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Scotch De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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3.72/5
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432 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,373
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
432
pDev:
13.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
56
Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

01.05.2016
Scotch De Silly
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy - 8% - 330ml Bottle – Best Before 17.12.2016

From BelgianBeerTourism.com:
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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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours chestnut with a slight chill haze that gradually brightens up. Has a clingy, persistent 2” pillowy foam cap with a very fine bead. S: Malt, faint over ripe fruit or perhaps banana, dark dried fruit, light toast. T: fresh baked bread crust, light fruit – plums, touch of fig, pleasant sweetness, with lingering malt and caramel after tastes. Bitter hop accent. Very well balanced between the malt, alcohol and hops. F: Creamy, smooth, medium full body, medium low carbonation, soft palate. O: A delightful big beer.

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4.84/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sweet fruit flavor
Way too sweet for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is like a Belgian Quad and Scotch Ale combined to make a fantastic brew!

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4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 432 ratings
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