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Scratch Beer 42 - 2011 (Razz-ma-dizzle) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 42 - 2011 (Razz-ma-dizzle)Scratch Beer 42 - 2011 (Razz-ma-dizzle)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by orangesol on 02-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 29
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to tulip. $4.00 for the single. Sampled 4/4/12.

A: Pours with a meager half finger high head, if that. Off-white in color and quick to disappear. The body is a murky burgundy brown, with next to no transparency, and very little movement or anything else noteworthy to report. Razz-ma-dizzle is rather-ma-dormant looking.

S: Big, sweet, juicy raspberry...concentrate. The sweet, artificial berry aromas take over the nose leaving only some caramelize sugars left in the background. Does not resemble a dubbel at all.

T: Straight fruit juice. And mildly tart. Even though the flavor is tasty, there is just something very wrong and very unnatural about a raspberry spiked dubbel. Even though the flavors *do* technically compliment each other, I can't get on board with this.

M: Medium light body - way too thin for the style. Carbonation is adequate, however, and provides a tingling sensation across the tip of the tongue. Slick texture from midpalate on.

O: I wasn't a big fan of this beer when it was first released on draft and my experience with this bottle was even less enjoyable. Bottom line: This beer isn't going to get any better so, if you have any left, best to drink them now.

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Photo of ohcomeonthatsfunny
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of hoosierfan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dbexpert
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of bacher468
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I can only assume this is the right spot to review this since Troegs website claims the "Belgian Brown" was Scratch #36, but mysteriously leaves out #34. Either way the bottle says "Bottling No. Belgian Brown." Thanks to stakem.

Pours a medium reddish brown with moderate off-white head. Smells like chocolate-covered cherry cordials, cherry coke and mahogany

Palate is drying and lacquer-ilke. Cherry skins, figs, dates and toasted nuts. A weird and complex oddity for sure. Don't think I like it at all.

Notes: Smells too good to be true and is. Wha-wun.

(Edit: Upon revisiting the aroma, I think this is infected, but I can't tell with what.)

EDIT: I moved this review per Stakem's suggestion. My notes make more sense considering the ingredients. Still don't think it was a good beer.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam H for this one.

This pours burnt orange-brown with a small but frothy eggshell head with decent lace. On the nose there is a gigantic hit of raspberries, perhaps a bit of leather. In the mouth the raspberries just don't seem like they have a whole lot backing them up. It's not bad, just lacking balance a bit. The body is medium or medium light, very wet, with the long finish of raspberry and slight leather.

Overall, this is a decent diversionary beer, but nothing I would seek out continually.

Originally posted under Scratch Beer 34. Thanks to stakem for clearing it up.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Armsby Abbey during their Stone night.

A - Poured into a snifter a ruby garnet pour with a half finger head that fades to leave nice side lacing.

S - This is a dubbel?! No way....All I smell is cherry/raspberry jam. Not over the top sweet, but wow, this is crazy.

T - What is this!? Cherry/strawberry/raspberry jam flavors with a very light chocolate. Wow. Weird but delicious.

M - Smooth, lower carb. The ABV isnt too too noticeable.

O - Overall, wowzers. While this isnt that good of a dubbel, this is a spectacular fruit beer. Sweet jams and chocolate, I wish i had a bottle of this to try and age.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Fluffy creamy lighter head fades at a med pace with lacing, hazy rosy maroon color.

Nose had fruit, raspberry and light cherry, sweet reddish berry fruit, hint of choc covered raspberry, light Belgian malts, light syrup and hint of candi sugar.

Taste comes with malts, caramel, toffee, hint of chocolate a raspberry choc, then light fruit with raspberry and light cherry, hint of vanilla, light Belgian malts and hunt of syrup, a bit of those choc covered cherry candies, hint of booze. Finishes a bit sweet but drier, sticky, lingering malts, caramel, fruit and hint of booze.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good nice malts and fruit combo, nice mouth, a but boozy for only 7%.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seriously beautiful crystal clear deep ruby color like wine. Faint cherry smell to start but but in this snifter more will likely develop. Very strong fruit flavor here. Partly dried cherries balanced by a subtle malt balance. Great body and consistancy but the carbonation is just a bit too prickly to go unnoticed. A slightly softer mouthfeel would really put this beer over the top but I suppose tats a good thing in a way. It acts as a governor of sorts to keep me from chugging this. It's a shame this is not bottled.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed chesnut color with some stronger red highlights against the light, frothy head. Mild muted scent, raspberries and cheap sugary milk chocolate with touched of musty grain. Taste follows schent, berry taste is pleasent but there is a chocolate taste thats akin to a cheap peice of foil wrapped holiday milk chocolate. Medium bodied, uber frothy. Nice try, but didnt quite come together all the way.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying a warm Friday afternoon off from work, figured I'd have me a brew to relax. This one comes from number1bum. Cheers Josh!

Appearance: A rough pour into my Poperings Hommel Bier glass, there beer is a murky, light brown color. Surprisingly there's not much head, only a thin ring around the glass. The moderate lacing is soapy with only a little schtick.

Smell: Malty with some light, sweet fruit. Very surprised at how sweet the nose it, it almost reminds me of fruit juice.

Taste: Lots of raspberry coming through, along with some other light fruity notes. Not at all what I expected at all. It's a nice refreshing brew to drink on a warm afternoon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation.

Overall (Drinkability): Not a bad brew. It's a little simplistic, lacking some complexity which I enjoy in a good Belgian Dubbel, but overall it's not bad. I would certainly drink this one again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

Very nice, light pour with a medium pinkish soft haze to it. Nice finger high head of off white comes up and over the top, settling down gently with soft bubbles around the edges and rich carbonation throughout. Nice aroma, fruit very front on this one for sure, but still nicely balanced with light bready notes, hints of cloves and light grain all coming together nicely. Soft banana and a hit of spice. This carries over well into the flavor which has that nice fruit favor, berries and a nice peppery kick to it. Again mellow with everything being very well rounded and smooth. Great start Belgian here as it gives you a good sense of the complexity without being terribly overwhelming. Very nicely done. Smooth even flavor gives rise to a wonderful dry finish that really just begs to be session able.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this on tap from Churchkey in DC. The waiter warned against it, and I should have listened. Served in a snifter.

First thing you notice is that this beer is quite red in appearance, not just your standard hue, but a full tint of red - not sure if this relates to the raspberry infusion. Head lingers nicely, with strong lacing. Nose is a little heavy alcohol, and has some cherry/berry type scent.

Taste is pretty weak, it doesnt have any of the strong belgian sugars of a dubble, or even fruitiness - its more of a light berry, without any balance. Mouthfeel is fine, but basically average for a dubble, with light carbonation. Overall not a good dubbel, but a decent dessert drink, if you like this sort of thing.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown, with a 1 finger off white head

smell: sweet, dark fruits,

taste: dark fruits, sweet, chocolate,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad dubbel at all easy to drink and glad I got to try it.


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Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear, rich chestnut brown with a light tan head that soon recedes to a small ring and a large patch of foam that partially covers the surface and leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some scattered speckles of lacing and a sheet of foam that slides back down to the liquid.

Smell: Upon being opened the raspberry aroma is noticeable as it spreads into the room. In the background there is a bit of brown sugar and a touch of vanilla.

Taste: The initial dominant flavor is raspberry followed up by a touch of brown sugar and a tinge of bitterness from the hops. There is some nice cocoa flavor and filling things out there is some light spciciness along with the tartness from the raspberry.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the carbonation creates a light, prickly feeling. The finish is medium length, begins in the raspberry/brown sugar sweetness but the tapers off to a tart fruit dryness at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I find the drinkability is a bit mixed here in that while I think this is an interesting beer, I’m not saying to myself that I wish I’d bought another six pack while we were at the brewery. So, effectively, I’m fine with having tried it but wouldn’t really go out of my way to have more of it. My overall impression is that this was an attempt to explore what Mad Elf would be like if made with raspberries rather than cherries. For me it doesn’t quite come together in the way Mad Elf does, so I’ll happily wait for my next case of Mad Elf in preference to this beer.

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Photo of BigMike
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours light brown iced tea color. A good amount of carbonation with about a half of a finger of off white head.

S:Some Raspberry and black cherry in the nose. A bit of a musty smell and a touch of dark fruits.
In the background there's the slightest amount of chocolate and coffee and a tiny amount of smokiness.

T: WTF is this. I'm having trouble decifering just what i'm tasting. Theres some fruit and theres some water. Not very appetizing or appealing at all.

M: Watery, not much carbonation. Not much anything

Overall: Not good. This beer should not have been released.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again Stakem. Love the idea behind the Scratch beers.

This beer pours a dark copper color, head that builds quick and fades quick. Crazy carbonation, bubbles built up all over the sides of the glass and slowly dissipating.
Smelling lots of spice, a little musty and some dark subtle fruits.
Spices up front, reminds me of cloves. Somewhat of a cider taste with less sweetness, and a slightly smokey finish.
Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Feels like a dubbel, a medium body and a good deal of carbonation to balance it out and finish it off.
Overall very pleased with this beer. Very solid offering.

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Photo of haazer
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this at the brewery St. Patty's day weekend. Poured this into a tulip glass, I think Dubbels are served better in tulips than goblets.

A- Pours about a half finger of really bubbly tan head, dissapates immediately. No lacing left in its place. Brew is well carbonated. This looks a lot like the mad elf but darker. A light amaretto color, grape skin with crimson red highlights.

S- You can definitely tell the Mad Elf yeast was used in making this probably without being told so at the brewery. The same spicy yeast profile is detected but not as profound. Enveloping around the yeast is some rasberry pieces dipped in chocolate. A little bready, and other dark fruits fade out nicely. I love the smell of this.

T- Upfront flavor is the mary jane taffy I pick up on in so many dubbels. Palatte transitions to the faintest hint of chocolate. It then becomes slightly one dimensional on the rasberry end. Rasberry is the dominant flavor, and leaves a fruity aftertaste. I think the chocolate was more pronounced on tap, and diminished after bottling.

M- Medium bodied beer. Good carbonation felt over the tongue with a relative smoothness. ABV not felt.

O- This is a good dubbel. Probably towards the middle of the pack for the style. I like the rasberry flavor, but the chocolate is left out in the bottle. The on tap version is better in my eyes.

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Photo of meatyard
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, clear, ruby/brown with a short, off-white head that totally disappears pretty quickly without lace.

The smell is sweet with a lot of black cherry.

The taste is much the same as the smell with an bit of an off putting medicinal flavor and a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Interesting, I suppose, but not very tasty. This isn't something that I'd drink again. The color is one of the best things about this beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery yesterday.

The beer pours a fairly solid brown color with red hilights. Head retention is so-so at best, although there seemed to be adequate lacing otherwise. On the nose there is considerable spice, along with some cherry and rootbeer. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, but with enough hoppy bitterness to counter that sweetness pretty well. However, mouthfeel is pretty thin in this beer, and frankly I was surprised to see the 7% abv. Drinkabilty was OK, but I found myself wishing for more flavor and richness in this beer.

Shrug. While not terrible, this was a pretty underwhelming effort from Troegs I thought. Easily one of the least impressive scratch beers I've had from them. I'm guessing it will be a while before they run out of this one at the brewery.

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Photo of mcallister
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Love the looks of this ruby red bright with a small off white head that fades quickly into a foamy topper.

Belgian yeast, spice, clove, hints of raisin, raspberry, black cherry, earth, with some more fruit ester throughout.

Hmm odd beer here. Its very alcoholy in the mouth and full of fruit flavors. Raspberry, cherry, red currant, hints of raisin. Acidic and thin in the middle. Too much fruit on the finish just out of whack really. Spicey and an almost rye flavor on the finish as well. Very yeasty but out of balance.

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