Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale)Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by stakem on 10-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Oakenator
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a hint of amber coloring in the glass. Sediment remains suspended in the glass giving it a heartier look. Two fingers of head persists nicely and leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is dark & sweet malts with candi sugar present on the nose. Really enjoyable taste for a brown ale - slight malty sourness to start and finishes with the candi sugar.

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Photo of Dan25D
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the new tasting room in Hershey, served chilled in a cervoise.

a murky dark brown color with thick tan cap which holds well. The bead is fine and highlights of medium brown are viewed at the base. The lace clings well. the smell is very inviting, both ripe banana scents with mild caramel and spice augment the malt and yeast odors. The smell of cocoa is there too which adds to the complexity. The feel is good but is a little on the sweet side toward the middle, pretty lively carbonation and semi-dry finishing with a slight spiced edge.

The flavor is very good, with slight toastiness, there is a dark bready quality here with mild sweet notes which seems to indicate some sugar may have been used, candy or otherwise. The malt is balanced by the fruity tinges of the belgian yeast with slight hints of earthy notes of raisin. The mild cocoa-like roasted edge is a nice way to end the flavor descriptors. The Dubbel is delicious and was a satisfying brew to savor. Very low alcohol influence in this makes it a drinkable example of the style. A bit sweeter than most, but it isn't overdone. I like the improvements they have made since the last version of this was done as a scratch.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger.
Pours a dark slightly murky brown with a very light tan head that fades quickly to a ring, leaves a slight bit of lacing. The nose is sugary sweet and spicy, clove and belgian characters. The taste is very strong of cloves and spiciness, raisins, dark fruits and not much alcohol being picked up. It's got a medium body witha light pleasing carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. A well done beer, really enjoy the scratch series.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here we are with Scratch #50, the first new scratch beer being sold in the Hershey location. At the time of this review, I didn't find many details about this brew other than what is on the label and some searching describes this as an "abbey ale" at 7% abv.

Poured into a goblet, this brew appears dark brown in color with a tan creamy cap that quickly recedes to just a thin film across the top that holds with a half finger of froth around the edge of the glass. A swirl produces a couple of small patches of lace. When held to the light, this brew shows a lighter brown clarity around the edges and a perfectly clear deep ruby color through the body. Really an attractive looking brew here.

The smell of this brew has a familiar spicy yeast inclusion that includes notes of clove and a bit of dark fruity character. Some sniffs reveal a bit of accented spice character that is almost peppery with a note of chocolate malt. Very faint herbal hops add a layer of earthy quality and keep a mild bitterness present that prevents the malty sweetness from getting out of hand. There is quite a bit of residual sugar but it is not overdone, it compliments the spicy quality of the yeast very well and masterfully hides the alcohol inclusion that is only evident with a warmth down the back of the throat. The smell of this brew is a bit mild but very enjoyable as it is well rounded. The taste is also well rounded a bit more spicy than the aroma indicates. As it warms up, it picks up almost a raisin-like or prune type of dark sweetness mixed with a faint touch of toasty grain. Not bad.

This is a medium to heavy bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated and only starts to come out once the brew warms up. Overall it is a very well balanced package including a nice arrangement of spicy yeast aspects, residual malt sweetness and just a mild amount of hop bitterness. If my observation is correct, this is the 5th dark belgian style scratch beer of the past 17 or so offered. I can't help but wonder if they are trying to nail down a belgian brown to go into the regular line up. I must say, this one sure was tasty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown color with this tin wispy head of off white that capped the top only for a slight time offering little in the way of side lacing. aroma of roasted malts, light smoke, and hints of chocolate, nice and warming, but lacked the punch i was looking for. flavor was more of the same, not bad at all, had all the right markers there with light peat, lots of chocolate, deep roasted profile and nice touches of dark fruit and spice kick in the finish

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The Belgian ale is appropriately dark, a chocolatey red-brown color that look syrupy and viscous. A thin white head isn't even attempting to lace.

S: Soft chocolate malts, sweet not roasted, lead off the nose. Darker sugars and spicy Belgian yeast follow. The whole package is very light.

T: A dubbel with a darker streak. The candi sugar and yeast are sweet, dark fruits and spices. Clove is prominent, an anise flavor that adds nice depth. Raisins too. The darker malts add just a bit of chocolate sweetness, a fuller flavor that fits in well with the clove. The finish is very dry; I'm still parched a few minutes after the last sip.

M: The nose is a little boring but the taste brings plenty of clove. I'm a fan of the spicy anise and this ale shines in that department.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sammy806
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SickNukes
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jules11788
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1088th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz


Thanks to TroyG2352 for this gift

App- A good solid brown with crimson/amber and gold edges. A bit soft towards the bottom with a 1/2 in of head. Not too much cling. Fell very softly just to liquid.

Smell- I really thought this was a mis-label. I thought they just brewed a dubbel and were being funny. Had the same soft malts and spice note as a dubbel or Belgian Dark ale.

Taste- I thought it was good. It was a nice layered and blended beer with a couple styles. The malts are a tad assertive and pleasant. Spices and booze are a bit small but well blended into this one.

Mouth- A lighter medium body and a medium carbonation level. Residual dark fruits and some spice like the dubbel.

Drink- I like Troegs darker beers vs the IPA's. I think this is where they shine. This was a good little beer and perfect for a 12 oz. I would like another bottle to age.

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Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room.

A - Pours dark brown, with redish hints around the edges, with a dense two finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to almost nothing in just a few short minutes, leaving no lace down the glass. Within five minutes the beer was as flat as the 13th century earth...

S - Smells of spicy Belgian yeast, chocolate, clove, banana, candied sugar, and the ever present dark fruits; mostly figs and dates. My first glass of this was a bit one dimensional with the sweetness but the second time around was much better.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of spicy Belgian yeast quickly giving way to a mix of sweet chocolate and candied sugar, dark fruits, clove, banana, and some light booze heat. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light dryness, clinging to the pallet for some time. They sure do like to make these Belgian browns.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with very little carbonation. Sweet, chewy, feel with a dry finish. The booze is well hidden, only creeping in as the beer comes to room temperature.

O - When I first had this one I wasn't very impressed as it went dead flat on me in under five minutes. The second time I got one the carbonation was a little better, allowing some of the more subtle flavors to appear. It is worth a shot for sure. I hear the bottles have much better carbonation, I look forward to trying them and revisiting this one.

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Photo of Fubar1453
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kenatbeerswap!

A: Deep brown, effervescent with a creamy active head.

S: Faint smell, chocolate and raisins.

T: Sweet but not overpowering, some chocolate and grape/raisin mixture. A very balanced and drinkable brown.

M: Thick and and creamy, almost deserty, very appealing.

O: An above average brown ale, deserves attention if you like the style. Would drink again.


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Photo of nhindian
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Troegs Mad Elf tulip. Thanks to russwbeck for this!

A - Pours a murky brown color with shades of purple eggplant. It slowly builds a 1.5-finger tan head with pretty good retention. Some mild lacing but not a whole lot.

S - The nose is almost reminiscent of a prototypical Belgian yeast beer. Big aromas of cloves and grape bubblegum waft out of the glass with undertones of banana. There's a little bit of spiciness to this as well.

T - From the first sip I am getting lots and lots of Belgian influence. A bit more spice in the form of clove that almost gives it a Winter Warmer feel. The banana is more pronounced here as well, while grapes and crisp apple are the main flavors in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. A moderately dry and clean finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This is a pretty neat beer, tasty but not show stopping. This isn't going to blow your socks off, but it'd be cool if Troegs could produce this regularly.

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Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body presented itself with a ruby-brown color and a two finger, tan head...the head fell to a thin cap that left behind some decent lacing

S - As a whole, the nose was coming across as watered-down...besides that there were notes of sweet toffee and dark fruits

T - Right off the bat, the Belgian yeast can be picked's adding body and of course the Belgian yeast flavors...dark malts are providing caramel and toffee flavors which are adding sweetness...also you can pick up some soft chocolate malt that is lingering in the background...towards the finish the dark fruits and some burnt brown sugar can be detected

M - Medium bodied...watery like the nose...lingering sweetness

O - I'm not sure what was up with the watery profile of the beer...through first and mid sip the beer was just ended as flat and watery...overall though the flavors were very nice

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Photo of russwbeck
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown pour that lets some light in. Off white to light brown head raises up and back down quickly, leaving only spotty lacing down the side of my Mad Elf tulip.

S: Caramel malts, sweet chocolate, most likely some dark fruits and candied sugar to provide the Belgian. The smell is pretty sweet overall.

T: The taste is surprisingly roasty with a nice helping of caramel malts and dark fruits. Sweet, but balanced, I find the taste to be quite nice.

MF: The beer seems a bit syrupy. Medium to heavy body for sure with a low carbonation. Dry finish with a strange aftertaste.

O: Nothing special, but nothing wrong with it. Seems to be the theme of the Scratch series. None of these have wowed me, but I liked them all.

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