For this latest Scratch Beer offering, we’re revisiting one of Chris Trogner’s favorite beer styles. Over the last two years, the Belgian Brown Ale has become his anniversary beer of sorts, and we have released a variation on the style each November since he tied the knot. The flavor of Scratch #123 originates in the Abbey Ale yeast strain, which produces a distinctive fruity character akin to dried dark fruit (think raisins or prunes). On your palate, the dark fruit flavor continues, adding traces of toffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark rum as well as delicate spices, roasted nuts, and lightly toasted grains. The addition of Belgian Candi sugar bolsters the ale’s sweetness, while Turbinado sugar releases a subtle molasses flavor. Scratch #123 finishes with a faint floral hop note that ties everything together.
orangesol (680) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours murky brown with a one and a half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of dark candied sugar, dark fruits, toasted bread and a good bit of Belgian yeast. Pretty standard nose, maybe a bit heavy on the yeast side.
T - Starts off much like the nose with the dark candied sugar, chewy bread and fruit but that combo quickly gives way to the strong Belgian yeast character that never really goes away afterwards. Finish is a little sweet and a little dry, lingering for quite awhile.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, yeasty feel with a shot of dryness after each sip. Booze is well hidden, only really coming forward at the end of the glass.
O - Tastes just like all the other Dubbel’s they have made but with way more yeast presence in the taste. I feel like I have had this beer five times already this year. I am glad I got to try it but I won’t be having another.
boxofrane (2061) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with a large tan head. The aroma has brown sugar. The taste is light coffee and way to much sugar for me.
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