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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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BA SCORE
84
good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | 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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rallison

California

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stetson at Vin de Pays for recommending this one!

From a cork finished 750, pours a great looking caramel/orange/dark amber color with a perfect 2 finger fluffy off-white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells distinctly of sweet caramel and toffee - something not too surprising given the style. Touches of dried fruits are present in the smell as well. Very nice.

The taste here is very pleasant. The backbone is most definitely filled with caramel/toffee sweetness, but those dried fruits come to play nicely as well. Somehow, this also manages to keep from being too sweet - something a lot of (especially American made) Scotch ales fail at. Maybe it is the alcohol itself balancing things out? Whatever it is, it works well here.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich but definitely not syrupy with an appropriate medium to low carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

Highly recommended. I have to go against the grain here and say this is an exceptional beer here. Nice balance, good complexity and great drinkability. I'll definitely be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 09:03:16 | More by rallison
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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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TheBeerWolf

Nevada

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

A = Pours a dark amber and leaves a nice light brownish head. Nice lacing on the glass

S= A hing of malty aroma, apple turnover, some spiciness

T = great taste, pretty much same as the smell, caramel apple, hint of maltiness and a tiny but of spice on the edge

M = I guess I can see how an earlier reviewer said this does not have the usual mouth feel of a wee heavy. Despite that though judging this as just a good beer the mouthfeel is not heavy, carbonation is very pleasant. I could probably down a few of these if it weren't so expensive.

D = Very good, you barely feel the 8% at all. I guess thats what those nutty belgians are good at huh. I could plow threw a few of these.

This beer is pretty damn good. I picked it up on accident. It cost 9 bucks for a 750ml bottle here and it was on the wrong shelf. If I knew it was that much I probably would not have picked it up. But its quite good. If it like 4-5 bucks a bottle I would pick up a few and have a wild night!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 01:48:27 | More by TheBeerWolf
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 07:29:07 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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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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Gusler

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour somewhat hazy deep amber to almost brown, the head substantial, frothy, and the residual lace a fine sheet to coat the glass. Nose is malt, molasses tones, sweet, a bit earthy or more to the point rye bread like. Front is malt, the top is light, finish is strikingly acidic, modestly hopped, dry and somewhat sour aftertaste, and the robustness stays still the last drop is wrenched from the glass. A belly warmer, and I think a must try for "Strong Beer" lovers.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 15:57:30 | More by Gusler
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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

Does this cap say "13/03/10"? If so, I guess this has been sitting around for awhile. Seems only the look suffered.

First striking characteristic is a vinous (or sherry), almost vinegary aroma (age?). Underlying malt fairly bold.

Backing up, the head isn't of a "typical" voluminous Belgian variety - it's actually in line with the style, 1/2", then collar. Forgot this was probably bottle-conditioned - the liquid a murky deep maroon with fine, floaty specks.

Pretty excellent balance and presence of soft, smooth caramel and juicy fruity esters - definitely a Belgian yeast involved here. The flavor (and aroma) of musty cherry skins, or better yet a cherry cough drop dominates for the most part. Very tasty.

Alcohol feel comes across in a late, delicate liqueur-warmth, herbal scent.

It's a Belgian Scotch ale - huh- and it's way better than the lot of domestic versions - ha!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 02:16:44 | More by Bouleboubier
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thekanna

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque maroon, the color of apple cider, into a goblet. Head is almost non-existent.

Smell: Strong molasses, maple syrup, toffee, and assorted other dark, sweet treats.

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, with a slightly sour note. Spices shine through pretty strongly: they weren't kidding about them. Yeast and bitter hop flavors at the end, with a bit of spiced alcohol aftertaste (like mulled cider).

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for the style, but not bad.

Drinkability: This one's a sipper. Overall, tastes and feels like the belgian interpretation of a scotch ale; almost like it was Dubbel-inspired.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 22:26:54 | More by thekanna
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ashleysholcomb

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

12-26-2013 06:00:51 | More by ashleysholcomb
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

01-14-2014 05:12:12 | More by ucsbmullet
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Melomanemusher

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

10-10-2012 21:46:18 | More by Melomanemusher
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SamW

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

08-31-2012 01:24:43 | More by SamW
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combatFlexo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

02-09-2014 21:00:07 | More by combatFlexo
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Lukie

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured with little head that left a brown coating around the outside of the liquid. It is a dark brown, almost creamy coffee in look.

Holy Moly is this sweet on the nose. Caramel, Toffee, nougat, mainly sweet toffee. Spiced Pear seems to come through.

Sweet toffee hits you straight away, with a Caramel finish. It is like drinking caramel chocolate. It never expected this, as this is the first Scotch Ale I have ever tried, and it is wonderful. Amazing flavours, just nice and sweet.

It is scary to think this is 8% alcohol, as I could knock this back all night long if I had to. There is little carbonation and it slides down your throat with ease.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 14:07:22 | More by Lukie
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JDrebel


4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

07-18-2014 23:56:03 | More by JDrebel
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

07-04-2013 21:57:48 | More by WOLFGANG
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color, with glints of rose, mahogany and peach. A 1" off-white head sits atop the ale, leaving moderate lacing as it pillows down.

Has a malty, peaty aroma, with abundant toffee and caramel notes, and hints of vinous oak. An undercurrent of tanginess is present as well.

Sweeter and fruitier than I wuould expect from a Scotch Ale, this starts with grape, peach and hints of strawberry, before mellowing to a peaty, slightly smoky malt, finishing with just a touch of bitter tang. An aftertaste of cherries is definitely present.

This has a thinner mouthfeel than I was expecting as well, with a dry, ascorbic feel on the tongue.

A very pleasant Wee Heavy, though the emphasis is on the "wee" because there is not much heavy about this ale at all. Lighter, with loads of fruity flavors, this is a sweet, enjoyable brew. I did have it once before on draft, and seem to remember it being hoppier than this, but I could be mistaken. Even if this older and sweeter, it certainly has not suffered due to the age.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:25:14 | More by TheHoppiest
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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

On tap at Ebenezer's, served in a tulip glass. A dark brown color with a thick head. A fruity aroma, with a malt presence. The taste was all dark fruit, grainy. A real mouthful, and fun to drink. An interesting interpretation of a Scotch Ale. You can definitely see the strong Belgian influence.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2007 13:10:23 | More by lordofthewiens
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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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Zorro

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 02:40:18 | More by Zorro
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kbnooshay

New York

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

a: Ruby orange with lots of sediment floating around. Superchunky. Small tan yellow head.

s: Sweet butterscotch and caramel.

t: Super sugary sweet! A blast of brown sugar smacks you in the face. Nice n' malty. There is an awesome dark fruity flavor to this that goes well with the slight cough syrup like burn. Small but significant hop twang.

mf/d: The beer has a carbonated feel, light a sprite. It's kinda sticky also. The sweetness may start to get to you after one of these but this is a very fun brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 00:40:42 | More by kbnooshay
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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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IntriqKen

California

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a massive off white head atop it's dark reddish amber clear liquid. The head melts slowly to a nice covering of sticky lacing.

Aroma doesn't have as much of a smokey character as I would expect from a Scotch ale but there is a nice toasted sweet amber malt aroma that yields slowly to alcohol.

Taste is where this beer shines. The malts are sugary sweet yet not cloying and the smokey toastiness comes through very nicely as you swallow. Finish is mostly a warming alcohol comfort.

Very nice Scotch Ale. I wish I had picked up more.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 00:59:14 | More by IntriqKen
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate with an incredible head that dissipates into fine lacing. Smell is a deep malt with molasses notes, some smoke and a hint of hops. Taste is slightly sweet, but not cloying..oddly I get a sense of roses! This brew gives a smooth, almost velvet mouthfeel..finishes sweet, with JUST a hint of hops. Wow, this is 8 abv? Smoothness belies this. Excellent on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 00:11:31 | More by edchicma
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vision of Amber, lacks lacing, good carbonation. Lack of retention.

Smells very good for a scotch ale. Muggy sweet, molasses, deep earthen carmel. Spicy hazlenut. Light clove nature. Bubblegum off the front but hidden.

Oh that scotch ale character. It comes off perfect in the beginning. Varmel, molasses, peaty sweetness, Brown sugar, nutty, and finishes clove and bubblegum. The end is unbelievable Belgian while the middle is American. It's two worlds in one.

Medium to full bodied, crisp, a bit too crisp, and a dry clove finish. Delightful.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 00:44:40 | More by Khazadum
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.