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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%


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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Khazadum

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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
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bluHatter

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2 fingers of very light brown head, deep dark brown in color. Lots of fine bubbles that stick to the glass.

S: Caramel apples, apple cider, dark fruit like raisins

T: Strong booze and wood front, followed quickly by raisins and caramel and finishing with stout characteristics. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Rich and creamy, with lots of fine bubbles to keep things interesting. A little booze burn on the front, but surprisingly little on the tail.

O: This is definitely a wee bit heavy, but for what it is, it's one of the smoothest I've had. It might slap you up a bit, but it'll kiss you afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 22:06:29 | More by bluHatter
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HopNelius

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a thisle glass.
Appearance-dark red color. small amount of head.
Smell-heavy notes of malt coming through.
Taste- wonderful earthy malt notes coming throug, small amount of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel-quite pleasant.
Overall-great scotch ale, from Belgium of all places, a lot mellower than most scotch ales. I will be seeking this beer out again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 00:17:52 | More by HopNelius
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark, vibrant ruby coloring that is hazy, giving it a bloody quality. The head starts out a foamy, rising, light tan color that is almost an inch, but quickly settles into a sparse covering film. Aromas are extremely sweet and boozey, with a strong nut character, as well as a roast and scotch backbone. The nose is very forward and strong, tipping it's hand towards a stronger flavor profile. Initial taste does not disappoint, with a blast of rich and deep flavors. More roasted than the aromas depicted, the nut and caramel malts remain strong, with a more subdued alcohol characteristic. Smooth bodied, and surprisingly not cloying, the beer is an easy drinker. The aftertaste is rich and sweet, with a hazelnut flavor, and the finish is quick, despite the full body. A slight tang of booze on the very end of the palate. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 18:35:33 | More by GarthDanielson
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Durge

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Grille Next Door in Haverhill, MA, this stuff shows a rosey brown color with a fair off-white head and very little sign of lacing. It gives off a malty Moxie and maple sugar smell with lemony accents. I like it. The flavor says thick vanilla and candy apple with Dr. Pepper ideas and a little whiskey to boot! It's a medium-plus bodied brew, near syrupy but fair carbonation makes it plenty drinkable considering the ABV. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 03:11:19 | More by Durge
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DCon

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 18:01:07 | More by DCon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled earthy and malty with notes of peat.

T - It tasted of dried fruits with notes of plum and raisin. It had a nice malty taste with an earthy spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice scotch ale. Interesting to put a Belgian spin on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 03:03:56 | More by zeff80
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - poured a bit more than half, re-corked the rest for tomorrow.

pours a cloudy brown/red colour. quite a bit of nice light tan/off-white head - also decent lacing for a while.

smell was really intriguing. sour and sweet - had wine, fruit, a hint of alcohol.

taste was awesome - sweet/fruity, berries, malt, alcohol, and a bitter caramel aftertaste. obviously heavy but still well balanced, great carbonation, and good drinkability. love when i get my hands on a scotch silly, have really enjoyed it every time i've tried it. overall just a great scotch ale, easily one of my favorites to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:30:52 | More by fostachild
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Offa

California

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark red-brown, slightly cloudy, with medium pale tan head soon thinning to foamy ring and bubbles.

Aroma is caramelised brown bread, fermented prunes, hint of chocolate. Overall, it's very nice, fairly well-rounded with a little complexity and a definite overall wee-heavy element to the character.

Taste is also very nice, well-rounded, firm, with a little complexity. Sweet burnt raisins and prunes, spicy woodiness, general, nicely complex and integrated fruity-earthy-woody character, with somewhat of a fortified-wine quality and light toastiness. It is very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 23:56:52 | More by Offa
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper color with one finger of khaki head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, caramel and a little fruit.

T: Light, sweet caramel, a little bit of cola. Simple and straightforward, but quite tasty. Alcohol totally hidden.

M: A bit thin but not bad, quite smooth and a little syrupy.

O: I like this. Calm, quiet, and tasty. I would gladly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:42:56 | More by AmericanGothic
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Decent carbonation, and great lacing. This beer is really murky looking, almost like a muddy swamp. All in all a great looking beer.

S- Yeast, caramel malt, some muted fruit. Maybe a hint of raisins or figs as well. The only thing that keeps this from being a 4.5 is the nose isn't quite as strong as I'd like. Otherwise, really nice.

T- Pretty close to the nose on this brew. No hint of the 8% ABV at all, even in the aftertaste. Nice, but not quite world class.

M- Nice and chewy, dry aftertaste/feel as well. Nothing interesting/spectacular here.

O- Nice beer, but not one I would constantly seek out. Still, a solid brew that's worth trying if you haven't yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 23:55:40 | More by jayhawk73
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Beer bistro a while back and just rediscovered my tasting notes.

A thick head off white head crowns the dark murky body. Minimal lacing supports ok retention.

The nose is strong on malt notes; burnt brown sugar, as one would expect. Some more unusual spicy notes caramel, cinnamon; possibly from the yeast.

A strong chewy malt center, juicy at times. Some of the flavours are reminiscent of berries. Toasty malt rounds out the palate lingering on into the finish. Next to no trace of hops. The body is oily and vicious with a medium low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 16:32:43 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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Erish

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 330 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. Brewed on 04/11/11 (date code on the cap: that's a first).

A: murky reddish brown color, 2-finger head falls into a thick cap with decent lacing.

S: butter toffee, sweetbread malt, ripe dark fruit, roasted nuts.

T: some spice, roasted grain, a bit of smokiness, ripened dark fruit, nuts, vanilla, and a bit of oak, the finish is lightly smoky with a bit of tea leaf hop.

M: medium-bodied, syrupy texture, low carbonation.

O: good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:14:05 | More by Erish
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Sigmund

Norway

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 18:23:46 | More by Sigmund
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scotch de Silly

Appearance: dark red, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: sweet caramel, a hint of fruit, and malts.

Taste: caramel, dark fruits, and a sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and thick.

Overall:
This is a decent brew. The balance is ok. It is fairly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 00:28:39 | More by megahurts4
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nrbw23

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a murky reddish color with a nice off white head. Head was pretty huge and then capped off the top of the brew. Not too much lacing here.

S- A bit of caramel malts, apples and a bit of yeast. Overall, pretty tame.

T- Quite a bit of malt sweetness. An Earthy taste as well along with some medicine type taste. Not really digging this at all.

M- Medium in body and lighter in carbonation.

D- No thanks on this one. I had a hard time with this one. Wife and I couldn't finish this one of at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 23:14:22 | More by nrbw23
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Glory

Quebec (Canada)

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

Another product that I got thanks to www.quebecbiere.info private import in Québec for Belgian beers !

There is no sign of a bottling date on this beer but I suspect it's around mid 2009. I've been holding on to a few Scotch Silly beers for over a year now so...do the math!
I served it in an official Scoth Silly glasse witch is actualy in a tulip form. I get a shady brownish color with red tints and a loose white head...fades away pretty fast. Signs of heavy carbonation as well..Nice appearance overall.

the smell is not to pronounced, kinda weird for this type of beer. I get a little Praline and Malt notes. I can also smell that 8 % ABV along with brown sugar and a spices like cardamome.
Give it a couple swerles and let the aromas out and along with the gas !

The taste starts off with a kick of caramel Malt and sugar, becomes quite watery on the palate, I kinda feel like its missing something, and then finishes dry with a rusty metalic taste. Last time I had one of those, was a couple of months ago and I remember having alot more fun with this beer than I am tonight.
Its quite sweet and heavy on the carbonation so having only one after a meal is just fine or else your gonna feel pretty full and heavy.
Overall its a nice beer, nice brewery and who doesn't like Scoth Ales ??
Try it out !

Cheers lads

WS

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 06:47:16 | More by Glory
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dedrinker

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a thin off-white head.

Aromas of caramel/ toffee, nuts, milk chocolate.

Nutty caramel malty taste - like a Wee Heavy with a Belgian yeast. Yum for cold weather.

medium-full body, creamy/ soft mouth feel and finishes slightly dark-malty sweet with a dusting of faint hop bitterness that keeps it from cloying too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 06:24:10 | More by dedrinker
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date: 16 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 330ml bottle

Poured into snifter giving a nice 2-finger head, reducing to a frothy 1-finger head with royal lacing. Color is cloudy deep burgundy. Aroma of very sweet malts, spiced raisin and dried fig fruit, hints of toffee and caramel. Taste of sweet caramel-like malt, toffee, wrapped up with a very Belgian character. I am no expert at Belgians, but this screams Belgian. Leaves a very sweet aftertaste. Drinks like a 6%, and not an 8%. Very enjoyable brew, but would rather attach this beer to one season out of the year

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 23:17:18 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Appearance is a dark red, with a thin toffee head to it. Retention is below average but the lacing is rather nice.
S- Smell is very caramelly malty. There are hints of spice as well.
T- Toasted malt, hints of caramel. Same vague fruityness. Also the vaguest of smokyness in the finish.
M- Slightly fuller than average, as well as above average carbonation for a scotch ale.
D- All in all a good though not great wee heavy. Something just seems slightly lacking about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 23:23:12 | More by jsprain1
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claspada

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aromas is all caramel malts. Extremely sweet with some floral and herbal hints, but this is totally over-powered by the maltiness.

The taste is not great. I almost can't finish it, because it is way too sweet. As it warms, it actually gets worse. Flavor is mostly nasty butterscotch and caramel with some brown sugar mixed in. This brew could benefit from some roasted malts or peat character and an increase in hop additions.

Mouthfeel is okay, adequate for the category, but the taste is way too sweet and I will not be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 20:04:25 | More by claspada
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light tan creamish colored head. Thin head remains, but good overall cover and excellent lacing on the glass. darker brown color with light ruby highlights. Has raisiny, plummish smell, but lighter aroma to have darker fruit smells. Smells fruitier more than anything, no hop or malt present. Moderate carbonation. Very dark sweet taste in beginning of drink, actually very metallic in middle and finish of drink. Alcohol and dryness present in finish. Finish nice in that it fades. Raisiny shows through on the swallow and finish, definitely present in long term finish. Overall pretty good, first encounter with a beer that had that super metallicy taste present. I think I kind of like it...maybe.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 04:06:28 | More by despainmakesbeer
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 15:00:59 | More by Thorpe429
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 330ml bottle, best before 6th March 2010, reviewed while drinking it, 12th Sept 2010, some 6 months after its best by date.

Poured into a Gordon Finest Gold thistle shaped glass (well it is a Scotch).

Deep tanned head on top of a dark red/brown body, looks good in the thistle glass. Lacing held on well to the glass as the head faded.

Sweet malt molasses fill the nose, almost treacle in smell, lets say toffee apple aromas. As the beer warmed I detected some smouldering woodlike smells, Christmas Winter Warmer style.

The taste is very simular to the smell, sweet and treacle like in flavour, but not a sickly over sweetness. A fireside warmth sort of beer.

Very drinkable for 8% ABV, alcohol is well hidden in the rich body, one of the better Belgian Scottish styled beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 17:28:08 | More by BlackHaddock
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.