Scotch De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Belgium
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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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221
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420
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with very sweet malt and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells pretty nice but the taste is way too sweet to drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with some viscosity and forms a 2 finger off white head on a reddish brown body with a lot of active carbonation. It's a little hazy, but consistently so, not with chunks.

S: A little "beery" to me. Sort of like adjuncts. Slightly sweet, not hops. Needs more power and depth.

T: MMMM there's the sweet malt. Surprising how sweet it is for such thin body. Perhaps some Belgian candy to it? Yes, I think Candy sugar. I get some of the sweet and spice notes I would expect from some abbey beers. But not a scotch ale. As a scotch ale, this does poorly.

M: Thin, much too thin for a Scotch Ale. I would think of this more as a Dubbel or something, but not a scotch ale.

D: Drinkable, particularly for 8% Abv, but not what I want in A Scotch Ale, this will not keep me warm and snug on a winter's night.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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 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 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 clvand0
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown color with a small head that dies off fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a little peated malt with some caramel. The flavor has a little of the peat with a caramel malt as well as some fruit. The body on this one is ok, but it could use something more. Drinkability is ok. Not one of the better representations of the style.

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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 thecheapies
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cap date reads 07/02/2010 (technically, it reads '02/07/2010'); probably a Best Before date. So, good luck to me on this one. 330ml bottle poured into an Orval glass.

It poured really syrupy. Cloudy mahogany color with almost no head. It sure LOOKS past its prime.

Malty textures in the nose include browned apple, raisin, papery oxidation, light caramel (Turbinado sugar), brine, and clove. I'm having mixed feelings on whether or not it's suppose to have these aromas. It's not offensive, per se.

Drinks malty sweet with toffee, raisin, and brown sugar notes, very much like a Scotch ale. Oxidation notes aren't clashing here, for the style, but this is probably a posthumous bottle. Yeasty notes are still heavy and playful, even if a bit old. Has a briny salt caramel note that pairs with the nuttiness. Dark fruits taste muddled and drenched. I can pick out some lingering cherry and leather and even a hint of aged hops. This beer has held up better than I would have anticipated.

Very full-bodied for a Wee Heavy, with a thickening syrupy feel. Glossy in appearance and felt that way on the tongue. The ghost of the carbonation still spooks me just a bit on the swallow.

Wanted a fresher bottle, but I thought it might keep okay. And, this was the only bottle available to me in my area. So, here's to this experience! Skoals!

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pours a deep very murky brown, big two-inch frothy tan head, great lacing and moderate retention, lots of sediment

s - toffee and caramel dominate the aroma, lots of lightly roasted malt, some booziness/scotch underneath the sweet smells, very light hoppiness

t - like the aroma, big sweet caramel and toffee flavors engulf the palate, light hop bitterness lends depth to the sweetness, lingering caramel and toffee sweetness on the finish along with a moderate alcohol heat

m - medium-bodied, lower carbonation, sweet finish, moderate alcohol warming

d - definitely a sipper, the sweetness really limits the drinkability, not all that interesting or complex either

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Photo of DCon
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the International Tap House in Chesterfield, MO during the Black Friday "iTap Style" Event for $5. Tapped from the Green Tap Handle that has "SCOTCH SILLY" on the plate into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- Stinky socks from the beginning of the smell!?!? Not in favor of this! Then a good amount of hop is apparent in the background. Didn't find much else...

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention. Has the lightest copper color body and is clear. Leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

Flavor- The taste starts off like its going to be a Single Malt Scotch and for the style, do not mind! Although, this shouldn't have been one of the only tastes! It then has a bit of hop flavor towards the end but very light and hard to find. Sweet as well but usually Scotch/Whiskey takes over anything else with its strong presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves scotch tastes on the palate. Tons of oak finish it off!

Overall Impression- Maybe some more character and ingredient can be included in this one!?! All I get is the Single Malt Scotch tastes all the way through... Also, how did I get this Stinky Sock aroma? Very wild. I wouldn't suggest anyone to get this one but if you would be able to get a sample of this somewhere, go for the aroma and you will see what I mean!

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Photo of Sigmund
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8.0%. Amber to copper colour, slightly hazy, moderate off-white head. Sweetish aroma of malts, toffee and caramel, hints of fruit and oak, quite nice. Very sweet flavour, loads of caramel, hints of oak and dark fruits, moderate hops in the finish. Worth sampling, but not for daily indulgence.

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Photo of rustymoore
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy hazel color with a medium head and minimal lacing...has the smell of nuts and fruits...the alcohol scent is also very present. Tastes like many of the Belgian ales I have tasted in the past but it is quite sweet and leaves me with a the feeling that you get when you drink too much dark soda. Very syrupy aftertaste...my girlfriend likens it to a mouthful of nickels.
I consider it to be a fair to decent ale.

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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 brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a typically Belgian head that leaves a reasonable amount of lacing behind

Smell: Buttery pecan and caramel, but there is a hint of acetone (nail polish) in there as well

Taste: Caramel dominates, up front, with a metallic, somewhat medicinal element that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the off-flavors persist through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: The off flavors really take the beer down a few notches; I note that most of the more favorable reviews of this beer are a few years old and have to wonder about the batch that is currently available in this country

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Photo of jahsausage
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am for some reason sure that "Belgian Scotch Ale" is a different style than "Scotch Ale" itself and is somehow derived from almost century old (WW1 ish) attempts to recreate it in Belgium but must apologise as can't back up this claim. Pours much lighter than I expected yet is quite dark colour for an ale and admitedly right in the ball park for a scotch. Is hard to review this to style as I have had few of the "old country" originals. It tastes of a very malty, smoky ale to me but with that dangerous belgian secret of hiding ludicrous alcohol contents behind it which has profoundly affected this review I must admit.

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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 jcalabre
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 13 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. Scotch Silly has a slight licorice nose,. The flavors are chewy, nutty and slightly roasty. it's a ice drinkable beer, but it is nothing outstanding. It's unusual for a Belgian, but there are many better scotch ales out there

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Photo of bradford
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pretty surprised by the taste and mouthfeel on this one. It tasted much more like a Belgian Strong Dark ale to me. I was expecting the malty backbone I got, but this tasted "Belgiany" all the way down. I liked it at first, but it got real old, real fast. And I became increasingly upset that I didn't get what I paid for. I wanted a Wee Heavy and got a B.S.D. Not reccomended.

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Photo of GrahamDN
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Murky brown in the glass, its tan head disappears shortly after pouring.

The base malts and caramelization combine on the nose to imitate Raisin Bran cereal, followed by a heady molasses scent.

The flavor is similar--dried fruit, some grain, syrupy molasses, along with a faint burnt character--and also a bit estery and a touch boozy. Scotch de Silly is quite sweet, and would probably be unbearably so if it weren't for the alcohol that counterbalances it a bit.

Certainly drinkable, but not worth seeking out. Not likely to buy again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Would Scotch Silly have actual scotch in it? Naw that would be silly.

Pours a chestnut cloudy color with some lighter amber hues when held to the light. Very limited head with bad lacing. Some big bubbles retain around the edge of the glass but this is a little off.

The smell is very noticeable with caramel and toffee leading the way. Some sweetness not only from the malt but some brown sugar as well. Very unique. I also pick up some plum and a light notice of the Belgium yeast. But limited.

The taste is unique. Best described as unique. Silly in a way. A sweet malt and candi taste that is almost syrupy. Spread it on pancakes syrupy. The toffee flavor is most noticeable but also caramel too. A light Belgium kick just doesn’t fit and taste out of place. The body is medium to big feel and leaves a sticky aftertaste.

I like the uniqueness but Silly has a ways to go. I think if this beer were to be dryer and add a smokiness then that could really make this beer go.

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Photo of Tawnos
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a pillowy head. Leaves lacing on the glass as it dissolves back down. Not a lot of carbonation showing in the glass.

Smells sweet, almost cotton candy like. Slight alcohol presence in the nose. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing amazing.

Tastes overly sweet, metallic. Strong syrupy sugars and very little hop bitterness. Not a whole lot of complexity. Has something of an overripe fruit taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable. The sugary sweetness hides any alcohol astringency.

Drinkabilty is average. A bit high on the alcohol and low on the flavor for me to seek it out again.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a nonic. A large three fingers + of tan head was achieved. Head was comprised of large "rootbeer float type" bubbles. The body was cloudy and reddish muddy brown. Sticky lace and a cap of foam remained throughout the drink.

Smell was spicy, malty and sweet. Well hidden alcohol.

Taste was sweet but not cloying. Tangy tart fruitiness, prunes perhaps. Not especially complex but enjoyable. This was my first scotch ale.

Mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied. Carbonation was low. I enjoyed this one but I will not return to it.

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Photo of
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy, dark amber color. Large, rocky, light tan head. Lots of lacing.

Smell was sweet, with caramel and fruit at the forefront. Fruit seemed to be peaches. Hints of Belgian earthiness in there. Just a touch of grass scent, but very mild.

Taste was very sweet, and right in line with aroma. Honey drenched peaches and pears. Touch of medicinal/phenolic taste in the middle, not appealing. Finish, like the scent, offered just a bit of bitterness.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Not drying, but mouthcoating, almost to the point of being cloying.

For me, this beer was way too sweet. From what I understand about the style, this interpretation is a bit off the mark. Not one I will return to.

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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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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
3.7 out of 5 based on 420 ratings.
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