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

Pours a deep copper with a tan head, good retention and excellent lacing. Dark roasted malts and candi sugars with a faint currant-like fruitiness. Solid malty backbone with some plummy fruitiness creeping in. Light astringency in the finish. A bit of earthiness, light apple and musty funk. Excellent transposition of a Scotch ale a la Belgian-style.

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

This silly little beer pours out a very dark amber, light around the edges. Big, whipped-creamy thick head sticks around for a long time, never really goes away. Great color, awesome head, this is a pretty beer. The appearance is similar to some of my all-time favorites - it's a great look for a beer so it gets a bonus half point.

The smell is nice, but pretty subtle at first. I can smell the sweet and boozy malt bomb I expect from a scotch ale / wee heavy. I'm drinking straight out of the fridge so I imagine it will improve as it warms. Taste is intense and satisfying immediately. I didn't want to wait around for it to warm up a bit, and it turns out you really don't have to. Scotch Silly is obviously a very well made ale, very tasty and with a nice mouthfeel. It's sweet, but has a nice strong finish that makes it very drinkable. Purchased on a whim (read: I didn't remember it when I saw it at a store, didn't know the BA score), I don't regret it. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like sweet beer but WOW! this one is almost pushing it. "Holy Sugar Batman!"

Appearance: Pours a beautiful brown ruby color with a massive head that required a stop and second pour to fit in my pint glass. The off-white head had great retention and left behind sticky rims of lacing.

Smell: Bold shoe fly pie aroma. Brown sugar, raw sugar, cane sugar, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and pecan pie aromas magnificently fill every inch of the nasal cavity. MMM!

Taste: Unfortunately the taste was slightly less exciting than the aroma but still quite nice. Initially it seemed almost too sweet. As my palate warmed to the beers flavor I realized there is a slight orange twang and a nibble of alcohol keeping *all* those sugar flavors in check. Even the finish though is still very sweet!

Mouthfeel: Big sticky and thick. Just what I expect from a Wee Heavy, a heavy mouthfeel full of malt and sugar.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty beer but far fro highly drinkable. It is a nightcap or desert. it is too sweet and too heavy to consider sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of bamadog
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a while ago and kept putting off drinking it for some reason. Finally got through it tonight and kind of wish I didn't wait so long as it was really quite good. Review is from notes taken on 7/10/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep burnt toffee brown with light cola highlights around the edges; starts with a one finger light tan creamy head that fades to a thin, but full cap; body is actually mostly opaque, but it does show a ton of floaties bobbing around throughout; a lot of washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Quite robust and pours out of the glass -- lots of sweet caramel and toffee; a very slight and sweet and toasty bready scent kind of creeps in as it continues to warm.

Taste: Really quite nice -- tons of deep and rich caramel, butterscotch and toffee flavors abound; a slightly acidic apple-like flavor kind of sneaks in with a very minute hoppy bitterness; faint presence of alcohol on the breath.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and creamy; the carbonation is a bit strong and keeps the thicker, medium-weight, body lively; a thin and moist coating is left all over the mouth and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: A little better than I thought it might be going in -- I love the smell, but too much sweetness in the flavors could become a bit cloying and with an ABV clocking in at 8%, it could become a bit much as well. Really makes a nice dessert beer though. Definitely worth picking up and I may pick it up again and put it away for a year or so.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color that is topped by a tan head. The aroma is a malty, on the dry side, with notes of miso, and perhaps a faint musty character. Overall a fairly mellow nose on this one. The taste is sweet up front and finishes with a note that reminds me of tropical fruit. It is quite malty as well with perhaps a hint of sherry in the middle of the beer. As the beer warms up a bit I get notes of orange and spice cake. This is most definitely a Scottish inspired brew, though (thankfully for me) the Belgian brewer could not leave well enough alone, and allowed for some extra complexity that was contributed by the yeast strain. Appropriately the hop character of this beer is practically non-existant.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 02/10/17:

Ruby but orange tinted. Seems dark and dull due to relative opacity as much as color. But that’s before the dregs are added, yielding something browner and swirlier (dear Lord, I apologize for the imagery that must inspire!). Crispy golden tan colored head of light but dense, rocky foam, decent retention. One larger patch of lace with a few extremities. Dark fruit, soil, must, caramel, toffee, alcohol aromas. Palate is equal parts dark fruit, toast, and spice, but sweetness seems to be almost entirely alcoholic. Phenolic like a Belgian (and it sort of is a Belgian, certainly made there). Compare to any number of standard Belgian Dark Ales. Still, it is toastier and earthier than those, in true Scotch Ale fashion. Spirit-like finish. Mentholated and peppery retro-olfaction just drives the Belgian-ness home. Medium- to full-bodied but just effervescent enough to significantly cut viscosity. Very warm, semi-astringent. A good one to drink for the alcohol, or if you prefer a little Belgian influence. Me, while I did enjoy this, I prefer something closer to the standard if it is well-made, but just barely.

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Photo of frankiepop
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time for scotch ale. Nice brown ale color with creamy head with lacing galore ... poured from a lovely green bottle. Taste is real malty sweetness and the texture is nice and smooth. If this is typical Scottish ale, then I'm in! Made in Belgium though and tastes like a good tripel.

Goes down well while listening to the music of European improvisor Paul Dunmall on his sax or bagpipe. Also goes well while watching the Rangers play soccer in the Scottish Premier League. The Rangers have become (Team America) now having THREE Americans on board. Bocanegra, Maurice Edu, and my main man Alex Bedoya!! (Alex is the Future)

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Photo of Realbeer1542
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great story on the creation of this brewery - WWI Scottish soldiers asked a Belgium brew master to brew some Scottish ale and the rest is history .

Served from a .75 liter bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful clear reddish brown with lots of heady froth that dissipates rapidly in to full top and side lacing. .

S - Dark fruit, yeast, mineral and sweet malt

T - Excellent! no hoppy bitterness, just malt and dark fruit, yeast. Finishes with balanced medium sweet and bitterness.

M - So smooth and mellow. No alcohol bite. Low carbonation.

O - One of my new regular's - bought on a whim but happy I did. Will buy again. Noted that there was what seemed to be dried yeast on the bottom of the inside of the bottle after I poured the last drop but no strange taste or smell. If anyone has experienced this aspect with other beers I would be happy to hear it.

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

Poured from bottle into glass. No date on the bottle but I purchased the bottle for like $4 at Acquistapace's Supermarket, Covington, LA. Pour is a ruby red/dark brown with nice carbonation and off-white head. Smells of sweet sweet sugary malts, some boozey caramel. Taste is really nice sweet boozey malts, some caramel and typical scotch flavors...and almost a tea mouthfeel - slightly tanic.
Its a bit harsh on th etip of the tongue but quite mellow after. Really good brew. Nice blend of belgium meets wee heavy and it works. I am actually surprised it doesnt have better reviews than it does. Nice brew and id have again for sure...

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

Appearance: Murky dark amber body surmounted by a moderate off-white head, and thick glass-coating lace. Before a strong light, there is moderate carbonation and some sediment.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and earth notes dominate, alcohol notes are faint, surprising, considering the high ABV. There is also a mild apple rind note as well, which seems quite complimentary.

Taste: Opens with a wave of alcohol and caramel, both sweet. The alcohol is quite warming. As the taste progresses, there is a mild bitter, earthy note, which balances well against the caramel and sweet alcohol. A wave of dark fruit presents later in the taste, suggesting raisins and especially prunes. Finishes with a lingering note of vanilla and wood. There is a very faint herbal hop bitterness at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasing, seems ideal for a cool, dark autumn day when the wind rises and cool rains fall. Well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml brown glass Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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Photo of marc77
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy ruddy chestnut hue, topped by a thick, yellowish tan, well retained creamy head. Respectable lace remains. The aroma is a sweettart combination of tart, underripe plums and deeply caramelized, dark crystal malt along with subtle butterscotch and burnt hints of roasted barley. Ripe fig sweetness initially in flavor yields to rounded notes of dark toffee and candied plums, while diacetyl and borderline sugary caramel malt persists as a constant foundation. Hints of burnt biscuit and mild hop bitterness partially offset residual sugars mid palate, but linger only briefly, lending overall balance well skewed towards malt sweetness. Becomes progressively more molasses like as it breathes. A bit light in body, with dextrins present at a functional, malt supporting level only. This, however, lends a pseudo crispness in mouthfeel that aids in dangerous drinkability. Faint notes of leather and earthy hops struggle to poke through the dominant caramel malt presence late. Finishes clean, simply sweet and abrupt. Certainly an odd brew. Although off the mark for a Scotch ale, Silly is flavorful and light on the palate. Whimsically sweet, but not cloying. Akin to a dubbel fermented with a more neutral British yeast. Unique and recommended.

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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 jsprain1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Appearance is a dark red, with a thin toffee head to it. Retention is below average but the lacing is rather nice.
S- Smell is very caramelly malty. There are hints of spice as well.
T- Toasted malt, hints of caramel. Same vague fruityness. Also the vaguest of smokyness in the finish.
M- Slightly fuller than average, as well as above average carbonation for a scotch ale.
D- All in all a good though not great wee heavy. Something just seems slightly lacking about it.

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

Mahogany color with a thin off-white head.

Aromas of caramel/ toffee, nuts, milk chocolate.

Nutty caramel malty taste - like a Wee Heavy with a Belgian yeast. Yum for cold weather.

medium-full body, creamy/ soft mouth feel and finishes slightly dark-malty sweet with a dusting of faint hop bitterness that keeps it from cloying too much.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper color with one finger of khaki head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, caramel and a little fruit.

T: Light, sweet caramel, a little bit of cola. Simple and straightforward, but quite tasty. Alcohol totally hidden.

M: A bit thin but not bad, quite smooth and a little syrupy.

O: I like this. Calm, quiet, and tasty. I would gladly buy this again.

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

11.2oz dark brown bottle. It pours an orange-hued, deep amber with a substantial beige head and loads of sticky lace.
A smell of orange blossoms, cut hay and earth rise up. A light citrusy aroma is noticed early, then fades. A hint of horse stall lingers.
One taste and Triplesec comes immediately to mind. A taste of honey and candy also serve to give this brew a lightly syrupy mouthfeel. A dry hop flavor lives in the background. A hint of smoke is the only real similarity to an authentic Wee-Heavy. Other than that, this brew is unique.

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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 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 maxpower
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear reddish brown with a creamy light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Malty aroma of fruit and cheese, sweet fruity, malty flavors. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lasting sweetness, a nice Scottish ale for sure.

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Photo of MrDell
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scotch De Silly
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy - 8% - 330ml Bottle – Best Before 17.12.2016

Scotch de Silly is a beer with a powerful echo of World War I, tracing its origin to the turmoil of that conflict. At that time, outside of the city of Silly, a regiment of Scottish soldiers were stationed. When they requested a Scotch Ale from the brewery, the brewers couldn't come up with the beer, because they hadn't mastered that beer style – and neither could they access the sugars necessary to brew it.
Worse, during the war, many breweries were dismantled and raw materials (hops, malts, sugar) were scarce. But adversity breeds initiative, and the unit commander managed to order some hops from Kent in England. The result was a Belgian Scotch, a truly international collaboration, born from a time of war.
Scotch de Silly was initially developed with the help of a Scottish soldier, Jack Peyne. After the war he married and settled in Silly. He continued working at the brewery for many years. That recipe created at the end of the First World War still stands to this day, and Kent Golding hops are still used.

Appearance: Deep red colour, one finger tan coloured head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing. No lacing on glass whatsoever.. Beer is clear when held to light.

Aroma: Burnt toffee, caramel, dark candy sugar, smells very sweet and exactly how a scotch ale should be.

Taste: Sweet malt, loads of dark sugars, a little too sweet for my taste. Licquorice and caramel in the middle. Quite a short finish, but very nice nonetheless. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Quite low in carbonation, but it's ok here. Medium bodied as one and very smooth.

Overall: I am really enjoying scotch ales at the moment and this one is good but I would like to have experienced a bit more in three areas – body, carbonation and finish there are much better out there. 7 overall.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Decent carbonation, and great lacing. This beer is really murky looking, almost like a muddy swamp. All in all a great looking beer.

S- Yeast, caramel malt, some muted fruit. Maybe a hint of raisins or figs as well. The only thing that keeps this from being a 4.5 is the nose isn't quite as strong as I'd like. Otherwise, really nice.

T- Pretty close to the nose on this brew. No hint of the 8% ABV at all, even in the aftertaste. Nice, but not quite world class.

M- Nice and chewy, dry aftertaste/feel as well. Nothing interesting/spectacular here.

O- Nice beer, but not one I would constantly seek out. Still, a solid brew that's worth trying if you haven't yet.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Belgian, Wee Heavy pours a cloudy, chestnut brown body with a nice, 4 cm tan head that deposits immense sheets of lace all over the glass.

Intoxicating aroma of major league maltiness, with toffee and molasses, brown sugar, a hint of dark fruits, and some fragrant pine resin for balance. Some smoky, peat ash lurks in the background. Impressive aroma!

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with below average carbonation.

Sweet toffee and molasses dominate the taste, but this has all kinds of beguiling complexities. Brown sugar is noted, as well as a subdued, pine resin hoppiness. Charcoal ash adds to the Scottish character, but there is a barnyard yeastiness that is distinctly Belgian, and adds a nice earthy character.

I find it amazing that a Belgian brewery can pull this Scottish ale off so well. This has all the nice characteristics of a Wee Heavy, but tosses in the signature, Belgian yeatiness just to keep things honest. Impressive aroma and taste, but too malty sweet to handle more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Now the second time I've had this, I have to say that it is a challenge to like.
The primary challenge is the clash of cultures.
Belgian's distinctively brew with yeast and sugar.
Brits/Scots emphasize blending their malts.
And then this one has a funny aftertaste that I can't decide if it comes from using too much hops that linger or the clash of cultures.
I recommend this for the experience... and one you are better off to share to get another opinion.

I find it interesting that Belgian brewers are brewing to the American market with hoppier offerings. I find this ale even more interesting that this ale goes for the considerably smaller market of Scots. It turns out that a Scottish regiment was stationed in Silly and asked for a beer like they drank. And this is the one they liked.

This ale is listed is the "1001" list and... it is worth an argue that this experiment deserves to be on that list based on taste. But for historical value, it is a 1001.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep brownish amber with some wonderful aromas, mostly grapes, cherry, and yes, plenty of alcohol. Enjoyable smooth mouthfeel that leaves an acidic, but not bad aftertaste on the tip of the tongue. Hop flavor and alcohol are quite prevalent, and this beer has got a serious kick to it. Glad I found this one, and there's nothing "silly" about it. Oh I'm hilarious.

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Photo of bruachan
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from hudson wine & spirits

deep burgundy under a thin head. deep nutty, bready aroma that reminds me of rochefort (8?)

tastes a little like it too. caramel, nuttiness. maybe a little smoke, but only a very little. for 8% the alcohol is undetectible; this is very smooth. good bitterness at the end

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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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