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Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Reviews: 214
Hads: 394
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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 cokes
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque and muddy and somewhere amongst amber, crimson, and flat brown in color. The head is a modest rise of beige cream, with good stickiness and retention.
This one sniffs in two directions, the first couple inhalations hint at the Scotchness of it all, with a fruity, heathery, lightly smoky, Malt-laden toast to the Highlands, along with traits of burnt chocolate chip cookies. Later sniffs seem to focus more on the spicy yeast nuances of peppercorns and raisiny/date fruitiness of Belgian brewing. All told, the nose lives up to all promises hybrid brewing, showcasing both facets very well.
Taste is another story altogether, and as far apart from the nose as I've every experienced in a beer. The beginning, middle, and late portions are nearly overwhelming sugary sweet. Then it finishes with a metallic clang of bitterness. The sweetness is all golden raisins rolled in brown sugar then soaked in sugar water. It truly is purple Kool-Aid sweet. There are a couple interesting notions of toffee, lemon rind, heather, and rhubarb pie, but they are largely drowned out by the big, unrelenting grape-drink saccharine traits. The metallic closure is jarring, but also a reprieve of sorts, as it ends the tyranny of sweet, and slakes the mouth surprisingly well, even if it the flavor itself is not particularly endearing.
The body is medium, if a perhaps a tad plumper, but texturally, it is not nearly as binding as the sweetness. Had it been, this becomes undrinkable. A trickle of carbonation gives this the life and lightness it desperately needs.
As it stands, once the sweetness is acclimated to, this is somewhat- almost strangely- drinkable. Nevertheless, it still seems like a malted Purplesaurus Rex. And that's blaspheming my favorite Kool-Aid flavor of all time (RIP).

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

About a finger and half of head on a copper colored body.
The aroma is alcohol and wet grains.
The taste is highly sweet with a short finish. The level of sweetness took me by surprise.
A sticky texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
I can’t get over how sweet it is…

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Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Silly Scotch possesses a somewhat cloudy brown color. A hard-pour whipped up a frothy, tan, 2" head, which shrank down to about 1/4". The head thereafter resembled one on a chocolate shake, and left decent lacing. Nose was a bit toffee-ish, and I could detect a bit of alcohol seeping through. Body was a bit above medium, and it felt quite nice cascading over my tongue. I enjoyed the flavor, which I found to have some nice malt, more toffee-like notes, and a subtle sweetness. I did, though, detect a trace of a metallic flavor near the finish. I expected a bit more, yet still not bad for a Belgian Scotch.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting cross-pollination of the Scottish and Belgian influences. Poured a murky dark caramel with minimal head. Dense and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Huge malt flavor dominated by cane sugar and caramel apple, maybe a touch of prune. Some hops saw away at the edges, but make little progress. Bitters out a bit at the end to alleviate the sweetness, but not enough. Alcohol adds some pepper at the end, as well. I kept thinking it needed to back off the sweetness a bit, and perhaps add a touch of smoke to really fit the style. As it was, it hit me as more of a barleywine than anything.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass. No date on the bottle but I purchased the bottle for like $4 at Acquistapace's Supermarket, Covington, LA. Pour is a ruby red/dark brown with nice carbonation and off-white head. Smells of sweet sweet sugary malts, some boozey caramel. Taste is really nice sweet boozey malts, some caramel and typical scotch flavors...and almost a tea mouthfeel - slightly tanic.
Its a bit harsh on th etip of the tongue but quite mellow after. Really good brew. Nice blend of belgium meets wee heavy and it works. I am actually surprised it doesnt have better reviews than it does. Nice brew and id have again for sure...

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold winter night, how 'bout a big scotch to get 'R done?

BIG frothy tan head bubbles up from a hazy and chewy (lots of yeasties that I swirled up) oaken pour. Lace is looking like tan marshmallow on the sides of the Corsendonk tulip.

Belgium yeast, caramel, dark fruit and malt dominate in the aroma. Ultra smooth quaff of sweet caramel malt. A pop o' hop in the finish help to balance it out well. Even a hint of anise, if not for the color, it would border on RIS.

A tasty find - just luv finding this lil' gems while out beer shopping.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scotch Silly has a thin, fizzy, off-white head, and a milk-chocolate brown appearance, with rather large tan chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of sweet, rich, pungent, brandywine, and dark bread. The flavor is equally rich, with even a strange or interesting citrus aspect in the back-taste. Bitterness is low, and sweetness is high. Mouthfeel is between medium and heavy, and Scotch Silly finishes not so dry and delicious. Booziness is not an issue with this beer. Just a great, great beer!


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Photo of thecheapies
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I am sampling a room temp bottle in a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights. A large beige to orange fluffy head foams up to 2.5 cm even with a gentle pour.
The head slowly recedes leaving some tight latticework as it fades.
Scents of caramel and brown sugar dominate the nose which is fairly sweet and malty. Some boozy raisins are also present. Overall I dig the nose.
The first sip reveals a slightly thicker body with very mild to almost non-existent carbonation, almost like a cask pour.
The beer flavor is sweet and sweeter. I get caramel, brown sugar and some drak fruits like raisin and plum, but also a bit of candied sugar and apple as well. Flavor is more complex than expected and I dig it. Quite easy to drink as the booze comes through just a bit on the finish, but is otherwise covered nicely.
As I drink more the sweetness gets to be just a little cloying and hurts the drinkability a bit as I am not one with a sweet tooth.
A decent beer that is enjoyable and well made, but be ready for candy in a bottle.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$3.09 at Merchants for a 12oz bottle. 8.0% ABV. This one seems interesting...a Scottish Style ale brewed in Belgium. Pours out to a very dark chestnut, forming a large soapy tan light tan head with average retention and some mild lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is filled with dark fruit...I get prunes, raisins, a little sour milk when swirled, fruity esters, distant smoke and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense body and pillowy carbonation. The taste begins with dark fruits and some moderate sweetness, then is unfortunately marred by a strong and pervasive metallic sheen throughout. Some roasted wood and soap are in the finish, and some chemical bitterness, like hop extract is in the aftertaste. Overall, quite sweet, almost saccharinized. Quite rich as well. One bottle will be enough.

A decent brew, but a little too sweet and artifical tasting. The metallic taste also hurts it's drinkability.

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Photo of peensteen
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red-brown colour, ring of white head, light lace as well. Smell is of sweet caramel and malt, some darker sugars and dark fruits pick up as well as this warms, light undertones of belgian yeast, comes together quite nicely. Taste is a mix of sweet malt with caramel and toffee, dark fruits soaked in alcohol, some sugary sweetness before finishing quite belgian with a yeasty aftertaste. Medium carbonation, med-full body, lightly syrupy at parts. While nothing about this beer jumps out as excellent its still quite nice and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the fridge for awhile and it was starting to give me the ol' stinkeye.

Dark, translucent caramel color with lots of floaties. Large tan head with great 1/4 inch retention all the way down and some thick lace rings. Looks heavy.

Smells deliciously fruity (dark fruits) with caramel malts and some scotch thrown in.

Tastes like it smells. Dark fruit with a heavy candy-like caramel backbone predominantly. Scotch highlights and mild spicy swallow blend in very well. Thick and heavy mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. Just what I would picture a Belgian Scottish ale to taste like--sweet, heavy, balanced, and smooth with lots of awesome.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky dark amber body surmounted by a moderate off-white head, and thick glass-coating lace. Before a strong light, there is moderate carbonation and some sediment.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and earth notes dominate, alcohol notes are faint, surprising, considering the high ABV. There is also a mild apple rind note as well, which seems quite complimentary.

Taste: Opens with a wave of alcohol and caramel, both sweet. The alcohol is quite warming. As the taste progresses, there is a mild bitter, earthy note, which balances well against the caramel and sweet alcohol. A wave of dark fruit presents later in the taste, suggesting raisins and especially prunes. Finishes with a lingering note of vanilla and wood. There is a very faint herbal hop bitterness at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasing, seems ideal for a cool, dark autumn day when the wind rises and cool rains fall. Well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml brown glass Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com...

Poured a dark copper / chestnut colour. Creamy head poured big, thick and foamy then faded quite slowly to thickish layer... sparse carbonation... lots of sticky lacing coats the glass almost until the end..

Aroma - Nice lightly toasted biscuity malts, fairly strong toffee / caramel sweetness, nutmeg hints, spicy / peppery hop bitterness, typical Belgian bready / yeasty notes, spicy fruits (raisins, figs, oranges), quite strong rum / whiskey traces, some butterscotch...

Taste – Quite strong sweet toasty caramel malts, buttery, some treacle notes, toffee, alcohol soaked fruits (figs, dates, bitter orages), peppery hops, oaky hints, creamy notes, warming scotch alcohol traces, bready, quite nutty...

Feel - Very smooth and velvety... medium bodied... This would be a little too sweet and strong to be very drinkable - more of a sipping beer...

Overall - A very good example of a scotch ale although it may be a little sweet for some... a nice winter warner though.. recommended

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Photo of beerguy101
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Large head. Aroma is malty and a little fruity. Full-bodied Scotch Ale. Malts are bold, but a little too sweet. Very fruity tasting. Flavors are molasses, chocolate, cherries, peat and smoke. Very smooth taste. Nice beer, its just a touch too sweet, but there is a slight bitterness at the finish to balance it out. It hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.07/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very dark ruby maroon in color. An off white pillow rests atop and leaves chunks of lacing at various points. Much in the way of carbonation bubbles.

Caramel and hints of peat with some light belgian spicey yeasty components. Various fruit esters. Not much else however.

Alcohol in the chest with caramel covered apples and cadied cherry flavors. Spicey again with some dark fruits and not the much peat in the mouth. Thin from the belgianizing which is why I've never been a fan of a "big" beer using a belgian yeast. Decent flavored but just lacking depth from that mentioned.

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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy peach brown; tiny head which builds then dissipates. nothing special here although i like the opaque color.... mysterious... 2nd pour from the big bottle yields a strong creamy, fluid head in my duvel tulip glass. maybe the variation is from 'breathing'??
smells sour, vinegar-y, fruity; like a sour. not like a 'wee heavy' as i undrstand it... the smell reminds me more of a belgian strong ale, a Gulden Draak, a quad, a dark fruit-type...
bitter sweet caramel malt taste, with slight dark fruit as it passes the tongue. a small bit of alcohol burns on the sides of the tongue. i think others used butterscotch as a descriptive and it also applies....
overall, it's interesting. i selected it because it was considered a 'wee heavy', one of my favorite styles. what i got was a large bottle which cost me $12.99 and i decided to try it and am okay with it. there is no real bitter after-taste, nothing lingering in the background after it's passed. not worth $13 but i suppose that's the price for variety. the old commercial standby chimay blue is less and i know what i'm getting there.... but it's a worthy snort. just not worth the $13....

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Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Crosling
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : caramel aramas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel, hopped flavors, roasted malt, with long persistency.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Scotch ale.

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Photo of rastaman
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Offa
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.