Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 | Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 14 - 2008Scratch Beer 14 - 2008
75 Ratings
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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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 67
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from dyan, thanks brogg.

Appearance: Straw colored, opaque, pretty cloudy stuff and there's a ton of sediment in the bottle. The head falls flat somewhat fast, receding to a disc.

Smell: A nice farmyard aroma of apples and citrus, dry biscuit malts, a bit of musty cellar. Some banana-like phenols appear as it warms. Pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Really crisp and dry up front. Lemon peel bitterness, light esters, white pepper. Delicious. The finish is bone dry and surprisingly hoppy and bitter, enjoyable so, though it borders on excessive for the style. This is a pretty impressive American interpretation of a saison. Hoppy, but with a great farmhouse yeast character. I'd drink a lot of this if it was locally available.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow-golden body beneath a creamy head of bright white that holds quite well.

Sweet malt and spice greet you in the nose. At first I thought it was a Bavarian hefe-weizen, but a few more sniffs suggested it was more Belgian-like. It's clovey, has a touch of plastic or "Band-Aid" phenolic, and a dusting of pepper. There's wheat to it as well, and a hint of chalky yeast.

In the mouth it's creamy smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled carbonation that opens up and expands to become pillowy as it warms.

The flavor is malty with a sugary edge, but also lots of straw and grass. Or are they grassy hops that I'm getting? The yeastiness delivers a hint of apple, and it's a touch chalky, as well as clove-like and gently plastic-like. Or wait... is it actually spiced with clove? There's also a tiny bit of sharper spiciness that's kind of like ginger. It has an underlying citrusy/lemony note that's nice. And, hmmm, perhaps some cardamom as well. Oh, and there's also some anise in the burp - very nice! The bitterness is kept restrained, allowing the sweet malt to shine all the way from the start and into the finish, and there the bitterness waits. It's just enough to put an end to things, and along with the mild residual spiciness, keep it from becoming cloying.

A very nice offering! I'd have loved to have seen something like this go into larger bottles for cellaring. Possibly my personal favorite from the Scratch collection.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise from Guzzle last night, and boy did he ever keep me busy. I had not had a new scratch beer in a few months so I was very happy to see this one come across my plate. Served cold, this twelve ounce bottle was decanted into a pint glass as I did not know the style going into it. Consumed on 11/18/2008.

The pour was huge. A large billowing cloud of white came up to a height of around three inches and stayed there for what seemed to me to be like ten minutes, only then settling down to manageable level and depositing tons of lace up and down the glass. Very hazy golden yellow in color this was certainly a very nice looking beer with lots of carbonation running through it as well.

The aroma was highly charged. Lots of notes of banana, clove, light pepper like spices that just perked up the nose as well. Some light grain touches were balanced in throughout now as well. The flavor followed along rather nicely I have to admit. Really very solid here, with a rich grain bill evident right up front. Nice touches of fruit mixed in now s well, banana, peach, pears, hints of pepper almost and a nice bit of fresh grass coming in through the finish. Nice medium body was more then adequately carbonated and the overall feel on this one was one that I really enjoyed quite a bit.

Overall I really liked this one, one of the better in the style I have had lately, as I have had a few that I was less then thrilled with to be honest. I would not mind at all seeing this one again, in fact I would look forward to it greatly.

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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 womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty/yeast, with some bannana/corinader. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some nice yeast notes, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty Saison.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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 John_M
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dyan for sharing a bottle from his 6 pack of this delicious stuff.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with fair head retention and good lacing. The beer looks OK, but the first indication I'm in for something special occurs when I take the first sniff. Holy mother Maria! There is a huge presence of banana, clove and allspice, wrapped aroud sweet cherry honey. This beer really smells pretty amazing.

As good as this beer smells, it's even better on the palate. The beer is moderately sweet with tons of clove, allspice, nutmeg and honey. The combination of bubble gum and clove is mind boggling, making for a rich exotic flavor package. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the alcohol is fairly well disguised. The beer is not heavy or cloying on the palate, though rich as it is, I'm not sure I could ever drink more then one or two.

This is an absolutely amazing beer, one I wish Troegs made more of, or at least made it more available. Hopefully they'll have it at the brewery for a while, as I've suddenly discovered a need to go make a special visit, growler in hand.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled on 3-Oct-08 and consumed the following day.

A: The saison is a turbid yellow-brown color that I'd call yellow tang. The haziness is unmistakeable and never quite settles out. A small head emerged on each pour.

S: The nose is musky, strong with spices and yeast. The spices include anise and pepper; the yeast dry with heat and fruit.

T: The saison is somewhat pedestrian up front, showcasing some spices but nothing memorable. As a sip continues to develop, anise flavors emerge with some peppery heat. A touch of brett-inspired funk, like a fresh Orval, lingers in the background. Ginger? I'm not picking that one up but a subtle anise flavor nicely carries the ale. The yeasty dryness lasts long.

M: The dryness of the yeast really nails this as a saison. Anise, in a mild form, works well also.

D: A better than average saison, this one works but doesn't set a gold standard (like many other Scratch offerings have).

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade from Deuane. Thanks man! Into my Chimay goblet.

A: This is one yeasty, cloudy beer that pours a light mango color. There's a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring

S: On the nose, this beer is pretty darned delicious with a ton of spices - pepper, clove, a hint of ginger, honey-like sweetness, fruitiness with a mild orange-like character. Beautiful and complex.

T: On the palate, this beer explodes with a ton of spices - pepper, clove and nutmeg spring to the front, followed up with some floral and honey-like sweetness. Dries up on the finish, leaving an excellent, spicy finish with a fleeting hint of ginger.

M: Oh dear lord, if this beer wasn't as flat, this would be spectacular. The carbonation in this bottle is lacking, leading to it being rather heavy on the palate. This is not a fullish- beer, though - it's rather dry and some carbonation would have been wonderful

D: Excellent, I could go for another. I'm going to hold off and hope that the others carbonate, though

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Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a short, bright white cap. Clumpy lacing. Looks pretty good. Nice aroma, lemon and bread up front with notes of yeast, cloves, honey and banana. The flavour was soft and full of malt (bread and honey sweetness) and light banana at first, but gave way to a solid spice character towards the end with plenty of white pepper and cloves lingering into the finish. Lemony citrus filled in mid-palate, creating a bridge between these two extremes. Quite tasty. Slightly slick texture with a smooth mouthfeel and very lively carbonation. Very drinkable with enough complexity to keep it interesting, but not enough to make it feel cloying. Another winner in the Scratch series.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy straw yellow, some golden hues, very chunky, medium white head forms, settles to a thin collar around the glass, some lacing sticks to the glass, good retention. Smell is neat, really spicy, honey, some straw, horsey funk, very floral and fragrant, strawberries, ginger, peppery, yeast, pretty interesting. Taste is very spicy, ginger roughness, honey, grass, pepper, light alcohol, bit of funk, orange peel, citrus, some floral, pretty interesting stuff, very spicy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth. A little rough, but pretty interesting, very spicy. I like this one, thanks Russ!

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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 mynie
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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