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)

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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
Photo of Stigs
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up from the brewery today, served in a Chalice

A - aggressive pour yields only a small amount of fizzy light tan foam, settling quickly to a thin ring with a couple random spots around the glass. the beer is crystal clear, light copper with a hint of red to it.

S - quite fruity, with some processed raspberry and strawberry. big kick of medicinal phenols. aspirin, children's cherry. some more sweetness as vanilla, bit of doughy bread.

T - full of raspberries from the start, but fakeness like pop-tarts or sugary cereal. everything else struggles to get past the cough syrup and acetone. no graceful dark fruits, no spicy yeast kick. belgian brown? nope. dubbel? certainly not.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation. finishes slightly sticky, a bit dry. lingering artificial sweetness.

O - my least favorite Scratch beer to date. this had better not be styled correctly because it lacks everything that a good Dubbel should have. too much fruit, and just nothing appealing in general. a miss.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate the bottle from stakem, thanks man.
poured chilled into two goblets slightly above fridge temp.

A deep ruby color in the light with a medium brown shade, good clarity and quick compressing off white head made up of tiny beads-no lace sticks. The smell is very fruity with lots of yeast and actual fruit esters combining with some earthy, toasted and grainy odors. The yeast also provides some spice aroma with light mineral note. The feel is highly effervescent with mild sweet tip and hint of tang from the berry and toasty malt texture underneath with a very dry finish.

The taste is good with a smooth grainy flavor with some creamy malt and yeast cohesion and light tanginess from the raspberry addition. There is a light spice note and gentle earthy element with toast and nuttiness of dark malt witha dry flavor and slight raspberry tinge in the dry finish. I find this to be decent, but not one I could see going back for, the brown ale is enhanced by the Belgian yeast character and the raspberry. I think the berry could have been brought out more, but the yeast dries this one out past my personal preference.

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Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Troegs brewery.

Appearance: Pours a ruby/brown color. The beer is cloudy with a very little bit of off white head. The head goes away and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The smell is very faint. There is some raspberry and sweet malt. The sweetness reminds me of honey.

Taste: This one has less sweetness than it does in the smell. Initially I'm picking up the raspberry, and some spice from the yeast. The chocolate comes at the finish. I would say it is a tiny bit watery.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and quite dry at the finish.

Drinkability: Overall I really like the use of raspberry in this beer. The fruit blends well with the other flavors. This is a solid beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 2/25/11. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a clear ruby and is topped with roughly a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with some rich bunching on the edges and some thin wisps that skim the center, leaving back a frothy cascade that settles into some rich spotty lacing. The aroma has a big fresh raspberry bouquet on it, with a wave of cocoa, vanilla, and sugars creeping in to buffer the back of that fruitiness. Yeasty spice is prominent and works well with the raspberry flavors here in the nose, adding a festive sharpness to the fruit flavors.

The taste starts off with a fresh bite of those raspberries, with their tartness being tempered a bit by some subtlety sweet underlying notes of chocolate, vanilla, and doughy sugars. That Chimay yeast gives this a classic feeling dry spiciness that is felt the whole way through the profile that leaves this with a parched finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a lively effervescence to the carbonation that prickles the mouth with flavors and really throws that raspberry character around in the mouth. I'm picking up no alcohol here beyond that fullness in the body, as this is fairly easy sipper for the size and style here.

I liked this. The tartness of the raspberries kept this from being overly sweet and the Chimay yeast was quite busy, giving the profile a crisp dry spiciness that kept the flavors active in the mouth. This was relatively easy drinking for the size as well. I initially had some doubts about all of these flavors coming together but in the end it worked! I'm glad I picked up more than usual of this Scratch release.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Troegs on 3/1/11.

A - Dark ruby red liquid with deep amber hues and a thin, bubbly off-white head that diminished to a wispy patch and produced some lacing that slid down the sides of the glass. Head flared up with each swirl of the glass, then settled into the same thin veil.

S - Raspberries are apparent right from the get-go, providing fruity sweetness and a hint of tartness. Vanilla is also subtle but still noticeable. Chocolate is a bit more concealed, but opens up a bit as the liquid warmed. Malt character is bready with a toasted grainy aroma.

T - Opens with raspberry fruitiness with subtle tartness and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Some dark fruit tang is also apparent, although the raspberry character dominates the initial flavor. A subtle hint of chocolate appears in the middle, which segues into an herbal hop bite in the backend followed by a wash of tartness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, a tad thin perhaps, with very bristly carbonation and some slickness in the mouthfeel, although it possesses a light syrupy texture overall. Finishes with a hint of tartness with herbal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Similar to Mad Elf but with a subtle tartness and more vanilla replacing the Belgian yeast flair and more pronounced chocolate notes. This would have benefitted from a softer, more lush mouthfeel and more chocolate flavor, but otherwise this was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet. This brew initially forms a finger of tan head that rapidly dissolves across the top of the brew. Faint spots of lace cling to the glass. A light swirl forms up a thin rim of lace that holds around the edges. Underneath the quick dissolving head is a liquid that appears very clear and ruby brown in color. As it was being poured into the glass it appeared more of a brown color but as it rests inside my glass it looks to be a more rich deep ruby coloration.

The aroma of this brew includes a very bright scent of raspberry right upfront that lasts throughout. It is lightly earthy and carries a character to it that is a mix of real fruit and a brightness about it that seems almost artificial as it dominates most of the characteristics of the aroma. As the brew warms up though, it displays a bit of the belgian yeast spiced aspect that accents the fruit addition. Very minor peppery notes as well as clove are the first real indications of this being a belgian style and not a fruit beer.

The taste includes belgian yeast character which is much more prevalent than the aroma would lead on. Right upfront is the taste of the yeast's contribution of clove, peppery spices and a touch of banana. Through the middle of the taste are the flavors of the raspberry. However, instead of the bright sweetness that the aroma displays, the taste is much more earthy and pitted that lends a light medicinal taste and herbal quality into the aftertaste.

This brew carries with it a very familiar aspect. Throughout the experience it keeps reminding me of something else that I just cant put my finger on. It is a medium to light bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. The carbonation's appearance is lacking a bit, but it is well done and felt more-so throughout the feel. The level of inclusion of the alcohol is right inline with what you would expect 7% to be like. The alcohol's flavor is lightly felt throughout and comes out more with a warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. All in all it is a well put together offering but the description of this brew's ju-ju just screams stout to me, not dubbel.

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Photo of thain709
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a ruby tinted copper body that had some clarity...the head was white, foamy, and stood one finger was short lived as it fell into a thin bead...little lacing

S - Raspberries are dominant...they are sweet and tart...there is also a yeast presence that's pretty strong...subtle cocoa

T - The flavors start off with the Beglian yeast provides a chewiness to the body...the raspberries, again, are sweet at first but end the beer warms the chocolate comes out towards the end

M - Medium bodied...tart with subtle cocoa...yeast provides a bit of chewiness...a little to carbonated for me

D - This was a Scratch beer that didn't blow me away...the raspberries were a nice addition as they were sweet and tart...chocolate was nice and subtle

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Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright, crystal clear ruby tinted copper with a thin off- white head that reduced to a thin cap of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Spicy Belgian yeast character with a light twinge of tart raspberries, and a subtle dusting of cocoa. Very similar to Mad Elf with just a slightly different nod.

T-Spicy yeast up front melding nicely with the tart raspberries and mildly bittersweet chocolate. Some earthy mustiness on the backside.

M-Medium bodied with a soft feel and easy going down. fruit tartness is not overwhelming but does add a touch of character to the yeast.

D-My Mad Elf light with tart raspberries instead of cherries. So similar to the venerable Mad Elf it is scary. While this is certainly a good solid beer the lack of originality and uniqueness is a let down. With the offering of a chocolate/raspberry dubbel I wasn't expecting this...good but, I think I have seen this one before.

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A growler fill from this afternoon. Served in a mini tulip.

A: The dubbel is lighter than most, more like a Belgian dark ale. It's brownish hue has redder tints that may or may not be related to the added raspberry. I've convinced myself of the redness, so let us move on. A small, off-white head lingered for 15 or so minutes before disappearing.

S: A bit of smoke and raspberry puree - the strongest aspects of the nose. Orangesol nails the Mad Elf with raspberries aspect, with vanilla lingering under the surface. Interesting, again much more of a dark ale in the nose department.

T: More raspberries, this time around through there are plenty of supporting characters. Cinnamon, musty Belgian yeast, vanilla and cocoa all follow in short order. The whole package has the same filling fullness of Mad Elf, only with raspberries instead of cherries. Cacao comes through in the finish, a dry chocolatey flavor. Good but I think that I prefer the cherry version.

M: The mouthfeel is Belgian, spicy with plenty of sweet additions. Raspberry and vanilla are most prominent, with chocolate lingering near the finish.

D: Too sweet and filling. A few sips, maybe a glass or two, are more than enough for me.

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Photo of pecokid
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I got a growler off the first keg in the tasting room and cracked it open the next day. Appearance is orangish-amber and very clear. One finger of head. Smell is all berry and no cocoa or vanilla. Very complex taste with the berry, cocoa and vanilla coming through. I also picked up some smokiness. I am not a fan of fruit beers and usually find them cloyingly sweet. While I appreciate the fact that the cocoa and vanilla easily apparent on this brew it is still too sweet for me. Mouth feel is moderate to moderate-thin with good carbonation. Drinkability is low for me. It is just too sweet. If I were a sour connoisseur I could easily imagine some interesting things to do with this beer in a barrel.

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

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room into a goblet.

A - Pours ruby red, with hints of brown around the edges, with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of belgian yeast, raspberries, and some faint chocolate up front. Very similar to mad elf but with raspberries rather than the typical cherries. A bit of booze comes thru as it warms up but not as much as in mad elf.

T - Heavy dose of bready yeast up front giving way quickly to a mix of tart raspberries and some light chocolatey sweetness. The vanilla comes thru a bit more as it warms up a bit. Finish is pretty chewy with some lingering raspberry tartness. Very similar to mad elf but a bit more yeast in this one. I enjoyed this one but it really wasn't anything mind blowing.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Very chewy feel with a good bit of it mixing with the raspberry tartness to linger on the pallet for quite awhile.

D - Pretty good. I actually had a sample of this one before they added the chocolate and it was quite good. Now with the chocolate and vanilla added I think it took a step in the wrong direction. Still very good tho.

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Scratch Beer 42 - 2011 (Razz-ma-dizzle) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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