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 Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a hazy copper hue with a half inch of light tan head that leaves some decent lacing in its wake.

The aroma offers sweet malt, heavy yeast, fruit, spice, toffee.

Yeast asserts itself immediately, with some fruity, malty sweetness coming in behind. A decent beer, and not lacking in flavor, but a bit sweet and imbalanced. This definitely tastes like a Belgian ale rather than a Scotch ale, with prevalent yeast throughout, almost like a dubbel.

Medium bodied with lingering sweetness and fruity, candied malt.

Overall, pretty good, but I don't see myself returning to this one, as it's a bit too sweet for my personal tastes.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, without freshness indication, but with cage, cork and foil topping. Pours dark almond brown, with a slight orangy/pinkish hue, pretty clear, with a long lasting soft tan head, leaving wide spread, fine lacing upon a gentle swirl, slightly soapy nose, also malt and peat. This is a tasty brew, sort of mixed up style wise, a Belgian Scotch ale ? wasup wid dat?? Malty, spicy and heady stuff. Notes of burbon, malt, mint, vanilla, Belgian yeasties, perhaps some soapyness...out of style, out of wack, but I like it...Nice winter/cold weather sipper, and worth a try.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brown, which quickly consolidates into deep black, topped with a spotty, roasted tan head. Great and powerful aromatics: grapes at first, followed by cherries, toffee, butterscotch. Sweets and alcohol, the perfect combination! You get the feeling of a candy bar, melted down and boozed up! Huge, thick malt on the palate, plus marvelous, lively hops doing their fandango on the taste buds, lush mouthfeel, and lasting finish. This Belgian Scotch ale is an absolute joy to drink, and makes a perfect dessert beer,or sweet, rewarding nightcap. Very mellow and relaxing. A classic

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a fruity yeast aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a wondeful malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity with some yeasty notes. It's slightly dry in the finish with a warm aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good beer, but it's nothing too great. It's a Scotch ale done Belgium style.

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

I wouldn't have expected to find a Belgian-brewed Scotch Ale, but here is one made by Brasserie de Silly. Spotted at the Wine Exchange for $1.69 (330ml bottle), on to the beer:

It looks just like any other Scotch ale: a dark cloudy brown color, and just a few shades away from being purple. Large bubbles sit on top of the head, but the retention is good considering. Sticky flavors in the nose consist of sap and pine, with a dose of raisins thrown in. The beer, although the carbonation is a little low, has a smooth robust taste. Malty and sweet like grapes/raisins, and it has a splash of passionfruit too. A hint a wet cardboard in the aftertaste take down the overall experience, but it's worth sampling.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Novare Res at the beginning of the summer. Poured a nice, dark, ruby brown with a decent head and excellent lacing. Smelled on the lighter side, but with notes of butterscotch, grain, dates, and prune. Tasted sweet to start, but complex with sweet malt, some pie spice, rich flavors of ripe pears, prunes, and some more sharper spice on the finish. Very smooth. I've always found Belgian interpretations of Scotch ales to be very interesting and richly delicious, but to be drunk sparingly. This is one of the better ones.

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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 enelson
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This scotch ale brewed in Belgium seemed to be more Belgian than Scottish.

A: Brown with a tan head. A little retention & lace.

S: Malty (bread, caramel & a little dark fruit). Clean, somewhat soapy aroma (presumably byproducts from the yeast?).

T: It's like a scotch ale, but with some Belgian malt (special B?) and yeast byproducts thrown in. It's interesting, but at the same time, a little weird.

M: Moderate body seems a little lighter than most scotch ales, but there's certainly more residual sugar than your typical Belgian.

D: Approachable & thought-provoking, but not at all sessionable.

Not really representative of the style; certainly a unique brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color that is topped by a tan head. The aroma is a malty, on the dry side, with notes of miso, and perhaps a faint musty character. Overall a fairly mellow nose on this one. The taste is sweet up front and finishes with a note that reminds me of tropical fruit. It is quite malty as well with perhaps a hint of sherry in the middle of the beer. As the beer warms up a bit I get notes of orange and spice cake. This is most definitely a Scottish inspired brew, though (thankfully for me) the Belgian brewer could not leave well enough alone, and allowed for some extra complexity that was contributed by the yeast strain. Appropriately the hop character of this beer is practically non-existant.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night. Never heard of this beer or the brewery and have to say I really enjoyed it.

The beer pours an amber brown color with hints of orange. The beer has a very dense creamy head with excellent lacing. The nose is pretty interesting, with sort of a dry maltiness, but interspersed with a sour/tart overlay. On the palate this beer is delicious. The beer is pretty sweet, but finishes dry. I get flavors if casaba melon and ranier cherries, and later as it warms up honey, butter and butterscotch. The beer has a very impressive light, creamy mouthfeel, and I have to say this beer is just entirely too drinkable. There's just enough hops to keep the sweetness from ever becoming cloying, and the 8% abv. is extremely well disguised. So drinkable.... I think I'll have another right now!

Very impressive...

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Zorro
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown brew with a tinge of yellow. The head is tan thick and doesn't disappear the whole time it is in your glass.

Smell is very malty and a bit sugary. Lots of molasses scent and faint traces of tropical fruit and herbal hops, slight tea scent from the hops. There is very little smokiness or peat scent in this. Smells good but the smell is more like a Belgian dark ale than a Scotch ale.

Taste is sweet but not sugary and very full. Carbonation is high enough to prickle the tongue. Flavor details are brown sugar, tropical fruits, hop bitterness, chocolate, and a faint bit of peat. The sweetness and lack of a major flavor component of smokiness is the reason this beer gets a 4 instead of a 4.5. This is a kick ass Belgian ale but it has some flaws as a Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel is one of the best I have ever tasted. Carbonation and the weight of the brew combine to give almost a milkshake level of creaminess and heft. This is a beer you sip not chug!

Drinkability is dangerously good considering the alcohol and price. World class Belgian Dark Ale and a pleasing Scotch Ale. What do you call a beer made in a city named Silly? You call it damned good!

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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 BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 330ml bottle, best before 6th March 2010, reviewed while drinking it, 12th Sept 2010, some 6 months after its best by date.

Poured into a Gordon Finest Gold thistle shaped glass (well it is a Scotch).

Deep tanned head on top of a dark red/brown body, looks good in the thistle glass. Lacing held on well to the glass as the head faded.

Sweet malt molasses fill the nose, almost treacle in smell, lets say toffee apple aromas. As the beer warmed I detected some smouldering woodlike smells, Christmas Winter Warmer style.

The taste is very simular to the smell, sweet and treacle like in flavour, but not a sickly over sweetness. A fireside warmth sort of beer.

Very drinkable for 8% ABV, alcohol is well hidden in the rich body, one of the better Belgian Scottish styled beers.

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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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