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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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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

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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-12-2014 11:18:18 | More by Maillard
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-03-2012 13:52:14 | More by rekel
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-28-2013 22:13:18 | More by Docrock
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-16-2014 04:37:19 | More by pjkelley82
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-08-2013 05:06:57 | More by 510a
Photo of nomad


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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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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-29-2012 05:03:28 | More by ambruns1979
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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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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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-30-2012 02:56:17 | More by KalanM
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-30-2012 08:56:53 | More by Birdlegs
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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
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber/ruby in color, with a two-finger head that leaves a very nice lace. The aroma is complex and enticing: sweet, with a tart fruitiness, lots of spicy notes and a bit of biscuity malt. The taste is quite sweet, with both the malt on candi sugar contributing. A bit of a licorice-like flavor mid-palate combines with apricot-like fruity notes. Finish is sweet with hints of yeast, and just enough support from the hops to create balance. The alcohol is very well-hidden in this beer, and each sip left me anxious for another. Velvety-smooth, this makes an excellent dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 15:46:29 | More by mzwolinski
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-24-2013 01:05:26 | More by Brushkanna
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-23-2013 20:28:51 | More by alelover
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-09-2014 16:35:58 | More by Beerswag
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-15-2013 02:26:14 | More by DruC4
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-22-2011 05:05:05 | More by Neffbeer
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-22-2013 01:27:04 | More by mmilyko
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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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with some viscosity and forms a 2 finger off white head on a reddish brown body with a lot of active carbonation. It's a little hazy, but consistently so, not with chunks.

S: A little "beery" to me. Sort of like adjuncts. Slightly sweet, not hops. Needs more power and depth.

T: MMMM there's the sweet malt. Surprising how sweet it is for such thin body. Perhaps some Belgian candy to it? Yes, I think Candy sugar. I get some of the sweet and spice notes I would expect from some abbey beers. But not a scotch ale. As a scotch ale, this does poorly.

M: Thin, much too thin for a Scotch Ale. I would think of this more as a Dubbel or something, but not a scotch ale.

D: Drinkable, particularly for 8% Abv, but not what I want in A Scotch Ale, this will not keep me warm and snug on a winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 02:29:47 | More by mdwalsh
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 01:16:45 | More by CharlesRiver
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 13:41:59 | More by goindownsouth
Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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