Scotch De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Belgium
silly-beer.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
427
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
Wants:
14
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55
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Photo of ScotB260
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is like a Belgian Quad and Scotch Ale combined to make a fantastic brew!

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer for the soup course at the beer dinner on 4/4/09 at Kindling.

A: This was a fun one. As soon as the bottles were opened, it started coming up and even foamed out. We had to get towels to set under the bottles to let this calm down before pouring. Once poured it was a brown with orange/copper highlights around the edge.

S: I get the earthiness from the yeast, some caramel tones, and a little fruit sweetness.

T: I was surprised with this one. A Scottish style from a Belgian - what to expect? It started out with the sweetness I've come to expect in a Scottish ale. On the back edge I got some of the spices and a warming effect that I've come to expect from Belgian ales. From what style the fruit tones come from, I'm not sure but they are there.

M: It's a rich beer but it feels good. Even with the angry foam when opened I didn't feel as if this was over carbonated.

D: I liked this one. It was very enjoyable. With most of the good beers I've come across, I would limit myself to one per session.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a dark and clear garnet with 2 fingers of stern khaki foam that retains very well forming a thin cap. A few round dots of lacing.

S - Lots of fruit, plums, raisins, fruit cake, sweet malt, some spicy alcohol,

T - Loads of caramel/toffee malts, apple brandy, vanilla, brown sugar, very sweet up front, brown bread crust, figs, cherries, apples, plums, dried bananas, sticky raisins, woody alcohol, spicy yeast. Finishes with a tea tannin bitterness.

M - Very smooth and creamy feel, low carbonation,

Wow! This was very good! Kind of like a Dubbel meets Scotch Ale. Very fruity with a dense malt backbone that had a woody alcohol edge to it. Great feel and I enjoyed every sip. I'm gonna pick up a few of these for Christmas/winter.

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Photo of joedon
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised by how much I like this beer. The taste is exceptional: sherry, raisins, blackberries and crystal malt all come through. Very lightly hopped per the Scottish style. Aroma also of sherry, vanilla and fruit.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet.
Big foamy tan head tops a slightly murky dark amber beer.
Michael Jackson makes a big deal about this beer on his "Beerhunter" video and now I understand why.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dark amber with a tan head that disappeared quickly but leaves good lace.
Great aroma. Rich sweet/smoky malt, butterscotch, candied fruits
and a bit of alcohol.
The flavor was rich and malty with toffee, butterscotch and some smokiness. Fruity and bready with an almost brandy-like alcohol that's hidden well and a mild hop presence. Fruitcake in a glass?
It had a nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Good drinkability for such a rich beer.
Let this one warm up. It gets more complex with the smokiness, butterscotch and fruitiness really coming out.
It gets an almost sticky, cloying sweetness that stops just short of being over the top. Outstanding for a dessert beer or night cap and a nice belly-warmer. I really liked this beer!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather odd find at the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A gorgeous elixir out of the bottle, the head on this Ale was thick, pillowy and delectable. The aroma was clearly a concoction of sweetness and ever-carefully milled grains. Easy on the palate with absolutely no heaviness to it whatsoever. A solid, solid brew, and one that I am proud to say I have tried.

Prosit!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a ruby maroon brown with a small one centimeter head with excellent lacing as I expect from a Belgian brewed beer.

S: Striking sweetness at first, but it dies down a bit, a nice smell of molasses and brown sugar.

T: Very sweet on the first sip, but the beer works it well. The light hops come in immediately to lasso the sweetness and stop it from getting out of control. This is definitely a Belgian interpretation of the style. Huge amounts of brown candi sugar bombard the palate, no real peatiness, not exactly true to the style you can see in something like Belhaven, but it certainly tastes good, I liked it a lot.

M: Lightly off-dry in the finsh, but still contains a lot of residual sugar, not cloying at all. Carbonation is light, it adds some zip to the beer while it's on the tongue, but everything is there in balance.

D: This beer was always available to me in the stores, but somehow I haven't tried it until now, stupid me. Great brew right here, a nice hybrid of styles.

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Photo of Proclarush
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stetson at Vin de Pays for recommending this one!

From a cork finished 750, pours a great looking caramel/orange/dark amber color with a perfect 2 finger fluffy off-white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells distinctly of sweet caramel and toffee - something not too surprising given the style. Touches of dried fruits are present in the smell as well. Very nice.

The taste here is very pleasant. The backbone is most definitely filled with caramel/toffee sweetness, but those dried fruits come to play nicely as well. Somehow, this also manages to keep from being too sweet - something a lot of (especially American made) Scotch ales fail at. Maybe it is the alcohol itself balancing things out? Whatever it is, it works well here.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich but definitely not syrupy with an appropriate medium to low carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

Highly recommended. I have to go against the grain here and say this is an exceptional beer here. Nice balance, good complexity and great drinkability. I'll definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and brown with a foamy white head that leaves a significant lacing along the glass, this Scotch's aroma alone will knock you silly...hehe...sorry, couldn't resist. Anyway, the pungeant aroma of brandy and rum-soaked fruits floats up from the brew, which is very smooth and dense, with hints of brandy, caramel, and a strong element of peat and a tinge of metallics. There's a very warm finish of alcohol at the end, and the peat maltiness really persists.

All the elements of a strong Scotch ale, minus the brutality--a nice Belgian take on the style. I like this as a sipping selection.

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Photo of hyuga
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark mahogany brew with a creme-colored head that stays very well. Leaves scattered lace trails down the glass. Great looking beer! Heavy molasses and caramel aroma with hints of Belgian yeast and some Belgian-style maltiness along with a little peat. On the tongue, it's thick, rich, and smooth. Big caramel and molasses all around. Alcohol spice and hops tickle at the tongue. Chocolate shows up here and there and a peatiness shows most in the aftertaste. Slightly metallic here and there, a characteristic which was a bit too pronounced in the first few sips, but waned with further sips. Suggestions of Belgian yeast are here and there and in the aftertaste. Smooth, thick, and creamy mouthfeel, as it should be. An interesting beer, a Scotch ale with some Belgian thrown in. I'm a huge fan of Scotch ales, so this was a treat for me. I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Pours a dark amber and leaves a nice light brownish head. Nice lacing on the glass

S= A hing of malty aroma, apple turnover, some spiciness

T = great taste, pretty much same as the smell, caramel apple, hint of maltiness and a tiny but of spice on the edge

M = I guess I can see how an earlier reviewer said this does not have the usual mouth feel of a wee heavy. Despite that though judging this as just a good beer the mouthfeel is not heavy, carbonation is very pleasant. I could probably down a few of these if it weren't so expensive.

D = Very good, you barely feel the 8% at all. I guess thats what those nutty belgians are good at huh. I could plow threw a few of these.

This beer is pretty damn good. I picked it up on accident. It cost 9 bucks for a 750ml bottle here and it was on the wrong shelf. If I knew it was that much I probably would not have picked it up. But its quite good. If it like 4-5 bucks a bottle I would pick up a few and have a wild night!

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Photo of Codycusey
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwkash
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour somewhat hazy deep amber to almost brown, the head substantial, frothy, and the residual lace a fine sheet to coat the glass. Nose is malt, molasses tones, sweet, a bit earthy or more to the point rye bread like. Front is malt, the top is light, finish is strikingly acidic, modestly hopped, dry and somewhat sour aftertaste, and the robustness stays still the last drop is wrenched from the glass. A belly warmer, and I think a must try for "Strong Beer" lovers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330ml [11.2 fl.oz] tall thin 45mm base brown glass bottle. Shiny dark green metallic main obverse and neck label looks like that shown in the BA Avatar. No freshness date but listed at Alc. 8.0% by Vol.

Appearance: Ruddy brown dark chestnut body that has some light haze to it. Soft tan-white smooth head sits atop and makes itself at home. Covering lasts for a while but soon disappears to reveal a thin halo ring with some spattered lacing. Average conditioning levels with a nice look that suffers from a flat appearance when left.

Nose: Caramel, malts, toffee, yeast and some fruits. Pungent malt laden alcohols that have Whisky like character.

Taste: Warming bonfire toffee, Devon clotted cream and molasses mix well with a heat laden Scotch Whisky fudge finish. Sweet ending with a malt extract like attenuation that lingers on the tongue in the closing.

Mouthfeel: Molassic viscosity, thick feeling warm rustic alcoholic malts. Nice levels of dissolved carbonation. Never mind the length feel the width…..and girth. Solid, airy, yet robust.

Drinkability: Och Aye - I could sup this one all night.….

Overall: I visited the Silly Brewery on my first trip to Belgium during the Easter of 1994, and I have such vivid happy memories of this particular Silly offering, remarkably for its taste rather its Silly (sic) name – oh yeah that and the fact that I got so pissed on this during my first night at Tim Smiths “Old” ‘t Ostens Bierhuus bar. Was it really nearly 12 years ago? My word!!!

A lovely Belgian Scotch, not the best example for sure, but a bloody great staple offering that is widely available and should be tried at least once.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours chestnut with a slight chill haze that gradually brightens up. Has a clingy, persistent 2” pillowy foam cap with a very fine bead. S: Malt, faint over ripe fruit or perhaps banana, dark dried fruit, light toast. T: fresh baked bread crust, light fruit – plums, touch of fig, pleasant sweetness, with lingering malt and caramel after tastes. Bitter hop accent. Very well balanced between the malt, alcohol and hops. F: Creamy, smooth, medium full body, medium low carbonation, soft palate. O: A delightful big beer.

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Photo of ashleysholcomb
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Melomanemusher
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of SamW
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of combatFlexo
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Does this cap say "13/03/10"? If so, I guess this has been sitting around for awhile. Seems only the look suffered.

First striking characteristic is a vinous (or sherry), almost vinegary aroma (age?). Underlying malt fairly bold.

Backing up, the head isn't of a "typical" voluminous Belgian variety - it's actually in line with the style, 1/2", then collar. Forgot this was probably bottle-conditioned - the liquid a murky deep maroon with fine, floaty specks.

Pretty excellent balance and presence of soft, smooth caramel and juicy fruity esters - definitely a Belgian yeast involved here. The flavor (and aroma) of musty cherry skins, or better yet a cherry cough drop dominates for the most part. Very tasty.

Alcohol feel comes across in a late, delicate liqueur-warmth, herbal scent.

It's a Belgian Scotch ale - huh- and it's way better than the lot of domestic versions - ha!

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Photo of JDrebel
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of cathomae
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
3.7 out of 5 based on 427 ratings.
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