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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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 OatherS


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

04-19-2005 00:16:57 | More by OatherS
Photo of santoslhalper


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

03-08-2005 04:14:13 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of crookedhalo


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

01-21-2005 20:47:03 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of clvand0


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

01-04-2005 14:25:20 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

01-01-2005 07:07:45 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.3/5  rDev +15.9%

Presentation: 330ml [11.2 fl.oz] tall thin 45mm base brown glass bottle. Shiny dark green metallic main obverse and neck label looks like that shown in the BA Avatar. No freshness date but listed at Alc. 8.0% by Vol.

Appearance: Ruddy brown dark chestnut body that has some light haze to it. Soft tan-white smooth head sits atop and makes itself at home. Covering lasts for a while but soon disappears to reveal a thin halo ring with some spattered lacing. Average conditioning levels with a nice look that suffers from a flat appearance when left.

Nose: Caramel, malts, toffee, yeast and some fruits. Pungent malt laden alcohols that have Whisky like character.

Taste: Warming bonfire toffee, Devon clotted cream and molasses mix well with a heat laden Scotch Whisky fudge finish. Sweet ending with a malt extract like attenuation that lingers on the tongue in the closing.

Mouthfeel: Molassic viscosity, thick feeling warm rustic alcoholic malts. Nice levels of dissolved carbonation. Never mind the length feel the width…..and girth. Solid, airy, yet robust.

Drinkability: Och Aye - I could sup this one all night.….

Overall: I visited the Silly Brewery on my first trip to Belgium during the Easter of 1994, and I have such vivid happy memories of this particular Silly offering, remarkably for its taste rather its Silly (sic) name – oh yeah that and the fact that I got so pissed on this during my first night at Tim Smiths “Old” ‘t Ostens Bierhuus bar. Was it really nearly 12 years ago? My word!!!

A lovely Belgian Scotch, not the best example for sure, but a bloody great staple offering that is widely available and should be tried at least once.

12-31-2004 07:29:07 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

A heavy 11.2 fl oz bottle. Pours out a cloudy orange-amber color. A good size off white head seems to last. The smell is solid malt all the way. A hint of something citrus in the background.

Taste is what I expected with a twist. Malty and heavy in the beginning then giving way to sweetness. Appears rough at first and them mellows out. A bit dry which I didn't expect. The aftertaste is mostly orange and citrus laced with sugar. I also pick up just a touch of something smoky. A very nice beer.

10-21-2004 01:16:45 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of BeerResearcher


4/5  rDev +7.8%

11.2oz dark brown bottle. It pours an orange-hued, deep amber with a substantial beige head and loads of sticky lace.
A smell of orange blossoms, cut hay and earth rise up. A light citrusy aroma is noticed early, then fades. A hint of horse stall lingers.
One taste and Triplesec comes immediately to mind. A taste of honey and candy also serve to give this brew a lightly syrupy mouthfeel. A dry hop flavor lives in the background. A hint of smoke is the only real similarity to an authentic Wee-Heavy. Other than that, this brew is unique.

10-11-2004 02:30:45 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of goindownsouth


4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

A rather odd find at the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A gorgeous elixir out of the bottle, the head on this Ale was thick, pillowy and delectable. The aroma was clearly a concoction of sweetness and ever-carefully milled grains. Easy on the palate with absolutely no heaviness to it whatsoever. A solid, solid brew, and one that I am proud to say I have tried.


10-09-2004 13:41:59 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of merlin48


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

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!

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


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -7%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

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

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

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

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!

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


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

10-06-2003 17:44:22 | More by nomad
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.