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Scratch Beer 8 - 2008 | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Revisiting Scratch #3, we take the same Tripel recipe, add beet and cane sugars to the kettle, and run the wort through our hopback brimming with juniper berries, coriander and yarrow flowers. Inspired by the herbaceous nose of gin, the berries and flowers give a slight pine/citrus aroma with floral undertones. Scratch #8 has a dry, yeasty finish and noticeable alcohol warming when consumed.

Added by ffejherb on 03-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by beermanbrian:
Photo of beermanbrian
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow to golden in color. Thin wispy head that dosn't do much but i'll credit that to serving it too cold. Smell of pepper spiceyness hits you big up front. Notes of sugary sweetness in the background. I have no idea what yarrow taste or smells like so i don't know if it's in there or not. Pepper goes to the background in the taste and a surprising floral hoppyness shows up. This is quickly followed by sugar sweetness. Slick mouth. The pepper shows up again in the finish. Overall not a supper drinkable beer but it's unique enough that it's definately worth a try.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a hazy deep golden color with a quarter inch of crisp white head on top that fades fairly quickly. Aromas start out with crisp pilsner malts along with good deal of fruity sweetness as well. Lots of citric accents along with a touch of juniper, but it's more restrained that I expected. Earthy and floral with peppery yeast tones as well. Really quite nice and complex!

First sip brings crisp, somewhat sweet malts upfront with a fruity / herbal kick. Coriander runs through bringing citric accents. Herbal juniper accents along with earthy, spicy yeast tones as it flows down. Quite fruity overall with floral and pepper accents as well. Flows down somewhat dry without any noticeable alcohol. I really enjoyed this one!

Mouthfeel is medium towards full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth with a unique flavor profile. Overall, quite an enjoyable twist on a tripel that doesn't end up being overly sweet. I couldn't drink too many of these with the ABV, but I quite enjoyed this brew. Wish I could have tried more of these Scratch series beers!

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery.

A: The tripel was pretty active, stirring up quite a bit of head on the initial pour. After a break, the head receded and I was able to empty the bottle. The ale is a hazy golden color, cloudy enough to obscure any bubble streams.

S: The nose is rich. The juniper adds a unique aroma, herbal with an anise-like medicinal scent.

T: The ale is heavily influenced by the juniper. The spice replaces hops and adds a clove-like, aniey flavor. The taste is intense up front but quickly fades. Pepper appears throughout and accentuates the clove. The ale is noticeably boozy.

M: The mouthfeel is full, gin in a 12 oz bottle as many others have observed. The flavors are a bit too eager to disappear though.

D: The ale is too heavy to over-indulge in (the next day would be unfortunate, to say the least). I prefer the Scratch 10's anise flavor to the juniper.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Miver: Poured a deep lightly hazy golden color ale with a small white foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of pear, juniper and bubble gum is quite intense but very enjoyable. Taste is a mix between a typical Belgian triple with some excellent notes of juniper, pear and bubblegum. Body is quite full with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one even though the aroma and spicing is too intense to drink this regularly.

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Photo of Throckmorton
4.79/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Scratch 8, ohhh, Scratch 8, how I love thee, let me count the ways. How I wish they'd brew it again. Sorry if I'm gushing, but I loved this beer.

This brew has to be in the top 5 ever passed my gums. I've had a few growlers, and by the case. Growlers were better.

A - just what you'd want for this style: hazy golden tan, white lacy creamy head that lasts a long long time.

S - the nose is remarkable, floral and yeasty, very complex with grasses and coriander, pepper.

T - one of those beers that goes through lots of flavors from when it first hits your tongue to after you swallow.

D - dangerous, oh so dangerous.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased from Troeg, itself!

A- pours a cloudy goldenrod color. Seems kind of musty looking at first but settles out very nice. Very little lace remains but enough to make me happy.

S- Smells of floral hops and juniper hit my nose. a tart lemon smell also hits me faintly. It smells very sweet and tangy like the barbecue sauce.

T- A sweety lemon. Sugary and can def taste the floral powers in it. Its a force but it is avery good beer. It definitely has some sort of spicy apple/berry aftertaste that lingers on the palate. The alcohol comes out after a few minutes in the mouth

M- spicy and a mouthful. An explosion of life and floral flavors in the mouth all at once. Fullof alcohol and quite heavy.

D- This is a good beer to have a sixer of but it is very strong.One or two of these and you would feel pretty good. Goes down fairly smooth but does take a hint of pressure to get it down.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the scratch beers i had left to try. I had hunted this one down long and hard and could not wait to give it a whirl. Served cold and poured into a chalice, this one was consumed on 01/26/2009.

Decent pour here with a nice cloudy and moderate amber color. Some light sediment and a small touch of white foam on the top that settled down nicely into a thin pillow of foam. Bare top after about a few minutes. As I leaned in for the smell it was rather light. Dominant here were light apricot and grains. A touch of grapes maybe floating around as well. More so in the flavor which had a touch of tartness and a definite grain feel to it. Rich carbonation though led to a very nice body on this and the alcohol was well hidden, even in the long drawn out finish tht had just the right touch of fruit in it. Overall not bad, certainly not my favorite in the style, but not bad at all. I would not mind tracking this one down again.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DIM for throwing in this great extra.

a - pour bright golden honey color, pretty cloudy, not much of a head at all

s - big black pepper and coriander aromas, yeasty, what I'm assuming is some juniper berry, really spicy, light orange and hints of alcohol

t - big fresh cracked black pepper up front along with a coriander-centric spiciness, some banana, orange, and (again, what I'm assuming is) juniper berry, big bready malt and yeast flavors on the finish with more coriander and other spice, a little alcohol heat

m - medium-bodied, lots of prickly carbonation, slighly dry on the finish, some alcohol warming

d - for a 10% abv beer, pretty drinkable, easy on the palate and interesting flavor

Good tripel all around. I like the uniqueness of the juniper berry addition. Not quite as good as the Scratch #4 and #5, but well worth seeking out a bottle or two nonetheless.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Very bold and zesty aroma. Lots of bready and yeasty smells with a very spicy character.

Bready and yeasty upfront followed by an aggressive bitter bite. Lots of spicy notes hit just before it finishes dry and boozy.

Full body, medium carbonation.

Misses the mark a bit, I think a little too aggressive for a tripel. It's also entirely possible that it's still young and not yet come of age. We will see how time treats this one. I am hopeful.

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Photo of marcpal
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first scratch experience, picked up a growler from the brewery tour yesterday. Unfortunately, they ran out of the bottles just as I got there but this baby poured into a snifter is making the Masters a pleasure of a watch.

A: Huge egg white head on top of yellow-gold Belgian coloring. Lacing spiderwebs.

S: Plenty of the abv noticeable with lots of yeast. Banana and coriander make themselves known. Very grassy.

T: Like the aroma, alcohol is indeed noticeable and the grassiness and fruits come through. Extremely peppery and the pininess makes this a nice sit back sipper but a bit too hot.

M: More carbonation than the appearance would lead you to expect. Filmy.

D: Alcohol definitely noticeable but nowhere to go so a nice sipper. Id surely like to try some more of the scratch series. One can only hope.

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Photo of natasharai
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a fizzy off white head that dissipated very quickly leaving no head. The beer is slightly hazy with a yellow golden color.

Smell: Sweet fruit like berries, pear, and some citrus orange. Strong spiciness not sure what kind of spices, maybe coriander. A bit musty, but in a good way, as it warms up it starts to smell like bread dough.

Taste: Sweet white grapes, and apple. Some citrus orange and spiciness similar to the smell with some cinnamon added. As it warms a strong floral honey flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a good amount of carbonation consisting of larger bubbles, pretty smooth, a little alcohol burn, and leaves mouth pretty clean.

Overall: Pretty good drinkability, the appearance is really disappointing, but the (more important) smell and taste are great! Very nice sweet fruity character balanced with a beautiful spice.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was presented to me with about a finger's worth of solid, bone-white head with decent retention. The coriander was evident on the nose. The color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. The mouthfeel was medium with a very black-peppery taste on the tongue. The finish was dry and even a little hot. It was good, but one or two at a sitting would be plenty.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one.

A: The beer pours a pale, cloudy golden orange color with a small white head.

S: Lots of really sweet malt and sugar with a little bit of orange peel. A light spiciness, clove and coriander for the most part, and yeast. Some bread, but mostly sugary sweetness.

T: Like with the nose, big time sugar flavor/sweetness. A bit of the juniper comes through, but there is plenty of spice and yeast. Some bread and a bit of alcohol come through.

M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: The alcohol flavor is a bit off-putting, but pretty good overall.

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Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that lingered a bit.

Smell: yeast with some big honey and fruit sweetness. Very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with honey, ripe berries, yeast, and some mild spiciness. Alcohol is noticeable and warming. Bitterness comes through nicely despite the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light prickliness at the start but smooth at the finish. Very long aftertaste as the flavors seem to linger in the mouth for quite a while. Medium-heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: the sweetness and alcohol levels make this a slow sipper, but enjoyable throughout the entire glass.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is impressive. The gin/juniper berries is very apparent and couples nicely with the honey. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with juniper berries imparting almost a gingerale flavor with the honey. The beer has moderate sweetness, which once again plays nicely with the juniper. The beer actually seems fairly light on the palate, and it's hard to believe the abv. is 10%. The finish is long and smooth.

Another excellent scratch beer from Troegs.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of tangerine, orange, barnyard, and anise. The taste is funkier than the aroma with the barnyard yeast flavors up front. It is followed by citrus fruits with a hot alcohol presence in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very good American version of a Tripel. I would love to drink this again.

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Photo of Khazadum
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Lovely hazy golden. Medium white head that reduced into a thin ring that left no lacing.

S-Very complex with an array of spices. The juniper is certainly obvious. Also some sweetness from the candi sugar I assume.

T-Again with the complex. Crazy melding of corriander, juniper, pepperiness and sweet candi sugar fullness. Has a nice touch of sweetness at the beginning and ends nice and dry....like gin...cool!

M-Medium body. There is so much going on in my mouth the 10% is barley noticed!

D-10% certainly does not make this one a session brew! But...man oh man what a vast improvement over SB #3....now this is a tripel I could learn to love!

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Photo of shertz
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this baby into a snifter at a nice 45 degrees. Was reading on Troegs website about this one and seems really interesting(and strong). We'll see.

Looks-Nice big(2 finger) head tops off this clear, golden hue. Great lacing.

Smell-Prunes and alcohol. Some bready belgian yeast also stick around.

Taste-I was expecting huge alcohol from other reviews, but didn't get that. Instead, I got a bready, plum belgian monster. GD, this is tasty. Don't get me wrong, alcohol is present, but at 10%, well hidden.

Mouth-Not much carbonation. Not tremendously dry either. Pretty slick.

Drinkability-I know 10%, can't be good. But on a Friday nite after a long day at the office...PERFECT!

Final Thoughts:This might be my favorite Scratch. I need to find more!! And fast!! Just a great beer.

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Photo of kkipple
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive Mega Scratch Beer Tasting @ the Meat Meet, 8.21.2010. Thanks Unclejedi!

Scores reflect how the beer is drinking NOW, and not when released.

Another 10.10% Tripel! Can't possibly be the same beer as #3, this reeks of coriander, black pepper and lemon. Smells like a huge Witbier. Pale gold and no head. Tastes like a big Wit too, spice is the order of the day here, some warming alcohol, sweet Pils malt, seems like... very characterful and interesting, one of the best Scratch beers I've had so far. Drink and enjoy, this one is interesting, has aged fine and still drinks well!

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Photo of orangesol
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First and foremost, this rating is based on how this one is drinking right now, not in the past.

Once again, big thanks to Deuane for giving me one of these to try.

A - Pours pale golden orange with a small film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, green apple, fresh bread, juniper, light spiciness - namely clove and coriander - and some fruity yeast.

T - Flavors are similar to the nose with some extra sugary sweetness thrown in. The fruity flavor only grows as it sits in the glass. Finish is pretty sweet with a bit more fruitiness, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with very light carbonation. Slick feel with a small boozy twang at the end of each sip.

O - This one is pretty much done at this point. The flavors are all over the place and the nose isn't too bad but the rest is all but gone at this point.

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Photo of number1bum
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I split a case of this with stefgriff and mymrnngjkt. I had the Scratch 3 at the Troegs fest in October and it was really good, so I was very excited when I saw this one on the release list. Their website says all of the additions were inspired "by the herbaceous nose of gin." That sounds both scary and enticing, so who knows? Here goes.

A vigorous pour produces a hazy golden color, leaning toward being a bit orange, with only about half a finger of nearly white head. Head recedes pretty quickly and leaves only a spotty lacing and virtually no stick.

Smells of sweet malt, green apple, lemon, floral hops, herbal aromas and spice. Also a good whiff of booze in the nose. Hmmmm...so far I'm not sure.

Taste starts off with some malt sweetness but then turns south. It's really boozy and quite spicy, and there's an odd herbal bitter flavor that must be a result of the juniper berries. I don't think I really like it. It's really hot and too funky for my taste.

Mouthfeel is a crisp, medium-full body. The booze factor really takes away from the drinkability. I had a tough time with this one.

I love Troegs and I love tripels, but this one is a major disappointment. I guess this is what the Scratch series is all about, trying interesting things on a one-off basis, but this one is a thumbs down. The original tripel recipe from Scratch 3 is a winner, this one is a loser.

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Scratch Beer 8 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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