Scotch De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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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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Added by Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

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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 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 geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with a sticky yellow cream head that fades to just a dusting soon after the pour. The nose is full of yeasty smells, along with sugared, slightly sour dates, hints of licorice and some bubblegum. There's little wee heavy, in my opinion, in the aroma. The palate, though, is a different story, and the Belgian elements and the Scottish influence come into focus here. Some acidity first off and some brisk carbonation, followed by some rich, chocolatey and nutty malts combined with dark fruit esters. The finish turns sweet and shows some bubblegum and tropical fruit notes. Overall, this is a successful hybrid of Belgian and Scottish. It's interesting, tasty, and cohesive. Well done.

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Photo of drseamus
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark red mahogany color with a half inch off white head just like a good beer should have. Perfect looking beer. Sweet VERY malty caramely aroma with some atypical belgian spice in there. Not exactly to style of a scottish ale but the belgians tend to do their own thing anyway. The flavor is pretty sweet in typical scottish fashion but there is a distinct belgian feel to it in terms of the malt profile. Not bad at all but perhaps a bit sweet for me. The mouthfeel is decently heavy but not overwhelming. Overall it's a bit sweet for me but not a bad beer if I'm in that mood.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep brownish amber with some wonderful aromas, mostly grapes, cherry, and yes, plenty of alcohol. Enjoyable smooth mouthfeel that leaves an acidic, but not bad aftertaste on the tip of the tongue. Hop flavor and alcohol are quite prevalent, and this beer has got a serious kick to it. Glad I found this one, and there's nothing "silly" about it. Oh I'm hilarious.

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Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hero27
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a muddy brown color with a light tan head that recedes after a minute or so. Leaves decent lacing on the glass. The smell is mostly malty with some dark fruit sweetness in the background.

The sweetness of this brew is definitely it's standout quality. It's a rich, robust sweetness that would make either a great dessert beer or just a nice treat. The 8% alcohol is pretty well hidden behind the bold flavor. A unique, and pretty good scotch ale out of Belgium. Worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 750ml. green champagne bottle with black foil covering cork and cage. It pours rootbeer brown with a thick and frothy two-fingers of beige head. Good carbonation and tons of thick, sticky lace coat the glass as you drink.

Smell very sweet and malty with some musty yeast and a metallic note as well.

The taste is very sweet and full on malt upfront. The sweetness seems like an overload of Belgian candi sugar that eventually pans out to some weak grassy hops...still over-ridden by sweetness. The rather high ABV isn't really that noticable, yet it does come into the equation at the end of the 750ml bomber.

The body is a bit thin on the medium side and the brew overall is quite easy to drink if you don't mind SWEET beer. Not bad for the style, but I've had much better.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Walnut brown color with a frothy tan head subsiding to reveal just a faint lacing.

Sweet caramel or toffee, hints of chocolate, malt, and faint spice.

Nice sweet flavor, stronger dark fruits on the palate to go with the caramel, and again hints of spice.

Excellent palate offerings, medium to light body, and even carbonation.

This is a pretty good beer, easy to enjoy a bomber and explore the different flavors without feeling like you ate an entire meal of food.

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Photo of amvrana
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a tan head, good retention and excellent lacing. Dark roasted malts and candi sugars with a faint currant-like fruitiness. Solid malty backbone with some plummy fruitiness creeping in. Light astringency in the finish. A bit of earthiness, light apple and musty funk. Excellent transposition of a Scotch ale a la Belgian-style.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cloudy brown with a thin bubbly head...
lots of malt in the nose, a little fruity a littel raw wort, and a little brown sugary caramel. faintly metallic.
very sweet brown sugary caramel again here in the taste, along lighter fruit flavors mostly apple, and almost cidery. thankfully there is a hint of peat in here to remind us of the style this is supposed to be. there is a little bit of iron providing some metallic bitterness towards the finish.
slightly fuller side of medium bodied with light carbonation.
a little on the difficult side to drink as it is quite sweet. also perhaps because i cracked this open expecting a little bit more of a scotch ale than a dubbel sort of a deal.

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Photo of klewis
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a red/copper with a three-finger frothy head with great sustain. Good lacing.

S: Very one-dimensional aroma, this just smells very sweet and malty. Perhaps too sweet.

T: Strong molasses flavor with a slight roasted character in the finish. Extremely sweet and cloying.

M: Full-bodied, sticky, and smooth with fine carbonation.

D: This one is REALLY sweet. I generally like sweet beers, or can at least tolerate them, but this is a bit much for me to handle, I think, but it's not quite worthy of a dump..

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color, with glints of rose, mahogany and peach. A 1" off-white head sits atop the ale, leaving moderate lacing as it pillows down.

Has a malty, peaty aroma, with abundant toffee and caramel notes, and hints of vinous oak. An undercurrent of tanginess is present as well.

Sweeter and fruitier than I wuould expect from a Scotch Ale, this starts with grape, peach and hints of strawberry, before mellowing to a peaty, slightly smoky malt, finishing with just a touch of bitter tang. An aftertaste of cherries is definitely present.

This has a thinner mouthfeel than I was expecting as well, with a dry, ascorbic feel on the tongue.

A very pleasant Wee Heavy, though the emphasis is on the "wee" because there is not much heavy about this ale at all. Lighter, with loads of fruity flavors, this is a sweet, enjoyable brew. I did have it once before on draft, and seem to remember it being hoppier than this, but I could be mistaken. Even if this older and sweeter, it certainly has not suffered due to the age.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Has a walnut brown tone with a very decent lace.
S: Nutty aroma with a slight caramel tint.
T&M: Has a very upfront strong natural tastte to it. You can really taste the alcohol, which in turn leaves the mouth with that numb sensation.
D: One is all this guy could go for in this session and no mas after that.

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Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Euroglot
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rekel
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of srgj88
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy ambered chestnut color, with a highly frothy head that sat sturdy and better than most beers I see. Supported by a decent albeit small fount of carbonation, it also had a fairly thick and very clumpy lace.

Smell was sweet but amber in tone, a calm malt, but also softtly and smoothly nutty, like a peanut butter. Showed highly softened but still definite whiskey notes, as well as grassy and peat-like notes as it opened. Not terribly exciting for a scotch ale.

Taste was immediately smooth and easy, full of nice malt - definitely a mix of amber, caramel, and maybe a touch of roasted barley. Some nutty presence here and there, as roasty overtones gently washed over the whole beer. Had a small hop appeal at the end that was green, tart, and slightly oily, but very nice and apparently hoppy. Rounds out with a proper amount of sugary sweetness that was small and appreciated. Just barely drying finish with small roasty and whiskey notes mingling, and afterwards I could feel a little stomach warmth from the alcohol.

Just between thin and moderate mouthfeel, this is a soft and even beer. Not subtle – its far from quiet – but instead calm and easy, not big or aggressive flavors. Smoothly sturdy and quietly confident, it comes off as a nice belgian turn on a Scottish jewel. In other words, very much soft, complex, and leveled like a Belgian artisanal.

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