Scotch De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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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 deanhead
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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 -1.1%
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 +4.3%
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 -14.6%
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 -12.2%
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 +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 Doomcifer
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +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 erosier
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
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 +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 tmitch75
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of cokes
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque and muddy and somewhere amongst amber, crimson, and flat brown in color. The head is a modest rise of beige cream, with good stickiness and retention.
This one sniffs in two directions, the first couple inhalations hint at the Scotchness of it all, with a fruity, heathery, lightly smoky, Malt-laden toast to the Highlands, along with traits of burnt chocolate chip cookies. Later sniffs seem to focus more on the spicy yeast nuances of peppercorns and raisiny/date fruitiness of Belgian brewing. All told, the nose lives up to all promises hybrid brewing, showcasing both facets very well.
Taste is another story altogether, and as far apart from the nose as I've every experienced in a beer. The beginning, middle, and late portions are nearly overwhelming sugary sweet. Then it finishes with a metallic clang of bitterness. The sweetness is all golden raisins rolled in brown sugar then soaked in sugar water. It truly is purple Kool-Aid sweet. There are a couple interesting notions of toffee, lemon rind, heather, and rhubarb pie, but they are largely drowned out by the big, unrelenting grape-drink saccharine traits. The metallic closure is jarring, but also a reprieve of sorts, as it ends the tyranny of sweet, and slakes the mouth surprisingly well, even if it the flavor itself is not particularly endearing.
The body is medium, if a perhaps a tad plumper, but texturally, it is not nearly as binding as the sweetness. Had it been, this becomes undrinkable. A trickle of carbonation gives this the life and lightness it desperately needs.
As it stands, once the sweetness is acclimated to, this is somewhat- almost strangely- drinkable. Nevertheless, it still seems like a malted Purplesaurus Rex. And that's blaspheming my favorite Kool-Aid flavor of all time (RIP).

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

A hazy dark amber/brown beer. Has a big creamy beige head and a little lace. The aroma starts with a strong sweet malty character with caramel and vanilla notes. This is carried on the wings of a discernable alcohol note. This beer has a lush mouthfeel with fig and raisin note swimming about in the sweet liquid. You catch a hint of the alcohol, previewed in the aroma, on the back of you throat in the finish. As the beer warms I found chocolate and licorice notes in the aroma and a hint of honey in the taste.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into Caracole tulip

A - Pours a dark, opaque, black licorice color with brown and ruby tints. Head is very nice at 1 inch and leaves intense lacing as it slowly fades.

S - Scent is largely a strong, caramelized, sweet malt flavor. A slight hint of alcohol and just a touch of floral hops. Has a bit of that certain Belgian yeast funk to let you know where its from. Nose gets even better and more balanced as it warms.

T - Sweet caramel with some earthy molasses flavor. Slightly woody with just a hint of the somewhat high ABV (thus, its well hidden). Tastes a bit metallic in the aftertaste with little to no bitterness.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium to full body. A bit sticky, even in the aftertaste.

D - Alcohol is well hidden and it drinks easily for the style and alcohol content.

A nice Wee Heavy that happens to be made in Belgium. A bit of Belgian yeast is evident, but otherwise it mostly follows tradition. Worth a try, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of ROMER79
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of having this beer on tap not too long ago at a bar in Philly called Zot.
It pours a nice chestnut brown with a white one finger head that disappears after a few sips. It smells sweet with an aroma of warm alcohol. Tastes the same way with a malt flavor that really comes through strong. It is a well rounded ale and since it was on tap it may have been a higher alcohol content due to it being a wee heavy. Not too carbonated and easy to drink. I had it with steak and stoemp bacon Belgian style. This beer was good on tap if you can find it on tap, try it.

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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 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 mcallister
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very dark ruby maroon in color. An off white pillow rests atop and leaves chunks of lacing at various points. Much in the way of carbonation bubbles.

Caramel and hints of peat with some light belgian spicey yeasty components. Various fruit esters. Not much else however.

Alcohol in the chest with caramel covered apples and cadied cherry flavors. Spicey again with some dark fruits and not the much peat in the mouth. Thin from the belgianizing which is why I've never been a fan of a "big" beer using a belgian yeast. Decent flavored but just lacking depth from that mentioned.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$3.09 at Merchants for a 12oz bottle. 8.0% ABV. This one seems interesting...a Scottish Style ale brewed in Belgium. Pours out to a very dark chestnut, forming a large soapy tan light tan head with average retention and some mild lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is filled with dark fruit...I get prunes, raisins, a little sour milk when swirled, fruity esters, distant smoke and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense body and pillowy carbonation. The taste begins with dark fruits and some moderate sweetness, then is unfortunately marred by a strong and pervasive metallic sheen throughout. Some roasted wood and soap are in the finish, and some chemical bitterness, like hop extract is in the aftertaste. Overall, quite sweet, almost saccharinized. Quite rich as well. One bottle will be enough.

A decent brew, but a little too sweet and artifical tasting. The metallic taste also hurts it's drinkability.

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Photo of Lukie
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured with little head that left a brown coating around the outside of the liquid. It is a dark brown, almost creamy coffee in look.

Holy Moly is this sweet on the nose. Caramel, Toffee, nougat, mainly sweet toffee. Spiced Pear seems to come through.

Sweet toffee hits you straight away, with a Caramel finish. It is like drinking caramel chocolate. It never expected this, as this is the first Scotch Ale I have ever tried, and it is wonderful. Amazing flavours, just nice and sweet.

It is scary to think this is 8% alcohol, as I could knock this back all night long if I had to. There is little carbonation and it slides down your throat with ease.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
2.1/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle at cellar temperature into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a dense dark cream head that stayed with the beer. Showed moderate to heavy lacing. Color is dark garnet, very clear, with lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Not much going on in the nose. Some malt and even honey notes, and perhaps some ripe red fruit, but all very muted.

T: Some red fruit and lots of malt sweetness predominate the flavor. There is also some earthiness that I find hard to characterize. A strong impression of honey is present too, which is interesting because I do not believe that honey is used in this beer. Alcohol is not noticeable. Ends on a strong sour note.

M: I perceive a heavy diacetyl content. Mouthfeel is buttery, and too dense.

D: Because of the out-of-balance mouthfeel, I would find it difficult to drink a lot of this.

Overall: The concept of a Belgian-brewed Scotch-style ale is very appealing. Apart from that novelty, however, this beer disappoints. It lacks most of the malt complexity that can be found in the finer examples of the style. I do not know the age of the bottle; it is possible that it is simply past its prime. In any event, I could not finish the bottle.

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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 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 TheBeerWolf
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Pours a dark amber and leaves a nice light brownish head. Nice lacing on the glass

S= A hing of malty aroma, apple turnover, some spiciness

T = great taste, pretty much same as the smell, caramel apple, hint of maltiness and a tiny but of spice on the edge

M = I guess I can see how an earlier reviewer said this does not have the usual mouth feel of a wee heavy. Despite that though judging this as just a good beer the mouthfeel is not heavy, carbonation is very pleasant. I could probably down a few of these if it weren't so expensive.

D = Very good, you barely feel the 8% at all. I guess thats what those nutty belgians are good at huh. I could plow threw a few of these.

This beer is pretty damn good. I picked it up on accident. It cost 9 bucks for a 750ml bottle here and it was on the wrong shelf. If I knew it was that much I probably would not have picked it up. But its quite good. If it like 4-5 bucks a bottle I would pick up a few and have a wild night!

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Photo of bristerboy
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle with no "best by" date. I thought this Belgian attempt at a Scottish "wee heavy" was disappointing in that some of the distinguishing characteristics I look for in a "wee heavy" were missing; namely the warmth in the mouth due to the increased alcohol content and the thicker , heavier weight of the beer in your mouth. I also did not care for the definite sour aftertaste left by this beer. The normal malty taste was not noticed due to the sourness. Maybe a had a bad bottle.
I did not notice any hoppy taste, which would does agree with the "wee heavy" profile.

Not a bad ale, just not what I think of when I reach for a Scottish export.

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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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