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Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

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

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 Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Now the second time I've had this, I have to say that it is a challenge to like.
The primary challenge is the clash of cultures.
Belgian's distinctively brew with yeast and sugar.
Brits/Scots emphasize blending their malts.
And then this one has a funny aftertaste that I can't decide if it comes from using too much hops that linger or the clash of cultures.
I recommend this for the experience... and one you are better off to share to get another opinion.

I find it interesting that Belgian brewers are brewing to the American market with hoppier offerings. I find this ale even more interesting that this ale goes for the considerably smaller market of Scots. It turns out that a Scottish regiment was stationed in Silly and asked for a beer like they drank. And this is the one they liked.

This ale is listed is the "1001" list and... it is worth an argue that this experiment deserves to be on that list based on taste. But for historical value, it is a 1001.

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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 GrahamDN
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Murky brown in the glass, its tan head disappears shortly after pouring.

The base malts and caramelization combine on the nose to imitate Raisin Bran cereal, followed by a heady molasses scent.

The flavor is similar--dried fruit, some grain, syrupy molasses, along with a faint burnt character--and also a bit estery and a touch boozy. Scotch de Silly is quite sweet, and would probably be unbearably so if it weren't for the alcohol that counterbalances it a bit.

Certainly drinkable, but not worth seeking out. Not likely to buy again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with a pink hue and some powerful activity. Foamy beige 3 finger head lasting around 10 minutes with some strong legs.

Aromas and flavors of fruits, grains, scotch, nuts, herbal spices. Inviting sweet fruity alcoholic nose. Strong sweet taste of dark berries, apples, and grapes with a great taste of scotch. Slightly grassy and vinous.

Medium body with subtle carbonation. Well intensified finish ending with a strong vinous, slightly dry, fruity wine feel and some herbal spices on the tongue.

Overall a very good craft; delicious fruity flavors and a very warming alcohol feel, while lacking some balance (super sweet) and a little freshness but understandable for the style.

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

Appearance: Murky dark amber body surmounted by a moderate off-white head, and thick glass-coating lace. Before a strong light, there is moderate carbonation and some sediment.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and earth notes dominate, alcohol notes are faint, surprising, considering the high ABV. There is also a mild apple rind note as well, which seems quite complimentary.

Taste: Opens with a wave of alcohol and caramel, both sweet. The alcohol is quite warming. As the taste progresses, there is a mild bitter, earthy note, which balances well against the caramel and sweet alcohol. A wave of dark fruit presents later in the taste, suggesting raisins and especially prunes. Finishes with a lingering note of vanilla and wood. There is a very faint herbal hop bitterness at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasing, seems ideal for a cool, dark autumn day when the wind rises and cool rains fall. Well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml brown glass Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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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 Realbeer1542
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great story on the creation of this brewery - WWI Scottish soldiers asked a Belgium brew master to brew some Scottish ale and the rest is history .

Served from a .75 liter bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful clear reddish brown with lots of heady froth that dissipates rapidly in to full top and side lacing. .

S - Dark fruit, yeast, mineral and sweet malt

T - Excellent! no hoppy bitterness, just malt and dark fruit, yeast. Finishes with balanced medium sweet and bitterness.

M - So smooth and mellow. No alcohol bite. Low carbonation.

O - One of my new regular's - bought on a whim but happy I did. Will buy again. Noted that there was what seemed to be dried yeast on the bottom of the inside of the bottle after I poured the last drop but no strange taste or smell. If anyone has experienced this aspect with other beers I would be happy to hear it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scotch Silly has a thin, fizzy, off-white head, and a milk-chocolate brown appearance, with rather large tan chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of sweet, rich, pungent, brandywine, and dark bread. The flavor is equally rich, with even a strange or interesting citrus aspect in the back-taste. Bitterness is low, and sweetness is high. Mouthfeel is between medium and heavy, and Scotch Silly finishes not so dry and delicious. Booziness is not an issue with this beer. Just a great, great beer!


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

Appearance: clear red / brown with a medium sized off-white head that marks the glass nicely.

Aroma: malty, bready, some coffee-like notes but very subtle. A lot of caramel, and I think I smell a small sour note, typical for some belgian ales. Also it has a delicate touch of dust, and maybe some roastiness, but again - they're very subtle.

Taste: very sweet. Toffee, caramel, a bit roastiness and a little bit fruity. A small, almost untraceable alcohol note in the background. Mild alcohol bitterness.

Moutfeel: full bodied, soft carbonation.

Overall: a very enjoyable beer, although it's not my favourite style.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark ruby (or light brown) color with an average slightly tan head.
The aroma is a combination of some roasty smell, some dusty aroma and slight nuts. Also a slight alcohol smell (scotch).
The taste is not really strong nor is too weak. It starts with a slight caramel and roasted coffee taste. It's pretty bitter and quite strong, although still quite easy to drink. Nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with very sweet malt and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells pretty nice but the taste is way too sweet to drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in tulip. Poured a very attractive, clean, clear reddish brown color with almost an inch of light khaki colored head that had very good retention and lots of thick, sticky lacing.

The aroma was mostly solid grains, with a very low amount of sourness in the background. Same song and dance on the tongue, nice grains, a very light level of sourness, and a bit of funk on the finish.

The body was nicely medium, and had a very dry finish. Drinkability was good, pretty easy actually, due to the low sour level. Overall, a prety nice brew, just not very sour. Probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip at a bar in Southern California. Reviewed from notes taken last weekend.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice cream and thickness. Above average (~2-3 minute) retention. Body colour is a caramel-brown. Nontransparent. Glowing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramalt, bready malts. Quite bready, actually. Toffee. Toasted malts. Cream. Brown bread. A mild strength aroma. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Bready with caramalts featured noticeably. Brown bread. Cream. Toasted malt. Hints of toffee. Balanced, with layered complexity. Tasty and nicely subtle. Definitely a noticeably Belgian take on the style. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Nice thickness. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. A lovely Belgian take on the scotch ale style. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but I doubt I'd get it again. One of the better beers I've had from Brasserie de Silly so far.

Low B-

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Photo of Murrhey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date visible.

A- Finger and a half cream-colored head. Moderate retention, about a minute long. Leaves sticky lacing on the sides as it recedes. Ruby-mahogany colored body with middling clarity. Relatively attractive.

S- Interested to see how Belgians will do a Scotch beer. Roast malts, caramel, toffee, some very subtle dark fruits. Well formed scotch ale with a Belgian twist. Rich and roasty.

T- Sweet and dark. It actually tastes like a quad with richer roasted malts. Dark fruits, candi sugar, toffee and brown sugar. Kind of a knock out, surprisingly. Brandy and other dark alcohols make a presence.

M- Thin feel with subtle carbonation. Wet and craggy on the tongue.

O- Very interesting interpretation of the style. Very Belgian. I quite enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy plum with a creeper of a head. The head stops at about an inch, bits of lace hang on for a bit.

The smell is sweet fruit heavy. A mild earth, yeast and soggy wood come in near the end.

Very sweet, almost like a fruity, under carbonated cherry soda up front. Earth and minerals are also noticed around the middle. Sweet aftertaste.

Not that great. An interesting Belgian twist on the style, but not good for more than a glass.

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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy peach brown; tiny head which builds then dissipates. nothing special here although i like the opaque color.... mysterious... 2nd pour from the big bottle yields a strong creamy, fluid head in my duvel tulip glass. maybe the variation is from 'breathing'??
smells sour, vinegar-y, fruity; like a sour. not like a 'wee heavy' as i undrstand it... the smell reminds me more of a belgian strong ale, a Gulden Draak, a quad, a dark fruit-type...
bitter sweet caramel malt taste, with slight dark fruit as it passes the tongue. a small bit of alcohol burns on the sides of the tongue. i think others used butterscotch as a descriptive and it also applies....
overall, it's interesting. i selected it because it was considered a 'wee heavy', one of my favorite styles. what i got was a large bottle which cost me $12.99 and i decided to try it and am okay with it. there is no real bitter after-taste, nothing lingering in the background after it's passed. not worth $13 but i suppose that's the price for variety. the old commercial standby chimay blue is less and i know what i'm getting there.... but it's a worthy snort. just not worth the $13....

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

When I’m satisfied with what’s in the glass, I’m presented with quite a sight: Apparently there was an old-school music fest up in Scotland, and one of those patchouli-laden hippies got it into his pot-addled skull that skinny dipping in the moors was a good idea. More than that, he opened his bloodshot eyes whilst beneath the surface and surveyed his brackish surroundings from behind his wacky red-tinted glasses. Seriously, why the hell does anyone wear those damn things? They don’t block out any sun or UV rays or anything; they just make the world a painful shade of artificial rose, one made all the more painful when the glasses are removed and reality floods in in all its Technicolor glory. Our poor hippie may not get the chance to discover his mistake, however, ‘cause just above him has formed not an acid-provoked fever dragon, but a solid inch-thickness of ecru slate, equally lithe as permanent. Godspeed, starchild…

Old lady caramel dances with her breakfast grapefruit, currently going on four hours in the trash (nowhere near long enough to rot, but far from fresh and bright), up in my ‘strils. Something akin to rye toast smattered in moss enters in as well, rounding things out. I didn’t expect such stark simplicity here, for some reason, but that’s indeed what I’ve been presented with. Maybe the moss is reminiscent of Scottish thistle, and maybe I’m just stretching in order to forcibly connect a place with its prodigal style. Fuck it, at least I’m trying!

I guess my ‘strils are doin’ their job well today, ‘cause my tongue is corroborating the story above. At first, though, a sweet fruitiness pervades, but it’s vague enough to evade specificity, the lucky prick. We’ll get him next time, Dan-o. Then the mild grapefruit, buttery caramel, light moss, and toast come back for an encore, one of those curtain calls nobody chants for (much less sparked their lighter for) but happens anyway. Just get your cell out, record a bootleg, and hopefully make up some of the dough you threw down for this shit in hopes of expediting the drop of those lacies next to you. Might as well get something out of it, she’s been knockin’ back bottle of O’Doul’s Amber all night and fumbling with her WWJD bracelet. Sumbitch. Then comes something new, something I remember from that weird guy at Cortland and Ashland, namely a strong sense of drying cardboard. That’s all there is in the end: Just like that raving derelict, all you’re left with is an old box and funny looks.

While waiting for this sad corrugated mess to leave, it’s clear this stuff was built to last. It’s firm in your grill, kinda thick wit’ it without going too far into Mo’Nique territory, and doesn’t have a bubbly enough personality for morning radio but can get along well enough at the DMV. Nah, that’s being mean, substitute the Social Security office there, those chicks at least feign smiles at times. When all is said and done, it’s not dry outside, but the umbrella sure as hell ain’t necessary, just a light sweatshirt. No hood. Fuck your hoodies, skatetrash: it’s only water, not acid waiting to dissolve that shitty dyejob you never shoulda let your flaky fingerbang fan do to you. Shit, those pants are too tight, even for a rail like her. Suspicious.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a hazed, dark copper color with a light cap of tan head with a gentle pour. The bottle foamed up and over the lip of the bottle upon opening…probably explains the haziness too.

Nose is uber-fruity with tons of strawberries, raisins and plums. Brown sugar, licorice and cinnamon. Interesting blend of aromas not usually found in a Wee Heavy, smells much more like a BSDA or maybe even a Quad.

Fruitiness continues in the flavor and combines with a brown bread yeastiness that makes this very un-Scotch Ale-esque. There does seem to be plenty of caramel and even a touch of peat in here but is overshadowed by the yeast presence. I want mad smoke, peat, chocolate and sugar flavors in my Wee Heavy. This delivers on the carmely/sugar aspect, but fails on the other three. Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation fine and the beer slick. Unfortunately, the beer seems to fall short of the richness and malt complexity a good BSDA comes with and does not fare well against other great Scotch Ales due to the lack of smoke/peat/chocolate. Its not bad, I mean...I wont have trouble finishing this 750, but certainly not something I would come back to again for the price.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Medium dark caramel brown with hints of orange. Two finger off white head with semi tight bubbles. Good retention and lacing.

S: Caramel and apple. Sweet malts. Light hints of dark fruits. Almost imperceptible notes of peat with a very light touch of roast. Slight tart notes and a hint of wine.

T: Caramel, brown sugar, and sweet malts up front. Raisins and hints of figs. Very light notes of over ripe apples. Some peat and roast. Brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch, and maybe molasses mix with a growing apple flavor in the finish.

M: Medium light body. Sticky and smooth. Light carbonation.

O: A good beer. I'm not real familiar with the style, and it's not my favorite style by far. Pretty easy drinking beer that goes down a bit fast for 8%.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

About a finger and half of head on a copper colored body.
The aroma is alcohol and wet grains.
The taste is highly sweet with a short finish. The level of sweetness took me by surprise.
A sticky texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
I can’t get over how sweet it is…

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