Scratch Beer 84 - 2012 (Belgian Pale Ale) | Tröegs Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Very Good
10 Ratings

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #84, a Belgian Pale Ale, is yet another wedding beer. Brewed for one of our very own brewers, we figure if it’s good enough for his wedding, then you know it’s going to be good! The Belgian Pale malt and Westmalle yeast brings out the ale’s “Belgian” traits, while the largely American hop bill elicits a variety of notes ranging from citrus to spicy to herbal and intensifies its bitterness and aroma. Slightly dry and brimming with plenty of orange character, we simply couldn’t resist Americanizing this classic Belgian style and experimenting with some unique flavors… and that’s what the whole Scratch Beer series is about!

39 IBU

Added by stakem on 12-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of pecokid
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catching up on my reviews.

A - Served with a glowing golden body and a big, fluffy white head that slowly settled to just a cap...nice lacing was left behind on the glass

S - The Belgian notes were held to a minimum but you could pick out some pale malts and a hint of spicy yeast...the hops shone brighter than normal being herbal and a touch citrusy

T - Again, the Belgian is kept on a low profile, but the characteristics come out more on the palate than in the nose...the beginning is mild and balanced but right in the middle a shot of yeast jumps out on the brings a bit of spice then pairs with the American hop addition...the hops provide a bit of juiciness, then give of an herbal flavor to balance things out for the finish

M - Light bodied...nicely carbonated, just the right amount of juicy hops

O - I was a fan of this Americanized Belgian Pale Ale...most of the times the yeast gets to me in a Belgian beer, but here it was kept on a low profile...and who can't go wrong adding big, juicy hops to a beer?!

 1,036 characters

Photo of mallison245
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of orangesol
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Playing a bit of catch up on this one. Reviewed from notes.
Served on-tap in the Tasting room.

A - Pours golden yellow with a big, pillowy two finger tall white head leaving spider webs of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of the typical Westmalle yeast, mildly toasted grain, bubble gum, clove; everything you would expect from a belgian pale ale. The extra hops are a bit slow to show themselves but when they do it really helps to round it out.

T - Taste is remarkably similar to the nose. Starts off with a quick citric hop punch quickly giving way to some toasty caramel malt, spicy yeast, bubble gum and fresh herbs. The hops really help to keep things balanced initially, as it warms the belgian characteristics start to take over, bringing the overall drinkability down a notch.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. The typical Belgian feel is dumbed down by the added hop bitterness, making it even easier to drink, at least for me.

O - A very nice example of a hybrid belgian pale. It almost tastes like Dreamweaver with the Hopback hop profile. Glad I could try this one, it was gone pretty fast, and for good reason.

 1,151 characters

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Oakenator
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange yellow color with a decent head and good lacing on the glass. Smells very grainy but also light. Taste has solid but not over the top hopping with a good amount of light malt balance. More body and flavor than the nose reveals. Mouthfeel is excellent with smaller carbonation - light up front, more body on the back. Sweet candy on the finish.

 359 characters

Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source served in a sort of stubby cervoise. The brew appears a perfectly clear copper orange color with a finger of white froth. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass with yellowish clarity seen around the edges when held to the light.

The nose is fresh with caramel to toasty malt and plenty of herbal hops. A mild dry fruity character is reminescent of pear and apple skins coupled with a hint of bubblegum and zesty fruity rinds. The aroma here does not scream belgian, it is very mild and clean.

The taste starts off with caramel to toasty/bready and biscuit-like malt flavoring with fruit and zesty herbal rind quality. A mild dry fruit like pear/apple and some alcohol warmth poke through. While the beer is clean and enjoyable, the belgian yeast hardly lays down a footprint to distinguish this as belgian.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. My only gripe is thay the belgian aspect of this is very subdued by the hops and strong bready grain presence. You dont really get that typical belgain feel out of this but overall without focusing on that, its a very well put together beer that is worth trying.

 1,198 characters

Scratch Beer 84 - 2012 (Belgian Pale Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 10 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.