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:
426
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
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14
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54
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Photo of LennyBound
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet for a scotch ale (in a good way). Notes of plums and raisins similar to many quads. Very interesting brew.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of philbe311
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thekanna
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
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 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 Darkale
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice and deep and malty aroma, moderate head that subsides to more than moderate lacing, dark cherry-brown body.

The taste is deep and round and rich. Thick and chewy, and without that sort of charcoal, burning sourness, that harshness of aftertaste, that sometimes comes along for the ride with Scotch ales. Good, wide, deep sweetness.

Not the sort of beer that one would want to have several of in a night, but one of the better Scotch ales I've had in a long while.

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Photo of mwilton
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and flat but overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of edchicma
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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 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 TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color, with glints of rose, mahogany and peach. A 1" off-white head sits atop the ale, leaving moderate lacing as it pillows down.

Has a malty, peaty aroma, with abundant toffee and caramel notes, and hints of vinous oak. An undercurrent of tanginess is present as well.

Sweeter and fruitier than I wuould expect from a Scotch Ale, this starts with grape, peach and hints of strawberry, before mellowing to a peaty, slightly smoky malt, finishing with just a touch of bitter tang. An aftertaste of cherries is definitely present.

This has a thinner mouthfeel than I was expecting as well, with a dry, ascorbic feel on the tongue.

A very pleasant Wee Heavy, though the emphasis is on the "wee" because there is not much heavy about this ale at all. Lighter, with loads of fruity flavors, this is a sweet, enjoyable brew. I did have it once before on draft, and seem to remember it being hoppier than this, but I could be mistaken. Even if this older and sweeter, it certainly has not suffered due to the age.

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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 kbnooshay
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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 pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy peach brown; tiny head which builds then dissipates. nothing special here although i like the opaque color.... mysterious... 2nd pour from the big bottle yields a strong creamy, fluid head in my duvel tulip glass. maybe the variation is from 'breathing'??
smells sour, vinegar-y, fruity; like a sour. not like a 'wee heavy' as i undrstand it... the smell reminds me more of a belgian strong ale, a Gulden Draak, a quad, a dark fruit-type...
bitter sweet caramel malt taste, with slight dark fruit as it passes the tongue. a small bit of alcohol burns on the sides of the tongue. i think others used butterscotch as a descriptive and it also applies....
overall, it's interesting. i selected it because it was considered a 'wee heavy', one of my favorite styles. what i got was a large bottle which cost me $12.99 and i decided to try it and am okay with it. there is no real bitter after-taste, nothing lingering in the background after it's passed. not worth $13 but i suppose that's the price for variety. the old commercial standby chimay blue is less and i know what i'm getting there.... but it's a worthy snort. just not worth the $13....

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Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy ambered chestnut color, with a highly frothy head that sat sturdy and better than most beers I see. Supported by a decent albeit small fount of carbonation, it also had a fairly thick and very clumpy lace.

Smell was sweet but amber in tone, a calm malt, but also softtly and smoothly nutty, like a peanut butter. Showed highly softened but still definite whiskey notes, as well as grassy and peat-like notes as it opened. Not terribly exciting for a scotch ale.

Taste was immediately smooth and easy, full of nice malt - definitely a mix of amber, caramel, and maybe a touch of roasted barley. Some nutty presence here and there, as roasty overtones gently washed over the whole beer. Had a small hop appeal at the end that was green, tart, and slightly oily, but very nice and apparently hoppy. Rounds out with a proper amount of sugary sweetness that was small and appreciated. Just barely drying finish with small roasty and whiskey notes mingling, and afterwards I could feel a little stomach warmth from the alcohol.

Just between thin and moderate mouthfeel, this is a soft and even beer. Not subtle – its far from quiet – but instead calm and easy, not big or aggressive flavors. Smoothly sturdy and quietly confident, it comes off as a nice belgian turn on a Scottish jewel. In other words, very much soft, complex, and leveled like a Belgian artisanal.

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

Vision of Amber, lacks lacing, good carbonation. Lack of retention.

Smells very good for a scotch ale. Muggy sweet, molasses, deep earthen carmel. Spicy hazlenut. Light clove nature. Bubblegum off the front but hidden.

Oh that scotch ale character. It comes off perfect in the beginning. Varmel, molasses, peaty sweetness, Brown sugar, nutty, and finishes clove and bubblegum. The end is unbelievable Belgian while the middle is American. It's two worlds in one.

Medium to full bodied, crisp, a bit too crisp, and a dry clove finish. Delightful.

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

Very dark red-brown, slightly cloudy, with medium pale tan head soon thinning to foamy ring and bubbles.

Aroma is caramelised brown bread, fermented prunes, hint of chocolate. Overall, it's very nice, fairly well-rounded with a little complexity and a definite overall wee-heavy element to the character.

Taste is also very nice, well-rounded, firm, with a little complexity. Sweet burnt raisins and prunes, spicy woodiness, general, nicely complex and integrated fruity-earthy-woody character, with somewhat of a fortified-wine quality and light toastiness. It is very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a massive off white head atop it's dark reddish amber clear liquid. The head melts slowly to a nice covering of sticky lacing.

Aroma doesn't have as much of a smokey character as I would expect from a Scotch ale but there is a nice toasted sweet amber malt aroma that yields slowly to alcohol.

Taste is where this beer shines. The malts are sugary sweet yet not cloying and the smokey toastiness comes through very nicely as you swallow. Finish is mostly a warming alcohol comfort.

Very nice Scotch Ale. I wish I had picked up more.

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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 ViveLaChouffe
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a huge tan head with heavy sustained lacing. Very very good looking beer. Big sweet malt aromas. Smells thick and malty as hell.

Tastes of strong caramel. Oak flavors like you would taste in aged port. Very nutty with a molasses finish. Big, full-bodied beer. Very nice Scotch ale.

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

This beer poured a medium dark amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that was like a float and left some nice lace. A good deal of carbonation, usually accounting for the float look. The aroma was of caramel, spice and malt. The flavor was also of caramel and malt and was a bit sweet. The finish was a bit bitter. It hid it's alcohol content well. I rather enjoyed the beer, even it the body was a little lighter than expected and a tad sweeter than I prefer. Worth checking out in my opinon.

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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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Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
3.7 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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