Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 389
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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 thecheapies
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cap date reads 07/02/2010 (technically, it reads '02/07/2010'); probably a Best Before date. So, good luck to me on this one. 330ml bottle poured into an Orval glass.

It poured really syrupy. Cloudy mahogany color with almost no head. It sure LOOKS past its prime.

Malty textures in the nose include browned apple, raisin, papery oxidation, light caramel (Turbinado sugar), brine, and clove. I'm having mixed feelings on whether or not it's suppose to have these aromas. It's not offensive, per se.

Drinks malty sweet with toffee, raisin, and brown sugar notes, very much like a Scotch ale. Oxidation notes aren't clashing here, for the style, but this is probably a posthumous bottle. Yeasty notes are still heavy and playful, even if a bit old. Has a briny salt caramel note that pairs with the nuttiness. Dark fruits taste muddled and drenched. I can pick out some lingering cherry and leather and even a hint of aged hops. This beer has held up better than I would have anticipated.

Very full-bodied for a Wee Heavy, with a thickening syrupy feel. Glossy in appearance and felt that way on the tongue. The ghost of the carbonation still spooks me just a bit on the swallow.

Wanted a fresher bottle, but I thought it might keep okay. And, this was the only bottle available to me in my area. So, here's to this experience! Skoals! (1,338 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pours a deep very murky brown, big two-inch frothy tan head, great lacing and moderate retention, lots of sediment

s - toffee and caramel dominate the aroma, lots of lightly roasted malt, some booziness/scotch underneath the sweet smells, very light hoppiness

t - like the aroma, big sweet caramel and toffee flavors engulf the palate, light hop bitterness lends depth to the sweetness, lingering caramel and toffee sweetness on the finish along with a moderate alcohol heat

m - medium-bodied, lower carbonation, sweet finish, moderate alcohol warming

d - definitely a sipper, the sweetness really limits the drinkability, not all that interesting or complex either (673 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the International Tap House in Chesterfield, MO during the Black Friday "iTap Style" Event for $5. Tapped from the Green Tap Handle that has "SCOTCH SILLY" on the plate into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- Stinky socks from the beginning of the smell!?!? Not in favor of this! Then a good amount of hop is apparent in the background. Didn't find much else...

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention. Has the lightest copper color body and is clear. Leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

Flavor- The taste starts off like its going to be a Single Malt Scotch and for the style, do not mind! Although, this shouldn't have been one of the only tastes! It then has a bit of hop flavor towards the end but very light and hard to find. Sweet as well but usually Scotch/Whiskey takes over anything else with its strong presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves scotch tastes on the palate. Tons of oak finish it off!

Overall Impression- Maybe some more character and ingredient can be included in this one!?! All I get is the Single Malt Scotch tastes all the way through... Also, how did I get this Stinky Sock aroma? Very wild. I wouldn't suggest anyone to get this one but if you would be able to get a sample of this somewhere, go for the aroma and you will see what I mean! (1,364 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8.0%. Amber to copper colour, slightly hazy, moderate off-white head. Sweetish aroma of malts, toffee and caramel, hints of fruit and oak, quite nice. Very sweet flavour, loads of caramel, hints of oak and dark fruits, moderate hops in the finish. Worth sampling, but not for daily indulgence. (352 characters)

Photo of rustymoore
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of midaszero
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy red amber with 2 fingers of head and some good lacing

S - Pretty faint smell of pete

T - A little sour and resembling a little scotch

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Has better sctoch ales. This one was good but not horribly enjoyable. (261 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a typically Belgian head that leaves a reasonable amount of lacing behind

Smell: Buttery pecan and caramel, but there is a hint of acetone (nail polish) in there as well

Taste: Caramel dominates, up front, with a metallic, somewhat medicinal element that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the off-flavors persist through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: The off flavors really take the beer down a few notches; I note that most of the more favorable reviews of this beer are a few years old and have to wonder about the batch that is currently available in this country (666 characters)

Photo of jahsausage
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of deanhead
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can appreciate these Belgian breweries brewing styles other then the true Belgian styles.

This beer poured a nicehead with a brown-amberish color
Aroma is brown sugar, and maybe a hint of flowers.

Tastei s strong, and alcohol like. Almost winey and cider, almost solvent like. Sweet and and cloying, with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly light. Not anyting that I would come to excpet from a Scottish Ale.

It's drinkability is suspect. It seems to miss the mark for the style. I probably would not seek this beer out again, but would be open to sampling their other offerings. (589 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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 (305 characters)

Photo of bradford
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pretty surprised by the taste and mouthfeel on this one. It tasted much more like a Belgian Strong Dark ale to me. I was expecting the malty backbone I got, but this tasted "Belgiany" all the way down. I liked it at first, but it got real old, real fast. And I became increasingly upset that I didn't get what I paid for. I wanted a Wee Heavy and got a B.S.D. Not reccomended. (382 characters)

Photo of GrahamDN
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Murky brown in the glass, its tan head disappears shortly after pouring.

The base malts and caramelization combine on the nose to imitate Raisin Bran cereal, followed by a heady molasses scent.

The flavor is similar--dried fruit, some grain, syrupy molasses, along with a faint burnt character--and also a bit estery and a touch boozy. Scotch de Silly is quite sweet, and would probably be unbearably so if it weren't for the alcohol that counterbalances it a bit.

Certainly drinkable, but not worth seeking out. Not likely to buy again. (542 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of Tawnos
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a pillowy head. Leaves lacing on the glass as it dissolves back down. Not a lot of carbonation showing in the glass.

Smells sweet, almost cotton candy like. Slight alcohol presence in the nose. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing amazing.

Tastes overly sweet, metallic. Strong syrupy sugars and very little hop bitterness. Not a whole lot of complexity. Has something of an overripe fruit taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable. The sugary sweetness hides any alcohol astringency.

Drinkabilty is average. A bit high on the alcohol and low on the flavor for me to seek it out again. (618 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a nonic. A large three fingers + of tan head was achieved. Head was comprised of large "rootbeer float type" bubbles. The body was cloudy and reddish muddy brown. Sticky lace and a cap of foam remained throughout the drink.

Smell was spicy, malty and sweet. Well hidden alcohol.

Taste was sweet but not cloying. Tangy tart fruitiness, prunes perhaps. Not especially complex but enjoyable. This was my first scotch ale.

Mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied. Carbonation was low. I enjoyed this one but I will not return to it. (579 characters)

Photo of
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy, dark amber color. Large, rocky, light tan head. Lots of lacing.

Smell was sweet, with caramel and fruit at the forefront. Fruit seemed to be peaches. Hints of Belgian earthiness in there. Just a touch of grass scent, but very mild.

Taste was very sweet, and right in line with aroma. Honey drenched peaches and pears. Touch of medicinal/phenolic taste in the middle, not appealing. Finish, like the scent, offered just a bit of bitterness.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Not drying, but mouthcoating, almost to the point of being cloying.

For me, this beer was way too sweet. From what I understand about the style, this interpretation is a bit off the mark. Not one I will return to. (742 characters)

Photo of klewis
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
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.. (526 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep rusty, muddy red to brown hue. Nice foam stickage and very thick film. Syrupy malts from heavily toasted malts. Lots of cand sugar mixed in with some Traquair Jacobite. The taste starts Scotchy and Belgiany sweet. Then very quickly goes to metallic, bloody malts throughout the rest of the flavor. The palate is smooth but metallic and medicinal. Started good, but the finsh?!?!?!? (394 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 3 Jun 10 $9.49 for 750ml

A: very good, rosey-brown color
S: malty, sweet with a hint of diacetyl
T: not exactly what I expected after reading some very good reviews in GBG Belgium - sweeter than I expected, almost cloying, a bit chalky with hint of diacetyl, expected just a bit more hops but is still relatively true to type, somewhat weak watery finish
M: decent but a bit watery
D: OK, I'd give it another chance but only once more, expected the 750ml to be in better shape than a 33cl (497 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel brown with a tint of red. Little bit of a light tan head. Nose brings some toffee, caramel, a bit of dark fruits, and some tart green apple. Taste is a lot of toffee without too much complexity. Hints of dates and green apple. Feel is light to medium with low carbonation. Very strange beer and I don't think the idea really carries, at least with this beer. (405 characters)

Photo of KingG
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received as a sample from my sales rep.

Served at cellar temperature and poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Dark copper colored beer with very dark edges. The head on this beer is what saved the appearance. Nice fluffy, sand colored head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Small is above-average. Crisp red apple and sweet Belgium candy sugar. Very sweet aroma. Earthy malts in the background.

Taste is not impressive. First sip, huge sweet, sugary malty flavor that finishes very metallic. Second sip, more metallic taste. One of the few beers i had to eventually pour down the drain. Too much metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel is average. Finishes thin and too sweet.

Drinkability is bad. Drain pour. Nuff said.

Overall:
Looked good but failed to deliver. Metallic flavor killed everything. Bad example of the style. Not recommended. (866 characters)

Photo of pennywhistle
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It had the strongest honey scent I've ever smelled in a beer - it seriously smelled like someone just poured a bottle of honey inside the glass. It had a really pretty, dark ruby colour. It mostly just tasted like water & honey - the honey flavour was so intense that it made any other flavours just seem watery and non-existent. The aftertaste had a little more yeast/beer in it, which was nice. But overall the honey was too overwhelming. (440 characters)

Photo of erosier
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and kind of thin tan colored head that takes some time to fade. Some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of potent malt and some scotch flavor to it.
T: The taste is extremely sweet up front with a sweet scotch flavor and an even sweeter finish.
M: Very sweet which drove the score on this down because although it starts out good, it never really comes back down for a rounded out beer. Nice amount of carbonation though.
D: Not very drinkable as it was too sweet for me and I had alot of trouble finishing the bottle. (564 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (658 characters)

Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.