Scotch Silly – Brasserie de Silly (Silly, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Scotch Silly Scotch Ale – Brasserie de Silly, 8% ABV – 330ml., (Silly, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“It offers a finely wooded nose hinting at hazelnut, and is therefore distinct from traditional British scotches. It has a more rounded taste letting a discreetly full-bodied bitterness come to the fore, and will naturally seduce you.
Ingredients: Water, pale ale malt, caramel malt, aromatic malt, sugar, yeast, Kent hop, hallertau hop”

  • Style: Scotch Ale (wiki)
  • Taste: Aggressively sweet caramel malts + alcohol
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent cola brown, smallish dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots of steady streams, the last few drops from the bottle are cloudy.

Nose: caramel malts, molasses (5/10-pungency)

Attack: intense caramel, creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sustained creaminess, caramel-(9/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, brown sugar, mild roast

Finish: sustained sweetness, alcoholic hit + astringency, malty bittersweet heavy finish.

Summary: The first half is full-bodied and decent. The latter half becomes overly sweet and leaves astringent bitterness similar to if you licked the peel of a pomelo fruit (Chinese grapefruit). It’s above average, but not breaking the 3/5 barrier.

Pink Killer – Brasserie de Silly (Silly, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: D

Pink Killer – Brasserie de Silly, 5% ABV – 250ml., (Silly, Belgium)

-The name of the town derives from its stream, called the Sille (French) or Zulle (Dutch), and has no relation to the English word. (wiki)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, hops, yeast, grapefruit juice, sugar, sweetener, flavours.

  • Style: (grapefruit) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: syrupy fruitiness -> citrus malts/gatorade -> aspartame/bad hop/fruity malt finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 250ml., June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no!

Visual: Pours clear pinkish-orange with almost no head, thin ringed retention, virtually no activity, and the last few drops in the bottle full of cloudy sediment.

Nose: Bright fruity-candy-esque grapefruit-citrus aroma. Half-sugar/half-soap, not all bad. (7/10-pungency)

Attack: syrup’d sweetness fruity malts

Mid-palate: (MAIN) light tangy malts, gatorade (energy-drink), *mild* pink grapefruit

Finish: bad aspartame flavour and roughness, bad hopped bitterness, fruity malt finish.

Summary: The flavours are not really appetizing plus the texture is pretty bad. Bearable, but money and ingredients not well spent.