Scratch Beer 131 - 2014 (Belgian-Style Brown Ale) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The flavor of Scratch #131 originates in the Abbey Ale yeast strain, which produces a distinctive fruity character akin to dried dark fruit (think raisins or prunes). On your palate, the dark fruit flavor continues, adding traces of toffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark rum as well as delicate spices, roasted nuts, and lightly toasted grains. The addition of Belgian Candi sugar and cane sugar bolsters the ale’s sweetness, while Tradition hops offer a faint floral hop note that ties everything together.

19 IBU

Added by orangesol on 01-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours murky amber brown with a nice one finger tall off white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of bready Belgian yeast, candied sugar, light earthy spice, caramel and toffee sweetness and some very faint fruitiness. Pretty slow to develop but not too bad once it does.

T - Starts off with a mix of chewy Belgian yeast and caramel toffee sweetness slowly being joined by some dark fruits, the light spices and dulled fruitiness. Finish is pretty sweet, drying the palate for awhile after consumption.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, yeasty feel from start to finish. Booze is hidden pretty well.

O - Getting pretty tired of all these Belgian browns that keep showing up all the time. Feels like it has been every other scratch at this point. Oh well, this one is much like the others have been, maybe a bit better even, they are solid but nothing amazing.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stopped into Tröegs on 30JAN14 on leave from Ft Indiantown Gap for some refreshments. Started with a glass of #131, at $5.00.

It was a mostly clear, deep amber hued offering, with some garnet glimmering at the edges. Head was tan, thin and wispy, with light lacing on the glass. Had minimal carbo floating about. Aroma had some light caramel maltiness, and candi sugar was also evident. The body was medium, and it had a middle of the road feel on the tongue as well.

Tasted a bit semi-sweet, with toasty malts, candi sugar, dark fruit, and hints of caramelized brown sugar and dark rum. The finish was faintly floral. Solid, but not earth-shattering. Prosit!!

3.79/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery over 35 minutes.

A nice reddish brown amber core with a thin, frothy eggshell white head that falls rather quickly. Lacing remains, though, in streaks and streams from a thin head fed with ample carbonation that can barely be seen.

The nose is great, though it takes some warming to show off all the elements. It's bread and sugary. There's candied fruit, but it's not too forward, tart or gangly--softened with darker essences. There's fresh soil, caramel and just a hint of forest freshness. My favorite component of the brew.

It's chewy and a bit sweet right from the start. Then a bite of cherry pokes in, bringing behind it some raisin and prune. I sense a little pepper and nutmeg in the middle; clove shows up a bit later as the end goes dry and just a bit bitter. Not bad, but not quite enough depth.

In the mouth, it feels rather bright with bubbles, even though it's chewy, too. Needs some more oil and glycerine to bulk up the body, a bit. Though it's not boozy or perfumy, so the center is solid enough.

Overall, Belgian brown is a step up from other recent tastings. Many have tired my tongue halfway through glasses. This one I finished with a smile, though I wasn't dying to go back for more.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler brought by dinner guests. This is how you get invited back, thanks guys!

a: Dark, clear, chestnut brown; pours with medium sized sticky head.

s: Sugary raisins, fruity esters, and floral, rummy warmth.

t: Very sweet overall, but a well incorporated sweetness with enough fruitiness and booze to keep things in line. Sugar coated raisin goodness primarily with a hint of other dark fruits and maybe some chocolate. Lingering sweet, flowery booze.

m: Big body and creamy carbonation.

o: Good stuff, I wouldn't mind giving this my undivided attention sometime.

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Scratch Beer 131 - 2014 (Belgian-Style Brown Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 8 ratings