Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 (Saison) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 (Saison)Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 (Saison)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #14-2008 is our interpretation of a farmhouse ale—a once near-extinct winter-brewed (and summer–imbibed) Belgian ale. celebratory brew starts with a black pepper and ginger nose. The nicely carbonated brew releases a honey-malt flavor that gives way to a tart crisp finish that masks the elevated ABV. We use a blended yeast strain (Saison Dupont & Le Chouffe) to create the traditional peppery, spicy earthy flavors of the saison. Slight hints of ginger also come through in the finish. Drink it ‘til the wedding bells chime!

25 IBU

Added by akorsak on 09-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of craytonic
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour is a nice orange-haze-yellow, tiny specks of lacing. The head took quite some time to settle.

Smell: Lemon, belgian yeast, cloves, white pepper, bit of funk .

Taste: Lemon grass, belgian yeast, cardamom, cloves, white pepper, lemon, light belgian saison funk.

Mouthfeel: Thin but a bit creamy, even at 6.7% the alcohol is noticeable. A bit more carbonation than necessary.

Drinkability: Bit below average saison

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Photo of BigMike
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color. Very cloudy with a big two finger head.
I poured the sediment out so there were a lot of floaties but it didn't bother me.
Spicy citrus aroma. Banana and orange.
Lemon, spice and hops on the flavor. A lot of yeasty flavor almost bread like.
Pretty crisp and refreshing. Has a bit of tangyness in the finish
I will say however this is nothing really special.
This was my first scratch beer sample and i would like to try others. Hopefully they are better than this. Not that it was bad. It just wasn't that memorable.

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Photo of boralyl
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours 1 finger of white head that doesn't stick around too long and leaves minimal lacing. The beer is a semi-transparent yellowish-orange. There's a good bit of sediment visible in the beer, as well as some carbonation bubbles.

S - Right off the bat the pepper and ginger make themselves known. Belgian yeast is also very prominent in the aroma.

M - A light bodied beer with a fairly high carbonation, but it works well with the beer.

T - Honey is the first flavor that strikes the palate. It slowly blends in with the Belgian yeast, pepper, and spices. There's a slight ginger flavor in the aftertaste. The taste from the Belgian yeast lingers after you swallow.

A pretty decent offering from Troegs. The carbonation keeps it nice and crisp. It's worth a try if you can find any.

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Photo of younger35
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received the brew from one of my main men BeerTruth. I've liked all of the Scratch brews except for the Belgium style ones. We'll see if this can change my mind. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a nice bright yellow with a super fluffy bright white one finger head that recedes very slowly. Left behind is a thin cap and thick collar that manages to leave some spotty lacing. Champaign like carbonation bubbles throughout.
Smell- Starts with loads of sweet banana and lemon peel with a bit of spiciness in the background. I hope this doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. Ginger, white pepper and a bit of clove really come together nicely.
Taste- Soft banana and bits of ginger start the flavor with the tiniest bit of sweetness. A small amount of citrus lemon peel and maybe even a bit of orange is somewhat acidic. Bready at times with a raw doughy taste and light funky yeast. The finish is somewhat pithy and dry with a lemony bitterness.
Mouthfeel- A bit thin but not horribly so with some light crisp carbonation and dry tart finish.
Drinkability- Overall this is definitely my favorite of the Scratch Belgium brews. It's got a nice light Saison profile without being kind of over done like the others. Good brew but can't wait for 15, that's gonna rock. Big thanks again to Adam!!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of pwoody11
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a small 1 finger head with subpar retnetion and clear yellow color.

Smell is of mild barnyard funk and hey, and some cloveyness

Taste is smooth and clovey with a sort of citrusy undertone.

I can't say too much about this beer. It's not as fun and exciting as most saisons. It is a little dull in my opinion.

I'd like some more carbonation on this bad boy as well!

That being said, the fact that it's not very over the top and barnyard like makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a small, but well constructed head that leaves a nice pattern of lace in the chalice

Smell: Rather sweet, with candi sugar, peppery yeast, overripe bananas and white pepper

Taste: Opens with a sweet and fruity flavor, redolent of candi sugar, bananas, clove, white pepper and a hint of cardamom; after the swallow, both the sweet and spicy flavors step it up a notch to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly and potent carbonation

Drinkability: Too sweet and not enough herbaciousness to be a top drawer saison, to my palate; it is more like a Belgian Golden

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a La Choulette glass. Bought a few 6 packs at the end of last year.

A-Scratch 14 pours a bright golden/yellow color with traces of orange. A thin 1/2 inch white cap comes after pouring leaving some streaks of lace. Some sediment is seen through the glass.

S- A big earthy presence with alot of spices in the nose mainly pepper and some citrus twang. Also getting some yeast as expected from the look. Some barnyard notes as well.

T- A whole lot of spices with some bready qualities, overall very earthy. Getting some pepper and slight ginger. banana comes through with some lemon flavoring. In the far distance some funk but very light with the yeast making an appearance.

M- The different taste hit all at once but work themselves out overtime. A nice amount of carbonation perfect for the style with some with a slick texture. The carbonation is felt though in a nice way.

D- Very nice but could be troublesome after two. This is a nice try at a saison & I am glad I tried it, but I should of saved my last bottles for spring time. The ABV is at the perfect place also.

A good addition to the scratch series, a series that seems to have some legs as they are up to 17 as the time of this review. How many old recipes do the Troegs brothers have?

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Photo of joe1510
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

I just received this freshly released bottle from jasonm in a trade last week, thanks Jason! The large carbonation bubbles hyperactively swirl to the surface keeping the clean white micro bubbled head at a constant cap. The body is polished golden with a touch of haziness throughout. Each quick swirl brings the head back alive in no time. A chunk or two of lacing is left behind here and there after each drink. I'd like to see more of the Belgian styled meringue-like heads that stick everywhere.

The on this saison has a lot of spice to it. Clove and banana leap from the glass and are the most dominant of the spices. Bubblegum plays a big role as well. The yeast Troegs used is hugely expressive and leads more along the lines of a hugely estery Belgian pale. There's a slight bit candi sugar-like sweetness in the pale malt profile. This beer smells good but I can't find a whole lot of saison in the mix which hurts the score.

The banana and clove fade in the flavor letting more of the bubblegum and some earthiness that I couldn't pick up in the nose. Actually as this beer warms the clove picks up on the swallow which doesn't seem to fit the style. There is a spicy hopping mid-palate that's very enjoyable and eventually leaves a little tingle on the tongue. A slight clean booziness can be felt in the nose. This comes closer to a saison than the nose suggested but the spices are still the main focus.

The mouthfeel isn't very saison like either but it does fit the flavor profile nicely. There's a moderate bodied smoothness with a touch of viscosity and a rather mellow carbonation. The body lightens up before the swallow. The mild grassy hoppiness lingers.

The drinkability on this beer is pretty good. The glass disappeared before I realized it. I'm usually not that big on clove but this beer just kept going down.

This wasn't much of a saison, in my opinion, but it is a good brew overall. I like trying these Troegs Scratch Series beers. Thanks for the bottle Jason!

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Photo of guzzle211
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle hand-delivered from the brewery by idesofmarch89 (thanks!) poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a fairly light golden yellow with a white head that retreats into a halo rather quickly. Unlike a lot of previous reviews, mine poured rather clear (although poured very carefully.)

The Belgian yeast dominates both the smell and the taste. The nose also carries hints of citrus. Bananas and bread are also very present. As the palate adjusts, the light spicing is more apparent - clove stands out the most. There is an earthiness that emerges as it warms.

There is enough carbonation to keep this beer active. It is crisp and clear on the tongue.

A very drinkable offering where all of its aspects are present without being overpowering.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegs- Scartch 14 (Saison)

A- Bright, yet slightly hazy, yellow with a small foamy sticky head.
S- Tart lemon and orange with cloves and hay/ straw/ wheat.
T- Big tart lemon and oranges with a dose of cloves and wheat thrown in. Sweet funky wet hay/ straw malt body. Slightly like a Hefe.
M- Sweet and tart with a spicy perfumy clove touch. Finishes off dry and tangy.

Overall- Nice taste/ flavors and enjoyable. A Hefe with quite a funky tart twang. I, personally, wouldn't make this a session beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Brass Rail beverage in Campbelltown.
Poured chilled in my ommegang goblet
A - A beautiful golden w/ great clarity with visible effervescence and quickly rising snowy cap. The ale has a very fine bead, the head gradually relaxes and smaller yeast sediment and particules drop out.

S - plenty of yeast aroma w/ almost bready smell. The odors of biscuits and marmalade in the nose w/ a hint of pineapple and mild astringent medicinal aromas. The nose is dry w/ light floral notes and mild alcohol

M- Full carbonation w/ the force of champagne almost. There is a big yeasty full feel as the ale is allowed to rest on the palate w/ dry tannic elements. The feel is warming w/ noticeable amounts of alcohol and slightly spicy in the finish

T - The taste is tropical and has a slightly bitter hop flavor at first w/ a bready yeast and spicy hop complement w/ earthy flavors. The taste of the malt is lightly grainy and the flavor is tropical but borders on medicinal as it warms w/ its dry yeast and alcohol flavors. The dry finish is in line with the scent and yeast taste.

D - Not my favorite of the scratch series, but fits the style and I find this to be a good American saison on the strong side, but drinkable. This ale has a lot of yeast in the flavor and almost tastes unfiltered w/ a thick ring of sediment in the glass and bottle. I would try this again with more age possibly- I recommend this.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr. Jay. Aggressively carbonated and bold peppery saison. Pours a very white prominent head, with some lace. Spot on spicey and yeasty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, after the full felt carbonation and some cloves, corriander, a bit of wheat. Good background bitterness.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, Thanks ONEEYE

(sediment was noticed in the bottle, at first poured without, then swirled it in half way)

A. A cloudy, murky yellow with some head. Some lacing on the glass.

S. Banana and clove. Yeasty. Bavarian yeast. Smells like a hefe.

T. The taste mimics the nose to a degree, but there seems to be two diff. yeast strains used, bavarian and trappist. It gives off alot of spice and fruit, as well as a twang of barnyard funk. Some wheat in the taste as well. Very sweet. Interesting, wish more of the belgian characteristics would pull through, this could actually be aged.

M. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a dry chalky finish.

D. This is a pretty interesting beer and I did enjoy it. I wish I had more of it actually.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of krkearney
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Capone's (Norristown, PA). Pours hazy golden, capped with a moderate sized white head. Appealing aroma of spice, citrus, banana, yeast, and white pepper. Flavor of wheat, honey, and yeast, with spice and cloves building towards the finish. Spice, herbs and earth linger for a long finish. A bit thin bodied, but a nice, refreshing beer overall.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow complete with lots of floaties with 2 fingers of bright white frothy head. OK retention leaves some nice clinging lacing. Smells of clove, peppery spices, yeasty bread, apples, and grass. Tastes of apple, lemon, pineapple, clove, pepper, honey, yeasty funk, and pale bread malt with a grassy bitterness that starts out strong at the beginning but eventually fades away, along with a touch of alcohol warmth. Medium in body with nice carbonation. A touch syrupy but also quite airy and pleasant, smooth and crisp with good balance. Enjoyable and decent, but not one of my top selections from Troegs.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy bright golden yellow. Some chunks of sediment snuck into the glass and can be seen swirling around. Huge, foamy white head with excellent retention. Leaves big chunks of lace all over the glass.

S - Spicy, yeasty aroma. Hints of banana as well. A very typical saison nose. Not great, but definitely not bad.

T - A light lemony tartness initially before a full on mouthfull of tart fruitiness hits you. Not mouth puckering, but very sharp. A spiciness lingers throughout to provide some balance to the tartness. A little bit of wheat and grain can be tasted throughout as well.

M/D - Light bodied, very crisp. Easy drinking.

A little bit of a letdown, but still very good. My only complaint is it tastes more like a tart/sour hefeweizen than anything else.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of funk, yeast, clove. Kind of reminds me of Hennepin in the nose. Flavor is loaded with peppery spices and yeast. Extremely quaffable. Excellent saison.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

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Photo of errantnight
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks leftmindedrighty!

Pours a pale, hazy straw with a couple fingers of head, light lacing.

Light ester aromas, a bit of powdered sugar and white pepper and floral notes. Bubblegum and banana. A little more tripel than saison.

Nice balance with moderate mid palate sweetness. A bit of wheat malt with the pale malt.

Nicely carbonated, on the high side, a bit spritzy.

Superbly drinkable, but doesn't quite have the earthy tones, funk, and depth of the best ones. Despite a bit of white pepper in the nose, there's no real spice presence, and while I'm fine with no adjunct spices, a few more could have been coaxed out of the yeast to good benefit. A tasty brew, but barely a saison.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.75 for a 12 oz bottle at Capone's in Philly.

Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours cloudy saison lemon yellow with a massive three finger bright white foamy head that slips to a single finger leaving firey white lacing.

Finished the pour with 50% of the dregs for an even hazier body.

Bitter citrus aroma with the traditional Belgian spicy characteristic. Notes of grain from the malt present in the aroma.

Finishes a little sharp and sweet where I prefer my saison to be of the lighter and fluffier variety.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to vwcraig, much appreciated. Nice cloudy orange color, good head. The smell is a nice spicy saison-like smell. It tastes like dull oranges, spice, pepper, good saison. Not as easy to drink as I expected but still a good saison overall.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Deuane for this bottle.

Pours an extremely hazy, yellow / dirty orange color. Probably the only beer I have ever seen that was this color. Thin off-white head leaves only a speck or two of lacing. Something about this just looks dirty.

The scent is very faint at first but improves as it warms. This one has a musty aroma to it... very barnyard. There's a bit of bread in there, wet hay and some citrus, too. Somewhat spicy.

The flavor is more on the spicy side. It has a dose of funk and some sweet lemon grass. Yeast is noticeable throughout.

Thinner feel to it. Prickly, dry tingle on the tongue. Overall a rather enjoyable beer. Another interesting brew from Troegs in the Scratch series.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a hot as hell day in Florida (like there is a cool one this time of year) and Saison was calling my name.

A: Pours a nice light straw yellow hue with some nice floatage going on. Nice fluffy white head with light retention. No real lace noted.

S: Simple Saison aromas. Aroma fresh ginger, banana, citrus, yeast, coriander, and clove.

T: Nice yeasty start. Hints of banana and the above mentioed spice. Light hints of apple, fresh Florida citrus, and a touch of white pepper in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Crisp and refreshing in this heat.

D: Drinkable I just popped open my second one. So goes my supply of this one.

Thanks to whoever sent this one to me.

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 (Saison) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 75 ratings