Scotch De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
410
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
19.19%
 
 
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12
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45
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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 Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours warm copper with a tall compact and lovely beige head that sinks into nice lacings.

S: Rich sweet slighlty roasted malts, some caramelly notes. Dark dried fruits and rich molasses. Some nice yeast as well. A metallic smell lures in the back.

T: The sweet malt is rich and full - almost like in a really nice Doppelbock. Dark dried fruits and herbal notes. Yeast. Metallic and buttery.

M: Full smooth body with low carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter at the same time, but also you can sence nuts.

O: A nice Wee Heavy with much in common with a Doppelbock, but very obvious still a Wee heavy. Nice and malty.

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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 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 barleywinefiend
1.84/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I saw this and said hmmmm. I took a $10 gamble and lost, horribly.
Poured a deep copper with a tannish head, good carbonation. Nose is fruity, champgne like, caramel. Taste is astringent, fruit, not good at all. What about this beer represents the style? Mouthfeel is champgne like, big carbonation, fruit, a litte caramel and to much funk and tart. I had $1 worth and the other $( went down the drain with a vengeance.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- Deep rich clear brown body with a thick creamy light tan head.

S- light caramel malt with hints of flower and roses

T- Sweet caramel malt with some sweet candy and honey notes. No hops coming through at all.

M- Full creamy taste with a bit of fizziness. No alcohol warmth

D- This beer is very sweet and needs something to balance it. No hops or alcohol or malt complexity to compete with the sugars.

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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 spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the SAQ Quebec for 3$

Appearance - Clear copper/brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins, currants, malts, and some butterscotch. The alcohol is well hidden and there is some anise/herbal flavours. It ends with a somewhat sweet buttery dark fruit flavour.

Overall - The mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired.. but it's still a very drinkable above average brew. With the limited amount of scotch ales available in my area, this is a welcome addition.

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

11.2ozer from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, formed a nice sized honey-colored head, just about right, on top of a cloudy reddish brew. Pleasant aroma, with malt, hops and a tinge of alcohol, in order of decreasing intensity. Interesting taste, similar to what you would expect from a Scotch-style ale, but then this buttery flavor/feeling comes out and lurks about on your tongue. The expected warming after-effects are present, makes you want to tip the glass again, and soon.

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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 bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brownish/red color with a good sized tan head. Head retention is good, with excellent lacing. The main aroma I smell is caramel malt. Overall it smells sweet, and a bit like dark fruit and some spicyness. It tastes like caramel and butterscotch, very, very sweet. The body is medium/full, with a low amount of carbonation. The alcohol is hid pretty well. Drinkability is pretty good, but it would be better if it wasn't so sweet. Overall I think it's good, and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep rusty, muddy red to brown hue. Nice foam stickage and very thick film. Syrupy malts from heavily toasted malts. Lots of cand sugar mixed in with some Traquair Jacobite. The taste starts Scotchy and Belgiany sweet. Then very quickly goes to metallic, bloody malts throughout the rest of the flavor. The palate is smooth but metallic and medicinal. Started good, but the finsh?!?!?!?

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Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange/brown colour with a dense, tan head. The foam thinned quickly, but left decent lacing behind. Smelled of carmelized sugar, some fruit, and an alcohol/vinous character. Sweet and malty, low bitterness and hop flavour. Maybe a bit salty. Finishes with an apple fruitiness. Medium/full body with light carbonation. Smooth texture with a hint of alcohol warmth. I quite enjoyed this beer, especially the combination of malt and fruity esters.

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Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I finally got around to trying Scotch Silly, purchased a bottle at Three Seas Liquors in Stamford.

Appearance is a dark amber color with a one finger head.
The smell includes malt, sweet pecans, molasses, a strong aroma in general. Upon taking a couple sips, there is more of that overall sweetness going on, along with flavors of scotch. Mouthfeel is rich with all these different strong flavors with a bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is average with Scotch Silly, something that I would have 1 of and pair with a dessert.

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Photo of claspada
2.15/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aromas is all caramel malts. Extremely sweet with some floral and herbal hints, but this is totally over-powered by the maltiness.

The taste is not great. I almost can't finish it, because it is way too sweet. As it warms, it actually gets worse. Flavor is mostly nasty butterscotch and caramel with some brown sugar mixed in. This brew could benefit from some roasted malts or peat character and an increase in hop additions.

Mouthfeel is okay, adequate for the category, but the taste is way too sweet and I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour somewhat hazy deep amber to almost brown, the head substantial, frothy, and the residual lace a fine sheet to coat the glass. Nose is malt, molasses tones, sweet, a bit earthy or more to the point rye bread like. Front is malt, the top is light, finish is strikingly acidic, modestly hopped, dry and somewhat sour aftertaste, and the robustness stays still the last drop is wrenched from the glass. A belly warmer, and I think a must try for "Strong Beer" lovers.

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

On tap at Ebenezer's, served in a tulip glass. A dark brown color with a thick head. A fruity aroma, with a malt presence. The taste was all dark fruit, grainy. A real mouthful, and fun to drink. An interesting interpretation of a Scotch Ale. You can definitely see the strong Belgian influence.

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

Dark ruby /dark mahogany. A lot of thin floating bodies. Beautiful tan head, very creamy. Good appearance.
In the smell malt, hazelnut, butterscotch, some red fruitiness, and a hint of vanilla.
The taste is again a malty butterscotch, with the red fruitniess more evident. Malt, vanilla, caramel, mou. Notes of a not too sweet honey.
Some fruitiness in the aftertaste, too, and a quite good hop bitterness.

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Photo of Durge
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Grille Next Door in Haverhill, MA, this stuff shows a rosey brown color with a fair off-white head and very little sign of lacing. It gives off a malty Moxie and maple sugar smell with lemony accents. I like it. The flavor says thick vanilla and candy apple with Dr. Pepper ideas and a little whiskey to boot! It's a medium-plus bodied brew, near syrupy but fair carbonation makes it plenty drinkable considering the ABV. Very enjoyable.

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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 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 Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it Silly Scotch or Scotch Silly? Super sweet malty aroma with a medium head and sticky lacing. Thick, almost syrupy body that hides the alcohol content surprisingly well. I will definitely try this one again someday.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange-ish copper color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty malt and butterscotch. In the taste, butterscotch and sweet maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, sticky roasty malt in the aftertaste. Nice blend of flavors.

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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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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a nice copper brown in color with a beautiful head. The head came up but not overly so and left a blob of tanned white foam in the middle.

Smell – This is a heavy, yeasty, (certainly) Belgian example of the style. The malt is especially sweet with caramel and brown sugar. There’s a bit of peaty smoke here as well.

Taste – The malt backbone is loaded with caramel and sugars. It even leaves a sticky residue on the glass after sipping. The finish I thought was a bit off, though. Everything just kind of faded into bleakness at the end.

Mouthful – This is between medium and full in the mouth and very fluffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this interpretation of the style, but I thought it was a bit fluffy for a Scotch Ale and the lack of a solid finish cost it a few notches.

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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.
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