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Tröegs Scratch 14

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Scratch #14-2008 is our interpretation of a farmhouse ale—a once near-extinct winter-brewed (and summer–imbibed) Belgian ale. celebratory brew starts with a black pepper and ginger nose. The nicely carbonated brew releases a honey-malt flavor that gives way to a tart crisp finish that masks the elevated ABV. We use a blended yeast strain (Saison Dupont & Le Chouffe) to create the traditional peppery, spicy earthy flavors of the saison. Slight hints of ginger also come through in the finish. Drink it ‘til the wedding bells chime! <UL> <li>O.G.: 15.4 Plato <li>I.B.U.’s: 25 <li>Malt: Pils, Munich, Vienna <li>Yeast: Belgian/Saison Blend <li>Juju: Ginger <li>Hops: English Pilgrim, Saaz </ul>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy and golden-amber in hue. A tight head of eggshell colored foam settles slowly to a patchy, clumpy layer, leaving broken, sheety lacing all over the glass. The nose is heavy on doughy sweet bread yeast and candied blond malt, with a creamy chiffon overtone, spicy ginger, and pickled yuzu. Hints of white pepper lend further balancing spice. The flavor is similarly structured, again based in softly sweet, candy glazed cereal grain malt, with peppery spice and notes of dried banana and orange. The palate is velvety smooth and substantial, Initially a little sweet but transitioning to a zesty, peppery, semi-dry finish. Good stuff. Plenty tasty and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Thanks to Rich for the bottle. Poured healthy medium golden with a dense cap of creamy white head.. lovely pour. The aroma picked up soft fruity and floral notes topped with peppery spices and orange zest.. balance was delicate and enjoyable. The flavor had bready and honey notes at the core.. the fruits and flowers from the nose were more accents and slightly bitter here.. orange zest and vanilla around.. finished with fine balance between sweet and tangy character. Medium-bodied with thick carbonation on the palate.. this beer just rolled across the tongue.. spicy and refreshing on the finish. I really dug this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (2608) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at CL Rosso release. Thanks to all the RB’ers and BA’s that brought great beer. Hazy pale yellow with head. Bubblegum spice aroma. Bubblegum melon with bitter spicy finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Thanks to Captaincougar for this one. Pour is cloudy golden color with large white head. Aroma is grapefruit, black pepper, ginger, orange, wheat, hay, grass, and a little funk. Flavor is spicy black pepper, grapefruit, hay, grass, and a lightly citrus hop finish. Very tasty and crisp. A nice summer treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2009
14-2008 - Pours clear yellow (until the sediment goes) with a very large white head...aroma is spicy and citric, with s sweet, fruity malt presence...flavour is coriander, clove, pepper, lightly grainy, dirt...all the fun belgian fruit follows the spice, which is immediately followed by some alcohol...finish is a bit sticky, but overall very enjoyable...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - APR 21, 2009
12 oz bottle shared by csbosox. 14-2008 stamped on the label. Pour is a cloudy yellow, golden orange and straight juice orange. Smallish white head. Aroma of spicy earthiness, malt grain, citrus lemon. There is also a spicy component of cloves and white pepper. There is a bunch going on in the nose, and it all comes together quite nicely. Taste is wheat, malt grain, lemon / orange citrus, and the spiciness of the cloves. Nice yeast expression. Palate is medium body, though still light tasting with active carbonation. Nice one. Tangy zesty earthy after taste lingers. Really nice one, thanks for sharing this Chris.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
(12oz. bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of apple, mustiness, ginger, banana, florals, pear, grass, coriander, and clove. Flavor of apple, yeast, and hops (grass, floral, citrus).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a hazy yellow with a white head. aroma of banana, citrus, and maybe some clove. flavor was same as the nose. light body and high carbonation. this was ok but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle from Captain Cougar. Love saison. Thanks a bunch Tom. Hazy orangey color with a spritely white head. Aroma of sour citrus and maybe funk. Near medium body with prickly carbonation. Flavor is a bit of grain, citrus, and I’d say clove. There’s peppery hot bits. Finishes dry and clean. Nice saison. Lovely ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a nice, clear yellow with a white fizzy head. Aroma of wheat, some banana, a little citrus. Flavor of some wheat malt and some banana.....not bad. Overall, pretty tasty stuff....

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