with chocolate, brown sugar, maple, red licorice, spices, molasses and gingerbread cookies. Mostly malt notes which is normal for the style but this Belgian twist with the unique yeast strain is what makes this so enjoyable. Earthy palate.

A very complex, very well made, remarkable beer.

I am really enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 05:28:11 | More by Crosling
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and brown with a foamy white head that leaves a significant lacing along the glass, this Scotch's aroma alone will knock you silly...hehe...sorry, couldn't resist. Anyway, the pungeant aroma of brandy and rum-soaked fruits floats up from the brew, which is very smooth and dense, with hints of brandy, caramel, and a strong element of peat and a tinge of metallics. There's a very warm finish of alcohol at the end, and the peat maltiness really persists.

All the elements of a strong Scotch ale, minus the brutality--a nice Belgian take on the style. I like this as a sipping selection.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 03:12:18 | More by RockyTopHeel
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a nice copper brown in color with a beautiful head. The head came up but not overly so and left a blob of tanned white foam in the middle.

Smell – This is a heavy, yeasty, (certainly) Belgian example of the style. The malt is especially sweet with caramel and brown sugar. There’s a bit of peaty smoke here as well.

Taste – The malt backbone is loaded with caramel and sugars. It even leaves a sticky residue on the glass after sipping. The finish I thought was a bit off, though. Everything just kind of faded into bleakness at the end.

Mouthful – This is between medium and full in the mouth and very fluffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this interpretation of the style, but I thought it was a bit fluffy for a Scotch Ale and the lack of a solid finish cost it a few notches.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 02:38:16 | More by RoyalT
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2ozer from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, formed a nice sized honey-colored head, just about right, on top of a cloudy reddish brew. Pleasant aroma, with malt, hops and a tinge of alcohol, in order of decreasing intensity. Interesting taste, similar to what you would expect from a Scotch-style ale, but then this buttery flavor/feeling comes out and lurks about on your tongue. The expected warming after-effects are present, makes you want to tip the glass again, and soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 22:32:34 | More by ppoitras
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Smelled great. A nice malty smell with a bit of Belgian funk and a dash of ethanol. Taste was a little off to me. A bit harsh with a pronounced metallic aftertaste. Definately nice and malty and fairly sweet. Definately something a little strange in the aftertaste though, something that sits under my tongue and reminds me of licking a 9V battery kind of, but not that intense. Maybe it has something to do with the age of the bottle. Not sure how old or previous storage conditions, was a Xmas gift.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 02:54:06 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque mud sienna color. Lots of stiff and rising foam in the glass. Lace is very good and intricate. Aroma of spiced pears, cinnamon and alcohol notes, traces of yeast. Big flavor, but an odd marrying of mustly farm yard yeast and prune and toffee-ish qualities. While this isn't a hugely alcoholic beer, there's a Canadian whiskey quality to the mid mouth, complete with bitters and candied cherries in a lowball glass. Carbonation is quite moderate, mouthfeel is silky, but the beer is a little odd to be enjoyable for me -- just a weird combination of characteristics.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 19:57:56 | More by ADR
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark mahogany brew with a creme-colored head that stays very well. Leaves scattered lace trails down the glass. Great looking beer! Heavy molasses and caramel aroma with hints of Belgian yeast and some Belgian-style maltiness along with a little peat. On the tongue, it's thick, rich, and smooth. Big caramel and molasses all around. Alcohol spice and hops tickle at the tongue. Chocolate shows up here and there and a peatiness shows most in the aftertaste. Slightly metallic here and there, a characteristic which was a bit too pronounced in the first few sips, but waned with further sips. Suggestions of Belgian yeast are here and there and in the aftertaste. Smooth, thick, and creamy mouthfeel, as it should be. An interesting beer, a Scotch ale with some Belgian thrown in. I'm a huge fan of Scotch ales, so this was a treat for me. I'll definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 08:16:35 | More by hyuga
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daledeee

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Scotch beer from Belgium. Hmmm. It tastes like the type too!!
Pours nice dark mahogany with a decent head that goes away. Can't pick up much in the nose except some malt. But it smells fresh that is a plus. Taste is nearly all malt. A little caramel. Little drier mouthfeel than I like. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 02:12:13 | More by daledeee
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rkhaze

California

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dark amber with a tan head that disappeared quickly but leaves good lace.
Great aroma. Rich sweet/smoky malt, butterscotch, candied fruits
and a bit of alcohol.
The flavor was rich and malty with toffee, butterscotch and some smokiness. Fruity and bready with an almost brandy-like alcohol that's hidden well and a mild hop presence. Fruitcake in a glass?
It had a nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Good drinkability for such a rich beer.
Let this one warm up. It gets more complex with the smokiness, butterscotch and fruitiness really coming out.
It gets an almost sticky, cloying sweetness that stops just short of being over the top. Outstanding for a dessert beer or night cap and a nice belly-warmer. I really liked this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 01:02:37 | More by rkhaze
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nomad

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy ambered chestnut color, with a highly frothy head that sat sturdy and better than most beers I see. Supported by a decent albeit small fount of carbonation, it also had a fairly thick and very clumpy lace.

Smell was sweet but amber in tone, a calm malt, but also softtly and smoothly nutty, like a peanut butter. Showed highly softened but still definite whiskey notes, as well as grassy and peat-like notes as it opened. Not terribly exciting for a scotch ale.

Taste was immediately smooth and easy, full of nice malt - definitely a mix of amber, caramel, and maybe a touch of roasted barley. Some nutty presence here and there, as roasty overtones gently washed over the whole beer. Had a small hop appeal at the end that was green, tart, and slightly oily, but very nice and apparently hoppy. Rounds out with a proper amount of sugary sweetness that was small and appreciated. Just barely drying finish with small roasty and whiskey notes mingling, and afterwards I could feel a little stomach warmth from the alcohol.

Just between thin and moderate mouthfeel, this is a soft and even beer. Not subtle – its far from quiet – but instead calm and easy, not big or aggressive flavors. Smoothly sturdy and quietly confident, it comes off as a nice belgian turn on a Scottish jewel. In other words, very much soft, complex, and leveled like a Belgian artisanal.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 17:44:22 | More by nomad
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a huge tan head with heavy sustained lacing. Very very good looking beer. Big sweet malt aromas. Smells thick and malty as hell.

Tastes of strong caramel. Oak flavors like you would taste in aged port. Very nutty with a molasses finish. Big, full-bodied beer. Very nice Scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 01:42:35 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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beerguy101

California

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

Medium brown color. Large head. Aroma is malty and a little fruity. Full-bodied Scotch Ale. Malts are bold, but a little too sweet. Very fruity tasting. Flavors are molasses, chocolate, cherries, peat and smoke. Very smooth taste. Nice beer, its just a touch too sweet, but there is a slight bitterness at the finish to balance it out. It hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 02:44:50 | More by beerguy101
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has pleasant malty smell that becomes more distinctively caramel. . Earthy – and you can really smell the alcohol. The color is a dark hazy brown. It poured nice head that died quickly; but the lace held up all the way to the end. It has a very sweet taste on the front end; with a tart finish and a little bite. Somewhat smooth and creamy mouth feel. It has an interesting flavor, but lacked a well-rounded character.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 02:49:12 | More by SeanChouffe
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jcalabre

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 13 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. Scotch Silly has a slight licorice nose,. The flavors are chewy, nutty and slightly roasty. it's a ice drinkable beer, but it is nothing outstanding. It's unusual for a Belgian, but there are many better scotch ales out there

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 22:25:16 | More by jcalabre
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marc77

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy ruddy chestnut hue, topped by a thick, yellowish tan, well retained creamy head. Respectable lace remains. The aroma is a sweettart combination of tart, underripe plums and deeply caramelized, dark crystal malt along with subtle butterscotch and burnt hints of roasted barley. Ripe fig sweetness initially in flavor yields to rounded notes of dark toffee and candied plums, while diacetyl and borderline sugary caramel malt persists as a constant foundation. Hints of burnt biscuit and mild hop bitterness partially offset residual sugars mid palate, but linger only briefly, lending overall balance well skewed towards malt sweetness. Becomes progressively more molasses like as it breathes. A bit light in body, with dextrins present at a functional, malt supporting level only. This, however, lends a pseudo crispness in mouthfeel that aids in dangerous drinkability. Faint notes of leather and earthy hops struggle to poke through the dominant caramel malt presence late. Finishes clean, simply sweet and abrupt. Certainly an odd brew. Although off the mark for a Scotch ale, Silly is flavorful and light on the palate. Whimsically sweet, but not cloying. Akin to a dubbel fermented with a more neutral British yeast. Unique and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 19:40:39 | More by marc77
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aracauna

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavy carbonation, sticky head sits over tea-like body. Aroma is weak and slightly lemony. The flavor is caramel dominant, molassas and a bit of char. Scuppernongs. The sweetness lacks support from other flavors. Seems unbalanced and odd, but not really old or infected. Not so great of a Scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 00:18:27 | More by aracauna
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Darkale

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice and deep and malty aroma, moderate head that subsides to more than moderate lacing, dark cherry-brown body.

The taste is deep and round and rich. Thick and chewy, and without that sort of charcoal, burning sourness, that harshness of aftertaste, that sometimes comes along for the ride with Scotch ales. Good, wide, deep sweetness.

Not the sort of beer that one would want to have several of in a night, but one of the better Scotch ales I've had in a long while.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 06:32:42 | More by Darkale
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep brownish amber with some wonderful aromas, mostly grapes, cherry, and yes, plenty of alcohol. Enjoyable smooth mouthfeel that leaves an acidic, but not bad aftertaste on the tip of the tongue. Hop flavor and alcohol are quite prevalent, and this beer has got a serious kick to it. Glad I found this one, and there's nothing "silly" about it. Oh I'm hilarious.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 15:55:51 | More by IrishRedRock
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brown, which quickly consolidates into deep black, topped with a spotty, roasted tan head. Great and powerful aromatics: grapes at first, followed by cherries, toffee, butterscotch. Sweets and alcohol, the perfect combination! You get the feeling of a candy bar, melted down and boozed up! Huge, thick malt on the palate, plus marvelous, lively hops doing their fandango on the taste buds, lush mouthfeel, and lasting finish. This Belgian Scotch ale is an absolute joy to drink, and makes a perfect dessert beer,or sweet, rewarding nightcap. Very mellow and relaxing. A classic

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 13:59:19 | More by feloniousmonk
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.