Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008Scratch Beer 14 - 2008

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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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another round of thanks to Greg for this one.

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a nice big white head that clings to the glass.

S: A mild funkiness to the nose with a big time floral aroma. A touch of honey on the nose with some mild grass and earth to it as well. I get a little bit of spice, particularly white pepper and some light fruits.

T: Sweet fruits, lots of pears and apples, with a little bit of white grape. Some white pepper notes, a little bit of coriander, orange zest, and an overall earthy and grassy aroma. Plenty of yeast and some pale, bready malts.

M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: A really nice surprise. This beer is fantastic and easily one of the better Scratch series beers I've had.

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Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty pour. Maybe a little aged, but this beer is a little aged so whatever, all doubting benefits may fall upon it.

Smells like spice, sunshine, and bananas. That there is a saison smell. Not very intense, but, again, the age.

Tastes like it smells. The yeast is especially prominent, spicy and chewy, and it falls really nicely into an aggressive, strong malt that's nicely bitter for having aged.

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Photo of portia99
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in trade with Hophead101. Thanks. Poured into a gold rimmed Buzzards Bay fluted glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with 3 fingers of whipped cream like white head, with very good staying power...wants to last forever. Takes a couple of pours with time for the head to die down to get the whole bottle into the glass. Neverending supply of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Very active beer.

S - Yeasty and very fruity...combination of oranges, apples, lemons, tangerines. A touch tart and tangy on the nose. Very potent aromas - can smell them from several feet away. This might be the best smelling saison I've ever experienced. Really phenomenal.

T - Taste goes right along with the aroma. Tons of fruits, especially the orange and lemon coming thru. On top of that, there is a really good yeasty spiciness in there. A little bit of bready malt in the background, but this is largely masked by the intense fruit and spice character. Not quite as impressive as the aroma, but a very good interpretation of the style.

M - Fairly thin in body with tona of carbonation. The carbonation makes this very lively and prickly on the tongue and carries the fruit and spiciness to all corners of the mouth.

D - Man, I wish this was a 22oz bottle, or I had a couple more of these stashed away. This is a very easy drinker on its own and would be perfect with a nice meal. The saison style is one of my favorites and this one has to be up there as one of the best I've had. Anybody have more of this? Any chance of this becoming a regular offering from Troegs? Probably no on both...oh well. Glad I at least got to try it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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 craytonic
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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 callmemickey
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, somewhat hazy lemon-yellow body. Nice, fluffy white head. Great retention and dense lacing. (Lots of sediment in the bottle as this has some age on it, but I successfully kept the vast majority out of the pour).

S: Soft lemon zest. Light spice of clove and coriander. Draws much from a belgian strong pale with some banana and yeast as well. Not particularly "farmhousey."

T: More of the same. Perhaps a bolder citrus profile that carries over a nice spice undercurrent. Again, this is more on the belgian strong pale end of the spectrum.

M: Effervesecent and light bodied. A really nice crisp finish that has some bite to it. Refreshing as all hell.

D: Top notch. I docked it some points in the smell/taste categories as it was lacking some funk, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying this nicely crafted brew. Now if only Troegs would brew a saison regularly.

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Photo of AltBock
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a plain white label with a big gray "S" in the middle and the series number and brewed year at the top. Scratch 14 was brewed in late 2008. Served in a Troegs pint glass.

This Scratch beer poured a pale Canary yellow with some bright sun yellow highlights along the sides. As you can tell, this was a very yellow beer. Don't pour the whole bottle into the glass because there is alot of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Sitting on top of this bright yellow beer was a 1+ inch sized fluffy cotton white head of foam. It had the best retention. The head of foam only receded when beer was taken out of the glass. When it recede, it left behind a huge amount of sticky streaks of white lace.

14 had a nice little potent aroma to it. It just filled to the edge with rich tart lemon, ripe banana, cloves, a whiff of coriander, a hint of wild flowers, and then the aroma finishes up with a touch of yeast, tart grapefruit, and black licorice. I don't know where that black licorice came from, but it made for a nice treat.

The taste was just as good as the kick ass aroma. The two flavors that flexed their muscles were the ripe banana and the cloves. When those 2 flavors had enough, they let through some sweet grapefruit, lemon peel, coriander, a dash of black pepper, a mix of citrus and exotic fruits, and a hint of malted wheat. This Saison was just packed with great citrus flavors.

This was an easy drinking light bodied beer with a full flavored aftertaste of cloves, ripe banana, malted wheat, coriander, and a hint of yeast.

Please Troegs, do not scratch this beer!

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of youngblood
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First experience with a Saison here...

Looks almost like champagne. Highly carbonated with slight golden coloration. Slight fizzing head that dissipates quickly.

Smells very spicy and fruity. Lots of banana and pear. Some coriander and lemon peel. Very nice and clean.

The taste follows the scents closely. Bit more of a yeasty aftertaste coming through though. Very complex yet easy on the mouth.

Nice light mouthfeel. Slightly slick.

High drinkability, especially with summer coming around. Was a big fan and will seek out more Saisons.

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

Appearance: Poured with a large bubbly head that turned creamy and smooth as it dissipated. Dissipated to a 1cm layer head that remained throughout the whole glass leaving a some lacing. The beer is a pretty yellow golden color and became very cloudy and murky looking when I got the yeast in my glass.

Smell: Sweet fruit similar to apples and pears with a hint of banana, spiciness from the yeast, tangy malt, and some honey

Taste: Pears and banana, honey, spicy yeast, berries, raisins, and a wonderful tangy after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly sticky, nice tang and very small pucker feel, leaves mouth pretty clean.

Overall: Very drinkable, this is a wonderful representation of the style!! Nice sweet fruity flavors with spice and wonderful tangyness toward the end.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra received in a trade, I think it was from DRINKNDRIVE.

Poured into a tulip, the beer is very light golden, straw colored. It's effervescent with a signature gigantic foamy saison head. It recedes slowly leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is peppery phenols with some light citrus in the form of apples, lemons, and oranges. A low level of floral hops is evident. The malt is pretty light beneath the other aromas and the alcohol is hidden.

The flavor is peppery with orange and lemon. The malt character is soft beneatch the fruit. The hops are low but noticeable, imparting earthiness to the flavor. There's a hint of tartness. The finish is spicy, fruity, and dry. The alcohol is well masked throughout.

The beer is light bodied with high carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 goatgoat
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Color is a slightly hazy lemon gold with a ridiculous amount of visual effervescence. A huge white fluffy head takes it's time falling. A few sticky strands of lace.

Aroma is tart lemon, freshly mown grass, spicy, light fruits with a nice undertone of barnyard must.

Flavor starts lightly sweet with honey tones, quickly joined by a nice tartness. A surprising bitterness comes in for the finish but then it overstays it's welcome.

Nice light body with a suitably dry finish. Carbonation is plentiful without being prickly.

A very nicely done American saison. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my Troubador tulip. A huge head crests over the rim of the glass - I cut the top off with my fork. Head quick to retreat to a lively layer of bubbles on top. This one is straw yellow and hazy with visible yeast.

The aroma is lightly hoppy with some funky citric notes. Hit s the mouth with a blast of carbonation. A bit tart, a bit hoppy, a bit musty - tongue continues to fizzle. Finishes dry and lemony with a very slight residual bitterness - black pepper and lemongrass.

The medium body on this one really helps carry all that flavor. Quite the enjoyable Saison for someone who loves them...

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fianlly getting around to reviewing this one. Poured from a cellar temperature 12 ounce bottle into my Oerbier tulip glass. After stirring up the yummies in the bottom of the bottle, appears a cloudy, milky bright yellow color with about two fingers of foamy off white head. Smells and tastes of spicy, peppery yeast, hint of ginger,tart green apples, lemon, bubble gum, plastic band aids, and hay. Medium bodied, dry and slightly alcoholic with medium to moderate carbonation. Delicious stuff. Hope it becomes part of Tröegs regular rotation of seasonals.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this awhile ago in a trade with MikeReaser. Thanks for the opportunity to try this Mike! 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Nearly opaque, cloudy straw yellow body that pours with a hefty 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head has great retention and plenty of lacing left all the way down the glass. Cloudiness is very thick and dynamic with a TON of yeast sediment whirling about at the bottom of the glass.

S- Lots of Spicy and yeasty scents in the nose. Behind this is apples and lemon and a slight bready sweetness.

T- Apple and pear flavors are upfront and are accented by a peppery spice. In the background is a soft, bready yeast. The finish gets a bit spicy as floral hop flavors and bitterness come through along with the spices intensifying. What is left to linger is a hint of sweet apple and remnants of sweet bready yeast.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a full. smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is a very good beer and another great offering from Troegs-who really has yet to disappoint me. Wish this were offered more often.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend recently - I've never had one of Troegs' scratch beers before and I eagerly anticipated this! At first, I thought it was a Belgian White because of the vast amount of sediment at the bottom. Only after a few tastes did I realize that there was more going on here, which was not necessarily a bad thing.

This has the pour of a good Belgian beer - light, foamy, and cloudy. Need I say again that there's a ton of solids floating at the bottom of this? The taste is pretty strong, once ya get past the usual straw, clover, and banana found in Belgian beers. There's some bubble gum, "band-aid", and of course, alcohol. This turned out to be weaker than I thought it would be once I saw the ABV%, but it didn't detract from the taste at all; nor from the strong, sour aftertaste.

It's too bad these aren't available commercially around here. I'd love to to try the others given that Troegs succeeds at any style they attempt. While the Nugget Nectar and the Oatmeal Stout will always hold a special place in my life, this beer is not forgettable either. I'm glad I was able to try this!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dan threw down as he always does.. the 14 was honestly only added to my wants not that long ago... yet here it is.. in my New Belgium snifter..

Fantastic 2 finger head.. great lacing atop a slightly hazy golden straw brew..

The nose is lite yet fairly phenolic.. peppery and with touches of band-aid... earthy comes to mind.... pale malts... yet dry.

Again.. lightly phenolic with soft pale malts.. slightly sweet throughout.. yeasty.. but not overdone.. fresh cut hay and some mild ginger.. green apple skin with some fruity pineapple as it warms up.. surprisingly complex for an American take on the style.. the body is lite/medium with a crisp carbonation.. some white grape essence arises at room temperature.. and it becomes alot more well rounded..

I love a great saison.. and honestly, I really appreciate a fresh American attempt.. this is pretty damn good.. I am glad I was able to try it on the fresher side.. but I bet with a little age, it will become a bit better..

I forgot to look at the ABV before beginning the review.. but it seems that it may be a touch on the high side.. the body may be light.. but it is pretty filling.. be careful once reaching the bottom of the bottle.. a big sheet of yeast will end up in your glass.

I need to say thanks again.. Dan approached me this time around.. and I haven't even touched the good stuff yet. Please .. Please... don't quit trading .. at least with me. ;-)


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Photo of errantnight
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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 jasonjlewis
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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 BigMike
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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 ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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 prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever generous guinnessdoc for the bottle.

Appearance: It's a lighter shade of gold and fairly clear. A few loose chunks of sediment escaped the glob at the bottom of the bottle. The head is foamy and absolutely huge. It's easily three fingers deep. Retention was excellent. Thick sheets of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: A strong wave of spices hit the nose first. Clove is the strongest, but pepper is prevalent. Belgian yeast is very strong and enticing. I love that scent. It's strong in the mix here. There's some earthy/grassy notes that come through at the next level. Light fruit scents emerge late. It's mostly apple and light pear. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: No dropoff here. Strong clove and pepper strike first. It's a very nice, spicy flavor. Belgian yeast is indeed very strong and flavorful. Definitely adds an illusion of authenticity. It's a little grainy and has a nice earthy/grassy flavor. Very light apple and lemon flavors are present and add some sweetness. It has a nice, bitter twist on the tail. Wasn't expecting that. Very welcome surprise nonetheless. Alcohol is blended extremely well. Finishes a little bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is smooth. Carbonation is very active and appears to get in the way a little. But, it's smooth overall. Drinkability is very high. Very flavorful, tasty beer that's under 7% to boot. What's not to love?

Scratch 14 is unfortunately my first beer in the Scratch series. I wish I'd had the opportunity to try every one. This one's very impressive. Flavor and character are strong with this one. It has no material flaws to note. Very nice representation of the style from an American brewery. Color me impressed.

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Photo of Gilgemesh
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice light straw color accentuated by a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. I almost forgot the sediment while pouring but none made it into the glass.

S- Slight hints of sweetness lead into a citrusy, yeasty odor that is quite low key and pleasant.

T- A spicy flavorfully beer. Tastes strongly of grapefruit and spice with a bit of a yeasty bready finish.

M- A nice feel as the carbonation hits to the front and is dispersed before you swallow. It is dry with only a hint of tart citrus.

D- I actually quite liked this. I haven't been big into Saisons, but I think I may give some a try as the weather warms up.

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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