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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stakem on 10-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.97/5  rDev +5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to russwbeck for this one.

A: Deep red with brown tint. Light haziness. One and a half finger light tan head with ok retention and lacing.

S: Cloves and cola. Yeasty. Slight bubblegum and banana. Not a huge nose.

T: A bubblegum sweetness upfront. Clove and Belgian yeast are the main flavors. Banana comes through nicely. Caramel, toffee, and chocolate malts come through slightly in the finish.

M: Light body. Medium high carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Good beer. Nothing special. Nothing bad. Different take on the wheat style.

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Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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