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 younger35
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BeerTruth sent me this brewski as part of our monthly wager. These Scratch beers are definitely hit or miss so let’s hope for the best. Drank from my Harriet Brewery nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish ruby with a decent quarter inch dirty tan head. The head quickly dissipates leaving no cap or collar.
Smell- Really earthy smelling with a nice deep dark toasted maltiness. Yeasty and lightly spicy with a light touch of clove and pepper. The dark fruits you’d expect are definitely there with plenty of raisins and earthy dates. The beer does have a bit of a sweet smell with some toffee mixing in.
Taste- Like the nose those brown malts are the first thing you notice with a deep toasted earthy tone. Not as sweet as I thought it was going to be but there definitely is a light sort of licoricey candy aspect. A touch of chocolate mixes in with the dark fruits that make up a majority of the flavor. Definitely not as spicy as I thought it was going to be either. The finish is lightly sweet with plenty of rum soaked raisins.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is slightly thinner than I’d like for a Belgian Style. Light carbonation with a soft tingly feel.
Overall- Again, these Scratch beers are so hit and miss. This one isn’t bad but it’s just sort of messy and not all that enjoyable. I guess I wish it was more Brown Ale or more Dark Belgium since both don’t seem to work. Thanks Adam, you’re still the man!

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Photo of unclejazz
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a quart of this and had it with Penne a'la vodka with chicken.

Dark amber color with a reddish tan 1 finger head that was gone in a flash. Smell raisins and malted notes. It wnet well with the Italian food, but it was nothing special. Good drinking beer with a crisp finish and not hoppy or bitter at all. I would have another growler of this to have over a Sunday of NFL games and be quite happy.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of nhindian
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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 RyanPS
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jules11788
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 John_M
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery today.

The beer pours a coffee brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty attractive, showcasing considerable brown sugar and light cherry on the nose, with considerable underlying spice as well. The beer smells pretty attractive/impressive, which make the flavor profile all the more disappointing. There is still a considerable amount of brown sugar, but not much else, and the finish is watery and seems to drop off at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a light, watery, short finish. Given the 7% abv., I'm surprised this beer doesn't deliver more flavor.

An OK beer, but really... mehhh... sums this beer up perfectly.

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Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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 stakem
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Scratch Beer 50 - 2011 (Belgian Style Brown Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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