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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
425
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
54
For Trade:
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Photo of siebevl
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Yoann
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a snifter
A - Brown but clear, almost no head
S - Smoky malts, spicy hops, alcohol
T - Not as expressive as expected
M - Pretty flat, feels almost creamy
O - Good but a little bit flat.

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Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of andrewh995
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish red with a small head that disappears quick. Smells of caramel and toffee. Tastes incredibly sweet, with some caramel, malt, and maybe a little scotch. Full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall it's decent, it's just wayyyy too sweet.

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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 Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very tasty

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 02/10/17:

Ruby but orange tinted. Seems dark and dull due to relative opacity as much as color. But that’s before the dregs are added, yielding something browner and swirlier (dear Lord, I apologize for the imagery that must inspire!). Crispy golden tan colored head of light but dense, rocky foam, decent retention. One larger patch of lace with a few extremities. Dark fruit, soil, must, caramel, toffee, alcohol aromas. Palate is equal parts dark fruit, toast, and spice, but sweetness seems to be almost entirely alcoholic. Phenolic like a Belgian (and it sort of is a Belgian, certainly made there). Compare to any number of standard Belgian Dark Ales. Still, it is toastier and earthier than those, in true Scotch Ale fashion. Spirit-like finish. Mentholated and peppery retro-olfaction just drives the Belgian-ness home. Medium- to full-bodied but just effervescent enough to significantly cut viscosity. Very warm, semi-astringent. A good one to drink for the alcohol, or if you prefer a little Belgian influence. Me, while I did enjoy this, I prefer something closer to the standard if it is well-made, but just barely.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of constantine_272
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark muddy brown color with early zero bubbles. Not pretty. Smells of leather, brown earth and tannins and dates. The yeast brings, again, a muddy feeling. Lots of earthy fruity yeast that finishes rich and meaty with mushrooms. Nice and rich, but just a bit gamey, boozy and cloying. Leaves a long sweet greasy mouth coating.

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Photo of DocD
4.66/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of philbe311
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivs85
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dense and way too sweet.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dave1999
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fruits, coca cola,caramel, lightly yeasty. Fairly sweet but not overly so.

Very easy to drink,medium bodied, the abv is almost completely hidden.

I really enjoyed this a different take on a scotch ale.

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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 qrazvan
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red-brown colour with a small head and medium carbonation. Smells like an IPA with scotch in it.
The taste is sweet, initially dominated by the scotch aroma, leaving you in the end with a bitter taste of dried fruits and herbs.
Very pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Minimal head, deep ruby/brown verging on black
S: mainly sweetness (a very sticky sweetness) comes through, not much else very subtle nose, some earthiness as well, i've never smelled peat moss to my knowledge but this is what i imagine the scent is reminiscent of
T: boozy, pleasant, strong (very strong) malt presence, decidedly belgian but different enough to be intriguing, sweet but dirty and earthy (if that makes sense)
M: not dry but not overly sticky
O: a truly pleasant beer, I didn't know what to expect and if this beer had not been recommended i would have passed over it like I usually do. Something different, earthy but rich, a portrait of cold and harsh lands from the comfort of a pleasant beer, would recommend. Atypical for a belgian beer, I love typical belgians but also i mean that in a good way, TASTES LIKE PLAID

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Photo of shelby415
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BdM
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDell
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

01.05.2016
Scotch De Silly
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy - 8% - 330ml Bottle – Best Before 17.12.2016

From BelgianBeerTourism.com:
Scotch de Silly is a beer with a powerful echo of World War I, tracing its origin to the turmoil of that conflict. At that time, outside of the city of Silly, a regiment of Scottish soldiers were stationed. When they requested a Scotch Ale from the brewery, the brewers couldn't come up with the beer, because they hadn't mastered that beer style – and neither could they access the sugars necessary to brew it.
Worse, during the war, many breweries were dismantled and raw materials (hops, malts, sugar) were scarce. But adversity breeds initiative, and the unit commander managed to order some hops from Kent in England. The result was a Belgian Scotch, a truly international collaboration, born from a time of war.
Scotch de Silly was initially developed with the help of a Scottish soldier, Jack Peyne. After the war he married and settled in Silly. He continued working at the brewery for many years. That recipe created at the end of the First World War still stands to this day, and Kent Golding hops are still used.

Appearance: Deep red colour, one finger tan coloured head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing. No lacing on glass whatsoever.. Beer is clear when held to light.

Aroma: Burnt toffee, caramel, dark candy sugar, smells very sweet and exactly how a scotch ale should be.

Taste: Sweet malt, loads of dark sugars, a little too sweet for my taste. Licquorice and caramel in the middle. Quite a short finish, but very nice nonetheless. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Quite low in carbonation, but it's ok here. Medium bodied as one and very smooth.

Overall: I am really enjoying scotch ales at the moment and this one is good but I would like to have experienced a bit more in three areas – body, carbonation and finish there are much better out there. 7 overall.

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Photo of BYOFB
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
3.7 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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