Scratch Beer 104 - 2013 (Triple Golden Ale) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The flavor of Scratch #104 originates in the unique Belgian Golden Ale yeast strain, which is fermented at a slightly higher temperature than normal for ale. Slightly fruity with a well-rounded mouthfeel and semi-dry, lingering bitter finish, this alluring Triple Golden Ale is steeped in the tradition of strong ales originally brewed in Belgium. The addition of cane sugar bolsters the alcohol considerably but adds plenty of sweetness to mask the significant alcohol content. Take heed! Scratch #104 is quite stealthy and smooth for a 9.1% ABV ale.

Added by 1sophrosyne1 on 07-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 4
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head leaving minimal lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of lots of banana, pear and other fruity esters, light peppery spice, a bit of bubble gum and some light booze. The sugary sweetness is ever present, and the booze creeps in as it warms up. This is the best part of the beer.

T - Starts off with a quick hit of sugary sweetness quickly giving way to the aforementioned fruitiness, muted peppery spice and light bubble gum flavors. Finish is still pretty sweet with a bit of dryness from the booze, lingering on the palate longer and longer as it warms up.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, fruity feel from start to finish. Booze starts creeping in as it warms up to room temperature. The combo of strong sweetness and growing booziness really started to wear on me by the end of my glass.

O - I enjoyed this one for what it is, but I have come to realize that I am just not the biggest fan of these kinds of beers. If this is your type of beer then you will probably like this one, if your like me it's just another scratch beer for the memory book.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last evening at the Brewery tasting room served in a tulip.

The color is resplendent golden with good clarity and visibly carbonated with thick snowy head that becomes a ring of very fine beads. The smell has a yeast and spice ester with nice tropical fruit aspect with mild phenolic aroma and light green banana odor. There is a tinge of sweet pineapple in the mix too. The feel is good but has a big yeast fullness and lightly spice influenced with som mild fruity tanginess with moderately high carbonation and warmth of alcohol w/ very dry finish.

The taste of the Belgian 'triple golden ale' seems to fall more into the Tripel side of flavors at least from what I get in that it has more of a sweet and nutty pils tasete up front leading to a deep sweet flavor of tropical fruit and moderate alcohol effect and dry toastiness near the end w/ more mild tropical tanginess in the yeasty dry finish. Overall I guess this is more of a hybrid of Belgian Strong Golden and Tripel, it is pretty tasty and the high alcohol is the only thing inhibiting multiple samples.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed over 15 minutes outside the tasting room at the brewery.
Pours a crystal clear bright gold; thin bubbly head with little retention.
Smells of wet malt, banana, pineapple, and hooneysuckle. Not much in the nose from the Czech Saaz apart from the sweet little flowers and perhaps a bit of orange peel...rather drab.
The taste has an acidic front end slicing through banana with some pepper and bits of cinnamon and clove. It's very soft the rest of the way, with just 24 IBUs. Long and well structured, but the very late emerging bitters don't match the early sweet fruit or cut the booze well. This beer does compliment vinegar and salad alright, though.
It lays flat over the tongue and doesn't perk up very much. A little chewy and boozy--could use considerably more carbonation.
Overall, I just get too much soft tropical fruit and not enough bite. I was hoping for this Belgian to take a Czech hopping partner for a lively dance along the river, and unfortunately was left with a rather tepid day on a familiar beach.

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3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

a: Chill hazed, slightly dark golden color; poured with a thick fluffy head.

s: Lots of fruity phenols (bananas and melon in particular) and sugar. Some honey and a little well incorporated floral heat as well.

t: Very sweet overall, I would have liked this to be a bit drier. Besides the abundance of sugar, I tasted plenty of yeasty fruitiness which I liked quite a lot. Mellow banana, honey dew, and perhaps mango I thought. Some lingering spice and gentle heat.

m: Rich, full bodied, and lush.

o: A bit too sweet perhaps, but that is just my personal preference. Another in a long line of very nice Scratch beers.

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Scratch Beer 104 - 2013 (Triple Golden Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 14 ratings