Scratch Beer 66 - 2012 (Biere De Grouch) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration between beer writer Jack Curtin and brewer Tim Mayhew, Scratch #66 - 2012 has been brewed specifically for Philly Beer Week. Like his snark-filled rants, Jack’s beer tastes veer toward the peppery, yeasty flavor that dominates this French-style lager. The high-temperature fermentation and the addition of Tellicherry Black Pepper combine to create a deceptively, crisp, clean flavor for a 6.8% ABV beer.

Added by NittanyBeerFan on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by NittanyBeerFan:
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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Teresa's Next Door during the Main Line Jazz and Food Festival for Philly Beer Week.

Hazy and cloudy golden amber in color with a healthy 1.5 cm head that bubbles up creamy and fluffy on the pour. Bubbles rise continuously from the bottom of the glass from the first sip to the last, producing and ever-present film of bubbles on the surface of the beer that persists to the end of the drink.

Aroma is fairly standard. Earthy, with a dry component, hints of pepper, and a touch of clove. The flavor follows in step, adding a touch of caramel and base malt sweetness. There is a bit of a grassy hop character that comes through purely aromatically, too.

Lively on the palate, this hits the mark on mouthfeel, but there is just not enough complexity for Jack to outdo Lew in the scratch beer showdown.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the brewery.

A: The BdG is lighter than I'm used to, plenty amber but more on the orangey side of the mix. Still transparent. The ale supports a thin white head, not much in the way of lacing.

S: The spiciness of the nose, think bright Belgian yeast with a firmer, more caramel malt base. Easy to miss when cold, the black pepper brings a spicy flourish as the beer warms up. That pepper is more memorable than the yeastiness.

T: The malt base feels stronger, fuller. It's caramel and breads supports a mild spice profile - the yeast adds light fruits. The tellicherry peppers add freshly cracked peppercorn aromas, light at first any only improving gradually, a spicy heat that does well within the beer. The finish has some of the yeast lingering, although the flavors aren't that powerful.

M: The mouthfeel hits the right note, heat from the peppers, sweetness of the yeast. And yet, I am searching for more. The fruitiness doesn't improve as the beer warms, so there isn't an evolution in that sense. The pepper, a welcome addition in most beers, is nice here but tends to get lost in the colder temperatures.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Narrow edge to Jack on the Scratch Beer showdown... light golden color, faintly cloudy, light plume of white froth, gone quickly. Light grains and dried grass, faint spice and light bread. Taste opens up a touch with more spice, but sticks to showcasing the grain. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly bubbly, dry.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Leftovers from a Troegs/SlyFox event apparently. Clear amber pour, with a small layer of white bubbles for a head; not much to speak of in terms of retention or lacing. Nice spicy nose, with Belgian yeast and underlying bready malts. Nice woody, bready malt base in the taste, yeasty, subtle fruits, and a greatly diverse spice profile that is omnipresent but never really takes over or becomes overbearing. About medium-bodied, and quite drinkable overall.

I'm really loving the Scratch series from the few I've had. Inspirational to a relatively novice homebrewer such as myself.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours clear amber orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of spicy belgian yeast, black pepper, dulled fruit and some sweet caramel malt. Kinda sweet smelling initially growing spicier as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with a bit of sweetness from the caramel malt quickly giving way to hints of black pepper, dulled citric fruit and some spicy belgian yeast. Finish is a little chewy with some light spice, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Plenty of peppery spice throughout. The feel is probably the best part about this one.

O - My least favorite of the three PBW beers. Nothing overly bad about it, just not my style of beer. With so many good options on I doubt I would come back for another.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this brew at the scratch showdown in Philly and decided to revisit it again yesterday at the Troegs taproom for a review. The brew appears a clear orange color with a dissolving white cap that leaves some spotty patches of lace on the glass. A swirl revives bubbles back to the surface.

The aroma initially gives way to hints of orange fruity elements and then transitions to notes of peppery spice. A bit of caramel maltiness and deeper fruited quality is evident as it warms up with some buttery diacetyl coming out even more towards the back.

The taste is somewhat dry yet mildly fruity with a light yeasty spice element and pepper is evident all across the palate. It is not overdone by any regard but it is a major contributor to this brews flavor profile. A mild alcohol warmth runs across the tongue giving you the first solid indication of that 6+ % abv.

It is quite clean in the finish, not necessarily crisp but clean and overall well executed for the style. The body is medium in feel with a light level of carbonation. Overall easily approachable and quite drinkable. This is not a brew that I would sit down and drink pint after pint of but I had no issues finishing my glass either.

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Photo of thain709
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a clear, yet dulled golden yellow body and one finger worth of white head...the head was around for a bit then became a small ring...patchy lacing

S - Very grain forward with hints of pepper lingering...a slight sweetness and herbal aroma as well

T - Sticks to what the nose presents...toasted grain reigns throughout the beer...the spice, mainly pepper, sits in the background adding flavor here and there...a sweetness tries to creep in towards the finish but is cut down by the pepper and the toasted grain...they make for a nice finish

M - Medium bodied...almost on the light side...slight peppery finish, toasted grain, and some subtle sweetness

O - I enjoyed the nose on this one, but that was about it...I think it was my least favorite of the three new Scratch beers at the Brewery

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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Troeg's tasting room in Hershey PA.

A deep almost rosy hued golden with a thin white ring of very tight beading with lace that sticks well, clarity is good. The smellis strong with esters of dry toast and berry with slight sweet tinge and mellow earthy yeast combo of aromas. The phenolic is noted in the smell but not very high in the profile. The feel is good with prominent spiciness from the yeast and pepper with some heat and moderately carbonated with semi-dry full body with light sweetness on the tip of the tongue w/ dry earthy finish.

The taste has a moderately high spicy flavor with some yeast in the initial sip with some mild creamy tinges bringing out a taste of almond with a nice toasted quality from the malt and light herbal hops adding a slight green note with mild phenolic accent from the yeast with pepper in the peripheral. Overall I liked this, a good BDG with nice spice addition which does not overpower yet is noticeable -a good choice for those who enjoy this style and peppercorns.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-malt and herbal aroma with hints of fruit

T-earthy flavor with good malt presence and sweetness with little hops noted

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, rich mouthfeel

O-a decent summer beer with solid flavors and balance

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Scratch Beer 66 - 2012 (Biere De Grouch) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 15 ratings