La Divine - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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Reviews by ikantspel:
Photo of ikantspel
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served into a russian river glass

date of 12.06.10 on the bottle

pours a honey nut brown. small but retentive head

smells of honey, floral bouqet, belgian yeast, and malts

taste starts off with spices, followed by a honey sweetness, and finishes with malty and slight hoppiness

mouthfeel is a tad heavy

overall not too shabby for a triple.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in one of the back alley Brussels bars and again in Gent where it is found nearly everywhere. Nice lable on a small capped bottle. Pours a pale orange-gold body with a healthy and lasting foam. Eventually the head settles to a playful and mobile lace. Very pretty and sticky. The aroma is spicy, all spice or clove, with fresh orange and a grapefruit finish. Zesty. Taste molds spicy yeast character with a variety of fruits - peach, pineapple, and orange. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with quite a good deal of warming character, although this never feels as boozy as it might at 9%. Mild carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of sponberg
4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: On tap, about 48 degrees, in pint glass.

Beautiful dark auburn color. Aroma of caramel, Belgian yeast, and alcohol. Starts out by filling the mouth with a very round maltiness - caramel, toffee, Belgian spicy/yeasty notes, tastes like a double decoction brew of the highest order. The flavor is almost a perfect cross between a doppelbock and an abbey ale. Just enough underlying bitterness. The finish is more of that luscious malt, with a bit of a wraming surge of alcohol.

Thank you, sir, may I have another and another and another? Outstanding brew - one of the better ones I've tried recently. Made the Troegenator doppelbock I tried afterwards seem watery, and having had that brew on its own before I KNOW that's not the case.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the BTAH in NYC, pours medium cloudy caramel, with a medium off white head, and leaving very fine, respectable lacing. Ripe fruity nose, leads to a quaff of an interesting and differant tasting kind of brew. Jammy fruits, lucious and interesting. I'd like to try the bottled version to gain some perspective here. Fruity, overflowing with flavor and compexity. A fresh treat on tap

Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

La Divine smells crisp and full of wheat, like fresh apple and nectarine slices in a bowl of Grape Nuts cereal, with just a hint of white grape and champagne.

On the tongue, the beer is full of wildflower honey flavors and champagne spritzer. Apples and nectarines return from the nose, along with brown sugars, lychee nut, and light wheat bread. Slight peppery spices add an edge, and there are just enough hops to give the brew a citrusy, grapefruit buzz. There is a faint taste of alcohol, but it is mostly covered. The aftertaste is mainly champagne spritzer, with a hint of apples, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the champagne-like associations.

Overall, this is decent fare, though the flavors do tend to fade during subsequent sips. The brew doesn't necessarily add anything new to the style, but it does provide a good example of what is possible, and I expect would be approachable to newcomers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in official glassware...appears a golden honey color with a finely bubbled off whtie cream head forms fine Belgian style lacing with each sip. Aroma contains lively European hops somewhat tart fruit layer vinous very nice sweetness a bit spicy smelling. Taste contains a nice fruitiness tart vinous flow with a grassy herbal hop bouqet, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied fine carbonation silky smooth on the palate, another dangerous Belgian draft offering. Drinkability is incredible thoroughly enjoyed this rarity from Silly. Oh and for you Sharp Edge price haters peep this happy hour half off belgian drafts from 4:30 - 6:30 on weekdays.

Photo of rastaman
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks delcious, crystal-clear amber, classic Belgian head, although a bit more blotchy, but still nice and fluffy. Nose is yeasty, peppery, definietly bready and flowery aswell. Palate is full and balanced. Peppery, bready. Some dried orange/citrus flavours. Some resiny medium bitter hops. Theres some toffee buried in their aswell. Finish, is salty and bitter. Savoury. Not bad in the end.

Photo of dac
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Sierra Madre.

Dark amber/light brown cloudy opaque. 1/2" rocky head.

Aroma is somewhat fruity-estery-alcoholic with some sugary aromas, but none of the aromas are intense.

The flavor is primarily of malt and candy sugar. Banana and plum esters and a spiciness from fusel alchols added some complexity. Very little expression of caramel/roasted dark malt.

Considering the style, the body seems a bit thin. While obviously higher than average %ABV it doesn't seem very rich and robust.

A mediocre Belgian.

Photo of emsroth
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle. Reviewed on phone.

Appearance: slightly cloudy and dark amber. Small head that fades to nothing.

Smell: sweet caramel with an edge of fruity tart apple cider. Another dark Belgian beer that smells sickly sweet.

Taste: sweet caramel with a bit of fruit. Alcohol and hop dryness in the finish.

Mouth feel: at first it's thick and sugary but later becomes dry. The body is dryer than the taste and smell would lead one to believe.

Overall, it's just another dark Belgian beer that tastes like it hasn't finished fermenting: too much syrup and sugar.

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Beer Bistro. OK amber appearance, some yeast and spice in aroma, rather medium to thin mouthfeel. Some taste, an easy drink. An OK Belgium. Suitably carbonated, I think Saaz hops. Rather dry aftertaste.15 months later, another bottle at SMokeless Joe, and the smell even better. Much sweeter.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Amber colour, bit like a pale ale. Good portioned carbonation.
The head forms very rapidly. White creamy colour. It leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The scent is very strong on furniture wood and beeswax polish. Hops, grains and some slight honey.
On the other hand, the taste has a disturbing element. The metallic front taste is not only annoying, but is a real downer. Followed by over baked dry pie dough, raisins and very soft pure chocolate. Goes over in strong pepper and overpowering yeast with dosed strong malt. Finishes raw steak.
The aftertaste continues with strong yeast, meat, hop and malt. And still very spicy.

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting mix of reviews for this one. Guess I'll add my $0.02. Poured into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle, La Divine looks closer to a Dubbel in color. A light tawny with highlights of orange and golden. Fair amount of suspended yeast clouds this beer even after a month of idle rest in the fridge. Thin not quite white head offers decent retention. But then, it is a self described 'triple amber' ale.

Nose is malty and a bit old, yet grows on you. Yeast and fruit muddled with a cinnamon/clove spice. Fruitier yet funkier with some warming.

Taste is similar and fruit forward with plum and a bit of apricot. None of the apple/pear more common to the style. Offers a decent feel with a well balanced carbonation yet finishes a bit dry. Alcohol is well hidden nonetheless.

Bit at odds with the style, or any style really. But for a Belgian style, it certainly lacks the pizazz and brightness to revisit.

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderfully appealing beer, likely good for any meal or very nice by itself.

Pours dark amber with nice white head and assertive sweet fruit, especially pear and hints of apricot.

Wonderfully appealing mouth feel of medium body but complex and rich. It just really feels good in your mouth and this is a great example of nice "mouthfeel."

Flavors of fresh apricot and fresh pear. A very fruity, malty and rich flavored drink that is quite pleasing. Strong and long malt/fruit finish.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Fonefan: Poured a hazy deep amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some bready yeast notes. Taste is mix between some sweet Belgian malt with some notes of flight fruit (peach) and a bready finish. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nothing spectacular but very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for 33cl bottle at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in October 2006; tasted in November.

I'm not completely convinced I am reviewing this int the right place. The name is right, the ABV is right, the label is wrong and the style isn't what I expect. The label sez: Belgian Triple Amber Ale. To me it's more tripel-like than BSDA, so it's hard to review/compare. I guess it's just one of those creative beers (hard to wrap my brain around that- I like order in my chaos and planning in my spontaneity!!!).

Pours a deeper than typical (for a tripel) golden-orange, with a slight cloudiness. Aroma of sweet but slightly femented orange juice and rich sweetbreads. Flavor has those same notes in spades, but with an overlying green hops and light baking spices. Quite tasty and easily drinkable. Alcohol fuel notes are only a slight burning sensation on the insides of my lips.

Perhaps a little sweet for drinking much, and I'm sure the 9% would catch up in a hurry, but overall very enjoyable- would be a great dessert beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. An amber triple huh? Interesting....

Certainly a reddish brown body which is a first for my eyes, slightly cloudy with some pin head rising carbonation. Head is sort of off white and foamy and a light tan. Lost of snapping carbonation on the pour and head makes only about two fingers, sort of soapy, slowly falling to a sudsy collar. Some suspended flakes of yeast in the body.

Smells like a doppelbock. Toffee and sticky malts, lots of spicy sweet nutmeg on this, dry clove and brown spices. Dry sense coming somewhat not unlike a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Smells good doesn't remind me of a tripel.

Taste is very malty sweet and rich. It's also quite boozy hot and alcohol strong. Mouthfeel isn't wet, but there's a strong sugar coating light syrup quality to this. Thick dark malt action with lots of candied sugar. THe heat comes off mixing and becoming more noticeable with repeated sips. Dry burnt clove aftertaste comes through a bit, but hard to get with all the sweetness everywhere.

Overall, it's a booze bomb, and not far too sweet tasting. I'd pass on this one.

Photo of thekanna
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip glass. Dark amber-orange that's relatively clear; with about 1 finger of slightly off-white head that sticks around.

S: Relatively sweet, some apricots in there and some generic tropical fruit that I can't pinpoint.

T: Great strong apricot and nectarine taste; like Magic Hat #9, but more sharp and refined. Some sweet malts, a slightly medicinal hop bite which truncates the fruit taste pretty quickly. I didn't realize this was 9% alcohol already until I was almost done with the bottle.

M: Juicy, body has some substance, well-carbonated with small, effervescent bubbles.

D: Though I wouldn't really say this is a tripel, it still holds its own. A well-brewed fruity, complex Belgian beer. I wouldn't expect less from Brasserie de Silly, though.

Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Bottle is labeled as La Divine Belgian Triple Amber Ale. A couple sources seem to indicate this is the same as just La Divine (a BSDA according to BA), so I am reviewing it here.

A: Reddish amber with a 1 finger white head that leaves just a little lacing.

S: Smells spicy, citrusy and yeasty...quite refreshing.

T: Nice. Bit of caramel sweetness quickly leads into tasty spices - coriander and orange peel sorts - then finishes with a nice touch of citrusy hops. Yeast is present, and tasty as well. A nicely made, balanced tripel (or whatever style you want to call it) perfectly suited to a warm day.

M: Medium body with a nice bit of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Too easy to drink for the alcohol.

Recommended. A good, solid tripel that you could drink any day.

Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle with no bottling date or freshness code. It pours a murky amber-gold with a 1/2" of tight white head. Good carbonation and some fine delicate lace remain, as the head falls to the surface.

The nose is very sweet and fruity up front, with some notes of spicy yeast that lend a faint tartness in the finish. Smells good but really sweet, overall.

The taste is where this brew shines. Complex flavor that's chocked full of plum, pear, apple, grape, candi sugar and that spiciness from the yeast and hops, that really balance things out. The alcohol is vitually undetectable in this brews taste and smell, which is unusual for a big 9.5% ABV. The finish is dry with a nice little tang, followed by a sweet fruit aftertaste. Good stuff.

Medium plus body with pleasant carbonation make this Triple real easy to drink and the flavor is better than most I've had. I'll definetly enjoy this one again in the future, and recommend it as well.

Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle after its debarkation from the 330ml brown bottle sets in the glass a translucent copper color with a behemothic light tan and creamy head and after its demise the lace forms a thin satin sheet to lie upon the glass. Nose is tart but yet fruity sweet, citrus like in its crispness, fresh and appealing to both the ocular and olfactory senses, start is sweet with a pleasing malt profile, the top is light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finnish is striking in its acidity, the hops joyful in their spicy presence, desert dry almost vinous aftertaste that lingers long on the palate.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 11/2008, drank 07/2007, my bottle says 9.50%.

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip glass.

Good light amber, come pale brown, it looks fine, a half inch off-white head sits on top.

Toffee esters hit my nose from the bottle before I poured the beer, it wasn't so strong once the beer was in the glass. You can smell the alcohol, it is hidden in the woody aroma, but it is there for sure.

If you can get past the alcohol kick the flavours of caramel and toffee come into play, some spice in there too, but can't tell which ones.

Despite the high alcohol content this is a well balanced and well made beer. A little sweet, but overall, a very good beer.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Brownish color with copper highlights. Foam that falls quickly. The nose has hints of pear brandy, which provides direct information on the amateur presence that will offer significant alcoholic beer. This affirms the presence quickly in the mouth and is accompanied by a friendly power, but also very sweet. It also detected a hint of malt and light hints of wood. Stronger than a "triple" or a "Strong Pale Ale, this brew looks more like the" American Barley Wine. "

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a great beer. A golden/amber colour with a foamy, thick off-white head that sticks to the side of the glass.
Smell is spicy, a bit sweet and has a pretty big alcohol smell.
Taste doesn't live up to the appearance, in my opinion. Fruity, bananas, sweet (the reviewer that mentioned butterscotch as an aftertaste was spot on). A bit warm on the finish due to the alcohol content, but it's fairly well hidden and swallows pretty smooth.
Nice mouthfeel and pretty drinkable, but definately in a sipping sort of way.

Photo of Absumaster
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange, copper beer with a big frothy head.

Smell is malty with fruity notes from the yeast. Like in the Super64 beer from this brewery, there is a nice buttery diacetyl smell present.

Taste is malty with bready and doughy notes. Bitterness is medium. There are hints of candisugar. The carbonation is sizzling. The yeast produces esters which are a bit sharp. The diacetyl is really nice and add a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.
Aftertaste is lingering bitter and a bit sharp estery.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from the tap into a Fuller's pint glass

A- golden amber, thick white head

S- wheat, slight sweetness

T- holy sweetness batman! lots of spice but it's overshadowed by the incredible wheaty-sweetness. Nice but man is it sweet.

M- medium with a slight thickness at the end

D- I think one is enough

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La Divine from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.