Scotch De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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425 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

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
425
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
53
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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of paterlodie
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 09-10-05. Poors out nice yellow head that's lasting well and dark amberdrown beercolor with haze. Nose is candy-caramellic, citrussy litle sourness and good yeastspice mosty cinnamonlike. Taste is sweet but nicely burnt & caramellic, litle sourness but also some irontaste. This electric irontaste aslo hurts mouthfeel but a decent brew IMHO.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of aracauna
2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavy carbonation, sticky head sits over tea-like body. Aroma is weak and slightly lemony. The flavor is caramel dominant, molassas and a bit of char. Scuppernongs. The sweetness lacks support from other flavors. Seems unbalanced and odd, but not really old or infected. Not so great of a Scotch ale.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting interpretation of a scotch ale/wee heavy. A little on the copper/brown side of what I'm used to. Head is also fairly vigorous compared to other scotch ale's I've had.

Sweet smell, almost overly sweet. Alcohol noticeable. Is that candy sugar? Scent is morre akin to a Belgian strong dark or tripel.

Sweet malty taste. Again, candy sugar. And caramel. However, there is a definite suggestion of a wee heavy. A decidedly Belgian stance on a scotch ale. No alcohol on the taste.

Despite its departure from the standard of a wee heavy, this is actually a very good, drinkable beer. Certainly too sweet to have more than one, maybe too, but it is by no means offensive to the palate.

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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 doesnÂ’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 mattfancett
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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 kew
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of NightINgale
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of katan
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml into a glass, undated

A - Pours a thick brown color - very opaque - Does not appear filtered as there is a fair amount of hazing. Head formation is strong and well retained - off-white to brown in color.

S - Toffee and caramel lead the way - very overt. Some alcohol phenolic tones exist. No hopping or off-flavors detected.

T - Starts off with the caramel and toffee - overtly sweet. Some roasted malt sweetness. Finishes with a sugary sweetness that switches to a sour almost oxidized note. May need to check the age on this one.

M - Thick and full bodied - very creamy. Carbonation doesn't translate to a harsh bite. Does leave behind a cloying sugar clinging on the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability - this beer has a abv that could easily sneak up on you. The overt sweetness is a hair bothersome - as it seems more like a dessert beer than a session. Probably all the style, just not a beer you would drink many of.

A style of beer I plan to taste more. Interesting to see how the caramelization is reflected in the beer.

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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 Hibernator
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Scotch Silly
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a rustic brown color with nice trails of lace. Decent looking head that transforms to a thin ring around the glass.

Whiffs of brown sugar and juicy malts.

Thick, syrupy malt backbone with a fig and raisin quality. Hints of milk chocolate, pecan pie and caramel swirls. There is a funky metallic twang that I keep getting in a few sips that takes away from my enjoyment.

An interesting Belgian take on a Scotch Ale. Personally, this is way too heavy on the candy sugar Belgian sweetness for me. This beer did not have what I look for in the style. Unique? Yes. Good? Eh.

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Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Dave1999
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fruits, coca cola,caramel, lightly yeasty. Fairly sweet but not overly so.

Very easy to drink,medium bodied, the abv is almost completely hidden.

I really enjoyed this a different take on a scotch ale.

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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 prisdefer
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Vivs85
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 doughanson78
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Medium dark caramel brown with hints of orange. Two finger off white head with semi tight bubbles. Good retention and lacing.

S: Caramel and apple. Sweet malts. Light hints of dark fruits. Almost imperceptible notes of peat with a very light touch of roast. Slight tart notes and a hint of wine.

T: Caramel, brown sugar, and sweet malts up front. Raisins and hints of figs. Very light notes of over ripe apples. Some peat and roast. Brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch, and maybe molasses mix with a growing apple flavor in the finish.

M: Medium light body. Sticky and smooth. Light carbonation.

O: A good beer. I'm not real familiar with the style, and it's not my favorite style by far. Pretty easy drinking beer that goes down a bit fast for 8%.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of daledeee
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Scotch beer from Belgium. Hmmm. It tastes like the type too!!
Pours nice dark mahogany with a decent head that goes away. Can't pick up much in the nose except some malt. But it smells fresh that is a plus. Taste is nearly all malt. A little caramel. Little drier mouthfeel than I like. Very enjoyable.

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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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Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 510a
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
3.7 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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