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 ahalloin
2.13/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

For some reason I have had people hype this beer to me, but while drinking it, I gotta admit: I don't think it is that great. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle with printing on the cap that looks like a date saying 24/01/10. I can only assume that is a "best by" date.

Poured a caramel colored brown with slight dark gold highlights. It is kind of cloudy and full of yeasty beasties. Maybe I should have left a 1/4" in the bottle, but that would be wasting alcohol. I won't fault it for the cloudy yeast.

Smell is very, VERY caramelly! Just super sweet smelling! There is some floral, herbal hints there, but is totally over-powered by the maltiness. Diacetyl is definitely starting to creep in.

Taste is not great. I almost can't finish it, it is so f---in sweet! As it warms, it actually gets worse. Flavor is mostly nasty butterscotch and caramel. I will try to review this again when i get a fresher bottle. What I want to know is, where is the peated malt flavor and aroma that is indicative of scotch ale? What about some roastiness. This just doesn't satisfy the category it is in.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with low carbonation, adequate for the category.

Drinkability: I couldn't drink this again, and I like lots of crazy stuff.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/1/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy dark reddish brown. Chunky two finger off white head that had amazing retention and lacing.

S- Caramel malts, dark fruit and a little earthy/musty.

T- Hello malt! Caramelized brown sugar about sums it up. Got sweeter as I progressed.

M- Sticky, medium bodied.

D- Scotch ale/wee heavys are about my second favorite so I was interested to see the Belgian take. Glad I had it but probably wont get it again, finished way too sweet for me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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 katan
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml into a glass, undated

A - Pours a thick brown color - very opaque - Does not appear filtered as there is a fair amount of hazing. Head formation is strong and well retained - off-white to brown in color.

S - Toffee and caramel lead the way - very overt. Some alcohol phenolic tones exist. No hopping or off-flavors detected.

T - Starts off with the caramel and toffee - overtly sweet. Some roasted malt sweetness. Finishes with a sugary sweetness that switches to a sour almost oxidized note. May need to check the age on this one.

M - Thick and full bodied - very creamy. Carbonation doesn't translate to a harsh bite. Does leave behind a cloying sugar clinging on the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability - this beer has a abv that could easily sneak up on you. The overt sweetness is a hair bothersome - as it seems more like a dessert beer than a session. Probably all the style, just not a beer you would drink many of.

A style of beer I plan to taste more. Interesting to see how the caramelization is reflected in the beer.

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Photo of berkey
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is slightly cloudy brown in body with less amber than most other beers classified in the same category. Looks closer to a Belgian Bruin actually. High amount of carobonation and large head dies very quickly leaving a fairly flat beer. Very little lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast, a good amount of spice, alcohol sweetness, and some mild woody and nutty notes.

Taste brings on a little more alcohol warmth than other 8% Belgians do but not as sweet as other beers that call themselves Scotch Ales or Wee Heavy's. More spice here, maybe mild anise hiding in there, and something reminiscent of
oak. Mouth feel is slightly sticky and syrupy which makes me wish the carb would've stuck around a little longer.
No Drinkability issues here, an easy drinking 8%.

Overall this is an interesting Belgian interpretation of a Scotch Ale that does several things very well but doesn't quite match up against some of the best beers in this style.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer for the soup course at the beer dinner on 4/4/09 at Kindling.

A: This was a fun one. As soon as the bottles were opened, it started coming up and even foamed out. We had to get towels to set under the bottles to let this calm down before pouring. Once poured it was a brown with orange/copper highlights around the edge.

S: I get the earthiness from the yeast, some caramel tones, and a little fruit sweetness.

T: I was surprised with this one. A Scottish style from a Belgian - what to expect? It started out with the sweetness I've come to expect in a Scottish ale. On the back edge I got some of the spices and a warming effect that I've come to expect from Belgian ales. From what style the fruit tones come from, I'm not sure but they are there.

M: It's a rich beer but it feels good. Even with the angry foam when opened I didn't feel as if this was over carbonated.

D: I liked this one. It was very enjoyable. With most of the good beers I've come across, I would limit myself to one per session.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep reddish-copper pour with thick, creamy off-white head. Decent carbonation. Next to no lacing.

Caramelly sweet nose with what can only be described as a whiff of Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts. Not as good as it sounds.

Mouthfeel is smooth, round, and full. Caramel sweetness follows through on the palate with an almost piney mid-palate. Too much sweetness to finish a 750ml. Higher carbonation would have helped lighten it and make it more drinkable.

Overall an okay beer, but nothing spectacular. A Belgian-brewed Scotch style ale...not sure what to expect, but wanted more.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one was poured from a 750ml corked and caged. Pours a very dark ruby red with an off white head. The smell is slightly sour and musty which made me very excited for the beer to come. There was a strong dark fruit scent and some slight malt. The taste was not as great. The dark fruits were there and some of the sour but nowhere near the Scotch Ale style. The mouthfeel was a little oily but not bad. The drinkabilty was average due to the high sweetness from the dark fruits that was not balanced by the carbonation which was low.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Ruby orange with lots of sediment floating around. Superchunky. Small tan yellow head.

s: Sweet butterscotch and caramel.

t: Super sugary sweet! A blast of brown sugar smacks you in the face. Nice n' malty. There is an awesome dark fruity flavor to this that goes well with the slight cough syrup like burn. Small but significant hop twang.

mf/d: The beer has a carbonated feel, light a sprite. It's kinda sticky also. The sweetness may start to get to you after one of these but this is a very fun brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the fridge for awhile and it was starting to give me the ol' stinkeye.

Dark, translucent caramel color with lots of floaties. Large tan head with great 1/4 inch retention all the way down and some thick lace rings. Looks heavy.

Smells deliciously fruity (dark fruits) with caramel malts and some scotch thrown in.

Tastes like it smells. Dark fruit with a heavy candy-like caramel backbone predominantly. Scotch highlights and mild spicy swallow blend in very well. Thick and heavy mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. Just what I would picture a Belgian Scottish ale to taste like--sweet, heavy, balanced, and smooth with lots of awesome.

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Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold winter night, how 'bout a big scotch to get 'R done?

BIG frothy tan head bubbles up from a hazy and chewy (lots of yeasties that I swirled up) oaken pour. Lace is looking like tan marshmallow on the sides of the Corsendonk tulip.

Belgium yeast, caramel, dark fruit and malt dominate in the aroma. Ultra smooth quaff of sweet caramel malt. A pop o' hop in the finish help to balance it out well. Even a hint of anise, if not for the color, it would border on RIS.

A tasty find - just luv finding this lil' gems while out beer shopping.

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Photo of thekanna
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque maroon, the color of apple cider, into a goblet. Head is almost non-existent.

Smell: Strong molasses, maple syrup, toffee, and assorted other dark, sweet treats.

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, with a slightly sour note. Spices shine through pretty strongly: they weren't kidding about them. Yeast and bitter hop flavors at the end, with a bit of spiced alcohol aftertaste (like mulled cider).

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for the style, but not bad.

Drinkability: This one's a sipper. Overall, tastes and feels like the belgian interpretation of a scotch ale; almost like it was Dubbel-inspired.

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Photo of edchicma
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate with an incredible head that dissipates into fine lacing. Smell is a deep malt with molasses notes, some smoke and a hint of hops. Taste is slightly sweet, but not cloying..oddly I get a sense of roses! This brew gives a smooth, almost velvet mouthfeel..finishes sweet, with JUST a hint of hops. Wow, this is 8 abv? Smoothness belies this. Excellent on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : caramel aramas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel, hopped flavors, roasted malt, with long persistency.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Scotch ale.

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Photo of deanhead
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can appreciate these Belgian breweries brewing styles other then the true Belgian styles.

This beer poured a nicehead with a brown-amberish color
Aroma is brown sugar, and maybe a hint of flowers.

Tastei s strong, and alcohol like. Almost winey and cider, almost solvent like. Sweet and and cloying, with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly light. Not anyting that I would come to excpet from a Scottish Ale.

It's drinkability is suspect. It seems to miss the mark for the style. I probably would not seek this beer out again, but would be open to sampling their other offerings.

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Photo of deereless
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby red to brown, significant layering a creamy foam - 4.50, S: My nose might be off, but I sense wet drywall and the faintest aromas of cheese along with some flowery sweetness - 3.50, T: Raisin, syrupy malt, some slight signs of the Belgian yeast - 4.00, M: The carbonation apparently exited early living a flaccid and somewhat watery mouthfeel - 2.50, D: I first had this beer on tap at Brasserie Beck in DC and recall being intrigued and impressed, a second tasting leaves a little to be desired, the beer misses the mark in terms of the style - 3.75

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Photo of ronny
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl. bottle to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark ruddy brown with generous oatmeal colored head which stands tall with nice lacing. Great presentation. Rich malty aroma, apples maybe, alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty up front, a hint of licorice and some coppery notes, with a quick lightly hopped, dry finish. I'm not sure exactly what to expect from a Belgian "Scottish Style Ale". I certainly wasn't expecting any peat notes and I did not find them. It is a good Belgian brown ale in its own right.

Nice beverage overall, worth drinking again...

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Photo of midaszero
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy red amber with 2 fingers of head and some good lacing

S - Pretty faint smell of pete

T - A little sour and resembling a little scotch

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Has better sctoch ales. This one was good but not horribly enjoyable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - One finger of brownish-white head, on a hazy, medium brown body with ruby highlights. The head leaves sticky lace as it slowly recedes.

S - Rich maltiness with some toasted notes and toffee. A bit of fruit from the yeast and just a hint of hops.

T - A bug malty note up front, a bit darker than the aroma with more toffee and a bit of chocolate. Some phenols and smokiness in the middle followed by surprisingly strong bitterness in the finish.

M - A thick, chewy body with medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - The malt character in the aroma is nice, but the flavor is kind of one dimensional and it gets kind of boring towards the finish. One of these is more than enough.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Doomcifer
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, ruddy brownish amber color with an extremely creamy head and terrific lacing. Great retention. Smells of belgian yeast, sweet malts, earhty. Taste is more malty sweetness, belgian yeast, doughy, a little fruity. Medium and creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 erosier
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and kind of thin tan colored head that takes some time to fade. Some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of potent malt and some scotch flavor to it.
T: The taste is extremely sweet up front with a sweet scotch flavor and an even sweeter finish.
M: Very sweet which drove the score on this down because although it starts out good, it never really comes back down for a rounded out beer. Nice amount of carbonation though.
D: Not very drinkable as it was too sweet for me and I had alot of trouble finishing the bottle.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 tmitch75
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark coppery color in my Cristoffel tulip, with a huge and briefly cascading head. Head slowly drops but maintains an oily look.

Smeels caramelly with a nice piney hop aroma too.

Roasty caramel with raisins and a touch of black pepper... but it works better than it sounds.

Mouthfeel is too light, it would definitely benefit from a fuller body.

A pretty good beer with a lot of room for improvement.

Tasted on 4/23/08.

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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 441 ratings