La Divine | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Belgian Tripel | 9.50% ABV

Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Belgium
silly-beer.com

Notes: Year-round availibility. 
BA SCORE
83
Very Good
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Photo of sponberg
4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: On tap, about 48 degrees, in pint glass.

Beautiful dark auburn color. Aroma of caramel, Belgian yeast, and alcohol. Starts out by filling the mouth with a very round maltiness - caramel, toffee, Belgian spicy/yeasty notes, tastes like a double decoction brew of the highest order. The flavor is almost a perfect cross between a doppelbock and an abbey ale. Just enough underlying bitterness. The finish is more of that luscious malt, with a bit of a wraming surge of alcohol.

Thank you, sir, may I have another and another and another? Outstanding brew - one of the better ones I've tried recently. Made the Troegenator doppelbock I tried afterwards seem watery, and having had that brew on its own before I KNOW that's not the case.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderfully appealing beer, likely good for any meal or very nice by itself.

Pours dark amber with nice white head and assertive sweet fruit, especially pear and hints of apricot.

Wonderfully appealing mouth feel of medium body but complex and rich. It just really feels good in your mouth and this is a great example of nice "mouthfeel."

Flavors of fresh apricot and fresh pear. A very fruity, malty and rich flavored drink that is quite pleasing. Strong and long malt/fruit finish.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear burnt sienna with a large fluffy off-white head that sticks around for quite a while. The smell consists of a strong sweet raison-like aroma with yeast and alcohol to boot. The scent is simply mouthwatering! The taste mimics the smell with more of the raisons, yeast, and alcohol along with mild spices that are blended nicely and hit you in waves with each overlapping it’s neighbors. This is a medium bodied beer with a warming alcohol that is slightly sweet then dry in the end. This is a very nice brew! Thanks to belgianbum for the opportunity! Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a distorted yellow-brown color, and smells of wonderful fruits and sweet colorful flavors. There is no head on this beer. The taste is much like the smell, a wonderful smorgasbord of tasty sweet-fruits with just a hint of hops and malts. It all blends seamlessly together to form the beer, must try for anyone who is looking for a beer with a LOT of flavor.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Amber colour, bit like a pale ale. Good portioned carbonation.
The head forms very rapidly. White creamy colour. It leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The scent is very strong on furniture wood and beeswax polish. Hops, grains and some slight honey.
On the other hand, the taste has a disturbing element. The metallic front taste is not only annoying, but is a real downer. Followed by over baked dry pie dough, raisins and very soft pure chocolate. Goes over in strong pepper and overpowering yeast with dosed strong malt. Finishes raw steak.
The aftertaste continues with strong yeast, meat, hop and malt. And still very spicy.

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Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Bottle is labeled as La Divine Belgian Triple Amber Ale. A couple sources seem to indicate this is the same as just La Divine (a BSDA according to BA), so I am reviewing it here.

A: Reddish amber with a 1 finger white head that leaves just a little lacing.

S: Smells spicy, citrusy and yeasty...quite refreshing.

T: Nice. Bit of caramel sweetness quickly leads into tasty spices - coriander and orange peel sorts - then finishes with a nice touch of citrusy hops. Yeast is present, and tasty as well. A nicely made, balanced tripel (or whatever style you want to call it) perfectly suited to a warm day.

M: Medium body with a nice bit of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Too easy to drink for the alcohol.

Recommended. A good, solid tripel that you could drink any day.

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Photo of safaricook
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium. Expiry date 26JUL13. They changed the image on the label from a divine woman to a different symbol of divinity a painting of a chapel. Poured into a De Koninck chalice.

Pours a really thin head for a Belgium beer, just half a finger or so that reduces to almost nothing in a few seconds. Before it dissapears one can wittness a very fine foam that is resembled in very fine and lots of carbonation. The head is a lovely brownish white and the body has a rich amber.

Smell is of malt, grass, yeast.

While still a tripel with its nice balance of sweet, sour and bitter with sometimes bitterness sometimes sweetness dominating a little bit, there is also something of a dubbel/quadrupel with its taste of bread and plums.

You really get this fine carbonation as it smoothly tickles. Wish there was more foam as it was almost like a cream. Smooth!

Like this one quite a lot. It is a hybrid of a Tripel and a Quadruppel in color, taste and smell. Not a bad choice for such cold summer as it is this year. There is a lot that is good and the only disappointment is the minimal but great foam. Get me more foam and this is one of the greatest in my humble opinion.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold with just a hint of a haze vs clear. Large head of foam settles to aboot an inch and ceases from there to recede.

It has the classic aromas of a Belgian Tripel. Hoppy, yeasty, earthy, yeah.

Tastes like it smells. Nice level of bitterness that compliments that Belgian yeasty character and overall so earthy. Dry as a bone in the finish.

Great mouthfeel and sooo drinkable. I am sorry that others don't get this beer as in recognize this fits the style so well. Yeah, Silly is pretty much an overlooked brewer but. ..this is delicious!

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Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle with no bottling date or freshness code. It pours a murky amber-gold with a 1/2" of tight white head. Good carbonation and some fine delicate lace remain, as the head falls to the surface.

The nose is very sweet and fruity up front, with some notes of spicy yeast that lend a faint tartness in the finish. Smells good but really sweet, overall.

The taste is where this brew shines. Complex flavor that's chocked full of plum, pear, apple, grape, candi sugar and that spiciness from the yeast and hops, that really balance things out. The alcohol is vitually undetectable in this brews taste and smell, which is unusual for a big 9.5% ABV. The finish is dry with a nice little tang, followed by a sweet fruit aftertaste. Good stuff.

Medium plus body with pleasant carbonation make this Triple real easy to drink and the flavor is better than most I've had. I'll definetly enjoy this one again in the future, and recommend it as well.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby-gold body with a frothy one-finger head that left good lacings and retained rather well. The smell is a mix of sugary fruit/apple cider(?), some pepper and clove and a malt presence. There are different tastes picked up in this full-bodied beer. It has a sugary, yeasty sweet side like candy, but it is balanced by the hops and spices so it is not a fruit beer, yet there is also a nice malt presence on the backend. It goes down extremly smooth but leaves its mark with a mild, sweet aftertaste, and this is even more amazing considering how high the ABV is. If it weren't for the ABV this would make an unbelievable session beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle after its debarkation from the 330ml brown bottle sets in the glass a translucent copper color with a behemothic light tan and creamy head and after its demise the lace forms a thin satin sheet to lie upon the glass. Nose is tart but yet fruity sweet, citrus like in its crispness, fresh and appealing to both the ocular and olfactory senses, start is sweet with a pleasing malt profile, the top is light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finnish is striking in its acidity, the hops joyful in their spicy presence, desert dry almost vinous aftertaste that lingers long on the palate.

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Photo of Radome
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered off the menu at Cervoise in Mons, Belgium, with no info other than alcohol content. Beer came in a 330ml bottle and I poured into a tulip glass.

A - Beer poured a medium amber with orange highlights. Head was off-white and fairly persistent with good lacing. Somewhat cloudy.

S - Aroma was very strong on malt--bready, biscuity. Some dark fruit notes like plums, along with a little alcohol. Very inviting.

T - Flavors followed the aromas. Emphasis was on malt with bread and biscuits dominating. Yeast provided some fruit notes for complexity. Also some alcohol flavors.

M - Medium body, creamy carbonation. Some alcohol burn but no hops bitterness noticeable.

O - A much better beer than I expected. It is a bit farther on the amber and bready side than I normally think of with a Tripel, but it is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 11/2008, drank 07/2007, my bottle says 9.50%.

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip glass.

Good light amber, come pale brown, it looks fine, a half inch off-white head sits on top.

Toffee esters hit my nose from the bottle before I poured the beer, it wasn't so strong once the beer was in the glass. You can smell the alcohol, it is hidden in the woody aroma, but it is there for sure.

If you can get past the alcohol kick the flavours of caramel and toffee come into play, some spice in there too, but can't tell which ones.

Despite the high alcohol content this is a well balanced and well made beer. A little sweet, but overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: sweet clementines and cream

Taste: honeydew, very sweet oranges, subtle peppery spice, cream soda, and caramel apples

If you are looking for a very sweet beer with mild contrast, look no further. This beer is a perfect desertif and yearns to be paired with vanilla bean ice creme and some toasted walnuts on the side with aged white cheddar; highly recommended for the fat kid in each of us

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Photo of vancurly
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I could have reviewed my first bottle of this.... but decided against it. It had a black slick inside the neck, floaty black bits in the head, and a woeful taste. Turned out that the previous user had squeezed the bottle top, inserted it in the empty, and the bottle recycling process failed to clean it out...The brewery then refilled and voila.... rusty bottle top ale...

But.... this is not the brewer's fault, so I will ignore this, and review a replacement without prejudice....(thanks North Shore Cellars, Cammeray)

Heavy set head, thick lace. Hazy orange amber.

Aromas of caramel, molasses & spicy honey. Slight citrus candy note.

Tastes as it smells, with metallic/flinty hop profile, honeycomb malt. Gamey fleshy note (someone before called "sweetbreads"). Some yeast characters also.

Toasty aftertaste, with almost brandy-like complexity & warmth.

Chewy, full bodied, but not too heavy. Nice ale.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in one of the back alley Brussels bars and again in Gent where it is found nearly everywhere. Nice lable on a small capped bottle. Pours a pale orange-gold body with a healthy and lasting foam. Eventually the head settles to a playful and mobile lace. Very pretty and sticky. The aroma is spicy, all spice or clove, with fresh orange and a grapefruit finish. Zesty. Taste molds spicy yeast character with a variety of fruits - peach, pineapple, and orange. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with quite a good deal of warming character, although this never feels as boozy as it might at 9%. Mild carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of thekanna
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip glass. Dark amber-orange that's relatively clear; with about 1 finger of slightly off-white head that sticks around.

S: Relatively sweet, some apricots in there and some generic tropical fruit that I can't pinpoint.

T: Great strong apricot and nectarine taste; like Magic Hat #9, but more sharp and refined. Some sweet malts, a slightly medicinal hop bite which truncates the fruit taste pretty quickly. I didn't realize this was 9% alcohol already until I was almost done with the bottle.

M: Juicy, body has some substance, well-carbonated with small, effervescent bubbles.

D: Though I wouldn't really say this is a tripel, it still holds its own. A well-brewed fruity, complex Belgian beer. I wouldn't expect less from Brasserie de Silly, though.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in official glassware...appears a golden honey color with a finely bubbled off whtie cream head forms fine Belgian style lacing with each sip. Aroma contains lively European hops somewhat tart fruit layer vinous very nice sweetness a bit spicy smelling. Taste contains a nice fruitiness tart vinous flow with a grassy herbal hop bouqet, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied fine carbonation silky smooth on the palate, another dangerous Belgian draft offering. Drinkability is incredible thoroughly enjoyed this rarity from Silly. Oh and for you Sharp Edge price haters peep this happy hour half off belgian drafts from 4:30 - 6:30 on weekdays.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know if this is a great Tripel, but certainly a good Belgian beer experience and a beer that could introduce a newbie to the marvels of Belgians. Pours a very cloudy amber color with a good size white head for this level of alcohol.

Nice strong pleasant smell of Belgian candi sugar and fruit - green apples/pears. Taste is nicely sweet, candi sugar, spices and fruit and Belgian yeast...all fairly mild except the fruit and sweetness.

Taste is good...same elements as the smell. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Drinkability is very good..no hint of alcohol and very pleasant flavors..sweet but not too sweet. Very good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's cafe in Philly, and it arrived in nice glass sporting a deep gold color and a thick head that produced lacing. The aroma was decent as only some sweet malt was detected. The flavor was better as sweeter than normal levels of malt, some caramel, raisins and orange were reasonably balanced.

The mouthfeel was thick and very mildly syrupy. Malt and raisins lasted long on the tongue after swallowing. Very nice drinkablility as the alcohol levels were barely noticeable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Divine, on tap, an amber tripel according to the tap handle.

Appearance: Dark/Tan orange in color. Good soapy white head that sticks around for the entire duration of the drinking experience. The foam forms halos, truly a divine looking beer.

Smell: Malty sweetness, cotton candy, tropical fruit, bubblegum.

Taste: Very pleasing. Creamy malt is sweet and hints at fruitiness mentioned in the smell. Theres a decent little hop bite to this one (somewhat sharp). Earthy, dusty, musty, yeasty. Good Belgian ale flavors, just a touch of mineral. Alcohol? Well masked to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation a bit low on it.

Drinkability: Dark tripels are somewhat new to me, still I found this one to be quite enjoyable and worth looking for. It also appears this one fares alittle better ontap than in bottled form.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the BTAH in NYC, pours medium cloudy caramel, with a medium off white head, and leaving very fine, respectable lacing. Ripe fruity nose, leads to a quaff of an interesting and differant tasting kind of brew. Jammy fruits, lucious and interesting. I'd like to try the bottled version to gain some perspective here. Fruity, overflowing with flavor and compexity. A fresh treat on tap

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Photo of Absumaster
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange, copper beer with a big frothy head.

Smell is malty with fruity notes from the yeast. Like in the Super64 beer from this brewery, there is a nice buttery diacetyl smell present.

Taste is malty with bready and doughy notes. Bitterness is medium. There are hints of candisugar. The carbonation is sizzling. The yeast produces esters which are a bit sharp. The diacetyl is really nice and add a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.
Aftertaste is lingering bitter and a bit sharp estery.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a chalice.

Appearance: orange-amber with minimal white head and silky lacing.

Aroma: honey, citrus, candy sugar and Belgian yeasts.

Flavor: honey, citrus and pear.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall impression: average for the style, but surprisingly good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Thick and syrupy, heady malt aroma, slightly spicy, a bit of alcohol burn. Slow going on this one, not a quick quaff. Bets to sip slowly and savor all of the essences.

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La Divine from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 103 ratings