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%
 
 
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14
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55
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Photo of tux_alin
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfstilling
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BurningTreeMufen
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- A deep reddish brown with a tan finger head that retains well.

Smell- Awesome. Caramel in the forefront with a little bit of a yeasty smell.

Taste- Dark fruit. Malty sweetness with a little smokiness. No bitterness noticeable; maybe could have been a little more for balance.

Mouthfeel- Alcohol is not as well hidden as it could have been, but overall the mouthfeel is nice.

Overall- A nice Scotch Ale with a subtle Belgian influence noticeable through its yeasty aroma. A good beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of OatherS
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with green label and cap with green figure.

Appearance: One finger head. Caramel/tea color. Dark but still somwhat transluscent.

Smell: Caramel/chocolate/tea odor.

Taste: Chocolate flavor, somewhat alcoholy, tea like as well.

Mouthfeel: Watery mouthfeel, expected more smooth/creamy feel.

Drinkability: Mighty tasty brew. Much stronger caramel/chocolate flavor than the other belgians I have been drinking lately.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head started rising even before I started the pour. Within seconds of popping the cap, foam began slowly but steadily oozing up and out of the bottle. Those Belgians really do love their carbonation. Clear, reddish copper with a light toffee-colored, mega-firm, expansive head that is more than rocky, it's craggy. Chunks of lace remain. Note: the final pour murks things up significantly.

The nose is primarily caramel malty with an interesting aroma that I can only describe as perfumy. It sounds horrible to say that a beer smells like perfume, but it's really not bad in this case. An interesting fragrance to say the least. I appreciate a spiced apples/apple cider scent as well.

The flavor is a carbon copy of the nose. It's heavily toasted caramel malty with the sweet taste/mouthfeel of apple cider. There's also a darker fruitiness along the lines of figs or even raisins. Naturally, the beer has a sour Belgian yeastiness, though it's much more understated than it might have been. I don't appreciate any peaty or smoky aromas or flavors like I expected I might.

The body leans toward full while being lightened considerably by the generous, although not overbearing, amount of carbonation. There's little evidence of the 8% ABV on the palate and the beer doesn't drink like a higher alcohol offering. Then again, I'm only halfway through the bottle.

I haven't had any of the authentic, brewed in Scotland, Scotch ales yet, but I think I might be positively disposed toward the style. Even though I like Silly Scotch a great deal, I'm not sure that it's a fair enough representation to be an accurate barometer. The flavor grew on me quite a bit as it warmed and I've gone back to bump up the taste score a half-notch. All in all, this is a fine brew.

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Photo of berkey
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is slightly cloudy brown in body with less amber than most other beers classified in the same category. Looks closer to a Belgian Bruin actually. High amount of carobonation and large head dies very quickly leaving a fairly flat beer. Very little lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast, a good amount of spice, alcohol sweetness, and some mild woody and nutty notes.

Taste brings on a little more alcohol warmth than other 8% Belgians do but not as sweet as other beers that call themselves Scotch Ales or Wee Heavy's. More spice here, maybe mild anise hiding in there, and something reminiscent of
oak. Mouth feel is slightly sticky and syrupy which makes me wish the carb would've stuck around a little longer.
No Drinkability issues here, an easy drinking 8%.

Overall this is an interesting Belgian interpretation of a Scotch Ale that does several things very well but doesn't quite match up against some of the best beers in this style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark, vibrant ruby coloring that is hazy, giving it a bloody quality. The head starts out a foamy, rising, light tan color that is almost an inch, but quickly settles into a sparse covering film. Aromas are extremely sweet and boozey, with a strong nut character, as well as a roast and scotch backbone. The nose is very forward and strong, tipping it's hand towards a stronger flavor profile. Initial taste does not disappoint, with a blast of rich and deep flavors. More roasted than the aromas depicted, the nut and caramel malts remain strong, with a more subdued alcohol characteristic. Smooth bodied, and surprisingly not cloying, the beer is an easy drinker. The aftertaste is rich and sweet, with a hazelnut flavor, and the finish is quick, despite the full body. A slight tang of booze on the very end of the palate. Good beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip it formed a nice khaki head with big chunky clumps. Sticky lacing makes the glass a work of art. Rich deep unfiltered looking dark copper. Salivating.

sweet caramel smell, yeasty, plumb. but in the end the domination was caramel.

has a bit of a metallic annoyance but the jist of the beer was a rich deep dark caramel, slightly fruity but subtle. The 8% abv is shocking, I cannot even detect the alcohol until a few seconds after each gobble and its very subtle...well done.

I really liked this offering as an after dinner type brew. Creamy mouthfeel was smooth.

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : caramel aramas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel, hopped flavors, roasted malt, with long persistency.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Scotch ale.

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

A Scotch beer from Belgium. Hmmm. It tastes like the type too!!
Pours nice dark mahogany with a decent head that goes away. Can't pick up much in the nose except some malt. But it smells fresh that is a plus. Taste is nearly all malt. A little caramel. Little drier mouthfeel than I like. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 28, 2013.

It has a handsome looking amber mahogany pour with a tan head that settles to a ring quickly.

There is a lot of aroma here with sweet caramel and darker malts, yeast, a hint of booze, which is more likely the hops they used.

The body is medium and smooth.

The malts are upfront no question in the taste with a butterscotch or maybe more likely buttery taste followed by a moderate bitterness that doesn't linger all that much. This is a nice take on the style.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Beer bistro a while back and just rediscovered my tasting notes.

A thick head off white head crowns the dark murky body. Minimal lacing supports ok retention.

The nose is strong on malt notes; burnt brown sugar, as one would expect. Some more unusual spicy notes caramel, cinnamon; possibly from the yeast.

A strong chewy malt center, juicy at times. Some of the flavours are reminiscent of berries. Toasty malt rounds out the palate lingering on into the finish. Next to no trace of hops. The body is oily and vicious with a medium low carbonation.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com...

Poured a dark copper / chestnut colour. Creamy head poured big, thick and foamy then faded quite slowly to thickish layer... sparse carbonation... lots of sticky lacing coats the glass almost until the end..

Aroma - Nice lightly toasted biscuity malts, fairly strong toffee / caramel sweetness, nutmeg hints, spicy / peppery hop bitterness, typical Belgian bready / yeasty notes, spicy fruits (raisins, figs, oranges), quite strong rum / whiskey traces, some butterscotch...

Taste – Quite strong sweet toasty caramel malts, buttery, some treacle notes, toffee, alcohol soaked fruits (figs, dates, bitter orages), peppery hops, oaky hints, creamy notes, warming scotch alcohol traces, bready, quite nutty...

Feel - Very smooth and velvety... medium bodied... This would be a little too sweet and strong to be very drinkable - more of a sipping beer...

Overall - A very good example of a scotch ale although it may be a little sweet for some... a nice winter warner though.. recommended

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled earthy and malty with notes of peat.

T - It tasted of dried fruits with notes of plum and raisin. It had a nice malty taste with an earthy spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice scotch ale. Interesting to put a Belgian spin on the style.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Silly Scotch possesses a somewhat cloudy brown color. A hard-pour whipped up a frothy, tan, 2" head, which shrank down to about 1/4". The head thereafter resembled one on a chocolate shake, and left decent lacing. Nose was a bit toffee-ish, and I could detect a bit of alcohol seeping through. Body was a bit above medium, and it felt quite nice cascading over my tongue. I enjoyed the flavor, which I found to have some nice malt, more toffee-like notes, and a subtle sweetness. I did, though, detect a trace of a metallic flavor near the finish. I expected a bit more, yet still not bad for a Belgian Scotch.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of neorunner
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured as dark rich red color in my Unibroue tulip with a inch and a half of dense head that dissipates into a few large bubbles and a thin layer of thick head. Thick lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. Aroma is dark fruit and malt with a slight alcohol tinge on the finish. Flavor is sweet, rich, robust and all kinds of malt. Also kinda get a tinge of mint in the finish. Body is thick and smooth with a slightly resinous finish that doesn't linger long. This is a nice scotch ale, not over the top in the sweetness department which seems to be the common trend. Don't really want more than one in a row, but definitely enjoy the one I do/will have.

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Photo of Eddiehop
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, ruddy brown with a solid tan head. The aroma is malty and grainy, but not nearly as intense as I would have preferred. The beer is extremely sweet and malty, and a bit oily, with nut and caramel flavors. Very heavy, thick mouthfeel, with a slight alcohol warming. Very good for the style, and worth trying.

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Photo of ronny
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl. bottle to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark ruddy brown with generous oatmeal colored head which stands tall with nice lacing. Great presentation. Rich malty aroma, apples maybe, alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty up front, a hint of licorice and some coppery notes, with a quick lightly hopped, dry finish. I'm not sure exactly what to expect from a Belgian "Scottish Style Ale". I certainly wasn't expecting any peat notes and I did not find them. It is a good Belgian brown ale in its own right.

Nice beverage overall, worth drinking again...

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into Caracole tulip

A - Pours a dark, opaque, black licorice color with brown and ruby tints. Head is very nice at 1 inch and leaves intense lacing as it slowly fades.

S - Scent is largely a strong, caramelized, sweet malt flavor. A slight hint of alcohol and just a touch of floral hops. Has a bit of that certain Belgian yeast funk to let you know where its from. Nose gets even better and more balanced as it warms.

T - Sweet caramel with some earthy molasses flavor. Slightly woody with just a hint of the somewhat high ABV (thus, its well hidden). Tastes a bit metallic in the aftertaste with little to no bitterness.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium to full body. A bit sticky, even in the aftertaste.

D - Alcohol is well hidden and it drinks easily for the style and alcohol content.

A nice Wee Heavy that happens to be made in Belgium. A bit of Belgian yeast is evident, but otherwise it mostly follows tradition. Worth a try, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of khmel
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep reddish/copper/light brown color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Just a bit too fruity in the aromas, but not overwhelming. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/woody/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly drying from lingering bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a very nice Scotch ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering, and well made example of the style.

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scotch Silly pours a murky, very dark orange, almost appearing to be brown. A huge off white head formed from a rough pour from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is on the malty side, no hops being apparent. Flavor is kind of vinous. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. As the beer warms the vinous flavors and alcohol both seem to fade. A kind of sweet malty flavor takes over with an almost metallic note being present. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of slammgrass
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice and sampled on 22 August 2010 at the Abbey of Vlierbeek in Kessel-Lo, Belgium.
The Scotch Silly has a sweet aroma and amber body. I think the experience in which one consumes a beer probably has a lot to do with how that beer tastes, appears, and is enjoyed. I drank this beer sitting on the terrace of an abbey cafe. It is quintessentially Belgian. Upon arrival, it starts raining, the patrons on the patio move inside, and as soon as the rain stops (it is Belgium after all) most of the people have moved back outside and the staff are wiping down the patio chairs and tables. This beer captures so much of what Belgium means to me - the beer is simple, enjoyable, straightforward, and the beer seems to improve as it warms.

Overall this beer was very good. After pouring, it retains 1/4" of light cream foam which quickly disappears. The amber color of this beer has hints of ruby and scarlet. It has a light nutty taste with a bland cinnamon aftertaste, and is mildly carbonated. As the beer warms, I get more anise and am able to taste more of the alcohol.

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